• Joseph Louis

REVIEW 2021: DJI Mavic Mini

Updated: Jan 21, 2021


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Your hiking needs or backpacking adventure demands a mini drone to be accompanied to capture the most breathtaking scenes for you.


It must be lightweight, compact, foldable, but what if it's from the Mavic series too.

Mavic presents the smallest, cheapest, and intelligent gadget that can take your memories to the next level.



This is what made it outstanding among its competitors. There were no mini drones with this lightweight and low budget even years after its launch.

Mavic mini drone also needs no registration with FFA to fly in the US or Canada due to its being less than 250grms.


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So let this FPV drone hover over your favorite landscapes without any worry as it’s already equipped with the Find My Drone feature to call it back.

Let’s check its more features in detail to know its worth.

Specifications:

  • 2.7K HD videos and 12 MP in-flight photos at 1 / 2.3” CMOS

  • Weighs less than 250 grams / 0.55 lbs.

  • Motorized 3-Axis Gimbal

  • 30 minutes Flight Time includes GPS signals and Vision sensors

  • DJI Fly app compatible with Android v6.0 and iOS v10.0 and above

  • 720p video transmission at 30 frames/seconds

  • Intelligent modes including Dronie, Helix, Circle, and R

  • 29mph or 46.8 km S - mode maximum speed

  • 17.9 wind resistance speed and 1.86-mile travel height

  • 2.48 mile/ 4km video transmission distance

  • 170 to 240 m/s video latency

  • RTH Safety feature


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Technical Highlighted features


DJI Mavic Mini Drone - Flight modes:

Mavic Mini drone can operate in 3 different flight modes.

  • Positioning mode / P-Mode: Mavic mini offers stability and precise navigation throughout the flight. For this purpose, just enable the positioning mode, especially when the GPS signals are strong. It locates its position by utilizing the vision system and GPS. However, the accurate posting is challenging to attain with other drones.

  • Sport mode / S-Mode: Better say, super-fast speed! Drive Mavic mini drone at maximum speed by enabling its S-mode. Moreover, in S-mode, the remote controller and Mavic Mini drone are improved for swift speed. More responsive stick moments by remote control as compared to that in P-mode.

  • Cinesmooth mode / C-Mode: Enjoy smooth flying with this mode while videography or filming.



DJI Mavic Mini-Review - Intelligent Flight Modes:

Good news! For the photographers and videographers, you can avail quick shots for capturing serial films and photos with DJI Mavic Mini Drone.

Choose one from the four different options of Quick Shots and enjoy the drive with the quadcopter autonomously.

  • Rocket: Camera will point downwards with a rise in flight

  • Circle: Point out a circle around the object for precise shots

  • Dronie: Lock the camera on the object to capture and fly the drone backward and upward.

  • Helix: Fly upward and spiral around the object

Mini FlyCam GPS and GLONASS System:

The latest technology incorporated in DJI Mavic Mini will let you connect to a number of satellites.



Dual-action of these satellite systems makes precise flying, accurate hovering, and return to home aspects. Therefore, strong GPS signals are best to drive the quadcopter safely.

GPS feature on large drones allows the tagging of geographical position on aerial photos while using advanced photography software such as 3D mapping software.


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4) Return to Home safely Function – DJI Mavic Mini:

The RTH (Return to Home) function will bring back the mini drone to the last recorded point with the help of the following three functions.

  • Smart RTH: By the call of the pilot, the drone will return to the initial point. However, the pilot needs to press a button RTH on the remote controller or by tapping the letter ‘H’ in the DJI Fly application – as H means home.

  • Failsafe RTH: In case the remote control signal is lost for more than 11 seconds, then the failsafe RTH will activate to return home back.

  • Low Battery RTH: This feature will enable your drone back to you safely, just in case the battery is low. It will send a signal to the RTH function at a particular battery threshold and bring it back.

  • Video Signal lost RTH: If the video link is lost and remote control can still manage the moments, it will automatically generate an alert box to initiate the RTH function.


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5) DJI Video transmission:

DJI Mavic Mini FPV drone has extraordinary camera stability along with a smooth flight. One can use this mini device for various purposes, such as creating professional videos for marketing purposes of hotels, homes, or resorts. Other than that, you can create videos of the adventure tours as well.


DJI Mavic Mini Drone FlyCam Quadcopter can capture 2.7K HD videos from a distance of 4 km / 2.48 miles. This figure is noted under the condition of non-obstacle in the clear visionary while controlling using a DJI Fly app.



The noted remote control video transmission has a resolution of 720 pixels along with 30 frames per second.


Video transmission latency lies between 170 to 240 milliseconds. However, the video latency depends upon signal interference and mobile devices.


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Non-Technical Highlighted features:


Compact Design:

Mavic mini possesses such a compact design that one can hold in the palm or put it inside the backpack with a lot of space for other items.

Mavic series didn’t include propeller guards to bring their weight up to 250 grams.



Moreover, you don’t need to register your Mavic Mini Drone with the government in Canada and the United States. Hence, a lightweight up to 8.82 ounces / 249 grams and compact design freed it from government regulations.


According to company defined merits, it is as light as a smartphone. Mavic mini is one of the safest and lowest weight classes of drones.

This weight includes the battery, micro SD card, and propellers.


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Easy to use:

The device is simple and easy to use with the help of the DJI Fly app. It introduces an intuitive user interface that enables us to make classic shots with few clicks.

In addition, it includes a flight tutorial to guide its users to drive DJI Mavic Mini Drone FlyCam Quadcopter safely and quickly.


Foldability:

In terms of design, it is the most compact design available in the market. When folded, it is as small as a smartphone. It is easy to fold and unfold.

Moreover, its dimensions when folded are 5.5x3.2x2.2 inches, unfolded are 6.3 x 7.9 x 2.1 inches, and unfolded with propellers 9.6 x 11.4 x 2.1inches.



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DJI Mavic mini vs. Mavic 2 or Mavic Air:

Mavic mini may lack some features as compared to other fully functional costly drones. But it’s still a lot in this price range and suitable for beginners. It is specially targeted for the particular market—quite a fast drone with excellent cameras and intelligent flight modes for your next outdoor adventure.



Other Accessories:


To enhance the functionality of DJI Mavic Mini, you can utilize some additional accessories as well.

  • Snap Adapter: It allows you to attach small building blocks, including LED Display, light, or others.

  • Care Refresh: By investing a little more, you can buy two replacements from the company for any sort of water damage or comprehensive damage due to the user error. Thus, you can claim and get a replacement for the damaged parts.

  • DIY creative Kit: This innovative kit contains 18 parts to decorate your Mavic Mini with stickers and color markers. Moreover, it includes cleaning wipes as well to remove the marker’s designs and others.

Things included in the pack - DJI Mavic Mini Combo Version

The accessories included with a DJI Mavic mini drone are as follow:

  • (1x) Mavic Mini quadcopter

  • (3x) Flight intelligent Battery

  • Lightning connector RC cable

  • (1x) Remote control

  • Spare Control stick (1 pair)

  • Spare screws (18 x)

  • 360-degree propeller guard

  • Micro USB Standard Connector

  • (2x) Micro USB cable

  • Carrying bags

  • Two Way Charging Hub

  • 18 Watt Charger

  • Manuals



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Pros:

  • Compact and lightweight (250 grams)

  • Inexpensive to buy as compared to Mavic Pro and Mavic Air

  • The battery life of 30 minutes of flight timings

  • Easy to use due to its DJI Fly app

  • Flight tutorial for the beginners

  • Ensures smooth footage and ultra-clear results with its 3 axis gimbal.

  • HD Quality photos and videos

  • Stays longer and stable in the air

  • Fun stickers and markers included for a personalized touch.

  • Compatibility to mobile devices for DJI Fly App

  • Replacement is available for water damage or collision.

Cons:

  • Non-Waterproof drone

  • No obstacle detection

Conclusion:

DJI Mavic FPV drone is a worth spending gadget for you with all its functional features.

This champ is your best-suited option if you are on a budget or planning to own a drone for your kids as it includes a comprehensive guide and easy to use features for beginners.

Other than the lack of 4k video or object tracking, you can’t deny its remarkable image quality, smart design, and convenience.

Have the portability blended with intelligence to capture what you haven’t captured yet.

A smart beginning of your capturing journey!





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