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
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.