Mavic Pro Sunshade – Worth It? – A Mini PostMarch 28, 2018
So you have your Mavic Pro and you’re just loving it. One annoyance, the reflective glare of objects all around you on your screen. The solution, a Mavic Pro Sunshade (or hood). Are they worth it? Let’s find out. The sunshade is just one of many accessories you can get for your Mavic. Check out my Essential DJI Mavic Pro Accessories – The Must Haves post for more information.
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Are Reflections and Glare Really a Problem?
This is a subjective question. It really depends on where you’re flying. If you are indoors or flying in overcast or shaded areas then this isn’t going to be much of an issue for you however, if you’re flying on bright sunny days or well lit environments this can really be a thorn in your side.
What Can I Do to Reduce This Problem?
Depending on your particular circumstances there are a few ways to help reduce this issue:
- Fly in the shade – The lower light levels will reduce reflection and glare on the screen.
- Fly at night in low light areas – I suppose this is a possible solution but will limit you as to when you can fly.
- Change your position – How you position and hold the remote relative to the light source can also help. Angle and position of the remote relative to light sources will affect the glare and reflections apparent on your screen. One example would be blocking the light source with your body or facing the light source (if it’s low enough) and holding your device to put the light source behind and not over it.
- Consider the number of light sources – It’s easier to block a single source of light, say the sun, vs multiple sources, such as stadium lighting, etc. If you can choose a more suitable location easily it will make your experience that much better.
- Deal with it – Sure you can just say I’ll live with it but you don’t have to.
- Get a sunshade – This really is an easy and relatively inexpensive solution (depending on your choices).
Do Sunshades Really Work?
In a nutshell yes and no. In essence a sunshade simply provides a block to light sources. Depending on the intensity, angle and number of sources it may or may not work for your particular situation. A sunshade works as a blinder, blocking the light from various angles (forming a box around your display) allowing much less light to get in. For most situations there will be a noticeable difference in glare and reflections between using a sunshade and not using one.
Are They Inconvenient or Bulky?
The answer to this question is dependent on the sunshade you choose. There are several options out there. Some are hard shells that don’t break down making them bulky and difficult to travel with whereas others are a simple design that fold and are compact. Convenience is subjective as well. Do you want to clip and go or are you OK with taking your device out of the holder, sliding a sunshade on and then putting it back in. For some, time is more important than portability.
I can’t speak for everyone but I can tell you this… Getting a sunshade has reduced on-screen glare for me by at least 80% and the model I chose is lightweight, folds up into a compact flat shape that fits easily in my bag and takes only a few seconds to install, not to mention it was inexpensive. For these reasons alone I believe a Mavic Pro Sunshade is worth it. If you’re even considering a sunshade you might as well get one and see for yourself.
This is just one of many accessories I recommend. Check out my Essential DJI Mavic Pro Accessories – The Must Haves post.
Hooshion Remote Controller Phone Monitor Sunshade
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