Zenmuse Z15-GH3 User Manual V1.00

Zenmuse Z15-GH3 User Manual V1.00
Zenmuse Z15-GH3
User Manual V1.00
2013.09.13 Revision
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Warning & Disclaimer
No adjusting or amending is allowed to Z15.
Z15 is specialized for Camera and Lens before it leaves the factory. Please mount your camera to Z15 when get it.
No adjusting or amending is allowed to Z15. Do not modify or add any other component/device (such as filter, lens
hood, etc.) to the camera; make sure to use the original battery; otherwise it may ends up with worse performance
or even internal malfunction.
Z15 can only work with Flight control system specified by DJI Innovations (Ace One/ Ace WayPoint/ WooKong M,
make sure to upgrade the flight control system to the latest firmware version), so as to ensure the highest stability
and precision. Please download the corresponding assistant software and upgrade the flight control system MC
firmware, otherwise may lead the Z15 work abnormally.
Make sure the Flight control system operates in the safest manner when the main power battery is connected. We
strongly recommend customers to remove all propellers, use power supply from R/C system or flight pack battery,
and keep children away during gimbal calibration and parameter setup. Please strictly follow these steps to mount
and connect gimbal on your aircraft, as well as to install the assistant software on your computer. Please respect
the AMA’s National Model Aircraft Safety Code.
As DJI Innovations has no control over 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 Innovations Names of product, brand, etc., appearing in this
manual are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owner companies. This product and manual are
copyrighted by DJI Innovations 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 Innovations. No patent liability is assumed with
respect to the use of the product or information contained herein.
Specified Camera and Lens Type list for Z15-GH3.
Camera Type
Lens Type
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Panasonic GH3
OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0
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Product Profile
Z15 is an excellent gimbal designed for AP. The gimbal has built-in slip ring in the mechanical structure, preventing
wire rod from winding up. It also has built-in independent IMU module, special servos drive module, HDMI- AV
module, etc. Excellent job can be done by Z15 in any working mode, including Orientation-locked control, Non
orientation-locked control and FPV Mode (Reset).
Z15 Working Mode
Orientation-locked Mode
Gimbal Pointing
Gimbal and
Aircraft Nose
Relative Angle
TX Control
Attitude stability
Vibration
Reduction
Gimbal pointing moves with
aircraft nose direction
Gimbal pointing keeps the same
relative angle with aircraft
nose direction
Gimbal pointing stays
Gimbal pointing stays the
unchanged when aircraft
same as aircraft nose
nose moves.
direction when power up
The relative angle
between gimbal pointing
and aircraft nose
The relative angle between
gimbal pointing and aircraft
nose is 0°
Controllable
Uncontrollable
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
~endpoint; command stick
stands for rotation angle limited
to +
- 40o in PAN; command
stick stands for the TILT rotation
velocity of the gimbal.
Linearity
FPV Mode (Reset)
Controllable
ROLL is locked level in 0~2/3
Command
Mode
direction is changeable
command stick and rotate in 2/3
Stick Meaning
Non orientation-locked
Command stick stands
for gimbal rotation
velocity,Stick center
position is 0°/s,its
——
endpoint is the maximum
velocity.
YES
YES
——
Note1: Gimbal pointing means the PAN rotation angle of the gimbal.
Note2: Attitude stability means that gimbal’s ROLL/TILT will not follows the aircraft’s ROLL/PITCH.
Note3: Gimbal rotating maximum velocity is corresponding to TX 100%end-point.
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In the Box
Gimbal ×1
In the mechanical structure, the gimbal has built-in slip rings,
preventing wire rod from winding up, which also enables free
rotations for the 3 axes rotating rods.
The gimbal has built-in Z15 gimbal special servos drive module,
independent IMU module and HDMI-AV module.
Gimbal Controller Unit (GCU)×1
Connect the gimbal controller to the flight control system by
CAN- Bus. The GCU will control the gimbal’s pan, roll and tilt
rotation.
Lens Retaining Ring×1
For fixing the camera lens.
Mounting Bracket ×4
For gimbal and landing gear connection.
Mounting Board for Receiver ×1
For fixing the GCU, and providing the mounting position for the
receiver or other device.
Cable Clamp ×1
For tidying the cables on gimbal.
Camera Mount Screw×1
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For camera mount.
Lens Retaining Ring Screw×1
For fixing the lens retaining ring to the gimbal.
Screw×8
For mounting gimbal to aircraft (M2.5*8 Head-cup screw).
Gimbal Video Power Cable×1
For GCU and Wireless Video Transmission Unit connecting,
transmitting AV signal.
Micro-USB Cable×1
For adjusting parameter and upgrading firmware via PC.
DJI
Use CAN-Bus to power and communicate with the flight control
DJI
CAN-Bus Cable×1
system
Spare Package×1
Damping units, Spare Screw, and Mounting Bracket.
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Contents
WARNING & DISCLAIMER ...............................................................................................2
PRODUCT PROFILE ..........................................................................................................3
IN THE BOX .....................................................................................................................4
CONTENTS ......................................................................................................................6
GIMBAL DESCRIPTION ....................................................................................................7
CAMERA SETUP ..............................................................................................................8
MOUNT ..........................................................................................................................9
CAMERA WIRING/SHUTTER CONTROL ......................................................................... 11
VIDEO SIGNAL TRANSMISSION ..................................................................................... 13
GCU WIRING ................................................................................................................. 14
WORKING MODES/HDMI/AUX2 SWITCH SETUP ........................................................... 16
ASSISTANT SOFTWARE INSTALLATION AND USAGE ....................................................... 18
TEST ............................................................................................................................. 18
APPENDIX ..................................................................................................................... 20
MATTERS NEED ATTENTION...................................................................................................20
1-PILOT SOLUTION ..............................................................................................................21
2-PILOT SOLUTION ..............................................................................................................22
PORT DESCRIPTION ..............................................................................................................23
GIMBAL LED INDICATOR .......................................................................................................23
TROUBLE SHOOTING ............................................................................................................24
SPECIFICATIONS ...................................................................................................................24
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Gimbal Description
Notices:

Ensure nothing blocks the servo driver module rotation, to avoid motor damage.

Clear obstacle at once if the rotating gimbal is blocked.
Tips:

Servo driver module is with two motor command input ports and one encoder private port.

HDMI-AV module converts HDMI video signal to AV video signal with a cable connecting to camera
HDMI port; also transforms TX signal into shutter control signal with a shutter control module.
Pan
±±±360°
Servo Driver
Module 1
Motor Input Port
To G6 port of GCU
8-Pin Port
To G8 port of GCU
Tilt
±±360°
Receiver Mount Board
Servo Driver
Module 3
IMU Module
Camera Mount
Position
Camera Mount
Holes
Roll
±±40°
Servo Driver
Module 2
Camera LED
Indicator
Camera Shutter
Control Cable
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HDMI-AV Module
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Camera Setup
Configure your camera by the following settings to meet the requirements of Z15. Please read the related content
according to your camera.
Panasonic GH3
SC
N
C3
C2
C1
MF
AFC AFS
/AFF
M
S
A
P
iA
M
M ).

Please set the Mode as Creative video (

MF/AFC/AFS/AFF Select: Select AFC.

Select the Shutter-priority AE mode in the Menu and adjust the shutter speed to 200.

Please enable the AF when using the Auto Focus function.
Tips:
In the Menu settings, the mandatory values are in red italic font while recommended values in blue. Flashing
image output may occur if not follow the recommended settings.
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Mount
Mount Lens
Camera
Retaining
Ring
Lens
step1: Mount the lens onto the camera first, and then put the retaining ring through lens until it is fixed.
Mount Camera into Gimbal
step2: Mount the camera into the gimbal.
step3: Adjust the camera and tighten the camera mounting screw.
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Mount Gimbal to Landing Gear
Following diagram shows mounting gimbal to DJI Innovations S800 EVO. You may mount the gimbal to a landing
gear prepared by yourself referring to the following diagram.
Mounting
Bracket
Receiver Mount
Board
Ai
rc
ra f
tN
os
e
Cable Clamp
G
im
ba
lN
os
e
S800 EVO
Landing Gear
Z
X
Y
step4: Install the gimbal to a landing gear with mounting bracket; tighten up the screws (2.5*8 Head-cup
screw×8) with appropriate screw glue.
Notices:

Ensure to mount the side of servo driver module1 without ports to the aircraft nose direction.

Make sure the top and bottom plates of damping unit stay parallel when mounting, preventing the
damping units from stretched and distorted.

Keep overall balance when mounting, in order to make the center of gravity on the Z axis line.

The gimbal center of gravity has been set, whose position directly determine the gimbal performance.
Please do not adjust the gimbal center of gravity by yourself.

The gimbal is high-precision controlled. Do not remove any other screws in the gimbal, which may result
in bad performance or even damage.

Do not unplug any cable attaching to the gimbal ports, or even change the mechanical structure.

Make sure the wiring is correct, otherwise may lead to gimbal abnormal work or even out of control.
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Camera Wiring/Shutter Control
Camera Wiring
Connect the camera correctly, since the gimbal works with a HDMI-AV module for converting video signal format
and transforming TX signal into shutter control signal. Ensure the camera is setup first, and then carry out the
following procedures to connect the camera and gimbal.
HDMI-AV
Module
Shutter
IMU
Camera Shutter
Control Cable
Camera Lens
HDMI-AV
Interface
Camera
Gimbal LED Indicator
Camera HDMI Port
step1: Connect the gimbal HDMI-AV module to camera HDMI port with a HDMI-AV connection cable.
step2: Connect the camera shutter control cable to the camera.
Notices:

When disconnect the cable between HDMI-AV module and camera, dismount the camera, and unplug the
HDMI-AV interface.
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Shutter Control
The Z15 enables transforming TX command into shutter control signal, please set one 2-position switch/channel for
remote shutter control.
Make sure the shutter control module is correctly mounted and wired.
Whichever 2-position switch on your transmitter selected, wire the right channel of receiver to SHUT port. One
switch toggle is for one shooting.
For example, toggle twice will achieve two shootings.
Position-1 Position -2:First shooting
Position -2Position -1:Second shooting
2-Positon
Switch
1
2
Tx
Notices:

Set the camera of Z15-GH3 to “Creative video”, the shutter can be used to record video. One toggle is
for start/stop recording.
Tips:

The following diagram shows how the shutter control works.

If the shutter control works abnormally, please check each step.
RC Receiver
TX
TX Command
2-Position Switch
Wireless
GCU
TX Command
2-Position Switch
Channel 3-Pins Cable
Gimbal
TX Command
SHUT
HDMI-AV Module
Internal Cable
Camera
Shutter
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Camera Shutter Control Cable
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Video Signal Transmission
A wireless video transmission module is required for the video signal accessing remotely.
Gimbal Video Power Cable
Wireless Video
Transmission Module
Power
Air End
Video Signal Port
Video Signal
Power(Red:1A@12V)
GND
Video Signal(Yellow:AV)
GND(Black: )
step1: Respectively solder the Power/Video Signal/GND cables to a wireless video transmission module (Air End).
step2: Plug the gimbal video power cable head into the GCU Video Signal Port.
Notices:

Make sure to connect the Wireless Video Transmission Unit to GCU first, then power on.

The standard gimbal video power cable is recommended.

Make sure you solder the gimbal video power cable to the wireless video transmission unit correctly, to
avoid the 12V power burn the gimbal or your own device. And ensure the cables are insulated, to prevent
from short circuit.
Power Cable(1A @12V)
Video Signal Cable(AV)
GND Cable

Make sure the 12V power is safe for you own device when using other power cable.

Make sure the wireless video transmission module current consumption does not exceed 1A, to protect
the GCU from damage.
Tips:

The following diagram shows how video signal transit when gimbal working.

If the video signal access fails, please check each step.
Camera
GCU
Gimbal
AV signal
HDMI signal
HDMI
HDMI-AV cable
AV input
Gimbal Video
Power Cable
8-Pins cable
Wireless video
transmission
Monitor
AV signal
G8
HDMI-AV module
Wireless video
transmission
Wireless signal module
AV signal module
Air end
Ground end 5.8G/2.4G/1.2G
Self-prepared by user
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GCU Wiring
GCU Wiring
WKM/
ACE ONE/
ACE Waypoint
USB Port
PC connection for configuration and
firmware upgrades with an USB cable.
RC Receiver
(Aircraft control)
Any spare CAN port on DJI
autopilot system
Battery
2-Position Switch
(4S~12S)
2-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
AUX2
RUDD
RC Receiver
(JR)
ELEV
AILE
8-Channel
Or
Wireless Video
Transition Module
Air End
8-Channel
1
2
4
7
RC Receiver
(Futaba
2-Position Switch
/ Hitec)
Heat
Sinks
2-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
Or
S-Bus
S-Bus Receiver
(Futaba)
G8
G8
G6
G6
Or
PPM
PPM Receiver
G6
Ensure the side with copper contacts is facing
upward towards the heat sinks.
Turn to next page to obtain the
correspondence between t h e
GCU channels and S-Bus/PPM
channels.
Battery
· Connect the XT60 to the GIMBAL on center frame if S800 EVO used.
· Attention that S800 EVO power supply voltage should be within the
defined limits (6S), when using one battery for both S800 EVO and
Gimbal power supply.
· Please refer to S800 EVO User Manual for details.
WKM/ACE ONE/ACE Waypoint
Please refer to WKM/ACE ONE/
ACE Waypoint User Manual for all
connection and configuration details.
·
·
·
·
·
Gimbal Controller (GCU)
Make sure the ports are accessible when installing the MC so as to facilitate
wiring and software configuration.
In 3-pin ports, pins near the nicks are signal pins.
6-pin cable for G6, 8-pin cable for G8.
DO NOT cover the heat sinks, keep them unobstructed.
The IMU module is NOT water-proof or oil-proof.
RC Receiver
· These are example connections. Prepare 2 TXs, one is for gimbal control, the other one for aircraft control, refer to 2-Pilots
Solution for more detail in Appendix.
· If one receiver is used for aircraft and gimbal control at the same time, refer to 1-Pilot Solution for detail in Appendix.
· Setup Aileron, Elevator, Rudder channels on gimbal control TX. Command stick stands for gimbal rotation velocity,center
position is for 0,endpoint for maximum velocity(both clockwise and counter clockwise directions). (End Point is 100%)
· Choose one 3-position switch/channel as Z15 working modes switch.(MODE)
· Choose one 2- position switch/channel As camera shutter control switch(SHUT), one for HDMI switch(AUX1), one for
camera lens orientation switch in Reset Mode (AUX2).
· Please refer to WKM/ACE ONE/ACE Waypoint User Manual for aircraft control setting.
· Connect the receiver to GCU correctly.
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GCU Ports Indication
The following table shows the GCU channels and TX channels connection.
TX Channels
GCU
Indications
JR
Futaba/Hitec
Channels
AILE
1
ROLL
For roll axis control (left/right). Velocity is zero if disconnection.
ELEV
2
TILT
For tilt axis control. Velocity is zero if disconnection.
RUDD
4
PAN
For pan axis control. Velocity is zero if disconnection.
AUX2
7
MODE
2-position switch channel
SHUT
2-position switch channel
AUX1
For Working Mode switch.
For camera shutter control (both taking picture and recording
video are available). Off when non-connection and disconnection.
For HDMI-AV conversion switch. Conversion function is on while
non-connection or disconnection.
When the AUX2 is connected to a 2-position switch channel, it is
2-position switch channel
Or Futaba S-Bus channel
used as camera orientation (down or forward) switch in FPV Mode
AUX2
(Reset). The camera orientation is forward while non-connection
or disconnection.
If S-Bus receiver is used, it should be connected to AUX2 port.
PPM channel
AUX3
If PPM receiver is used, it should be connected to AUX3 port.
The following table shows the corresponding relationship between the GCU and the S-Bus/PPM channels.
S-Bus/PPM Channels
GCU Channel
1
ROLL
2
TILT
4
PAN
7
MODE
5
SHUT
8
AUX1
9
AUX2
6
AUX3
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Working Modes/HDMI/AUX2 Switch Setup
Working Mode Switch Set
Whichever 3-position switch selected as working mode switch, wire the right channel of receiver to MODE port. At
each switch position, use end-point fine tuning, set the channel AUX2(JR) /7(Futaba/Hitec) for the three Working
modes.
Orientation-locked Mode
FPV Mode (Reset)
Non orientation-locked Mode
MODE channel end-point 60%~90%
back to center
MODE channel end-point 60%~90%
Notices:

The gimbal will work in Orientation-locked Mode, if not connect to MODE.

Gimbal default works in FPV Mode after power on.

The gimbal will maintain the Working Mode from last moment, if the cable between MODE and RC
receiver is disconnecting while working.
Tips:

For 3-position switch, you may assign:
3-Position
Switch
Position-1 to Non orientation-locked
Position-2 to FPV Mode (Reset)
1
2
3
Tx
Position-3 to Orientation-locked
Position-1 and Position-3 can be reverse assigned.

One 2-position switch can be assigned for any two of the working modes as you like.
HDMI Switch Set
The HDMI-AV module can be set on/off by TX. Please ensure the camera HDMI port is connected to the gimbal
correctly. Whichever 2-position switch selected as HDMI switch, wire the right channel of receiver to AUX1 port.
You may assign: Position-1 to ON; Position-2 to OFF; or reverse the assignment.
2-position
switch
1
2
Tx
Notices:
The camera HDIM will be on if AUX1 and RC receiver is disconnected.
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AUX2 Switch Set
The Z15 supports to control the camera lens down or forward in Reset Mode. Please wire the right channel of
receiver to AUX2 port. You may assign: Position-1 to DOWN; Position-2 to FORWARD; or reverse the assignment.
2-position
switch
1
2
Tx
Notices:

This function can only work in FPV Mode (Reset).

When this function is on, if the working mode switch from other modes to FPV Mode (Reset), the gimbal
will force the camera lens to face forward or down depending on AUX2 Switch.

The camera orientation is forward while non-connection or disconnection.
Tips:
When the AUX2 is connected to Futaba S-Bus channel it is used as the S-Bus channel input.
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Assistant Software Installation and Usage
step1: Make sure the driver is installed correctly, which has been installed before you use WKM,ACE ONE or
ACE WAYPOINT.
step2: Please download the assistant software installer from DJI Innovations website.
step3: Double click the assistant software installer file and follow the steps to finish installation.
step4: Run the assistant software.
step5: Please upgrade the firmware or configure the parameters according to the assistant software indication if
necessary.
Test
Check Before Flight
Notices:

The gimbal is installed firmly to landing gear, and camera mounted correctly and stably.

All cables are in correct connection, without anyone in backwards.

The gimbal video power cable is in good soldered condition if wireless video transmission module used.

Correct TX settings.

Camera shutter control module is correctly mounted.

Correct camera setups.

Correct connection between GCU and RC receiver.

Normal connection between GCU and flight control system.

Upgrade Flight control System MC Firmware.
Tips:

The gimbal LED flashing red quickly when the camera and gimbal connection fails.

The gimbal LED stays solid green when the camera and gimbal is successful connection.

Please turn to the Trouble Shooting in Appendix if abnormal situation occurs.
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Flight Test
step1: Ensure the batteries are fully charged for transmitter, GCU and all the other devices on your aircraft.
step2: Make sure all connections and wirings are in good condition.
step3: Switch on the TX.
step4: Make sure to adjust the Roll axis of gimbal to be level.
step5: Power on the gimbal and wait for self-testing. The Roll axis will rotate first, and then the yaw and pitch
axes will rotate quickly at the same time.
step6: After self-testing, the camera lens will point to aircraft nose direction, that is, the three axes of gimbal
should be in the condition as the above diagram shows.
step7: The gimbal goes into initialization, at this time the three axes will rotate very slowly.
step8: The gimbal is at a standstill after initialization, and ready for usage.
step9: Toggle the Working Modes switch on your transmitter, and make sure it is working properly.
step10:
Switch the Working Modes to Non orientation-locked, FPV Mode (Reset), Orientation-locked
respectively, and then try to push your sticks lightly in Roll, Tilt and Pan to feel if your gimbal moves to
the corresponding direction. If not, go back to the Gimbal Working mode Switch Set to correct your
settings.
Notices:
If the gimbal is abnormal (unlike the diagram shows) after initializing, please turn to the Trouble Shooting in
Appendix.
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Appendix
Matters Need Attention
For safety reasons, please pay serious attention to all following items:

Ensure nothing blocks the servo driver module rotation, to avoid motor damage.

The camera’s HDMI resolution should be set to 1080i.

Ensure to mount the side of servo driver module1 without ports to the aircraft nose direction.

The gimbal center of gravity has been set, whose position directly determine gimbal performance.
Please do not adjust the gimbal center of gravity by yourself.

The gimbal is a high-precision control device. Do not remove any other screws in the gimbal, which
may result in bad performance or even damage.

Do not unplug any cable attaching to the gimbal ports, or even change the mechanical structure.

Make sure all wiring is correct, otherwise may lead to gimbal abnormal work or even out of control.

Make sure to connect the Video Transmission Unit to gimbal controller before power on the system.

The standard gimbal video power cable is recommended.

Make sure you solder the gimbal video power cable to the wireless video transmission unit correctly,
to avoid the 12V power burn the gimbal or your own device. And ensure the cables are insulated, to
prevent from short circuit.

Ensure the 12V power is safe for you own device when other power cable is used.

Make sure the wireless video transmission module current consumption does not exceed 1A, to
prevent GCU from damage.

Pay attention to that S800 power supply voltage is within the defined limits (6S), when using one
battery for both S800 and Gimbal power supply.

Prevent the Gimbal from the power cable; otherwise it may lead to the short circuit of the Gimbal.

Make sure to adjust the Roll axis of gimbal to be level before power on.
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1-Pilot Solution
3-Position Switch
3-Position Switch
3-Position Switch
3-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
14-Channel
RC Receiver
(Futaba)
Gimbal Control
Aircraft Control
1
(AILE)
2
(ELEV)
3
(THRO)
4
(RUDD)
5
(GEAR)
6
(Collective Pitch)
7
(Control Mode Switch)
Tx
or
·
·
This is the example connection. Prepare one 14-channel TX/RC receiver for aircraft and gimbal control.
Setup the Aileron, Elevator, Throttle,Rudder channels on TX for aircraft roll, elevator, throttle, rudder control,
and TX AUX2 for aircraft control modes(Please refer to the Flight Control System User Manual).
·
Choose three 3-position switches for ROLL, TILT, and PAN rotation control. Switch center position is 0
velocity and end positions are maximum velocity.
·
Choose one 3-position switch/channel as Z15 Working Modes switch (MODE).
·
Choose one 2-position switch/channel as camera shutter control switch (SHUT), and one as HDMI switch
(AUX1).
·
Connect the receiver to GCU and Flight control System MC correctly.
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2-Pilot Solution
Rx1
2-Position Switch
Gimbal Control
2-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
AUX2
RC Receiver
(JR)
RUDD
ELEV
AILE
8-Channel
Or
1
2
4
7
Tx1
8-Channel
RC Receiver
(Futaba / Hitec)
2-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
Or
Aircraft Control
Rx2
Or
AUX2
RC Receiver
(JR)
RUDD
ELEV
AILE
8-Channel
THRO
AUX2
S-Bus
S-Bus Receiver
(Futaba)
PPM
PPM Receiver
Or
Tx2
RC Receiver
(Futaba / Hitec)
8-Channel
1
2
3
4
7
Or
Futaba S-Bus
S-Bus
WKM
Or
ACE ONE
ACE Waypoint
Rx2
RC Receiver
(JR)
8-Channel
AUX2
AUX1
GEAR
RUDD
ELEV
AILE
THRO
AUX2
Or
RC Receiver
(Futaba / Hitec)
8-Channel
or
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Prepare two TXs and two RXs.
The TX1 and RX1 are for gimbal control.
The TX2 and RX2 are for aircraft control.
Please refer to the Gimbal Controller Wiring for more details.
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Port Description
GCU
ROLL
For roll axis control
TITL
For tilt axis control
PAN
For pan axis control
MODE
For Working Mode switch
SHUT
For camera shutter control
AUX1
For HDMI switch
AUX2
For Gimbal orientation (down or forward) switch in FPV Mode
AUX3
PPM Receiver
S-Bus Receiver
To wireless video transmission unit, transmitting AV signal
XT60
To battery (To GIMBAL if DJI Innovations S800 used)
G6
To Gimbal, transmitting motor command
G8
To Gimbal, transmitting video signal
Micro-B USB port: PC connection for configuration and firmware upgrades
CAN-Bus port: Use CAN-Bus to connect GCU to the flight control system
Gimbal
HDMI-AV Port
Motor Command
Input Port
8-Pin Cable Port
To Camera HDMI port
To GCU G6
To GCU G8
Gimbal LED Indicator
Description
LED Indicator
Camera and gimbal connected
Camera and gimbal disconnected
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Trouble Shooting
NO.
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2
What
Why
(1) The TX trims are too much
(1) Adjust the TX trims
(2) The GCU and autopilot
(2)Connect the GCU and flight
system is disconnected
control system
(3) The Z15 mounting direction
(3)Ensure the Z15 mounting direction
is disaccording to aircraft nose
is the same with aircraft nose
The gimbal is abnormal
Abnormal calibration after
Please contact the local dealer or
after initializing
manufacture
DJI Innovations customer service
The gimbal keeps drifting
after initialization
Cannot distinguish the
3
gimbal pointing when
Switch to the FPV Mode first, then to
BVR flight
another Working Mode needed
using
(1) The gimbal and camera
4
The gimbal LED flashing
disconnected
red
(2)Camera is off
The gimbal green LED is
on but without video
display
(1)Make sure the cable connected
(2)Please power on the camera
(3) Camera setup failure
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How to
(1) The wireless video
transmission unit disconnected
(2)Wrong power supply for
wireless video transmission unit
(3)Set the HDMI resolution as 1080i
(1) Check the wireless video
transmission unit connection
(2) Ensure the power supply for
wireless video transmission unit is
12V
Specifications
General
Built-In Functions
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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- AV module
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Wireless video transmission supported

Camera shutter control supported

Wide range voltage input supported

S-Bus/PPM Receiver supported
Peripheral
Supported Camera
Panasonic GH3
Supported Lens Currently
OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0
GCU Input Power
4S~12S LiPo (Recommend 6S if with S800)
Control Requirement
Four spare receiver channels at least
Assistant Software System Requirement
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-rotor current: 4A (@25V)
Operating Temperature
-10°C ~ 50°C
Weight
1.22Kg
Dimensions
220mm × 220mm × 190mm
GCU BEC Output
10A@12V
GCU Wireless Video Transmission Power
1A @12V
GCU Weight
300g
GCU Dimensions
64.2 mm ×34.1mm ×19.5mm
Working Performance
Load Weight (Reference Value)
680g(@Panasonic GH3 with OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED
12mm f2.0, Battery and SD Card)
Controlled Angle Accuracy
±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: ±±360° continuous rotation
Roll axis control: ±40°
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