DJI Mavic Mini

DJI Mavic Mini

12MP, 1/2.3" CMOS sensor | Fixed F2.8 aperture | 2.7K/30p video

What we like:

  • Weighs only 249g
  • Tiny size perfect for travel
  • New DJI Fly app good for beginners

What we don't:

  • No obstacle avoidance
  • No Raw photos
  • More challenging in strong wind
DJI’s Mavic Mini is the very definition of a ‘take anywhere’ drone. When folded, it easily fits in the palm of your hand, and weighing in at just 249g (just under half a pound) you’ll barely notice it in your pack, pocket or bag as it’s barely larger than its own controller – making it uber-compatible with travel. It also falls under the 250g threshold that requires drone registration in many countries.
Despite its small size the Mavic Mini can zip along at 47 km/h (29 mph) in Sport mode, though its light weight will become apparent in strong wind. It also gives up some features in exchange for small size; most notably, it doesn’t come equipped with obstacle sensors or an obstacle avoidance system, making do with two downward-facing vision positioning that assist when GPS signal may be spotty. On the flip side, the Mavic Mini claims 30 minutes of battery life – impressive for such a tiny model – and extra batteries are an affordable $45.
The Mavic Mini is barely larger than its own controller, making it perfect for travel.
The camera is built around a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor and uses a 24mm equivalent lens with a fixed F2.8 aperture. Despite its tiny size, the Mavic Mini includes a 3-axis gimbal that provides smooth, stable footage. The camera doesn’t support Raw image capture so you’re limited to Jpeg-only shooting. That’s not a big omission considering that it’s really an entry-level model.
Video can be captured at a maximum of 2.7K/30p or 1080/60p using the H.264 codec. That’s not as high as the 4K recording found on many models, but it’s plenty of resolution for casual use such as sharing vacation adventures on social media, and the 2.7K footage still looks very good on a 4K display. Unfortunately, video bit rate is limited to only 40 Mbps. With a fixed F2.8 aperture, and no way to attach ND or polarizing filters to the lens, it’s also difficult to have much shutter speed control when shooting video. In short, video quality is pretty good, but demanding shooters will likely want more advanced specs.
The Mavic Mini’s controller is similar to those found on most other DJI models, but uses a new app called DJI Fly for control instead of the standard DJI Go app. Users accustomed to using DJI Go will find many features gone or tucked away in order to streamline the display. The interface is clean and simple, and it should work well for most beginners, but experienced DJI users may find the limited controls frustrating. It’s also worth calling out that while the Mini includes some of DJI’s intelligent flight modes, it doesn’t include all of them, most notably the ActiveTrack mode for following subjects.
The DJI Mavic Mini is perfect for beginners; it’s lightweight, easy to set up, and really fun to fly. It also offers a heck of a lot to experienced flyers who just want a really capable, travel-friendly drone. Just keep in mind that it’s an entry-level model, so it won’t have all the bells, whistles and advanced features you’ll find on some other drones. If maximum image quality is your priority, look elsewhere. If you want something that’s easy, always with you and fun to use, it’s tough to beat the Mavic Mini.