In this article we take a look at the FrSky M7 Hall Sensor Gimbal upgrade for the newly popular Taranis Q X7. This new gimbal is much like its big brother, the M9 Gimbal for the Taranis X9D and X9D Plus but manufactured to fit the size difference of the Q X7. With these new M7 gimbals, can we expect the same improvements as the M9 gimbals?

Lets take a closer look at these new gimbal and see how they stack up against the M9 gimbal in the Taranis Q X7.

The FrSky M7 Hall Sensor Gimbal is now available for purchase! Check out our product database for availability.

M7 Features

Much like the M9 Gimbals, the M7's are claiming identical features

  • 4 Ball Bearings
  • Adjustable Joystick Tension
  • Self Centering Can be Enabled / Disabled on both X and Y Axis
  • Ratcheting Can be Enabled / Disabled on the Y Axis
  • "Special Material Quality that Wears Well"

If you haven't ever used the M9 Gimbals, with these features you can expect a smoother and cleaner feel from this upgrade. You'll be able to tweak them to your liking tension wise. The self centering option allows you to adjust the mode of your transmitter upon install, and ratcheting if you prefer to have some 'feel' to your throttle.

Whats a Hall Sensor?

Hall sensor gimbals use electromagnetic technology named after Edwin Herbert Hall who discovered it in 1879. These sensors measure magnetic field strength by using a magnet and sensor. As the magnet moves closer to the sensor, the voltage output increases.

The no-friction system provides a higher resolution stick output and won't wear nearly as quickly because there is simply no parts rubbing together. The only wear point will be the bearings. These gimbals should provide a much better feel and last much longer.

 

M9 Gimbal vs M7 Gimbal Size Comparison

We have gone ahead and put together a side by side comparison of the two gimbals for easy comparison.

 

From the image, you can clearly see some differences. For starters, we can see that the core mechanics of the gimbal stays the same and for good reason. The M9 gimbals are amazing so why change them. Interestingly, the M7 gimbal stick has a shorter range at 24.5mm-30.5mm. Perhaps this is due to both the shape and smaller size of the Taranis Q X7 and how it fits in your hand.

We can also see the change in the overall shape of the gimbal and how it will fit into the Q X7. Height stays the same but the width has been reduced to 42.9mm from 54mm (square). Other than this, they look relatively the same.

Installation

We suspect changing out the stock gimbals is going to be a simple process, similar to the M9's.

As soon as we have the steps, we will add them here!

Is the M7 Gimbal worth it?

Even though the Taranis Q X7 is only $110 (compared to its $200 big brother), adding these gimbals for an extra $52 still seems like a great investment. Its obvious that FrSky knows what its doing here and the release of the M7 gimbals were inevitable considering the amazing popularity of the M9's. Lets just hope they have enough stock to handle the flood of orders that are likely going to pour in.

Check out our Product Database to view the FrSky M7 Hall Sensor Gimbal

Last updated on July 5, 2017



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