The Mavic Mini is DJI’s latest entry level drone. The biggest selling for the Mavic Mini is the price. at $399 USD, it’s a super cheap drone which lowers the barrier-to-entry for most people.
You can also get the “Fly More Combo” which comes with 3 batteries, propeller cage, a carrying case, and a charging hub for $499.
Another selling point is the size and weight. This is the smallest Mavic DJI has ever made. At 249g, It’s also super light which means you can fly it without needing to go through any FAA registration.
My personal favorite feature of the Mavic Mini is the flight time. By utilizing cylindrical style Lithium-ion battery cells (the same type of battery found in a Tesla car),the Mavic Mini can fly for up to 30 minutes. These batteries are also smaller and easier to manufacture. That means buying extra batteries will be much cheaper than the other DJI drones.
The Mavic Mini is a great little drone, but If you’re thinking it’s a replacement for the Mavic Air, you’re wrong. The Mavic Air has many more advanced features that you won’t find on the Mavic Mini.
The most important thing that you get with the Mavic Air is 4K video. On the Mavic Mini, you only get 2.7K. This might not seem like a big deal if you don’t have a 4K monitor, but it is. even on a 1080p screen, 4K video will look better than 2.7K.
Another big drawback is the lack of obstacle avoidance. There’s no forward or rearward facing cameras on the Mavic mini. That means if you’re a beginner, you’ll need to be extra carful. Especially when using the automated flight modes like Active Track.
Compared to the DJI Spark, the Mavic Mini is a great replacement. it’s obviously smaller and lighter, but what really sets it apart from the Spark is the video quality. Although it can’t shoot 4K, 2.7K is still much better than the Spark which only shoots 1080p video.
It also has a 3axis gimbal. this means you’ll be able to get those smooth panning shots that are almost impossible to get with the Spark.
The short answer is yes “if you can’t afford to buy the Mavic Air”. We think the Mavic Mini is a great drone for beginners. It’s also good if you need a cheap (almost disposable) camera drone that you don’t have to worry about crashing.
I’m sure it will be a great gift option for older kids in their teens.