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.
Mavic Air ND Filters by Freewell Gear | What Are Drone ND Filters
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.
Review Of Polar Pro Katana For DJI Mavic Air | Hand Held Rig
In this video we are taking a closer look at the Katana by PolarPro for the Mavic Air. This unit turns your DJI Mavic Air into a powerful hand-held stabilized camera rig. Now some may ask why you would want to turn you Mavic Air into a hand-held camera, a better question is why wouldn’t you want to! The Mavic air has a really good quality camera on board it records at 4K 60 FPS and at 100 MBS. The Mbits per second is higher that the iPhone and the GoPro Hero 6 so theoretically can capture a higher quality video. With its built-in gimbal for stabilized footage it makes for a great hand-held option and doesn’t require the expense of perhaps buying another camera if you wish to capture ground footage.
One of the really nice features of the PolarPro Katana is the fact that it is expandable. If you purchase a kit for the Mavic Air, but later purchase a DJI Spark the unit will be compatible. All you need to do is purchase the Spark specific mount, you don’t have to purchase a complete kit again. PolarPro also sells separately or in a kit a T-Grip handle that makes it easier to capture low footage. Currently the PolarPro Katana is compatible with the DJI Spark, Mavic Air, Mavic Pro/Platinum and I am confident that as DJI releases new compact drones, Polar Pro will make new mounts for them to make them work with the Katana system.
I have been using the PolarPro Katana for about a month now, I have had a good amount of time to test and play with it. I am really pleased with it performance and ease of use. Mounting the Mavic Air or other DJI Drones is quick and easy. The handles make it comfortable to hold and really helps you grab some beautiful stable footage. It comes apart nicely and easily fits into your backpack until your ready to use it again.
Watch our full review on YouTube for sample footage from the DJI Mavic Air mounted in the PolarPro Katana
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