DJI’s NEW Drone is Lighter, Smaller, and Foldable... What Did They Sacrifice?

As small and light as the average smartphone, the DJI Mavic Mini is a powerful gimbal-stabilized drone.

Just a couple of hours ago, DJI introduced the world to its brand new drone, the Mavic Mini, which was specifically designed to be as compact, lightweight, and easy to use as possible so hobbyists and pros alike can use it as their "everyday FlyCam." 

Let's break down how it's pros, cons, and specs. 

The Mavic Mini features 2.7K video, 3-axis motorized gimbal, a super portable folding design, and QuickShot modes that allow users to automatically capture stylish shots with just a press of a button.

Check out DJI's promo video below to learn a bit more about the Mavic Mini:

The Mavic Mini is certainly in a different class than DJI's professional-level drones, but that doesn't mean that this little thing doesn't have some impressive features. In fact, considering that the most popular drone company built a drone particularly to be an "everyday" aerial shooter is not only exciting but it also kind of creates a unique class for the Mini to occupy—which is a similar one to that of the DJI Spark, which, as we all know, wasn't as successful as we'd all hoped.

It's not necessarily your aerial A-camera... more like your aerial B-camera.

Let's quickly go over some of the Mavic Mini's most impressive features.

2.7K Gimbal-Stabilized Video

Built with the same image sensor as the Mavic Air and Mavic Pro, the Mavic Mini shoots 12MP aerial photos and 2.7K Quad HD videos.

Not only that, but it also is outfitted with a 3-axis motorized gimbal, so those shots are going to be smooth and clear.

DJI did pull the video resolution back for this model. The Mavic Air, Mavic Pro, and Mavic 2 Pro all capture 4K.

The truth is, 2.7K is really not too shabby, especially because you're capturing 25/30 fps.

If you want to shoot something with a little slow-mo flavor on it, the Mavic Mini shoots full HD at up to 60 fps.

Longer Flight Time

One of the key features of the Mavic Pro is its size. This thing is tiny... literally almost as light as a smartphone and it fits in the palm of your hand. There's an added advantage to it having such a small form factor: longer flight time.

The Mavic Mini can stay in the air for up to 30 minutes on a fully-charged battery.

QuickShot Modes

For those who haven't mastered the art of capturing orbital shots and other sweet aerial moves, Mavic Mini features four QuickShot modes that will automatically execute the camera move you want with just a push of a button. The four modes include Dronie, Circle, Helix, and Rocket.

Key Features

  • Foldable design
  • 2.7K camera
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • Weight: 0.55 lbs.
  • 30-min flight time
  • 2.5 mi. HD video transmission
  • Vision Sensor + GPS Precise Hover
  • Simplified recording and editing

Pricing and Availability

Pre-orders for the DJI Mavic Mini will begin today, October 30th—that includes two purchasing options:

  • The Standard Version: Mavic Mini, remote controller, one battery, and extra propellers
  • Mavic Mini Fly More Combo: all Standard Version components, 360-degree Propeller Cage, Two-Way charging Hub, three batteries, three sets of extra propellers, and a carrying case

The Standard Version retails for $399 and the Fly More Combo retails for $499.

Shipping will begin on November 11th.

Head on over to DJI to learn more about the Mavic Mini    

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You're missing one very important thing:

Drones 250g and over need to be registered/licensed.

This is 1 gram under.

October 30, 2019 at 4:14PM

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V. Stiviano, you missed one of the biggest selling points of this drone: the weight. It’s under .55 pounds so in the US, you’re not legally required to register your drone with the FAA!

October 30, 2019 at 4:18PM

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K W
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I wish they'd add 24p via firmware update. Without it, I can't use it on films. And I rather have this small one rather than a pro model.

November 2, 2019 at 1:16PM

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Eugenia Loli
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It's frustrating the way they try to limit this, but it's an easy thing to fix. In Premiere, just Interpret the footage as 24p. It's rare your drone shot would have dialogue sync to worry about, and the stretch from 25 (or even 30) to 24 is minimal.

November 4, 2019 at 7:04PM

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Noise level?

November 7, 2019 at 9:38AM

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Craig Swanson
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