3DR IRIS+ (915) Quadcopter
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- 16-22 minutes flight time*
- Payload capacity 400 g (.8 lbs)
- Integrated LEDs on all arms for trouble-free directional awareness
- Remote controller with on-screen telemetry for instant data as you fly
- Ready to Fly - Inside the IRIS+ box is everything you need to fly. Simply attach the props, charge the battery, and you're ready to fly manually with the included remote controller autonomously with a Mac, PC or Android device.
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The 3DR IRIS+ is your aerial passport: all you need to get started shooting photos and video from incredible new perspectives. Powered by 3DR's world famous autopilot, IRIS+ is a robot that will automatically fly itself where you tell it to go, while keeping a camera dead steady with two-axis gimbal stabilization. And it's so smart that it's simple. You can fly manually using the controller or use the advanced 3PV Follow Me mode that turns IRIS+ into your own hands-free camera crew. And our tablet-based software makes flight planning exactly this easy: If you can draw it, you can fly it. The IRIS+ power system gets you 16 minutes of flight time fully loaded, and you'll want to fill every second. IRIS+ includes the advanced Pixhawk autopilot system, a high-capacity flight battery, battery charger, ground station radio, and remote controller: everything you need to make IRIS+ your personal aerial photographer. Follow Me - 3DR's 3rd Person View (3PV) Follow Me technology turns your IRIS+ into your own hands-free aerial camera crew that puts you in the middle of your own adventure. IRIS+ can be easily setup to follow any GPS enabled Android device. Not only will IRIS+ follow you, but this advanced technology controls the gimbal to keep the camera centered on you, capturing sweeping cinematic video from a perspective unlike any other.
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3DR IRIS+ (915): The 3DR IRIS+ is your aerial passport: All you need to get started shooting photos and video from incredible new perspectives. Powered by 3DR's world famous autopilot, IRIS is a robot that will automatically fly itself where you tell it to go, while keeping a camera steady with 2-axis gimbal stabilization. And it?s so smart that it's simple. Advanced 3PV Follow Me mode turns IRIS into your own hands-free flying camera crew, and tablet-based software makes flight planning exactly this easy: If you can draw it, you can fly it. The IRIS power system gets you 16 minutes of flight time fully loaded, and you?ll want to fill every second. Product Features: IRIS+ Hardware Set: Complete set of replacement hardware for IRIS. Pixhawk External LED and USB: This kit includes external LED and USB modules to connect to Pixhawk. Use the provided four-position DF13 cables and connect to the I2C splitter module to set up a bright, multicolor LED and convenient USB port for your vehicle. Safety switch for Pixhawk: This safety button replaces the unit included with the Pixhawk kit. The safety button provides an additional measure for helping you power your vehicle on and off safely. Required for Pixhawk. Android OTG Cable: Micro-USB to Android adapter. Use with a ground station radio to view data and control a vehicle in flight. Connect the blue end to the Android device and the black end to the radio. PPM Encoder: This Pixhawk-compatible PPM encoder allows you to connect your PWM-only RC equipment to Pixhawk. Smaller than our previous PPM, our encoder will enable you to reduce all your channels to a single wire, excluding ground and power wires. Includes a PPM Encoder module, 10-position input cable (7 cm), and three-position output cable (12 cm). Cable pack: Complete set of 10 replacement cables for IRIS. Product Specifications: * Motor to motor dimension: 550 mm * Height: 100 mm * Weight (with battery): 1282 g * Average flight time: 10-15 minutes (no gimbal), 7-8 minutes (with gimbal) * 425 g (.9 lb) payload capacity * Battery: 3-cell 11.1 V 3.5 Ah lithium polymer with XT-60 type connector. Weight: 262 grams * Propellers: (2) 10 x 4.7 normal-rotation, (2) 10 x 4.7 reverse-rotation * Motors: AC 2830, 850 kV * Radios available in 915mHz or 433mHz * Next-gen 32-bit Pixhawk autopilot system with Cortex M4 processor * uBlox GPS with integrated magnetometer
Top Customer Reviews
I didn't want to pay $280 for the IRIS carrying case. So I purchased the Pelican 1650 case for $220. I've added a picture of my IRIS+ inside of the Pelican case. I like it much better than the official IRIS case because it has alot of room and I don't need to remove the propellers once I put the IRIS inside the case.
I'll update if I have anything else to add.
I bought specifically for the follow-me function which works very well. Using the Tarot gimbal, it even tilts the camera to keep the subject being followed in the frame. The flight stability and handling is terrific. In GPS (Loiter) mode, I find it rather slow compared to my Phantom, but the point of GPS mode is not to zip around like a maniac. Use one of the many other modes for that and it becomes very quick.
I tried to use the Tower app on my Samsung Galaxy 3, but found it did not have the proper USB control host, so I am using on a Galaxy 5 which works well. It is probably best to use a 7 inch tablet. I like connecting to the app because it gives you all of the flight stats via audio so I can focus on getting the shot I want. It is really easy to program and send on automatic missions.
I got the Pebble watch so I could control the app. It is nice to have the extra control to pause or return without fumbling around on the phone. Later I learned there is also a Droid Wear version. But I am happy with the Pabble in general and like that I only charge it once a week. I am wearing it all the time now and love it, an unexpected benefit for someone who swore I would never wear a watch. The app has crashed a couple times, but the IRIS+ pauses when this happens.
I added a video transmitter and a second power cable to power my gopro and transmit the video to my FPV monitor. This all adds extra weight which kills flight time of course, but it is not bad. It is nice that batteries for Iris+ are cheap compared to others on the market. They will also be replaceable long into the future regardless of the manufacturer. I am not a fan of the expensive, custom molded, specialized battery packs that you might be fighting over on ebay someday. Hopefully the quad it will last that long to be an issue, but the odds are against it depending on piloting skills. On my second Iris+, I dont use the gimbal. The video is still nice, but is not production quality, especially when in the follow-me modes which are VERY jerky, especially the circles.
The Tarot gimbal is designed for the IRIS+ and super easy to install with 2 screws and plugs in. It could not be easier. But to power your gopro, you need to buy the tarot gopro cable Amazon ASIN B00XHUCT5Y. (I used the power from the FPV video transmitter 5V out and ground to power the gopro, the gimbal power would probably be way too much for the gopro, but I am not an expert on this.). This gopro cable has 4 wires. video, 2 grounds and a power. I spliced the 2 grounds together to connect to the video transmitter from ImmersionRC. There are lots of diagrams on the web, it was easier than it sounds. I have a GoPro Hero3+ which can be powered on without the battery when connected to power, (unlike the 3). HOWEVER, this seemed to raise hell with the gimbal because of the weight difference. The gimbal expects the full weight of the GoPro and jerks and kicks when it is not there. I need to experiment with this more to see if I can figure this out because it is pointless to carry around the extra weight for no reason. If you are not using the gimbal, this would work well and you can shed the weight of the gopro battery, gimbal and long legs for considerably more flight time.
I am VERY happy with IRIS+. I could have waited for SOLO. By the time you add all of the extras as I did, the investment adds up and is comparable to Solo to be honest.
IRIS+ $600 + Gimbal $200 + Video Trans w/antennas $150 + FPV monitor $250 = $1200
Plus you still would need a phone/tablet to have the advanced app features that you have on the SOLO.
SOLO is $1000 + Gimbal (someday in future) $400 = $1400 (plus the same phone/tablet)..
So for $200, you get the benefit of having your FPV video and app combined with the SOLO. But if that is really a benefit depends on how you use the follow-me mode which is why I bought it. I dont want to take the controller everywhere. With the Iris+, I can give my phone to the subject I am filming and let them go, while keeping the controller. I can also pause it at any time from my Pebble watch. With SOLO, I imagine you can also give the phone to the subject and it would do the same, but I cannot confirm this. However, you would lose you FPV with it and have to trust that the gimbal is smart enough to keep the subject in the video frame, which it is in follow-me mode for the most part. With Iris+ and gimbal in follow-me, you don't need FPV in theory, for some applications, you will be able to just send it off and trust it got the shot.
Another benefit I mentioned before, the batteries are a fraction of the price. To buy as many SOLO batteries as I have for IRIS+, I could buy another IRIS+ with the difference. All that said, I will surely buy a SOLO one day. But I do not regret the IRIS+ for a second.
I should also mention why I picked 3DR IRIS+ over DJI Phantom 3 or Inspire. Both are solid options. I need to use a GoPro with a customized IR lens for my project, so the built-in cameras of DJI were a deal breaker. I also really wanted the follow-me mode for my project, so the Phantom 2 for GoPro was also out. This narrowed my options considerably. I also added 2 infrared LED lights so I can film at night which works well.
It is wide and big. I never worry about it tipping, it is very stable, but also feels large when I lug it around in a case.
I wish the battery lasted longer. It is sufficient. This is because I added a lot of stuff to it from stock, so it is to be expected.
However it does have things that make it better. Easy to read and understand directions, something China needs to work on.
It hovers perfectly on taking pictures from the air. The DJI tends to wonder a bit at time, and this one doesn't. Well built and well thought out platform. A few modifications and this one would give DJI a run for their money.
I had this in a 10 mph wind and it held perfectly. Keep in mind this is half the price of a Phantom 3 but since I have both I would highly
recommend this unit due to the price. Ok a week later, I have tested this product and found that with out a doubt it is great. Its a bit tricky to land. But if you have experience in flying then you will love this model. It is rock solid and great for photos.
I would recommend you train a bit on flying, but this model has it all. Im empressed.
I want to test their Solo version but waiting on the price to drop or if they want me to test it for free Ill accept the offer.
If it works out the way they say it does. Ill right a great review and video to show the quad in action.
The only cons I have with this unit is the battery door, and the initial start up delay. But other than that , I would say this is the best bet for the money
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