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This Gimbal's A Keeper, Right (vs. those w/ the dreaded unfixable tilted horizon)?

Gordie_Z

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Hi, new member here. I just purchased a Mavic 2 Pro with a regular controller, am running the Go 4 I just downloaded on an I-Phone, and have updated the drone's and batterie's firmware. I have read of the somewhat frequent can't-get-the-horizon-level-and-sometimes-those-that-do-get-it-level-lose-it-after-panning-problem. Prior to flying I'm trying to ascertain if this Mavic 2 Pro has that problem. I don't think it does. Do you agree...?

The camera arrived taking pictures that tilted very clockwise which had me worried (the black levels were applied in Photo Elements)…

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After three Go 4 autocalibrations and a manual yaw and roll adjustment in Go 4...

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So that seems OK. But, I've read some with the problem do attain horizontal horizon via calibrating just to lose it after panning. So I shut the whole system down, put the gimbal cover on and took it off (essentially man-handling the camera), and booted it all up. Then I used the controller dial to move the camera up/down, panned the camera and moved it up/down with my finger on the screen, and auto-moved it down/horizontal multiple times with the back left controller button. I checked the manual gimbal settings and they had persisted through all this monkey biz (I was afraid they might re-set to "0" at reboot). The after-the-monkey-biz pic below shows a slight tilt relative to the pic taken after auto- and manual calibration (above)...

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But, any differences between the two seem small enough to be due to not placing the drone for the later pic exactly where it was for the former, or maybe a slight bit of drift in calibration. But, because it was able to be adjusted so well and hold the calibration over a reboot and camera movements, I don’t think this Mavic 2 Pro has the dreaded “can’t level the horizon” problem some do.

Agreed?


Also, not having taken drone pics/videos before, I'm guessing calibration can drift a bit before the horizon is detectably tilted... for those with healthy gimbals, how quickly does the calibration drift to the point you feel you must auto-calibrate and manually adjust the gimbal again? Every flight? Every five flights...?

Thank you in advance.
 

Gordie_Z

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Thanks. "Very rarely...," "...adjusted the horizon once...to play around with settings..." Sounds promising. I can actually get it to horizontal, and it stayed horizontal in the pics above and the one I took below at the edge of the field the maiden flight was in late afternoon yesterday. So I'll assume I don't have the dreaded horizon problem...

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