DJI Mavic Pro Gimbal Repairs

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Mavic Pro Repairs

In this post we will be replacing the DJI Mavic Pro camera gimbal ribbon cable. While the DJI Mavic Pro is rapidly becoming one of the most popular drones among enthusiasts and pro’s alike, it’s also among the more difficult drones to work on, and replacement parts are nearly impossible to come by. Despite sporting forward facing obstacle avoidance, the Mavic Pro’s camera is incredibly prone to damage. In fact, nearly all Mavic Pros we see on a daily basis have some type of camera related damage.

Mavic Pro camera connections

In this post we will be removing the gimbal to perform a repair. Gimbal damage can cause some extremely small and fragile connections to become severed resulting in a loss of video, loss of stabilization, or both. This customers Mavic still had a working video feed. We sourced a replacement gimbal ribbon cable to restore the gimbal’s stabilization to factory performance. In this image we have removed the top of the Mavic to reveal the very thin ribbon cable connections.

mavic Pro Gimbal

After removing the screws that secure the gimbal mount as well as the electrical connections, the gimbal can be removed from the aircraft. To separate the gimbal from the mount, we use tweezers to carefully unhook the vibration isolators. The ribbon cable we will be replacing is easily recognized by the white writing.

DJI Mavic Pro Gimbal

With the gimbal removed and rotated, the interconnect panel above is visible. Notice the multi-strand cable toward the center left. This is the HDMI ribbon cable which carries the video. Fortunately this cable is intact. These individual strands are nearly impossible to repair if broken.

DJI Mavic Pro Ribbon Cable Repair

With the mount separated from the gimbal, the ribbon cable is more easily seen. This cable is approximately six inches in length and has numerous connections which must be routed carefully through various openings. Since all 3 axis of motion rely on this cable, any damage will render your mavic useless. The design leaves much of the cable completely unprotected as it wraps around the lens with slack to allow for unrestricted movement. Pictured here is the end of the cable prior to removal.

Mavic Pro ribbon cable

With the cover removed, the multi-strand HDMI cable is exposed. Notice the black ribbon cable which wraps around and across before terminating into a silver tab located in the open rectangle. This is just one of several connections which must be carefully handled both during removal and reinstallation of the new ribbon cable. It’s worth mentioning that the HDMI cable can easily be damaged from handling or while reinstalling the covers which can pinch the strands.

Mavic Pro disassembled

With the ribbon cable replaced, we reinstalled the gimbal and reconnected the wires. We powered it up, confirmed the gimbal was operational, and went the extra mile for our customer by updating the firmware. After the update, all sensors were calibrated and the aircraft was test flown. Best of all, the entire repair was completed the same day our customer dropped it off for repair.

For guaranteed repairs in record time contact AerialPixels or visit our Los Angeles location in person. 800-411-9635

DJI Releases DJI Mavic Pro – Palm Size Folding 4K Drone

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DJI Mavic Pro
DJI Mavic Pro

The DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that turns the sky into your creative canvas easily andwithout worry, helping you make every moment an aerial moment. Its compact size hides a high degree of complexity thatmakes it one of DJI’s most sophisticated flying cameras ever. 24 high-performance computing cores, an all-new transmissionsystem with a 4.3mi (7km) range, 5 vision sensors, and a 4K camera stabilized by a 3-axis mechanical gimbal,are at your command with just a push of your thumb or a tap of your finger.

FLY FURTHER

Inside the Mavic’s pocket-sized remote controller is DJI’s brand new OcuSync transmission technology, with a range of 4.3mi (7km) and Full HD 1080p video streaming.

FLY FURTHER

Inside the Mavic’s pocket-sized remote controller is DJI’s brand new OcuSync transmission technology, with a range of 4.3mi (7km) and Full HD 1080p video streaming.

PRECISION HOVER

Satellite positioning can only help a drone hover in an unobstructed outdoor area free of interference. Without satellites, the drone will not be able to position and become susceptible to drifting. However, with forward and downward vision sensors, the Mavic can hover precisely indoors or in places without GPS.

STAY FLYING LONGER

The Mavic is only 1/6th the size of the Phantom 4 but this reduction in size doesn’t mean a reduction in flight time. The Mavic actually flies much longer than you would expect from its compact size. It is capable of reaching an absolute max flight time of 27 minutes and a maximum distance of 8mi (13km) due to its powerful, high efficiency motors.

4K ULTRA HD VIDEO

Mavic supports 4K video at 30fps. No Electronic Image Stabilization is used, ensuring all footage is 4K. We have created a miniaturized, ultra-precise 3-axis gimbal for the Mavic, capable of stabilizing the camera even during high speed motion for smooth video and sharp photos.

PHOTOS WITH ALTITUDE

Everyone loves a good photo. Whether you just want to take a snap or are building up your portfolio, the Mavic’s 12-megapixel camera with Adobe DNG RAW support is ready to shoot.

DJI Mavic Pro

DJI A3 Flight Controller with 12S Support

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DJI A3 Flight Controller
DJI A3 Flight Controller

Combining ultimate reliability with accurate flight control, the brand-new A3 series of flight controllers is ideal for demanding industrial and cinematic applications where reliability and customization are essential.

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TRIPLE MODULAR REDUNDANCY

The A3 Pro* is equipped with three IMUs and three GNSS units, with additional analytical redundancies for a total of six redundancies. Working together with advanced diagnostic algorithms, if the A3 Pro detects GNSS or IMU unit failure during flight, it seamlessly switches to another unit to maintain reliability and precision.

*Upgrade the A3 to A3 Pro by installing 2 upgrade kits

PRECISION FAULT-TOLERANT CONTROL

The new attitude determination and multi-sensor fusion algorithms improve the A3’s control accuracy. The robust control algorithm enables the A3 and A3 Pro to be adapted to a wide range of aircraft without the need for manual tuning. With a fault-tolerant control system, a hexacopter or octocopter can land safely even in the event of propulsion system failure.

INDUSTRY SOLUTIONS AND SDK COMPATIBILITY

The A3 series provides industry solutions with D-RTK GNSS, smart ESCs, intelligent batteries, and Lightbridge 2. With Onboard and Mobile SDKs, custom-built applications can access flight data, and control the aircraft, gimbal, and camera. Dedicated hardware interfaces including CAN and API ports allow industry experts to craft their ideal aerial system by adding actuators and sensors.

NEXT-GENERATION DJI ASSISTANT

The brand new DJI Assistant 2 is powerful yet simple, making it easy to set up a variety of DJI aerial systems. A new, built-in flight simulator ensures that complex moves can be practiced in advance without risking the aircraft, and a completely overhauled Ground Station supports touch screen interaction, offline mission design, route planning and even formation flight for multiple aircraft

BUILT-IN FUNCTIONS

Flight Modes · P-Mode (Positioning)
· Atti Mode / A-Mode (Attitude)
· F-Mode (Function)
· Manual mode
Return-to-Home Modes · Smart RTH
· Low battery RTH (for DJI Intelligent Flight Battery)
· Low voltage RTH (for other LiPo batteries)
· Failsafe RTH
Safety Features · Failsafe mode
· Low battery level warning (only for DJI Intelligent Flight Battery)
· Low battery voltage warning (for other LiPo batteries)
· Custom flight altitude and radius limits
· No Fly Zones
· Motor redundancy (for 6 and 8 rotor platforms)
· Motor overload detection
· Triple modular redundancy (for A3 Pro)
DJI GO App (DJI Lightbridge 2 required) · Beginner mode
· Auto takeoff and landing
· Wireless flight controller configuration
· Flight data OSD (built-in data recorder)
· Intelligent Flight Modes: Course Lock* / Home Lock* / Point of Interest (POI) / Waypoints
* Course Lock and Home Lock work without the DJI Lightbridge 2.
Supported DJI Equipment · DJI aerial platforms (e.g. S900, S1000, S1000+)
· DJI gimbal systems (e.g. Zenmuse X3 / X5 / X5R/ XT /Z15 A7 / GH4 / 5D ? / BMPCC)
· DJI Intelligent Landing Gear
· DJI Intelligent Flight Battery

ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL

Rated Power · A3: 5 W
· A3 Pro: 10 W
Rated Peak Power · A3: 8 W
· A3 Pro: 16 W
Input Voltage Range 10.5 – 52 V
Static Electricity · AD: ±8 KV
· CD: ±4 KV
Operating Temperature 14° to 113° F (-10° to 45° C)
Weight · Flight Controller: 66 g
· GPS-Compass Pro: 60 g
· LED Module: 15 g
· IMU Pro: 40 g
· PMU: 45 g
Dimensions · Flight Controller: 64 mm x 24 mm x 19.5 mm
· GPS-Compass Pro: 61 mm (diameter) x 13 mm
· LED Module: 27 mm x 27 mm x 8 mm
· IMU Pro: 34 mm x 26.5 mm x 20 mm
· PMU: 51 mm x 34 mm x 13.5 mm

DJI Phantom 4 – VISIONARY INTELLIGENCE ELEVATED IMAGINATION

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DJI Phantom 4 - REVOLUTIONARY MATERIALS AND REFINED AERODYNAMICS

REVOLUTIONARY MATERIALS AND REFINED AERODYNAMICS

A new, specially designed, magnesium core increases the stiffness and rigidity of the Phantom 4 without compromising weight. Working in tandem with the battery, it lifts the center of gravity closer to the level of the props which increases agility and responsiveness. This is all placed within a sleek and aerodynamically efficient shell.

DJi Phantom 4

MULTIPLE FLIGHT MODES

The Phantom 4 is flexible enough to meet different flying demands. In Position mode you can use satellite and Vision Positioning, TapFly, ActiveTrack and Intelligent Flight Modes. Sport mode adds extra agility and speed, reaching 45mph (72kph) while maintaining satellite and Vision Positioning systems. Atti holds the Phantom’s altitude and level but switches off satellite positioning making it ideal for smooth film making movements.

DJI Phantom 4 extended flight time

FLY FAR FOR LONGER

High efficiency motors and a custom designed large capacity battery offers 5350mah of power, giving the Phantom 4 a 28* minute flying time. Integrated power management, balanced charging capabilities plus smart charge and discharge protection keep the battery easy to charge and ready to fly at maximum capacity.  Integrated Lightbridge technology allows you to see what the Phantom sees in 720p HD at up to 3.1mi (5km)** away. This low latency video transmission technology is extremely resistant to interference, giving you more control over your flight.
*In calm conditions with constant speed.
**Maximum range tested in unobstructed areas free of interference and may vary depending on local regulations.

DJI Phantom 4 sense and avoid

SENSE AND AVOID

We all use our eyes to see and interact with the world. A forward Obstacle Sensing System gives the Phantom 4 it its own pair of eyes, empowering it to see in three dimensions and to react. In Normal Mode if it sees an obstacle coming close it will stop and hover. In TapFly, ActiveTrack and Smart Return Home modes it will avoid the obstacle, or hover to avoid a collision. It also gives you warnings so you always know what is happening to the Phantom. The downward facing Vision Positioning module contains dual cameras and dual ultrasonic sensors to offer five times more positioning accuracy than previous systems. Used indoors, it provides a GPS-like flying experience, giving you the confidence you need to fly indoors.

DJI Phantom 4 Tap and Fly

TAPFLY

In TapFly mode, all you have to do to fly is tap on the screen of your smartphone or tablet. To change the direction of flight, you can simply tap the screen to fly anywhere. Flying using control sticks and maintaining altitude, course and speed can be challenging, so TapFly takes over all of these controls for you leaving you to focus on your shot. Using its Obstacle Sensing System, the Phantom 4 can fly places you might not have gone before, to create dynamic and inspiring footage. Through DJI GO you can also activate Smart Return Home which allows the Phantom to avoid obstacles as it returns.

DJI Phantom 4 - Activetrack

ACTIVETRACK

ActiveTrack makes science fiction a reality. Whether you are running, driving, rafting and more, the Phantom 4 uses an advanced combination of computer vision, object recognition and machine learning to track you as you go. Circling a moving object used to only be achievable by the most seasoned of pilots, now everyone can do it with a flick of the thumb. The entire time that ActiveTrack is running obstacle avoidance is too, so it will decide whether it should continue following, avoid an obstacle or simply stop.

Available soon

DJI Ronin & Ronin M Joystick Features

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DJI Ronin Thumb Stick Left Handed Operation

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