Join me as we finish the build, today Im plugging the motors in and powering the gimbal up, then Im cracking open a Phantom to show you where to get power and where to plug the gimbal pitch cable. As always Im talking way too much, so make a cup of coffee, get comfortable, grab a screw-driver and your gimbal, then we can start on the install.
My review version of the Beholder Lite gimbals did not ship with pitch operation enabled, but FlyKAM made a cool post with how to enable pitch operation.. check the post here on RCgroups.com
NOTE - the correct channel for the pitch signal out of the NAZA is F2.
LOST YOUR FIRMWARE SETTINGS.?
Two ways of dealing with that.. option 1. click the "set default" option in the firmware setup on the computer. or simply type in the settings in FlyKAM's screen shot here. check the post here on RCgroups.com
The two important points inside the Phantom. first to the left the AUX power cable, RED is positive. connect that to the RED cable on the JST plug. Second and more importantly maybe, to the right is the NAZA box itself. the two plugs we are interested in is F1 and F2. which is roll and pitch. I used servo extention cables which I attached to the outside of the shell for easy access.
Flying video review.?
For what its worth.. the last two weeks I have been absolutely blown away with some of the great videos people have been shooting with this gimbal.. so I have decided not to do a flight-evaluation, it is already proven beyond any doubt that this gimbal flies well, some users find some lateral vibrations getting through and have dampened them by stuffing the dampers with earplugs or by applying a ziptie loosely / not too tight / to some of the dampers, try a few, like two, first.
PHANTOM on the BEACH with the Beholder Lite by FlyKAM
Click through to see FlyKAM Video's channel on YouTube - or coment on the video on RCgroups
FlyKAM is ripping and shaking around the Phantom here, that is why you sometimes see the arms popping into the video. clearly if you were shooting video for a indie movie, you would be shooting in long smooth paths and none of the issues seen here would ever remotely affect your video.
Link to the official Beholder Lite manual.
Here are some links to Beholder Lite videos flown on Phantoms.
Mounted on a ADS400Q by Scott in Arizona GREAT VIDEO
Boosted's monster climb test.. yes it shakes at top.. but hey what ya expect when climbing that hard.
HDflyer.com put up a teaser for a longer test video.. more great stuff.