This is what they meant when they say a GoPro can minimise vibration.

Here’s the same area at around the same time, flight of an Immersion RC Xugong 10 that we were having issues with for quite some time on the vibrations and we’ve tried:

– Earplugs in dampening balls
– Red dampening balls
– Black dampening balls
These dampening balls from Hobbyking
– Adding a Tarot T2D gimbal with foam to the front
– Removing the gimbal again

It is the same. Then we popped in one of our damaged GoPro 3 that can’t do video out when the mobius* ran out of battery. We flew line of sight.

and we found out the GoPro indeed can take away vibrations in the video with the exact same motors, lipo, propellors…

Mobius

GoPro

*Our Mobius is converted to a GoPro form factor with these thus was able to use the gimbal.

Rant: GoPro 4 can’t do interval video record but a $100 camera can

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We’ve long wanted this and the SJ4000 can do a 5 min video without intervention and keep recording 5 mins video till you need to land and press the stop video. The closest thing the GoPro can do is “Looping” however, if you do not land and press the stop button and start another recording, the camera will start overwriting the first 5 mins that you have recorded. We did not land as there might be something nice and we’re still flying around!

Solution? You record non stop on a GoPro….then you have a super large file to process. Dumb.

We think the new M10 and the upcoming SJ5000 can do what the SJ4000 can too. Comments?

GoPro manuals here.

Build: ImmersionRC Xugong8

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We like the Xugong 10 so much, we bought the 8 shortly after and it’s as awesome. Waiting for the Xugong Pro v2 to launch and making one more purchase. The Xugong seem is all we need to pack, go and fly. It’s small and the Xugong8 is even more impressive.

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Purchased the “crash kit” and extra rubber balls and the red ones that’s suppose to be harder.DSC08998

Same eggshell type tray in the box.DSC08999 DSC09000 DSC09001 DSC09002

ESC power cables shorten.DSC09003 DSC09004

Size compared as seen on our Instagram account previously.DSC09005 DSC09006  DSC09008

Going with a DJI Naza M Lite v2 first, would like to have the Naza M V2 from the Aliencopter soon after we tear that down.DSC09009 DSC09011 DSC09012 DSC09013 DSC09014 DSC09015  DSC09017

Compared folded…DSC09019

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Gotta change that blue GPS folding mount to a red one!DSC09022

We really like the size but the space within the Xugong8 is like the Xugong10, it’s oddly hard to balance the whole quad. We always like the Naza to sit right in the center with proper Center of Gravity (CG) with front and back balanced. To achieve that, the lipo has to be mounted below the whole quad meaning the Xugong has to be modded to be taller. We hope to keep it at this size.

First Flight

We’ll be able to move the electronics like the LED module, PMU and Frsky D4R II receiver into the current lipo compartment too if we move the lipo to the bottom.

You can add a gimbal to the front to add weight to it and try to balance it. We flew it with Emax 2213 935kv motors, 8 inch propellers, a gopro3 black in the underwater housing and it lasted about 10.5 mins on a Turnigy 3S 20-30C 2650mah lipo.

Conclude, you can’t find a better travel quad as of Jan 2015. The arms folding mechanism is simply well thought through and is genius! It unpacks, unfold the arms in seconds and ready to fly. No screws and nuts to fiddle with or to tighten before you can fly like the Aliencopter 430mm we have! It makes it a pain when we tried flying the Aliencopter at St John’s Island/ Kusu Island we simply stop disassembling it and hung it outside the bag. It’s sure to raise questions and unwanted attention at certain areas to fly.

The 8 inch version of the Xugong is really small for it’s class, when folded (and we’ve looked at what is available and tried just about all of them backwards folding, fold inwards etc etc) and we see ourselves travelling with it overseas even.

Links:

Our Xugong 10 build
Xugong Pro V2 build
Discussion – http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2068755
We bought at – http://www.readymaderc.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76_310&products_id=2145

Go Pro Selling drones next year end

2015 year end.

We have a feeling it’s going to be a disappointment.

There’s too many ready to fly and they are not innovative.GoPro could thought, they’re already making darn good action cameras and the RC community is already using these cameras to fly and already taking aerial shots with them not to mention crashing them.

We broke 2 within 6 months and now flies with mobius and SJ4000. We have 2 mobius and 3 variants of the SJ4000.

Maybe GoPro has something that has the gopro’s insides that’s modular so we can upgrade when the GoPro5 comes along? But anyhow, we know we’ll be disappointed.

We’re guessing:

– It will NOT be modular
– It will cost more than USD$500 even with transmitter
– You will be tied to a single manufacturer for repairs
– It will have some puny wifi FPV built in

http://online.wsj.com/articles/gopro-developing-line-of-consumer-drones-1417020883

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/report-gopro-planning-launch-consumer-183222332.html;_ylt=AwrSbgd0KnZUh2wANQFXNyoA