Quadcopters: Getting Off the Ground

Mary has told me she is giving me a quadcopter—a Syma X5C 2.4G 6 Axis GYROfor my birthday later this month, so expect to hear more about my flying camera exploits here soon thereafter. If you’re interested in using quadcopters for capturing still images or video from an aerial platform, drop by Mirrorless Photo Tips and search under “quadcopter” to read an informative series of posts called Quadcopter Diaries by Mark Toal.

Airport-HelipakThink Tank Photo offers their Airport Helipack backpack for users of DJI Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision or other similarly sized quadcopters. The Airport Helipak easily holds a quadcopter plus a 15-inch laptop, controller, GoPro, Wi-Fi range extender, charger, spare rotors, extra batteries, and a 7-inch LCD Monitor, while still complying with airline carry-on requirements.

Movable dividers allow users to customize the fit to their gear and a contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support, adjustable sternum strap, and removable padded waist belt allow for trekking by foot or mountain bike. The backpack uses YKK RC Fuse zippers and has 1680D Ballistic nylon bottom panel, metal hardware, and nylon webbing.

Protective rotor thread caps are included along with see-through mesh pockets for small accessories: rotor blades, tool kit and cables. There’s an organizer for smart phone, wallet, pens, keys and business cards. It has a water bottle pocket on the side and elastic pockets on the shoulder strap for phone, energy bar, if you get the munchies.

Dimensions: 14 x 20.5 x 9–inches, weight (with all accessories) is 4.6 lbs

I already have the case in hand and am awaiting birthday delivery of the quadcopter, which could best be described as a “starter” model. Stay tuned for future posts on how well the Syma X5C 2.4G 6 Axis GYRO HD Camera RC Quadcopter and Airport Helipak performs.

Author: Joe Farace

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