Product Review: DJI Phantom Quadcopter for GoPro – Part 2

After using the DJI Phantom quadcopter with the GoPro Hero3 for about a month, I’ve discovered several tips, tricks and resources for getting better photos & videos with this setup. In this segment, I share what I’ve learned about stabilization, calibration and experimental mounts for the GoPro to get rid of Rolling Shutter (Jello Cam). I’ve also learned that I’m a terrible pilot and still need a lot of practice and “flight time”!

The DJI Phantom shown here with foam “quick mount” GoPro Hero3 and upgraded to balanced Graupner CF Props

See PART 1 of my DJI Phantom Quadcopter for GoPro review here

Stability… In Search Of:

I’ve learned a lot more about multi-rotor UAVs than I ever thought I’d care to prior to getting the DJI Phantom– but like just about everything, you find that once you start you just can’t stop!

I say that not because it’s an addictive money-sucking hobby (which I could see it could be very quickly) but in search of that illusive, stable in-flight video on the GoPro, you have to do a little digging… but the info is definitely out there! This is a growing industry and while many hobbyists are paving the way, more pros are starting to look at their options and trying to figure out how they might be able to capitalize on POV cameras – with the GoPro Hero3 leading the way.

I’ve been fortunate to learn from some highly experienced folks here too – Don Scott from DSLRPros.com, who has been supplying me with all the test gear and upgrades and is DJI’s distributor of the Phantom, and Colin Guinn, CEO of DJI North America. Every time I’ve shown them an issue I’ve been having with stability or rolling shutter issues, they’ve given me tips on resolving them, and I’m going to share them with you in this segment.

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