DJI Mavic Mini drone hands on review: the best drone for entry-lever users

ByAdan Flannigan 2019-10-31 643

DJI launched their new drone Mavic Mini, a drone product weighing only 249 grams. The longest battery life is 30 minutes, and 2.7K video can be recorded. The distance is 4 kilometers and the price is start from $399.

DJI Mavic Mini drone appearance and design

● as big as a can of cola

DJI Mavic Mini drone 

How small is it? The Mavic Mini's 3D is basically similar to a can of cola (even a little smaller). I remember when the Mavic generation was released, the official said that it could be packed in a bag like a bottle of mineral water. After two years, Mavic Mini shrank from mineral water to canned cola. And the weight is less than a can of cola, the weight of 249 grams is almost as heavy as my current mobile phone ( iPhone 11 Pro Max) plus a mobile phone case.

● Mavic Mini is extremely portable

For drones, the reduction in size and weight is far more exciting than the performance improvement, because for most people, they can only play a limited number of times per year in non-no-fly zones, and the performance of drones is Sufficient size; the volume is reduced, the portability is greatly increased, and the Mavic Mini can be put out in the pocket, which means more opportunities to play.

● 249 grams

The weight of the Mavic Mini "249 grams" is also designed for this purpose. Of course, the weight reduction also determines that the Mavic Mini will not be a high-performance product of Mavic 1st generation or 2nd generation. Its positioning is still biased towards Spark, which is a small drone that is more suitable for self-timer.

● Newly designed propeller

DJI Mavic Mini drone 

For the 249 gram, the Mavic Mini uses a newly designed propeller, which removes the bayonet link and connects the two directly to the turntable, which allows the two blades to be more flexibly fitted. together.

● 12 million pixel camera

DJI Mavic Mini drone 

The lens is a two-way adjustment like Spark. The camera uses a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor to support 12 megapixel photos. The Mavicntai section is still a three-axis mechanical head, which guarantees basic stability.

● Charging box

The battery has been improved the most. From the previous battery pack of most machines, it has become a replaceable rechargeable battery. Each capacity is 2400 mAh, and the loading form is quite similar to that of a SLR camera.

 

DJI Mavic Mini drone

● Loading form is similar to SLR

Of course, in order to make the Mavic Mini play longer, the official has configured it with three batteries and a charging box. Together with the remote control, it can be completely installed in the storage box. The size of this box is almost the same as that of the Osmo stable storage box.

Thanks to the 249-gram and compact body size, the Mavic Mini can play indoors. In order to avoid the bomber injury, DJI even equipped it with a small black cage, which was originally the iconic product of another company Hover. Flying the drone in a cage can greatly enhance its safety, and hitting a person will not cause the blade to be scratched.

DJI Mavic Mini drone brand new APP: DJI FLY

In order to better meet the needs of novices, DJI also developed a new DJI Fly App for Mavic Mini, which is more convenient for novices. It’ just that I have another DJI app in my phone.

DJI Mavic Mini drone 

 

DJI Fly App's interface is much simpler and cleaner than DJI Go, and you can learn some things about flight functions, skills, and security in the app. Video editing is also available directly in the app. This is very similar to DJI MIMO for motion cameras. In addition, the app includes popular aerial photography point recommendation function, which is convenient for quickly finding the best aerial photography location nearby. (This feature is currently only open to mainland China)

● Photographing is also important for drones

As the overall size of the drone becomes smaller, the tiny camera can't accommodate larger CMOS, so the Mavic Mini's hardware shooting preparation is basically similar to that of Mavic Air. The camera still uses a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor to support shooting 12 megapixel photos. The video section can record 2.7K/30fps, 1080p / 60fps HD resolution video.

● Image transmission

Image transmission is a very important aspect of aerial drones. Stable image transmission is the most basic guarantee for aerial photography.

 

Due to the limited size of the fuselage, the Mavic Mini uses the same enhanced version of the WIFI image as the Mavic Air. The official said that the distance can reach 4 kilometers, but in actual flight, if it really flies so far, the aircraft is likely to have No return, the basic 2 km is a relatively safe number.

● Simple and practical shooting mode

The Mavic Mini doesn't have a very fancy shooting mode. Instead, it retains some very useful gameplay, which can be said to be tailor-made for novices. For example, support one-click movie recording, simply set Mavic Mini to automatically fly according to the preset route, automatically shoot a video, sharing a circle of friends is quite convenient.

Taken together, the Mavic Mini has four shooting modes:

Rocket: Mavic Mini flies straight up into the air with the camera pointing downward following your subject.  

Circle: Mavic Mini will circle around your subject at a constant altitude and distance.

Dronie: Mavic Mini flies backward and upward, with the camera tracking your subject.

Helix: Mavic Mini flies upward and away, spiraling around your subject.

On the whole, novices don't need too complicated settings, and you can take the photo effect you want with one click.

DJI Mavic Mini drone​ 

● 30 minutes flying time

In the battery life section, DJI officially said that the Mavic Mini has a battery life of 30 minutes per battery. Of course, in actual flight, this number will definitely have an error. It is more practical to buy two batteries instead of entangled in a few minutes of battery life.

Summary

DJI Mavic Mini has taken the "equilibrium" of drones to a new height. The Mavic Mini is more portable than the Mavic Air and is more powerful than the Spark. It sacrifices the transmission distance of the image, the screen of the remote control and some shooting modes, but the experience is not significantly reduced and more friendly to the novice.

The smooth mode and the simpler operation of the app add less than $400, which greatly reduces the threshold of the novice drone.


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