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Now THIS is the DJI ‘Drone’ For Mirrorless Camera Filmmakers

By Anthony Thurston on August 4th 2014

We have all seen the beautiful work that can be done with a DJI Phantom when paired with a GoPro. The problem with that pairing is it is incredibly limited in what you can get out of it. The GoPro only has one field of view, and its settings are limited. If you really want to get some great aerial footage and want some more control of what you can get, then DJI’s latest drone should interest you.

This is the S900, part of DJI’s Pro Level offerings, and it is tailor made for smaller mirrorless rigs like the GH3, GH4, and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. It is a little bigger, and about 3-4x more expensive than the Phantoms you are used to seeing. But the combination of a quality mirrorless rig like a GH4 or BMPCC and the aerial abilities of the unit make it well worth the size and money investment if you ask me.

Honestly, I am not sure I could use a GoPro and Phantom mix after playing with one of these. It’s like taking out a Ferrari after being used to driving a Civic. Nothing wrong the Civic, but when compared to the Ferrari, there really is no competition. The ability to have the full control of a camera with interchangeable lenses and full manual settings, combined with an incredible agile and mobile ‘drone’ like the S900 and you have a magic sweet spot if you ask me.

DJI S900 Features


  • Lightweight, Strong and Stable
  • Highly Portable, Easy to Carry
  • New Power Distribution System
  • Removable Upper Center Board
  • Sparkproof Plug
  • Professional Quality
  • Wide Range of Shooting Angles
  • Retractable Landing Gear
  • Compatible with Zenmuse Gimbals
  • Reduced Vibrations, Clearer Footage
  • Greater Power
  • Innovative Arm Design

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If you would like to learn more about the S900 you can check out the official product page over on the DJI website. If you want to get your hands on one, head on over to B&H and pick one up for the “bargain” price of just $3,800.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Michael Moe

    just $3,800? ok… lets save some money! ;)

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  2. Chuck Eggen

    I just purchased the DJI Phantom 2 with gimbal and GoPro 3+ Black. I’m amazed at how fluid the video is with the gimbal. Of course it’s fun to take a bunch of aerial footage but I really got it to act as a Jib on steroids. It does that and is only limited by the GoPro. Still looks good including some of the footage into otherwise drab videos. I would like to see a tutorial on editing GoPro video and combining it with DSLR video. Can we see that in a future tutorial?

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  3. Herm Tjioe

    Should also do well with Canon T5i DSLR

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    Its a looks good for the job i may not be buying one soon but when that time comes I will consider getting one of this

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  5. Kim Farrelly

    Funny, I was only looking at one of the 900’s yesterday. For me, perhaps starting out with something cheaper might be an idea first. Serious bit of nice though, would be on my list for sure once I can figure out a good reason to buy one…

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  6. Rafael Steffen

    Thanks for sharing this article. It is the first time I see how to get the professional looking drones to make professional looking videos with DSLRs.

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  7. Asad Qayyum

    Awesome. Came just in time too; i have been thinking about getting a DJI drone

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