DJI is set to launch a new drone on Wednesday, and all signs point to it being a Mavic Mini 2.
At 8 p.m. ET on Nov. 4, DJI will host a new product launch that it dubs “Make Your Moments Fly.” Promotional images for the event depict a paper airplane, suggesting that the drone will be super light (hence, a Mavic Mini 2). In the background, a sign says, ‘Don’t Panic.’
A lot of speculation pointing to a Mavic Mini 2 comes out of news that some Best Buy locations accidentally jumped the gun and put up drones for sale too early. From there, YouTube unboxers got their hands on the drones and started posting videos.
If the unboxer videos are legit (and keep in mind, there’s always a chance they might not be), then DJI Mavic Mini 2 specs might include:
- 4K, 30 FPS
- 1/2.3″ sensor, 12MP still images, and RAW
- 31 minutes of battery life
- Ocusync 2.0 with a 10-kilometer communication range
- An upgraded controller, a la what the Mavic Air 2 gave us
The launch of a potential new Mavic Mini 2 would come at almost exactly a year after the original Mavic Mini was announced (which was Oct. 30, 20190. The DJI Mavic Mini was a significant step for the drone company that has long grappled with reaching more users while dealing with regulations. Casual hobbyists, it turns out, don’t want to deal with roadblocks like registering their drone or getting a Part 107 drone pilot license just to get some cool aerial shots of their vacation.
With the title of DJI’s tiniest drone (and weighing in at 249 grams), DJI’s Mavic Mini doesn’t fall under the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration — as long as you’re flying for hobby purchases. That’s because the FAA currently only requires drones flying for hobby purchases weighing 250 grams or more to be registered.
There’s another reason the Mavic Mini is wildly accessible to newbies: the price point. The Mavic Mini starts at $399 ($499 for the Fly More Combo), compared to the more than $1,000 that most of its big sibling Mavic drones go for (it’s closest competitor, the Mavic Air, starts at $919). And while the reduced price tag means some of the bells and whistles went away, the Mavic Mini is still an incredible drone that doesn’t feel sorely lacking in any area.
- Read more: DJI Mavic Mini Review: DJI proves ‘smaller and cheaper’ doesn’t mean ‘worse’
- Read more: DJI Mavic Mini unboxing: here’s how much it actually weighs
As far as other DJI products go, the company just last month delivered another product launch from its handheld camera line, Osmo, with the release of the DJI Pocket 2. Meanwhile, we’re already looking ahead to the DJI Mavic 3, with our wishlist of specs we’d like to see.
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