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September 17, 2007

Gyro Stabilized Camera

at 5:15 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks

Chris Anderson was lucky enough to visit the Google campus and took some arial pictures with a digital camera mounted to an RC plane. To enhance the picture taking capability of the rig he decided to make a gyro stabilized system to mount the camera onto.

Video after the jump.

“The secret ingredient is an off-the-shelf “heading hold” gyro made for a R/C helicopter. These can be found for as little as $40, but after some experimentation I found that you need one that has special circuitry to resist gyro drift (there are several of them here, ranging from $74 to $199. I’m going to test several of them to find the cheapest one that works; right now I’m using one I had that doesn’t have drift cancellation and it won’t work for anything but benchtop tests)

For the tilting camera mount and base, you’ll need a sheet of relatively thin aluminum. I used a .032 X 6 X 12 sheet. Anything thicker won’t bend properly. I cut out several prototypes from cardboard before committing to metal (and still had to do the metal twice, when the first sheet proved to be too thick). I’ve made a pdf that you can print out and use as a template (when printing, set “page scaling” to “none” so it prints full-size). This one was designed for a Canon Digital Elph camera (all the recent vintages, from the 500 to 900 series, are about the same size); if you’re using a different camera you may need to modify some dimensions slightly to fit.”

 


 

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11 Responses to “Gyro Stabilized Camera”

  1. feki00 Says:

    As i see the camera is shakeing each time the stabilization, if u make moveingpicture it can be bothersome. I heard a way to stabilize such cameras: u attach a wheight to the camera with a bar, towards the ground. Its mass will compensate the pitch, so the camera will look almost exactly towards the ground. But hanging weights on the plane is a bad thing.

    I hope someone can understand what am i talking about, because of my bad english.

  2. Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog » Blog Archive » Gyro Stabilized Camera Says:

    Tektag / jd42

    Chris Anderson was lucky enough to visit the Google campus and took some arial pictures with a digital camera mounted to an RC plane. To enhance the picture taking capability of the rig he decided to make a gyro stabilized system to mount the camera onto.

  3. chris noto Says:

    I’ve always wanted an rc plane.

  4. Gadgetos » Blog Archive » DIY’er crafts affordable gyro-stabilized camera platform Says:

    […] [Via HackedGadgets] […]

  5. DIY’er crafts affordable gyro-stabilized camera platform at Photomania Says:

    […] We’ve definitely seen a camera(phone) holding on for dear life whilst snapping pics of the world below, but an adventurous DIY’er apparently felt the need to conjure up an inexpensive alternative of his own. Aiming to keep the camera steady while the conjoined aircraft moved above, a relatively thin sheet of aluminum, Canon point-and-shoot camera, an “off-the-shelf heading hold gyro (preferably one that resists gyro drift),” and a few utensils were basically all that was needed to finish the job. Best of all, the creator was kind enough to leave us a few templates and words of advice, but for those just window shopping for DIY endeavors, check out the video waiting after the break. [Via HackedGadgets] […]

  6. w.pasman Says:

    “As i see the camera is shakeing each time the stabilization, if u make moveingpicture it can be bothersome. ”

    Exactly, the servos are replacing the low speed rolls with a high speed judder, exactly what I was expecting. Seems not very useful.

  7. Gyro-stabilized digital camera images possible from an RC plane | diyblog.info Says:

    […] Why not construct a simple gyroscopically-stabilized system for that camera before you mount it to your hobby plane? There are already gyro assemblies made for RC planes, but retrofitting one to hold a digital camera will take some elbow grease, plus a smidgen of cash. […]

  8. Chris Says:

    All you need for smoothing out the gyro’s correction are quality fast, digital servos. The new Hitec HS-5065’s would be perfect. The problem with using a Gyro isn’t the Gyro, which in this case looks like a Futaba GY-401 or GY-240, but the servos used in conjunction with the gyro(s). HS-55’s, what I am presuming these blue servos are, are not fast enough or accurate enough for smooth gyro response. The speed and precision of the servos has to be at par with the speed and accuracy of the gyro itself.

  9. anto Says:

    interesting mount camera
    could we buy from you?
    how much it cost? thanks

  10. Hard Drive Camera Stabilizer - Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog Says:

    […] has come up with a creative Hard Drive Camera Stabilizer. We have seen other ways to Gyro Stabilize a Camera but this one is nice because it has the possibility of making use of a hard drive that otherwise […]

  11. Cesare Says:

    hello, congeratulations !
    May I buy one or two units form you?
    please let me know
    regards

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