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DJI Mavic Mini review

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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.


Design

  • Only 249g, which is insane
  • Smartphone controller included
Close up of the DJI Mavic Mini drone

Features

  • DJI Fly app required
  • Charging, signing up and firmware updating may take some time
  • Controller charging is needlessly complex
Close up of the DJI Mavic Mini drone

Performance

  • Easy stable flight from the first step
  • Pays good attention to safety regulations
  • Lacks 4K video
Close up of the DJI Mavic Mini drone

Battery

  • 30 minutes per battery is good for a drone this light
Close up of the DJI Mavic Mini drone

Verdict

  • An easy recommendation for the entry-level drone user
Close up of the DJI Mavic Mini drone

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.


Specifications

DJI Mavic Mini

General

Dimensions
Folded: 140 x 82 x 57mm | Unfolded: 160 x 202 x 55mm | Unfolded (with propellers): 245 x 290 x 55mm
Weight
0.25kg
Battery Capacity
2,400mAh
Battery Life
Up to 30mins
External Storage
UHS-I Speed Class 3 or above
GPS
GPS+GLONASS
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
2.400-2.4835 GHz, 5.725-5.850 GHz

Operation

Operating Temperature
0° to 40°C
Ascent Speed
4 m/s (S Mode) 2 m/s (P Mode) 1.5 m/s (C Mode)
Descent Speed
3 m/s (S Mode) 1.8 m/s (P Mode) 1 m/s (C Mode)
Maximum Speed
13 m/s (S Mode) 8 m/s (P Mode) 4 m/s (C Mode)
Hovering Accuracy
Vertical: ±0.1 m (with Vision Positioning), ±0.5 m (with GPS Positioning) Horizontal: ±0.3 m (with Vision Positioning), ±1.5 m (with GPS Positioning)
Stabilisation
3-axis
Obstacle Sensory Range
0.5-10 m

Camera

Video Recording
2.7 K: 2720×1530 25/30 p FHD: 1920×1080 25/30/50/60 p
Maximum Image Resolution
4:3: 4000×3000 16:9: 4000×2250
Image Sensor
1/2.3” CMOS Effective Pixels: 12 MP
Lens Type
35 mm Format Equivalent: 24 mm Aperture: f/2.8 Shooting Range: 1 m to ∞
ISO Sensitivity
Video: 100-3200 (Auto) Photo: 100-1600 (Auto) 100-3200 (Manual)
Field of View
83°
Shutter Speed
4-1/8000s

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