The Mavic Mini from DJI appeared in 2019. Where DJI is best known for high-quality drones with an accompanying price tag, the drone world was quite shaken up with the arrival of the Mavic Mini. I have owned this drone for a month, and today I am sharing with you my DJI Mavic Mini Review.
Spoiler alert: for the amount of € 499, you get a lot of drone for your money. Check out my video about my first impressions of the Mavic Mini here!
Let’s start with the specifications. What immediately stands out are the weight and form factor of the DJI Mavic Mini. With a weight of only 249 grams, it is a light and small drone. The drone fits easily on an average hand and fits easily in your pocket or in your (camera) bag.
With the weight of 249 grams, you have the big advantage that from January 1, 2021 you do not have to register the drone with the government authorities. Due to its weight, the drone falls into the toy class and therefore falls outside the registration requirement.
However, if you are going to fly commercially with the Mavic Mini, you will still have to adhere to the applicable rules. In addition, the rules regarding flying a drone also continue to apply to the Mavic Mini of course.
The DJI Mavic Mini’s resolution is 2.7K 30fps or 1080P at 60fps in video mode and the drone shoots photos in JPEG. You would prefer your drone to film in 4K and also photograph in RAW, but for this price and in this size, it is great that the drone can handle this resolution.
For the average drone pilot (and probably the Mavic Mini will be your first drone) filming in 2.7K is sufficient and shooting in JPEG is also sufficient. You can edit the photos a little bit in Lightroom, for example, which is often sufficient.
The Mavic Mini has a 12MP 1 / 2.3-inch CMOS sensor that doesn’t have to rely on low-light situations. If you want to film or photograph a sunset in the evening, make sure you are in the air on time. The last minutes before the sun sets, the Mavic Mini clearly has trouble capturing the image properly. You can of course edit it a bit, but in low-light situations, the Mavic Mini does not come into its own.
With the latest firmware update you can now also manually set the aperture and the ISO, which ensures that you can adjust just a little more. Apart from that, the settings for photo and video are quite limited.
To keep the weight of the drone as low as possible, the Mavic Mini only has sensors on the bottom of the drone. This allows the drone to avoid obstacles that are visible under the drone. But the drone has no sensors on the front, side or top and can therefore easily fly into something if you are not careful!
Fly More Combo
In addition to the drone, the Mavic Mini Fly More combo contains 3 batteries, the remote controller, propeller guards, charging station for the batteries, various cables and a handy carrying bag. For the extra € 100 that you pay for this, you really have a lot of valuable extras that are well worth the money.
The Mavic Mini comes with a handy and robust remote controller for the drone. You can easily attach your phone via one of the included cables, so that your phone is also charged while flying. The remote controller is easy to operate and the DJI Fly App ensures that you can clearly see what you are doing.
Via the app you can easily switch between video and photo mode, the various resolutions and settings.
The DJI Mavic Mini is a very complete drone that is very easy to control, especially for beginners, and with which you can make beautiful images. The resolution is just okay for such a small drone. In addition, the drone is easy to control and the Fly More Combo is full of useful extras.
If you are looking for a drone to fly with regularly but will it be your first drone? Then I would definitely go for the DJI Mavic Mini: quality, good resolution and very easy to control. The Mavic Mini is available at Coolblue, among others.