The guys at TeamRebelDesign.com was kind enough to send me a review copy of their new "Beholder Lite" brushless gimbal. To save shipping cost the gimbal arrive in a few parts which you can assemble in less than 30 minutes. The build-quality is outstanding and the packaging the nicest I have seen on a brushless gimbal so far. My initial impressions are sky high, but only building the gimbal and taking it for a test flight will reveal the truth.. is its beauty for real or only skin deep? Read on for the gory details.
NEWSFLASH August 15th - I just recieved the Walkera QR X350 and will be posting unboxing sometime Friday. and probably a flight test with the Beholder gimbal over the weekend.
QUICK LINK - Beholder Lite build PART TWO
Opening the box reveal a beautifully packaged and finished set of gimbal parts. from the first moment on, it is clearn the creators of this gimbal wanted to apeal to a wide group of people. presentation is beautiful.
So feeling good about this gimbal just from opening the box. I set turned on my iPhone camera and started building while rambeling away by opinions about the gimbal and also details of the build.
The "review" is broken into two parts. part one is the mechanical build. putting all the parts together. Part two will be installing the cables for the motors, installing and pluggin in the IMU, and connecting the pitch control before going flying and seeing if the result is as good as the initial impressions.
UPDATE - I just got the officially released Beholder Lite manual.
The motors feels well made, and have hollow-shaft to run the pitch motor cable through the roll motor shaft. this create a very clean cable organisation. Overall the motor quality feel good, the bearings on the ones I have here is firm yet free turning.
After running the cable I used some clear tape to keep everything in place, in the future I will probably pull some schrinkwrap tube over the bracket arms and heat for a snug fit. (maybe a suggestion for the next batch of beholder lite's?)
One of the details I am particularly happy about is the raised bracket arm mount plate attaching to the part with the control board, this part was domed, so the gimbal is lifted up another 10cm (roughly) from the ground. this is a great move, because the biggest problems I have flying any of these gimbals on a Phantom is the lengs on the phantom is too short to operate the gimbal without extentions of some sorts.
Nuf said. Check the video, ask some questions and give me some links to your cool Beholder Lite videos.
It is important to remember, this gimbal is made to match the install requirements of the Phantom, BUT it will work equally good on any other quad with suficient leg space. particularly coming to mind is the two Phantom competitors we have heard about lately. The Walkera QR350 (which I hopefully will have a separate review for shortly) and the 350QX from Horizon Hobby, BOTH of these will have RTF box options, offering a competent GPS supported quad ready-to-fly out of the box with radio and everything required to start shooting video.. they BOTH will come with a hard-mount bracker for the a GoPro camera. and BOTH can be upgraded with a brushless gimbal like the Beholder Lite. Gentelmen Game ON!
Stay tunded for part two - hooking it all up and test-flying the Beholder Lite gimbal later this week.
While you wait, check out FLYcam's awesome power climbs and test flights here. I think this pretty much tell you everything you need to know about the Beholder Lite brushless gimbal, I notice a little roll after his power climb with constant spinning of the quad.. seriously that is very very good.
The Beholder Lite Brushless gimbal is available at:
CNC Helicopter - USA distributor roughly $175
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.
INTERESTING NEWS - DJI create FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS - areas you can NOT fly.!