I’ve got a Mavic and love it. Really portable and even with the extra blades and 2 extra batteries, it all fits into that little bag it comes in.
Follow mode and a few of the other presets, I haven’t had any issue with. Average battery run time for me is about 18 – 22 minutes, just depending how windy it is.
My only issue with it (and I have a feeling this is of most drones) is landing it on uneven surfaces. Since it has a really low profile you need a flat surface to land it on. I wish there was a feature where I could just hover it over my backpack and turn off the propellers so it would land there. It’s only an issue if you’re on a mountain or somewhere where you might not get a flat surface. Past that, really easy to use, set up, portable and a lot of fun. Just make sure you charge up your phone as well since running the DJI app will drain your battery a bit.
Kelsey, I’m in the same boat. Sometimes having that zoom is amazing but if you’re traveling around for a month it’s hard to justify taking a camera for one day’s worth of shots. Unless it’s at the top of my bucket list.
What kind of Phone do you have? I have an Iphone 7 and I find between using that and VSCO I’m able to get great shots.
Depending on the time of the year you’re going, head up to Ogden (maybe 30 min north of Salt Lake). It’s a really cool town with a lot of history (it’s where the railway that connects the east and west US met).
But better than that, you can do some Via Feretta. Take a look at the place below. You clip in and climb mountains. No experience required and it’s easy to do some of the routes (can do a harder one if you want). Definitely an experience and you’ll get some amazing views.
I’ve got a DJI Mavic. So far it’s been really easy to use (especially with all the pre-programmed shot follows). Plus, it packs down to fit in a backpack with a few extra batteries. Great if you pack light and do a lot of exploring where you can’t lug around a big pack.
I’ve moved over to using my phone almost exclusively and then occasionally my drone (if I’m able to pack it).
There are some purpose built cameras like the Nikon 1 AW1. Waterproof and shock proof. I traveled with it for a while and was a great camera for climbing, camping, surfing, etc. Worth a look if that’s the kind of stuff you get up to.
Love the post!
Colorado is next. Maybe we’ll do 36 hours on this one.