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Drone Operator Kit List

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)

  • 20MP stills

Flight performance:

  • 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

  • 20MP stills

  • 1 person op

Other Drones

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.