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Why the DJI Mavic Mini is the Best Value for money in 2020

The DJI Mavic Mini is much sought-after than it was first released. Photo: TheVerge

The Mavic Mini sits between the Mavic Air and DJI Spark. It is in a sweet spot of features that hobbyist Photographers and Filmmakers can live in. Starting at $399, it packs a good 2.7k camera, a longer range and it’s incredibly small that you can pack it in your small bag and go for an adventure.

It’s the same way with Mavic drones, I was impressed by the build quality. When you put them side-by-side with the Mavic air you’ll immediately see that it is a shrank down version of it.

Here are the main selling point of Mavic Mini:

  1. It is lightweight. (249g)

Before purchasing a drone the local regulations is one of the things we consider most. DJI somehow managed to work it out by throwing out all the weight as drones that weighs more than 250 grams has to be registered. Yet the Mavic Mini is lightweight and foldable and you don’t have to worry about it.

  1. A great camera

Mavic Mini Camera Specifications

  • Sensor: 1/2.3″ CMOS
  • Pixels: 12 million
  • Lens FOV: 83°
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Electronic Shutter Speed:  – 1/8000s
  • Still Image Size: 4:3 (4000 × 3000)
  • Still Image Size: 16:9 (4000 x 2250)
  • Max Video Bit Rate: 40 Mbps
  • Photo Format: JPEG
  • Video Format: MP4 (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC)

Mavic Mini ISO Range

  • Video: 100 – 3200
  • Photo: 100 – 1600 (auto)
  • Photo: 100 – 3200 (manual)
  1. Image Stabilization

 A three-axis gimbal holding the 2.7K camera making sure you will have a smooth and cinematic footage even in moderate to strong winds.

  1. Up to 4km of HD Video Transmission

If you live in a country that support FCC (5.8Ghz) such as the United States, you will most likely reach the maximum range as specified by DJI. However, the CE version (2.4Ghz) can only reach up to 2km of range. Japan and UK only support CE so it is advisable to check your local drone regulations before purchasing one to avoid any trouble.

  1. A longer flight time

Mavic Mini gives you a 30-minute flight time according to DJI but probably if you have the best weather condition which is pretty impressive for a drone of this compact size.

Here’s what the Mavic Mini is missing though: anti-collission, 4K camera, ultra-long-range connection, gesture control and advanced camera features like trackable follow, panoramic, time lapse and optical zoom.

Major Firmware Upgrades made the Mavic Mini robust five months after release.

 

 

 

The latest Mavic Mini firmware v01.100.0500 was released on 2020.04.23 with some terrific new features, few days ago at the time of posting that make this mini drone even better value than it was first released.

For serious stills photographers and videographers, the firmware upgrade gives you manual exposure and manual white balance control. As any drone operator (or landscape photographer) will know bright skies, and sunsets, are not dealt with well by automatic systems – so this feature addition is a real game-changer for Mavic Mini pilots.

Another cool feature that the new firmware provides is a 24fps option when shooting 2.7K video. This framerate gives a more cinematic look to video footage than the standard 30fps rate. You also now get both 24fps and 48fps options when shooting at Full HD 1080p resolution.

 Improvement with the download speed for both photos and videos, and will improve flight stability “in some scenarios”. 

Drones can be expensive and also can be difficult to learn. If you’re considering purchasing a beginner drone, I highly recommend the Mavic Mini. It’s extremely affordable, holds the best combination of price/performance and is by far the most beginner friendly drone on the market.

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The Mavic Mini sits between the Mavic Air and DJI Spark. It is in a sweet spot of features that hobbyist Photographers and Filmmakers can live in. Starting at $399, it packs a good 2.7k camera, a longer range and it’s incredibly small that you can pack it in your small bag and go for an adventure.

It’s the same way with Mavic drones, I was impressed by the build quality. When you put them side-by-side with the Mavic air you’ll immediately see that it is a shrank down version of it.

Here are the main selling point of Mavic Mini:

  1. It is lightweight. (249g)

Before purchasing a drone the local regulations is one of the things we consider most. DJI somehow managed to work it out by throwing out all the weight as drones that weighs more than 250 grams has to be registered. Yet the Mavic Mini is lightweight and foldable and you don’t have to worry about it.

  1. A great camera

Mavic Mini Camera Specifications

  • Sensor: 1/2.3″ CMOS
  • Pixels: 12 million
  • Lens FOV: 83°
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Electronic Shutter Speed:  – 1/8000s
  • Still Image Size: 4:3 (4000 × 3000)
  • Still Image Size: 16:9 (4000 x 2250)
  • Max Video Bit Rate: 40 Mbps
  • Photo Format: JPEG
  • Video Format: MP4 (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC)

Mavic Mini ISO Range

  • Video: 100 – 3200
  • Photo: 100 – 1600 (auto)
  • Photo: 100 – 3200 (manual)
  1. Image Stabilization

 A three-axis gimbal holding the 2.7K camera making sure you will have a smooth and cinematic footage even in moderate to strong winds.

  1. Up to 4km of HD Video Transmission

If you live in a country that support FCC (5.8Ghz) such as the United States, you will most likely reach the maximum range as specified by DJI. However, the CE version (2.4Ghz) can only reach up to 2km of range. Japan and UK only support CE so it is advisable to check your local drone regulations before purchasing one to avoid any trouble.

  1. A longer flight time

Mavic Mini gives you a 30-minute flight time according to DJI but probably if you have the best weather condition which is pretty impressive for a drone of this compact size.

Here’s what the Mavic Mini is missing though: anti-collission, 4K camera, ultra-long-range connection, gesture control and advanced camera features like trackable follow, panoramic, time lapse and optical zoom.

Major Firmware Upgrades made the Mavic Mini robust five months after release.

The latest Mavic Mini firmware v01.100.0500 was released on 2020.04.23 with some terrific new features, few days ago at the time of posting that make this mini drone even better value than it was first released.

For serious stills photographers and videographers, the firmware upgrade gives you manual exposure and manual white balance control. As any drone operator (or landscape photographer) will know bright skies, and sunsets, are not dealt with well by automatic systems – so this feature addition is a real game-changer for Mavic Mini pilots.

Another cool feature that the new firmware provides is a 24fps option when shooting 2.7K video. This framerate gives a more cinematic look to video footage than the standard 30fps rate. You also now get both 24fps and 48fps options when shooting at Full HD 1080p resolution.

 Improvement with the download speed for both photos and videos, and will improve flight stability “in some scenarios”. 

Drones can be expensive and also can be difficult to learn. If you’re considering purchasing a beginner drone, I highly recommend the Mavic Mini. It’s extremely affordable, holds the best combination of price/performance and is by far the most beginner friendly drone on the market.

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