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Old July 28th, 2012, 09:18 PM   #1
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RC helicopter for Go Pro camera

Whats a good RC helicopter for a go pro camera or similar camera?

Hoping to get some smooth shots for a short film.

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Old July 28th, 2012, 09:22 PM   #2
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Re: RC helicopter for Go Pro camera

How many years have you been flying RC helis?
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Old July 29th, 2012, 11:05 AM   #3
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Re: RC helicopter for Go Pro camera

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How many years have you been flying RC helis?

The fact that you're asking means you don't have the experience to accomplish what you want.
As has been discussed in many threads here, the RC Helis capable of carrying a payload of any kind are not toys and could seriously injure or kill if mishandled. You cannot fly helis just anywhere. Well, you could but if something happens you're gonna be in big trouble. Sanctioned fields carry insurance and have a large enough area to fly in.
I have been flying for over 20 years and I've seen what can happen even in the hands of an experienced pilot.

But since you asked, I fly Replay and GoPro cameras on a Blade 450 3D which has been modified for the extra load. That's about as small a heli as you want and it is a handful to fly. I also have a friend with X-cell gassers that I borrow for larger loads.
Ideally, you want a 600 or 700 size (Thunder Tiger, Mikado, Align, and Miniature Aircraft are decent) which are much more stable. Get ready to spend over a grand on those and in some cases a couple of thousand dollars. On top of that, you need experience building and setting up a heli. Any vibration will render your video unusable. Then there's the actual flying. Anyone can fly around for fun. If you're trying to get smooth video, that's not so easy. Want to hover at altitude? do a 360 pan? Very difficult to keep smooth.

Honestly if all you're looking for is a couple of shots, go to your local hobby shop and find out who the best RC pilot is. Give him a couple hundred dollars to do the work for you. You will get much better results, save a TON of money and have a lot less risk.

If you want to learn how to fly, go find the same guy and pay him to teach you all the ins and outs. That's after buying a simulator and spending a few weeks on it. Don't buy a heli til he tells you what he's familiar with. Spare parts on some helis are hard to get. And cheapo off brand helis are next to impossible to get spare parts. This is how I've seen many get into and out of the hobby after one crash.
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 06:21 PM   #4
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Re: RC helicopter for Go Pro camera

if you just want to fly a gopro, I would recommend a quadcopter with a naza fight control system on it..a good one in kit form or you can get pre assembled is from dji, the flamewheel 450. very easy to fly.
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