DJI Mavic Mini Review is a comprehensive look at one of the most popular drones on the market. DJI has been making drones for over ten years, and the DJI Mavic Mini is their latest offering. The company has become synonymous with quality and innovation in the drone space, so it’s no surprise that this new model is a fantastic product.
Here you will find all the pros and cons, as well as an in-depth analysis of what makes this drone so appealing to beginners who are just getting into flying.
In this post, Lucidcam will cover everything you need to know about this new drone!
DJI Mavic Mini Review: Pros and Cons
- Smart, collapsible design
- Low cost of entry
- Includes remote control
- Excellent battery life
- Crisp 2.7K video and 12MP photos
- Gimbal stabilization
- Automated cinematic camera movements
- Find My Drone feature
- Doesn’t require federal registration
- Some connectivity issues in testing
- Omits obstacle detection sensors
- No 24fps video option
- Doesn’t support Raw or HDR images
- No 4K video or 60fps 2.7K video
- No object tracking
- Micro USB charging, not USB-C
DJI Mavic Mini review
DJI Mavic Mini review: Design
The Mavic Mini, like its bigger siblings, is collapsible. It has arms that can be unfurled to transform it into a few spring-loaded maneuvers.
This is a DJI product, from the looks of it. Its color scheme is gray-grey, with a dark gray top, like the DJI Osmo Action or DJI OM 4. The drone’s front is adorned by a pair of ‘eyes’ that are nuzzled beneath a flat, beveled, and angry-looking top-side. It is still one of our favorite drones.
The 3-axis stabilized camera is located on the front of the Mavic Mini. It’s protected by a camera shield that can be removed when the Mavic Mini is in flight. The back has a microSD card slot and a charging port.
The battery flap is located above these. DJI’s design, which is more convenient than the Parrot Anafi’s SD card slot, is much easier for frequent storage-swappers.
The Mavic Mini was purposely built to be lighter than 250g to avoid having to register with the US or Australia’s aviation agencies. However, the UK has changed its laws regarding drone registration and extended it to include all drones equipped with a camera. It’s worth checking your local laws.
DJI managed to achieve this lightweight form factor by pairing a drone that is approximately 150g and a battery of around 100g. It doesn’t break every time it is flown is impressive. Lightweight is often associated with low quality. However, the Mavic Mini feels premium.
The Mini isn’t crash-proof, though; there are no obstacle avoidance sensors on its sides, front or back, as found on the DJI Mavic Air 2. There are sensors at the base that allow for smooth landings. They also have a battery meter and a flashlight so you can monitor your drone while it is in flight and keep it visible at night.
The Mavic Mini’s arms can be pretty slim, and we cracked one with a drop of 1.8 meters. This is something that would not have happened if the safety guards had been in place. Fly More is an excellent option for newbies who plan to fly indoors or are familiar with flying in strong winds.
DJI Mavic Mini review: Controller
The DJI Mavic Mini’s drone controller doesn’t have a screen, unlike other models. Instead, it opens to hold an Android and iOS smartphone. The joysticks are secured in the body with screws so that it collapses flat and opens out to give it a traditional feel.
The micro USB port on the left side charges your phone and connects it to the controller. You can also get the drone with Lightning, micro USB, and USB-C cables. This means that any smartphone provided compatible with the DJI Mavic Mini Fly app will be supported.
The camera’s jog dial at the top turns the controller vertically through 90° so that it can view forward to the bottom. It can’t look upwards like the Parrot Anafi. However, its range is standard for most drones. The L trigger starts video recording, and the R trigger takes a picture – great if you are operating the drone with gloves.
It is not easy to set up the flying experience. You have to connect the controller to your smartphone, attach the joysticks, and fire up the app. This takes around a minute. The experience is compact and portable, but the controller and drone can be collapsed. However, it feels solid and natural when flying.
We were able to pair the drone with all our smartphones after it was connected. We tried it with Android 9-10 phones as well as an iPhone.
DJI Fly app
DJI Fly app was updated since our first use. It now includes examples and guides to see the type of footage that will be captured in each mode.
However, it’s a strange mix of experiences. Some aspects are incredibly premium. The function tutorials, in-app tips, and core UI are intuitive and responsive. However, elements that pop up in Chinese are not localized. And the Fly Spots component, which highlights safe areas to fly in, isn’t available outside China.
The app also has a Find My Drone feature, which was very useful to retrieve my Mavic Mini from an unexpected landing. After a test flight, I returned the Mini to the test area and stopped to capture the sunrise over the small creek.
DJI Fly has a Find My Drone function that records the landing spot on the map. After saying a few words and calming my nerves, I looked at the map interface. After talking with my dad, who is a bit more knowledgeable about the land’s layout than I am, we got on the tractor and drove to the property line. We then trudged through a small stone wall into the neighbor’s field.
These niggles can be overcome, and you will enjoy a wonderful experience. You can easily navigate the modes, and you’ll find the three speeds easy to switch between. They also offer a lot of versatility.
The Mavic Air also has Quickshots. This is a great feature. These pre-programmed flight routes can engage dynamic pans with the push of a button. They revolve around an object and, while one notable omission is Asteroid, the rest of Quickshots, including Helix, are all present.
The control over video and images is limited. There are no options to adjust saturation or contrast. While you can still use handy tools such as a gridline and histogram to aid in framing, we wish there were more options for enhancing footage.
The gimbal has two modes, follow mode, which maintains the horizon line at the same level, and FPV mode, which adjusts the drone’s perspective while keeping everything extremely stable. You can also use the Mavic Mini as an excellent handheld steady cam, and you can toggle between these modes.
DJI Mavic Mini review: Camera and image quality
The camera of the Mavic Mini DJI is quite sophisticated. It offers excellent image quality and smooth video. However, it is not quite as good as the DJI Spark.
In some ways, the Mavic Mini’s camera takes a step back. The resolution is identical at 12 megapixels. However, the aperture is slower at f/2.8 than the Spark’s.
The Mavic Mini offers higher resolutions, frame rates, and bit rates than the Spark, but it does not have video-recording resolutions. The Spark could only record 1080p at 30fps at 24Mbits/sec in MP4/H.264 format, but the Mavic Mini can record 2.7K video at up to 30fps with a bit rate up to 40Mbits/sec.
You can shoot 1080p at 60fps at a lower resolution. What you lose in detail, you gain in smoothness.
The 1/2.3in sensor camera is good enough to produce decent quality images. Even in difficult situations, such as backlit subjects, exposures are well-judged, and the color reproduction is superb. However, if you examine the footage closely, you will see that the 40Mbits/sec bit rate is quite noticeable.
The clips I have captured show that there is more detail and better color reproduction than Spark’s 1080p footage. However, you can still see some texture loss, such as in large areas of green grass. This is because compression strips out the finer details.
DJI Mavic Mini review: Flight performance
The Mavic Mini’s main feature is its 249g takeoff weight. It is prominently displayed on the aircraft. It’s just a bit less than the 250g (8.8-ounce) threshold at which you’re required to register with the FAA before flying outdoors in the US.
The Mavic Mini can be flown, just as DJI drones, with great pleasure. The Mavic Mini takes off and cruises along precisely as you would expect. It responds to stick inputs with no noticeable lag, and if left to hover, it stays put. You can’t take off from restricted areas using GPS-based safety features.
It’s easy to adjust the sliders and set altitude, distance limits, and return-to-home altitude by tapping “Takeoff allowed” in the upper-left corner.
Light winds can more readily impact the Mavic Mini than the Mavic Air and Mavic Pro, which is understandable considering it’s lightweight. However, video footage remains remarkably stable when DJI uses the new flight Cinematic mode. This mode slows down sudden turns and braking, ensuring that footage is smooth, but it’s not as responsive to fly.
You can use one of the drones’ other flight modes to get your device to a specific location quickly. Sport mode is the fastest and unlocks the Mavic Mini’s maximum speed. Position mode. The drone is responsive, but it doesn’t speed up like an airborne Roadrunner when you make the slightest adjustment to the sticks.
The flight time of the Mavic Mini is perhaps the most striking feature. The Mavic Mini DJI’s 8,7V, 2,400mAh battery can last for up to 30 minutes of flight time on a single charge. This is significantly longer than the 21-minute Mavic Air and 25 minute Parrot Bebop 2. It’s also comparable to the 31-minute Mavic Mini 2 Zoom/Pro. It’s also nearly twice the flight time of the now-defunct DJI Spark, which took 16 minutes.
DJI Mavic Mini Review: QuickShots
DJI Mavic Mini has a range of QuickShots that are pre-set flight modes you can access with the push of a button.
- Rocket: The drone will rise while keeping you in the frame.
- Dronie: Make the perfect up-and-away move on social media.
- Helix: The drone will orbit around you, with the revolutions increasing in speed.
These photos are amazing and incredibly simple to create.
DJI Mavic Mini review: Connections and battery
The Mini connects to Wi-Fi and transmits the live video feed directly to the controller. This plugs into your smartphone and interacts with the app interface. Our Mini was disconnected from the controller after our phone switched on Wi-Fi connectivity. This occurred at approximately 60 meters in an area with many Wi-Fi connections.
The range was significantly extended by switching to airplane mode on our smartphones. DJI Mavic Mini users have flown the drone over less densely populated areas, achieving distances above 2 miles. DJI’s maximum distance is 2.5 miles.
The controller can charge your phone by plugging it in. Its 2,600mAh battery provides enough juice to last for several hours. The batteries of the Mini are 2,400mAh. They can fly for 30 minutes, depending on your environment. This was about right, although flying in Sports mode can cut a few minutes of the flight time.
Although we would love to see USB-C charging on our Mavic Mini, that is probably our biggest complaint about the drone from a connectivity perspective.
DJI Mavic Mini release date and price
The Mavic Mini DJI is available to buy right now in two versions: there’s the base package (drone, battery, controller) or the Fly More Combo, which also includes a two-way charging hub that can double up as a power bank, a 360-degree propellor guard, and two extra batteries.
The bass drone is $399 / PS369 / AU$599, while the Fly More Combo costs $499 / PS459 / AU$799. The Fly More Combo, which offers you approximately 90 minutes of flight, is well worth the extra cost. Safety guards are also a great investment for indoor drone pilots and newbies.
DJI Mavic Mini: Is it Worth It?
DJI Mavic Mini combines plenty of powerful features with a streamlined flight experience at a price that doesn’t break the bank. Because of its small size, it is easy to pack it into a bag and take it on your next adventure. It is an excellent drone for content creators who want a simple drone with core features.
The Everyday FlyCam drone isn’t just for beginners. It is a competent and balanced drone that will make an excellent addition to any aerial photographer.
DJI Mavic Mini verdict
The DJI Mavic Mini, despite its age, is still one the most beginner-friendly drones available. Although the Mini 2 succeeded in April 2020 with 4K video capabilities, Ocusync transmission for a more fantastic range, and raw photo capability, the Mavic Mini is still a solid purchase.
It is a shame that firmware updates have not brought object-tracking smarts or a 2.7K/60p Mode. A firmware update in April 2020 has enabled manual exposure and white balance control for the Mavic Mini and a 2.7K/24p mode.
The drone has a 30-minute battery life better than the 10-15 minutes provided by other drones this size. It also captures smooth aerial video thanks to a three-axis Gimbal.
The drone costs $399, or PS369, but it is affordable for those looking to improve their drone footage and beginners who want to get started drone flying.
As you can see, the DJI Mavic Mini is a great choice for your needs. With these outstanding features and more, this drone will be an excellent investment to make in order to get quality aerial photography or videography footage every time. If you have any questions about what we discussed here, feel free to contact us! We hope that this blog post has been informative for you.