DJI has just announced the Mavic Mini, an entry-level drone designed for anyone and everyone. This is essentially a smaller and cheaper version of the other DJI folding drones, such as the Mavic Pro, Mavic Air and Mavic 2. The Mavic Mini costs $ 399 and is available for pre-order now. Delivery will begin on November 11th.
So how small is a mini? The Mavic Mini is about the same size as the company's DJI Spark, which was launched in 2017, but the difference is that the Mavic Mini is foldable, just like any other DJI line from the drone DJI. And the fact that the Mavic Mini weighs only 249 grams is actually small enough to not require FAA registration, which is a big nuisance that you should not worry about.
Of course, the Mavic Mini is more than just a folding version of Spark, as it steals far more than the high capabilities of the Mavic line. The Mavic Mini has a triaxial cardan that will help it shoot an extremely smooth video that Spark lacks. It uses the all-new DJI Fly app, which is designed to help new drone pilots learn how to fly and fire with ease.
The Mavic Mini also has a significantly better camera than the Spark. It can capture 2.7K video at 30 frames per second (approximately 40 percent high quality from Spark's 1080p video) or 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second. It can also take 12 megapixel photos. It has a 30-minute flight time, but comes with only one battery. For an extra $ 100 – for a total of $ 499 – you can buy the Fly More Combo package, which provides you with two extra batteries, propellers, extra propeller kits and several other accessories.
There are compromises with the Mavic Mini, Obviously it can't capture 4K video like the older Mavic brothers, and it also has no object of avoidance (which actually has a Spark). This means that although the Mavic Mini is more portable and shoots solid videos and photos, novice pilots will need to be extra careful when flying around things like trees, people, homes and buildings.