DJI Mavic Mini Drone Review

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The best drones handle tough winds, shoot high quality videos and images, and are user-friendly. One drone in particular fits that profile: the DJI Mavic Mini Drone. It’s doing all of that while keeping itself tiny. Underneath its hood are even a few tricks you’ll never want to give up once you have it.

Why We Like It – DJI Mavic Mini Drone

DJI Mavic Mini Drone best serves as a natural progression from small, inexpensive drones, to a drone that can battle tougher winds, take higher quality videos and images—all at an affordable price.

Pros
  • Superb performance for price
  • Incredibly lightweight
  • Limbs can be folded for easy transport
Cons
  • Lacks collision avoidance sensors

Performance

For a mini drone, the DJI Mavic Mini Drone is tough against winds. It makes use of a 3-axis gyro system; a necessary trait for steady photography. The Potensic T25 has it beat with its 9-axis gyro, but Mavic gets the job done. Video quality is excellent at 2.7K, with images being 12MP.

Flight time is really good when compared to SNAPTAIN S5C and Holy Stone HS700D. The SNAPTAIN is 20 minutes flat, while the Holy Stone is 20 to 30 minutes of an unreliable battery. The Mavic Mini, on the other hand, flies as long as 30 minutes. The best part is how far the DJI Mavic Mini Drone will go—up to 5km! That’s just a bit over three miles. However, it does lack collision avoidance sensors.

Design

The Mavic Mini DJI Drone is small enough to fit in your pocket, not weighing much more than smartphones. This is because the arms fold against its body. It’s small weight class exempt it from certain regulations in some countries (but double-check your area).

Included in the package is its charging hub and remote controller. What’s nice about the remote controller is clips extend from the bottom which fasten to your smartphone. In doing so, you can view your fly via phone, and even use the DJI Fly app to take a flying lesson.

Value

Compared to more expensive drones, the Mini is packing a lot of value. Before we wrote this DJI Mavic Mini review, we considered one of its cousins, the DJI Mavic Air—a step up from it—to gauge its value. The Air has a 4K camera, 12MP camera, flies as far as 10km, a handful of photography modes, and a flight time of 20 minutes. Clearly, the Air is an upgrade. But for $724? For a photographer, perhaps.

In other words: the DJI Mavic Mini is, in our opinion, a much more cost efficient drone over its cousin. There’s even a Mavic Mini + Extra Batteries combo that’s well worth the investment.

DJI Mavic Mini Drone Wrap Up

When we review DJI drones, they’re always a joy. They certainly are some of the best drones on the market when considering their performance to price ratio. The DJI Mavic Mini Drone is perfect for newcomers to drones and veterans, thanks to its performance, lightweight body and portability. While it lacks collision avoidance sensors, it makes up with its included flying lessons and propeller guards.

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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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