Accessories For Phantom Addicts
So you are now officially a ‘Phantom Addict’!
There are many products on the market so we have compiled this guide to help you decide on what products to buy from our experience and knowledge. Everything from improving your videos and photos, alternative apps to flying longer distances.
Below are accessories you should consider purchasing to become a true ‘Phantom Addict’.
THE DJI OSMO
The Osmo system from DJI combines the Zenmuse X3 camera/gimbal with a detachable handle, bringing the benefits of stabilized 4K shooting to a handheld form factor. The camera features a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor that enables up to full DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) video recording at 24 or 25p as well as 12MP photo capability. Basic controls for the camera and gimbal are provided on the handle itself, including a joystick for manual pan and tilt. For monitoring and more advanced operation, there is a Wi-Fi link allowing Osmo to be tethered to a mobile device running the DJI GO iOS and Android app. An included smartphone holder effectively turns your smartphone into an on-board monitor. The Wi-Fi features a range of up to 85′, so you can operate the camera and gimbal remotely as well.
Filters For Better Video & Photos
If you want to get good looking videos ND Filters or Neutral Density Filters are an absolute must. ND Filters reduce the amount of light passing through the lens without altering the color of the image.
As a rule of thumb you need the shutter speed to be twice the fps (frames per second) setting you are using to video to get the best video results. eg if you are shooting at 4k/30fps your shutter speed should be 1/60 of a second. In normal daylight conditions this is impossible to achieve with the Phantom 3 camera. They come in various strengths, from ND4 to ND32, the brighter the day the higher the number ND filter you need. NEW – Mudder have release a new variable Filter than ranges from ND2 – ND 400.
These are similar to ND Filters but normally reduce light from a certain angle, eg the sun reflecting of water. These can be useful but not as important as getting some ND Filters.
Types of Fitting For Filters
Screw on- These replace the UV filter already fitted to your Phantom camera, these can be difficult to remove at first, be gentle and try to hold the filter in as many places as possible, some people use a rubber band wrapped around the Filter to get some grip.
Slip Over Filters – These simply slip over the camera kens and are easier to take on and off.
Long Range Antennas
Please check your countries regulations regarding how far you are legally allowed to fly!
If you like to push your Phantom 3 Advanced or Professional to it’s limits and see how far you can fly then you may want to modify the antennas or add a cheap reflector to improve the signal.
The Phantom 3 Advanced and Professional already have excellent range unmodified with some people flying over 7568 meters (24829 feet) in this Youtube video from Taiwan in the right conditions (no other radio frequency interference).
ONLY USE OFFICIAL DJI PROPS WITH COMPOSITE HUBS NEVER USE PROPS WITH METAL HUBS.
DJI make 2 different types of props for the Phantom 3
Plastic – These are the white ones come with your Phantom 3, now also available with colored stripes
Carbon Fibre Reinforced – These are a special material are are also designed for the Phantom 3 and come in different colors.
The carbon fibre reinforced are more rigid and are said to improve performance slightly and have a different sound when flying.
If you wish to change the color of your white props we recommend using Rit Dye
4 in 1 Charger
4 in 1 charger: can charge 3 batteries and 1 controller at one time
Stable and safe, intelligent temperature control, when temperature rise up, fan will speed up automatically.(when controller in charge only, fan will not operate since current is low.)
Special designed for DJI Phantom 3
The HDMI Output Module allows your Phantom 3 Professional or Advanced remote controller to output to an HDMI device, such as a screen or goggles.
This module allows for HDMI output from the Phantom 3 Professional or Advanced remote controller, similar to that of the HDMI output on the Inspire 1.
- Live video feed, iOSD and the aircraft’s battery levels can be exported via the HDMI Output Module.
- You can also choose to switch off the data display in the DJI GO app.
- This module is mounted on the back of the remote controller of the Phantom 3 Professional or Advanced.
- It includes a Mini-HDMI output port, Micro-USB port, USB port and a CAN expansion port.
FPV Goggle & Glasses
Budget FPV systems use your actual phone phone in a head mount
Headplay Goggles that use the HDMI module are the most popular
FPV Glasses that use the HDMI module
All these require a different app to the standard DJI GO app, see here
More information and reviews of headset coming soon!
A cheap way to give your Phantom 3 some personality, many different designs available from your countries flag to having personal designs.
This is a process where the Phantom 3 shell, legs and Lightbridge unit are dipped in water bath that has a thin film of plastic on it which then sticks to the shell, and then has layers of clear coat applied over the top, normally this is a carbon fibre look but other designs are available. These do not contain real carbon fibre and this process requires the Phantom to be completely disassembled or more commonly you buy a new replacement shell and have that dipped then have the insides of the Phantom swapped over. Some companies offer to do the whole process for you.
You can also purchase a Phantom 3 already dipped.
This can can be done without taking your Phantom apart if you are careful and cover up all the vent holes, be sure not to use any metallic based paints as this will affect the Phantoms GPS.
Hydro Dipping and Painting
Aerial Photography and Videography Book bu Eric Cheng
The book covers recommended equipment, pilot training, tips for how to be successful when shooting both aerial stills and video, and the regulatory environment in the United States. The content is generic enough for learning how to shoot with any consumer drone with a mounted camera, but focuses on mainstream manufactured products from established companies and does not go into detail about how to build drones from scratch. Most of the discussions feature the DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter as the primary sample drone, as well as drones that carry GoPro HERO action cameras.