The DJI Mavic Mini is official – It weighs 249g, shoots 2.7K video and has 30min flight time

Oct 30, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

The DJI Mavic Mini is official – It weighs 249g, shoots 2.7K video and has 30min flight time

Oct 30, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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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.

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The DJI Mavic Mini, from looking at the video above, is essentially a “fun” drone. It’s DJI’s new entry-level, and it’s basically what many people expected the DJI Spark to be when that one was announced two and a half years ago. It’s a folding design like the larger Mavics, but it folds up extremely tiny, not much bigger in footprint than your average smartphone. Although, obviously, quite a bit thicker. It still looks plenty small enough that it should fit into many pockets, though.

The 249g weight is particularly important as it puts it just under the threshold for registration in many parts of the world. For example, in the USA and Canada, you can fly the Mavic Mini without the need to register it with the government. The Japanese version of the Mavic Mini weighs 199g for the same reason.

While it’s not got the 4K resolution that some rumours suggested, it does house a camera capable of shooting 2.7K. Given that this isn’t exactly supposed to be a high-end filming drone, 2.7K is plenty enough resolution to give you some freedom for stabilising and reframing shots when creating 1080p video projects. And now it’s on a full 3-axis gimbal, too.

The rumours were pretty spot on with the price, though, with the base package coming in at $399. And for that price, you actually get the controller included. Even now, two and a half years after it’s release, the Spark is still around $570 on Amazon with the controller. Even the Mavic Mini Fly More Combo, only costs $499 and it comes with a case, a bunch of extra batteries and props, as well as prop guards and other bits.

Left: DJI Mavic Mini Base Package / Right: DJI Mavic Mini Fly More Combo

So, here are all the important specs…

Takeoff Weight249 g / 199 g (JP)
Dimensions (Folded)Folded: 140×82×57 mm (L×W×H)
Unfolded: 160×202×55 mm (L×W×H)
Unfolded (with propellers): 245×290×55 mm (L×W×H)
Max ascent speed4 m/s (S Mode)
2 m/s (P Mode)
1.5 m/s (C Mode)
Max Descent Speed3 m/s (S Mode)
1.8 m/s (P Mode)
1 m/s (C Mode)
Max Speed (near sea level, no wind)13 m/s (S Mode)
8 m/s (P Mode)
4 m/s (C Mode)
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level3000 m
Max Flight Time30 minutes (measured while flying at 14 kph in windless conditions)
18 minutes for JP (measured while flying at 12 kph in windless conditions)
Max range4,000 metres
Max Tilt Angle30° (S Mode)
20° (P Mode)
20° (C Mode)
Max Angular Velocity150°/s (S Mode)
130°/s (P Mode)
30°/s (C Mode)
Hovering Accuracy RangeVertical: ±0.1 m (with Vision Positioning), ±0.5 m (with GPS Positioning)
Horizontal: ±0.1 m (with Vision Positioning), ±1.5 m (with GPS Positioning)
Gimbal Stabilization3-axis (tilt, roll, pan)
Gimbal Mechanical RangeTilt: -110° to 35°
Roll: -35° to 35°
Pan: -20° to 20°
Gimbal Controllable RangeTilt: -90° to 0° (default setting) -90° to +20° (extended)
Camera Sensor1/2.3” CMOS
Effective Pixels: 12 MP
LensFOV: 83°
35 mm Format Equivalent: 24 mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Shooting Range: 1 m to ∞
ISO RangeVideo:
100-3200 (Auto)
Photo:
100-1600 (Auto)
100-3200 (Manual)
Shutter SpeedElectronic Shutter: 4-1/8000s
Still Image Size4:3: 4000×3000
16:9: 4000×2250
Still Photography ModesSingle shot
Interval: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s
Video Resolution2.7 K: 2720×1530 25/30 p
FHD: 1920×1080 25/30/50/60 p
Max Video Bitrate40 Mbps
Photo FormatJPEG
Video FormatMP4 (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC)
Live View quality720p/30fps
Live View Max Bitrate4Mbps
Lattency (depending on environmental conditions and mobile device)170-240ms

30 minutes flight time with 2.7K resolution on a 3-axis gimbal is pretty impressive, especially with the extra couple of batteries in the fly more combo pack giving you a total of up to an hour and a half. That should be more than plenty for most days away with the family, or venturing out into the wilderness.

The 40Mbps bitrate isn’t very high, but it is only 2.7K footage. If it were 4K at 40Mbps, that would suck, but at 2.7K, it’s not that terrible. It would be nice if it were a little higher, though. For storage, it writes to a microSD card, and DJI has options to add a 64GB or 128GB SanDisk Extreme to the package if you wish.

The DJI Mavic Mini contains all of the QuickShot modes we’ve come to know and love, like Drone, Circle, Helix and Rocket. Oddly, though, there’s no mention of ActiveTrack or any other kind of tracking on the DJI website. So, you may not be able to have it just follow you while you go on about your activity, which would be very disappointing.

To find out more about the DJI Mavic Mini and get your own, head on over to the DJI website where the base package is available to pre-order now for $399. The DJI Mavic Mini Fly More package is also available to pre-order now for $499. Shipping is expected to begin on November 11th.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “The DJI Mavic Mini is official – It weighs 249g, shoots 2.7K video and has 30min flight time”

  1. John Shark Avatar
    John Shark

    ….yeah that would be the common sense (for the buyer)…but technology and capitalism don’t work like that..

  2. Michael Bray Avatar
    Michael Bray

    I just watched Peter McKinnon’s video on YouTube about it, and I saw what the frame rates are and completely changed my mind on it….1) I would rather it recorded in 4K as then the video would be crispier. At 25 or 30 Frames Per Second and no 24 Frames Per Second in the 2.5K and only 60 Frames Per Second with no 120 FPS for slow motion, it made me change my mind completely…I’ll get the Mavic Pro 2 and get a drone license (I’m in Canada) so I have better footage. Maybe if they change the frame rates in a future firmware upgrade I will reconsider this drone.

  3. Doug Sundseth Avatar
    Doug Sundseth

    Looks to me like if you put those prop guards onto the drone you’ll need to register it.

    1. LordWing Avatar
      LordWing

      Yes, the guards add some extra weight. If you want to use the Mini Mavic with blade protectors and still remain under 250grams you need to look for 1100mAh batteries instead of the 2400 ones. This saves you about 50 grams.