Looks like Canon isn’t the only one on fire when it comes to announcing new gear in 2020 (at least judging from the rumors). After a long break, it seems that we’ll see as many as three new drones from DJI this year. And according to the reports, the first one could hit the market in February.
There have been rumours about the DJI Mavic Mini for a little while now and at least one of them appears to have been correct. DJI has today officially announced the new DJI Mavic Mini, a 249g gimbal that shoots 2.7K video from a camera mounted to a 3-axis gimbal and has a flight time of up to 30 minutes.
The DJI Mavic Mini appears to essentially be a DJI Spark successor. The DJI Spark is now showing as discontinued on various websites and isn’t even for sale on DJI’s own store anymore. But it’s ok, because the DJI Mavic Mini is substantially cheaper than the Spark was and it looks like a much more capable system.
It’s being rumoured that DJI is getting ready to announce the Mavic 3 drone in January 2020. Drone DJ reports that they’ve received several rumours that all seem to back each other up in the last week or so. They also say that the recently reported Mavic Mini may be officially announced as soon as the end of this month.
DJI’s recent announcement was not the rumoured Mavic Mini drone that some had been expecting. Instead, it was the DJI Osmo 3, a folding handheld gimbal for smartphones. But that hasn’t stopped more leaks about a mythical DJI Spark upgrade from happening.
The video above, originally posted to TikTok by a user of a closed Facebook group about DJI gear, purports to show the new DJI Mavic Mini drone, folded up, from various angles.
The DJI Spark was announced in July 2017, and many felt it was a little underwhelming, especially since the DJI Mavic Air was announced just six months later in January 2018. The price point of the Mavic Air made it clear that this was not a Spark replacement, but it did make the shortcomings of the Spark more noticeable.
The DJI Spark 2 was expected to be announced at some point last month, but that announcement was rumoured to be delayed. Now reports suggest that the Spark replacement might actually an entirely new line of drone. The Mavic Mini.