GEPRC CX3 Cygnet - Too Many Cameras?

By Jayembee67 on Jul 02, 2020

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I built this 3" machine a while ago as a 'travelling quad' - something small and light, easy to pack whilst traveling abroad, yet still being a solid machine with good HD recording capabilities. The Cygnet frame was a great choice; it's not the most stylish or exciting looking frame, but it is very practical, robust, and easy to work on. For the camera I used a Caddx Tarsier, which has had very good results. It's a nice little machine that hasn't been used much of late.

But really this post is more about what is now sitting on top.

I have recently been testing out the Insta360 GO 180 degree gyro stabilised mini camera, sticking it on top of various machines, and flying them around to see what happens. The results have been interesting but rather mixed. As such this is perhaps that best result so far, certainly the cleanest footage - the camera does, ironically, suffer from jello, very much so on bigger, noisier machines, which makes the footage much less usable. But this Cygnet is a clean, accidentally well-tuned machine, and so the resultant footage looks really quite good.

This camera is very interesting, only 20g, shooting a 180 hemisphere allowing PoV modifications in post, and has extremely good gyro-stabilisation. The FlowState native stabilisation is so good that it removes all flips and rolls from FPV footage, a very strange experience, and so apparently at the behest of the FPV community, Insta360 created a new 'FPV stabilisation' mode, which smooths the footage, whilst keeping the acrobatics intact. This footage was filmed in that FPV mode:

The GO has its issues, it is not at all reliable, sometimes it records, other times it does not, and it overheats far too easily, all of which is very frustrating. The video is a bit soft, the exposure control a little slow, it's only 25fps, but the stabilisation is really excellent, adding a sheen of elegance to flight footage that it not there in raw.

With the right, likely smaller quad, Whoop or 3", this Insta360 Go camera is a really interesting HD option.

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