DJI releases mavic mini that most can affordable
The Mavic Mini is DJI’s most affordable drone, and its lightest too at 249g. That’s important because drones over 250g need to be registered with national authorities in the US and UK, which means the spritely Mavic Mini manoeuvres just under that bar.
Smaller than the Mavic Air, which is substantially smaller than the Mavic 2 range, the Mavic Mini’s offering is less premium, with 2.7K maximum resolution video recording at 30fps vs the 4K capture of the Mavic Air, though the incredibly handy automated flying modes, ‘QuickShots’ have made a return in a slightly stripped back guise.
The Mini is available in two configurations – the first is the base pack which features the drone and essentials, a battery and controller and costs £369. Given the choice though, we’d opt for the pricier pack, DJI’s £459 Fly More bundle, which includes a carry case, three spare batteries, a triple battery charger and flight guards, protecting the Mini from damage. Not only does the extra hour of flight time the additional batteries deliver justify this cost, but the guard is a must-have if this is your first drone, especially if you’re flying the Mini indoors.
This sets out a clear ‘flight path’ for DJI’s drone portfolio. The Mavic Mini is the new entry-level option with 2.7K recording, then the Mavic Air takes the resolution up to 4K and includes object tracking at £699. Next, the Mavic 2 Pro and Pro Zoom are, as their names suggest, drones for serious enthusiasts and professionals.
Review Price: £369
Fly More kit costs £459
Compact, foldable drone
2.7K 30fps video
12-megapixel still images
QuickShot automated flight modes
30-minutes flight time
DJI Mavic Mini – Features and flight
Expanding on that last point, unlike the Mavic Air, the Mini doesn’t feature the combined seven cameras and IR sensors onboard the Mavic Air to make sure it steers clear of objects, making the Fly More pack’s flight guards even more desirable.
DJI Mavic Mini – Video and image quality
The Mavic Mini is something of a Mavic Air / Osmo Pocket love child. It naturally borrows many design cues from the Air, but on the front is a three-axis gimbal with a 1/2.3” sensor. Combined with 12MP resolution and up to 2.7K video capture – that’s all Osmo Pocket right there. We even found ourselves walking around with the Mavic Mini, capturing video and using it as an impromptu stabilised camera to great effect.
Unlike the pocket, there are no advanced night shooting tools though when it comes to photography, but there is a manual stills photography option, enabling an ISO of up to 3200 and a max shutter duration of four seconds.