Saturday, April 30, 2016

Topbest visor for Phantom 4

I recently purchased a Topbest sun visor for my iPad (it will work with any tablet less than 9.7") to use my Phantom 4 controller. These visors are a must have, I previously wrote about the 5 items that I considered must have accessories and this is probably second only to extra batteries. When you are outside on a bright and sunny day it is really hard to see the iPad or iPhone screen, this visor helps tremendously with that. There is still some glare on the screen but it increases the visibility to at least 75%. You can still adjust your monitor holder to position it so the visor is shading your screen and sometimes you will need to do that depending where the sun is shining at in relation to where you are standing.

About the Visor:
It is made of a faux leather material and honestly I don't have much faith it will hold up very long in terms of looks, this cheap material will probably fade and start to show the black "rubber-like" material below the white coating. I didn't buy it for the looks so I don't consider it a huge issue. The visor has rubber suction cups where the iPad (tablet) goes and it really helps keep the iPad secure, you could literally flip it in the air and the iPad would not come detached from the visor, it works well.

There are velcro attachments on each side of the visor that connect to the base of the visor to keep the sides from flapping open while using. This visor has a really nice design and honestly I do not have any complaints about it. It folds up neatly for tucking in my bag when I traveling from location to location and fits perfectly on the Phantom 4 controller when using.

There are cutouts for running your Lightning cable through the side of the visor so you can connect it to the Phantom 4 controller. I also did not have any issue with raising the antennas on the back of remote controller, in other words the controller functions as it should when using this visor.

I don't consider this a negative because it is not an issue for me; but, it does make the controller feel more heavy — make that more top heavy. While it only weighs about 6 ounces, you can feel the difference when using it on the controller.

I purchased this visor when it was on sale for $9.99 but they are back to the normal price of $17.99 on Amazon;

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Phantom 4 - Carrying Case

I wanted to try to un-box the bag/case on Twitter and it didn't workout so well. The audio was messed up on one video; also, it was a pain to need to record 10+ videos for one first look.

The case is from Pro Craft Cases. It is about $100 on Amazong; I plan on doing a full review of this bag in a few days after I have had a chance to take it out and use it a couple of times. So far though I really like it!

I created a Storify post for this case which can be seen here;

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Polar Pro Polarizer Images

Here is a comparison of two images taken with my Phantom 4 — one image with the Polar Pro polarizer, one image without the polarizer. These are RAW images, no editing on either images. Both images were shot in manual mode on the Phantom 4. Looks like some lens flare in both photos, although I might have had a smudge on the actual lens, oops.

With the Polar Pro Circular Polarizer. ISO 100 - f/2.8 - 1/200

Without the Polarizer. ISO 100 - f/2.8 - 1/227

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @iCrizzo.

Polar Pro Circular Polarizer footage

Polor Pro Circular Polarizer from christopher on Vimeo.

Here is some footage with the Circular Polarizer from Polar Pro on my Phantom 4. I was shooting in 1080P 120FPS on a moderately sunny day. I am not the best colorist but the grade looks fairly close to being how it looked in-person. I am hoping for a bright sunny day tomorrow so I can get out there and test all the filters I have purchased recently. Stay tuned.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me on Twitter @iCrizzo.

The Polar Pro filters are $49.99 on Amazon;