Showing posts from April, 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. …

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!

Got my new Phantom 4 bag/case from Pro Craft Cases ( Let's see if it all fits.— christopher (@iCrizzo) April 28, 2016

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

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;

When should you use ND filters on your Phantom 4?

What is a neutral density filter? Here is the Wikipedia entry for an ND filter - "In photography and optics, a neutral-density filter, or ND filter, is a filter that reduces or modifies the intensity of all wavelengths, or colors, of light equally, giving no changes in hue of color rendition. It can be a colorless (clear) or grey filter. The purpose of a standard photographic neutral-density filter is to reduce the amount of light entering the lens."

In other words if you are flying your Phantom 4 for photography or videography purposes; or, any drone for the matter, outside on a sunny day then you should be using a ND filter to get the best results possible. The ND filter will help with rolling shutter; as well as, help create a more natural cinematic motion blur for your videos.

A good rule of thumb to follow when using a ND filter is your shutter speed should double your frame rate. As an example, if you are shooting in 1080P @ 120 FPS then your shutter speed should be …

Will Phantom 3 ND filters fit the Phantom 4?

I purchased a package of 3 filters that were intended for the Phantom 3, they do indeed fit my Phantom 4. This video is just showing proof that the Phantom 3 filters will indeed fit the Phantom 4 camera. I was worried about them not fitting on the Phantom 4, even though I read several articles stating that they would fit on my Phantom 4. The filters are from Polar Pro who make all sorts of accessories for drones and GoPro cameras. The three-pack I purchased included 2 ND filters; a ND4 which is a 2-stop filter, and a ND8 which is a 3-stop filter. Also included was a circular polarizer filter as well. Included with the filters were 2 carrying pouches. The filter set retails for $49.99, you can get them from Amazon: I have not yet had a chance to shoot with these filters to give any sort of opinion on them other than they do indeed fit on a Phantom 4. I will do a separate post and video on the filters after I have tested them, as well as do a comparison video wit…

FIVE must have accessories you should purchase with your Phantom 4

Extra battery - I’d recommend two extra batteries but they are expensive so at the minimum at least get one extra battery. The battery last about 25+ minutes or so, depending on what you are doing with your Phantom 4. If you are in Sports mode, flying fast, then the battery will drain quicker or at least it seems that way to me! I currently have three batteries and I am seriously thinking about adding a fourth to my arsenal.Bigger capacity MicroSD card - The Phantom 4 comes with a 16GB memory card which is just not enough storage capacity to be useful for most video shoots, especially if shooting in 4K. I’d opt for at least 64GB. Make sure it is 4K Ultra HD ready, faster write speeds are a bonus too! Currently I have two 64GB cards plus the 16GB card that came with the Phantom 4. I use the 16GB card for still images and the bigger cards for video.Phantom 4 Propellers - If you are new to unmanned ariels / drones then you might not have heard but accidents happen, often. Usually the pro…

Phantom 4 - Initial Thoughts and Unboxing (video)

Phantom 4 initial thoughts;

DJI Phantom 4 on Amazon;
DJI Phantom 4 Intelligent Flight Battery;
DJI Phantom 4 Propeller Kit;

DJI Go for iPhone;
DJI Go for iPad;

DJI Go for Android;

Phantom 4 Specs;

WinnerGear MicFlip Reversible Micro USB Cable

Do you dislike the way some cables will only plug into your device one way? What if your other tech devices that used Micro USB worked the same way that the iPhone’s Lightning cable worked? What if your Micro USB device cable worked the same way as USB-C ports on some newer devices worked where you can plug the cable into the device either way? Enter the WinnerGear MicFlip reversible Micro USB cable.

I am being serious when I say I really like the fact that the cables are reversible, it just takes something simple in life and further simplifies it. There are many devices in the world that use Micro USB and some that I personally use daily, some of those devices include; Xbox controller, PS4 controller, external hard drives, cameras, smartphones, tablets, etc., just to name a few. I am constantly moving my external HDD between my iMac and my MacBook Air, so it is nice to have a cable that is smart enough to work in either position. I have been using this MicFlip cable for a week now …

Phantom 4 - First opinion

Today I decided to splurge and buy a DJI Phantom 4 from Best Buy. I also bought a second battery as well as an additional pack of propellers, which came with two propellers in the pack. This isn't a full review as I have not had enough time to play with it yet, this is just a few of my thoughts on it after a few hours of toying with it and trying to learn how to use it.
Initial thoughts, just know I am super happy with it so far. It hovers really great and the 4K output is excellent (I did notice some rolling shutter) and the clips I did get look fantastic. This thing has a decent learning curve though as you have to control it with both the controller as well as a mobile device, I am using an iPad Air 2 but it also works with the iPhone and my Nexus 5X.
Setup was a pain, the documentation that comes with it is useless. Firmware updates, controller updates, drone updates, app updates... I had to do them all. So out of the box it took me a couple of hours to get everything setup and …