DJI Mavic Mini Review
- Portable and collapsible design.
- Different modes for stable videos.
- Lightweight & compact.
- No aviation agency registration.
Not So Fancy
- The 2.7k video is only up to 30fps.
- No 4k footage available.
- No obstacle avoidance system.
The DJI Mavic Mini is a perfect entry-level drone for the first time flyer. It balances prices and features in pocket-sized fashion. The drone’s compact build means you can take it with you wherever your next adventure may be. Oh, and you don’t need a licence either!
The Mavic Mini drone is an excellent option if you want to start learning how to fly without too much anxiety. After all, breaking an expensive drone on your first try would be devastating. To find out more, scroll through our comprehensive DJI Mavic Mini review below.
We’re uncovering the best parts, the not so fancy and everything in-between as we explore DJI’s smallest but highly capable drone to date. When you’re done, don’t forget to hit us in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.
Let’s start with the Mavic Mini’s selling point — the size. Weighing as little as 249 grams, this pocket rocket packs a punch. No, that is not a typo by the way. Specifically designed to bypass aviation laws, this 249-gram drone is as clever as it is functional. These aviation laws are most common in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
The drone itself weighs just under 150 grams and its battery, 100 grams. This makes the Mavic Mini one of the lightest camera drones around. However, don’t be fooled into thinking it cannot withstand windy conditions.
True to DJI, the Mavic Mini drone encompasses a combination of grey and dark colour schemes. We’ve always been a fan of this scheme as it just screams good technology. In addition, just like its bigger siblings, the Mavic Mini has collapsible arms which unfurl using a spring-loaded mechanism. Slender in nature, you have to be extra careful when trying to land the drone.
Take note first-time flyer!
The front features the “eyes” under a flat, bevelled top-side and the 3-axis stabilised camera is also located at the front of the drone. This camera is also shielded by a camera guard which you can remove when you are ready to fly the Mavic Mini.
At the back, you will find the micro USB port for charging and the micro SD card slot. As always, the memory slot is accessible and convenient, especially if you swap your SD cards quite often. Overall, the Mavic Mini drone is sleek and highly functional at the same time.
As for the camera, it’s compact form-factor hides surprising camera capabilities. The DJI Mini can shoot a 2.7k video at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps. Its 1/2.3-inches CMOS sensor also captures 12MP photos across different modes. Further to this, the Mavic Mini includes Position Mode for standard operation and Sports Mode if you want to shoot in high-speed flight.
If that wasn’t enough, one of the best camera features of the DJI Mavic Mini is the CineSmooth mode. For those looking to product cinematic aerial footage, the CineSmooth functions make up for the lack of frames per second when shooting in 2.7K video. It’s perfect when you want to capture details and lingering shots.
All modes deliver stable and smooth footages. However, we did notice a significant judder when the drone changes direction under Sports Mode.
While the DJI Mavic Mini is not exactly a filmmaker’s device, it is surprisingly good enough for casual aerial photography and videography. The footage captures decent details, and they look punchy in good lighting. It also produces a fair dynamic range which is impressive for its size.
The camera also allows you to take control when it is in manual mode. You can set it up to ISO3200 and shutter speeds at four seconds. As such, it produces acceptable photos in low-light. However, there is a noticeable amount of noise when you take videos under the same condition. This is where the limitation of the sensor is apparent.
DJI Fly App & Features
Besides the drone itself, the DJI Mavic Mini features a capable companion application which enables fine controls through your controller and smartphone. Additionally, even with its compact size, it comes with a decent battery and surprising connectivity features.
Battery and Connections.
The Mavic Mini connects through Wi-Fi when transmitting video feeds to the controller. This plugs to your phone and interacts with the interface. While the connectivity range depends on the type of mobile device, you can expect to reach about 60 meters before losing connection within high ambient areas.
One workaround to extend the distance is to switch to your phone’s aeroplane mode (how funny!). You may also want to fly the drone in less than built-up areas where some users have reported distances of up to 4 kilometres.
As for the battery, the Mavic Mini delivers around 30 minutes of flight time with a 2,400mAh battery. However, expect the flight time to vary with the usage and the environment. Flying in Sports Mode will shave off a few minutes. We would have loved to see a USB-C charging port instead of the micro USB type. Although, for connectivity, that is the only downside of the drone.
The DJI Fly App.
The DJI Fly App provides handy guides and videos that will show you the ropes on how to capture awesome footage. As a premium app, the function tutorials are easy to follow. There are also cool tips which really came in handy when using the DJI Mavic Mini for the first time.
Overall, the user interface of the app is responsive and easy to understand. However, some parts are shown in Chinese, which was confusing. Additionally, the Fly Spots feature that is supposed to highlight areas where you can safely fly the drone is not currently functional outside of China.
Aside from these issues, the app is easy to use and straightforward. Switching modes is hassle-free and the three speeds offer a lot of versatility. As with brand new Mavic Air 2, the Fly App also comes with Quickshots. With the pre-programmed flight paths, you can engage dynamic pans in just a press of a button. We thought this was a really cool feature.
Overall, when writing this DJI Mavic Mini review, were super impressed with the capabilities of the drone. Firstly, the Mavic Mini’s controller does not have its own screen. Instead, it holds an Android or iOS device with an installed DJI Fly app and the screw-on joysticks are tucked away in the body. This allows a flat profile when collapsed and a more traditional feel when used.
We also enjoyed using the jog-dial which pivots the camera vertically through 90 degrees; allowing you to look downwards and forward. Unfortunately, it cannot look up like other drone models but that was not too much of an issue. Then, there was the ‘Return to Home’ functionality. This feature allows the DJI Mavic Mini to return to its original spot at the press of a button. It is handy when the drone is already losing battery or signal.
Finally, the standout performance feature was the Quickshot intelligent flight mode. This made taking footage super easy when capturing scenes or objects. Built with modes such as Helix, Rocket, Circle and Dronie, the types of footage you can collect is impressive. What’s more, if you prefer additional control over your shots, then the CineSmooth mode is readily available. It is not only useful for capturing clear photos and videos, but it is also useful in navigating tight spaces or dynamic environments.
As for performance downfalls, there are also workarounds to this. Firstly, the DJI Mavic Mini comes without obstacle detection. However, you can attach the Mavic 360° Propeller Guard if you are planning on flying through obstacles. Secondly, while the first setup is cumbersome, the DJI Fly App has some seriously good tutorials to get you through quickly.
Overall, for the price, you cannot really be too disappointed.
Most DJI drones are available throughout popular retail stores such as D1 Store and Harvey Norman. Both offer the DJI Mavic Mini for around $550AUD. Do not forget to ask for interest-free payments available from 3 months to 24 months. Additionally, most DJI Mavic Mini purchases come with a 1-year warranty.
These perks are beyond the scope of your DJI Mavic Review, so make sure to talk to your local retail store.
The Mavic Mini can also be purchased for $590 on Amazon.
As for overall value, the DJI Mavic Mini is a great drone for novices; especially if you are interested in the Mavic series. Not only is the Mavic Mini more affordable than other drones, but the features are also still very impressive.
Take the Mavic Pro at $1,000AUD and the Mavic Air 2 at $1,500AUD for example. Both of these, although fantastic, are twice and three times as much as the Mavic Mini drone. As such, what you get with the Mavic Mini for value is unmatched in our opinion.
The compact form and affordable pricing of the DJI Mavic Mini come with a few sacrifices. Firstly, unlike the DJI Mavic Air, the Mavic Mini is not crash-proof. It does not have obstacle avoidance sensors on the front, back, or sides. There are no propeller guards either so you may want to fly somewhere with enough air space. For the first time flyer, this may give you a little scare. However, the good news is that there are some sensors located at the bottom to assist you in making a smooth landing.
In addition, while the camera is functional enough for casual photography and videography, the 2.7k video should capture footage at 60fps in our opinion. Alternatively, a 4k video with 30fps would be amazing, especially if you are trying to capture landscape footages.
As one final slight gripe, we found the charging to be slower with micro USB. A USB-C port would have been far superior here and a nice tough that would not have bumped the price up too much to be unmarketable.
DJI Mavic Mini Review Verdict
In summary, the DJI Mavic Mini review is worth your attention. If you are a beginner who wants to get your hands on a camera drone, Mavic Mini is a suitable entry-level device. Considering the 2.7K video quality, the portability of this drone is unmatched. Okay, so it cannot produce professional-level videos. However, your footage will be more than good enough for semi-professional publishing; especially if you are already familiar with post-processing. As great gadgets go, the Mavic Mini is pure quality.
Comparatively to other DJI Mavic drones, the DJI Mavic Mini is relatively affordable. Saying goodbye to some first-flight nerves was hugely beneficial for us and for that alone, it’s worth every penny. While it does not have propeller protection or obstacle avoidance, you should have minimal problems when flying in an open field. Overall, it is great for anyone who wants to experience flying and taking footage using a drone without breaking the bank.
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