DIY Simple FPV Pan/Tilt Setup - Build

by FliteTest | December 20, 2012 | (44) Posted in How To

Here's an ultra cheap DIY pan and tilt setup made with spare parts, wood, tape and of course... hot glue! A simple design that is servo driven and allows you to have pan and tilt movement for your FPV camera on your RC flyer.

Here's the parts list: 
2 X Pieces of wood 26mm x 5mm x 90mm
1 X Wood dowel ⅝” X ⅝” (16mm X 16mm)
1 X Hobby Plywood 1/16” (1.5mm)
1 X 1mm Piano Wire
1 X 2mm Piano Wire
1 X Steering Arm 
2 X Linkage Stoppers
1 X Zip Tie (8”)
2 X  Servos
Hot Glue
Extreme Packing Tape

Du-Bro E/Z Bender

Chad designed this pan and tilt setup for specifically for our Fat Shark Head Tracker Review and needed to create it fast and cheap.  

Since the Fat Shark Head Tracker episode, we've revised this 'do it yourself' pan/tilt setup and made it function even better.

We tried to use parts that every RC pilot might have available in their shop. Obviously, any of these components can be replaces with parts that you have available.

Even the hinge setup is created with some hobby plywood and tape, because not everyone has extra airplane flap hinges available.. and the hobby plywood and tape is easier.

Setting up your pan and tilt you will want to pay attention to the throws and how your pushrods are attached to your servos.  More throw will cause less 'resolution' and less throw will give you better resolution.

Digital servos are the best choice for this type of FPV setup because they offer better resolution. The resolution referes to the steps or 'stops' you get as the servo moves.  The more steps (resolution) means smoother pan and tilting movement.  

Again, this is just one way of designing an ultra cheap, super simple pan and tilt setup for your radio controlled FPV flyer.  We encourage you to go out and try this build or design your own!


If you have a setup that you've designed share it in the forum, and if you've made this setup be sure to post it so we can check it out! 

Click the "Join the Discussion" link below to go to the Forum!



mmerry2 on December 20, 2012
I would suggest using a reusable zip tie for around the GoPro so you don't have to keep reinstalling a new zip tie every time you have to remount the camera. They carry them at Harbor Freight. Nice video with some good ideas.
Log In to reply
Nicholas Love on December 26, 2012
Anybody know where i can get a 180 degree servo from? or the name of one in the HK USA Store? under 25grams over 15grams
Log In to reply
crezzee on December 27, 2012
How about this for a cheap self stabilization gimbal:

Log In to reply
tekgeek on May 24, 2013
that gimbal from crezzee is amazing
Log In to reply
Ocelaris on December 20, 2012
Hy, cool Video!

You´r using this red little tool to make the Z for the Servohorns.. can you tell me where i can get one of this.. because i realy need this tool =)


Greatings from Austria
Log In to reply
tekgeek on May 24, 2013 this is a video on it
there are various hobby stores that have them or ebay

Log In to reply
flitetest_argentina on December 20, 2012
awsome..very heplfull! 5 Stars!
Log In to reply
liveyourdreamsRC on December 20, 2012
I like it! there hasn't really been a successful gopro pan and tilt system yet that is not bulky and cumbersome. This is something I will probably use in my future FPV planes
Log In to reply
Zach Robinson on December 22, 2012
after watching the video i built one for my hobby parts dice cam and it is awesome
Log In to reply
casehatter on December 20, 2012
great job guys just don't forget to put the screw in your servo arm it might work off.. Ha Ha Lol 5 stars and Merry Christmas ya'll
Log In to reply
Gsouth on June 15, 2013
Nice job on the build.

Why don't the links work?
Log In to reply
Flying Fox on September 4, 2014
Awesome Idea Chad
Log In to reply
cansekban on January 26, 2015
how do you guys control the servos?
Log In to reply
emal011 on January 30, 2015
Magic! I would say, a mini KK-board could do the trick.
Log In to reply
emanrocks15 on October 27, 2015
Can you make a pan and tilt system have 2 positions? For a quadcopter it would be nice to be able to switch between strait forward then when you start to go faster and race you could flip the switch and it would turn the camera up so you were facing straight. Or make it so it always stayed parralel with the ground.
Log In to reply
Sukhpreet on December 8, 2015
I specially created this account to thank you people for such great articles(especially this one and DIY 5.8 Ghz FPV Setup). Such a great DIY.
Its just because of a few people/communities like you that these hobbies are becoming more affordable, more accessible, easy to follow up and inspirational.

Keep up the good work

Thank You Guyz(Each and every member of FT) :D
From a newbie/NowAnIntermediate (quadcopters)
Log In to reply
Razor7177 on June 19, 2018

Log In to reply

You need to log-in to comment on articles.

DIY Simple FPV Pan/Tilt Setup - Build