Back in the day (circa 2015) DJI was just becoming the big brand it is today. My first purchase for drone photography was the Phantom 2, but I chose the “naked” version as I wanted to add the GoPro to mine and not use the provided camera with the other version. This was an interesting hodge bodge of drone, controller and camera. Using the GoPro in conjunction with the phantom required a few extra parts, such as an additional video screen, receiver and bits and bobs to make sure the captured video was usable. It was very much a learning experience for me as I was such a newbie to this area of photography but had dreamt about doing it for years. Thankfully using the DJI drone made the transition into this space a little less daunting. The steep learning curve came from installing the GoPro and the required pieces to get the transmission right. It made for a hell of a package to carry around, but I took this drone everywhere I went in 2015.
My trip to the Philippines really was worth it. I captured some amazing video and photography using the GoPro attached to the Phantom 2. But now looking back and seeing how far the technology has come I need to almost revisit places like El Nido to capture them all over again. The Mavic Pro and many other drone variations that have come since 2015 have really blown my mind. So I feel more trips coming up to capture places with much better camera technology.