DJI Mavic Mini Review | The Perfect Drone for Recreational Flyers
The DJI Mavic mini isn’t just a new drone to me, it is my first drone ever. This DJI Mavic Mini Review will cover everything I have learned in the first couple of flights with the drone. After purchasing the drone, I immediately plugged the batteries in and started charging while driving to a good location to fly.
I found an open field that was along the Skagit River and included some good places to grad some videos. While I watched some drone videos before buying, this was the first time I ever flew a drone. As a beginner I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to control the drone good enough to get quality videos but the funny thing is that these drones are so simple that almost anyone could fly them. Of course it was also apparent that it takes practice to get completely smooth motions while flying.
While DJI states you can get up to 30 mins of fly time out of one battery, more realistically you are going to get about 20 minutes of flight time. For me and I think many others you will want to fly for more than 20 minutes before having to wait hours for the battery to recharge. So this is why the Fly More Bundle is something every buyer should get.
When looking at the purchase, I’m extremely glad that I bought the fly more bundle that came with two extra batteries. Without the extra batteries, I feel like this drone or any drone won’t meet any of your expectations. The Fly more bundle is $100 more than just buying the drone alone. It comes with 2 extra batteries (3 total), multiple battery charging hub, a Mavic Mini case and a propeller protective cage. I believe this package is worth the money as right now batteries are backordered and cost $45 a piece. The Charging hub is $35, the case is $30 and the protective cage is $19. While I could do with the protective cage the other accessories are great and buying separate would cost $155.
When getting into the settings of the Mavic Mini, we find that there are limited adjustments that could be made when taking photos and videos. In addition there are no raw files for either pictures or videos. While this would make professional photographers pick a different drone, recreational flyers will love this drone. Even Youtube vloggers can use this drone because the video quality is exceptional. You can film in 2k (30 fps) or 1080p (30 or 60 fps). So if you don’t care about raw images and videos, this is the perfect drone for you.
Overexposure warning: will give a visual warning on the screen to show areas that are overexposed. Can be a good tool but also very confusing on super sunny days.
Guide: The perfect tool to make sure your scenes are centered
Sport: fastest mode but the trade off is less smooth than the other two modes and burns battery faster
Position: The best mode to be in most of the time even when shooting video that doesn’t need the smoothest mode. Also when moving from different shooting locations this gives the best speed to range battery loss.
Cinema: Slowest speed mode but gives buttery smooth cinema looking video
The drone range is advertised as roughly 2.5 miles but in the real world this is going to be highly dependent on your line of sight. I have found that any obstacles such as trees in between you and your drone will cause the range to be significantly less. However over water I have been able to travel out 2 miles at 50 feet and still have reception before the drone needed to come back due to battery life. Reception will always be better over water than land as the water helps bounce the reception better.