Posted on November 24 2015
New to drone technology and wondering what the heck a gimbal is? You’ve probably heard the word used in conjunction with GoPro cameras, and yes, one does have a lot to do with the other.
Defined as “a pivoted support that allows the rotation of an object about a single axis. A set of three gimbals, one mounted on the other with orthogonal pivot axes, may be used to allow an object mounted on the innermost gimbal to remain independent of the rotation of its support,” gimbals are simply objects that help your camera stay where you want on your quadcopter.
Necessary if you’re looking to do any kind of professional recording with your quadcopter, some gimbals are unsurprisingly better than others. Most of today’s top quadcopters, such as the Phantom 2 Vision+ and Phantom 3 professional from DJI and the 3DR Solo from 3D Robotics feature gimbals, even if they don’t come with cameras.
Let’s check out some gimbals to give you a better idea of what these nifty things do:
Zenmuse H3-3D Gimbal
A three-axis gimbal advertised as very high performance, the Zenmuse H3-3D Gimbal is compatible with DJI flight control systems. Ideal for the GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 3+, it’s lightweight, small, and offers precise control, stabilization, and tilt control. It also features “plug and play” installation, making it super-easy to set up.DJI Osmo
Created by DJI Drone, this three-axis gimbal is advertised as the “complete solution” and offers multiple control modes. It’s best used with DJI drone, including the Inspire 1, and provides excellent stability “even in the most difficult of flight conditions.” The gimbal also comes with a new HDMI-AV/HD module so you may experience real-time HD video through a built-in video output module as you control the camera. This gimbal is considered to be a hand held unit and can be used when filming with a camera. Check out these and other gimbals and obtain the stable, professional-grade footage you want!