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Old 06-12-2015, 05:09 PM
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Hello! This looks like a wiz place to get advice in multi rotors rc helis, etc if you have some time I would like to ask a few questions and get advice thanks!
  1. I am looking to make a camera platform for cheap of course!, so I don't need high speed, flipping about acrobatics and high reaction time type stuff, I am more interested in something that is small, stable, will be stable and manageable in every day outdoor winds, can fly forward and side to side smoothly, can hover without jerking about or spinning and can controllably rotate left/right slow and smoothly. I know a drone cant aim its body down without moving forward but I would like it to be able to hold a steady rotation while flying forward for decent down facing shots.
  2. my only special payload I believe is the camera, it is the sony as15, it is tiny and light weight (65 grams) self powered, I won't worry about live camera feed just recording for now, it has inbuilt WIFI and phone app, its range is limited, about 50m I think but it is good enough for now. I don't need any gimbal but the option would be nice later on. It also has electronic image stabilization so it can take out some of the bumpiness maybe, and live HDMI output and such so I am sure I can hook it up to a transmitter later.
  3. I already have an old 4 channel receiver (HiTec HFS-04MG) and transmitter (LASER 4) the transmitter has 4 trimming sliders for the thumb sticks and 5 switches to reverse the channels, and to toggle (V-tail, off, elevon) options which I guess are for fixed wings and should keep it set as off I guess? Would I be able to use this existing controller setup?
  4. I know only basics about multi or single rotor craft but I do know general electronics, soldering etc, and a lot more about li-po batteries, amp hour, C rating, voltage, cell balancing, charging etc! Not sure on using a single rotor or multi rotor but I know a single rotor is more efficient hence longer fly time but did I have seen the complex rotor mechanisms on a single rotor and it looks like it would be hell to repair/replace after a crash so a multi rotor might be better choice?
  5. I know for location stability you can use GPS wizardry to keep a drone stable in location but I don't think I need that. I am more interested in rotation stability having it hover decently, I saw the "CC3D Atom OpenPilot Flight Control Board Authorized" on hobby king it states 3-axis Gyroscope array and 3-axis Accelerometer. Is the Accelerometer to help keep it stable position wise without using GPS? And would this device work with my receiver just plug in the 4 channels and then plug in 4 ESC's in to the CC3D?
  6. I have never flown a multi rotor before, how is the control scheme set up with or without say the CC3D?
  7. I would like it to stay in the air for at least 10 minutes before needing to replace the battery or recharge.
  8. what difference does overall size make, the larger it the more stable it is? The more payload it can carry? Would I be able to use a tiny drone to hold my small camera and fly easily in the general outdoor winds? What is sacrificed.
  9. I like the idea of the drone being compact and able to fold for storage, I know folding may mean a weaker arm joint but I think it would be worth the convenience since this drone needs to be carried via backpack! Any ideas on how good this frame might be for my small camera and needs: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=61389
  10. I guess motor type, propeller type, battery configuration, ESC type and frame type are the 5 key variables to the type of flight performance I want and payload I want? This is where I know nothing about brands and specifications, combinations, etc. I need some advice to achieve my goal stated in Q1 holding the camera stated in Q2, thanks!
  11. ALSO, this question may take more time to answer so you can ignore this one but I also have a much better camera, the canon 550D it is about 15cm by 10cm by 6cm weighs about 580 grams with a basic lens or 725 grams with a decent lens with image stabilisation. What size and specification craft would it take to fly this camera about like asked in Q1?
Thanks for your time! sorry for the long set of questions.

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