“Fat Gear” Review – DJI Inspire 1

“It’s like George Jetson’s futuristic car… except it’s a camera.”

 

 

So our team recently had the pleasure of unboxing our very own DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter with Integrated Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal and OH HOW FUTURISTIC WE FEEL. This is one amazing gadget and we can’t help but talk about it. Considered to be the most “advanced all-in-one drone” on the market, the DJI Inspire 1 isn’t just accessbile to video professionals as we are seeing it land in the hands of hobbyist and enthusiasts alike.

Shooting in 4k quality video and taking 12mp still shots, this RC aerial camera offers real time streaming to your mobile device or tablet allowing you to actually see what you’re recording in 720p HD… as it’s happening. I mean you can’t get much better than FPV (first person view) when it comes to framing up your shots.

One of the coolest and most helpful features of the Inspire 1 is the active 3-axis gimbal. What’s that you might ask? The active 3-axis gimbal isolates the camera from bad movement helping to produce more stable images and it keeps the horizon level. The camera also pans a full 360-degrees so that no matter which way the quadcopter turns, the camera can remain locked on the subject.

Everything from manual camera controls to flight telemetry – even auto takeoff and landing – can be accessed via the Inspire 1 Mobile app for Android and iOS devices. You can change all of your camera settings including ISO, exposure, and white balance in real-time to ensure you’re capturing the shots that you actually want.

Dual. Operator. Control. Mode. Find a friend, grab your controllers, and start filming. This feature allows you and your buddy to delegate tasks between controlling the device and controlling the camera movements. Especially ideal in situations where maneauvering the system may be somewhat difficult on your own i.e. areas with powerlines or indoors.

To my next point… ever casually flown your quadcopter outside and wondered what it’s like to take it for a spin indoors? Dream no more, indoor flying is here. DJI’s Optical Flow technology uses a specially designed camera as well as sonic waves to provide the same stability function indoors as GPS does outdoors. This technology allows the Inspire to hold its location, stop when the controls are released, and quickly respond to pilot commands even when GPS is unavailable (source: bhphotovideo.com).

So basically, we love the DJI Inspire 1 … to see some of the fun we’ve had with it, check out the video below.

 

Aerial Reel from FatHead Media on Vimeo.

Sony FS 700 Review

2010 was a pivotal year for Fat Head Media. For years, we had been shooting video on the trusty Sony PD150, a prosumer work-horse of SD video shot on a tiny sensor. I lusted after the cinematic look of cameras well out of our price range and fervently researched absurd mods like depth of field adapters, but there had already been rumblings. The game was changing*.

Since the 2008 release of the Canon 5D Mk II (a camera Canon never expected a video professional to purchase) and the subsequent release of the Canon 7D we had all been drooling of positively salacious amounts of bokeh (shallow depth of field) in this rapidly breeding genre.

Then, sometime in March 2010, we got our first 7D body, and quite honestly, with little to no exaggeration, our lives changed.

The past 2 years of filmmaking have been exceptional. A period of unparalleled expansion and refinement of our craft.

It has also been a wild time for the world of digital video.

To sum up; despite their extremely economic image-quality to cost ratio, there comes a point in every DSLR shooter’s life where they long for something more. Specifically, higher bit-rates, lower crop ratio (for the 7D), quality on camera audio just to name a few.

Enter the FS700, a camera for grown-ups. A camera that is shockingly good at shooting video because that is what it’s designed to do (unlike DSLRS).

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