Went out to shoot the sunset, was driving around and came across this
Last Saturday I had my first experience shooting D-Log on my Phantom 4 Advanced during sunrise at Otmoor Reserve near Oxford, England. It’s basically a big swamp. Since D-Log profile is locked at 500 ISO my main concern was obviously the noise. I as per many recommendations I was shooting with +2.0 EV, following ETTR method – exposure to the right – in reference to the histogram, where you try to expose footage in such a way where most of the data is stored towards the highlights. The theory is that D-Log is optimised for preserving highlights more than shadows, i.e. the profile allocates more bits for highlights. So by overexposing you shift shadows towards midtones.
Now as you see from the screen grabs (not yet properly colour graded) I got absolutely stunning footage.
Got up at 3am today to take the new drone for a spin. Went to a lake, canal, mountain drawing, windmill and a hill.
Had a really close call first thing in the morning when the drone went into the brunches of a tree. No way did I think it would be able to survive that and I thought it would plummet into the canal under the tree. To my surprise the drone came unscathed! No propeller damage, just dirt from the tree. Phew! Great job DJI!
Again the collision avoidance just made things worse! It is now permanently turned off.
The parabolic reflectors seem to decrease the range rather than increase it, so they are going to the bin.
Positives: managed to clock about 2 hours of flight. Phantom 4 Advanced seems to get along very well with Phantom 4 Ver 2 propellers and I’m averaging 29-30 minutes of flight time with 10% to spear!
Got a lot of great footage, which needs to be cut, edited, colour graded etc.
Some photos from today:
Still can’t believe how great the camera is. UHD footage looks awesome!
Just two days ago I bought myself Phantom 4 Advanced. I debated within myself whether I needed all the features of Phantom 4 Pro and decided that the extra pair of anti collision sensors plus the ability to use 5.8Ghz spectrum wasn’t worth it. I noticed in all the screenshot from Phantom 4 Pro that everyone still uses 2.4GHz. 5.8GHz is designed to be used in built up areas. Due to the fact that the whole area where I live use the same ISP, which provides 5.8Ghz routers as standard it wouldn’t have helped me. Out in the open you would still want to use 2.4GHz as it provides a superior range. In the end the deciding factor was the deal that I managed to get on eBay – I got a brand new Phantom 4 Advanced for a mere £700. How and why would someone want to sell a brand new Phantom 4 Advanced for almost half the price is beyond me. It came in a sealed box, all the stickers were still in place, controller wrapped and the battery showing 0 number of charges.
The main reason I decided to move on to Phantom 4 Advanced/Pro is the 30 minutes flight time and its camera. 20 megapixels is nice but what is more impressive is the full sensor size and the ability to change the aperture! Now when shooting a video it is much easier to follow 180 degree rule. Yes I might still need one ND4 filter on a very sunny day, since for the most part I should be able to adjust the shutter speed with the aperture alone. The camera even gives you an aperture or shutter speed priority. I haven’t tried those yet, but in theory, in case of shutter speed priority it will keep the constant shutter speed by adjusting the aperture and the ISO. The ISO has been bumped up all the way up to 25K (with a small hack or 12K without it). Still, most of my photos and videos are going to be at 100 ISO.
What I like about Phantom 4 Advanced
Things I didn’t like so much
Overall I’m very impressed with the camera, its build quality and the flight time. And how it saved itself after colliding with a lapmpost. Worthy upgrade, especially for £700.