In the world of consumer drones, it doesn’t get bigger than DJI. After its initial focus on making professional drones, DJI has taken an active interest in making drones for the average joe. Its latest drone, the DJI Mavic Mini which also happens to be “the lightest and smalleST foldable drone”, takes a step ahead in that approach.
The Mavic Mini tips the scale at 249 grams which is just 9 grams heavier than the ASUS ROG Phone 2 or the 23 grams heavier than the iPhone 11 Pro Max. But the weight of the drone is special for another reason. Coming in at 249 grams, the drone misses the requirement of having to be registered that is mandatory for all drones above 250 grams. This is a huge deal as users won’t have to sift through tedious paperwork to fly their drones.
But if you’re looking for commercial use, the Mavic Mini might not be the most exciting drone you’ve ever seen. The drone employs a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor that can take 12MP shots. In terms of video, the drone caps at 2.7K resolution with a frame rate of 30 per second with the ability to take 1080P videos at 60 frames per second. It also doesn’t support an obstacle-avoidance system which is present in more expensive DJI drones. But it does come with GPS and downward visual sensors for stable hovering and safe landing.
DJI claims that the drone will be able to fly for up to 30 minutes, thanks to the “ultra-light design and high-grade motors”. The Mavic Mini also comes with an all-new companion app called DJI Fly. Instead of offering a more feature-rich application with complex controls, the app focusses on making the process of capturing pictures and videos easier. The app features four pre-programmed flight manoeuvres that will assist in creating “cinematic-looking” content for first-time users.’
The Mavic Mini is available in two packages. The “Everyday FlyCam” costs $399 and includes the Mavic Mini, remote controller, one battery, and one set of extra propellers. The “Fly More Combo” includes all the above accessories and adds a 360-degree propeller cage (guard), a two-way charging hub, two more batteries, two more sets of spare propellers, and a carrying case for a price of $499.
There is no word on availability in India yet but it should come to India soon.
Original Source: https://in.mashable.com/tech/8059/dji-mavic-mini-is-the-companys-smallest-drone-yet-that-doesnt-need-to-be-registered