Eleven thousand dollars is not a small amount to pay for a camera, and especially with all the faults that it has. We wanted to kind of understand why we were so excited about it. So weve spent that time preparing, planning, playing and perfecting the use of the free fly wave, and today i want to talk you through the good, the bad, the ugly and the. Why of why. I bought this camera so first of all lets dive into the good stuff about the wave. The obvious part of it is that it is a high speed camera right. This camera can shoot at 4k at up to 470 frames per second and at 2k shoots something like 1200 frames per second, so youre getting super super slow mo out of a camera that is not much bigger than like a sony, dslr or other handheld cameras right. Its a little bit bigger its a little bit chunkier, but like its its in that size bracket. One of the things thats most revolutionary about the free fly wave is that it has continuous recording in slow motion. Historically, slow motion cameras even like its most expensive competitors, can only shoot for about eight seconds at a time and its on an end trigger. So you push a button and it records the last eight seconds of history to record like what happened in that moment, the wave has a different kind of system built into it, where i just press record, and it will run until i press record again and save All of that stuff, at whatever crazy frame rate youre shooting at which makes it perfect for use with the drone.

There are other slow motion. Cameras on the market. Youve got the kronos. 2.1 youve got a phantom flex 4k, but they offer completely different types of features. The chronos, for example, only has that end trigger so its not very useful on a drone, and the resolution is much lower where this could shoot at 4k. At 470 frames per second chronos has a much lower resolution to hit those higher resolutions. Then you compare it against the camera, like the phantom flex 4k, which shoots 4k 1000 fps, but that camera starts at 100, 000, one tenth, the price for nine tenths of the features, considering how light and small this camera is its actually lighter with a lens than A komodo would be so it can fly on any drone that would already be doing cine lifting carrying a komodo. So i use it here on my shenrons fencedrender on sicario easily on a money shot mini and you have the ability to shoot high speed, fpv stuff from a cine lifter, because there isnt a viewfinder in the back and the battery that is internal is actually relatively Small, it keeps the weight down the body itself without a lens is something on the order of a thousand grams, maybe a little bit more, its all full metal. And then the lens that im using here, which is the lower 12 millimeter, is its a heavier lens. Full metal, but this whole setup is below 1500 grams, which is where the komodo starts.

Without a lens. For example, the camera uses sony e mount, which is a really standard type of lens. So all of the lenses that winston and i already use actually fit on this camera, and we can mount them on here and use that to get the shots that we want. Using this camera, however, this camera does not have the same electronics that sony cameras do that. Allow you to control servo based lenses for like autofocus or anything like that, and you cant change, focus without kind of going through a painful process to make it work which well demonstrate later in the video, but having a wide variety of lenses available to run on The camera is really powerful, not just in a gimbal or a tripod setup, but also on a drone. Speaking of slow motion, plus changing lenses plus drones is, you can use longer lenses on the wave combined with the drone and the highest frame rates to kind of reach out a little bit further, so combining high frame rates and longer lenses hides the errant motion. That happens in fpv, and it gives you a really smooth, gimbal look and the ability to reach out to the subjects that youre filming. So if youre trying to stay far away from wildlife or away from people or get a cool parallax effect, you can still achieve that with fpv when you normally need a setup like an inspire or an alta x in general, fpv filmmaking is almost always super wide.

So having some sort of differentiator like being able to reach out with longer lenses its something that you can then sell your work to other clients with something thats hard to describe other than just like crashing. This or kind of showing is that this thing is made out of metal like this. The whole thing is aluminum. Even this lens is super made out of metal, so, like i, i obviously dont want to crash this right, its it costs 11 000, but im not too worried about it, a little like bing or bang or whatever, because it is stout like everybody that picks it Up is like oh, my gosh. This thing is strong, so thats one thing that you know im not going to count on it being super durable, but i am really glad that it is and all the cool behind the scenes shots of the free fly wave mounted on the sicario are shot with The insta360 go to you guys should definitely check out this camera if you want to have a super lightweight 20 gram solution to be able to get that sick cool behind the scenes thing so thanks. This is 360 for sponsoring this segment. So weve addressed all of the things that we love about this camera, but there are some downsides that i think is definitely worth touching on. The first kind of downside is that there is no screen on this theres, no way to check exposure or focus or anything without an external monitor like this feel world here that ive got that you just have to plug in hdmi cable, set all your things and Then unplug it and then go for your shot.

This is also the case with my panasonic vgh1, its the case with other cinema cameras. For example, the komodo has like a tiny little itty bitty screen on top of it, but because of that, being there, you also dont always have to plug in that extra external monitor and thats actually really really convenient. So sometimes that gets in the way of getting through some proper shooting, but at the same time it also keeps the weight down it keeps it simpler. It keeps a little bit cheaper, so i am actually glad that its not there, but it is a downside in certain circumstances like when youre shooting, with it handheld or on a gimbal or a tripod. The next downside is that the camera itself runs extremely hot. Even on a cool day like today, its in the set low 70s, this the back of this camera, gets super hot theres. A little cooling fan, theres tons of like heat sink dissipation that keeps it cool, but also means that the whole body gets quite warm. So, like i was out shooting in a desert, and i was like genuinely worried about the camera going into thermal shutdown because, like i could literally have roasted an egg on the back of this. It was that hot, however, it kept going through the whole day. Didnt have any problems with it overheating or anything. Just something to know is that it gets extremely warm, especially when its plugged in on ac power.

Another downside about this is that it has an internal battery and an internal battery. Only theres no way to like take that battery off and put in a new one or to take it off to save weight when youre flying it on a drone. You are stuck with the internal battery, no matter what and that battery life is not great. Itll, probably get you, you know 30 45 minutes worth of active shooting, but at the end of that it is done and theres no way to just swap out battery. So when im on set, i constantly am having this thing plugged in charging between shots so that i dont run out of battery when im shooting going along with the theme of an internal battery. It also only has internal storage because of the high frame rates and the high bit rates that it has to shoot at. It actually has a built in nvme, m.2, solid state drive that is directly written to that. You cannot swap out easily now its you could. Probably pop the whole back open and pop it out and do but thats not thats, not an option thats, not how its designed everything is designed to be pulled via usbc, while thats not the end of the world. If you do end up filling the two terabyte internal hard drive up, you are stuck right. You have to take it off and transfer it to another computer before you continue shooting and if you fill all two terabytes its going to take you 45 minutes to dump all that footage.

Just because of the rate at which this data transfers and its pretty easy to fill up that whole two terabytes, because a minute of shooting is going to be something like 150 gigabytes of footage. Another downside about the cheaper version of high speed cameras is that you need a lot of light, because the sensor size is relatively small compared to like a phantom flex or a v900. It needs a lot of light to work well, so even on an f 2.8 aperture lens, like i have here, which is a standard low, aperture lens, i cant get much above 600 or 700 fps without starting to need artificial light and theres no option to change. Iso on this camera, because it has one set fixed iso, youre, pretty limited with light and exposure, is very, very tricky. Ive seen a lot of people complain about this camera and say, like oh thats, really hard to shoot with no its hard to expose because you have less options. But if you take your time you plan it out, you can make it work really really. Well, you just have to know that there are less options for changing exposure, because your iso is locked. Another downside to the camera is that you can only use manual e mount lenses, because this doesnt have the focus by wire features that other sony cameras have traditional sony lenses that have servo based focus. You cant control the focus from the camera.

So when im wanting to use some of my old glass like the one that were recording with here and here, i have to actually set the focus and aperture on that camera. Pull it off put it on this camera and leave it like that until i am done with that shot, and then i have to take it off, put it back on the other camera change it and thats, just not a good way to work with lenses. You just its its impossible, so this lava, for example, is full manual. I can change the aperture all the way around. I can change the focus all the way around without having to take it off the camera and put it onto another one, so manual lenses only which is definitely a downside, but youre also not really changing aperture or focus that much when youre putting it on drone. So get on there once set it fly and youre done. Probably the biggest downside about the free fly wave is that its dynamic range and color science are not great compared to other cine level cameras. This camera only has 10 or 11 stops of dynamic range compared to the komodo which has 16 plus. So what happens is that in when youre looking into, for example, behind me here, you have a bright sky and a dark background, and you can see a lot of the brightness and you can see a lot of the darkness and it kind of balances out well Across that right, you have the ability to see what is going on in the background.

This camera, however, and ill just take a quick shot here. So im recording and you can see that the highlights are super blown out and the darks are super hard to see. And what happens is that? Because of that lack of dynamic range, you dont have the ability to look deep into each of the shadows and highlights, and that can cause a lot of frustration, because it makes it a lot harder to expose properly for the shot that you want. For example, winston and i shot his rc car driving around here, i had the sicario with this wave mounted on it and we would go out and film in the shadows when the clouds came over and we had the exposure set right and then all sudden, the Sun comes out and everything is completely overexposed and it didnt really change that much right. The exposure like the light out here, didnt change a ton, but that was enough to make the shot out of this pretty much completely unusable, where other cameras like a gopro would have either automatically adjusted or given us a little bit more flexibility in posts to bring Out some of the color and stuff like that, freeflys website has an exposure guide and they basically have a recommended set of steps that you should go through to make sure you get the best out of this camera that you can well have a link in the Description to that guide beyond the dynamic range, the color in this it i dont i dont know how to describe it because im not very good.

I dont know anything about color science or anything like that, but it definitely is a bit muddy compared to like a komodo or something like that. That has a sensor thats aimed at shooting in normal speed. You know really really high quality, color science. So, like honestly, like sometimes the gopro even looks a little bit better than the footage that you get out of this, but not at the super high frame rate. So theres a little bit of a trade off with like how the picture looks versus what youre going to end up getting, but using the free fly wave player and all that stuff. You can really push it as much as you can to get as close to the final shot as you want. The next bad thing that ive noticed about this is that theres, this crazy vertical banding that happens in darker shots at higher frame rates and so ill show a shot here of jake doing fire poi spinning, and you can see these crazy vertical lines that go all The way up and down through the frame, especially in the darker parts of the picture, and that is not very good, looking so im trying to figure out i they free fly is aware of it and they know that thats a problem and again you know theyre Doing everything they can to make a cheap high speed camera, but, like once, you start getting into those higher frame rates at lower light.

That starts to get pretty hard to use. The final big downside about the free fly wave is that the hdmi output, for some reason, goes at a really low bit rate. So, like the picture that you see in the back of the monitor when the camera is live and youre, just kind of like checking, exposure and checking focus and all that stuff looks really bad. But then, when you put it in the computer, it has a much higher bit rate so like it sometimes just makes it a really a little bit hard to get focus right because you just need, because the bit rate is just a little bit low. It makes it harder to see when something is or isnt in focus, even when im using like focus peaking on my monitor or uh. You know really zooming in and trying to see like what things look in focus and stuff because of the low bit rate of the hdmi output. It can be hard to get things perfectly in focus. You really have to take your time to make sure that you nail it so with all of those bad things about this camera. Why would you want it like theres, a lot of stuff that really doesnt work great and some of the picture and stuff like that? Is not as good as, for example, the komodo, which is almost half the price of this camera? Why would i have gone with this instead of that kind of camera? Well, i got a few different options for you and it all kind of starts with my desire to see kind of more unique things out of fpv right with the ability to put a longer lens on this and reach out into the distance and then slow.

All of that action down so that fpv still looks good. I think that creates some really interesting, unique opportunities like in, for example, natural history. If were shooting a documentary about birds, we dont want to have a. You know, super wide angle lens on there to where the drone has to be like. On top of the you know, endangered species of bird, scaring it and potentially hurting it and stuff like that. Instead, we could put a 50 millimeter lens on here and as as long as we get, you know, the cross hairs perfectly on the bird from 25 30 40 feet away just for a second. We get 20 seconds of usable footage of that bird like flapping away in the distance or say, were trying to chase a cheetah through the you know: wild lands of africa – i dont have to be – you know buzzing around it perfectly on top of it, and instead I can be, you know 40 50 60 feet away to where im, not you know bothering something that is happening on the ground. Instead, i can reach out a little bit longer get you know some smaller moments in terms of real time, but in terms of slow motion, it will last, for you know 20 30 seconds, so its a different perspective, a different way of thinking about what fbv could Do but i think, having something having the combination of high speed and the ability to change out to longer lenses is something thats going to be really unique and really powerful in the world of cinematic fpv.

So the only way to achieve those kinds of shots is to use something that can shoot at those higher speeds, and so you know when i was looking at, do i want to get a komodo? Do i want to get a free fly wave? Do i want to get some other kind of camera for my city lifting business, i decided to go with the more unique approach to something that can kind of set me apart from my competitors in a way that is, is special and it is unique and something That allows me to kind of sell on the the uniqueness of what i could do with fpv on top of all this – and i know its not a selling point for most people, but i think this is a really powerful tool just for our youtube channel right. We have the ability to shoot all these really cool, slow motion shots when were doing b roll when were capturing the moments when were you know, flying the drone through peoples legs or around fountains? Or you know, whatever all these things are having the ability to just add an extra cool effect, an extra cool opportunity on top of all of that is really good. So, like you know, to a degree, ive kind of just always wanted a slow motion camera to do fun. Stuff like that. Okay, i just wanted to give you a quick overview of all of the mounting options: buttons and ports on the camera.

First, off weve got two m3 screw holes, so you actually have a bunch of those from drone world. If those of you that are watching are from there, you got a quarter 20 just mounting points, so you could put a monitor or a mic on here. You wouldnt put a mic, because this camera doesnt have a mic port. All of your menu is controlled by this circle, scrolling wheel, which also clicks in so basically a three way wheel. I actually really like this thing, its super satisfying to click and all that stuff. You got your power button, which goes on off. Youve got your record button and as soon as you record, theres a tell light there that youre able to see all uh to see when the camera is or isnt recording on the side. Youve got your dc power. So it has a power cord that it comes with. I think its 19 volts that comes into the camera youve got an hdmi full size port for connecting a monitor. Youve got an expansion port for that comes from free fly, for them to be able to use it for different things like upgrading or accessories in the future, and then a usb sport which you use to offload footage. Primarily, it does not charge it through the usb port. Unfortunately, then, on the bottom, you have two more m3 ports and another quarter 20 for mounting it to a tripod or putting other accessories on it.

So when i mount it to the drone, i use the corner. 20 on the bottom put everything on there and then it just builds into the drum nothing on this side and then on the front. Youve got this wheel that spins around to kind of lock the lens in place. When it comes out, you can push the button open up the lens, expose the sensor and then slide it all back. Super simple, but just wanted to give you a quick overview of all the buttons on the back side. Youve got this massive heatsink so like each of these fins here are here to help keep the camera cool and then theres a fan that blows air through these vents here in the heatsink to try to keep the thing cool which it doesnt. So it still gets pretty hot, so now that weve, given you an overview of all the buttons lets kind of go through the menu quick just so you can kind of get familiar with how this camera works on the inside. So i just want to give you guys a quick tour through the menu system. So you kind of know what it looks like when youre operating the camera. First of all, youve got standby playback option, so under playback youll just obviously go but do playback and be able to see what the camera has shot. So if i go and click on this, i can go scroll through and say.

Okay, i want to look at our shot 4 from earlier. Today, click play. It starts to play back at that super high speed and then, if i, while im highlighted on there, i can actually speed it up and start to scroll through the different options or through all the frames, to get to the action that i want to see. So like, if i wanted to go back to this very second shot that we did hit play scroll fast forward through and as you hit play, you know itll play back at the speed at which you shot it, so this it shows was shot at 4k at 477 fps with a 360 degree shutter angle, which it shouldnt have been, that was my bad 5600k color temperature and then color profile 2.. So we cancel that playback and now were back into real time. So you can see my hand, is here now and we can change the resolution, so you can only change the first part of the resolution, the width to either 46 4096, which is 4k or 2048, which is 2k. You can see that it automatically sets our shutter speed to be the maximum fps. Then you can switch through and pick any of the on any of the shutter speeds between the maximum and 24 fps. So if i wanted to get a little bit more light, i could maybe shoot this at 600, and now we have a pretty well exposed shot of the lake in the background, but without the sacrifice of having it be too high, so well set this back to 4K and then we could change our shutter angle.

If you havent, seen shadow angle, go check out my previous video on describing shutter angle for gopro, but its basically the same thing, but it means that if, for example, you were too overexposed or underexposed, you can change it to try to like just cheat a little Bit of the exposure, so, for example, if were running at f 2.8 and at 180 degrees of shutter, its a little bit exposed overexposed like you, cant see the clouds. In the background, we can then drop it to like a 90 degree, shutter angle, where its gon na be a little bit less pleasing of a picture, but more stuff is in the proper range of exposure. Finally, you can change the color temperature, which can range all the way up to holy cow, 900, 9600 kelvin, which basically makes the world look like its on fire or all the way down to 2000 kelvin, which basically makes it look like a scene from hoth. So typically, i leave it somewhere around 5600k, which is great for outside during sunny days, then you have three different color profiles, which are a little bit flatter, like color two seems to be like the most saturated with the most range uh. You could change like time and day so that you know your actual, like date is set, and then you can format the entire internal ssd card, using the format option, but im not even going to click into that, because we have shots on here that we still Need to pull off so thats uh yep thats, where it is so thats, just a quick overview of all of the menu settings that you can go through in the camera.

You can see that its relatively simple in terms of all the options that you have to do it, but because of the simplicity, you have less options for exposing and thats kind of where some of the confusion about getting the exposure right is tricky. And this is the scroll wheel here from which we can manipulate all the controls, so you can spin it this way in that way and then, when youre ready to select the option, you just click in super simple. I actually really like that method of controlling the camera, and then you have to have like a touch screen or anything special like that super easy. One thing i forgot to mention was that if you wanted to get a higher frame rate, you can change the secondary resolution, meaning the vertical resolution into a really narrow resolution, so that you can have more frame rate, meaning were now at 2600 fps but theres. This very narrow band of stuff thats actually being shot, so you can play with that. So like, i think the idea was that, like if somebody was trying to record like a gunshot like this, would be the kind of framing that you could use to shoot that um but yeah. So you have options to be able to play around with this, but i typically just end up leaving it in either the 4k or the 2k option. So, in conclusion, you know theres a lot of really really cool stuff about this theres, a lot of really bad stuff about this camera, but were excited to kind of continue to play and continue to see what combinations of using long lenses or using high speed can Do combined with the world of fpv, especially so what are your thoughts id love to? Have you comment down below what kind of things would you want to see from a drone, plus a super high speed camera done in the future winston? I always looking for things to shoot.

So if you have ideas other than drift cars tell us and well go out and get them for you. So, thank you so much for watching this video about the free fly wave and how weve been playing with it and thinking about the future of what this plus fpv could mean were so excited about that opportunity and what this could mean. We hope that you guys consider uh, you know subscribing to this video liking it i got to pay this thing off, so if you could at least click that, like button itd, be a big help, weve got merch available at store.nerc.tv and im so glad that you Have just clicked that subscribe and ring that bell and all that stuff.