Camera drone DJI Mavic Mini in the test: small, good and cheap
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The DJI Mavic Mini has GPS, a high-resolution camera and 3-axis gimbal on board. We tested how the 249 g light drone with a flight time of 30 minutes beats in practice.
The Mavic Mini looks at first glance like a shrunken version of the Mavic 2 series (buying advice). The light gray Copter has the popular folding mechanism of the engine boom, powerful brushless motors, a camera and a three-axis gimbal for image stabilization. The design of the built-in camera is reminiscent of the gimbal camera Osmo Pocket by DJI (review). During transport, the camera and gimbal are protected from damage by a plastic cover.
The Mavic Mini is trimmed to the lowest possible flying weight. This allows the long flight time and allows less stable components. For example, the arms are hollow inside; The motor cable lying in it is only covered with foam. Despite the overall slightly filigree construction, the drone leaves a stable overall impression. Due to the low total weight of 249 g, the Mavic Mini should survive even minor crashes.
Unlike the previous Mavic models this time two-piece folding propellers are installed, as we know them so far only from the Parrot Anafi (test report). These are lighter than the previous design. They also cause significantly less aircraft noise than DJI Mavic 2 (review) or DJI Spark (review). In practice, you attract so much less attention.
In the folded state, the drone measures just 130 × 80 × 60 mm. When unfolded, the dimensions are 150 × 190 × 60 mm. The diagonal from engine to engine is then 213 mm. This makes the Mavic Mini an idea larger than the DJI Spark with the dimensions 143 × 143 × 55 mm. But significantly smaller than the Mavic 2 with the dimensions 322 × 242 × 84 mm.