DJI’s latest drone is the smallest and lightest that the company ever made. I’ts light that consumers won’t have to register with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The DJI newest drone namely “Mavic Mini“ was released yesterday and is available on Pre-Order @BongoGadgets.com. The drone will be sold with a remote controller, one battery and a set of extra propellers and even a “DJI Fly More” bundle will be available that includes propellor guards, three batteries, a battery charging hub, three sets of extra propellors and a carrying case.
Despite it being light weight and a low price tag $399, the Mavic Mini also features a lot of similarities with its more expensive drones. The Mavic Mini is basically as small as the Spark weighing just 249 grams, one gram under the weight cut off for FAA registration.
The Mavic Mini is equipped with some of the software features of DJI drones, like creative shooting modes and the ability to automatically return to the takeoff position.
Perhapds due to it’s lightweight design, the battery will consume less estimated about 30 minutes of flight time per battery. It comes with a few trade-offs such that it can’t shoot 4k footage, but it can still get good shots for photographers & videographers with up to 2.7k footage at 30 frames per second, 1080p footage at up to 60 frames per second, and 12-megapixel photos.
Like all of DJI’s consumer drones (excluding the Spark), the camera is stabilized with a three-axis gimbal that should help generate super smooth shots in low-wind conditions. Another trade-off is that the Mavic Mini lack a few sensors such as obstacle avoidance technology which is a big deal for new pilots who tend to operate into trees, fences and buildings.
The Mavic Mini is an attractive product thanks to it’s price, weight, and the ability to dodge FAA registration for both beginners and experienced drone pilots.
DJI still warns consumers in the Mavic Mini press release that it’s “drone pilots must always understand and follow local laws and regulations,” and it says its built-in safety features like altitude limiting and educational tools will help keep beginners from flying dangerously.
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