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Testing PolarPro’s Mavic Air filters

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PolarPro released ND filters for the new DJI Mavic Air, so We Talk UAV shot a comparison video to showcase the strengths of using a filter. The neutral density filters, or ND filters, are used to smooth out footage by reducing the Jello Effect, and photographers even use them to improve landscape shots. PolarPro created various filter sets ranging from $49.99 to $149.99, but We Talk UAV only tested the $79.99 polarized Vivid Collection. Here is the test video:

Mavic Air Filters – Polarized Vivid Collection

PolarPro’s Vivid Collection act as both ND filters and polarizers; they are best used for shooting landscapes to reduce reflections and flashes while improving color and contrast. The set comes in a case, and it includes three polarized ND filters: ND4, ND8 and ND16. Saturation can also be increased by turning the filter like a dial.

Mavic Air filters

The footage on the right may seem blurry, but when it is played as a video, the footage that was shot using an ND filter will appear smoother than the footage that was shot without an ND filter.

Besides reducing reflections and improving color and contrast, ND filters are used to create a more cinematic look.

Mavic Air filters

ND filters like the Vivid Collection reduce light, so the shutter speed can properly be set to double the video’s frame rate. Ideally, the shutter speed should be double or near double the frame rate. If a video is being shot in a bright location at 30 fps, then the shutter speed should be set to 1/60th second, and that is only made possible with an ND filter.

Mavic Air filters

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