The Phantom Quadcopter and batteries were a similar weight to the laptop. By
The Disadvantages Of Being Without My Laptop Companion
The trip was not without some major issues. The first was the
reliability of the apps. I used Kingston’s own Mobilite app and a third party app called FileBrowser. Both had tendencies to crash whilst transferring to my hard drives.
The first time this happened, I reopened the Kingston app and took a cursory glance at what had been transferred. It seems all clips and images had been copied from the SD card to the hard drive.
Later, however, having formatted the SD card, I found out that whilst the Kingston app was showing just the filenames It had not actually copied a number of the files across. As this was part of a 60-minute time-lapse sequence it rendered it unusable.
major issue is transfer speed. As I was shooting a lot of 4K video, the transfers speeds were very very slow. It would take hours to transfer a 64GB card over to the hard drive. This seemed to be the case using either of the apps.
The G2 was not as reliable or as fast as I hoped
The long transfer times lead to another issue,
battery life. Whilst the G2 can play videos for about 12 hours on one charge, it’s battery life is considerably shorter when transferring.
traveling photographer, many of you that travel will know that these days many hotels try to be environmentally friendly. One way they do this is by making your entry keycard an activator for the electricity in the room. When you leave, you must take your card, and this switches the electricity off.
If you are doing
a large file transfer with the G2, almost every time the battery would run down before I returned. This meant I had to recheck what had uploaded or not and continue the transfer process when I returned.
The other thing that is a big factor, is not being able to see the all the files once they are loaded. The G2 will show Jpegs but
not RAW files. It will also show .mov and .mp4 files but because my clips were 4K and the transfer speeds so slow, it was impossible to actually playback the clips in real-time on the iPad to check them.
This was much more frustrating than I had anticipated. Summary Of A Traveling Photographer
To conclude, I would say my experiment of being a
traveling photographer without a computer was not a huge success. There is no doubt the technology is there and it works, but at the moment it is clunky, unreliable and at the mercy of the power supply.
I think we will reach a point where we can travel as photographers using just tablets but for the moment, my future trips will be with a computer. As per suggestions over my
previous article, I may well look at a Macbook Air as my travel computer.
When you're back from your travels, you'll want to likely do the bulk of your
post processing and what better video course than this by the team at Photzy “Understanding Post Processing”. Further Resources