quadrocopter – who's got one ?
Hmmmm. We have a slightly bigger one as a project at the office. It was a bit out of that budget though (it contains a GPS enabled autopilot system and a load of other bits).
Have you had a look at Hobbyking’s website? my ads here >>>> seem to now be picking up on them.Posted 4 years ago
OK, can someone tell me how you get those things to follow you down a hill or trail without crashing and without the camera ending up pointing in a totally wrong direction?!
I saw a long DH trail filmed on one of those, surely too far for one person with a controller to see where it was going.
Live feedback from the on board camera? Some sort of laser tracking? I know you can get GPS auto return for them so it’ll just hover in the same place if it loses contact with the transmitter but I’d be interested to know how the hell you stop it crashing into trees when following riders down a trail.Posted 4 years ago
crazy-legs, you need FPV for that. Look up “Team Blacksheep” on youtube for some good examples of this.
Essentialy you are sticking a small camera next to the GoPro and piping the output from that over radio to a pair of goggles you wear whilst you steer. It means about 350 quid extra on your build though.
Mikkel, I recognise the frame you’ve got, but do you have a list of the other bits in your build? I might be able to sneak a hundred under the radar at home…Posted 4 years ago
this is the parts used in mine
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=24723Posted 4 years ago
this thread is a wallet basher……good job i cant fnd the wallet.
I’ve been sort of half-heartedly looking at quadcopters for a while but not really knowing the kit and stuff to buy. That and the fact that I certainly don’t *need* one.Posted 4 years ago
But it’s getting ever more complex as I find out the requirements and cost for on-board video!
There are some out there, but they will be expensive. As I mentioned above, TBS make a dedicated FPV quad designed around carrying a GoPro that is, well, not extorionate. If I had the spare cash…
The thing is, I am crap at flying an R/C plane and am wondering if FPV would make it any easier. Or if a quad would be easier. The last one we had at work suffered an ESC failure and sort of crashed. A bit. From height…Posted 4 years agoDavesportSubscriber
Thinking more of the budget end – £50 ish
as a present of the youth
Anyone got one & care to drop in a review.
How good are they outdoors & how easy to fly?
For no more than 40 quid you can get one of these Hubsan Quadcopter
This might look like a toy (which it is) but is remarkably well built & spare parts are cheap & readily available. The supplied control is pre set up but fully configurable & can be operated in two modes. Novice or expert.
See the thread I posted here
Far too good a toy for the kids & I quickly confiscated it as my lad was having too much fun 😉 Gyro stabilised & a total hoot to fly around the inside of the house. How do they build these things & ship them half way around the world for the money ?
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I built this a few years ago:
(Note carbon cover!)Posted 4 years ago
But a warning, potentially dangerous if you use an old transmitter that pick up something, and turns all four motors on 100% when you’ve got your face next to it. It shot up about 100m, stopped, dropped like a stone onto the house roof, and into the front garden, never to fly again. I’ve got a small Hubsan x4 now, much safer.stimMember
I’ve been tempted by a quadcopter for a while for some alpine singletrack filming. I want one for a gopro or maybe with enough power to lift my Nikon P7100 large compact. I thought the cost was a lot until I saw this:
However, since reading this thread it seems one can be built for far less. Is it difficult? Can you buy kits to assemble? Can any of them be folded up and put in a back pack? Sorry for the hijack!Posted 4 years agowheelzMember
I got one of those DJI Phantoms, mainly because I was in a bit of a rush, had no idea how to fly a Quadcopter and thought the “return to home” function would be handy if it all went horribly wrong.
Used it a couple of times now for filming with the GoPro. Very, very easy to fly, but I need to do some work on isolating the camera from the frame, as the “jello” effect was quite noticeable.
They are quite a few tips online on how to do this, but I haven’t got around to it yet.
The “return to home” function works perfectly too!
You get about 10 minutes flying time on each fully charged battery, but depending on where you buy it from, you get a second battery for free.Posted 4 years ago
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