Zenmuse Z15-5D User Manual
Zenmuse Z15-5D
User Manual
V1.04
2014.12
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Warning & Disclaimer
No further adjustment or changes are permitted to the Z15.
The Z15 is specifically adjusted to support the Camera and Lens before leaving the factory. Please mount your
camera directly to the Z15 when installing as no further adjustment or changes are necessary or permitted. Do not
modify or add any other component/device (such as a filter, lens hood, etc.) to the camera; make sure to use the
original battery; Failure to follow these guidelines may result in decreased performance or internal malfunction.
The Z15 is only compatible with a flight control system specified by DJI Innovations (A2/Ace One/Ace
WayPoint/WooKong M). To ensure highest stability and precision, download the corresponding assistant software
and upgrade the flight control system MC firmware. Failure to do so may result in the Z15 working abnormally.
Make sure the flight control system is operated in the safest possible environment when the main power battery is
connected. We strongly recommend users remove all propellers, DO NOT use power supply from R/C system or
flight pack battery, and keep children away during gimbal calibration and parameter setup. Please follow the
guidelines in order to correctly mount and connect gimbal to 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.
Firmware versions of supported DJI Flight control systems
Flight control systems
Firmware version of MC
Ace One
Ace WayPoint
WooKong M
A2
V4.02
V4.02
V5.26
V2.0 or above
Specified Camera and Lens Type
Z15-5D Mark II
Camera
Lens
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
Z15-5D Mark III
Camera
Lens
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
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Product Profile
Z15 is an excellent gimbal designed for Aerial Photography. It has built-in slip rings within the mechanical structure,
preventing the wire rod from entangling. The gimbal has an integrated independent IMU module, a special servos
drive module, etc., which are dedicated to provide excellent performance in any working modes, including
Orientation-locked control, Non orientation-locked control and FPV Mode (Reset).
Working Mode
Orientation-locked Mode
Gimbal Point
Gimbal point stays locked
with aircraft nose direction
FPV Mode
Non orientation-locked Mode
Gimbal point stays unchanged
when aircraft nose direction
changes.
(Reset)
Gimbal point stays the
same as aircraft nose
direction when powered
up
Gimbal and
Gimbal point keeps the
Relative angle between the
Zero
Aircraft Nose
same relative angle with the
gimbal point and aircraft nose
between the gimbal point
aircraft nose direction
direction may change
and aircraft nose
Relative Angle
TX Control
Attitude stability
Vibration
Reduction
Controlled
Controlled
Not controlled
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Command stick stands for
gimbal rotation velocity,
Stick Meaning
Stick center position is for
0,its endpoint is maximum
velocity.
Command
Linearity
relative
YES
angle
Command stick stands for
gimbal rotation velocity,Stick
center position is for 0,its
——
endpoint is maximum velocity.
YES
——
Note1: ‘Gimbal point’ refers to the gimbal PAN rotation direction.
Note2: ‘Attitude stability’ means the gimbal’s ROLL/TILT will not follow the aircraft’s ROLL/PITCH.
Note3: ‘Gimbal rotating maximum velocity’ is corresponding to the TX 100% end-point.
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In Box
Gimbal & Gimbal Controller Unit (GCU)
Gimbal × 1
The Z15 gimbal has built-in slip rings within the mechanical structure,
which work to prevent the wire rod from entangling and enables
rotational freedom for the 3 axes rotating rods.
The gimbal has special built-in Z15 gimbal servo drive modules and
independent IMU module.
Gimbal Controller Unit (GCU) × 1
Connect the gimbal controller unit to the flight control system with a
5D
CAN–Bus cable. The GCU will control the gimbal’s PAN, ROLL and
TILT axes rotation.
Main Parts Package
Lens Retaining Ring × 1
For fixing the camera lens.
Mounting Bracket × 4
For the 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
For tidying the cables on gimbal.
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Camera Mount Screw × 1
For the camera mount.
Lens Retaining Ring Screw × 1
For fixing the lens retaining ring to the gimbal.
Screws and Cables Package
Screws Package
For mounting the gimbal to the aircraft (M2.5*8 Head-cup screw).
8-pin Cable
Connect the GCU and Gimbal use the 8-pin cable.
Gimbal Video Signal Cable × 1
For connecting the GCU and Wireless Video Transmission Unit,
transmitting the AV signal.
Micro-USB Cable × 1
For the parameter configurations and firmware upgrade via
Assistant Software on PC.
DJI
The GCU communicates with the flight control unit via a CAN-Bus.
DJI
CAN-Bus Cable × 1
Spares Pack
Spares Pack × 1
Damping units, Spare Screw, and Mounting Bracket.
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Contents
WARNING & DISCLAIMER ...............................................................................................2
PRODUCT PROFILE ..........................................................................................................3
IN BOX ............................................................................................................................4
CONTENTS ......................................................................................................................6
GIMBAL DESCRIPTION ....................................................................................................7
CAMERA SETUP ..............................................................................................................9
MOUNT ........................................................................................................................ 11
CAMERA WIRING/SHUTTER CONTROL ......................................................................... 13
VIDEO SIGNAL TRANSMISSION ..................................................................................... 14
GCU CONNECTION ........................................................................................................ 15
WORKING MODES/AUX2/AUX3 SWITCH SETUP ............................................................ 17
ASSISTANT SOFTWARE .................................................................................................. 18
TEST ............................................................................................................................. 18
APPENDIX ..................................................................................................................... 20
IMPORTANT NOTES...............................................................................................................20
PORT DESCRIPTION ..............................................................................................................21
GIMBAL LED INDICATOR .......................................................................................................21
TROUBLE SHOOTING ............................................................................................................22
SPECIFICATIONS ...................................................................................................................23
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The Gimbal Description
Notes:

Make sure nothing blocks the servo driver module rotation to avoid motor damage.

Clear the obstacles at once if the rotating gimbal is blocked.

No mechanical and electrical adjustment or change is permitted.
Tips:

Each servo driver module has two G8 ports, which are used to transmit servo and video signals.
Z15-5D MARK II
PAN
360° continuous rotation
8-pin Port
To the G8 port
of GCU
8-pin Cable
Connect the
GCU and Gimbal
The Mounting Board
for Receiver
Servo Driver
Module 1
Cable Clamp
Damping Unit
ROLL
±25°
Servo Driver
Module 3
TILT
-120°~+15°
Servo Driver
Module 2
Gimbal status
Indicator
Lens Retaining
Ring' s Screw
IMU Module
Lens Mount
Position
Video Transmission
Cable
To the A/V OUT port
of 5D Mark II
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Z15-5D MARK III
PAN
360° continuous rotation
8-pin Port
To the G8 port
of GCU
8-pin Cable
Connect the GCU
and Gimbal
The Mounting Board
for Receiver
Servo Driver
Module 1
Cable Clamp
Damping Unit
ROLL
±25°
Servo Driver
Module 3
TILT
-120°~+15°
Servo Driver
Module 2
Gimbal status
Indicator
Lens Retaining
Ring's Screw
IMU Module
Lens Mount
Position
Video Transmission Cable
To the A/V OUT/DIGITAL
port of 5D Mark III
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The Camera Setup
Configure your camera by the following settings to meet the requirements of Z15 and make sure to read the
related content according to your camera.
Canon 5D Mark II
Mode Dial
Live View

Turn the Mode Dial to set the shooting mode to Shutter-priority AE (Tv) or Manual exposure (M).

Press down the Live View/shooting/Print/Share (

Press the AF.DRIVE button, select the drive mode as
) button.
(10-sec.self-timer/Remote control) or
(2-sec.self-timer/Remote control).

Turn the Image Stabilizer switch, which is located on the lens, to OFF.

It is recommended to adjust the shutter speed to within 1/100sec to 1/30sec. If shooting mode is set to
Manual exposure, please adjust the aperture properly and set the ISO speed to A (Auto).
Tips:

In the Menu settings, the values in red italic font are strongly recommended. Failure to follow the
recommended settings may results in shakey or poor footage/image quality.
Canon 5D Mark III
Mode Dial
Movie Shooting

Turn the Mode Dial to set the shooting mode to Shutter-priority AE (Tv) or Manual exposure (M).

Turn the Live View shooting/Movie shooting switch (

Press the AF.DRIVE button and select the drive mode as
) to the Movie shooting position.
(10-sec.self-timer/Remote control) or
(2-sec.self-timer/Remote control).

Turn the Image Stabilizer switch, located on the lens, to OFF.

It is recommended to adjust the shutter speed within 1/100sec to 1/30sec. If shooting mode is Manual
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exposure, please adjust the aperture properly and set the ISO speed to A (Auto).
Tips:

In the Menu settings, the values in red italic font are strongly recommended. Failure to follow the
recommended settings may results in shakey or poor footage/image quality.

The use of an SD card is preferred, as a CF card may effect the balance performance of the gimbal and
lead to shakey or poor footage/image quality.
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The Mounting
Mounting the Lens
Lens
Lens Retaining Ring
Camera
Step 1: Mount the lens on the retaining ring first, before mounting the lens to the camera.
Mounting the Camera onto the Gimbal
Lens Retaining Ring Screw
Camera Mounting Screw
Step2: Mount the camera into the gimbal. Tighten the Camera Mounting Screw first then tighten the Lens
Retaining Ring Screw.
Note: Take care when pushing the lens into the lens mount position; too much force may damage the lens.
Mounting the Gimbal to the Landing Gear
Please adhere to the dimensions of the gimbal shown below to mount the gimbal to a proper Landing Gear using
the mounting brackets (4) and M2.5*8 screws (8).
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Ai
rcr
aft
No
se
Mounting brackets
and screws
Landing Gear
No
se
Camera and
Gimbal
Gi
mb
al
X
Y
Z
Step3: Attach the gimbal to the landing gear then tighten the thread locking screws.
Notes:

Ensure that the correct side of the servo driver module 1 faces the direction of the aircraft tail.

Make sure the top and bottom plates of the dampening unit remain parallel when mounting in order to
prevent the damping unit from being stretched or distorted.

Keep overall balance when mounting, in order to ensure the center of gravity on the Z axis.

The gimbal center of gravity has already been set, which directly determines the gimbal’s performance.
Please do not adjust the gimbal center of gravity by yourself.

The gimbal is a high-precision controlled instrument. Do not remove any screws in the gimbal. Doing so
may result in decreased performance or even damage.

Do not unplug any cables which are attached to the gimbal ports, or attempt to change or customize the
mechanical structure.

Make sure the cable connections are correct and secure to ensure the gimbal works normally and is in full
control.
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The Camera Wiring/Shutter Control
The Camera Wiring
Z15-5D gimbal can transfer the signal from transmitter to infrared signal for shutter control, please make sure you
connect the camera with the Z15-5D gimbal correctly and the camera settings are correct.
Step1: Connect the video transmission cable to the correct port on the camera.
Z15-5D MARK II: To the A/V OUT port of 5D MARK II.
Z15-5D MARK III: To the A/V OUT/DIGITAL port of 5D MARK III.
Note:

Make sure to press the AF.DRIVE button and set the drive mode as
control) or
(10-sec.self-timer/Remote
(2-sec.self-timer/Remote control).
The Shutter Control
Z15-5D gimbal can transfer the signal from transmitter to infrared for shutter control, please set one 2-position
switch/channel for remote shutter control.
Make sure the shutter control module is correctly mounted and wired.
Whichever selection of the switch on your transmitter was set; wire the right channel of the receiver to the SHUT
port. One switch toggle corresponds to one photo shot.
For example, toggle twice will result in two shot.
Position – 1  Position – 2: First shot
Position – 2 Position – 1: Second shot
2-Positon
Switch
1
2
Tx
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
2-Position Switch
Channel 3-Pins Cable
GCU
Camera
TX Command
SHUT
Internal wire
Infrared sensor
Infrared
shutter
control
command
Wireless
Camera
Shutter
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The Video Signal Transmission
A wireless video transmission module is required for the video signal to access remotely.
Connect to a battery to
supply power for the wireless
video transmission module
+ Gimbal Video Signal Cable
Wireless Video
Transmission Module
Power
Air End
Video Signal Port
Video Signal
Disconnected
GND
Video Signal(Yellow:AV)
GND(Black: )
Step1: Solder the Power/Video Signal/GND cables to a wireless video transmission module (Air End) respectively.
Step2: Plug the gimbal video signal cable head into the GCU Video Signal Port.
Notices:

Make sure to connect the Wireless Video Transmission module to the GCU before powering on.

The standard gimbal video signal cable is recommended.

Make sure you solder the gimbal video signal cable to the wireless video transmission module correctly.
Ensure the cables are insulated, to prevent a short circuit.
Video Signal Cable(AV)
GND Cable

Please refer to the user manuals of the wireless transmitter module to supply power for it, since the GCU
cannot provide power for it.
Tips:

The following diagram shows how the video signal transmits with the gimbal working.

If the video signal access fails, please check each step.
Camera
GCU
Gimbal
AV signal
AV signal
AV
Monitor
AV input
AV signal
G8
Video
transmission cable
AV signal
Gimbal Video
Signal 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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The GCU Connection
The GCU Connection
A2/WKM/
ACE ONE/
ACE Waypoint
Micro-USB Port
PC connection for configuration and
firmware upgrades via a Micro-USB
cable.
Battery
RC Receiver
(Aircraft control)
2-Position Switch
(4S~12S)
2-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
5D
Wireless Video
Transition Module
Air End
Heat
Sinks
AUX2
RUDD
RC Receiver
(JR)
ELEV
AILE
8-Channel
Or
1
2
4
7
8-Channel
RC Receiver
(Futaba
2-Position Switch
/ Hitec)
2-Position Switch
2-Position Switch
Or
S-Bus
S-Bus Receiver
(Futaba)
G8
Or
Reserved &
Disconnected
Ensure the side with copper contacts is
facing upward towards the heat sinks.
PPM
PPM Receiver
CAN-Bus port of GCU
For WKM/ACE ONE/ACE
Waypoint, connect to any spare
CAN-Bus port of the flight
control system via a CAN-Bus
cable.
For A2, connect to the CAN2 or
CAN1 port.
Battery
 Make sure the battery voltage is in the required range of both the aircraft and the gimbal if you use only one battery for
power supply.
A2/WKM/ACE ONE/ACE Waypoint
Refer to the A2/ WKM/ACE ONE/
ACE Waypoint User Manual for more
connection and configuration details.




Gimbal Controller (GCU)
Make sure the ports are accessible when installing the GUC so as to facilitate
wiring and software configuration.
In 3-pin ports, pins near the nicks are the signal pins.
DO NOT cover the heat sinks, keep them unobstructed.
The GCU module is NOT water-proof or oil-proof.
Transmitter and Receiver
 Above are example connections, which require two transmitters and two receivers. One transmitter and receiver are used
for gimbal control and the other are used for aircraft control. Users can also use a transmitter and a receiver to control
both the gimbal and aircraft.
 Configure the Aileron, Elevator, Rudder channels on the transmitter for gimbal control. Command stick stands for the
gimbal rotation velocity,the center position is for 0 and the endpoint for maximum velocity (both clockwise and counter
clockwise directions). (End Point is 100%)
 Choose one 3-position switch/channel as the Z15 working modes switch.(MODE)
 Choose one 2- position switch/channel as the camera shutter control switch(SHUT), one for the camera lens orientation
switch in Reset Mode (AUX2).
 Please refer to the A2/ WKM/ACE ONE/ACE Waypoint User Manual for aircraft control setting.
 Connect the receiver to GCU correctly.
* 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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The GCU Ports Description
The following table shows the GCU channels and the TX channels connection.
TX Channels
GCU
Descriptions
JR
Futaba/Hitec
Channels
AILE
1
ROLL
For roll axis control (left/right). The velocity is zero if disconnected.
ELEV
2
TILT
For tilt axis control. The velocity is zero if disconnected.
RUDD
4
PAN
For pan axis control. The v is zero if disconnected.
AUX2
7
MODE
2-position switch channel
For Working Mode switch.
For camera shutter control (both taking picture and recording video
SHUT
are available). It is off when non-connection and disconnected.
When the AUX2 is connected to a 2-position switch channel, it is used
2-position switch channel
Or Futaba S-Bus channel
for camera orientation (downward or forward) switch in FPV Mode
AUX2
(Reset). The camera orientation is set to forward while non-connection
or disconnected.
If a S-Bus receiver is used, it should be connected to the AUX2 port.
When the AUX3 port is connected to a 2-position switch channel, it is
PPM channel
AUX3
used for the Z15-5D video recording control.
If a PPM receiver is used, it should be connected to the 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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The Working Modes/AUX2/AUX3 Switch Setup
Setting the Gimbal Working Mode Switch
Whichever 3-position switch you select as the working mode switch, wire the right channel of receiver to MODE
port. At each switch position, use end-point fine tuning to set the AUX2 channel of JR/7 channel of Futaba/Hitec
for the three Working modes.
Orientation-locked Mode
Back to center
FPV Mode (Reset)
MODE channel end-point 60%~90%
Non orientation-locked Mode
MODE channel end-point 60%~90%
Notes:

The gimbal will work in Orientation-locked Mode, if there is no connection to the MODE port.

Gimbal default works in FPV Mode after power on.

The gimbal will maintain the Working Mode from the last moment if the cable between the MODE port
and the Receiver is disconnected while powered on.
Tips:

For the 3-position switch, you may assign:
Position-1 to Non orientation-locked
3-Position
Switch
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.
Setting the AUX2 Switch
The Z15 supports controlling the camera lens downward or forward in Reset Mode. Please wire the right channel of
receiver to the AUX2 port. You may assign: Position-1 to DOWNWARD; 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 enabled, if the working mode switches from the other modes to the FPV Mode
(Reset), the gimbal will force the camera lens to face forward or downward depending on AUX2 Switch.

The camera orientation is forward while non-connection or disconnected.
Tips:
When the AUX2 port is connected to the Futaba S-Bus channel it is used as the S-Bus channel input.
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Setting the AUX3 Switch
The Z15-5D supports camera video recording. Please wire the right channel of receiver to AUX3 port. Every toggle
is set for start/stop recording.
The Assistant Software
Installation and Usage
Step1: Make sure the driver is installed correctly and has been installed beforehand if you use A2, WKM, ACE
ONE or ACE WAYPOINT.
Step2: Please download the assistant software installer from the 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 and configure the parameters according to the assistant software
indications if necessary.
Test
Check List Before Flight
Notes:

The gimbal is installed firmly to the landing gear, and the camera is mounted correctly and stably.

All cables are correctly connected, without any connected back to front.

The gimbal video signal cable is in good soldered condition if wireless video transmission module used.

Correct connection between the GCU and RC receiver.

Normal connection between the GCU and flight control system.

Correct camera setup.

Correct Transmitter settings.

The firmware of flight control system has been upgraded to the latest version.
Tips:

Please turn to the Trouble Shooting section in Appendix if an abnormal situation occurs.
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Flight Test
Step1: Ensure the batteries are fully charged for the transmitter, GCU and all the other devices on your
aircraft.
Step2: Make sure all connections and wirings are in good condition.
Step3: Toggle on the switch.
Step4: Make sure to adjust the Roll axis of the gimbal to be level.
Step5: Power on the gimbal and wait for self-testing to begin. 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 the aircraft nose direction and the three axes of the
gimbal should be in the condition as the above diagram shows.
Step7: The gimbal will enter initialization, at this time the three axes will rotate very slowly.
Step8: The gimbal is at a standstill after initialization and ready for use.
Step9: Toggle the Working Modes switch on your transmitter, making sure it is working properly.
Step10: Toggle the Working Modes to the Non orientation-locked, FPV Mode (Reset), Orientation-locked
respectively, and then try to push your sticks lightly in Roll, Tilt and Pan modes to see if your gimbal
moves to the corresponding direction. If not, return to the ‘Setting the Working Mode Switch’ section
to correct your settings.
Note:
If the gimbal is abnormal after initialization, please refer to the Trouble Shooting in Appendix.
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Appendix
Important Notes
For safety reasons, please pay serious attention to all following items:

Ensure nothing blocks the servo driver module rotation, to avoid motor damage.

Before powering on, spin the gimbal by hand through the complete rotational axes to ensure nothing
is blocking the mechanical movement of the gimbal.

Ensure that the side of the servo driver module 1 with ports correctly points towards the aircraft tail
direction.

The gimbal center of gravity has been set, which directly determines the gimbal’s performance.
Please do not adjust the gimbal center of gravity by yourself.

The gimbal is a high-precision controlled instrument. Do not remove any screws in the gimbal. Doing so may
result in decreased performance or even damage.

Do not unplug any cables which are attached to the gimbal ports, or attempt to change or customize the
mechanical structure.

Make sure the cable connections are correct and secure to ensure the gimbal works normally and is in full
control.

Make sure to connect the Wireless Video Transmission module to the gimbal controller before
powering on the system.

The factory gimbal video signal cable is recommended. Make sure you solder the gimbal video signal
cable to the wireless video transmission module correctly. And ensure the cables are insulated, to
prevent a short circuit.

Make sure the current consumption of wireless video transmission module does not exceed 1A, to
prevent the GCU from damage.

Keep the gimbal away from any power cables; otherwise it may lead to a short circuit of the gimbal.

Make sure to adjust the Roll axis of the gimbal to be level before powering on.
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The Port Description
The GCU
ROLL
For roll axis control
TITL
For tilt axis control
PAN
For pan axis control
MODE
For Working Mode select
SHUT
For camera shutter control
AUX2
For gimbal orientation (downward or forward) switch in FPV Mode; S-Bus Receiver
AUX3
For the video recording control; PPM Receiver
To the wireless video transmission module, transmitting the AV signal
XT60
To the battery
G8
To the gimbal, transmitting video signal
Micro-USB port: PC connection for configuration and firmware upgrades
CAN-Bus port: Use CAN-Bus to connect the GCU to the flight control system
The Gimbal
Video Transmission cable port
8-Pin Cable Port
To the AV port of Camera
To the G8 port of GCU
The Gimbal LED Indicator
LED Indicator
Description
The gimbal works normally
Some servo is recovering from overcurrent protection
The gimbal is performing a self-check
The GCU is disconnected from the Flight control system
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Trouble Shooting
NO.
1
2
What
Why
(1) Too much TX trim
(1) Adjust the TX trims
(2) The GCU and flight control
(2) Connect the GCU and flight
The gimbal keeps drifting
system is disconnected
control system
after initializing
(3) The Z15 mounting
(3) Ensure the Z15 mounting
direction is not aligned to the
direction is aligned with the
aircraft nose
aircraft nose
The gimbal is abnormal
Abnormal calibration after
Please contact the local dealer or
after initializing
manufacture
DJI Innovations customer service
Cannot distinguish the
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How to
gimbal direction when in
BVR flight
use
Switch to the FPV Mode first, then
to another Working Mode needed
(1) The wireless video
transmission unit has been
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The gimbal green LED is on
disconnected
but without video display
(2) Wrong power supply for
(1) Check the wireless video
transmission unit connection
wireless video transmission
unit
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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

Wireless video transmission supported

Camera shutter control supported

Wide range voltage input supported

S-Bus/PPM Receiver supported
Peripheral
Supported Camera
CANON EOS 5D MARK II; CANON EOS 5D MARK III
Current Supported Lens
CANON EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
GCU Input Power
4S~12S LiPo Battery
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
1.42Kg
Dimensions
204mm × 242mm × 264mm
GCU Weight
63g
GCU Dimensions
64.2 mm × 34.1mm × 19.5mm
Working Performance
Load Weight (Reference Value)
2615g(5D MARK II with SD Card & Battery & CANON EF 24mm
f/2.8 IS USM Lens)
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
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Tilt axis:±±130°/s
Roll axis:±±30°/s
Controlled Rotation Range
Pan axis control: ±360° continuous rotation
Tilt axis control: ±From -120° to +15°
Roll axis control:±±25°
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