Hobbies: Drones and Photography

I love exploring, especially abandoned places or places that nature has reclaimed. I can’t remember not having a camera and, as it is today, you don’t really go anywhere without one. Some do, but the majority of the country (US) has some type of phone with the capability to take a picture. Be it a flip phone or a smart phone, chances are you have one. You may even be reading this on it now.

Old parking lot. DJI Mavic Mini

I do have a Canon DSLR that I rarely use anymore. I depend on my iPhone 11 Pro for most of the pics I take while I’m out. Handy and smaller than taking a ton of gear with me.

And then…I have a couple of drones, ranging in size and capability.

First and smallest is the DJI Tello. I bought it because Walmart dropped it to $25 on a clearance sale over a year ago. And I was interested in learning to fly drones. I wanted that birds eye view.

Honestly it’s a capable little selfie drone. It takes great pics. The video is choppy if you get any real elevation. This is because the video is recorded directly back to your phone via WiFi so your range is limited. It only gets about 13 minutes flight time on a battery. So it’s very limited. But fun to fly.

Next up is the Yuneec Breeze. Yep, another Walmart discount that I picked up for half of its original selling price.

Not as limited as the Tello and has about the same flight time. Seriously great stills and good video. You can purchase it stand alone or as a bundle if you can still find one for sale. It’s a great flyer and not too bulky in the pack. So it’s good to carry along with you on a hike.

A favorite abandoned house from a different angle. DJI Mavic Mini

I just had a birthday and the wife and kids bought me a DJI Mavic Mini and I am a little blown away.

GREAT pics and vids. Smooth operation and an ABSOLUTE joy to fly. It had a learning curve coming from the previous two drones to this but I got the hang of it fairly quickly. Thirty minute flight time and it folds up into a neat little package. Add in the remote and it’s fairly awesome. This will be my go to wandering drone.

All this plus the GoPros and I’m all set. I’ll write on those later.

Links have been provided if you want to check out any of these drones. – Seegars.

DJI Mavic Mini

(This isn’t a review. Just me writing it down.)

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