To take your Mavic drone footage to the next level and capture even better shots it’s worth considering investing in a few of the best DJI Mavic Pro accessories. Having travelled with our drone for almost a year we’ve put together a list of the best Mavic Pro accessories which we won’t leave home without: they will allow you to fly longer and capture better footage with your drone.
1 | Spare batteries
With a Mavic battery lasting just 27 minutes in optimal flying conditions spare batteries are a drone essential. When travelling with a Mavic you will need a constant supply of fresh batteries to ensure you never miss a moment of drone worthy footage. Try to have your batteries fully charged all the time as you never know when a great opportunity for a drone mission will pop up! We have 3 of these official Mavic batteries – check prices on Amazon!
Mavic accessory tip: there is a trade-off between the extra flight time you’ll get and the extra space/weight that the batteries will take in your bag when travelling. We find 3 batteries to be the best compromise as it’s within most airline limits and will allow for well over an hour of safe flying time in a variety of conditions.
2 | Neutral Density (ND) Filters
Neutral density filters are extremely important when shooting video on a drone. The rule of thumb is that the shutter speed should always remain at 2 times the frame rate so if you’re shooting at 30fps at 4k on the Mavic your shutter speed should remain as close to 60 as possible. Outside of darker/cloudy weather this can only be accomplished by using ND filters which limit the sunlight entering the lens. This allows you to keep to the 2 x frame rate rule for buttery smooth cinematic footage and also allows for much easier colour correction of your footage in post production with the fixed shutter speed.
Mavic Pro Tip: All of these filters can be attached to the Mavic before being turned on which avoids the dreaded overloaded Gimbal errors. and means you don’t have to touch the fragile gimbal when its active.
The Shutter Collection:
This is the set we personally use and comprises of an ND 8 (for cloudy weather), ND16 (bright weather) and ND32 (very sunny day). The ND8 lives permanently on our Mavic Pro and allows us to capture footage that would simply not be possible without the filter – check prices on Amazon
The Vivid Collection:
These filters are ND and polarising – a polarising filter helps to remove reflections which is fantastic for making footage vibrant when shooting water or landscapes to reduce glare – check prices on Amazon
3 | PolarPro 6-Pack Collection
This combination pack includes the 6 filters from the Shutter and Vivid Collection for those who want to be prepared for every environment condition – check prices on Amazon
The specialty filters are used in particular situations when the standard filters are not suitable. The filters are not included in the standard packs.
4 | ND4 Filter – Sunrise and Sunset
This filter is specifically for shooting during dawn and dusk when light is faint and the ND8 filter is too strong. You will find that during sunrise and sunset you will need to switch between no filter and the ND8 filter as the light changes. Without the ND4 filter there will be a period of time when you will struggle to maintain the required shutter speed, e.g. 60th if you’re shooting 30fps – check prices on Amazon
5 | ND64 Filter – Extremely bright light
The ND64 filter is for use in extremely bright conditions and provides 6 stops of light reduction. I wish this filter had been available when we travelled to Namibia as the conditions were harsh (think desert and bright sand) and the ND32 filter was not strong enough during the mid-day sun. Definitely get this if you’re planning to shoot with your Mavic in very bright sunlight/bright environments – check prices on Amazon!
3 | Spare propellers
The Mavic can go places other drones cannot especially with the tripod mode which allows for close proximity flying. The problem with this is that accidents happen and, while minor crashes will not damage the drone, the propellers can get ruined on a regular basis! Make sure to bring at least one full spare set on your travels – check prices on Amazon!
4 | Car Charger
There are a number of options for charging Mavic batteries on the go. A dedicated car charger for the Mavic or a more versatile car inverter are both excellent additions to a Mavic bag. They will allow you to charge the Mavic with its standard wall charger and also work great for charging laptops, phones etc. We never leave home without our inverter which includes USB outputs for charging other cameras/phones. We use the Bestek below and it fits neatly in the cup holder of the car giving easy access to the plug – check prices now on Amazon!
If you need additional power for charging check out the more powerful version of this Bestek inverter. It won’t fit in your car cupholder but it will power both the Mavic Pro charger and a larger device like a laptop charger comfortably – check prices on Amazon!
5 | Hub Charger
If you need to charge multiple batteries at a time it’s worth considering purchasing a hub charger. This allows you to set three batteries charging at a time. However, do note that the batteries charge in sequence, not in parallel so allow normal charging times for the three – check prices on Amazon here
6 | Camera Bag – LowePro Protactic 450
Although the Mavic is extremely portable the drone, together with the accessories, need to be well protected so investing in a good bag is definitely worth it. I use the LowePro ProTactic 450 camera bag to carry all my drone and camera equipment. The amount of stuff that it fits is incredible and the modular design means I can customise it to carry all my gear. The quick access side pockets allow quick access to the Mavic without taking the bag off my back which is fantastic. As a bonus, the bag also acts as a great launchpad for the Mavic Pro when there are no flat surfaces like in long grass or sand – check prices on Amazon
When I’m not taking all my gear I use a dedicated hard case for the Mavic Pro and controller – Check prices now
I also use a small portable case as extra protection when flying – Check prices now!
7 | Spare gimbal hood
The Mavic Pro is a top quality product from DJI but for some reason the stock gimbal cover provided is very fragile – ours broke within a month! The small hooks for attaching it tend to break after very little use so it’s worth buying a few spares as, without a hood, the gimbal is very exposed during transport – check prices on Amazon
8 | Gimbal clamp
Similar to the gimbal hood the gimbal clamp is also very easy to damage so pick up some cheap replacements before you travel – check prices on Amazon
9 | Spare USB Connectors
If you’re planning a longer trip with your Mavic Pro you may want to consider buying some spare USB cables for connecting to the controller. I’ve found that it’s it’s easy to pinch the cable if I don’t collapse it carefully and so on longer trips it’s useful to have a spare. Make sure to get the correct cable: micro USB, USB type-C (for Android devices) and the lightning connector for iPhones.
10 | Sun Hood
In sunnier weather it can sometimes be a struggle to see the screen, even at full brightness, due to the glare of the sun and some users invest in a handy sun hood. It’ll save you running for shade or ducking under a jumper to see your screen! – check prices on amazon
11 | SD Cards and Hard Drives
The Mavic Pro uses micro SD cards and, when shooting 4k footage, this means lots high capacity cards and a method of backing up that footage. We find these 32GB micro SD cards work best – it forces you to backup your footage regularly and you can carry multiple in your pocket. Make sure to throw some spare micro SD adapters in your bag too.
For backing up footage we use the rule of three – three copies, in three different locations. We keep a copy on a micro SD, and two more copies on separate hard drives. These each live in separate bags so the chances of all three bags getting stolen is hopefully unlikely! Our personal choice for hard drives are these Seagate passport drives. They’re cheap and reliable and come with us everywhere – check prices now on Amazon!
12 | Video Editing Software
So you’ve got the fantastic footage on your Mavic – now it’s time to make that into a great video! We use Adobe Premiere Pro for our video editing – it’s very easy to use and is one of the best video editors out there. It’s well worth the subscription and works out around the price of a single coffee each week! Try it for the free trial and we promise you’ll love it!
For Mavic Pro owners who want a more immersive flying experience look no further than the DJI FPV Goggles. The DJI Goggles offer a unique flying experience. The video stream quality is excellent due to the OcuSync wireless transmission system and the head tracking and touchpad on the goggles make for an intuitive control over your drone – check prices now!
So there you have it, the must-have accessories for your DJI Mavic Pro drone. Let us know if we’ve missed any must-have accessories and happy flying!