DJI Mavic Mini Review: The Best New Drone of 2019

DJI Mavic Mini Review: The Best New Drone of 2019

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The DJI Mavic Mini was launched at a crucial time for the drone market. Drone laws have changed rapidly around the world, and the attractiveness of a quality machine to consumers priced at $ 1,000 or more has become a difficult sale.

Potential drone pilots who want to have a good drone without breaking the bank now have another option. The DJI Mavic Mini can be the best option for less than $ 500. What do you get for the price? Let’s see in this test by DJI Mavic Mini.
With a long list of drones starting with the name Mavic, DJI has launched another consumer machine that may be the most user-friendly, the new mini-fold DJI Mavic, which is very compact.

As the name suggests, the DJI Mavic Mini is a very small machine and in the DJI style has little commitment to make everything work. The first thing to keep in mind is that the Mavic Mini weighs less than 0.55 pounds, which means you don’t have to register it with the FAA before flying. Registration is quick and easy, but requires no benefits.

Weighing 249 grams, you do not need to register the Mavic Mini with the FAA before the flight. If you add accessories or a heavy decorative sticker, you can of course mark them and request registration. Part 107 operators must register regardless of their weight.

However, the DJI Mavic Mini may not need to register, but it is still a drone, it is always a plane in the sky, there are rules to follow.

Although the Mavic Mini seems to be for novice pilots and those who don’t need the best camera in the sky, it does have the commitments that larger drones have to offer. First of all, the Mavic Mini has a downward-facing vision system that allows you to land safely and often directly in the same place if you have activated automatic landing via the RTH function.

Apart from the sensor looking down, there are no other sensors to avoid obstacles. Use the front camera for some avoidance techniques, but there are no sensors for this task. The DJI Mavic 2 drone series offers complete detection, for example to avoid a crash in any direction. It’s an understandable obligation to keep the price and weight low, but an obvious drawback compared to the larger DJI drones.

30 minutes of flying is fantastic for a drone of this size. With this weight, the Mavic Mini rivals simple toy class drones, most of which offer less than ten minutes of flight time with very limited flight characteristics.

Like almost all DJI drones, the Mavic Mini is equipped with GPS functions. The drone can very well hover between it and the sensor looking down. This is also a feature of all new DJI drones, but we were very concerned that GPS was not included when we first heard the light from this drone.

The Mavic Mini manages to move at speeds of up to 29 miles per hour, and the small 2,600mAh battery offers a flight time of up to 30 minutes. Not bad!

Overall, the flight capabilities and the quality of the camera exceed our expectations for a drone of this size, and we are impressed with this price.

DJI Mavic Mini Design

In terms of structure and configuration of the DJI Mavic Mini, it has remained faithful to the range of Mavic drones. It offers the same configuration of the folding propeller arm as Mavic Pro, Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. It has the same remote control design as all the other small Mavic and DJI drones, even if it has fewer buttons.

The body shape is similar to that of the Mavic Pro and larger machines. The camera is suspended in front of the drone and is mounted on a stabilized 3-axis gimbal. The camera body has a more rectangular shape than the circular offerings of Mavic Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.

The materials used to build the Mavic Mini are very light. Obviously. Obviously, they are plastic and things are quite flexible. After the extreme flexibility of our Syma X5C toy, we like that with drones. Rigid frames tend to break more easily than flexible, twisted frames. Watch out for the front landing gear, there is an antenna.

Features

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DJI Mavic Mini specifications and performance

The specification list is always misleading when looking at drones. Especially the camera specifications, because the same camera sensor can work very differently due to software processing. Additionally, we have seen many drones with 3-axis stabilized gimbals, some of which are soft, as the saying goes, while others have serious instability and oscillation issues.

The general video recording of the Mavic Mini Gimbal camera is not perfect. It usually produces fairly smooth video, but when the drone is spinning, there are issues that we have seen.

When recording a video and rotating the drone in a circle to follow the horizon, we noticed hooks on the clips. The camera would stutter or slow down with the rotation of the drone. This could have been the result of unexpected wind gusts on a windy day at 3 to 5 mph, or it could have been a connection problem between the drone and the remote control. A software fix can change the stabilization operation when the drone is rotating, if this is the cause.

On my first flight with the Mavic Mini, after shutting it down for 15 minutes, I pushed the drone to make sure everything was fine, about 550 feet to about 325 feet above the ground. The drone was never disconnected from the remote control, but at a distance of more than 350 feet (direct line of sight), I noticed rare points in the video stream.

The video stream was never frozen, but there was a delay which made me overcome a Cardan rotation or tilt for the desired recording. At first I assumed that only live video transmission could be delayed, but I remembered that I had to try these things for you and I noticed it myself when I witnessed the delay, then I checked the timestamp of the recorded video. Bad news, there was also nervousness in the recorded video.

Again, I am very special and I can even analyze the tapes excessively, but there is no doubt that I kept the sticks as quiet as possible several times during a rotation and that the drone was rotating at different speeds. Sometimes with the visible delay of the video stream.

Special modes

The DJI Mavic Mini comes with a new application for your phone or tablet. The new DJI Fly app offers a similar but easier experience with the DJI GO 4 app that you may be used to. You get a drone map and telemetry, but many of the advanced settings and controls have been removed.

As expected, the Mavic 2 Pro has many manual camera controls, while the Mavic Mini is almost fully automatic. You can control certain input sensitivities, and we find it interesting that the switch between flight modes is now in the app, rather than the physical switches we have seen on other DJI drones. Pay attention to the buttons you touch, otherwise you may unexpectedly switch to high speed sport mode.


Description of the DJI Mavic mini camera

We will ask you to keep yourself updated with a closer look at the camera. However, for now, you should know that you are getting a 12-megapixel trigger that contains enough pixels for 4K video, but limits your recording to only 2.7K so that additional bits can be used. for stabilization

2.7K video recording at 25 or 30 fps is smooth and fairly clean. We will not pretend that the recorded video is as good as the Mavic 2 Pro, not even as good as the Mavic 2 Zoom, but it is absolutely better than the Spark and we think better than the Mavic Pro. We mean it is as good as the Mavic Air, but we have to test it.

While DJI Mavic Air and later Mavic drones offer video data rates of 100 Mbit / s, the Mavic Mini does not share this specification. The mini drone only offers a video bit rate of 40 Mbit / s. The original 2016 Mavic Pro was 60 Mbps.


Finally, we think the standard color profile is fairly flat. It’s not a bad thing, but it does mean that you want to do post-processing if you want those vibrant, highly saturated colors that we’ve gotten used to these days.

Regarding files, photos are taken at approximately 9 MP (4000 × 2250 pixels) for the 16: 9 format. The files are approximately 4.5 MB each and are saved in JPG format. In terms of videos, we capture 2.7 KB at 30 fps. The specific values ​​are 2720 × 1536 pixels at 29.97 fps if you have technical information.

At a speed of 40 Mbit / s, we see an average of 284 MB per minute of video. That’s just under 2 hours of video on a 32 GB card.

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9.5

TOTAL SCORE

Best Drone

A small drone with serious power, safety features and agility. This is still the best drone according to it’s price and functions, DJI also added new version Mavic Platinum and now it’s even more better than ever.

PROS

  • Briliantly portable
  • Briliantly portable
  • Nice 4k footage and 12MP photos
  • Nice 4k footage and 12MP photos

CONS

  • Briliantly portable
  • Briliantly portable
  • Briliantly portable
  • Briliantly portable
Our reading
5/5

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DJI Mavic Mini

$950

February 14th 2020

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