Hello everyone, over the past few months I have been experimenting with ready-made low cost 3 axis gimbal camera mounts intended for ‘first person view’ on entry level drones.
I have converted two of these gimbals for KAP use, one for my Canon S110 and the other for my Ricoh GR.
Here are pictures of the converted rigs showing the 3 motors, the camera and the control boards.
CANON S110 GIMBAL KAP RIG
RICOH GR GIMBAL KAP RIG
The rigs weigh 650 grams and 700 grams respectively and are attached to the kite line via a short picavet for torsional stability.
The ready-made 3 axis gimbal camera mounts cost about $70 each and come complete with motors and control boards.http://www.goodluckbuy.com/3-axis-brushless-gimbal-camera-mount-with-32bit-storm32-controller-for-gopro-3-4-fpv-black.html
The conversion was not a simple process but required a lot of careful ‘shop’ work building aluminium brackets and fibreglass panels etc. The most difficult part of the project was balancing the cameras in all 3 axes through repeated adjustment and several re-builds!
The electronics and on-board computers are not a ‘plug and play’ solution either so there are significant hardware and software challenges in converting them for KAP. – Not for the faint hearted!
But I believe that the effort was worth it. I now have two very stable camera platforms for action KAP, video and twilight photography.
I get a very high percentage of keepers, where low shutter speeds and low ISO shots are now possible. Gimbal stabilisation is ideal for rigs with live video feed where photographic composition is important.
I have also experimented with bigger motors, attempting to build a KAP gimbal rig for the NEX 5R but the total weight exceeded 900 grams and became a bit impractical for KAP.
I’ll post some details of my experiences after a bit more flight time but after a month or so of testing I can say that these rigs can be very useful.