Last week it was that time of the year again: time to buy myself a birthday present. The one I wanted had been ordered months in advance, but as things go, it was taking much to long so the night before my birthday I ordered the DJI Phantom. To be honest I was not expecting much more then a toy, which is why I had placed an order for a much bigger Quadcopter.
My big plan, just a few months ago, was to get a gimbal and use it with and without a multirotor, obviously we now know after NAB this was not a very original idea
The slick video with the new Go Pro Gimbal convinced me that even though it looked like a toy, it might be of some use after playtime is over. It will be a good cheap option for practicing and finding out if this is something to try on a bigger scale. Most people who operate camera's have pretty decent hand-eye coordination, but only in real life situations will you find out if it is good enough to fly some big monster with a Black Magic 4K on it.
This is the drone I am looking for.
The package arrived in a nice white box and was pretty easy to assemble, you just need a screwdriver and a bunch of AA batteries to get started. The only problem was: no manual, but let's face it, manuals are for wimps, real men are born with a deeper understanding of technology. So I turned on the transmitter and plugged in the battery! To infinity and beyo… hmm wait a minute why is nothing happening? Checking switches, battery, nothing. So who you gonna call? Ghostbusters? The nice guy in the shop said he better send me the manual, and so he did. I found out a few things: