“Hello”, my name is Julien and I’m a designer at Hexo+. I’m also a photo and video enthusiast and have been anticipating a time when I could bring a Hexo+ along, for a vacation with my girlfriend. My next trip was already penciled in on the calendar, with Thailand as our destination.
I used a regular travel suitcase where Hexo+ could fit in entirely. I removed propellers, gimbal and landing gear to reduce size and everything was safely nestled in between my socks, tee shirts and pants.
I kept the couple batteries with me in my carry-on, in a lipo bag (lipo bag is a fireproof bag made to carry batteries). I had no issue whatsoever to travel with them. Only once, did a custom officer check them more closely and since the CE certification was clearly marked on them, he didn’t ask anything more.
On site I used a Dakine bag with an external pocket which allowed me to put the drone outside the bag and use the bag for my camera equipment and tripod as I also wanted to shoot “traditional” pics. The Hexo+ was easy to use and added little extra weight to the pack.
Last tip, be prepared for multiple questions from curious drone fans! 😉
One evening, during a sunset flight at Klong Jark beach (Ko Lanta) a danish guy came to me with his little boy and ask me thousands of questions! He was very impressed and definitely wanted one! He even offered me a deal : his son for the Hexo+!! 😎
I decided not to fly whenever it seemed sketchy like around roof tops in the city of Bangkok, on a crowded beach, or where I could see too many potential obstacles.
At the beginning of the trip, I didn’t’ bring Hexo+ where I wanted to travel as light as possible, but I always regretted it. After checking the footage from a few early flights, I decided to always take it along with me, as it was easy to travel with it and most of the time, a single take off and fly away would reveal way more than anything I could capture with regular means, such camera and a GoPro. I brought 2 batteries and think 3 would have been the perfect compromise of added weight / flight time.
Fly out: It’s the king of the movement as it dynamically reveals the spot, its beauty, and everything that is around it. It’s easy to set up you only need a straight line with no obstacles to launch the movement.
360 Far away: It shows the world and you as the center point, from every direction. You can get a place from every angle and then decide which angle is worth a screen capture or fly in photo mode to get even better image quality.
Slide sideways: On the beach as it allowed to reveal the whole bay and from above the water.
Follow me: I used it less than expected, only once getting close to a temple.
My Girlfriend was not very enthusiastic about Hexo+, she thought it was bulky, noisy and time consuming. She looked at it as just another toy in a photo bag. On previous trips, she was already complaining when I took photos with a tripod as she thinks it’s too time consuming to wait for the set-up.
Once she saw the footage, she was amazed at the result. Now, I can’t travel without it as she’s the one asking me to get Hexo+ shots. 🙂
Although I knew the potential of aerial footage, I was surprised by how little footage is needed to really improve the quality of a video. Just few seconds of video, shot with Hexo+, is enough to reveal the beautiful landscape and sites. This means 2 or 3 batteries are way enough for this kind of use. This would have taken 50+ photos with a traditional photo camera and a hot air balloon or helicopter to achieve the same point of view and that would have taken a serious bite out of my travel budget.
I’m very impressed with my Hexo+ and can’t wait for my next Vacation.