Originally Posted by Mc26
Thanks for all the input guys, its nice to see the alternatives.
I've considered most options from the p3 pro to buying a black magic micro cinema camera (if they ever get around to releasing it) and mounting it on a larger, more expensive rig.
It is hard to go past the convenience of the phantom 3 pro. I might look into it more. I researched the previous phantoms heavily and issues with firmware, stability and customer service put me off.
I wonder what room there is for grading in the p3's image. I would be trying to match the look of my gh4.
As far as the yuneec quads go, i will do some research. I havent heard a ton about them in the past but then again these things are popping up left and right. Promo video looks good, but then again when do they not.
I might also have a second look at the 3dr solo now that its released. Although if i remember correctly initial impression were that it was disappointing. And i have grown to hate fisheyed footage in most situations
Obviously my original budget is out the window.
With the DJI stuff, you have to keep in mind that there are so many more owners that that you hear a lot more of everything, including problems. I haven't had any trouble, and neither have most people. The service thing was definitely a real concern, but now I mostly hear good stuff. People who do have hardware failures typically get their drones replaced for free, once they see the logs. They also use the logs to do rapid firmware patches when there are problems to fix.
With grading, the RAW stills are no problem, of course, but 8-bit video is like any other 8-bit video. It depends on how aggressive you get with the curves. Aside from that, you can use the built-in tone settings to try to get close before it gets reduced to 8 bits.
If you really want to get close to the GH4 and blow your budget, check out the Inspire X5 or X5R if you like color grading. The Phantom 3P has equivalent video quality to the standard Inspire. In practice, though, the Inspire's articulation and 2-person control would be big benefits for serious use. For hobby use, though, the $ is hard to justify, when the P3Pro gets so close.
Compared to the Yuneec, the key video quality advantages of the P3Pro are:
1) Smaller FOV (much better for nice photos & video)
2) Less barrel distortion
3) More sensitive Sony sensor
That said, the Yaneec's video quality is much better than the older Phantom 2s.
BTW, on the P3Pro, you get the best video quality by using 4k recording (even if you intend to downsample to 1080) and using ND filters to reduce the shutter speed (no iris, until you get up to the X5).
In terms of budget, here are a few more expenses to worry about
1) A second battery. 2 total is enough for me, but some people get more.
2) A case - ideally one where you can leave the props on for less setup hassle.
3) ND filters
4) If you don't already have one, an iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 4 - the anti-glare coating makes a HUGE difference.
5) Optional: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Foldable-Cop...wAAOSwnH1WWfYO