DJI Mavic Mini review
Quick Verdict: DJI's new ultra-light entry level drone is easy to fly, has excellent battery life and is just all-around fun to fly.
- Astonishingly light
- DJI Fly app keeps it simple
- Battery life is better than you'd think
- Controller has awkward MicroUSB charging plug
- Rotor guards take it over the 250g level
- No 4K video capability
DJI remains the premier brand in the drone space, but getting started with a drone that can tip the scales at well over $1,000 or well over the weight limits where you've got to be a qualified drone pilot can be offputting for just about anybody.
For some time now DJI has offered up "lite" versions of its drone family for those just looking to get started in the world of drone flying and photography. Its latest entry is the generally excellent and exceptionally lightweight DJI Mavic Mini.
- Only 249g, which is insane
- Smartphone controller included
- DJI Fly app required
- Charging, signing up and firmware updating may take some time
- Controller charging is needlessly complex
- Easy stable flight from the first step
- Pays good attention to safety regulations
- Lacks 4K video
- 30 minutes per battery is good for a drone this light
- An easy recommendation for the entry-level drone user
You can buy much cheaper drones than the DJI Mavic Mini if you just want to dip your pinkies into the world of drone flying, but they're generally very unsatisfying devices that struggle in even the smallest wind and deliver only a few scant minutes of flying pleasure.
The DJI Mavic Mini isn't what you could call "cheap" by the standards of those very basic drones, but in the world of actual quality drones, it's something of a bargain. Those after pro-grade videography will no doubt scoff at its lack of 4K shooting capability, but of course, that's what DJI's more pricey drones are for. If you want a drone with a solid level of battery endurance, good stabilisation and enough fun features to keep you enthralled at least as long as the battery lasts, then the DJI Mavic Mini is highly recommended.
Pricing and availability
The DJI Mavic Mini is available in a standard set in Australia for $599. The Mavic Mini Fly More combo retails at $799, and DJI's "Care Refresh" package which adds insurance for up to 2 replacement drones costs $59.