DJI has unveiled its latest drone, the Mavic Mini, a tiny, ultra-light drone that’s packed with features from its weightier cousins like the Mavic Air and Mavic Pro. Its camera module features a 12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor which records up to 2.7K/30p and 1080/60p video. According to DJI, the Mavic Mini offers up to 30 minutes of flight time.
Weighing just 0.55lbs (249g), the Mavic Mini is under the 250g limit imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which requires heavier drones to be registered. The drone features GPS and Wi-Fi to allow it to transmit video to the controller, and DJI claims a maximum range of 2.5 miles (4km) when unobstructed.
Alongside the release of the Mavic Mini, the DJI Fly app gets an update catering to novice operators. DJI says: “New pilots can choose to fly in Position (P) mode for basic operation, more experienced pilots can unlock more capabilities in Sport (S) mode, and content creators can choose CineSmooth (C) mode to lengthen braking time for smoother shots and more cinematic footage.” Also, with the newly added QuickShots, various maneuvers can be performed at the touch of a button, such as “Rocket,” where the drone flies straight up to a set height with the camera pointing downwards at the subject.
Available now, the Mavic Mini can be purchased for $399 from DJI’s online store. For $499, you can buy the Mavic Mini Fly More Combo, which includes a carrying case, propeller guard, charging base, and three extra batteries.
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