DJI Mavic Mini: Ultra-Light And Compact Drone

DJI, the Chinese leader on the consumer drones market, has just launched a brand new drone, the DJI Mavic Mini. Ultra-light and compact, it succeeds the very popular DJI Spark but differs by integrating foldable arms. It also features a maximum range of 30 minutes and is already available on the DJI website at the particularly aggressive price of $399.

12MP sensor and 2.7K video

The new DJI Mavic Mini incorporates a 3-axis stabilized nacelle. It can be tilted 90 degrees down and up to 20 degrees up (in extended mode only).

It houses a 1/2.3-inch sensor with 12 million pixels: numbers equivalent to those of the DJI Spark and Mavic Air. This sensor is surmounted by an optic equivalent to 24 mm, offering a field of view of 83 degrees. The focal aperture is f/2.8.

DJI’s new drone is unfortunately not able to film in 4K. This format remains the preserve of its big brother, the Mavic Air. Indeed, the “small” Mavic Mini only allows sequences to be captured in 2.7 K, with videos of 2,720 x 1,530 in 25 or 30p. In Full HD, however, you can enjoy smoother video at 60 fps.

In photography, the camera will capture images in a 4/3 format of 4000 x 3000 pixels. The electronic shutter will allow you to trigger up to 1/8000 s, while the ISO range ranges from ISO 100 to ISO 1600, but can be extended to ISO 3200 in manual mode. On the other hand, there is no HDR mode on the horizon, both in photos and videos. Similarly, RAW image capture remains the domain of higher-end models.

For storing your images, the Mavic Mini includes a UHS-I-compatible micro-SD port that will support a maximum of 256 GB card.

DJI Mavic Mini: mini design?

The Shenzhen-based manufacturer – which claims more than 70% of the consumer UAV market share – is back with a new model. Ultra-lightweight, it replaces the DJI Spark. However, it differs from its predecessor with its foldable arms – a first on a machine of this size.

The dimensions of the Mavic Mini are impressive. When the arms are brought back along the body of the device, the drone measures 140 x 82 x 57 mm. Once the wings are folded out, the Mavic Mini measures 160 x 202 x 55 mm with a diagonal measurement of 213 mm.

While the new DJI Mavic Mini fits in the palm when folded, its weight is also a significant asset: while the DJI Spark weighed only 300 grams, the DJI Mavic Mini does even better by going below 250 grams (249 g to be precise).

Despite its (very) small size, the Mavic Mini boasts a record range: count 30 minutes maximum flight time, compared to only 16 minutes on its predecessor, the Mavic Spark. This doubled autonomy should offer photographers and videographers even more creative opportunities.