Monday, April 7, 2014

DJI Phantom Crash - "A Sudden Gust of Wind" video

Took the Phantom 1 out for a test spin with the new Zenmuse H3-2D camera gimbal.  While Rob Stenger and I were minding our own business, a sudden gust of wind deceitfully attacked us from behind.  We went from a "birds chirping with a 4 mph breeze" type of day to a "30 mph wind vortex, freak of nature" kind of nightmare.  Cow!  I grabbed my Phantom to keep it from becoming a casualty in the great Los Angeles wind vortex of 2014.

< Here's a great shot of the plastic bin getting carried away in the background.  It emptied out, and landed about 200 yards away.  Score a point for the heavier Pelican-style cases.

< Rob installing the Zenmuse gimbal on the DJI Phantom 1.  There was some slight soldering work, but overall a very simple process to upgrade.

< Video of the Zenmuse H3-2D gimbal in action.

< Rob piloting the Phantom 1.

< This is what you look like when plummeting your friend's quadcopter into the ground.  Panic…noooo…argh….

< With the great install job from Rob, my Phantom 1 now has the Zenmuse H3-2D gimbal for stabilizing video. If you're budget conscious, upgrade a more affordable Phantom 1 with the Zenmuse gimbal, and you'll be getting your stunning aerial shots.  If you're not a crafty person, or don't have the "Radio Shack" experience needed to do the upgrade yourself, this might not be an option for you.  You can always just purchase the new Phantom 2 with pre-installed Zenmuse gimbal.  But if you want to save money, or even upgrade your older P1, then get out the soldering wand and go for it.

I'll be posting our Zenmuse footage very soon, so stay tuned.

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