I finally got my hands on the DJI Mavic Mini, the company’s tiniest (official drone yet!). The DJI Mavic Mini was released toward the end of 2019, supposedly weighing in at 249 grams.
As part of my unboxing, I had to compare it in size to another teeny DJI drone I love, the Mavic Air. Plus, I weighed it to find out if it actually weighs 249 grams as DJI claims.
I did a very unscientific test using an orange HULLR-brand kitchen scale. But spoiler alert: the Mavic DOESN’T actually come out to 249 grams. You’ll have to watch the video to find out how much it actually weighs…
The Mavic Mini is targeted toward people who want something sturdier and more reliable than a toy drone, but aren’t quite ready to fork over their life savings for something like a DJI Phantom, Mavic Pro or Inspire. The Mavic Mini’s camera, while still good, shoots just 2.7K video, as opposed to 4K, which you’ll commonly find in DJI drones. It has a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with up to 12 million effective pixels. For the lower price point, the Mavic Mini also foregoes the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from other DJI drones like auto tracking and internal storage.
But that’s not all bad. What you forego in a few bells and whistles, you also majorly forego in cost. Selling for just $399 at the time of publication, this drone is less than half the cost of most other DJI drones out there. A camera that isn’t discernibly different to non-photography experts? No sense and avoid detection? Still the same great DJI quality? And just $400? I’m loving it.
DJI also recently launched a custom Mavic Mini creative kit so you can give your drone its own unique flair. That custom Mavic Mini kit is just $15.
Get your hands on your own Mavic Mini, on sale now for just $399 through DJI’s site. Or, pick one up for $399 on B&H Photo or Amazon.