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DJI Mavic Mini Review – A Powerful Mini Drone

Looking for a drone that bypasses the legislation? There you have DJI Mavic Mini. This mini drone is able to fly in public areas, thanks to its dimensions and weight.

About DJI Mavic Mini

Being a recreational drone, Mavic Mini weights only 249 grams and can reach a maximum altitude of 3000 meters. The dimensions do not alter the drone’s performance, being able to grab 2.7K resolution at 30fps videos, with the 1 /2.3-inch, 12MP sensor equipped.

The advantage of being small and legal in most of the places and the price, which is quite accessible, makes Mavic Mini a popular drone in the consumer market.

The camera module, of course, is mounted on a three-axis gimbal that guarantees the stability of aerial shots. The Mavic Mini, percent, promises an amazing 30-minute flight range on a single charge.

Mavic Mini general specifications

Dimensions and weight245 × 290 × 55 mm (unfolded with propellers), 249 g (with battery and without protector)
Maximum flight height500 m above sea level
Maximum flight speed13 m / s in sport mode
Battery2600 mAh. (30 minutes in measurement carried out without wind at 14 km / h)
Operating frequencyMT1SS5 model: 5.725-5.850 GHz MT1SD25 model: 2.400-2.4835 GHz, 5.725-5.850 GHz
GNSSGPS + GLONASS
Camera1 / 2.3 “CMOS sensor. 4: 3 JPEG format with 4000 × 3000 resolution and 16: 9 at 4000 × 2250. Video: maximum resolution 2.7K
AppDJI Fly (iOS 10.0 or later, Android 5.0 or later)
OthersA UHS-I card with a UHS speed class 3 is required.

Having only one sensor for take-off and landing assistance, makes Mavic Mini a lower performance drone than the higher models, like the Mavic Air or Mavic 2 Pro, which are equipped with autopilot system sensors. Moreover you need to be very careful where you fly the Mavic Mini, because it does not identify the obstacles in the surroundings, but sends some alerts, for the user to be ready to turn or stop the aircraft.

Mavic Mini design

As mentioned before, Mavic Mini is very lightweight and small that fits in the palm of your hand. With a robust appearance, Mavic Mini is very compact, made of quality material, following the aspect of the other Mavic drones, and it’s so easy to transport.

First time using it, we find the power button at the bottom of the aircraft, as well as the status of the drone and battery indicators. In the same lower area, Mavic Mini carries the two sensors which are handling the drone’s distance to the ground.

How easy is to fly a Mavic Mini?

Because Mavic Mini is not waterproof, it limits the outdoor experience a bit, so the recommendation would be to use it in nice weather conditions, otherwise, you risk to collapse the electrical system.

Setting the mobile up on the controller is very easy and you can lift Mavic Mini off the ground in the first minute, after pressing the Take-Off button. Nothing else more to do after, than controlling the directions.

Like other products from DJI, Mavic Mini is designed to have a very good handling. It provides three flight modes.

The Position mode – used for basic movements, designed for beginners.

Sport mode – for more advanced users with improved skills.

The CineSmooth mode – the pilot can take soft and stable shots.

Mavic Mini camera

The 12MP camera is able to record Quad Full HD 1080 videos at 60fps with a 2,7K resolution, and supports JPEG format at 4: 3 with a resolution of 4000 x 3000 and 16: 9 at 4000 x 2250. being mounted on a three-axis gimbal that ensures the aerial shots are stable and clear.

Making use of the Wi-Fi and the connection with the remote controller, Mavic Mini can transmit the HD video up to four kilometers distance.

Despite the fact that it does not allow you to edit the contrast or saturation of the image, the configuration options lets the user set the aspect ratio, modify the refresh rate or resolution, shutter speed or the aperture.

After one gets used to the controls and options, the user can switch from automatic to manual and play with the image aspects. Let’s not forget about the QuickShot function which allows taking professional shots by just tapping the display.

You can choose between the modes: Dronie, Rocket, Circle or Helix for you to grab selfie videos on the move.

The DJI Fly application

To get to the interface control of Mavic Mini, you need to install the application, which is done very quickly, and register with your email. After connecting the phone to the controller, just click connect and you’re the pilot.

Everything is intuitive and easy to use. To take off, simply press a few moments the Take-Off button located in the left, and then try to lift the aircraft up carefully, with gentle commands. The display, shows as well useful information like the speed, altitude and flight time.

DJI Fly has has some tutorials very useful to read, and the most important, it alerts the pilot about the legislation of the area where you want to fly the drone.

Take your time and get used to the application’s menu, as you want to have a smooth flight, with no crashing.

Battery life

In the box, Mavic Mini comes with three batteries allowing the aircraft to stay in the air for more than one hour. The Li-Po 2S 2400 mAh 7.2V battery weights 100 grams and depending on the flight modes or weather conditions, provides an autonomy of up to 30 minutes.

When it runs without battery, Mavic Mini is returning to the starting point, so no worries about crashing or losing it.

What’s in the box?

Mavic Mini comes with all the needed accessories for you to be able to fly in minutes.

Item
Mavic Mini×1
Remote Controller×1
Intelligent Flight Battery×1
Pair of spare propellers×1
Micro USB cable×1
Gimbal protector×1
RC cable (Micro-USB connector)×1
RC cable (USB-C connector)×1
RC cable (lightning connector)×1
Pair of spare control sticks×1
Spare screws×6
Screwdriver×1

Is Mavic Mini a safe drone?

The short answer is yes. Thanks to the geofencing system, Mavic Mini avoids by default the restricted areas, it has flight altitude limits and in the case of low battery or connection lost, Mavic Mini uses the automatic return to come back to you.

DJI Mavic Mini pros

  • high-quality camera
  • quality materials
  • good flight autonomy
  • easy to control
  • small and foldable
  • easily fits in a backpack
  • perfect for beginners

DJI Mavic Mini cons

  • no RAW format
  • few flight modes
  • no internal storage

Conclusion

Mavic Mini is the best option for those who want to fly a drone in the city or for home use, being a good alternative for daily fun. The ease of handling and the high quality camera are making this drone very desired in the consumer market.

In short, Regardless the experience you have, Mavic Mini is a suitable drone for a low budget. In the same time, its lightweight dimensions are probably the best feature, since it fits in any traveler backpack.

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