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FrSky M9 Gimbals Review

Since the beginning of FPV, the Taranis has been the go to radio for almost everyone. The cheap price does come with drawbacks though, its gimbals are low quality and others have described it as “cheap feeling”.

Thanks to Banggood for sending us the M9 gimbals for review, you can purchase them here

Initial Impressions

The packaging on the gimbals was ok, they did come in a plastic casing, but we are not sure if this will protect them from the hardest of blows during shipping. Nevertheless they arrived unharmed. From just feeling them before we put them in the Taranis, they were substantially stiffer than the stock gimbals, although this might be down to the fact we have been running the stock gimbals for over 2 years now, and the springs could be worn out.

 

Installation

This was remarkably easy, they are almost plug and play, but you are required to remove 8 screws to mount them in place. We won’t give a fully detailed guide on how to install them, as there are many guides you can find elsewhere on the internet, but we will give some tips. Firstly, we found it useful to place the Taranis face down on a towel, this protects the switches and gimbals from being damaged while you install them. In addition, we recommend you triple check the polarity of the plugs used to plug the gimbals into the Taranis main board. It is quite easy to put them in the wrong way, and unfortunately if you do so it fries the main board. This is quite a costly repair at £50/$70, so make sure you triple check!

Flying

Over the stock Taranis gimbals, there is a world of difference. The M9 gimbals had a much more linear response than the stock gimbals, especially around centre stick. This means we could get more precise control. It’s worth noting they had a much firmer feel than the stock gimbals, and this is not adjustable, a small downside in our opinion. The sticks protrude further than the stock gimbals as well. However FrSky has provided a solution to this problem, there are 4 different stick ends you can purchase. They cater to every type of flyer, whether you pinch, thumb or hybrid. As we at Drone Insider all use our thumbs, so we decided to try the “B” style stick ends. We were pleasantly surprised with the quality and more importantly they lowered the stick height as well as made it more comfortable to grip for those long flying sessions.  Whilst all this greater precision made us feel like we were flying tighter, after reviewing footage recorded after and before using the gimbals we saw little difference in how smooth the footage was.

Conclusion

The M9 gimbals perform their duty very well; the installation is simple and the performance great. However the biggest question in our minds is will this make a large difference to our flying skills? In reality we think only the top 15% of pilots are going to improve their flying skills significantly by upgrading to the M9 gimbals. For the rest of us mere mortals the advantage is likely to be much smaller possibly not even noticeable.

Bottom Line

It is a quality product, but with a large hype train behind it.

8/10

Thanks to Banggood for sending us the M9 gimbals for review, you can purchase them here

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