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Best Tablet Mount For DJI Mavic Air

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One question I get asked quite frequently is what tablet mount I use when flying my DJI Drones including the new Mavic Air. There are many on the market and for the most part they are all decent and all work in a similar fashion. What I look for when choosing a tablet / iPad mount for my DJI Mavic Pro / Air or Spark is one that is fold-able and compact. When I head out for the day hiking and flying I like to have all my camera and drone gear in one backpack. Space can sometime be an issue, so that’s why for me the more portable the better.

PowerExtra makes a nice fold-able tablet mount that is compatible with the DJI Spark, Mavic Pro and the Mavic Air. When not in use it folds up into a slim package and can easily be stored in a backpack or even the stock bag that comes with the fly more combo of the Mavic Air or the Spark. It comes with both a case and a lanyard that allows you to hang the remote around your neck if you need to free up your hands. The build quality is good and constructed of a light weight aluminium. This tablet mount works well with a full size iPad or an iPad mini and can also accommodate a larger 12″ tablet.

Tablet Mount (USA) http://amzn.to/2FbldBn
Tablet Mount (CAN) http://amzn.to/2C1HKC1

Short Lightning Cable (USA) http://amzn.to/2sBeZYW
Short Lightning Cable (CAN) http://amzn.to/2C42wRj

How To Use A Tablet or iPad With A Mavic Air

So if you decide you want to use an iPad or other tablet with you DJI Mavic Air there are a few steps needed to connect your iPad/Tablet to you remote. You will need to purchase a 3rd party tablet mount for your DJI Mavic Air such as the PowerExtra mount. The first thing you need to do is disconnect the small USB cable on the side and completely remove it from the remote. Now place the tablet mount in the cradle where you would normally mount your smart phone. You will notice the USB cable that we normally use to connect the phone to the remote controller is too short to reach the tablet. Simply use the charging/data cable that came with your tablet and plug it in to the larger USB-A port on the bottom of the remote, the other end gets plugged into the tablet or iPad. That’s it, just turn on your drone and remote like normal and launch the DJI Go 4 App.

Now alternatively what you can do is purchase a short 12″ lightning cable (if using an iPad or iPad Mini). This is not necessary but prevents having a long cable dangling from the setup.

Here is a video demonstrating how to use an iPad with the Mavic Air.



Best tablet mount for the DJI Mavic Air. How to use and iPad with the Mavic Air.

 

 

Easily mounts into your Mavic Air remote and allows you to mount up to a 12 inch tablet.

 

PowerExtra tablet mount. Compatible with Mavic Pro, Mavic Air and DJI Spark.

 

 

The PowerExtra tablet mount folds up for easy storage.

 

The PowerExtra Tablet mount for DJI Drones comes with a travel pouch and lanyard.

 

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Mavic Air ND Filters by Freewell Gear | What Are Drone ND Filters

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In this video we are taking a look at Freewell Gear’s ND filters for the DJI Mavic Air. If your new to drone cinematography you might be wondering what an ND filter is and why you would use them. ND stands for neutral density and in simplest terms it is just like a pair of sunglasses for your drone’s camera. There is a lot of confusion on what exactly an ND filter does, so let me clear it up a bit. An ND filter allows you to set the correct shutter speed on your drone’s camera to get the perfect amount of motion blur. There is a rule when trying to capture cinematic footage with your drone (180 Degree Rule). Basically the rule is that you want your shutter speed double what your frame rate is. For example if you are filming at 30 fps you would want your shutter speed at 60 (1/60th second). If you’re filming at 60 fps then you would want your shutter speed at 120 (1/120th second). This will give the perfect amount of motion blur that the eye and brain are comfortable with.

The problem with setting these low shutter speeds is that it lets in a lot of light and makes the video over exposed and blown out. This is where an ND Filter comes in (sunglasses). They allow you to set a low shutter speed and still have correct exposure.

Freewell gear sells ND filters for all the most popular drones including the DJI Spark, Mavic Air, Mavic Pro, Phantom Series and even your GoPro and Karma Drone. I have used the Freewell gear ND filters for several years for my GoPro and many drones and have always been pleased with the products. When it comes to ND filters they come in several levels ND4, ND8, ND16, ND32, ND64. They even have an ND 1000 for those times when you want to take long exposure photos with your DJI Mavic Air.

They also sell versions of their ND filters that are polarized. Setting polarization within the filter really helps cut out glare from water and can really make for a cleaner image, it also helps make the sky a little deeper blue. With Polarized ND filters they can only be used 90 degrees from the sun. The sun can not be in front or behind your drone. This does make lining up shots a little more difficult. If you just want quick and easy filters I would stick with ones that are not polarized.

Watch our video where I show ND filter installation instructions and a demonstration how ND filers work with the DJI Mavic Air.

ND Filters Standard Day Set: https://amzn.to/2yENG2D
ND Filters Bright Day Set: https://amzn.to/2tr9fPd
ND Filters All Day Set: https://amzn.to/2yFPkRJ

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Mavic Air (Amazon) http://amzn.to/2EccQaM

 

 

Here are some screen caps from the test video. You can see side with no ND filter has no motion blur. This is okay for photos but undesirable for video. The side with the ND 4 filter installed has nice motion blur.

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Review Of FreeWell Gear Mavic Air Cases

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In this video review we take a look at two cases provided to us by Freewell gear for the DJI Mavic Air. One is a soft case and one is a hard style case. Watch our video review.

Hard Case (USA) https://amzn.to/2qWUba3
Hard Case (CAN) https://amzn.to/2Jii2sq

Soft Case (USA) https://amzn.to/2qVQ8Lh
Soft Case (CAN) https://amzn.to/2FaXP5g

 

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