The latest drone from DJI is a tiny machine that packs a lot for its size, the new DJI Mavic Mini is a very compact, folding drone that looks like it should replace the Spark, but the 2.7K camera makes it a step above, just perhaps not quite a contender with the Mavic Air.
For a drone this size, it’s tough to pack all the best features of a typical consumer drone today, but for it’s size, we’ve never seen anything this advanced and capable. Let’s see all the details of the new DJI Mavic Mini!
DJI Mavic Mini
November 2019Release Date
With a long list of drones that start with the name Mavic, DJI has launched yet another consumer machine, perhaps their most consumer friendly yet, the new, very compact, folding DJI Mavic Mini.
As the name implies, the DJI Mavic Mini is a very small machine, and in true DJI fashion, it has few compromises to make it all work. The first thing to note is that the Mavic Mini weighs less than 0.55 lbs, which means you do not need to register it with the FAA before flight. Registration is quick and easy, but not requiring it at all is a bonus.
Related reading: DJI Mavic Mini review
Don't let the small size fool you, this drone packs a 12MP camera, shoot 2.7K video from a 3-axis stabilized Gimbal and has all of the flight features you'd expect from a Mavic drone today.
DJI Mavic Mini overview
Generally speaking, the Mavic Mini is surprisingly capable and powerful for its size. Most machines that weigh less than 0.55 lbs do not have great cameras, even they even have one. Most machines under $500 do not have 2.7K cameras or any appreciable flight features. DJI is rocking the market again with this new machine.
There is a compromise in battery life. As you are aware, the battery is usually the heaviest single component of a drone, installing something light-weight has to cut back the flight time. 16 minutes is almost half the flight time of the largest Mavic drones, but it’s enough to get you through some fun shots from the sky.
We think there is a home for a drone like this, and, frankly put, we think it’ll be landing in a lot of homes this holiday season. The rules to overcome to enjoy drone flight are getting almost prohibitive, a machine like the Mavic Mini that offers a great experience without all the rules is an ideal first drone, a “toy” that can be enjoyed by many pilots, young and old.
What’s under the hood? Let’s find out.
The DJI Mavic Mini measures about 11 x 9 x 2 inches when ready to fly, it weighs just 249 grams, that’s approximately 0.548 lbs. It has a flight range of up to 4KM, or almost 2.5 miles, and can stay aloft for up to 30 minutes. The camera is a 12MP 1/2.3-inch sensor that can capture 2.7K video at 30 FPS at a data rate of 40Mbps.
The Mavic Mini has a 3000m ceiling, a little under 10,000ft, and can scoot along at up to 29 mph.
DJI Mavic Mini price and availability
DJI announced the Mavic Mini on October 30th, 2019, with sales set to go live…. Starting price for the base drone is $399, there is a Fly More combo available as well, that’s $499.
We’re pretty excited for this new drone, we know we need to put it to the test before we recommend it to anyone, but the recipe is a winner, if nothing else.
Will you be buying a DJI Mavic Mini for yourself or as a gift this year?