Great tips! A must when you are taking aerial videos or pictures.
Thanks for the post!
If it's not too heavy it will be a good alternative to the more expensive Zenmuse line of gimbals. We plan to make adapters for our drone line of copters as well as for third party ones.
3DR has been in the "drone" business for a long time, probably longer than DJI. They are not necessarily a start-up company in that sense. They develop their own flight controllers such as Pixhawk, and the older APM FCs.
The only thing 3DR has been behind is in having a flagship small quad to compete against the Phantom. DJI was the first company to bring to the masses a fully turnkey setup with the Phantom, however, they were not the first to create multicopters for the normal folk. Mikrokopter from Germany was one of the very first companies that made flight controllers for multicopters so the end user would use them on their own frames, they were the ones who started it all.
So now 3DR they finally have a direct competition to the Phantom, Blade, and similar models. Good for them.
We have submitted a request to test the CION. Our market is mostly with drones and gimbals so we want to see if the camera is a good candidate for our drone equipment.
The copter is really nice and their stuff is good quality, and this is coming from their competition.
Now, you still have to add the price for a Movi gimbal if you want to use it with it. It may not be an economical solution to budget indie filmmakers needing something cheaper. Excuse the shameful plug ;) but our Gryphon Dynamics can be had with a gimbal for less than $10k, and these frames are super lightweight and really strong, capable of lifting 15lbs for 10-12 mins at a time.
We are working on bringing even more affordable heavy lifters multirotors for those in a budget, check our indiegogo campaign soon.