This is a hardware review of an interesting product for FPV racers.
This product consists in an integration of mutliple components you would otherwise need to solder and assemble together with lots of wiring, thus saving weight and making a cleaner build.
In brief, it is at the same time:
-a F3 flight controller board (could have been the latest F4 generation but hey, F3 is good enough for my flying skills). The F3 board plugs/unplugs from the ESCs/PDB motherboard. So it can be replaced if needed.
To suppress vibrations & jello in videos taken by very lighweight camera brushless gimbals is a challenge as none of the classical methods are working well. The more weight, the easier it is to manage vibrations. When you combine extreme lightweight gimbal with a CMOS sensor technology, you'll get very prone to the so called "jello" effect.
In this video I share some findings about what works best with my 50 gr 2-axis Mobius gimbal.
Recent 3DR's move not to sell DIY components & parts anymore, pushes hobbyists and prosumers to diversify their supplier's sources. Like many others in the community, my issue is to find an "as good quality as 3DR" alternative for a Pixhawk board. I started looking around for possible 3DR Pixhawk replacement candidates, with a quality I can trust in my builds.
n Belgium, our local "FAA", the so called "DGTA" (as painful as in the US) has just passed last week a law regulating the use of drones. They defined a number of categories among which the "all-up-weight" of the ship is a criterion. Among the categories, a ship under a kilogram does not require a pilot certification nor all of the administrative burdens & associated costs. They allow you to fly a sub kilogram ship (except in public spaces) up to 10 meters (basically it is considered a "toy" under a kilogram).
The Sony QX10 is a nice lightweight 18 MegaPix camera for very little money (costs less than 100$ online, shipping included). It looks like a good one for aerial mapping missions. Unfortunately, it does not support USB cable remote triggering (unlike the much more expensive models in the QX family). Also, a smartphone app allows to trigger the camera via Wifi but that does not allow a direct shutter trigger control via Pixhawk, which was the purpose for getting this camera.