This time I worked with Scott to try to film from the quad. Again flying Line Of Sight, even with a slower plane and cooperating with the pilot I simply couldn’t keep up with the plane. The quad just couldn’t get enough speed, when I increased the power to try to speed up I had to be very careful not to gain too much height. If I did gain height then I had to drop the power to come down again so couldn’t get much speed. And again with the wide angle lens the plane was a bit of a dot in the landscape.
From this I think the probability of actually successfully following a plane with the quad is quite low, fly pasts may be possible, and flying FPV may allow much closer fly pasts than line of sight flying.
Also I think the gimbal that I have used on the quad is lacking.
all the weight of the gimbal and the camera is being held on the tiny screw into the front of the servo. I’ve tried with metal geared servos, and plastic geared, neither are particularly satisfactory. So I have had a new gimbal printed which uses a much larger servo for the connection to the quad.
Hopefully this will be more robust, give less wobble, and if I can add some anti-vibration to it then I am hoping the video quality will improve.