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Review PhotoShip one mkTR

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I have been using the Photoship One mkTR camera mount for about a year now, this is a review of the Photoship One mkTR camera mount.

Photoship One mkTR

Assembly

When I first unwrapped the Photoship One mkTR mount, I was a little impressed, the construction seems to be so simple, but with a lot of part to assemble. But no sweat, the manual was easy to understand and it was assembled in a few hours.

This camera mount was purchased for a Mikrokopter, and the mount on the drone was easy to, but I don’t like the placing of the screws, they are very close to each other and that is really not the best solution, because of the missing stability of the camera mount, the screws is centered around the 4 screws placed close to each other.

But the Assembly was not a problem

Camera

Placing a camera on the mount is not a problem, Photoship One has made a lot of holes for the camera screw on the camera plate, and you can place the camera one the plate to get a good balance for the camera.

That is great for small cameras, but for a Canon 550D size camera that is a problem, yes there is room for 550D size camera, but no you can fit it to get a good balance, there is just no room for that.

To get a Canon 550D size camera to fit, you have to make some modifications to the mount, to get it to move freely, and then you get to the next problem, that is the cables for the camera, they take up space to resulting In yet another problem, you can´t get a 90 degree movement when you have cables in your Canon 550D.

I have managed to solve the mounting issues of the big camera, but I have a special USB connector and I have made some modifications to the mount it-self.

In flight

On a Mikrokopter you can setup compensation from the gyros to the camera mount servos, this is an easy setup, and it will keep the camera in the same direction even if the drone is tilting.

And you can change the angle from the transmitter to move the camera, no problem at all.

But there is one huge problem with the Photoship one mkTR and a big camera like the Canon 550D, when the drone compensates the movement and stops the moving camera, the mkTR mount is too flappy in the setup, resulting in a whiplash effect making the camera move and vibrate more than if you did not have any gyro compensation activated.

Making this mount almost impossible to use for video. And very difficult to use for still photos.

Overall impression

As you can guess there is a lot of issues with this mount and the product is not delivering what it is promising, and for a price at around 500$ it is very disappointing.

I have been trying to get in contact with Photohship One some time ago, with the following input(see below), but with no response in return.

1. of Look at the picture below instead of sanding the sides of the carbon fiber, I just added a 0,5 mm shim to the spacer, I am sure that will give me a much better sliding roller then sanding the fiber. Maybe you can add four shims for the next costumers, or add some variation of shims for the best setup.
Picture of the Photoship one mkTR

2. Look at the picture below, I am sorry but I am very excited to test out the control horn, it seem like there is a lot of resistance and the 0,5 mm space around the screw seems to make a less efficient setup for the roll direction.
A relatively simple modification is to move the servo to the side and place the servo horn there on the servo, and add a link with link balls, that would be a VERY accurate setup.
Picture of the Photoship one mkTR

3. Look at the pictures below, I am a little concerned about the safety of this setup, the only thing holding this mount together is the glue! A simple change would be to add a spacer on each side to hold the camera tray.
picture of the Photoship one mkTR
picture of the Photoship one mkTR

4. One last thing, on the opposite side of the potentiometer on the camera tray, can you add some pressure bearing to hold the tray in place, I am flying with a Canon 550D and the setup seems a bit unstable, I have added a spacer, I didn’t have a pressure bearing.

End of response to Photoship One

Conclusion

If you a looking for some fun time with a GoPro or a similar small camera, you can use the Photoship One mkTR, considering the price I would not advise you to do so.

Sorry Photoship One this is a retry, for the low end marked.
General comment

I hope this review can inspire others to make product reviews of drones and camera mounts out there, this is a fast grooving marked and there is a lot of semi good product out there, for a very high price, let’s work together and make the products better.


World’s first manned flight

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This is just amazing, the World’s first manned flight with an electric multicopter from E-Volo.de, this is a video of 3 guys having the vision to see what they expect the future to bring, and voting from there video i would agree that there could be a future possibility to fly around in a multicopter.

I would personally s*** my pants, if you had to sit on top of that thing, but the 1½ minuts must have been amazing.


New EU based Drone company

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Just spotted a new company based in EU, Coptermotion at Coptermotion.eu, from browsing around on the site and having a look at the product first hand, i can definitely say that this product is a new solution for all the professional photographers that have an interest in starting in aerial picture and video with a drone solution.

This product is a completely build and tested solution, where you get everything in one solution, a base-station / transmitter with build in display and a OSD with all the need to knows about height and direction.

Image of the Coptermotion model ready to go

One of the key points on this produkt is that you can change the camera settings from the transmitter:

“Height, distance, battery status, flight heading, climb rate, Lattitude-longitude, etc…, is displayed on top of the live video. The pilot is totally in control.Four intuitive control buttons make it real easy to control the helicopter while remaining full control of the camera movement at the same time, this saves you a second operator and is a real money saving feature. One pilot can easily control both the movement of the aircraft and change camera options. Nine buttons are at your disposal to control any camera setting you want.

Changing diafragma, iso values, shutterspeed, record on/off, etc….is al done by the press of a button.Our long endurance base station (optional) provides a crystal clear live video feed without any disturbance, flicker or noise.”

Exciting new product i am looking forward to see where this is going.

Source Coptermotion.eu


Gaui 330X on PhoenixRC

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Phoenix RC simulator are working on a new multicopter model for all the new muliticopter pilots out there, i am sure it is going to be a relief to have a simulator to try out your new moves on, how about going for your first loop with you Gaui 330X on a simulator ?

The first model Phoenix RC is making is the well known Gaui 330X and from the beta testing it seems like it is a good implementations already, you can definitely get the quadrocopter feeling from this model simulation.

Go to www.phoenix-simv3.com for more information

A video and some screenshot from Phoenix RC simulator with the new Gaui 330X:

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Gaui1.jpg

It has been great being a beta test for PhoenixRC what a great team.


Just got a new toy, MikroKopter Hexa XL

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Time to try something new, and with all the fuzz going around about drones and multi-copter, quadro copter, hexa copter and okto copter, i just had to see what all the fuzz was about, so i got a new toy a MikroKopter Hexa XL a 6 rotor helicopter, that is new but is it the next step ?

You can expect to hear more about the Hexa XL in the next couple of month, because this new MikroKopter Hexa XL is definetly a new toy, with lots of potential.

But for now, let me just info all the new guys, what NOT to do when you get a mulit-copter and whant to test it for the first time, i know from experience, don’t test your mulitcopter or helicopter with blades mounted that is a very bad idea, here is an instruction video on how you can test your Mikrokopter setup for the very first time.

Have a safe first flight