DJI Mavic Mini
November 2019Release Date
The DJI Mavic Mini is the smallest Mavic drone released to date. Offering 2.7K video and great flight features in a package small enough to avoid FAA registration.
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.
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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.
What is the DJI Mavic Mini?
The DJI Mavic Mini is the sort of drone that we’ve all wanted. It’s small, light, extremely portable, capable, reliable, affordable, and it shoots good photos and video from the sky.
Weighing in at 249 grams, or 0.548 lbs, you do not need to register the Mavic Mini with the FAA before you fly. Of course, the moment you add the prop guards, or a heavy decorative sticker, it may tick over and require registration. Part 107 operators need to register regardless the weight.
Overall, the flight capabilities and camera quality exceed our expectations of a drone this size, and at this price point, we are impressed.
DJI Mavic Mini performance
The Mavic Mini manages to scoot around at up to 29 mph, and the little 2,600mAh battery provides up to 30 minutes of flight time. Not bad at all!
In the default P mode, the drone got up to 18.1mph. In CineSmooth mode your max speed is closer to 9mph, and Sport mode is how you get up to 29 mph.
We did find some minor video feed hiccups at distance, and the gimbal compensation for rotation seemed to hit the lock and bounce back to center a little, but overall video capture is smooth. Perhaps some of that is just demanding video capture that the Mini can’t keep up with, as this drone captures video at just 40Mbps, which is a lower data rate than almost every other DJI drone.
DJI Mavic Mini software
The DJI Mavic Mini ships with a brand new application for your phone or tablet. The new DJI Fly app offers a similar, but more simplistic experience from the DJI GO 4 app you may be used to. You’ll get a map and some drone telemetry, but many of the advanced settings and controls have been stripped away.
To be expected, the Mavic 2 Pro has many manual camera controls, while the Mavic Mini is almost full-auto. You can control some input sensitivities, and we find it interesting that switching between the flight modes is all in the app now, instead of the physical switches we’ve seen on other DJI drones. Be careful what buttons you tap, else you may end up in the high-speed Sport mode unexpectedly.
If you have not heard of DJI’s SkyPixel social platform yet, this is your introduction. Users have been uploading their best drone images into the platform for years now, Fly Spots is a simple map view of where those images were captured, and a tool in the DJI Fly app for you to upload your own.
Who is the Mavic Mini made for?
The DJI Mavic Mini is not the drone you want if you are ready to upgrade from your original Mavic Pro. I would also debate the merits of replacing your Mavic Air as well. No, the DJI Mavic Mini is a drone that a new generation of pilots can get into.
For those that could not afford a Mavic Pro back in the day, the Mavic Mini comes in at the lowest price point for a DJI drone to date. This price, and the minimal take-off weight, make it a fantastic starter drone. Sure, it lacks some of the more advanced safety features found in many drones, but it’s also small enough it may survive some bumps that heavier drones might break. It’s certainly more flexible than other DJI drones.
DJI Mavic Mini parts and accessories
DJI drones have a long list of accessories available to them. Not only does the market catch on and help these popular drones excel, but DJI themselves also put out a great selection of add-ons and replacement parts.
The base DJI Mavic Mini for $399 includes:
- Remote control
- One pair of spare propellers
- Micro USB cable
- Gimbal cover
- Micro USB, USB Type-C and Lightning remote control cables
- Spare joysticks
- Six spare screws
The DJI Mavic Mini Fly More combo for $499 includes all of the above, plus:
- Two more batteries
- Battery charging hub that doubles as USB power pack
- Two more pairs of spare propellers
- Extra micro USB cable
- 360 degree propeller guard
- 18 watt USB charger
- Carrying bag
- Twelve more screws
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