Zenmuse Z15-5D III (HD)
Zenmuse Z15-5D III (HD)
User Manual
2014.12
V1.2
Warning & Disclaimer
Do not modify or adjust the Z15-5D III (HD).
The Z15-5D III (HD) 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 Z15-5D III (HD). No adjustments
or modifications are needed. Do not add any other component/device (such as filters, lens hood, 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 Z15-5D III (HD) 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 Main Controller
firmware, otherwise the Z15-5D III (HD) 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 software. 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 Z15-5D III (HD) Gimbal
Camera Type:Canon 5D Mark III
Lens Type:Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
Firmware versions of supporting DJI Flight Control Systems
WooKong-M: V5.26 A2: V2.1 or above
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Product Profile
The Z15-5D III (HD) 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, and more. The Z15-5D III (HD)
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
nose.
Gimbal pan and aircraft
nose move separately.
Gimbal pan and
aircraft nose are
synchronized.
Gimbal and Aircraft
Nose Relative
Angle
The gimbal direction
maintains the same relative
angle to the aircraft nose.
The relative angle
between the gimbal
direction and aircraft
nose is controllable.
The relative angle
between the gimbal
direction and aircraft
nose is 0°.
TX Control
Controllable
Controllable
Uncontrollable
Attitude Stability*
YES
YES
YES
Vibration Reduction
YES
YES
YES
Stick Movement
Definition
The command stick controls
gimbal rotation velocity.
The stick center position
is 0°/s, and its endpoint is
maximum velocity.
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.
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Command Linearity
YES
YES
——
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 Z15-5D III (HD) gimbal includes built-in servo
drive modules, an independent IMU module and a
HDMI-HD/AV module.
Gimbal Control 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 video downlink for video signal.
Lens Retaining Ring ×1
For mounting the camera lens.
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.
Cable Clamp ×1
For cable management.
Camera Mount Screw ×2
A standard tripod mounting screw.
Lens Retaining Ring Screw ×1
For attaching the lens retaining ring to the gimbal.
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5D
GCU
ROLL
TILT
PAN
MODE
SHUT
AUX1
AUX2
AUX3
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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.
In the Box
7-Pin Cable × 1
For connecting the GCU to the Lightbridge air
system.
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 and the DJI iOSD MarkII.
Micro-USB Cable × 1
For adjusting parameters and upgrading the firmware
via a PC.
DJI
For the CAN-Bus Flight Control System.
DJI
CAN-Bus Cable × 1
Spare Package × 1
Vibration Absorbers, Spare Screws, and Mounting
Bracket.
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Contents
6 Warning & Disclaimer
Manual Tips
Legend
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2
2
Product Profile
In the Box
Contents
Gimbal Description
Camera Setup
Mount
Mounting the Lens
Mounting the Camera
Mounting the Gimbal to the Landing Gear
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4
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7
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9
Camera Wiring and Shutter Control
360° Panoramic Photograph Function
Auto-calibration Function
Video Signal Transmission
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A. AV Wireless Video Transmission
B. DJI iOSD Mark II and AV Wireless Video Transmission
C. DJI Lightbridge Air System
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GCU Wiring
GCU Wiring
GCU Ports
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Working Mode /AUX1/AUX2/AUX3 Switch Setup
Working Mode Switch Settings
AUX1 Switch Settings
AUX2 Switch Settings
AUX3 Switch Settings
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PC Assistant Tuning
Installation and Usage
Basic Setting
Upgrade
Info
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Pre-Flight Check
Flight Test
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Appendix
Attention
1-Pilot Solution
2-Pilot Solution
Port Descriptions Gimbal LED Indicator
Troubleshooting
Specifications
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Gimbal Description
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.
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.
Motor Input Port
To G6 port of GCU
Receiver Mounting Board
Servo Driver Module 1
Damping Unit
Cable Clamp
9-Pin Port
To G9 port of GCU
Roll
±25°
Servo Driver Module 2
Servo Driver Module 3
Lens Retaining Ring Screw
Gimbal LED Indicator
HD/AV Switch
HDMI-HD/AV Module
Tilt
- 120° ~ +15°
Camera Mount Position
HDMI Cable
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Gimbal Description
Pan
360°
Camera Setup
Follow the steps below to configure your camera to work with the Z15-5D III (HD). Please read the relevant
section for your camera.
Canon 5D Mark III
Camera Setup / Mount
Mode Dial
Movie Shooting
1. Set the shooting mode to Shutter-priority AE (Tv) or Manual exposure (M) by turning the Mode Dial.
/
) to the Movie shooting position.
2. Turn the Live View shooting/Movie shooting switch (
3. Press the AF.DRIVE button and select the drive mode as
(10-sec. self-timer/Remote control) or
2
(2-sec. self-timer/Remote control).
4. Turn the Image Stabilizer switch, located on the lens, to OFF.
5. It is recommended that you set the shutter speed from 1/100sec to 1/30sec. If the shooting mode is set to
Manual exposure, please adjust the aperture properly and set the ISO speed to A (Auto).
The settings underlined above are strongly recommended. Failure to follow these settings may
result in poor image quality.
The use of an SD card is preferred, as a CF card may affect the performance of the gimbal and
lead to poor image quality.
Mount
Mounting the Lens
Camera
Lens Retaining Ring
Lens
1. Mount the lens onto the camera as shown above.
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Mounting the Camera
Lens Retaining Ring Screw
Mount
Camera Mounting Screw
2. Mount the camera onto gimbal as shown above.
3. Adjust the camera and tighten the top camera mounting screw. Then tighten the bottom camera mounting
screw and the lens retaining ring screw.
Mounting the Gimbal to the Landing Gear
The following diagram shows the gimbal mounted on a DJI S1000. You may also mount the gimbal onto
different landing gear by referring to this diagram.
S1000 Landing Gear
Lens Direction
X
Aircraft Nose Direction
Y
Z
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4. Mount the gimbal onto the landing gear with the mounting brackets. Tighten the screws and use thread
locker.
Ensure the lens is pointing in the same direction as the aircraft 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. Do not adjust the gimbal’s center of gravity yourself.
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.
Camera Wiring and Shutter Control
Camera Wiring and Shutter Control
Camera Wiring
The Z15-5D III (HD) gimbal can use a transmitter signal for shutter control. Ensure the camera is setup first,
and then complete the following steps to connect the camera and the gimbal.
HDMI-HD/AV Cable
1. Connect the gimbal HDMI-HD/AV module to the camera HDMI port with a HDMI-HD/AV connection cable.
2. Toggle the HD/AV Switch to the AV position if using a normal wireless video TX module. Toggle the HD/AV
Switch to the HD position if using a DJI HD wireless video TX module. (See Page 7 for the location of the
HD/AV Switch)
When disconnecting the cable between the HDMI-HD/AV module and the camera, first dismount
the camera, then unplug the HDMI-HD/AV interface.
Make sure to press the AF.DRIVE button and set the drive mode to
(10-sec. self-timer/Remote
control) or
2 (2-sec. self-timer/Remote control).
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3-Positon
Switch
Shutter Control
The Z15-5D III (HD) gimbal can transform a transmitter command into a shutter control signal. Select a
2-position switch/channel to use for remote shutter control.
For whichever 2-position switch you select, connect the correct receiver channel to the SHUT port. Toggling
the 2-position works as follows:
Position-1
Position-2
Position-2: First shot
Position-1: Second shot
2-Positon
Switch
If the shutter control does not work correctly, please check each step.
The following diagram shows how the shutter control works.
2-Position Switch
TX Command
Wireless
GCU
5DIII (HD) Gimbal
TX Command
TX Command
2-Position Switch
SHUT
Channel
3-Pin Cable
Internal Wire
Infrared Sensor
Camera
Shutter
Infrared Shutter Control Command
Wireless
360° Panoramic Photograph Function
The Z15-5D III (HD) has a new 360° panoramic photograph function, which is controlled by the AUX1
channel. Toggle the AUX1 switch once to activate the function, and toggle it again to turn the function off.
Once the function is activated, the gimbal will adjust to a tilt angle of 0°. The pan axis will rotate, and every 30°
the camera will take a photo. It will complete a 360° rotation, taking 12 photos along the way.
After that, the gimbal will adjust to a tilt angle of 30°. The pan axis will rotate, and every 30° the camera will
take a photo. It will complete a 360° rotation, taking 12 photos along the way.
Next, the gimbal will adjust to a tilt angle of 60°. The pan axis will rotate, and every 30° the camera will take a
photo. It will complete a 360° rotation, taking 12 photos along the way.
Last, the gimbal will adjust to a tilt angle of 90° and take 1 photo.
The camera will capture a total of 37 photos, with the entire process taking about 100 seconds.
During the procedure, you cannot use the remote control to move the gimbal. If you want to stop the
procedure, toggle the AUX1 switch once and the gimbal will return to its normal operating mode.
The gimbal will stay in place for 1.5 seconds for every photo capture. Set up the proper exposure
time and focus mode so that both can be completed within 1.5 seconds.
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360° Panoramic Photograph Function
RC Receiver
TX
Auto-calibration Function
The auto-calibration function is new to the Z15-5D III (HD) gimbal. It can help solve vibration problems that
may be caused by the gimbal sensor drifting.
You can use the auto calibrate function when the following conditions are met:
1. The aircraft is on
flat, level ground.
Wireless Video
Transmission
Module to the aircraft IMU.
2. The landing gear
is parallel
Air Unit
3. The initialization of the gimbal and aircraft is complete, and the gimbal is properly connected to the flight
control system.
14V
ROLL
5D-HD
TILT
52V
To auto-calibrate the gimbal:
GCU
PAN
1. Move the MODE channel control stick up and down quickly. After about 3 seconds, the gimbal willMODE
buzz
Video Signal Port
SHUT
G7
twice and then begin auto-calibrating.
AUX1
AUX2
2. This process will last about 90 seconds. Do not touch the gimbal or aircraft during this time.
AUX3
3. When the gimbal buzzes four times, the auto-calibration is complete. You can continue to operate the
gimbal normally at this time.
Video Signal Transmission
Auto-calibration Function / 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
52V
Power
Yellow
AV Video Power Cable
Video Signal
GND
5D-HD
GCU
ROLL
TILT
PAN
MODE
Video Signal Port
G7
SHUT
AUX1
AUX2
AUX3
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 continuous, unblinking yellow light, the video signal is lost. Check the connections between the
camera and the HDMI video input.
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.
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B. DJI iOSD Mark II and AV Wireless Video Transmission
Wireless Video
Transmission Module
Air Unit
14V
5D-HD
52V
ROLL
TILT
GCU
PAN
MODE
Video Signal Port
G7
SHUT
AUX1
AUX2
AUX3
Power
Yellow
Video Signal
MODE
Video Signal Port
G7
SHUT
AUX1
Make sure toGND
connect the wireless video transmission module and the iOSD MarkII cableAUX2
to the GCU
AUX3
before powering on.
C. DJI Lightbridge Air System
5D-HD
GCU
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Video Signal Transmission
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)
Wireless Video Transmission Module
4. Power
on the gimbal. If the gimbal LED indicator blinks yellow, it is functioning normally. If the LED
Air Unit
Connect to the power source according to the
14V the video signal is lost. Check the connections
indicator
shows
a continuous,
unblinking yellow light,
module’s voltage
and current
requirements.
ROLL
5D-HD
TILT
52V
between the camera and the HDMI
video
input.
GCU
PAN
AV Video Power Cable
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This example is based on a Z15-5D III (HD) gimbal and the A2 flight control system.
1. Connect the Gimbal Port on the Lightbridge Air System to the G7 port on the Z15-5D III (HD) 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.
The HD video power cable is included with the Z15-5D III (HD) gimbal. 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.
The following diagram shows how a video signal is transmitted from the gimbal.
GCU Wiring
5D III(HD) Gimbal
Camera
HDMI
HDMI signal
HD/AVsignal
HDMI-HD/AV cable
10-Pinto 9-Pin cable
Monitor
Input
GCU
HD/AVsignal
Wireless video
transmission module
Ground unit
Wireless signal
5.8G/2.4G/1.2G
G9
G7
HD/AVsignal
7-Pin cable
Wireless video
transmission module
Air unit
Self-prepared by user
GCU Wiring
GCU Wiring
The gimbal should be used with A2/WKM flight control system. The GCU wiring is based on WKM.
For WKM, connect to any spare CAN-Bus port of the flight control system via a CAN-Bus cable.
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WKM
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
5D HD
Wireless Video
Transition Module
Air Unit/
DJI Lightbridge
ROLL
TILT
PAN
MODE
OR
SHUT
G7
RC Receiver
(Futaba/Hitec)
8 Channels
AUX1
AUX2
AUX3
G9
G6
2-Position Switch
3-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
OR
S-Bus
S-BUS Receiver
(Futaba)
OR
Ensure the side with copper contacts is
facing upward towards the heat sinks.
PPM
PPM Receiver
Turn to next page to obtain the
correspondence between the GCU
channels and S-Bus/PPM channels.
Battery
• Connect the XT60 to the GIMBAL on center frame if S1000 used.
• Attention that S1000 power supply voltage should be within the defined limits (6S), when using
one battery for both S1000 and Gimbal power supply.
• Refer to S1000 User Manual for details.
When using with A2 latest firmware version 2.5, all of the gimbal channels can be setup through the A2
receiver. Refer to A2 User Manual for details.
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GCU Wiring
WKM
Please refer to your WKM 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 8-pin to 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 IMU module is NOT waterproof 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 the Lightbridge, it is not necessary to connect with
the RC receiver.
2. Prepare 2 receivers, one for gimbal control, and the other for aircraft control. Refer to the 2-Pilots Solution
for more detail.
3. If only one receiver is used for both aircraft and gimbal control, refer to the 1-Pilot Solution for more detail.
4. 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%)
5. Choose one 3-position switch/channel to use as the Z15-5D III (HD) Working Mode switch. (MODE)
6. 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).
7. Please refer to the WKM User Manual for aircraft control settings. Connect the receiver to the GCU correctly.
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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 and Auto-calibration Function.
2-position switch channel
SHUT
For camera shutter control (both taking photos and
recording video are available). Off if disconnected.
2-position switch channel
AUX1
For the 360° Panoramic Photograph Function.
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.
AUX3
When the AUX3 is connected to a 2-position switch channel, it is used to toggle video recording.
If you are using a PPM receiver, connect the receiver to the
AUX3 port.
2-position switch channel
Working Mode /AUX1/AUX2/AUX3 Switch Setup
2- position switch channel
or PPM channel
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/PPM channels.
S-Bus/PPM Channels
GCU Channels
S-Bus/PPM Channels
GCU Channels
1
ROLL
5
SHUT
2
TILT
8
AUX1
4
PAN
9
AUX2
7
MODE
6
AUX3
Working Mode /AUX1/AUX2/AUX3 Switch Setup
Working Mode Switch Settings
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 channel AUX2(JR) or
7(Futaba/Hitec) for all three Working Modes:
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Orientation-locked
Back to center
FPV (Reset)
MODE channel end-point 60%~90%
Non orientation-locked
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
Switch
3-Positon
Switch
Position-1 to Non orientation-locked
Position-2 to FPV Mode (Reset)
Position-3 to Orientation-locked
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.
AUX1 Switch Settings
3-Positon
Switch
3-Positon
Switch
3-Positon
Switch
The Z15-5D III (HD) gimbal has a 360° panoramic photograph function. Choose a 2-position switch as
AUX1 switch for this function and wire the relevant channel of the receiver to the AUX1 port. Toggle the
switch once to turn on the function and toggle again to turn off the function.
AUX2 Switch Settings
2-Positon
Switch
3-Positon
Switch
The Z15-5D III (HD) 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
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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2-Positon
Switch
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3-Positon
Switch
AUX3 Switch Settings
The Z15-5D III (HD) supports starting and stopping 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.
2-Positon
Position-1: Start recording
Switch
Position-2: Stop recording
PC Assistant Tuning
Installation and Usage
1. Ensure the most recent drivers are installed correctly. This should have been 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.
The Assistant installer can be used on Windows XP, Win7, and Win8 (32 or 64 bit).
Basic Setting
PC Assistant Tuning
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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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 software is blinking.
2. Click “Upgrade”.
3. Wait for the download to finish.
4. Click “Upgrade” again and then click “Confirm”.
5. Power cycle the gimbal (turn it off, then on again) 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.
PC Assistant Tuning
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 our customer support.
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Pre-Flight Check
Pre-Flight Check
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.
Ensure the camera menu options and settings are correct.
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 Main Controller 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
If the gimbal does not match the diagram after initialization, please refer to the Troubleshooting
section in Appendix.
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Pre-Flight Check
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, yaw and pitch 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.
Appendix
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 tail.
4. The gimbal’s center of gravity has been preset. The gimbal balance is directly related to its performance.
Please do not adjust the gimbal’s center of gravity by yourself.
5. The gimbal is a sophisticated device. Do not remove any screws from the gimbal. Doing so may result in
poor performance or even 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
14 Channels Receiver(Futaba)
14V
52V
5D -HD
GCU
ROLL
TILT
3-Position Switch
3-Position Switch
PAN
3-Position Switch
MODE
3-Position Switch
SHUT
2-Position Switch
Appendix
AUX1
3-Position Switch
AUX2
2-Position Switch
AUX3
2-Position Switch
Gimbal Control
Gimbal Control Unit(GCU)
Flight Controller(DJI WooKong-M)
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Flight Control
Transmitter
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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 Main Controller 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
5D -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
2-Position Switch
3-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
Gimbal Control Unit(GCU)
OR
S-Bus
Transmitter B
S-BUS Receiver
(Futaba)
Appendix
Flight Controller
OR
RC Receiver B
PPM
PPM Receiver
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 and auto-calibration function
AUX1
For the 360° panoramic photograph function
AUX2
For Gimbal Orientation (down or forward) switch in FPV Mode ; S-Bus Receiver
AUX3
For the video recording control ; PPM Receiver
G7
XT60
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)
G6
Connect to Gimbal, for transmitting motor commands
G9
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 Cable to connect GCU to the flight control system
Gimbal
HDMI-HD/AV Port
To Camera HDMI port
Motor Command Input Port
To GCU G6
10-Pin to 9-Pin Cable Port
To GCU G9
Appendix
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 solid on.
HD mode, DJI Lightbridge App video source has been set
to “HDMI/AV”
Yellow LED is solid on.
AV mode, HDMI-HD/AV module transmits normally
AV mode, without camera HDMI video input
HD video transmission module and gimbal is disconnected
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LED is blinking yellow.
Yellow LED is solid on.
LED is blinking red.
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Troubleshooting
NO.
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 Visibility
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".
4
5
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The Problem
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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
Wireless video transmission
supported
Camera shutter control supported
Wide range voltage input supported
S-Bus/PPM Receiver supported
360° panoramic photograph function
Auto-calibration function
Peripheral
Supported Camera
CANON EOS 5D MARK III
Supported Lens
CANON EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
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-rotor current: 4A (@25V)
Appendix
Operating Temperature
-10°C ~ 50°C
Weight
1.53Kg
Dimensions
281mm × 242mm × 222mm
GCU Weight
63g
GCU Dimensions
64.2 mm × 34.1mm × 19.5mm
Working Performance
Load Weight (Reference Value)
2664g(5D MARK III with SD Card & Battery & CANON EF 24mm f/2.8 IS
USM Lens)
Controlled Angle Accuracy
±0.02°
Maximum Controlled
Rotation Speed*
Pan axis: ±90°/s
Tilt axis: ±130°/s
Roll axis: ±30°/s
Controlled Rotation Range
Pan axis control: ±360° continuous rotation
Tilt axis control: +15°/-120°
Roll axis control: ±25°
Note*: Gimbal’s Maximum Controlled Rotation Speed corresponds to TX stick input pushed to 100% end-points.
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