Let's Talk About The Gimbal
In the first part of this review (DJI Phantom 2 V2.0 Review Part 1), I talked about what I went through to get the Phantom 2 flying for the first time. In this next part, I'll be going over what my experience was when I installed and used the H3-3D Gimbal.
Installing The Gimbal
The first thing I had to do was mount the gimbal to the bottom of the Phantom. Installing the metal gimbal mount was pretty simple. All of the screws had thread-lock on them, so I didn't have to worry about the gimbal getting loose from vibrations over time.
It came with a lot of extra vibration dampeners. Two bags had the number "50" on them and one was labeled "40". I'm guessing that the different numbers are for different frequencies of vibration, since the 40 bag felt harder than the others. There's also these little plastic pins that stop the gimbal from falling off in the event of a hard landing or crash. I Installed them at first, but then I took them off, because Seeing them shake around in flight was bugging me. Plus, it seemed to be unnecessary to have them anyway. If you do decide to leave them off, just make sure that you always check the rubber dampers before you fly.
Make Sure It's Updated
After I finished the installation, I mounted my GoPro Hero 4, turned the Phantom on and everything appeared to be working properly. There was one issue though. I noticed that the gimbal was centering at a 45 degree angle, and when I moved the tilt wheel on the controller, it always came back to that same center-point. At first, I thought that I had something set up wrong, but then I noticed an update for the gimbal when I plugged the Phantom back into my computer. Once I updated the gimbal firmware and restarted the Phantom, the tilt function started working properly. My guess is that the H3-3D gimbal that I got was made before the updated phantom 2 V2.0.
Balancing is essential
Another issue that I had, was that the H3-3D wasn't balanced correctly for my Hero 4 Black. Since I’m using the Hero 4 and the H4-3D gimbal isn’t out yet, I had to take some coins and place them on different parts of the gimbal using mounting tape. It’s not the prettiest solution, but it works great. Plus I already knew that I was going to have to balance the gimbal, since I’m using Lens filters on the GoPro that add extra weight.
Note: It's important that you keep your gimbal balance, or else you could burn out the motors from making them work too hard.
Once I had it balanced and working properly, I took it outside and took some video.
Wow, It's Amazing!
Here's a quick video that I did at the park.
My first thoughts on the H3-3D gimbal are that it takes a bit more time to install and setup than I originally thought it would (about 30 minutes if you take your time), but the end result is amazing. Even if I just punch the throttle to gain altitude, the video almost looks like the camera is attached to a massive poll in the sky. I can also tell that the new tilt wheel is going to be way more accurate than the lever on the older Phantom 2.
It’s one thing to see videos online showing the stability of the H3-3D, but when you actually get your Phantom 2 and you’re playing back the videos on your computer, it’s truly amazing.