The first thing I noticed when I started using the GoPro camera with the Phantom was the fact that being attached directly to the underneath of the craft, every time it banked (tilting or leaning ) or turned then the video or photograph was at an angle. I did some research and found that there was a gimbal available. The gimbal consists of a frame containing 2 motors and a small circuit board with a gyro attached. This means that the gyro detects the aircraft turning or banking and sends a direction to the motors to compensate for the movement and keep the camera level with the horizon.
This was a great addition to the Phantom but it did come with a negative effect. The additional weight of the gimbal and camera had reduced the flight time from 10 minutes to 6 minutes. With everything that gets added to the aircraft there is a consequence in the amount of weight involved and proportionally the amount of airtime available with the battery. The standard battery with the Phantom is a 2200mAh battery. I decided to try a different battery setup and purchased some 2800mAh batteries. I also found that changing the propellers and adjusting the voltage settings inside the Phantom software would have some added advantages in terms of flight time. The standard propellers were replaced with those from the newly released Phanton Vision. They are slightly bigger and have a deeper pitch angle giving more lift.
Once the propellers had been changed and the voltages adjusted I was back to around 8:30 mins of flight time. This allowed much better opportunities to get aerial photographs and videos. I was working line of sight, which means at all times I could see the Phantom in the air. I could not however see what the camera was recording until the Phantom landed and the video was put onto my computer. I decided to do some more research and see if there was a way to be able to see the video or photographs while the Phantom was in the air. To be able to see what the camera saw.