Introduction

Use this guide to install the Zenmuse H3-2D camera gimbal system on your DJI Phantom or Phantom 2.

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  • Press down on battery door release tab to flip the battery door open.

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Image 1/3: Avoid pulling on the battery wires, excess stress may break the wires, damage the power connectors, or crack the internal solder joints. Image 2/3: Avoid pulling on the battery wires, excess stress may break the wires, damage the power connectors, or crack the internal solder joints. Image 3/3: Avoid pulling on the battery wires, excess stress may break the wires, damage the power connectors, or crack the internal solder joints.
  • Pull out the battery pack.

  • Avoid pulling on the battery wires, excess stress may break the wires, damage the power connectors, or crack the internal solder joints.

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Image 1/2: It's a tight fit, so be careful not to hit your drone or yank on the cables when it releases! Image 2/2: It's a tight fit, so be careful not to hit your drone or yank on the cables when it releases!
  • Pull the two halves of the XT60 power connector apart.

    • It's a tight fit, so be careful not to hit your drone or yank on the cables when it releases!

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Image 1/2: Black-topped propeller collets unscrew clockwise Image 2/2: Black-topped propeller collets unscrew clockwise
  • Silver-topped propeller collets unscrew counter-clockwise

  • Black-topped propeller collets unscrew clockwise

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Image 1/3: Once free, unscrew and remove the collet. Image 2/3: Once free, unscrew and remove the collet. Image 3/3: Once free, unscrew and remove the collet.
  • For propellors with silver collets: Use a 12 mm wrench or socket to loosen silver collets in the counter-clockwise direction.

  • Once free, unscrew and remove the collet.

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Image 1/3: Once free, unscrew and remove the collet. Image 2/3: Once free, unscrew and remove the collet. Image 3/3: Once free, unscrew and remove the collet.
  • For propellors with black collets: Use a 12 mm wrench or socket to loosen black collets in the clockwise direction.

  • Once free, unscrew and remove the collet.

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  • Gently press down the motor shaft and lift the propeller up to remove it.

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Image 1/3: Remove the following screws from the underside of the drone: Image 2/3: Twelve 2.0 mm hex screws Image 3/3: Four Phillips #0 screws
  • After removing all four propellors, flip the drone over.

  • Remove the following screws from the underside of the drone:

    • Twelve 2.0 mm hex screws

    • Four Phillips #0 screws

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Image 1/3: Unplug the magnetometer molex connector. Image 2/3: Unplug the magnetometer molex connector. Image 3/3: Unplug the magnetometer molex connector.
  • Loosen the cable from the plastic landing gear.

  • Unplug the magnetometer molex connector.

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Image 1/3: '''Do not '''attempt to fully remove the case. The GPS and Magnetometer cables connect the top shell to the rest of the Phantom, be careful not to stress or break these cables. Image 2/3: '''Do not '''attempt to fully remove the case. The GPS and Magnetometer cables connect the top shell to the rest of the Phantom, be careful not to stress or break these cables. Image 3/3: '''Do not '''attempt to fully remove the case. The GPS and Magnetometer cables connect the top shell to the rest of the Phantom, be careful not to stress or break these cables.
  • Lift up on the top portion of the shell and set it on its side.

  • Do not attempt to fully remove the case. The GPS and Magnetometer cables connect the top shell to the rest of the Phantom, be careful not to stress or break these cables.

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  • Lift the GPS cable molex connector up out of its socket on the main board.

On the Phantom FCP40 (essentially a Phantom 1), the GPS cable connects directly to the Naza controller box, not to the board as shown here. Also the compass (magnetometer) is connected to the main board, not the GPS unit in the top shell, so you don't need to remove it to remove the top shell.

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Image 1/3: The case top shell should now have enough slack to work on the interior of the Phantom. Image 2/3: The case top shell should now have enough slack to work on the interior of the Phantom. Image 3/3: The case top shell should now have enough slack to work on the interior of the Phantom.
  • Gently pull the slack of the magnetometer cable through the case bottom shell.

  • The case top shell should now have enough slack to work on the interior of the Phantom.

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  • Twist the molex and cable as shown to prepare it for insertion through the case bottom shell.

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Image 1/3: Pull the cable through. Image 2/3: This is a really tight fit, take your time and avoid damaging the molex connector or cable. We found that gently rocking the molex connector back and forth through the hole eventually wiggled it through. Image 3/3: This is a really tight fit, take your time and avoid damaging the molex connector or cable. We found that gently rocking the molex connector back and forth through the hole eventually wiggled it through.
  • Insert the molex connector through one of the landing gear holes and case bottom shell.

  • Pull the cable through.

  • This is a really tight fit, take your time and avoid damaging the molex connector or cable. We found that gently rocking the molex connector back and forth through the hole eventually wiggled it through.

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Image 1/3: Line up the mounting holes and screw in the two bolts to secure the mounting bracket. Image 2/3: Line up the mounting holes and screw in the two bolts to secure the mounting bracket. Image 3/3: Line up the mounting holes and screw in the two bolts to secure the mounting bracket.
  • Place the H3-2D mounting bracket on the bottom side of the Phantom.

  • Line up the mounting holes and screw in the two bolts to secure the mounting bracket.

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  • Twist the other end of the G8 cable molex connector as shown in order to plug in the H3-2D gimbal.

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Image 1/3: Plug in and firmly secure the connector. Image 2/3: Plug in and firmly secure the connector. Image 3/3: Plug in and firmly secure the connector.
  • Pass the G8 molex connector through the side of the H3-2D gimbal.

  • Plug in and firmly secure the connector.

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  • Pull the gimbal wire through the case bottom shell and plug in the connector to the G8 plug on the mainboard.

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  • Place the gimbal on the mount with the front facing the same side as the battery cover.

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Image 1/3: Pinch two sides of the rubber dampers and press it into the mounting bracket holes. Image 2/3: Pinch two sides of the rubber dampers and press it into the mounting bracket holes. Image 3/3: Pinch two sides of the rubber dampers and press it into the mounting bracket holes.
  • Mount the four rubber dampers on the gimbal to the mounting bracket.

  • Pinch two sides of the rubber dampers and press it into the mounting bracket holes.

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Image 1/2: If a damper unmounts, it was not installed correctly. Repeat the previous step for any unmounted dampers. Image 2/2: If a damper unmounts, it was not installed correctly. Repeat the previous step for any unmounted dampers.
  • Confirm the dampers are installed correctly by twisting them at least 180 degrees.

  • If a damper unmounts, it was not installed correctly. Repeat the previous step for any unmounted dampers.

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Image 1/2: When reinstalling the case top shell, be careful not to pinch any wires. Image 2/2: When reinstalling the case top shell, be careful not to pinch any wires.
  • Pull the excess slack in the gimbal cable up into the body of the Phantom.

  • When reinstalling the case top shell, be careful not to pinch any wires.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Will this work with a Zenmuse H3-3D on DJI Phantom 1?

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