I’m not too sure how they pay for doing what they do but I like the result.
A little over a year ago, I bought a DJI Spark used off of eBay and this past fall, I kind of crashed it into my garden shed. I wasn’t paying attention and the drone was trying to save me from myself. I didn’t get it fixed right away because I had a lot of other things that I needed to pay for. With my 2020 India trip now cancelled and Milwaukee’s bike trails unsafe, I tried to get it fixed but DJI’s repair shops are shut down due to COVID-19.
I will still eventually get the Spark fixed but I ended up going out to Best Buy and buying a DJI Mavic Mini (via curbside pickup). The used Spark cost me $300. The new Mavic Mini cost me $500 (I bought the fly more combo). The new drone has a higher resolution camera, a 3-axis gimbal instead of a 2-axis gimbal, and more than double the battery life. It can also fly higher and faster. You do give up frontal collision detection, though.
This is going to be a pretty quick post. I spun up the tumblr blog Joe Travels and gave it the twitter feed @JWSTravels. It posts one pseudorandom photo per day from my travels. I stocked up the queue with roughly four months of posts. I’ll refresh it with some more photos later in the year.