Making smaller, less feature-rich product, which is less expensive, can result in a number of mistakes, but there’s the possibility of creating something really special (see The Nintendo Switch Lite). DJI has achieved exactly that with its latest Mavic Mini, which packs almost everything that’s great about DJI’s larger, more expensive drones in the size of a palm.

The compact Mavic Mini is more impressive than DJI’s prior attempt with a tiny drone the Spark almost every way. The Spark was a mess of sacrifices to accommodate its small size (and still weighs fifty grams more heavy than Mavic Mini and $100 more). To cut down on price and weight The Mavic Mini makes only one significant compromise: it can’t record 4K video. It’s able to shoot 2.7K video, however it’s good enough for the majority of us, particularly considering that it is able to achieve this feat in a half-pound weight (just less than a smartphone).

Power that is Palm-Sized

Mavic Mini Mavic Mini is small, compact, and lightweight. It’s the ideal drone for trips, including hiking or backpacking. The exact weight at the moment of takeoff will be 249 grams. This is an important number for drones. It’s because the Federal Aviation Administration requires any “unmanned drones” that weigh between 25 to 55 pounds, to register. This is an easy procedure, however Mavic Mini is exempt. Mavic Mini is exempt.

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If you’re planning to put the DJI Mavic Mini in a backpack to travel for a long time take note that the controller is 249 grams. It’s roughly identical to the drone. The whole package weighs approximately 1 pound and that’s not including the case you’ll are using.

This is a significant size for a device with sufficient battery power to remain at a height for 26 minutes, according to my testing. Temperature and wind will be an important factor in the time you’re able to fly, and the majority of my tests were performed in temperatures of 35 to 60 degrees this could explain why I saw a little lower battery life in comparison to the thirty minutes DJI states (lithium batteries don’t like cold temperatures).

However, this Mavic Mini is one of the most thrilling drone experiences I’ve ever had. It’s quick and flexible. DJI’s brand new Fly app isn’t as good as the ones you can get from the other drones from DJI however, it’s functional enough. My only complaint is that the ability to switch between flight modes – Regular, Sport, and Cinesmooth, a brand new model not a function to the controller, as it is on other models from the Mavic range. Instead, you’ll need to find it in the application.

As one would think as you’d expect, it is a bit heavy. Mavic Mini is so light that I wouldn’t suggest using it in windy conditions. However, it was quite stable on the single breezy day that I tried it. There was hardly any side-to-side movement, even in the presence of gusts and what there was tends to be vertical, and gusts will make it rise.