Here’s a fun recap video of my DJI Phantom 3 maiden flight. I try a few basic maneuvers but nothing too crazy as I’m still getting familiar with the controls. After practicing on micro and mini quadcopters, the Phantom 3 is a breeze to fly with it’s incredible stability and flight behavior. And what about that 4K camera? I have to say, it’s very impressive. DJI must have gotten a little tired of GoPro digging into their real estate so they designed a camera that is so fully integrated into the Phantom that it’s like one piece. Once you get used to the flight behavior, it’s really about how to control your camera to get smooth, epic shots. And the best part is everything just WORKS. While I have a great time building my own miniquads, there’s nothing like flying a quadcopter that consistently responds to your controls. Hands down, the DJI Phantom 3 4K Professional is a winner.
Fun Fact: all of those silky smooth slider shots were made with the Konova K3 Slider and Master Pan which I’ll be reviewing very soon.
DJI have finally released the highly anticipated successor to their flagship Phantom quadcopter series, and I had a chance to take one for a test flight. But first, here’s an unboxing video giving you a rundown on the key features and what’s included in the Professional 4K package.
Update: In the video I mention that you can simultaneously charge both your remote and battery at the same time. That’s my mistake. DJI highly recommends that you DO NOT do that. Only charge one at a time.
Back in October at the PhotoPlus Expo, we stopped by the Polar Pro booth to preview their latest Frame 2.0 Neutral Density and Polarizer Filters. We decided to test out these lightweight filters on the DJI Phantom Vision+ Quadcopter and GoPro HERO3+ with a flight over the historic Paterson Great Falls in Paterson New Jersey.
The Polar Pro Neutral Density Filter was very easy to install with a secure push-in design that fits over the bare GoPro lens like a glove. Although the filter is made of lightweight glass, you may require a counterbalance depending on your drone gimbal. As seen in the video above, the Polar Pro ND Filter slowed down the shutter speed for more natural motion blur and eliminated the annoying GoPro rolling shutter and wobble. Additionally the ISO seemed to bump up a little more to reveal a more detailed image.
According to our tests, the Polar Pro Polarizer immediately showed an improvement in color saturation and reduced some of the reflective glare over the water. There was also an improvement in overall sharpness and clarity which worked great for the overcast weather we were shooting in.
The guys at Polar Pro are making some of the best GoPro accessories out there and we look forward to testing out the new Polar Pro Power Pole (a battery powered monopod with dual USB ports) next. Stay tuned!
DJI continues to dominate the drone market by launching the DJI Inspire 1 – a quadcopter that features a three-axis gimbal, a 4K mounted camera with image stabilization, retractable landing gear and a futuristic, robotic design that looks like Auto, the ruthless, anti-earth computer from the movie Wall-E. Symbolism much?
One of the most useful features is a built in HDMI port on the controller that’s integrated with DJI’s Lightbridge system, making it capable of displaying a full HD quality signal for up to 1.2 miles. DJI Lightbridge was definitely one of the standout pieces of technology I noticed at this year’s PhotoPlus Expo. I can’t wait to get a crack at this thing.