The xAircraft STELLA... 110 grams a INCREDIBLE light & beautiful little gimbal.
Check out the unbox and powerup video and also a full-flight test video. This little gimbal ROCKS.
The mail man delivered the xAircraft STELLA brushless gimbal today, and I gotta say so far impressions are very positive,
Some of the highlights for the STELLA:
* Completely RTF, pull the thing out of the box, attach to multi-rotor and plug it in.. done. go fly.
* Kit contains ALL required cables.
* GoPro video-out is pre-wired into the arm of the gimbal.
* SUPER LIGHT, only 110grams
UPDATE: STELLA is really compacy and fit mounted under DJI Phantom & Walkera qr x350
I have designed a 3D printed adapter plate for the Phantom & qr x350 available here.
After unpacking the STELLA, I quickly pluged the gimbal into 3S power, and realized that hand-holding the gimbal cause too much shake, when powering sitting on the table things worked perfect. in practical use this have turned out to be a non-issue as I power my hex while its on the ground, the STELLA gimbal powers up along with the Flight Control systems.
Buildwise, considering the low weight, I am surprised how rigid the arms feel, I do not feel any flex in the arms or motors, and have not seen any signs of arm vibration while flying the gimbal.
Light weight is a big deal with aircrafts, because any weight that is not contributing to the flying, is holding you back. getting a lighter gimbal, means two things, for one, less weight means longer flight, but the more important thing is better control, anytime the aircraft and flight-control system have less weight to manage, the aircraft is more responsive and precise in flight.
FLYING the gimbal. in flight the STELLA seems quite relaxed, unlike some gimbals, it do not make any noise, I like a quiet gimbal. the results are perfect, my biggest complaint when looking at the above test flight video, would be the lack of dampening of the pan moves. the constant yaw corrections become painfully obvious when the pitch and roll is so well stabilized.
The other obvious benefit of the light gimbal is, well the 110grams, I mounted the gimbal on top of my mini-hex, I already fly a GoPro on the mini-hex, the added 110grams of the gimbal really did not affect the flight of the hex, which was a huge positive for me, I did try a 200grams gimbal before but that did not feel comfortable in flight, the STELLA have found a home with my mini-hex, it is attached with 4 small zip-ties and I can install it in about a minute when I want stable video.
The setup screen for the Stella gimbal, notice the options for mode 1 or 2.
Also note the option to choose easily speed or position mode for the angle of the gimbal, to the right is the "initial angle" which set the default position, my gimbal leaned a little to the left, so I applied +3 degrees to get it perfectly level.
Content of the cable pack, the shot white cable is video out to the optional xAircraft OSD module,
The buldled up cable is the USB cable, there is also a JST power cable alone with several options of cables to connect roll and pitch from your RX.
The instalation hardware, to get the dampening balls into the round holes, roll them up and tuck them in. then push and pull a little until they sit right. if you fly xAircraft quads, you probably have a x640 with a rail system, simply bolt the two rail clips to the gimbal and clip it to the rail system, that have to be the worlds easiest gimbal install.
My mini-hex with the gimbal in place, this is my main FPV multi, so you can see the little flightcam build into the body and the VTX antenna sticking out the back. I do not intend to use the GoPro video to fly on this particularly multi.
UPDATE: WOW Andy from Switcherland cut his STELLA appart, (a little) and mounted it on the nose of his QAV400, its a perfect fit and the results are great.
Visit his website for more details.
Before you ask.. I got the STELLA from xAircraft America and I paid for it out of my pocket.