This sub-system significantly augments the flight dynamics and filming capabilities of FPV drones, taking them from four degrees of freedom to five. This allows FPV drones to capture more traditional (non-FPV) drone shots and seamlessly transition to dynamic “proximity” flying, and vice versa, as well as a whole new set of maneuvers. FPV pilots have gotten very good at flying and filming within the constraints of a fixed camera angle, but once you learn to use a head tracking gimbal, there is no going back, at least that has been my experience. I believe this is the next big paradigm shift in cinematic and freestyle FPV.
Want to try it? Check out Adding Servo Gimbal to FPV Multirotor and Adding Head Tracker to Your Setup!
The technology isn’t new. In the early days of FPV people utilized gimbals, even ones controlled with head tracking, but the reality was that hobby drones flew so poorly at the time that it was best to have the flight camera fixed to the drone in order to achieve the best control. Times have changed, now FPV drones fly predictably, in addition we now have camera stabilization at our disposal. This opens back up the doors to increasing the capability of FPV drones.
To clarify, this sub-system isn’t confined to ‘angle mode’, I fly ‘acro’ almost exclusively and the only exceptions are the same as I would have when flying a traditional FPV drone. Also, here are a couple examples of achieving six degrees of freedom with a FPV drone: Universal FPV Gimbal + Quark Stabilizer, Dual-Axis FPV Gimbal