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Test: DJI Mavic Mini in the test

DJI Mavic Mini im Test

Conclusion from 31. 10. 2019

The DJI Mavic Mini is an ultra-light and easy-to-use travel drone that everyone, thanks to a weight of only 249 grams fly without legal restrictions may. The 2.7K videos look great and the recordings are perfectly stabilized. The price of around 400) Euro is very fair. Only the range is not particularly long and 4K video is not on board.

Advantages
Very affordable price (price -Performance)
Super flight characteristics
Very compact and light (249 grams)
Does not fall under any legal restrictions
Video quality very good (2.7K video)
Suitable for beginners (New DJI-Fly app)
Disadvantage
No automatic tracking mode
Range not very large
no 4K video
no internal memory – but microSD slot

Small drone for everyone

“Anyone can fly this drone” – this is how DJI advertises its latest little drone. But is it really that easy to fly? The foldable Mavic Mini drone with 3-axis gimbal is not only small, but with its 249 grams a real lightweight and just under the 250 grams of brand. This is important because it does not provide any proof of knowledge, also known as a drone driving license , for the device needs. The current limit is 2 kg, however in June 2020 a new EU drone regulation will come into force, which is already 250 grams requires the drone driver's license or an online course. The law has not yet been passed. In addition: For drones under 250 grams there is no labeling requirement and owners can dispense with the corresponding badge. However, the name badge can be helpful if you ever lose the drone.

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The Mavic Mini is stable in the air even in strong winds CHIP

The folk drone for a small price

The Mavic Mini is quite cheap: Round 400 Euro costs you in the bare configuration with controller. The set with 3 rechargeable batteries, charging station and propeller protection is available for around 500 Euro. This price should appeal to drone beginners in particular and enables a fairly inexpensive introduction to drone flying.

Instagramers or holidaymakers can use the Mini with the new DJI Fly app quickly create and share short videos. The ready-made QuickShot videos are helpful here. There are four different flight modes in which the drone automatically records videos in a specific flight pattern. The QuickShot shooting modes include “Rocket”, “Dronie”, “Circles” and “Helix”. Unfortunately, there is no automatic tracking function available, such as the standard for the more expensive DJI Mavic Pro 2.

Because of the focus on social media, the Mini “only” has a maximum resolution of 2.7K videos at 30 frames per second with 40 Mbit video bit rate . 4K is reserved for the more expensive DJI models like the older Mavic Air. FullHD videos turn the little drone with 60 images the second. The video quality is very good and the stabilization of the recordings is almost perfect thanks to the 3-axis gimbal.

In sport mode the accelerates Mavic Mini on 48 km / h. The normal mode is sufficient for beginners. The battery lasts for around half an hour of flying, which is a very good value for a drone of this class. However, we measured around 5 minutes less. Even in strong winds, the Mavic Mini stood unimpressed in the air and held its position, which is a powerful feat for such a small lightweight.

The DJI Fly More Combo contains 3 batteries, controller, charging station and bag. CHIP

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So is the Mini really ideal for beginners? We think yes and no: the new app is even clearer and more intuitive than previous versions of the app. At the time of the test, however, there were occasional connection breaks while flying, which was perhaps due to the beta stage of the app. However, we assume that at the market launch in mid-November 2019 the problems have been fixed.

Completely effortlessly, however, the drone does not fly. In addition to the technology, owners still have to deal with the regulations. This includes that you can only fly the mini drone in sight and not over residential property. The range indicates DJI with up to 2 kilometers. In practice, however, this is a lot less: The connection became weaker after only a few hundred meters. In addition, the Mini has no safety sensors at the front and rear, only downwards. So you have to take a closer look yourself where you are flying and do not rely on an automatic evasion system. This is a challenge, especially for indoor flights. Here the prop guards of the Fly More Combo are helpful, which intercept lighter collisions with the wall of the room.

Who does not have 1. 000 wants to spend euros and does not film professionally, but rather Flying for fun, the DJI Mavic Mini is a cheap alternative at a fair price. And the big advantage is: Everyone can fly them.

The controller is included. CHIP

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