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Mavic Mini 2 Review: Your Most Commonly Asked Questions Answered

The Mavic Mini 2 is the smallest drone currently in the DJI lineup. Its portability benefits are tangible but are the tradeoffs worth the light weight? If you’ve been eyeing the Mini 2 against its larger cousins in the Mavic line like the Air 2, these are your most common questions, answered.

What’s special about the Mavic Mini 2?

As you can see in my video review here, the Mavic Mini has the footprint of a smartphone and weighs only 249 grams.

Why 249 grams?

It’s the weight just below the requirement for drone registration in many countries. To stay up to date, his map is updated in real-time and DroneMate (Android/iOS) puts all the local laws and regulations in your pocket for offline use.

How does the Mini 2 handle in windy conditions?

The Mini 2 is rated at a level 5 wind resistance, the same as the larger Mavic Air 2 which means it can handle winds up to 28-39 kilometers per hour.

Does the image remain stable?

Yes, you can see some of that footage in the video review, which hasn’t been stabilized in post-production. Basically meaning the steadiness of the shot is both from the Mini 2’s enhanced motors (over the Mini 1) and camera gimbal.

The Mavic Mini 1 is still on sale, should I get it?

No. The Mavic Mini 2 is better is every way and the money savings are minimal.

How does the footage look?

Mike from Drone Supremacy did a comparison you can watch below between the Mavic Mini 2 and the Air 2. Can you tell the difference?

What can’t the Mini 2 do?

It’s a great drone but not perfect. The Mini 2 is missing front facing obstacle avoidance sensors so you’ve got to be extra careful when flying. Also, without front sensors special flight modes like Active Track aren’t possible since the Mini 2 can’t fly around what it can’t see.

Is this the drone to get?

The Mavic Mini 2 is a powerful little drone but a smaller drone means a smaller camera sensor so it doesn’t do particularly well in lower light situations. If camera quality is a priority for you, go with a larger Mavic like the Air 2. However, if you travel frequently, not having to register this drone is a big benefit and being as small as it is, you’ll probably end up bringing the Mini 2 to more places.

The North Face Recon Holds Up After 3 Years Of Wear Without Tear

It’s been 3 years since I originally reviewed the unassuming The North Face Recon backpack. Those of you who follow my Road Tested! series know though the review doesn’t stop once the camera turns off and the article is posted. The North Face Recon is no different and having used this backpack for the past 36 months, it’s impressed me with its physical durability. The design though, still isn’t for everyone.

You can watch my full review in the video above or read on.

Hold Up Better Than Well

Typically on a backpack the parts that wear most the those that have contact with the wearer. Especially the straps around the shoulders and the lower part of the backpack since both tend to move most when you’re walking. Against all of that friction the Recon’s spongy mesh holds its bounce and hardly shows its age.

Threading remains threaded without any stray fibers dangling around like a dog’s tongue our a car window. Even the nylon exterior is only as dirty as you are lazy to simply wipe it off with your hand. Given that this backpack costs less than $100, from a durability perspective, you certainly get your money’s worth.

No Changes In Design

Physical durability is one aspect of a products longevity but so is the original design when compared to the newer additions to the backpack market. The North Face Recon still holds its own because it has such a study and straightforward design. On the bigger side of 22 liters, the big front bucket pocket is flexible. You can pack in clothes, books, or electronics or any combination of that or whatever else that fits.

the north face recon backpack review

A large casual open pocket on the front is good for an extra sweater to stuff in but the laptop compartment does eat from some of the usable space inside. The somewhat even design shows what that the Recon is a small backpack made for short day trips but is big enough for minimalist travelers too.

Getting The Best From The Recon

The North Face’s has made a tough turtle shell of a backpack that’s great for school, office, or hiking trips. You can see the Recon was an inadvertent part of the first wave of one bag travel backpacks but that category has passed it by now. Still, if you’re looking for a solid backpack that’s big enough for a weekend trip and solid enough to last years, The North Face Recon is great choice to consider.

Logitech’s MX Anywhere 2s Shows Impressive Durability After 2 Years Of Use

One of the biggest questions about Logitech’s MX Anywhere 2s mouse when it was released was how durable is it? When comparing it to its predecessor 2, the 2s is lighter, slimmer, and feels a little less sturdy. After the first year as part of my Road Tested! series, the 2s showed signs of wear and the limitations of its design.

A travel mouse with that level of wear might be concerning but in year 2 you can see in the video above the Anywhere 2s has shown it will be worth the investment. The battery life has deteriorated but can still be measured in weeks and the buttons maintain a respectable click. Despite its durable shell, travelers might find the 2s limiting is in particular aspects of its design. So, if you’re looking for a portable mouse for travel, be sure to watch the video above for the most comprehensive review of the 2s you’ll find anywhere.

Washington DC In Wide Angle, Photos During Lockdown

The streets around the National Mall in the United States capital Washington D.C. are extraordinarily quiet these days, even over sunny spring weekends with warm temperatures. Museums are closed, the Capitol Building fenced off, and the general state of the pandemic has reduced tourism in the city by 87 percent.

Large open spaces and few crowds made for good conditions to test out the Tamron 17-28mm ultra-wide angle lens. Here photos from the National Mall, in a unique state of springtime calm.

national mall

The lack of tourists is easy to see for most but for locals, the conspicuous few joggers, picnics, and games of soccer along the Mall is an unusual sight for a warm Sunday.

us capitol

Remnants of the events of January 6, 2021, barriers now stand blocks away from the U.S. Capitol Building. A stark contrast to this view.

Smithsonian National Musem of the American Indian logo

Mostly gone virtual, museums that line the National Mall have become their own outdoor exhibit, like the National Museum of the American Indian.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture, closed for 6 months and counting, has also put a number of its exhibits online while waiting to open their doors again.

washington dc streets

These streets aren’t closed but it’s hard to tell from the photo above.

washington dc food truck

What was once a wall of food trucks, only the occasional one remains with its window open and food for sale.

washington monument

Although the insides are closed, the open spaces of the National Mall around landmarks like the Washington Monument make for good socially-distance-acceptable exercise and fresh air. When Washington D.C. does reopen though be sure not to miss this Chinese restaurant with a secret menu and take a drive out to the area’s other, lesser known space museum.

iPhone 12 vs. $2700 Camera Test: Can You Tell The Difference?

Let’s take the image right below. Can you tell what type of camera it was taken on?

cute dog

The answer is it was shot on an iPhone 12. Now take that same photo, except shooting it on the Sony a7C with a Tamron 17-28 f2.8 millimeter lens.

cute dog again

The differences in image quality might be a bit more apparent now that you’ve had time to compare them side-by-side. Still, telling the $1000 iPhone 12 apart from the full frame $2700 Sony setup though isn’t as easy in every situation. The iPhone renders colors vibrantly especially in bright outdoor conditions like Utah’s mountains and in many cases, when the pictures aren’t next to each other picking them apart becomes more of a detective game.

I’ll let you test your skills watching in the video above to see how many out of 10 you can guess correctly.

No matter how you do, I think the iPhone holds up compared to the considerably larger build of a full frame mirrorless camera. Certainly the Sony outperforms in many ways but it’s also a larger device with two functions – to shoot videos and photos. Apple on the other hand has to design a device that can do both of those things well, but also be your emailingsocialmediaposting-time-sucking-device most of us are attached to.

So if you’re wondering what kind of camera you need to get started on YouTube for example or to post travel videos on TikTok, the Sony a7C would be nice, but you don’t have to look further than the phone in your pocket. While every year phone cameras get better, most modern phones are so good, the differences are very incremental. Don’t think so? See if you can tell these iPhone 12 photos apart from the 11.

Travel Is More Than Just Movement

Since the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the tourism industry has lost at least a trillion (with a “T”rillion) dollars and cost 100 million jobs worldwide. Despite this very tangible economic impact, the notion that traveling is purely indulgent leisure time that’s a luxury, not a necessity, remains persistent. While there are negative sides to how we travel and how many of us travel at once, the benefits of the act have effects that aren’t as easy to measure.

Having traveled for over 10 years now to over 90 countries (and the journey continues) this is why we travel and why it’s important.

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