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Written by Matt Ruddick
Products that are Worth a Closer Look
Product spotlight
As seen in the October 2017 issue of
Model Aviation.


Matt Ruddick reviewed the DJI Mavic Pro ND Lens Filter 4-pack from NeatoTek. Here is what he had to say:

For photographers who plan to jump into the world of aerial photography, one trick of the trade is no longer out of reach. Neutral density and polarization filters can be the difference between merely getting a shot and getting the perfect shot. That’s where the NeatoTek ND lens filters come into play.

This pack comes with ND4, ND4 with polarization, ND8, ND8 with polarization, and ND16 filters. These high-quality filters allow you to adjust your camera settings to fit any situation, without losing the optimal image quality of your DJI Mavic Pro.

The filters come packed in a padded hard case that uses a magnetic clasp that fits nicely into my Mavic carrying bag. Each filter is constructed out of durable, lightweight aluminum that is imperceptible to the camera gimbal.

Installation is a breeze. The filters slide on and off of the camera lens with ease, yet are snug enough to not move during flight.

After a dozen flights using these filters, I haven’t had one slip off, nor was I concerned that one might. Of course, what good is a nice, lightweight filter that fits well if the optics are subpar? Luckily, that’s not an issue with these NeatoTek filters.

After thoroughly testing them, I found no degradation in image quality or resolution with the filters applied, and instead I was presented with a richer, more saturated picture from the polarized filters.

What probably sets the NeatoTek filters apart from the rest of the field is the price point. At $69, they are priced significantly less than most other packs of similar quality, and will add a tremendous amount of production value to your photos and video.

The NeatoTek ND Lens Filter 4-pack is available for the DJI Mavic Pro, as well as the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, and can be found on the company’s website.

NeatoTek: email: info@neatotek.com; website: www.neatotek.com




Each example was shot at ISO 100 and 1/60-second shutter speed. Without a filter, your image would likely be blown out on a sunny day.





Because of the lack of polarization, the standard ND8 filter appears brighter and more washed out than the ND4 filter.





The ND4 with polarization filter returns the brightness and contrast to a manageable level. The polarization also helps reduce glare and restore color in the sky.





The most drastic change was moving to the ND8 with polarization. Brightness levels are back within limits, and color has been restored in the sky.





The ND16 filter shows similar attributes to the ND8 with polarization.







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