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12-22-2017 06:49 PM  7 months agoPost 1
Peter Wales

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Its called the Soloshot3 and has been in development for a couple of years. Its a tracking camera which has auto zoom and will track a "tag" you place on or in your heli.

They are still issuing replacements for the ones that dont work and updates to improve the ones that do so I dont recommend buying one just yet, but....this is the best video I have made so far.

Watch at YouTube

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12-22-2017 06:51 PM  7 months agoPost 2
Copter Doctor

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yea i saw that 1st advertised a couple yrs back and thought it was pretty cool.

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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12-22-2017 06:55 PM  7 months agoPost 3
chopper37

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Looks like they have the bugs worked out, nice flying there Peter.

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12-22-2017 07:16 PM  7 months agoPost 4
Flyin for Jesus

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I would like to see how it follows when you're going over 10MPH.

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12-22-2017 07:26 PM  7 months agoPost 5
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Peter Wales
Its a tracking camera which has auto zoom and will track a "tag" you place on or in your heli.
I wonder if this will ever put me out of a job.

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12-22-2017 08:44 PM  7 months agoPost 6
wrongler

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I would like to see how it follows when you're going over 10MPH.
It handles speed pretty well, I saw one that handled 30 mph with no problem.

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12-22-2017 08:54 PM  7 months agoPost 7
Grimracer

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is there a lengthy setup involved?

Grim

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12-22-2017 10:25 PM  7 months agoPost 8
Peter Wales

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It does handle speed pretty well, but not if you are close to it, so its really the angular traverse rate which is important. It also does not handle changes in speed or direction too well, so thats why this is in the scale section and not the 3D section.

Mark, I dont think you have anything to worry about

Setup takes about 1-2 minutes. Both the tag and the base station have to locate a lot of satellites and that takes time, but as the upgrades have been coming, setup is becoming shorter.

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12-22-2017 11:36 PM  7 months agoPost 9
PETER ROB

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Peter, That is the best I have seen for an aircraft SS3 video
I have had mine for over a month now, but with weather being typical British winter, not a lot of good weather slots
`i have been using a quad, but not a good subject for size
Can you remember what your settings were for this shoot?
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12-22-2017 11:45 PM  7 months agoPost 10
ssmith512

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Thanks for sharing Mr Wales. I've been following Soloshot since the Soloshot2. Everything I have seen on the SS3 so far, including your video, seems to show the SS3 has trouble maintaining focus on objects when above the horizon line (only sky as background). Can you comment on that?

I also wish it would zoom in a little more during tracking, because it doesnt seem to handle the close flyby's very well. What would you say the minimum distance from the base the model needs to be in order for the base to handle any horizontal flyby tracking?

Steve

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12-23-2017 01:40 AM  7 months agoPost 11
Flyin for Jesus

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I heard the v3 moves a lot faster, but if you move the camera back or just flew out further, it would naot have to rotate as fast to keep up.
I figured it would not work for smack 3D but I fly big and sometimes fast.
Since you said it has to pick up satellites, I assume it knows by GPS where the tag is and follows those locations. There will be some lag just from that.
The fact that it follows and zooms is pretty slick.

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12-23-2017 02:37 AM  7 months agoPost 12
Peter Wales

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Peter, it was set on flight medium and 1 second follow. A touch of zoom on setup to encourage it to zoom in and out. The secret is to fly for the camera and not the other way round. The further away you are the better it tracks, but the smaller the model appears. Its a balancing act right now and I am still learning.I started off with a quad as it was easy to change batteries and get flying. One suggestion I will make is to stand well away from the camera when filming. It seems to make tracking much more consistent. Take a look at this

Watch at YouTube

Steve, the best distance would seem to be 50ft on out. It will zoom a long way if you have the Optic 65 camera but tracking it then becomes a problem. They are working on it, and the focus seems to be a common problem, but if you think about it, a normal video camera will go in and out of focus occasionally. it will improve with time. My camera has the odd feature that the LH side of the screen will go out of focus and the RH side stay in.

Dont spend your money yet, keep an eye on it, it will only get better

Peter Wales
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12-24-2017 03:49 AM  7 months agoPost 13
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This is what happens if you try and beat the camera by flying fast and turning hard. The only time it completely lost it was when I stopped and hovered for a few seconds, but as soon as I moved it picked me up again

Watch at YouTube

Peter Wales
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12-24-2017 05:36 PM  7 months agoPost 14
Mojave

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Cool gadget! A friend of mine is using something similar (maybe this product) to track and film him when he surfs. But his unit is mounted on a multi copter and it actually follows him. I'll have to ask him what he's using.
Barry

All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!

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12-24-2017 07:39 PM  7 months agoPost 15
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It is called active tracking. DJI Spark and Mavic both have the feature. The Osmo mobile handheld gimble has the feature as well. Here is a video the drone tracks the grand kids running; I wasn't on the sticks at all.

Watch at YouTube

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12-26-2017 03:08 PM  7 months agoPost 16
PETER ROB

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Does the Osmo actually tilt or does it sit level all the time?
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12-27-2017 12:34 AM  7 months agoPost 17
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PETER ROB
Does the Osmo actually tilt or does it sit level all the time?
Peter R
Osmo has detachable camera that comes with the gimbal; Osmo Mobile uses your iPhone as camera. Both tilt and roll on 3-axis gimbal.

Osmo does not have active track activated; Osmo Mobile does, and it operates the same as Mavic and Sparks drones.

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