Over the years I’ve flown a multitude of drones. But as technology develops and client requirements evolve, my kit has to do the same. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of my kit list going into this year and a brief overview of what each craft is capable of.
Updated January 2019
DJI Inspire 2
The Inspire 2 continues to be my workhorse, serving me for about 80% of shoots.
Micro Four Thirds sensor
Resolution: 5.2K res RAW or 4K in ProRes
Codecs: H.265, H.265, ProRes (422HQ & 4444) and RAW (CineDNG)
Lenses: Olympus 12mm, 15mm, 25mm, 45mm (x2 crop factor)
Can fly up to 60mph
Can operate in winds of up to 30mph
20 minute flight time
2 person op
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
At first I underestimated this little guy, but after using it jobs with locations that are not so easily accessible or packing light has been mandatory, it really came into it’s own.
25 minute flight time
1 inch camera sensor
Codecs: H.264, H.265
Fixed lens with 22mm focal length
Up to 4K resolution
1 person op
From time to time I fly other drone company’s aircraft. Everything from DJI’s spreading wings series like the S900 and S1000 to larger heavy lift crafts like the Freefly Alta and home built octocopters, designed to carry larger cameras and custom rigs like 360 cameras and super bright light panels.