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DJI Mavic Mini Review 2019 & 2020 – Latest DJI Drone

DJI Mavic Mini Review 2019 & 2020 – Latest DJI Drone

It is small, light and flies up to 30 minutes: DJI Innovations has introduced the new DJI Mavic Mini. With a recommended retail price of only 399,- Euro, the DJI Mavic Mini is currently the cheapest Mavic drone from DJI. So the Mavic Mini from DJI could become a drone for everyone and is especially suitable for spontaneous trips and fast aerial photos for in between. We’ve tested the latest Mavic drone, and we’ve tested the pros and cons of the DJI Mavic Mini.

DJI Mavic Mini: Test and Experience

Hardly any other drone is more compact and lighter than the new DJI Mavic Mini. Weighing only 249 grams (without propeller protection), the new DJI Mavic Mini does not even require a drone license plate or registration – for example in the USA. Also important: With the upcoming EU regulations for drones from 2020 (more on this here) it is possible and likely that the DJI Mavic Mini meets the drones classification C0. The low weight is also absolutely praiseworthy considering the technical equipment.

DJI Mavic Mini: Test and Experience

The DJI Mavic Mini achieves a flight time of up to 30 minutes, comes with a 3-axis gimbal and a 12-megapixel photo resolution. The maximum video resolution is 2.7k at 30 fps or 1080p (FullHD) at a maximum of 60 frames per second. At the same time, GPS and hovering sensors are of course also on board, so that the DJI Mavic Mini stands out due to its remarkably stable flight behaviour and is an ideal beginner drone. The connection between the flight controller and the drone is established via WiFi – thus ranges of up to two kilometres (in CE mode or CE standard) are possible. The DJI Mavic Mini is ideally suited for recordings on the move and as an “always with you drone” – the Mavic Mini from DJI is the perfect aircraft for influencers, instagrammer and YouTuber. Within the DJI ecosystem, the DJI Mavic Mini is located between the Ryze Tello and the DJI Mavic Air.

Features DJI Mavic Mini

  • foldable mini drone for beginners
  • Weight: only 249 grams
  • no license plate necessary!
  • Dimensions: 130 x 80 x 60 mm
  • Flight time: up to 30 minutes
  • Range: 4 km (FCC) / 2 km (CE)
  • with GPS and downward sensors
  • Camera: 1/2.3 CMOS image sensor
  • Image resolution max: 12 Megapixel
  • Video resolution max: 2,7k
  • App control with DJI Fly-App
  • Offers: DJI Mavic Mini
  • RRP: 399,- Euro (single version)

DJI Mavic Mini: Scope of Delivery and Unboxing

The DJI Mavic Mini is available in two versions, which differ from each other especially in the scope of delivery. On the one hand DJI offers a single version of the DJI Mavic Mini for 399,- Euro.

DJI Mavic Mini storage box

In the storage box from the DJI Mavic Mini Combo, drone, controller and 2-way multi charger can be stowed and transported.
This includes the aircraft, flight controller with detachable joysticks, three connection cables to the smartphone with microUSB, USB-C and Lightning connections each, a battery, microUSB charging cable, a set of spare propellers, gimbal protection cap as well as a screwdriver and six spare screws for mounting and dismounting the propellers. Alternatively DJI offers a bundle version of the DJI Mavic Mini for 499,- Euro. In addition to the standard scope of delivery of the DJI Mavic Mini, a 2-way multi charger with QuickCharge function, two additional spare batteries (a total of three batteries), a practical storage bag and propeller protection are included in the scope of delivery. If you want to use the DJI Mavic Mini even more flexibly and comfortably, you should therefore go for the DJI Mavic Mini Combo with all kinds of accessories. Important: With the propeller protection mounted, the DJI Mavic Mini weighs 299 grams and therefore more than 250 grams – in this case the obligatory drone license plate or the drone registration would be necessary.

ADVANTAGES

  • low price of only 399,- Euro
  • 249 grams light and very compact
  • no drone indicator necessary
  • high beginner friendliness
  • about 30 minutes flight time
  • very precise flight behaviour
  • with GPS and float sensors
  • App control and 2.7k resolution
  • up to 2 km range
  • DISADVANTAGES
  • no 4K video recording
  • no RAW-photo shot
  • no DJI OcuSync signal transmission
  • no display in the remote control
  • no Quick Release propellers
  • Battery without direct charge indicator
  • DJI Mavic Mini: Offers and Prices in the DJI Online Shop

Of course the accessories are also optional and available separately in the official DJI Online Store. By the way: A USB power supply is not included with the DJI Mavic Mini. All equipment variants of the DJI Mavic Mini are delivered in the usual stylish and high-quality packaging – nothing indicates that the DJI Mavic Mini is in the lower price segment.

DJI Mavic Mini Unboxing

The DJI Mavic Mini (2019) in the combo version. In addition to the standard scope of delivery, the bundle version of the DJI Mavic Mini consists of a 2-way multicharger, transport and storage case and a total of three flight batteries.
Visually, the DJI Mavic Mini makes an extremely successful and high-quality impression. Despite its low weight of less than 250 grams, the DJI Mavic Mini is first-classly manufactured and does not have to hide in comparison to more expensive DJI models à la DJI Mavic Pro or DJI Mavic 2.

The folding mechanism of the DJI Mavic Mini looks mature and is once again exemplary for the unique processing quality of the Chinese drone market leader. To protect the delicate gimbal and the sensitive camera during transport, DJI also supplies a protective cap. This combines the well-known gimbal clip with a camera cover and can be removed and inserted extremely quickly with just one movement. The DJI Mavic Mini does not have a Quick Release propeller. Instead of a quick-release fastener, there are now screws so that the foldable propellers can be mounted and dismounted using the screwdriver supplied. This is not necessarily practical, but functional when changing the propellers. Of course, it would have been nicer if DJI had continued to rely on quick-release propellers as with the DJI Mavic Air.

DJI Mavic Mini folded in

The DJI Mavic Mini stands out from other DJI drones by a lighter grey colour. Measuring 130 x 80 x 60 millimetres, the folded drone is barely larger than a conventional smartphone.
DJI’s new DJI Mavic Mini features a lighter grey colour. It is noticeable that the DJI Mavic Mini, in contrast to more expensive DJI drones, does not have LED lights or position lights in the arms. In comparison to other current DJI drones, the battery of the DJI Mavic Mini is no longer part of the housing – instead, the battery pack is inserted behind a flap in the rear of the aircraft, like in a digital camera. Therefore, the flight batteries of the DJI Mavic Mini do without an integrated charge level indicator. The charge level of the battery can therefore only be checked if the battery has already been inserted into the drone and the on/off switch on the underside of the drone is operated – here, LED lights indicate the charge level of the battery. At the same time, the batteries of the DJI Mavic Mini are not directly connected to the charging cable or mains adapter. New juice can therefore be obtained either with the battery installed directly in the drone by connecting the drone to a USB power supply using the microUSB connection supplied and charging the batteries directly on the drone or internally.

DJI Mavic Mini rear panel

The battery of the DJI Mavic Mini is no longer part of the case. Instead, the battery pack is inserted behind the rear flap. The charging process takes place via microUSB connection and microUSB cable directly at the drone. The slot for microSD memory cards is located directly next to the connection port.
However, this has the advantage that the DJI Mavic Mini can be supplied with fresh power with any conventional microUSB cable and USB power supply unit – for example in the car or with the help of a classic power bank. If you want to charge the batteries externally, you need the 2-way multi charger, which is only included in the DJI Mavic Mini Combo or can be ordered separately in the DJI accessories. Up to three DJI Mavic Mini batteries can be used in the Charging Hub for the DJI Mavic Mini. These are charged sequentially, i.e. one after the other and depending on the state of charge. Practical: The multi-charger can be used as a storage case for the batteries or as a power bank. Mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets as well as the remote control of the DJI Mavic Mini can be connected to the multicharger and charged.

Remote control reduced to the essentials

The remote control of the DJI Mavic Mini is reduced to the essentials – function key and flight pause key are no longer on board compared to the DJI Mavic Air.
The included remote control of the DJI Mavic Mini is at first glance almost identical to the remote control of the DJI Mavic Air. However, the remote control on the front only has an on/off switch and a return button. Pressing and holding the RTH button initiates the return function. To cancel the return function, press the button again. Shoulder buttons for photo and video recording are of course still on board. In comparison to the remote control of the DJI Mavic Air, the DJI Mavic Mini does without the freely assignable function key as well as the flight pause key. The remote control also lacks the central mode button for setting the airspeed or selecting the flight modes. Therefore the flight modes can only be selected in the deeper control settings. Here the DJI Mavic Mini offers the flight modes Sport, Position and CineSmooth. A gimbal wheel for controlling the camera tilt is of course still available and ensures a precise tilt of the camera.

DJI Mavic Mini and Remote Control

The drone itself is almost as big as the remote control. The joysticks of the controller are removable – making transport easy and safe.
However, the joysticks can still be removed and stored in the remote control so that easy and comfortable transport of the controller is guaranteed. In addition, the remote control does not have an integrated LCD or telemetry display compared to professional models such as the DJI Mavic Pro or DJI Mavic 2. In this respect, the functionalities of the remote control are reduced to the essentials, but this does not detract from the general functionality of a beginner drone. All in all, the remote control offers the well-known DJI advantages and also stands out for its good joystick feedback, low weight and average ergonomics.

Flight behaviour and flight time of the DJI Mavic Mini

The DJI Mavic Mini must be activated before it can be used for the first time. For this a mobile device – i.e. an iOS smartphone or Android smartphone – must be connected to the remote control and the new DJI Fly App must be started.

DJI Mavic Mini in the air

The DJI Mavic Mini is like a board in the air thanks to GPS and VPS – nothing lets the mini drone get out of control. This makes the DJI Mavic Mini more user-friendly and ideal for beginners.
DJI provides three different connection cables for connecting to the remote control – each with microUSB, USB-C and Lightning connectors. Then you log in with the DJI user account or you register with a new DJI user account. The drone and remote control are then started and the DJI Mavic Mini is selected. The DJI Mavic Mini does without an obstacle detection – the hinted obstacle sensors on the front are only an optical element and have no function. Therefore the DJI Mavic Mini cannot avoid obstacles.

Vision Positioning System DJI Mavic Mini

On the underside of the DJI Mavic Mini are not only the charging status display and on/off switches, but also the vision positioning system for stable flight conditions. The ToF sensors of the DJI Mavic Mini ensure a very precise hovering behaviour by continuous measurements of the ground distance.
However, the beginner drone is equipped with GPS. This ensures an extremely stable flight behaviour. In addition to the integrated GPS, the DJI Mavic Mini has a vision positioning system on the underside. The downward pointing view and 3D camera sensors in ToF construction ensure extremely stable take-off and landing procedures as well as a conspicuously stable hovering behaviour by continuously measuring the distance to the ground and adjusting the position accordingly. Compared to the DJI Mavic Air, ultrasonic sensors are therefore no longer installed. Nevertheless, the DJI Mavic Mini can hardly be disturbed, especially indoors. Once again, this confirms that the latest Mavic drone is the ideal beginner’s device. According to the manufacturer, the flight time of the DJI Mavic Mini is about 30 minutes. Through our practical tests we can confirm the comparatively high flight time – on average the DJI Mavic Mini stays in the air for about 28 to 30 minutes without any problems.

DJI Fly App: tidy and user-friendly

DJI has developed a new app especially for the new DJI Mavic Mini. Instead of the DJI GO 4 app, the DJI Mavic Mini is now controlled by the DJI Fly app. Compared to the app of professional drones, this one convinces with a better user-friendliness by simply removing some functions and introducing a new, more user-friendly layout. In addition, the app now offers all kinds of tutorials and videos for piloting a drone, so beginners and novices can get to grips with the control of a drone before the first flight. The app also features a 20% larger Live View screen. The DJI app still comes with all kinds of telemetry data, which are displayed directly in the live image of the camera. These include flight speed, flight altitude and flight distance. In addition, signal strength or battery status are displayed immediately and clearly.

DJI Mavic Mini Video Resolution

On the video side, the DJI Mavic Mini offers either FullHD recording at 60 fps or 2.7k recording at 30 fps.
The app also features a Return To Home mode selection button, which automatically returns the DJI Mavic Mini to the original departure point based on GPS coordinates. On the right side, the app offers corresponding selection keys for setting the video resolution or photo settings, a trigger as well as a menu item for the already recorded recordings within the media gallery. On the resolution side, the DJI Mavic Mini offers 1080p shooting at 25, 30, 50 or 60 fps and a maximum of 2.7k shooting at up to 30 fps. Therefore, despite the 1/2.3 image sensor with a photo resolution of 12 megapixels, a 4K function is not used. In the manual photo mode, the DJI Fly App offers various setting options around ISO, exposure or shutter speed. There is also a new editor with various templates, so that beginners can quickly develop a presentable aerial film with music, filters and text from the individual aerial shots. Important to know: On the photo side, the DJI Mavic Mini only offers the JPG format. Adobe’s own DNG raw data format is unfortunately not available. Nevertheless, the DJI Mavic Mini offers a surprisingly good image quality, which is absolutely sufficient for aerial photography on the go as well as uploading and sharing on social platforms such as Facebook or Instagram.

Four QuickShot modes: Dronie, Rocket, Circle and Helix

Of course, intelligent recording modes for the DJI Mavic Mini can also be activated in the DJI Fly App. With QuickShot video modes called Dronie, Rocket, Circle and Helix, the DJI Mavic Mini offers a total of four user-friendly recording modes for creative aerial photography. Depending on the desired mode, the DJI Fly App also offers various settings for flight altitudes and distances. In addition, the subject or object to be recorded can be manually selected for each mode – similar to the familiar ActiveTrack function. The DJI Mavic Mini does without the recording modes Asteroid and Boomerang – also known from the DJI Mavic Air.

DJI Mavic Air QuickShot Modes

With Dronie, Rocket, Circle and Helix, the DJI Mavic Mini offers a total of four different QuickShot recording modes from market launch. This ensures exciting and creative video material.
In the pure flight modes, the DJI Mavic Mini offers three adjustment options in the deeper control settings Sport, Position and CineSmooth, each of which differs from the control intensity or braking behaviour of the drone. In sports mode, the DJI Mavic Mini is particularly aggressive and agile, while in CineSmooth mode it produces particularly smooth and gentle movements. There are also two different gimbal modes in the control settings: follow mode and FPV mode. In FPV mode, the gimbal remains horizontally fixed while the drone is in motion. The video recordings in FPV mode give the impression of looking out of an aircraft cockpit and operating a fixed-wing aircraft.

DJI Mavic Mini Flight Modes

With Sport, Position and CineSmooth, the DJI Mavic Mini offers three different flight modes. The gimbal modes also have a follow mode and an FPV mode.
Beginners and beginners can of course define the maximum flight altitude, the maximum flight distance as well as the altitude in the Return To Home mode (automatic return altitude) with the help of sliders and customize the individual requirements and experiences. The maximum altitude of the DJI Mavic Mini is 500 meters. The maximum distance is two kilometres (CE standard). Therefore the DJI Mavic Mini offers – also in view of the visual flight rule – adequate and completely sufficient ranges for steering. The Live View image remains remarkably stable and has a short and hardly noticeable delay time even at long distances.

DJI Mavic Mini Safety

Beginners and beginners can individually define the maximum flight altitude, the maximum flight distance as well as the flight altitude in Return to Home mode.
DJI Mavic Mini: Info, Prices and Technical Data

Conclusion and evaluation

The fact that the DJI Mavic Mini is extremely light and compact, but still delivers high image quality, makes the mini drone interesting not only for hobby users.

DJI Mavic Mini in the air

The DJI Mavic Mini is not only for hobby pilots an object of desire.
Professional users also get their money’s worth with the DJI Mavic Mini and can look forward to an inconspicuous and at the same time powerful aircraft. With the Mavic Mini, DJI has generally focused on compactness and portability, functionality, user and beginner friendliness as well as an affordable price of less than 500 euros. At the same time the low weight simplifies the use within the framework of the legislation, so that the motto “Flying for everyone” is fulfilled in every case. The DJI Mavic Mini thus sets a new benchmark in its class and is likely to become the bestseller due to its attractive price-performance ratio. Whoever wants to buy the DJI Mavic Mini will therefore be able to enjoy a great mini drone with typical DJI quality.

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