We absolutely love our DJI Osmo Pocket! We use it to film our videos and could not imagine having to make a video without it. It shoots 4K video at 60 frames per second and has two built in microphones. The audio quality on it is surprisingly good, as we often get questions about our microphone setup. We actually don’t use an external microphone with ours! There is a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter available from DJI for those that do want to use a microphone, but we’ve found the built in ones do just fine. Additionally, we love that we don’t have to carry around a gimbal stabilizer. There are more features that we can rave about, but all you really need to know it this: for under $400, it’s one of the best 4K video recorders available.
Since we use Google Fi as our cell phone carrier, we needed to own our phones outright instead of paying monthly to the carrier. We both use a refurbished iPhone X. It’s a great phone, but it also is a wonderful camera. We love that we can shoot time-lapses, slow-motions, and take excellent pictures with it. It’s waterproof (though we never intend to find out if it really is) and has solid battery life too. We chose to buy refurbished model since it’s cheaper, and Apple has a rigorous checklist for their products to pass before they can be sold as refurbished.
The JOBY Gorilla Pod is what we use as a tripod. It’s small enough to fit in a backpack, has a flexible design that can be wrapped around various things (tree branch, park bench, chairs), and is very durable. We’ve taken it rafting, swimming, hiking, and kayaking, and it’s still good as new. There are various levels of the Gorilla Pod, but the one we use is rated for up to 6.6 pounds. They offer ones that are rated for up to 11.1 pounds, but that seemed overkill for our needs.
The DJI Mavic Air is one of our favorite pieces of equipment that we have. Neither of us had any drone-flying experience prior to getting it, but it turns out it’s very easy and intuitive to fly. It shoots 4K video, has a return-to-home button that works (but that we never want to rely on), and the controller connects to most smartphones to give you an almost realtime view of what the drone is seeing. There are also plenty of safety settings to keep you from flying it into buildings, trees, or yourself.
MacBook Pro 15″ 2018 (2.6 GHz, i7 Processor, 16 GB RAM, Radeon Pro 560X VRAM)
Before we left to travel full time, we edited our videos on a 2013 MacBook Pro. It was a workhorse from our university days, but it wasn’t cutting it once we started shooting our videos in 4K. Enter the 2018 MacBook Pro. Our videos used to take an hour or two to export, but this computer has knocked that time down to 10 or 15 minutes. It’s fast, lightweight, and does everything we ask of it. We bought ours refurbished from Apple (just like our iPhones) which saved a few hundred dollars.