A flurry of drone announcements threatens to diminish interest in the DJI Phantom 4. It remains to be seen whether they can compete on quality and stability – but they certainly set a new price point. One of the advantages of being a B&H affiliate is the ability to borrow equipment for review. A trip to Newfoundland seemed to offer the ideal opportunity to try out my first drone, and the Phantom 4 is currently regarded as the best in class.
We drove through Quebec City, stopped at the world’s biggest axe in Nackawic New Brunswick and took the overnight ferry to Newfoundland. On the way to Pike’s Arm we stopped in Norris Point to visit Gros Morne National Park, where I was disappointed to learn that unmanned vehicles are not allowed.
Behind the Scenes
With the assistance of my friend Thom, who has been flying a Phantom 4 for a while, I got some familiarity with the system before I left. Thom shot the footage of the Phantom 4 in the air while we buzzed around Toronto’s Humber Bay Bridge.
The on-camera scenes were recorded using the Fuji X-T2, and the Phantom 4, which is excellent for selfies even if it is a little noisy. The app screens, recorded from an Asus ZenPhone were recorded using a Sony A6300 with the SEL 30M35 macro lens.
On camera audio recorded with the Rodelink Filmmaker kit, voice over with the Rode NT USB. Edited using Final Cut 10.2.3 on a 5K iMac.
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