Zenmuse Z15-A7 - DJI | The future of possible

Zenmuse Z15-A7 - DJI | The future of possible
Zenmuse Z15-A7
User Manual
V1.2
2015.09
Warning & Disclaimer
The Z15-A7 gimbal has been calibrated specifically for the designated camera and lens before it leaves the
factory. Please mount only the designated camera and lens to the Z15-A7. Do not add any other component/
device (such as filters, etc.) to the camera. Please use the original camera battery, otherwise performance
may be hindered and internal malfunctions or damage may occur.
Only use the Z15-A7 gimbal with Flight Control Systems developed by DJI (such as the A2 or WooKong-M,
and please upgrade to the latest firmware) for the greatest stability and precision. Please download the
corresponding Assistant software and upgrade your Flight Control System’s firmware, otherwise the Z15-A7
may not function properly. When the main battery power is connected, please be careful and operate the
Flight Control System in the safest way possible. It is strongly recommended that you remove all propellers,
use the R/C or flight pack battery power system, and keep children away during gimbal calibration and
parameter setup. Carefully follow the appropriate steps to mount and connect the gimbal to your aircraft. Use
this manual as well as the related Assistant. Please respect the AMA’s National Model Aircraft Safety Code.
As DJI has no control over the use, setup, final assembly, modification (including use of non-specified
DJI parts i.e. motors, ESCs, propellers, etc.) or misuse, no liability shall be assumed nor accepted for any
resulting damage or injury. By the act of use, setup or assembly, the user accepts all resulting liability. DJI
assumes no liability for damage(s) or injuries incurred directly or indirectly from the use of this product.
DJI and Zenmuse are registered trademarks of DJI. Names of products, brands, etc., appearing in this
manual are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owner companies. This product and
manual are copyrighted by DJI with all rights reserved. No part of this product or manual shall be reproduced
in any form without the prior written consent or authorization of DJI.
Manual Tips
Legend
Important
Tips
Designated Camera and Lens Type for the Z15-A7 Gimbal
Camera Type: Sony ILCE-7S, Sony ILCE-7R
Lens Type: Sony FE 35mm f2.8 ZA
Camera Battery Type for the Z15-A7 Gimbal: NP-FW50 (new version)
Ensure to use the new NP-FW50 battery for the Sony ILCE-7S and Sony ILCE-7R camera, which
has been produced by Sony after Jun 1, 2014. It is all black and weighs 40 g.
The Z15-A7 supports both Sony ILCE-7S and Sony ILCE-7R camera. It has been calibrated for the
Sony ILCE-7S camera by default. Balancing the tilt and pan axis is required if you are using the
Sony ILCE-7R on the Z15-A7.
Firmware versions of supporting DJI Flight Control Systems
WooKong M: V5.26 A2: V2.1 or above
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Contents
Warning & Disclaimer
2
Manual Tips
2
Product Profile
4
In the Box
5
Z15-A7 Diagram
7
Mount
8
Mounting the Sony ILCE-7S Camera
8
Mounting the Sony ILCE-7R Camera
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Mounting the Gimbal to the Landing Gear
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Video Signal Transmission
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A. AV Wireless Video Transmission
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B. DJI iOSD Mark II and AV Wireless Video Transmission
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C. DJI Lightbridge Air System
12
D. DJI Lightbridge 2 13
GCU Wiring
15
GCU Wiring
15
GCU Ports
16
Working Mode/AUX2 Switch Setup
Working Mode Switch Settings
AUX2 Switch Settings
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17
Shutter Control
18
Video Recording Control
18
PC Assistant Tuning
19
Installation and Usage
19
Basic Settings
19
Upgrade
20
Info
20
Pre-Flight Checklist
21
Pre-Flight Checklist
21
Flight Test
22
Appendix
Attention
23
23
1-Pilot Solution
23
2-Pilot Solution
24
Port Descriptions 25
Gimbal LED Indicator
25
Troubleshooting
26
Specifications
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Product Profile
The Z15-A7 is a sophisticated gimbal specifically designed for aerial creativity. It has a built-in independent
IMU module, special servo drive module, HDMI-HD/AV module, infrared remote control module, and more.
The Z15-A7 performs well in all modes, including Orientation-locked, Non orientation-locked, and FPV (Reset).
Product Profile
Working Modes
Orientation-locked
Non orientation-locked
FPV (Reset)
Gimbal
Direction
Gimbal pans with aircraft's nose.
Gimbal pan and
aircraft's nose move
separately.
Gimbal pan and
aircraft's nose are
synchronized.
Gimbal and
Aircraft's Nose
Relative Angle
The gimbal direction maintains the
same relative angle to the aircraft's
nose.
The relative angle
between the gimbal
direction and aircraft's
nose is controllable.
The relative angle
between the gimbal
direction and
aircraft's nose is 0°.
TX Control
Controllable
Controllable
Uncontrollable
Attitude
Stability*
YES
YES
YES
Vibration
Reduction
YES
YES
YES
Stick
Movement
Definition
Roll is locked level in stick
commands from 0-2/3 and rotates
in commands from 2/3-endpoint;
Pan stick commands control the
rotation angle and are limited to
。
360 ; Tilt stick commands control
the rotation velocity of the gimbal.
Stick commands for
gimbal rotation velocity
are relative to total stick
movement. The stick’s
center position velocity
is 0°/s. Its endpoint is
the maximum velocity.
——
Linear Control
YES
YES
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Note*: Attitude stability means that the gimbal’s Roll/Tilt will not follow the aircraft’s Roll/Pitch movement.
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In the Box
Gimbal × 1
In the Box
The Z15-A7 gimbal includes built-in servo drive
modules, an independent IMU module, an infrared
remote control module and a HDMI-HD/AV module.
Gimbal Controller Unit (GCU) × 1
Connect the GCU to your Flight Control System
using the CAN-Bus cable. The GCU will control the
gimbal’s pan, roll and tilt movements. Connect the
GCU to a video downlink for a video signal.
Mounting Bracket × 4
For mounting the gimbal to the landing gear.
Mounting Board for Receiver × 1
For attaching the GCU and providing a convenient
mount for the receiver or other devices.
Camera Mounting Screw × 1
A standard tripod mounting screw.
Screw Package × 1
For mounting the gimbal to your aircraft (M2.5*8 cap
head screw).
10-Pin to 9-Pin Cable × 2
For connecting the GCU to the gimbal.
7-Pin Cable × 1
For connecting the GCU to the Lightbridge air system.
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8-Pin to 6-Pin Cable × 2
For connecting the GCU to the gimbal.
Servo Cable Package × 1
For connecting the GCU and the receiver.
AV Video Power Cable × 1
For connecting the GCU and the wireless video
transmission module, and transmitting the AV signal.
iOSD Mark II Cable × 1
For connecting the GCU to the DJI iOSD Mark II.
Micro-USB Cable × 1
For adjusting parameters and upgrading firmware via
a PC.
Spare Package × 1
Vibration Absorbers, Spare Screws, and Mounting
Bracket
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For the CAN-Bus Flight Control System.
DJI
CAN-Bus Cable × 1
Z15-A7 Diagram
To avoid motor damage, ensure there is nothing blocking the rotation of the servo drive modules.
Clear obstacles or immediately cut off the power if any blockage occurs.
Pan
±360°
Servo Drive Module 1
Motor lnput Port to
G6 Port of GCU
Damping Unit
Receiver Mounting
Board
Tilt +50°/-140°
Arrow represents
the lens direction
9-Pin Port to G9
Port of GCU
Servo Drive Module 3
IMU Module
Camera Mounting
Position
Roll ±40°
Camera Mounting Holes
Servo Drive
Module 2
Gimbal LED
Indicator
HDMI-HD/AV Module
HD/AV Switch
HDMI Cable
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Z15-A7 Diagram
The servo drive modules have two motor command input ports and one private encoder port.
The HDMI-HD/AV module converts HDMI to HD (or AV) using a cable connected to the camera
HDMI port; it also transforms the TX signal to an infrared remote control module for shutter control
and video recording.
Mount
Power off the camera during the mounting process.
Mounting the Sony ILCE-7S Camera
1. Mount the camera onto the gimbal as shown and tighten the lens retaining ring.
2. Adjust the camera position and tighten the camera mounting screw.
Mount
Mounting the Sony ILCE-7R Camera
If you are using the Sony ILCE-7R camera on the Z15-A7, follow the steps below to mount the camera and
balance the tilt and pan axis.
1. Loosen the screws on the bottom of the gimbal of the positioning board. Slide the positioning board about
1 mm back as shown below and then tighten the screws.
Slide back 1mm
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2. Mount the camera onto the gimbal as shown and tighten the lens retaining ring. Then tighten the camera
mounting screw.
Mount
3. Rotate the camera to any tilt angle, if it stays in position, then proper balance has been achieved.
Otherwise adjust the camera’s position by sliding the positioning board until the proper balance is
achieved.
4. Loosen the eight screws on the connection point of the pan axis. Then slide the pan axis forward about
0.5mm and tighten the screws. When the proper balance is achieved, the pan axis will stay in position after
rotating the gimbal 90 degrees. Balancing is complete.
Slide the pan axis forward about 0.5mm
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Whenever you test the gimbal, ensure all the screws on the gimbal are tightened.
Mounting the Gimbal to the Landing Gear
The following diagram shows the gimbal mounted on a DJI S1000+. Mount the gimbal onto the landing gear
with the mounting brackets. Tighten the screws and use thread-locking fluid.
You may also mount the gimbal onto different landing gear by referring to this diagram.
S1000+ Landing Gear
Lens Direction
Aircraft's Nose Direction
X
Y
Z
Ensure the lens is pointing in the same direction as the aircraft's nose.
Ensure the top and bottom plates of the damping unit stay parallel when mounting. This prevents
stretching and distortion.
Maintain good overall balance when mounting in order to ensure the center of gravity is balanced
on each of the three axis lines.
The gimbal’s center of gravity has been set by the factory. The center of gravity directly determines
the gimbal’s overall performance. Follow the instructions in this manual to adjust the center of
gravity if you are using the Sony ILCE 7R camera, otherwise do not adjust the gimbal’s center of
gravity.
The gimbal is highly precise and depends on this precision for optimal performance. Do not remove
any screws on the gimbal, as this may result in poor performance or damage to the gimbal.
Do not unplug any cables attached to the gimbal ports or change the mechanical structure.
Make sure the wiring is correct, otherwise the gimbal may behave abnormally.
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AUX2
AUX3
Video Signal Transmission
A wireless video transmission module is required for remote video.
A. AV Wireless Video Transmission
Wireless Video Transmission Module
Air Unit
Connect to the power source according to the
module’s voltage and current requirements.
14V
A7-HD
52V
Power
Yellow
Video Signal
GCU
AV Video Power Cable
ROLL
TILT
PAN
MODE
Video Signal Port
G7
SHUT
AUX1
AUX2
GND
AUX3
Complete the connection between the wireless video transmission module and the GCU before
powering on the gimbal.
A standard AV video power cable is recommended.
Be sure to solder the AV video power cable to the wireless video transmission module correctly. As
the cable carries power, ensure the cables are insulated or wrapped to prevent a short circuit.
Connect the wireless video transmission module to a power source, as the GCU cannot supply
power. Make sure the power source provides a safe voltage for your own devices according to the
wireless video transmission module’s requirements.
B. DJI iOSD Mark II and AV Wireless Video Transmission
Wireless Video
Transmission Module
Air Unit
14V
A7-HD
52V
GCU
ROLL
TILT
PAN
MODE
Video Signal Port
G7
SHUT
AUX1
AUX2
AUX3
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Video Signal Transmission
1. Solder the AV Video Signal and GND cables to the wireless video transmission module (Air Unit) as shown
above.
2. Plug the AV video power cable into the GCU’s G7 port.
3. Toggle the HD/AV Switch to the AV position. (See Page 7 for the location of the HD/AV Switch)
4. Power on the gimbal. If the gimbal LED indicator blinks yellow, it is functioning normally. If the LED indicator
shows a constant yellow light, the video signal is lost. Check the connections between the camera and the
HDMI video input.
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1. Connect the iOSD Mark II cable to the GCU’s G7 port.
2. Complete the other connections between the iOSD Mark II cable and the wireless video transmission
module, according to their manuals.
3. Toggle HD/AV Switch to the AV position. (See Page 7 for the location of the HD/AV Switch)
4. Power on the gimbal. If the gimbal LED indicator blinks yellow, it is functioning normally. If the LED indicator
shows a constant yellow light, the video signal is lost. Check the connections between the camera and the
HDMI video input.
Make sure to connect the wireless video transmission module and the iOSD Mark II cable to the GCU
before powering on.
C. DJI Lightbridge Air System
Video Signal Transmission
A7 - HD
GCU
This example is based on a Z15-A7 gimbal and the A2 flight control system.
1. Connect the Gimbal Port on the Lightbridge Air System to the G7 port on the Z15-A7 GCU using the
supplied HD video power cable (7-pin cable).
2. Connect the DBUS port on the Lightbridge Air System to the DBUS port (X2 port) on the A2 flight control
system. Toggle the HD/AV switch to the HD position.
3. Refer to the Lightbridge and A2 flight control system manuals to complete the connection.
To transmit gimbal and aircraft signals, connect the RC receiver to the DJI Lightbridge ground
system when connecting the GCU.
Always connect the wireless video transmission module to the GCU before powering on.
A standard HD video power cable (7-pin cable) is recommended.
Complete the other connections according to the Lightbridge user manual.
If the gimbal LED indicator blinks red continuously, please power cycle the gimbal. (Power it off,
then power it back on)
If the video signal does not transmit, check each step.
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The following diagram shows how a video signal is transmitted from the gimbal.
Camera
GCU
Gimbal
HDMI
HDMI signal
HDMI-HD/AV cable
Monitor
Input
HD/AV signal
HD/AV signal
10-Pin to 9-Pin Cable
Wireless video
transmission module
Ground unit
Wireless signal
5.8G/2.4G/1.2G
G9
G7
HD/AV signal
7-Pin Cable
Wireless video
transmission module
Air unit
Self-prepared by user
Connect the system as follows:
1. Connect the G7 port on the DJI HD gimbal and the CAN BUS port on the flight controller to the gimbal port
on the Air System.
2. Connect the X2 DBUS port on the flight controller to the DBUS port on the Air System.
3. Refer to the user manuals for the gimbal and flight controller for details.
DBUS Cable
Gimbal Cable
Only use the DJI HD gimbal and DJI flight controller with the latest firmware. The GCU firmware for
the HD gimbal must be v2.6 or above.
If you are using the DJI A2 Flight Controller, connect the gimbal cable to the CAN 2 port on the flight
controller.
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Video Signal Transmission
D. DJI Lightbridge 2
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[3]
[2]
[1]
Press the shutter button [1] on the Ground System to capture photos. Press the record button [2] to record
video. Turn the Gimbal Dial [3] to adjust the tilt motion of the camera.
In Dual Ground System Mode, the pan, tilt or roll motion of the camera can be controlled by the Slave
Ground System, depending on your settings in the DJI GO app. Refer to the Lightbridge 2 User
Manual for details.
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GCU Wiring
GCU Wiring
The gimbal should be used with an A2 or WooKong-M flight control system. The GCU wiring is based on
WooKong-M. For WooKong-M, connect to any spare CAN-Bus port on the flight control system via a CANBus cable.
WooKong-M
Battery
(4S~12S)
USB Port
PC connection for configuration and
firmware upgrades with an USB cable.
RC Receiver
(Aircraft control)
2-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
3-Position Switch
RC Receiver
(JR)
8 Channels
2-Position Switch
A7-HD
Wireless Video
Transition Module
Air Unit
ROLL
TILT
PAN
MODE
OR
SHUT
G7
RC Receiver
(Futaba/Hitec)
8 Channels
AUX1
AUX2
AUX3
G9
G6
2-Position Switch
3-Position Switch
GCU Wiring
2-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
OR
S-Bus
S-BUS Receiver
(Futaba)
Ensure the side with copper contacts is
facing upward towards the heat sinks.
Turn to the next page to obtain the
corresponding channels between the
GCU channels and S-Bus receiver.
Battery
• Connect the XT60 connector to the GIMBAL on the center frame if a S1000+ used.
• Attention: Be aware that the S1000+ power supply voltage should be within the defined
limits (6S), even when using one battery for both S1000+ and Gimbal power supply.
• Refer to S1000+ User Manual for details.
WooKong-M
Please refer to your WooKong-M User Manual for all connection and configuration details.
Gimbal Control Unit (GCU)
1. Make sure all ports are accessible when installing your MC so as to facilitate wiring and software configuration.
2. In 3-pin ports, the pins near the nicks are the signal pins.
3. Use the 6-pin cable for the G6 port, and the 10-pin to 9-pin cable for the G9 port. 4. DO NOT cover the heat sinks, and keep them unobstructed at all times.
5. The GCU module is NOT water or oil proof.
RC Receiver
1. The diagram on the previous page shows example connections. The aircraft signal will transmit through
the DJI Lightbridge ground system. After connecting to Lightbridge, it is not necessary to connect with an
RC receiver.
2. Prepare 2 TXs, one for gimbal control, and the other for aircraft control. Refer to the 2-Pilot Solution for more
details. If only one receiver is used for both aircraft and gimbal control, refer to the 1-Pilot Solution for more
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details.
3. Setup the Aileron, Elevator, and Rudder channels on the gimbal control TX. The command stick will control
gimbal rotation velocity. The center position is 0, and the end point is maximum velocity in both clockwise
and counter clockwise directions. (The end point is 100%)
4. Choose one 3-position switch/channel to use as the Z15-A7 Working Mode switch. (MODE)
5. Choose one 2-position switch/channel to use as the camera shutter control switch (SHUT), and another
2-position switch to use as the camera lens orientation switch in Reset Mode (AUX2).
6. Choose one 2-position switch/channel to use as the camera video recording control switch (AUX3).
7. Please refer to the Wookong-M User Manual for aircraft control settings.
8. Connect the receiver to the GCU correctly.
GCU Ports
The following table shows the connections between the GCU channels and the relevant TX channels.
TX Channels
JR
Futaba/Hitec
GCU Channels
AILE
1
ROLL
ELEV
2
TILT
For tilt axis control. Velocity is zero if disconnected.
RUDD
4
PAN
For pan axis control. Velocity is zero if disconnected.
AUX2
7
MODE
For Working Mode switch.
2-position switch channel
SHUT
For camera shutter control.
2-position switch channel
AUX1
Reserved channel.
Or Futaba S-Bus channel
AUX2
When AUX2 is connected to a 2-position switch channel, it
is used as a camera orientation (down or forward) switch
in FPV Mode (Reset). The camera orientation is forward if
disconnected.
Or if you are using a S-Bus receiver, connect the recever to
the AUX2 port.
2-position switch channel
AUX3
For camera video recording control.
Indications
For roll axis control (left/right). Velocity is zero if disconnected.
The following table shows the corresponding relationship between the GCU and the S-Bus channels.
16 S-Bus Channels
GCU Channels
S-Bus Channels
1
ROLL
5
SHUT
2
TILT
8
AUX1
4
PAN
9
AUX2
7
MODE
6
AUX3
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GCU Channels
Working Mode/AUX2 Switch Setup
Working Mode Switch Settings
For whichever 3-position switch you select to use as the Working Mode switch, wire the relevant channel from
the receiver to the MODE port. At each switch position, use end-point fine tuning to set a channel AUX2 (JR)
or 7 (Futaba/Hitec) for all three Working Modes:
Orientation-locked
FPV (Reset)
Non orientation-locked
Back to center
MODE channel end-point 60%~90%
MODE channel end-point 60%~90%
The gimbal will work in Orientation-locked mode if the MODE channel is disconnected.
FPV mode is the default startup mode when the MODE channel is connected.
The Working Mode from the previous power cycle will be retained if the cable between MODE and
the RC receiver is disconnected during operation.
For a 3-position switch, you may assign: 3-Positon
3-Positon
Position-1 to Non orientation-locked
Switch
Switch
Position-2 to Orientation-locked
Position-3 to FPV Mode (Reset)
Position-1 and Position-3 can be inversely assigned.
One 2-position switch can be assigned for any two of the working modes, if preferred.
3-Positon
Switch
3-Positon
Switch
The Z15-A7 supports toggling the camera lens down or forward in FPV Mode (Reset). Please choose a
2-position switch for this function and wire the relevant channel of the receiver to the AUX2 port. You may
assign: Position-1 to DOWN; Position-2 to FORWARD; or reverse the assignment.
2-Positon
Switch
2-Positon
Switch
This function will only work in FPV Mode (Reset).
When this function is active, if the Working Mode is ever changed to FPV Mode (Reset), the gimbal
will force the camera lens to face forward or down, depending on current the location of the AUX2
switch.
The camera orientation is forward if AUX2 is disconnected.
If AUX2 is connected to a Futaba S-Bus channel, it is then used as the input channel for S-Bus
control.
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Working Mode/AUX2 Switch Setup
AUX2 Switch Settings
Switch
Shutter Control
The Z15-A7 gimbal can transform a TX command into a shutter control signal. Select a 2-position switch/
channel to use for remote shutter control.
3-Positon
For whichever 2-position switch you select,
connect the correct receiver channel to the SHUT port. Toggling
Switch
the 2-position switch works as follows:
Position-1 Position-2: Take one photo
Position-2 Position-1: Reset switch position (no shutter effect or action)
Position-1 Position-2: Take another photo
2-Positon
Switch
If the shutter control does not work correctly, please check each step.
The following diagram shows how the shutter control works.
RC Receiver
TX
Shutter Control/Video Recording Control
2-Position Switch
TX Command
Wireless
2-Position
TX Command
Switch Channel 3-Pin Cable
3-Positon
Switch
Gimbal
GCU
SHUT
TX Command
HDMI-HD/AV
Internal Cable Module
Camera
Shutter Button
Infrared Remote Control
Video Recording Control
The Z15-A7 supports starting and stopping
Switch your camera’s video record function by using a 2-position switch
through AUX3. Connect the relevant channel of the receiver to the AUX3 port. Toggle the switch to start/stop
recording.
3-Positon
Position-1: Start recording
Position-2: Stop recording
2-Positon
Switch
If the video recording control does not work correctly, please check each step.
The following diagram shows how the shutter control works.
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RC Receiver
TX
2-Position Switch
TX Command
Wireless
2-Position
Gimbal
GCU
TX Command
Switch Channel 3-Pin Cable
SHUT
TX Command
HDMI-HD/AV
Internal Cable Module
Camera
Shutter Button
Infrared Remote Control
PC Assistant Tuning
Installation and Usage
1. Ensure the most recent drivers are installed correctly. This should be done before using the A2 or
WooKong-M software.
2. Download the appropriate Assistant installer from DJI.com.
3. Double click the Assistant installer and follow the steps to finish the installation.
4. Run Assistant.
5. Upgrade the firmware or configure parameters using Assistant as needed.
Basic Settings
You can set transmitter channels for roll, tilt and pan control, and also switch between working modes
during flight. Move your cursor to each area or refer to this manual for more details.
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PC Assistant Tuning
The Assistant installer can be used on Windows XP, Win7, and Win8 (32 or 64 bit).
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Upgrade
You can view the latest firmware version information on this page. Upgrade the firmware by following the
steps below:
1. Connect the gimbal to your computer with a Micro-USB cable, and wait until the blue indicator LED in the
Assistant is blinking.
2. Click” Upgrade”.
3. Wait for the download to finish.
4. Click “Upgrade” again then click “Confirm”.
5. Power cycle the gimbal after the upgrade is complete.
Ensure your computer is connected to the internet.
Close any antivirus programs and network firewalls during the upgrade.
Ensure the gimbal is powered on during the upgrade.
Do not disconnect the USB cable during the upgrade.
Make sure that before turning on the gimbal it already has a camera mounted.
Make sure there are no obstructions when turning on the gimbal.
Info
You can check the Assistant version via Info.
S/N is a 32 digit authorization code for function activations. The authorization code for your unit is filled in at
the time of manufacture. In the future, you may be asked to fill in a new S/N if you require function upgrades.
Fill in the S/N and then click the Write button. If you fill in an invalid S/N more than 30 times, your gimbal will be
locked and you will have to contact DJI customer support.
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Pre-Flight Checklist
Ensure the gimbal is properly installed and attached to the landing gear, and that the camera is
mounted correctly and securely.
Before powering on, spin the gimbal through its complete rotation by hand on each axis to ensure
nothing is blocking its movement.
Ensure all cables are connected correctly, without any plugged in backwards or into the wrong
ports.
Ensure the AV video power cable is properly soldered and shielded if an AV video transmission
module is used.
Verify TX settings.
Verify a proper connection between the GCU and the RC receiver.
Verify a proper connection between the GCU and the flight control system.
Ensure the latest Flight Control System firmware is installed.
Refer to the Gimbal LED Indicator section in the Appendix to understand the connection status
between the camera and gimbal.
Refer to the Troubleshooting section in the Appendix if an abnormal situation occurs.
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Flight Test
1. Ensure the batteries are fully charged for your TX, GCU, and all of the other devices on your aircraft.
2. Make sure all connections and wiring are in good condition.
3. Switch on the TX.
4. Adjust the camera to a level position on the roll axis of the gimbal.
5. Power on the gimbal and wait for the self initialization test to complete. The roll, pan and tilt axis will rotate
quickly at the same time.
6. After self-initialization, the camera lens will point towards the aircraft’s nose and each axis of the gimbal
should be in the position illustrated above.
7. The gimbal will then go into a second stage of initialization. At this time, each axis will rotate very slowly.
8. Once each axis stops moving, the gimbal is fully initialized and ready to use.
9. Toggle the assigned Working Modes switch on your TX and make sure it is working properly.
10. Switch the Working Modes to Non orientation-locked, FPV Mode (Reset), and Orientation-locked Mode
respectively. Then push the controller sticks lightly in the Roll, Tilt and Pan directions to check that the
gimbal moves in the corresponding directions. If not, see Working Mode/AUX2 Switch Setup to correct
your settings.
Power off the camera during the initialization.
If the gimbal does not match the diagram after initialization, please refer to the Troubleshooting
section in Appendix.
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Attention
For safety reasons, please pay careful attention to all of the following items:
1. To avoid motor damage, ensure nothing blocks the servo drive module’s total range of movement.
2. Before powering on, spin the gimbal through its complete rotation by hand on each axis to ensure nothing
is blocking the mechanical movement of the gimbal.
3. Be sure to mount the side of servo drive module 1 with the ports facing towards the aircraft's tail.
4. The gimbal’s center of gravity has been preset. The gimbal balance is directly related to its performance.
Follow the instructions in this manual to adjust the center of gravity if you are using the Sony ILCE 7R
camera, otherwise do not adjust the gimbal’s center of gravity.
5. The gimbal is a sophisticated device. Do not remove any screws from the gimbal. Doing so may result in
poor performance or damage.
6. Do not unplug any cables attached to the gimbal ports or change the mechanical structure.
7. Make sure all wiring is correct, otherwise the gimbal may not operate correctly or efficiently.
8. Make sure to connect the wireless video transmission module to the GCU prior to powering on the system.
9. We recommend use of the included AV video power cable, if needed.
10. Be sure to solder the AV video power cable to the wireless video transmission module correctly. Ensure
the cables are insulated and protected to prevent any type of short circuit.
11. Pay close attention to the voltage of S1000+ and be sure it is within the defined limits (6S) when using
one battery for both the S1000+ and as a power supply for the gimbal.
12. Never touch the contact points of a power cable to the gimbal, this may lead to a short circuit of the
gimbal, resulting in complete failure.
13. Before powering on, adjust the roll axis of the gimbal to be level.
1-Pilot Solution
14V
52V
A7 - HD
GCU
ROLL
TILT
3-Position Switch
3-Position Switch
PAN
3-Position Switch
MODE
3-Position Switch
SHUT
Transmitter
2-Position Switch
AUX1
3-Position Switch
AUX2
2-Position Switch
AUX3
2-Position Switch
Gimbal Control
Gimbal Control Unit(GCU)
Flight Control
Flight Controller(DJI WooKong-M)
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14 Channels Receiver(Futaba)
Zenmuse Z15-A7 User Manual
1. Prepare one 14-channel TX/RC receiver for the aircraft and gimbal control. Above is an example of the
wiring configuration.
2. Setup the Aileron, Elevator, Throttle, and Rudder channels on your TX for aircraft roll, elevator, throttle, and
rudder control. Also, connect the TX’s AUX2 for aircraft control modes (Please refer to your Flight Control
System’s user manual).
3. Choose three 3-position switches to use for the gimbal Roll, Tilt, and Pan rotation control. The center
position of each switch is 0 velocity, and the end point positions are maximum velocity.
4. Choose one 3-position switch/channel as the gimbal’s Working Modes switch (MODE).
5. Choose one 2-position switch/channel as the camera shutter control switch (SHUT).
6. Connect the receiver to the GCU and Flight Control System correctly.
2-Pilot Solution
Two transmitters and two receivers are required.
Transmitter A and receiver A are used to control the gimbal.
Transmitter B and receiver B are used to control the aircraft.
Make the connections as shown in the diagram below:
RC Receiver A
2-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
3-Position Switch
Gimbal Control
2-Position Switch
14V
A7 - HD
52V
GCU
Transmitter A
RC Receiver
(JR)
8 Channels
ROLL
TILT
OR
PAN
RC Receiver
(Futaba/Hitec)
8 Channels
MODE
SHUT
AUX1
AUX2
AUX3
2-Position Switch
Appendix
2-Position Switch
3-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
Gimbal Control Unit(GCU)
OR
S-Bus
Flight Controller
Transmitter B
S-BUS Receiver
(Futaba)
RC Receiver B
RC Receiver
(JR)
8 Channels
OR
RC Receiver
(Futaba/Hitec)
8 Channels
OR
S-BUS Receiver
(Futaba)
DJI WooKong-M Flight Controller
S-Bus
Please refer to the GCU Wiring section for more details.
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Port Descriptions
GCU
ROLL
For roll axis control
TILT
For tilt axis control
PAN
For pan axis control
MODE
For working mode switch
SHUT
For camera shutter control
AUX1
Reserved channel
AUX2
For gimbal orientation (down or forward) switch in FPV mode ; S-Bus receiver
AUX3
For video recording
G7
XT60
G6
G9
1. Connect to the wireless video transmission module, for transmitting AV
or HD signals.
2. Connect to DJI Lightbridge, for transmitting HD, gimbal and aircraft control
signals.
Connect to the battery (or to GIMBAL if DJI S1000+ is used)
Connect to gimbal, for transmitting motor commands
Connect to gimbal, for transmitting the video signal
Micro-USB port: for PC connection (Assistant configuration and firmware upgrades)
CAN-Bus port: Use CAN-Bus to connect GCU to the flight control system
HDMI-HD/AV Port
Appendix
Gimbal
To camera HDMI port
Motor Command Input Port
To GCU G6
10-Pin to 9-Pin Cable Port
To GCU G9
Gimbal LED Indicator
Description
HD mode, HDMI-HD/AV module transmits normally
LED Indicator
LED is blinking green.
HD mode, without camera HDMI video input
Green LED is constant on.
HD mode, DJI Lightbridge App video source has been set
to “HDMI/AV”
Yellow LED is constant on.
AV mode, HDMI-HD/AV module transmits normally
AV mode, without camera HDMI video input
HD video transmission module and gimbal is disconnected
LED is blinking yellow.
Yellow LED is constant on.
LED is blinking red.
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Troubleshooting
NO.
The Problem
The Cause
What to Do
1
The gimbal keeps drifting
after initialization.
(1) The TX trims are too high.
(2) The GCU and Flight
Control System have
been disconnected.
(3) The gimbal direction is
not pointing in the same
direction as the aircraft’s
nose.
(1) Adjust the TX trims.
(2) Connect the GCU and Flight
Control System.
(3) Ensure the gimbal direction is
pointing in the same direction
as the aircraft’s nose.
2
The gimbal is in an
incorrect position after
initializing.
Abnormal calibration after
manufacturing.
Please contact your local dealer
or DJI customer service.
3
Cannot distinguish the
gimbal’s direction when in
use.
BVR (Beyond Visual Range)
flight.
Switch to FPV Mode first, then
to another Working Mode as
needed.
The gimbal LED is blinking
red.
(1) There is a disconnected
cable between the gimbal
and camera.
(2) The camera is off.
(3) Camera setup failure.
(1) Make sure all cables are
securely connected.
(2) Power on the camera.
(3) Set the HDMI resolution to
1080i.
The gimbal’s green or
yellow LED is continuously
on, but no video is
displayed.
(1) The HDMI-HD/AV
transmission module is
disconnected from the
camera.
(2) The camera is powered off.
(3) In HD mode, the DJI
Lightbridge App video
source has been set to
“HDMI/AV”.
(1) Check HDMI-HD/AV
transmission module
connection.
(2) Power on the camera.
(3) Change the DJI Lightbridge
App video source to "HD
Gimbal".
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Appendix
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Specifications
General
Built-In Functions
Three Working Modes
Orientation-locked control
Non orientation-locked control
FPV mode (Reset)
Built-in independent IMU module
DJI gimbal special servos drive module
HDMI-HD/AV module
Infrared remote control module
Wireless video transmission
supported
Camera shutter/video recording
control supported
Wide range voltage input supported
S-Bus Receiver supported
Peripheral
Supported Camera
Sony ILCE-7S; Sony ILCE-7R
Supported Lens
Sony FE 35 mm f2.8 ZA
GCU Input Power
4S~12S LiPo (Recommend 6S if with S1000+)
Control Requirement
At least four spare receiver channels
Assistant Software System
Requirements
Windows XP SP3; Windows 7; Windows 8 (32 or 64 bit)
Mechanical & Electrical Characteristics
Working Current
Static current: 200mA (@25V)
Dynamic current: 400mA (@25V)
Locked-motor current: 4A (@25V)
-10 °C ~ 50 °C
Weight
1.3 Kg
Dimensions
210 mm × 204 mm × 246 mm
GCU Weight
63 g
GCU Dimensions
64.2 mm × 34.1 mm × 19.5 mm
Appendix
Operating Temperature
Working Performance
Load Weight (Reference Value)
622 g(@Sony ILCE-7S with Sony FE 35 mm f2.8 ZA, battery, lens hood and
SD Card) ; 580 g(@Sony ILCE-7R with Sony FE 35 mm f2.8 ZA, battery,
lens hood and SD Card)
Angular Vibration Range
±0.01°
Maximum Controlled
Rotation Speed*
Pan axis: ±130°/s
Tilt axis: ±130°/s
Roll axis: ±30°/s
Controlled Rotation Range
Pan axis control: ±360° continuous rotation
Tilt axis control: +50°/-140°
Roll axis control: ±40°
Note*: Gimbal’s Maximum Controlled Rotation Speed corresponds to TX stick input pushed to 100% end-points.
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