DJI have added a new drone to its Mavic range and this time around, smaller really is better. The Mavic Mini is DJI’s smallest and lightest foldable drone, which will make the tiny device highly appealing for travelling creatives or those who don’t want to be weighed down by a bigger model.
Tipping the scales at just 249g, the Mavic Mini is the first DJI drone to weigh less than 250g, which DJI point out is; what aviation regulators around the world consider to be safest category for drone flight. In many countries, drones below 250 grams are considered safe enough that they can be used in new and exciting ways.’
Incredibly, the tiny Mavic Mini can offer a flight time of up to 30 minutes on a fully charged battery, which is made possible by the lightweight design and high-grade motors. This extended flight time will allow photographers and videographers to shoot for longer before needing to land to change batteries.
At the heart of the DJI Mavic Mini is a 12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor, which can capture footage at varying quality and frame rates, including a top option of 2.7K video at 30fps or a more memory card-friendly 1080p at 60fps. The camera sits within a three-axis mechanical gimbal and is fully compatible with DJI’s new Fly app.
Additional features include special pre-program flying mores such as Rocket (where the Mavic Mini flies straight up), Circle (for a complete consistent orbit) and Helix (where the drone flies upward and away, spiraling around your subject).
Those new to drone flying will appreciate the safety features that come with the Mavic Mini, including geofencing to ‘help drone pilots avoid restricted areas; AeroScope remote identification to help protect sensitive locations; built-in altitude limits; and automatic return to the launch point if the drone loses connection to the controller or reaches critically low battery level.’
Newcomers will also appreciate the low price-tag, as the DJI Mavic Mini will cost $399/€399/£369, with pre-orders being taken now.