The Best Drone for Beginners–DJI Mavic Mini
DJI’s Mavic Mini was released just a few months ago and is getting rave reviews. It appears to be a replacement for the DJI Mavic Air, and its design closely resembles that of the larger Mavic 2.
The Mavic Mini, as the name implies, is an ultra-light drone weighing a mere 249g. It is aimed for beginners who want a portable drone, a simple—easy-to-handle drone—one they can easily take with them wherever they go.
The following are some of its features:
- Weighs 249 grams and therefore does not require FAA registration when flown recreationally
- Shoots 12MP stills with a 1/2.3-inch sensor and 2.7K video at 30fps
- 3-axis gimbal-stabilized camera
- Remote controller*
The Mavic Mini ‘s high-grade camera delivers impressive footage in 2K high definition, and its new DJI Mavic Mini Fly app seamlessly transforms photos and videos into professional-quality productions. It has one of the longest flight times for a drone its size. It also includes a DIY Creative Kit and a 360° Propeller Guard for added safety.
The DJI Mavic Mini has two different versions. The first is the standard version, which includes the remote controller, one battery, extra propellers, and all necessary tools and wires for $399. The second version is The Mavic Mini Fly More Combo, which includes all of the components from the standard version, with the addition of the 360-degree Propeller Cage, Two-Way charging Hub, three batteries in total, three sets of extra propellers, and a carrying case for the price of $499.*
What some are disappointed in are features not included such as:
- Max resolution of 2.7K
- Manual control over the video being produced by the drone
- RAW photos
- USB-C charging
- Object tracking
Because of the disappointment some have expressed due to these missing features, they are anticipating an upcoming DJI “Mavic” which will include these features, but may also have side, rear, forward-facing sensors and the bottom landing light as well.*
In order to attract not only beginner drone pilots, but also photographers who may be interested in drone photography, it is important to upgrade the upcoming DJI Mavic with the following features:
- Improved battery tech found in the Mavic Mini
- Improved version of the DJI Fly app to allow more control
- 4K, 60 fps camera*
As we have seen, the DJI Mavic Mini lacks some features that have disappointed some flying fans, but it also has many features that are very popular. It offers two versions, one standard and another deluxe model, with important added features. Two of the most important features in both versions are its ultra-light weight and one of the longest flight times for a drone its size.