DJI Phantom:
What Is It And Why You Need One


I've been flying RC Airplanes for almost a decade now, always hoping that some day my love for RC flying and shooting images would come together and make beautiful aerial footage babies. Well people, that day is here! That's not to say that RC heli shooting hasn't been around, but to get into it required a professional level of experience in building and flying the machines, not to mention it being expensive. DJI has built the Phantom to cater to people just like me, who want a ready-to-fly machine that is easy and built for shooting. I decided to jump in and see what this thing was all about, and here is our official review of the DJI Phantom.

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DJI Phantom

Lately, we've been really into RC helicopters and the amazing footage that they are capable of capturing. We decided to test out the DJI Phantom to see what this thing could really do and were pleasantly surprised when combining this easy-to-use quad copter with a Go Pro Hero 3. While traveling to places like The Isle of Man, Hawaii, the East Coast of Florida, and in our backyard in Winter Park over the last 4 months, we made sure to bring the DJI Phantom along with us.  Here is a reel we put together of some of our favorite footage. Let us know what you think...

Best Travel Camera

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The world of shooting and sharing photos has changed a lot in the last 5 years. The size of the screen that you view your photos on is getting increasingly smaller and the line between phone camera and amazing image quality is becoming increasingly blurry. I travel quite a bit and I have constantly been on the hunt for the perfect travel camera, and as loads of mega pixels become more and more portable, I struggle with whether its even worth it to bring a larger format camera or even a point and shoot camera on a trip with me. I took a couple of trips the first quarter of 2013 and decided to do a comparison of the Canon EOSM vs the iPhone 5 to give myself and hopefully you, the reader, a little clarity as to whether or not your smart phone camera is really all it's cracked up to be, and to answer the question, "Is shooting on a superior image really worth it, if at the end of the day people are only experiencing your photos on a 4 X 2.5 inch screen? "

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Scarlet Low Light Test

After many years of blissfully-ignorant happiness in the world of DSLR video capture, we here at Fiction have seen the light. What light is that? The beautiful light of RED 4k Raw footage imported directly into premiere and edited with no transcoding. It's a beautiful thing I must say. 

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The Phantom Miro Starring Gallagher

When we ran into the Phantom Miro at NAB this year, we knew we had to come up with the perfect subject to put its capabilities to the test. Enter Gallagher: 80's icon and nemesis to watermelons the world over. He's a master smasher, word-smith, and complete science geek extraordinaire with a work ethic that brought him to us early and had him staying late... It's hard to actually put into words what 10 days with Gallagher is like. In reality, it isn't much different than the video shows. Sometimes it feels like everything is 3,200 fps and sometimes it's ramped faster than reality. No matter what, it's a smashing good time.