Zenmuse Z15 User Manual
Zenmuse Z15
User Manual
V2.0
2013.03.27 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 Autopilot system specified by DJI Innovations (Ace One/ Ace WayPoint/ WooKong
M), so as to ensure the highest stability and precision.Please download the corresponding assistant software
and upgrade the autopilot system MC firmware, otherwise may lead the Z15 work abnormally.
Make sure the Autopilot 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 is registered trademark 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.
Note1: Upgrade WooKong M firmware to V5.08 or above, ACE ONE firmware to V4.02 or above, or ACE WayPoint firmware
to V4.02 or above.
Note2: Specified Camera and Lens Type list for Z15-N and Z15-G.
(Items in gray italics font are not yet supported at present.)
Z15 Type
Z15-N
Camera Type
Z15-G
SONY
Panasonic
Lens Type
NEX-5N
NEX-7
NEX-5R
Supported
GH2
Lumix G14 mm/F2.5
E 16mm f/2.8(SEL16F28)
Lumix G20 mm/F1.7
Not yet supported
Sonnar T*E 24mm F1.8 ZA
Lumix G 1:2.5 / 14 ASPH
Note3: All diagrams in the manual are for SONY NEX-5N with SEL16F28 unless stated, since different
camera or lens should use special component.
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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
Non orientation-locked
FPV Mode
Mode
(Reset)
Orientation-locked Mode
Gimbal pointing stays
Gimbal
Gimbal
pointing
pointing
stays
when
aircraft
moves
Gimbal Pointing
the same as aircraft
unchanged
with aircraft nose direction
nose
direction
when
nose moves.
power up
Gimbal and
Gimbal pointing keeps the
Relative
Aircraft Nose
same relative angle with
gimbal pointing and aircraft
between gimbal pointing
aircraft nose direction
nose direction may change
and aircraft nose
Relative Angle
TX Control
Attitude stability
angle
between
Zero
relative
angle
Controlled
Controlled
Not controlled
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Vibration
Reduction
ROLL is locked level in
0~2/3 command stick and
Command stick stands for
rotate in 2/3 ~endpoint;
gimbal rotation velocity,Stick
command stick stands for
Stick Meaning
center position is for 0,its
——
rotation angle limited to
+- 45o in PAN; command
endpoint is maximum
velocity.
stick stands for gimbal
rotation velocity in TILT.
Command
YES
YES
——
Linearity
Note1: Gimbal pointing means gimbal PAN rotation direction.
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 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 autopilot system by CAN bus.
The GCU will control the gimbal’s pan, roll and tilt axes rotation.
Lens Retaining Ring×1, L-Connector ×1(Z15-N)
For fixing the camera lens.
(With jackscrew ×2)
Lens Retaining Ring Shim×1(Z15-N)
For fastening the camera lens.
Mounting Bracket ×4
For gimbal and bi-pod connection.
Camera Mount Screw×1
For camera mount.
Lens Retaining Ring Screw×1(Z15-N)
For fixing the lens retaining ring to the gimbal.
Hot Shoe ×1(Z15-G)
For fastening the camera to gimbal.
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Quick Twist Screw for Hot Shoe ×1(Z15-G)
For fixing the hot shoe to camera.
Quick Twist Screw for Camera ×1(Z15-G)
For fixing the camera to gimbal.
Screw×10(Z15-N) or Screw×8(Z15-G)
For mounting gimbal to aircraft (2.5*8 Head-cup screw×8).
(OnlyZ15-N needs)For fixing the lens retaining ring (M2.5*5 Screw×2).
Gimbal Video Power Cable×1
For gimbal controller 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 autopilot
DJI
CAN-Bus Cable×1
system.
Spare Package×1
Damping units, Spare Screw, and Mounting Bracket.
Note: there are different between Z15-N and Z15-G.
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Contents
WARNING & DISCLAIMER ...............................................................................................2
PRODUCT PROFILE ..........................................................................................................3
IN BOX ............................................................................................................................4
CONTENTS ......................................................................................................................6
MATTERS NEED ATTENTION............................................................................................7
GIMBAL DESCRIPTION ....................................................................................................8
CAMERA SETUP ............................................................................................................ 10
MOUNT ........................................................................................................................ 12
CAMERA WIRING/SHUTTER CONTROL ......................................................................... 15
VIDEO SIGNAL TRANSMISSION ..................................................................................... 17
GIMBAL CONTROLLER WIRING ..................................................................................... 18
WORKING MODES/HDMI/AUX2/AUX3 SWITCH SETUP ...................................................... 20
ASSISTANT .................................................................................................................... 22
TEST ............................................................................................................................. 25
APPENDIX ..................................................................................................................... 27
1-PILOT SOLUTION .............................................................................................................. 27
2-PILOT SOLUTION ..............................................................................................................28
PORT DESCRIPTION ..............................................................................................................29
GIMBAL LED INDICATOR .......................................................................................................30
GIMBAL L ABEL DESCRIPTION .................................................................................................30
TROUBLE SHOOTING ............................................................................................................31
SPECIFICATIONS ...................................................................................................................32
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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.

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 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.

Different camera or lens should use special component.

Prevent the Gimbal from the power cable; otherwise it may lead to the short circuit of
the Gimbal.
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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.

(Z15-N)Shutter control module is for camera shutter control using an infrared signal emission head.

Please read the related content according to your product (Z15-N or Z15-G).
Z15-N
Pan
±360° continuous rotation
Mounting Bracket
Motor Command Input Port
(To GCU G6)
Servo Driver Module 1
Damping Unit
Port of 8-Pin Cable
(To GCU G8)
Servo Driver Module 3
Servo Driver Module 2
HDMI-AV Port
Cameral Mount Position
Lens Retaining Ring
Lens Retaining Ring Shim
Camera Mount Screw-hole
Roll
Shutter Control Module
±40° (±360° mechanic
continuous rotation)
HDMI-AV Module
Gimbal LED Indicator
IMU Module
Servo Driver Module Port
±360° continuous rotation
Tilt
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Motor Command Input Port
Encoder Private Port
8
Z15-G
Pan
±360° continuous rotation
Mounting Bracket
Motor Command Input Port
(To GCU G6)
Servo Driver Module 1
Damping Unit
Port of 8-Pin Cable
(To GCU G8)
Servo Driver Module 3
HDMI-AV Port
Servo Driver Module 2
Cameral Mount Position
Hot Shoe
Camera Mount Screw-hole
Roll
Shutter Control Cable
±40° (±360° mechanic
continuous rotation)
Gimbal LED Indicator
HDMI-AV Module
IMU Module
Servo Driver Module Port
±360° continuous rotation
Tilt
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Motor Command Input Port
Encoder Private Port
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Camera Setup
Configure your camera by following the settings, meeting the requirements of Z15. Please read the related
content according to your product (Z15-N or Z15-G).
Sony NEX-5N /7 /5R
Menu
Shot Mode
Camera
Image Size
Brightness/
Color
Playback
Setup
Shot Mode
Camera
Manual Exposure
Drive Mode
M
AF/MF Select
1/60
Shutter
Aperture
Brightness/Color
Remote Cdr. ISO
MF
Not use Auto
White Balance Not use Auto
Setup
Lens Comp: Shading
Lens Comp: Distortion Off
HDMI Resolution
F3.5
Off
Lens Comp: Chro.Aber Off

Please set Shot Mode as Manual Exposure M.

Shutter: Value 1/15~1/80 is recommended, do not set it bellow 1/80(like 1/120).

Aperture: According to exposure degree.

Drive Mode: Set as Remote Cdr., so that camera shutter can be controlled by TX.

AF/MF Select: Select MF, otherwise output image would be flashing.

ISO: Please fix a certain value instead of automatically.

White Balance: Please do not set it to auto white balance mode.

Lens Comp: Set Shading/Chro.Aber/Distortion Off.

HDMI Resolution: Should be set to 1080i.
1080i
Panasonic GH2
iA
A
P
SC
N
M
C3
C2
C1
M
S
MF AFC AFS

Please set Shot Mode as Manual Exposure M.

MF/AFC/AFS Select: Select MF。

Using the MOTION PICTURE Mode Menu, set the REC MODE as AVCHD(1080i)。
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Tips:
In the Menu settings, the mandatory values are in red italic font while recommended values in blue.
Notices:
Flashing image output may occur if not follow the recommended settings.
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Mount
Mount Lens(Z15-N)/ Mount Hot Shoe(Z15-G)
Please read the related content according to your product (Z15-N or Z15-G). For Z15-N, please read Mount
Lens, otherwise read Mount Hot Shoe for Z15-G.
Mount Lens (Z15-N)
Step1
Step2
Step3
Screw
L-Connector
Jackscrew
Camera
Retaining Ring
Lens
Mark
align
align
Shim
Step1:
Put retaining ring through lens before mounting onto camera, accurate the alignment by
matching the mark.
Step2:
Slip the shim between lens and retaining ring, fix in (but not tighten) screws (M2.5*5 Screw×2).
Step3:
The L-Connector is active.
Mount Hot Shoe (Z15-G)
Step1
Step2
Step3
Quick Twist Screw
for Hot Shoe
Hot Shoe
Camera
Step1:
Insert the hot shoe into the camera.
Step2:
Adjust the hot shoe and fix the quick twist screw.
Step3:
Finished.
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Mount Camera into Gimbal
Please read the related content according to your product (Z15-N or Z15-G).
Z15-N
Retaining Ring Screw
Jackscrews and Other Screws
Camera Mounting Screw
Step4:
Mount the camera into the gimbal and tighten the camera mounting screw.
Step5:
Adjust the L-Connector, and fix the retaining ring screw.
Step6:
Tighten the jackscrews and other screws.
Z15-G:
Quick Twist Screw
for Camera
Camera Mounting Screw
Step4:
Mount the camera into the gimbal.
Step5:
Adjust the camera and tighten the camera mounting screw.
Step6:
Tighten the quick twist screw for camera.
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Mount Gimbal to Bi-pod
Following diagram shows mounting gimbal to DJI Innovations S800 bi-pod. You may mount the gimbal to a
bi-pod prepared by you referring to the following diagram.
Screws
Mounting Bracket
Parallel
N
raft
Airc
ose
Camera
Gimbal
Lens
X
Y
Step7:
Z
DJI S800 Bi-pod
Install gimbal to a bi-pod with mounting bracket; tighten up 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 red line (Z axis).

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 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. Please read the related content according to
your product (Z15-N or Z15-G).
Ensure camera is setup first, and then follow the procedures to connect camera and gimbal.
Z15-N
Shutter Control
Module
Infrared Signal
Emission Unit
HDMI-AV
Module
IMU
Shutter
Remote Sensor
Camera Lens
HDMI-AV
Interface
Camera
Gimbal LED Indicator
Camera HDMI Port
Z15-G
HDMI-AV
Module
IMU
Shutter
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:
For Z15-N, make sure the infrared signal emission unit is aligned to the remote sensor.
For Z15-G, connect the camera shutter control cable to the camera.
Notices:
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
When disconnect the cable between HDMI-AV module and camera, dismount the camera, and
unplug the HDMI-AV interface.

(Z15-N) Make sure the infrared signal emission unit is aligned to the remote sensor.
Shutter Control
Z15 enables transforming TX command into shutter control signal, please set one 2-position switch/channel
for remote shutter control.
For Z15-N, set the Drive Mode as Remote Cdr. in Camera Menu, and make sure the shutter control module
is correctly mounted and wired.
For Z15-G, make sure camera shutter control cable is correctly 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-G to “Manual Video”, the shutter can be used to record video. One toggle is
for start/stop recording.

The video recording of Z15-N is available by setting the AUX3 channel of the GCU. Please refer to
the AUX3 Switch Setup for details.
Tips:

Following diagram shows how the shutter control works.

If the shutter control works abnormally, please check each step.
TX
RC Receiver
TX Command
2-Position
Switch Wireless
GCU
TX Command
2-Position
SHUT
Switch Channel 3-Pins Cable
Camera Shutter
Shutter Control Module
Control Signal
Camera
Shutter
Wireless
Gimbal
TX Command
HDMI-AV Module
Internal Cable
Shutter Control Signal
Infrared Unit
Camera Shutter Control Cable
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Z15-N
2-Pins Cable
Z15-G
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Video Signal Transmission
A wireless video transmission module is necessary for video signal accessing remotely.
Gimbal Video Power Cable
Wireless Video
Transmission Module
Air End
Power
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 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 Wireless Video Transmission Unit to GCU first, then power on.

Set HDMI Resolution as 1080i for Z15-N; set the REC MODE as AVCHD (1080i) using Z15-G;
otherwise the wireless video transmission module will work abnormally.

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

Ensure 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
prevent GCU from damage.
Tips:

Following diagram shows how video signal transit when gimbal working.

If video signal access fails, please check each step.
Camera
GCU
Gimbal
AV signal
HDMI signal
HDMI
HDMI-AV cable
Monitor
AV input
AV signal
AV signal
G8
HDMI-AV module
Gimbal Video
Power Cable
8-Pins cable
Wireless video
transmission
module
Ground end
Wireless video
transmission
Wireless signal module
5.8G/2.4G/1.2G
Air end
Self-prepared by user
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Gimbal Controller 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
2-Position Switch
(4S~12S)
2-Position Switch
AUX2
RUDD
RC Receiver
(JR)
ELEV
AILE
8-Channel
Or
Wireless Video
Transition Module
Air End
Heat
Sinks
8-Channel
1
2
4
7
RC Receiver
(Futaba
2-Position Switch
/ Hitec)
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 the center frame if DJI S800 used.
· Attention that S800 power supply voltage should be within the defined
limits (6S), when using one battery for both S800 and Gimbal power
supply.
· Please refer to S800 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)
M ake sure ports are accessible when installing 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), and also one for Z15-N video control switch(AUX3).
· 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
Following table shows the GCU channels and TX channels connection.
TX Channels
GCU
Indications
JR
Futaba/Hitec
Channels
AILE
1
ROLL
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
For roll axis control (left/right). Velocity is zero if disconnection.
For Working Mode switch.
For camera shutter control. Off when non-connection and
2-position switch channel
SHUT
disconnection.
For HDMI-AV conversion switch. Conversion function is on
2-position switch channel
AUX1
while non-connection or disconnection.
When AUX2 is connected to a 2-position switch channel, it is
used as camera orientation (down or forward) switch in FPV
2-position switch channel
AUX2
Mode (Reset). The camera orientation is forward while
Or Futaba S-Bus channel
non-connection or disconnection.
If S-Bus receiver is used, it should be connected to AUX2 port.
When AUX3 is connected to a 2-position switch channel, it is
2-position switch channel
AUX3
used for Z15-N video recording control.
Or PPM channel
If PPM receiver is used, it should be connected to AUX3 port.
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/AUX3 Switch Setup
Gimbal 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
MODE channel end-point 60%~90%
FPV Mode (Reset)
back to center
Non orientation-locked Mode
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
HDMI-AV module can be set on/off by TX. Please ensure camera HDMI port is connected to 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
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 AUX2 is connected to Futaba S-Bus channel it is used as the S-Bus channel input.
AUX3 Switch Set
Z15-N supports camera video recording. Please wire the right channel of receiver to AUX3 port. Every toggle
is for start/stop recording.
Notices:

Only Z15-N gimbal needs to set the AUX3 channel when using the camera for video recording.

Z15-G gimbal controls the camera to record video by setting the camera to“Manual Video”.
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Assistant
Install Driver and Software
STEP1:
Make sure driver is installed correctly, which has been installed before you use WKM,ACE
ONE or ACE WAYPOINT.
STEP2:
Please download assistant software ZenmuseInstaller.exe from DJI Innovations website.
STEP3:
Double click ZenmuseInstaller.exe file and follow the steps to finish installation.
STEP4:
Run DJI Zenmuse Assistant.
GUI
Connect GCU and PC via USB cable, power on GCU.
1
2
1
DJI
· Tools: Upgrade. For upgrading the
gimbal firmware
· Language: 中文or English
· Help: About. For version and SN access
2 Gimbal
· Basic: For Roll/Tilt/Pan/Mode observation
· Function: For Shutter/HDMI/AUX2
observation
3 Connection indicator
5
· Blue LED On: Disconnected with PC
· Green LED On: Connected with PC
4 Communication indicator
· Blue LED On: Without communication
· Green LED Blink: Communicating with PC
4
3
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5 Text Description
· Mouse over each item will display the
corresponding content
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Firmware Upgrade
Please strictly follow the operation procedures for firmware upgrade, otherwise Z15 might not work properly:
Step1: Make sure your computer is connected to the Internet.
Step2: Please close all the other applications during firmware upgrade, including anti-virus software and
firewall.
Step3: Make sure the power supply is securely connected. DO NOT un-plug the power supply until
firmware upgrade has finished.
Step4:
Connect GCU to PC with a Micro-USB cable, DO NOT break connection until firmware upgrade
has finished.
Step5:
Run Software and wait for connection.
Step6: Select DJITools Upgrade.
Step7:
DJI Innovations server will check current firmware version, and get the latest firmware prepared
for the unit.
Step8: If there is a firmware version more up-to-date than your current version, you will be able to click
the Upgrade button.
Step9: Wait until Assistant software finishes reading gimbal and GCU.
Step10: Click OK and power cycle the unit after at least 5 seconds.
Notices:

After firmware upgrade, please re-recognize setup using Assistant software.

If abnormally read or write, close software and power off, and then restart software and power up.

If it is notified that the network or DJI Innovations server is busy, please try again later with above
procedures.

If firmware upgrade failed, please try again with the above procedures.
Product Information
You can check the product version via Help  About. This includes Hardware ID,IMU,GCU,Software.
SN is a 32 digits authorization code for unit function activations. We had already filled in the authorization
code for your unit after manufacture. You might be asking to fill in the new SN in the future if you brought new
function upgrades. Fill in the SN and then click Write button. If you filled in an invalid SN over 30 times, your
product will be locked and you have to contact our customer support.
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Basic
Make sure your setups according to Basic.
ROLL/PAN/ TILT: Push the joystick on TX to obtain the stick direction and the gimbal rotation direction.
If you use the DJI iOSD, you may obtain the gimbal attitude information (PAN/ TILT/ ROLL) on the bottom
right corner of the display screen.
The following diagram shows the gimbal rotation direction and the cursor slide direction on assistant.
PAN axis rotation
Cursor slide right
Cursor slide left
Cursor slide right
TILT axis rotation
Cursor slide left
Cursor slide right
Cursor slide left
ROLL axis rotation
MODE: Toggle the 3-position switch, the corresponding slider of cursor will turn red
.
Function
SHUT/AUX1/AUX2/AUX3 :Toggle the 2-position switch, the corresponding slider of cursor will turn
red
.
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Test
Check Before Flight
Notices:

Gimbal is installed firmly to bi-pod, and camera mounted correctly and stably.

All cables are in correct connection, without anyone in backwards.

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 autopilot system.

Upgrade Autopilot System MC Firmware.
Tips:

Gimbal LED flashing red quickly when camera and gimbal connection fails.

Gimbal LED stays solid green when camera and gimbal is successful connection.

Please turn to Trouble Shooting in Appendix if abnormal situation occurs.
Test
Step1: Ensure 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: Power on gimbal and wait for self-testing, whose three axes will rotate quickly at the same time.
Step5: After self-testing, camera lens will point to aircraft nose direction, that is, the three axes of gimbal
should be in the condition as the following diagram shows.
Step6: Gimbal goes into initialization, at this time the three axes will rotate very slowly.
Step7: Gimbal is at a standstill after initialization, and ready for usage.
Step8: Toggle the Working Modes switch on your transmitter, and make sure it is working properly.
Step9: 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 Gimbal Working mode Switch Set to
correct your settings.
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Notices:
If the gimbal is abnormal (unlike the diagram shows) after initializing, please turn to Trouble Shooting in
Appendix.
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Appendix
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 example connection. Prepare one 14-channel TX/RC receiver for aircraft and gimbal control.
Setup Aileron, Elevator, Throttle,Rudder channels on TX for aircraft roll, elevator, throttle, rudder control,
and TX AUX2 for aircraft control modes(Please refer to Autopilot 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 Autopilot System MC correctly.
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2-Pilot Solution
Rx1
2-Position Switch
Gimbal Control
2-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
AUX2
RUDD
ELEV
AILE
RC Receiver
(JR)
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
S-Bus
S-Bus Receiver
(Futaba)
PPM
PPM Receiver
Or
AUX2
RC Receiver
(JR)
8-Channel
RUDD
ELEV
AILE
THRO
AUX2
Or
Tx2
1
2
3
4
7
RC Receiver
(Futaba / Hitec)
8-Channel
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 2 TXs and 2 RXs.
TX1 and RX1 are for gimbal control.
TX2 and RX2 are for aircraft control.
Please refer to Gimbal Controller Wiring for more details.
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Port Description
Gimbal Controller
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
S-Bus Receiver
AUX3
For Z15-N video recording control
PPM 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 autopilot system
Gimbal
HDMI-AV Port
To Camera HDMI port
Motor Command
To GCU G6
Input Port
8-Pin Cable Port
To GCU G8
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Gimbal LED Indicator
Description
LED Indicator
Camera and gimbal connected
Camera and gimbal disconnected
Gimbal Label Description
Camera Type _ Lens Type
For example
NEX5N_16
Camera Type
SONY NEX-5N
Lens Type
E 16mm f/2.8(SEL16F28)
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Trouble Shooting
NO.
What
Why
How to
(1) TX trims are too much
(1) Adjust the TX trims
(2)GCU and autopilot system
(2)Connect GCU and autopilot
is disconnected
system
(3)Z15 mounting direction is
(3)Ensure Z15 mounting direction
disaccording to aircraft nose
is the same with aircraft nose
The gimbal is abnormal
Abnormal
Please contact local dealer or DJI
after initializing
manufacture
Gimbal keeps
drifting
1
after initialization
calibration
after
2
Innovations customer service
Can’t distinguish gimbal
3
Switch to FPV Mode first, then to
BVR flight
pointing when using
another Working Mode needed
(1) The gimbal and camera
(1)Make sure cable connected
disconnected
4
Gimbal LED flashing red
(2)Please power on camera
(2)Camera is off
(3)Set HDMI resolution as 1080i
(3) Camera setup failure
(1)
Wireless
video
(1)
Check
the
wireless
video
transmission unit disconnected
transmission unit connection
(2)Wrong power supply for
(2) Ensure the power supply for
wireless
wireless video transmission unit is
Gimbal green LED is on
5
but without video display
unit
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video
transmission
12V
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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- AV module

Wireless video transmission support

Camera shutter control support

Z15-N video recording control support

Wide range voltage input support

S-Bus/PPM Receiver support

SONY NEX-5N

SONY NEX-7

SONY NEX-5R

Panasonic GH2

SONY: E 16mm f/2.8(SEL16F28)

Panasonic: Lumix G14 mm/F2.5
Peripheral
Supported Camera
Supported Lens Currently
Lumix G20 mm/F1.7
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
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

Z15-N: 1.25Kg

Z15-G: 1.3Kg
Dimensions
200mm ×200mm ×230mm
Frame Dimensions For Camera (Inside)
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Z15-N: 115mm ×75mm
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
Z15-G: 142mm ×76mm
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)
336g(@Sony NEX-5N with Lens and Battery)
417g(@Sony NEX-7 with Lens and Battery)
344g(@Sony NEX-5R with Lens and Battery)
489g(@Panasonic GH2 with Lumix G14 mm/F2.5 and Battery)
534g(@Panasonic GH2 with Lumix G20 mm/F1.7 and Battery)
Controlled Angle Accuracy
±0.05°
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°(±360°mechanic continuous rotation)
Regulatory Approvals
FCC (USA)
Yes
IC (Canada)
Yes
ROHS(EU)
Yes
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