What's in my Drone + Camera Gear Bag? | @brittsbellavita Travel Blogger and Photographer
As a Professional and Hobbyist Drone Photographer you only need a few simple items in your Drone + Camera Gear bag to get started. These items are recommended to help you capture quality images and to protect your technology in the long run. I rely on high quality gear at the most cost effective price I can find.
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Camera Bag - https://amzn.to/2JGVtTV
BAGSMART Camera Backpack, Anti-Theft DSLR SLR Camera Bag Water Resistant Canvas Backpack Fit up to 15" Laptop with Rain Cover, Tripod Holder for Women and Men (Black)
I recently purchased this Camera bag because I was in dire need of 1 vessel to carry ALL my camera and drone gear. After getting reccomendations and doing research, I went with the most cost effective option which is this BAGSMART bag from Amazon. It was $59.99 and I am SUPER happy with my purchase. I went with the Olive Green color, and I love the style of the bag and it's the perfect weekender bag or to bring on a fun adventure. I have linked the other recommended bags at the end of this article if you want to check them out because they all also have really good reviews!
DJI Mavic Air 2 - https://amzn.to/3geMwxc
Drone Quadcopter UAV with 48MP Camera 4K Video 8K Hyperlapse 1/2" CMOS Sensor 3-Axis Gimbal 34min Flight Time ActiveTrack 3.0 Ocusync 2.0, Gray
I've had this DJI Mavic Air 2 since it first was released in early May and I'm super happy with our purchase! I use this drone for businesses purposes and also sell my own prints so I can attest to the quality of the camera. I definitely recommend going with the "Fly More Combo" if you are planning to use on a regular basis as you will get extra batteries and a better battery charger. Each battery lasts about 34 min of flight time, and the cost of buying batteries ($115 each) on later on down the line gets really expensive so if you buy them up front in the combo you are doing yourself a favor. If you are looking for a more cost effective Drone option I have listed them at the end of this article.
Drone Filters - https://amzn.to/2LexIDh
Freewell All Day - 4K Series - 8Pack Filters Compatible with Mavic Air 2 Drone
I believe the new Fly More Combo pack comes with a few ND filters, which I did not receive when it first came out, so I purchased some on my own. Filters are honestly a game changer! You never know what your flying conditions are going to be, and by using filters, you can have more control of your image. For example, they have filters that are good for flying in cloudy/overcast weather or super bright Sunny weather as well. You will notice a difference in the colors, and sharpness of your image by using filters. Do you ever see someones drone video or photo and wonder why yours doesn't look as high quality even though you have the same equipment...it's most likely because they are using some sort of lens filter!
Seagate Portable 2TB External Hard Drive - https://amzn.to/35hCZkD
Portable HDD – USB 3.0 for PC, Mac, PS4, & Xbox - 1-year Rescue Service (STGX2000400)
I use multiple external Hardrives to back up all my footage. Drone videos and photos are huge files and you'll want a safe place to store those images!
Nikon z7 - https://amzn.to/2JJxp2N
Nikon Z7 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera Body w/ NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S
I am a Nikon girl to the core! I have always had Nikon, so recently when I saved up enough to upgrade my Nikon D750, I went MIRRORLESS, and I feel like a brand new photographer haha! The electronic viewfinder, subject tracking, and 46 mp sensor is incredible and I must protect this camera at all costs!
Recommendations + Alternatives
DJI Mini 2 - https://amzn.to/3otNQ25
DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo – Ultralight Foldable Drone, 3-Axis Gimbal with 4K Camera, 12MP Photos, 31 Mins Flight Time, OcuSync 2.0 10km HD Video Transmission, QuickShots, Gray
WOW Okay this new and improved Mavic Mini 2 is going to be my newest "most recommended" drone for new flyers! It is HALF the cost of the Mavic Air 2 but VERY comparable in specs. It has a 31 minute flight time (WHAT!), trust me every minute counts when you are up in the air, and our first drone Mavic Air 1 had barely 26 minutes. It has 4k video, which the older Mini version was only 2.7k (which is still incredible), but if you are planning to take videos then definitely invest in 4k. The only big difference I see with the Mavic Air 2 and Mini 2 is the 48mp vs 12mp image size but if you are using images just for Instagram or digitally then this shouldn't be a huge problem.
KINBON Drone Landing Pads - https://amzn.to/3hQDpTX
【Waterproof Premium Material】Made of high quality waterproof Nylon material with lightweight, Open Size: 30''/75cm, Fold Size: 11''/28cm. Double sided high-precision printing, and sun protection, not easy to fade. Very waterproof and durable for use, easy to fold and fast-fold.
【Universal Drone Landing Pad】The 30" universal drone landing pad with double sided, which is perfectly fit for RC Drones Helicopter, PVB Drones, DJI Mavic Pro Phantom 2/3/4/ Pro, DJI Inspire 2/1, 3DR Solo drone, Gopro Kama, Antel Robotic X-star, Parrot drone, and more.
【8 Reflective Straps & 3 Land Nails】 With rich accessories：1* landing pad + 1*carring bag + 8*Reflective strips + 3*landing nails. 8 reflective strips are used for night flying, pasting them to the outer of the printing circle.They will provide clear location for drone in darkness. 3 land nails fixed to the landing pad on the ground firmly, helping the landing pad work perfectly in windy environments.
【Fast-Fold & Portable】Fast-fold and portable landing pad for mavic pro . With elastic material of one side, easy to carry and store it into the bag with zipper. Double sided and double color with blue and orange 2 colors, are applied for different occasions. And also highlight the clear location of the landing place. ( Note: Specific folding ways, please see the last picture. )
【Compatible for wide range of Drones】Suitable for all drone models.NOTE: Please Un-fold in an Open Space and Keep Away From Your Face
I need one of these SOOO bad and I'm kicking myself for not ordering one sooner. We've flown in a lot of remote places, and the more sand, dirt, water, etc that gets into the drone can be forever damaging. Launching from a pad not only helps you land, but also protects the technology.
Brevite Backpack -https://amzn.to/3qv8GQq
Brevite Jumper Photo Compact Camera Backpack: A Minimalist & Travel-Friendly Photography Backpack Compatible with Both Laptop & DSLR Accessories 18L (Black)
This was a "most recommended" camera backpack option from my Instagram friends. Although this is a very durable and high quality option, I ultimately didn't go with it because it was double the cost and I preferred the style/look of the BAGSMART...but that is just my personal style choice! I've heard amazing things about this company and they are one of the leaders when it comes to camera backpacks!