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Friends! We talked about this inter­est­ing project in March 2020. The goal of the devel­op­ers was to cre­ate from scratch a Cinewhoop drone capa­ble of con­fi­dent­ly car­ry­ing full-size pro­fes­sion­al cam­eras. The project turned out to be so inter­est­ing that as a result of painstak­ing work, Shen­drones Thicc first appeared, and almost fol­lowed by a more refined Quad­labs Sic­cario FPV Cinelifter, which every­one real­ly liked. But despite the suc­cess­ful imple­men­ta­tion, the refine­ment process con­tin­ued and the oth­er day the guys pre­sent­ed a video report demon­strat­ing a new iter­a­tion of the drone.

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Paul Nurkkala with a test drone.

What’s new?

This is still a 7‑inch octo­copter, but with more tech­no­log­i­cal and pro­duc­tive stuff­ing. As you can see, for safe­ty rea­sons and in gen­er­al for greater con­fi­dence in pilot­ing in cramped con­di­tions, an annu­lar pro­tec­tion of the pow­er plant was added to the frame design. Despite the impres­sive dimen­sions of the drone, the mod­el turned out to be quite light, expo­nen­tial­ly maneu­ver­able and dynam­ic.

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Drone test ver­sion con­fig:

  • Frame: Thicc2.0
  • Motors: Broth­er­Hob­by Avenger 2806.5 1300KV
  • ESC: Spedix LS40 Slim 40A 3–6S Blheli_32
  • Props: HQProp 5″ 4‑blade in tan­dem with 5.2″ 3‑blade
  • PC: Lume­nier LUX F7
  • FPV Sys­tem: DJI Dig­i­tal FPV Sys­tem
  • Food: Pyro­drone Graphene 6S 22.2V 3300mAh 75C
  • Cin­e­mat­ic Cam­era: Pana­son­ic LUMIX BGH1

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One of the project par­tic­i­pants, Paul Nurkkala, reviews the result. Accord­ing to Paul, the result was more than excel­lent, he also not­ed that the poten­tial of the drone can eas­i­ly cope with heav­ier cam­eras, to be pre­cise, the test cam­era is twice as light as those for which the drone was orig­i­nal­ly designed. The addi­tion of prop pro­tec­tion proved to be an impor­tant upgrade that makes fly­ing a drone even more con­fi­dent and safe.

For com­par­i­son, two cam­eras were used in the test — GoPro 9 and the above men­tioned Pana­son­ic LUMIX BGH1, where the final result clear­ly shows why such projects are now very rel­e­vant for those peo­ple who are pro­fes­sion­al­ly involved in film­ing movies. Paul also focus­es on shoot­ing in low light, it’s not an acci­dent, it’s meant to be, and the fact that the cam­era does­n’t have any kind of gim­bal.

Paul attrib­uted the exces­sive­ly noisy pow­er plant of the drone to the minus­es: “… I will prob­a­bly have to rec­om­mend earplugs to those peo­ple who will imple­ment shoot­ing with this drone …”, but at the same time he promised that they would try to come up with some­thing. At the end, Paul explained that this is not the final result and they will con­tin­ue to refine the assem­bly, since they have a few more ideas for this.



By Yara