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Old 12-17-2012, 01:14 PM   #1
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Default Quadcopter vs. helicopter

Trying to decide whether or not to stay with a helicopter like a Trex 500 or use a quadcopter for FPV and aerial photography. What do you guys think is best to use? I know most will probably say quad because it's more stable but can video be just as good on a regular heli?
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:10 PM   #2
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Both can do, but quad can just do it so easily. The big thing on the heli is that it can do heavier lifting and fly much faster, like shooting a speed boat chase scene.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:31 PM   #3
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Really depends on what you want to do.

For the price of a good 500 (please forget the T-Rex), you can get a F550 from DJI which is MUCH more stable and more suited for AP stuff.
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I found it easier to balance parts on a quadcopter than a helicopter to minimize vibrations.

The quadcopter has just four motors and fixed pitch props, both easily balanced on a DuBros spin balancer.

I'm using an OpenPilot Copter Control board, so it's easy to fly.

And if there's a prop strike, a replacement prop is about $4. Replacement carbon fiber blades on my TRex 450 is $40.

So far I've had to replace only one prop.
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