Aerial photography has developed rapidly in the last 3 years. If you have followed this trend and bought a camera buzz, you’re about to have a lot of fun. But after spending some time with the drone you will realize that they do not look like the AMAZING photos you have seen on Instagram. Don’t be surprised, because a lot of those photos were probably taken with some additional accessories. All photographers depend on additional accessories to make their lives easier and take their photos and videos one step further. Rest assured, you can too. Listed below are some of the most useful drone accessories that I have had a chance to use and try. These accessories can help you improve your overall drone experience, improving video quality, flight adventure, and safety.
1) Additional propeller guards and propellers: The propellers (also known as fans or blades) are the most fragile part of a drone. You should always have extra propellers when you fly your drone. If you crash, the propellers on your drone are the first parts to break. I have enough experience with drones and have had over 20 different drones. But even I initially crashed when I first received my DJI Phantom 2. Prop protectors are another story. They are not necessary, but they are useful if you are flying indoors or in confined spaces. Over the past six months, I’ve only used propeller guards once or twice, but most people wear them on a daily basis. If you crash your drone frequently and break your propellers a lot, you should definitely get props protectors.
2) Additional battery: Drone technology has come a long way in recent years. The latest DJI Phantom 4 Pro offers 30 minutes of flight according to its website. For most non-commercial drone pilots, this will never be enough. Taking into account the time spent flying and landing, you will have 20 minutes to record images. So be sure to buy an extra battery pack or even more for reliable backup anytime you need it. If you own the Phantom 4 Pro, you may want to upgrade to the fast battery charger instead of the one that comes with the package. It will charge the P4 Pro’s battery in 40 minutes instead of 65 minutes with the normal charger.
3) Additional battery charger: The extra battery power makes flight time much more possible, however they also need to be charged. Once you have 2 or more batteries and each and every battery requires sixty minutes to charge, the standby time period can quickly increase to hours with additional batteries idle. So it is better to buy an additional battery charger or better yet you may want to get the multi charger, which allows you to charge your batteries simultaneously.
4) Vehicle battery charger: When you are away from a road trip and it is also the only source of electrical power your car battery can have, that is why it is important to get a car battery charger for your drone. So if you have 1, 2, or maybe 3 electric batteries, even when you’re on the go, you’re more likely to use up all your energy juice at some point, so what you certainly need is the ability to charge your batteries when you’re not. is nowhere near an electrical outlet.
5) Tablet or iPad: Controlling a drone while driving along with streaming video online from the smartphone, becomes cumbersome, to say the least. The screen is too small to have a clear view of what is happening there. So, you’d better buy a trusted tablet that has a large enough screen to provide reliable video clip streaming. Apple’s iPad, Samsung Galaxy tablet, or some other equivalent tablets with sufficient processor speed are generally excellent possibilities depending on your financial budget.
6) ND filter: To manage the amount of light entering your camera lens and manage small movements, while increasing motion blur, getting an ND filter is a smart choice. ND filters really are a must-have, in my opinion, they make the Phantom series drone video look more cinematic and are great because they don’t add considerable weight to your drone’s gimbal. The P4 Pro’s new gimbal is extremely light and fragile, I would also expect to include any weight on the front of the camera lens.
7) GPS tracking device: When you fly your drone in remote areas such as mountains or at sea, it will be very difficult to find your drone if you ever crash it. A drone GPS tracker attached to the legs of your drone can come in handy when you embark on a mission to rescue your drone. Using the GPS tracking application on your smartphone, you will be able to locate your drone on the maps of your smartphone, with an accuracy of up to 2 meters.
8) Storage space: Extra electric batteries won’t come in handy when you don’t have enough space to store the footage you record. The default 16 gigabyte micro SD card included with DJI Phantom 4 pro can only store around 50 minutes of video footage. Consider buying a 64Gb micro SD card if you don’t want to transfer the video clips to your PC after every 2 flights.
9) Backpack or travel case: If you plan to take your drone along on your trips, camping, biking, or road trips, you will find that the default packaging that comes with the drones will not last long and will not be comfortable to carry, to say the least. For a more comfortable and secure solution, get a specifically created drone backpack or travel case; you will find plenty of options available. In my opinion, rigid backpacks are the most functional and stable backpacks for their value.
Photography and videography tools have always relied on accessories, just like drones. You should consider spending on accessories if you are trying to shoot amazing drone video.