Recommended items for new Drone Owners
If you’re in the Green Bay Area, you should be able to buy most of these items locally. My recommended area dealer is Camera Corner/Connecting Point. They are terrific to deal with and a very reputable company. Ask for Steve Sauer.
1. Smart phone or tablet for viewing the video telemetry from the drone.
The preferred devices are the Apple iPad mini 2 or 3. If you want to use a cell phone the iPhone 6+ is the best choice. (If you use an Apple product I recommend an authentic Apple Cable. Here is a list of compatible devices:
• iOS: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, and iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular. This app is optimized for iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
• Android: Samsung tabs 705c, Samsung S6, Samsung S5, Samsung NOTE4, Samsung NOTE3, Google Nexus 9, Google Nexus 7 II, Ascend Mate7, Huawei P8 Max, Nubia Z7 mini, Sony Xperia Z3, MI 3, MI PAD, Smartisan T1.
My recommendation: iPad Mini 2 or 3. The mount on the radio will accommodate a full size iPad but the mini is a nice compromise between visibility and portability.
2. High Speed Micro SD Camera Card
My recommendation: Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB
3. Extra Batteries
Since batteries take about an hour to charge, you’ll want at least 2 more.
4. A case for your drone
Since you spent over a thousand dollars you’ll want to protect your investment. Its also much easier to cart around in a case. You wouldn’t buy an expensive DSLR camera and not buy a case for it. There are several variations including backpack styles.
Smart phones and tablets have a nice clear display but in direct sunlight, glare will make it tough for you to see. Sunshades are usually under $20 and fold up for transport. It makes a huge difference.
6. Gimbal Guard
I repair drones and after seeing some busted up cameras, I am sold on this add-on for the Phantom 3. While it may not completely prevent damage to your gimbal in a crash, it can greatly reduce the damage from an impact. These guard are made of carbon fiber and attach to the landing gear with zip ties. I ordered this one from Amazon.
You can improve the quality of your photographs when you use filters. If you like shooting sunsets or sunrise photos you will want to look for gradient filters to even out the lighting. On bright sunny days you can improve your photos through the use of an ND4, ND8 or ND16 filter. A polarizing filter can help cut the glare over water and other reflective surfaces.