DJI Mavic Mini review
CameraLabs has completed its Mavic Mini review, the first DJI drone that is under the 250g limit of Canada, UK and the United States.
If you are thinking of the Mavic Mini, the Fly More combo is a great place to start.
- 12MP / 2.7K Quad HD 3-Axis Gimbal Camera
- Up to 30 Minutes of Flight Time
- Stream HD Video from up to 2.5 Miles
- Remote Controller & 3 Batteries Included
The Mavic Mini Fly More Combo from DJI is a compact drone that offers professional-quality results with no restrictions. Thanks to its small size, the Mavic Mini can fly where larger drones are legally not permitted, or where a drone license is required. This freedom of flight is combined with a stabilized 3-axis gimbal and sophisticated flight modes that can achieve up to 12MP images, 2.7K Quad HD videos, and complex cinematic shots with just a touch in the DJI Fly app.
Another advantage of the Mavic Mini's size is that it can stay in the air longer. The Mini drone features up to 30 minutes of flight time on a full battery charge. The included controller is designed to work with Android and iOS smartphones, letting you easily fly the drone while maintaining a low-latency HD video feed from the gimbal from up to 2.5 miles away. While in the air, the Mavic Mini's 360° propeller guards help increase safety for objects and bystanders. To help get started, DJI includes a flight tutorial in the DJI Fly app, making the Mavic Mini an ideal drone solution for beginners to professionals alike.
The DJI Mavic Mini is a compact and lightweight drone weighing just 249g, with a half-hour maximum flight time and a 12 Megapixel camera with 2.7k video on a three-axis stabilised gimbal. It brings aerial photography and video to the most portable form factor to date from DJI - light enough, in fact, to circumvent registration fees in the UK, USA and China. You might think the drone ends up making a lot of compromises to sneak in under a legal – rather than technical – milestone, but in fact the Mavic Mini offers better functionality than the Phantoms from only a few years ago in a much more portable package, so where’s the catch? Well, there’s no 4k, no manual control over video exposure beyond brightness, and limited photographic control too. There’s inevitably limitations when it comes to handling wind and bright sunshine (it can flare, and you’ll also need to get used to using exposure lock). These problems only really impact high-end enthusiasts and pros for whom the DJI Mavic Mini is not aimed at. It’s targeted at people who are happy with the quality from a modern phone, but desire new compositions from the air. For others it’s a (relatively) limited expense – less than a lot of lenses – which offers a very good taste of the prosumer drone market. A few silly accessories aside, DJI have hit the mark here. A great choice for first-time drone owners.
The bit-rate – the amount of data used to make each frame of video – is significantly lower than other DJI drones (40mbps v 100mbps). Another fact which will wrankle with filmmaking aficionado’s is the lack of 24fps shooting. There is no obvious excuse for leaving this out save to push customers up the chain since 25 and 30fps are available at 2.7k and 50 / 60fps for 1080p.
Given the price, there are no grounds for complaint on the camera’s offerings. Manual control is available for stills (100-3,200 ISO, electronic shutter 4 to 1/8,000s) and while there’s no manual selection of shutter speed for video nor the option to fit ND filters, the brightness when filming can be easily controlled using an auto-exposure lock. For the users this device is aimed at, anything else would be overkill and if you’re feeling cheated reading this, you should probably be looking at the Mavic 2 series or (if your budget is more limited) the Parrot Anafi.
For photography fans and video makers looking for a new angle or something a bit more fun on a trip, this is a great device. DJI, however, seem to have even more extensive ambitions, as indicated by their #flycam campaign, not to mention the accessories (there is the option to buy skins and pens so you can draw your own design on the drone’s hull, as if stickers hadn’t managed this for a generation of drone racing pilots already). They want the Mavic Mini to be as common as beach balls. Personally I’d avoid all that, and the charging jar, but the battery isn’t fast to charge so if you can invest in the Fly More kit that is good value.
Read more of the review here
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