In the last three years, aerial photography has advanced considerably. You are about to have a lot of fun if you followed the trend and bought a camera drone. However, after spending some time with the drone, you'll see that they don't look anything like the incredible photographs you've seen on Instagram. Don't be surprised if a lot of those photographs were taken with a few extra accoutrements. To make their lives easier and to take their photography and video recordings to the next level, all photographers rely on supplementary accessories. Don't worry, you can do it too. The following are some of the most beneficial drone accessories I've used and tested. These add-ons can help you improve your drone's overall experience, including video quality, flight adventure, and safety.
1) More Propellers and Propeller Guards: A drone's propellers (also known as fans or blades) are the most delicate component. When you go out to fly your drone, you should always have additional propellers with you. Drone propellers are the first elements to be broken apart in the event of a crash. I've had over 20 different drones and have ample drone experience. However, when I first received my DJI Phantom 2, I also crashed. Prop guards are a different storey altogether. They're not required, although they're useful if you're flying indoors or hovering in tight locations. I've only utilised propeller guards once or twice in the last six months, although the bulk of individuals use them on a daily basis. Prop protectors are essential if you crash your drone frequently and frequently ruin your propellers.
2) Additional Battery: Drone technology has advanced significantly in recent years. According to DJI's website, the current Phantom 4 Pro has a 30-minute flight time. This will never be enough for the vast majority of non-commercial drone pilots. After accounting for the time it takes to fly up and land, you'll have 20 minutes to film footage. So make sure to buy an extra battery pack or two to ensure that you have a reliable backup whenever you need it. If you own a Phantom 4 Pro, you might want to consider upgrading to the rapid battery charger instead of the one that comes standard. It will charge the P4 Pro battery in 40 minutes instead of the conventional charger's 65 minutes.
3) Additional Battery Charger: While having greater battery power allows for longer flight times, it also means that the batteries must be charged. When you have two or more batteries, each of which takes sixty minutes to charge, the waiting time might quickly escalate to hours when you have extra batteries sitting idle. As a result, it's preferable to get a second battery charger or, better yet, a multi-charger that allows you to charge many batteries at once.
4) Vehicle Battery Charger: If you're going on a road trip and your only electrical power source is your car's battery, you'll want to invest in a car battery charger for your drone. So, if you have one, two, or three electric batteries, even while you're out on vacations, you'll most likely use up all of your power at some time, so you'll definitely need the ability to charge your batteries when you're not near a mains power source.
5) Tablet Or iPad: Using a tablet or iPad to control a drone while also handling an online video stream from a smartphone is, to put it mildly, inconvenient. The display is too small to get a clear picture of what's going on up there. As a result, you should invest in a trustworthy tablet PC with a display large enough to give a stable video clip stream. Depending on your financial budget, the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tablet, or other comparable tablets with sufficient processor speed are generally excellent options.
6) ND Filter: Getting an ND Filter is a good choice if you want to control the amount of light that enters your camera lens, handle tiny vibrations, and increase motion blur. ND filters are a must-have in my opinion since they make the video on Phantom series drones look more cinematic and because they add no significant weight to the gimbal. Because the P4 Pro's new gimbal is so light and delicate, I'd hold off on adding any weight to the front of the camera lens.
7) GPS tracking device: If you crash your drone in a remote region, such as the mountains or the sea, it will be quite difficult to locate it. When you go on a mission to rescue your drone, a drone GPS tracker attached to the legs of your drone might come in handy. You can locate your drone on your smartphone's maps with an accuracy of up to 2 metres if you use the GPS tracking software on your phone.
8) Storage Room: You won't be able to use more electric batteries if you don't have enough space to keep the footage you record. The DJI Phantom 4 pro comes with a 16 gigabyte micro SD card that can only hold roughly 50 minutes of video footage. If you do not want to transfer the video clips to your PC after each two flights, consider purchasing a 64GB micro SD card.
9) Backpack or Travel Case: If you plan on taking your drone on vacations, camping, bicycling, or on a road trip, you'll find that the default packing that comes with drones isn't particularly durable and uncomfortable to carry around. Get a specially designed drone backpack or travel bag for a more comfortable and safe alternative; there are many variations available. Hard-shell backpacks, in my opinion, are the most functional and stable backpacks for the money.