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Old 03-14-2014, 10:17 PM   #1
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Hey Guys,

I'm completely new to this RC helicopter hobby and to be completely honest have no idea what to buy or even what to look for an RC helicopter, I'm pretty much a complete noob, haha.

Basically I'm currently planning to start a photo project where I take overhead photos of different landscapes around here in BC. Since renting a real helicopter is expensive, I was thinking of just attaching and iPhone on an RC helicopter and remotely shoot the iPhone camera with a device.

Unfortunately I'm worried if the lift generated by these RC helicopter are enough to lift and iPhone from the ground. So my question is, are there any available inexpensive RC helicopters out there capable of lifting an iPhone. As much as possible I don't like to whip out hundred of dollars for an RC that I'm only going to use to lift my iPhone from the ground.

Thank you very much!
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Old 03-14-2014, 11:08 PM   #2
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Re: RC Helicopter - iPhone General Question

Look into a DJI Phantom or a Blade 350QX.

You may want to stay away from Helicopters for photography.

However, a 450 sized heli would be decently cheap enough and definitely MORE than enough to lift an iPhone.. But, The Quadcopters are more stable and have built in options to stay in a specific spot..

Here, check this out on Youtube.. http://youtu.be/Q0gWnp9LcyA
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Old 03-14-2014, 11:22 PM   #3
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Re: RC -Iphone Question

" Are there any available inexpensive RC helicopters. "

I wouldn't say there are any inexpensive helicopters ...... maybe second hand ...... but believe me, it's not the way to go. Heli's are the most difficult aircraft to fly and generally take years to master.

You need to spend $40 and buy a simulator and learn to fly before anything else. That alone can save you hundreds of dollars.

Failing that, you can get a quad copter with a still/video camera and 6 axis gyro for about $80 ..... at least the quad you might have a chance to fly in the next month or so.
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:36 AM   #4
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Re: RC -Iphone Question

I wouldn't suggest putting the iphone up in the aircraft but a gopro can be run by a iphone with a few seconds of lag time. Here is a cheaper option.

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Old 03-15-2014, 02:21 PM   #5
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Re: RC -Iphone Question

this is a problem where FPV and or Aerial Photography is the solution

almost nobody using helicopters for aerial photography and FPV nowadays. As stated above - difficult and dangerous to use a helicopter. Plus they are notorious for vibration ruining the image

Can do it with a 40 gram Ladybird quadcopter for $50 plus video bits and some video goggles, right up to a $50k octocopter carrying a Red Epic superHD cam.

For an affordable camera, you might consider the Mobius HD cam, which is very FPV friendly and takes images and movies equal to a GoProHero2. But only costs $70, is much lighter than GoPro, and more aerodynamic also.

This is a good 'prosumer' level quadcopter platform I would like to buy myself some day. Gopro based, with gimbal and top shelf components that will not let you down. But you can do it a lot cheaper also:
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:44 AM   #6
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Re: RC Helicopter - iPhone General Question

Andrew... so this sounds like a hobby type adventure for you and you don't want to spend a lot .. not knowing what your budget is makes it very difficult to suggest anything really.. a quad copter of sorts would be the best solution here; as helicopters ( decent ones ) are expensive when you factor in radio and battery gear; plus the learning curve is steep...

You can get some hobby grade quad copters complete and ready to fly and some with built in cameras..

PM me and I can send you some links...

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