But despite the average ergonomics, video quality equal to a good phone, and poor subject tracking, it’s hard not to like this camera. It is really small and the stabilization is a lot better than any phone I tried. It is more comfortable to use in gloves, and pans look beautiful. I think this will stay in my pocket for many years, unless its non-weather-sealed body dies soon.
I have made a couple of regrettable mistakes in terms of photographic technique that I regretted quickly. For instance, when I was taking the panoramas, there was a tractor grooming the slopes nearby. I should’ve increased the ISO to drop the shutter speed, but this never occurred to me; besides, I only checked some of the pano shots for sharpness on the spot. The annoying part for me here is that I made the same exact mistake last year - trying to chase a lower ISO made me discard most of my panoramic shots. Luckily, I made it out with two whole panos with no motion blur, but I could’ve had 10 to chose from.
The other thing I came to regret is not learning how to use the follow me mode on the drone. The only time I attempted it on the slopes, I chose the wrong mode and managed to not start recording at all. As a result, I didn’t really use the capabilities of the new Mavic, and I didn’t get any of that sweet follow-cam footage.
One more issue that I have to admit is that I overpacked. I could’ve left at least two lenses at home and I would’ve come out with just as good of a result.
But by far the most important lesson is that when the weather isn’t good for skiing, and isn’t good for photography, there is still a lot of fun to be had. I just had a wonderful time with my friends, going to bars, watching Game of Thrones, having a conversation over a dinner — basically being a normal person and not a gear-obsessed photo geek. I am looking forward to the next year’s ski trip :)