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My array of 'Adventure Travel Filming Gear' has definitely evolved over the years. I've chosen to use the gear I do because it works well for me, for my style of travel. With that said, I'm not saying that this is the best gear to use (there's way better and more expensive gear) or that this is what you should go out and purchase and start using. Think of it more like a guideline; to give examples of the equipment I've used to record my adventures; it works well for me and my style of flexible Adventure Travel.
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Macbook Air 13 inch laptop
I used to not ever travel with a laptop. I would typically get by using a tablet or must my Iphone. But nowadays having a laptop for video editing and internet use is priceless. This is an awesome sized laptop for travel and easy slips into your pack or personal carry on bag. My only problem with this model is the RAM and storage, so keep that in mind when shopping for a travel laptop. However, this Macbook Air is so awesome for travel considering its weight and performance.
Panasonic Lumix G7
This is an amazing camera and I've loved learning more about photography and videography with it. It shoots 4K video, which I'm excited to start using more of!
Rode VideoMicro Microphone
Rode makes great mics for travel and everyday use. Here is my favorite one I've found personally to use, and love it's compact size, simplicity and quality. You will also need the SC7 3.5 TRS to TRRS adapter cable to connect it to a smartphone to get the same awesome sound quality on your phone.
Rode VideoMic Me Directional Smartphone Microphone
This is a great mic when you are shooting video with your smartphone and want quality audio. It's another great product from RODE, so you know it will last you. Also, with this mic you don't need an adapter for your smartphone, just plug it right in and your ready to film!
GoPro Hero 5 Black Edition
The Hero 5 Black edition works well for me. Its great to get any shots where your camera is around dirt or water. It's great for time-lapse shots as well. It can be mounted just about anywhere to get those "once in a lifetime" shots.
It would be great to have a tripod all the time when traveling, but unfortunately they are a bit cumbersome to use. I love using this style of monopod because you can get a ton of cool shots using its fluid head movement.
Canvas GoPro Hero and Accessories Roll
This is the best style of case to carry the GoPro and your accessories that I've come across. I've used several different styles of soft/hard cases and bags, and while they DO protect the GoPro, they never seem to fit well into a backpack full of gear. This canvas roll is much more flexible and can easily tuck into your pack or personal item when in transit. It also keeps everything well organized and can hold up to 3 GoPros or spare housings. It is perfect for your GoPro Hero 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or Session. Here is a VIDEO REVIEW of the Canvas Accessory Roll along with other travel gear reviews. I explain in more detail why it's a great product and item to use when traveling and backpacking abroad.
Here's a great tripod for travel. You can connect it to basically any camera with a 1/4 thread and it can grab on to almost anything! I've been using this for over 5 years and have never had any problems with it. I have noticed though if you use a very heavy camera on it it can tend to be top heavy and sometimes fall over. Keep that in mind if shopping for them, this model is the basic one, and if you upgrade to the better model it is bigger and stronger with a pivoting head to mount your camera on.
Ztylus Z-Grip for smartphones
These are a great spring loaded mount to hold your phone to use for filming. It has a hot shoe mount to add on a light or external microphone, and a 3/8 thread on the bottom to add on top of a tripod or my Joby Gorillapod handheld tripod. Here are two styles, depending on your personal preference:
Parrot Bebop 2, 14 MP 1080p HD Quadcopter Drone
I love flying the Bebop 2. It's one of the best pieces of gear I've bought for travel filming. It has a HUGE range (2 Kilometers) when paired with the Skycontroller 2 and great streaming video quality. BUT, the controller is huge! Looking at other quadcopter controllers on the market in this same price range and their controllers are way smaller and still highly functional. So keep that in mind if you're shopping for a quadcopter to travel with.
With that being said, I knew when purchasing this I wouldn't be able to travel far with the Skycontroller, so I set out to customize my own Wifi extender to pair with the Bebop 2. I also wanted small joysticks for the face of my Iphone 6 plus so I added those as well. Paired with power bank it can last for days and has a range of almost 1000 feet. All of the materials for the project cost about $35. Here's a "How to" if you're interested in making a similar type set up custom controller for your Bebop 2 drone.
The SMOVE Smartphone 2 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer
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