We all know about DJI’s mind-blowing drones, and the new Mavic Mini is their lil’ baby – the smallest and lightest ever made. It’s almost the same size as a smartphone and, users won’t have to worry about any registration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for this one.
Announced on Wednesday morning, Mavic Mini, its news was leaked all the way prior to its launch. The drone is currently available for preorder and will be shipped to buyers on November 11th. It retails at $399 with a package that includes a remote controller, single battery, and an extra set of propellers. Well, if you want “more” of it you might wanna pick DJI’s “Fly More” combo pack, retailing at $499. The package contents include, propeller guards, three batteries, a battery charging hub, a carrying case, a controller, and three sets of extra propellers.
Even though it’s sports a low price tag, the Mavic Mini is an outright no kidder as it does retain the best aspect of DJI’s technical prowess and its big (expensive, and more capable) drone brothers. It’s almost similar in size as the 2017 DJI Spark, but its foldable legs make it even more handy. Weighing in at just 249 grams, that one gram shyness cut it off from FAA registration norms. Alright!
The software features shares similarities to DJI’s other drones, such as creative shooting modes and the ‘auto return to takeoff spot’ feature (now uses another new app though).
Mavic Mini’s flight time doesn’t cut corners either, most probably due to its lightweight design. As per DJI’s estimate, it will deliver 30 minutes of flight time per battery.
Yes, the DJI’s baby drone does have its fair share of trade-offs, meaning it can’t shoot in 4K. Don’t frown yet, cause if you are a photographer or videographer, the Mavic Mini is just as capable. The spec stuff is that it has a 1/2.3-inch sensor capable of shooting up to 2.7K 30fps, 1080p 60 fps footage, and 12MP photos. Plus, it has a three-axis gimbal that stabilizes the camera for super smooth footage in low-wind conditions; like all DJI’s other consumer drones (except for the Spark).
The other trade-off is that it is more prone to crashes as it only has fewer sensors than the other drones from DJI. Although hovering and soft-landings will be taken care of by the ground-facing sensors, we don’t recommend pilots to fly the Mavic Mini sideways towards trees, walls, or any other random objects. The one place where the similar-sized, heavier, and more sensor-laden Spark trumps the Mini.
Being lighter doesn’t mean the Mini is not stable and precise. It can shoot stunning footage at daytime while remaining stable and precise during flights. Though we can’t say yet without proper test flight about it will handle outright breezy and windy weathers.
So the Mavic Mini is affordable, incredibly small and light, and doges the FAA registration – a product that calls out to first-time and experienced drone pilots. DJI issued a warning that “drone pilots must always understand and follow local laws and regulations,” at the Mavic Mini’s press release. Even though it has built-in safety features (like altitude limiting) and educational tools set to keep new pilots from flying recklessly, is not in their hands, but up in the air.