DJI Mavic Mini Review | Streamlined or Stunted?

DJI Mavic Mini Review | Streamlined or Stunted?

The DJI Mavic Mini is not only the most affordable, entry-level option in the lineup, but also a true consumer-friendly option. Pricing, high learning curves, and flight restrictions have held back the vast majority of people who are eager to invest in a drone. The DJI Mavic Mini pushes those problems aside.

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  1. Bill Welch Sr. on March 17, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Everything mentioned in this video that the MIni lacks would obviously add weight and increase the price, thus defeating the very reason for investing in a 249 gram
    entry level drone you don’t have to register with the FAA. I own both the Spark and the Mavic Air and jumped at the chance to buy this for the increased flight time alone. Obstacle avoidance is a non-issue as most of my images are shot from an altitude above 200ft. I think the reviewer has possibly missed the point behind the appeal of the Mini because comparing its features to drones costing twice or three times as much doesn’t
    make any sense. As with most products you get what you pay for, and I think DJI has packed a great many very attractive features into their new drone at this price point. I can’t wait to receive mine on the 11th.

  2. Dronerise Photography on March 17, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Mine is coming the 14th. The weight thing means nothing to me since I’m already registered. The flight time and 3 axis gimbal sold me on it. I sold my Spark, and ordered the mini. As for the Obstacle Avoidance, I always turn mine off on my Air and Spark unless I’m using the automated features, so that’s no problem with me.

  3. J-NO LIFE on March 17, 2020 at 9:13 am

    This is a pretty bad review. Its only $400!

  4. Armando Ferreira on March 17, 2020 at 9:15 am

    I bought one and the main reason was the below 250gr weight. I have been thinking about buying the Mavic Air because as you said has all the good stuff but there was one thing that annoyed me, the noise. A drone that has reasonable camera and all basic features, quiet and less than the bullshit rules of 250gr made the deal for me.

  5. Health is on its Way on March 17, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Does it have RTH Return To Home?,,,,, And Can you connect a tablet?, Cell phones are too hard for me to see when flying

  6. PKTV on March 17, 2020 at 9:17 am

    can you apply Lut or colour grad it?

  7. Simon Wardle on March 17, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Dont care about the obstacle avoidance – I just want to be able to take bracketed photo’s. Still not sure if you can or not. Possibly with a firmware upgrade???

  8. Jason's Chronicles on March 17, 2020 at 9:18 am

    "You should be confident its not going to crash" – You should be confident in your ability to fly….. Dear DJI, next time please send review units to some actual "R/C Pilot". 🙂

  9. kamran saeed on March 17, 2020 at 9:18 am

    I think this drone is bargain for the price, the fact is you get 3 batteries, you dont have to register, small and easy to carry

  10. mark pulling on March 17, 2020 at 9:20 am


  11. Nick Miller on March 17, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Lmao “other drones when they hover, the drift and you have to ……control….. them. “ come on dude. For 400$ I think this thing is dope as hell for the price.

  12. Lee Good on March 17, 2020 at 9:21 am

    who uses obstacle avoidance these days? hardly anyone I know and I certainly don’t. and I think they’ll put in follow me in in an update they’ve got the foundation for it laid in quickshots already. it’s a great drone.

  13. Twin City Aerial on March 17, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Can you get me a copy of the DJI Fly app? I got my Mavic Mini on 11-7-19 but can not get the App anywhere yet.

  14. PKTV on March 17, 2020 at 9:25 am

    4:05 basically you have to FLY WITH SKILL!!! and at 399 who cares, the less expensive the drone the more confident you are with it,.

  15. Pacmancereal on March 17, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Lol, I turn off obstacle avoidance on my Mavic pro, so the fact that this doesn’t have it is just one less setting to mess with.

  16. Glen Smith on March 17, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Everyone is saying it only costs $400. All fine except, that is without the controller. So the real price is $500. The 249g weight will make it a seller in the States. In other parts of the world you can fly a drone up to 1000g without a license. Making 4K drones that are far cheaper a better buying option for my use.

  17. cablebrain on March 17, 2020 at 9:25 am

    If you add blade guards to the mini does it come under FAA regulations, due to the added weight? How about if you put a sticker on it? The minuscule contents of one packet of Splenda equals 1 gram.

  18. Raychard Kho on March 17, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Should one get this since I already own the air? The real wold 25mins flight time is selling point

  19. Jithin Mathew on March 17, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Damn you’re getting a lot of hate in the comments. Good video man! Thanks for the info.

  20. Jordan Warne on March 17, 2020 at 9:32 am

    I really want manual video controls, especially for white balance and exposure.

  21. Reuben Ahmed on March 17, 2020 at 9:33 am

    $400 is nothing for a drone, who cares if it crashes. If this is your first drone, you’ll crash and you might think $400 is a lot of money. Think of it as gaining flight experience, so when you get a real drone that has obstacle avoidance, you will barely need it.

  22. Christian Mercado on March 17, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Digital Trends please choose a better reviewer next time. Someone who actually can fly a drone…

  23. Scott Almas on March 17, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Not buying without some update to at least allow control via phone app. It makes no sense to miniaturize a Mavic for portability and then require you to schlep a controller around. That’s the most absurd product mistake since "New Coke" (many of you won’t even remember that blunder). Although I like the gesture control of my Spark and Mavic Air, I could live without it if I could at least control with my phone. The absence Active Track is also a major downer. I have a case for my Spark that is a tad smaller than the Mavic Mini’s case and which allows me to carry my Spark and 3 batteries. So for the same size, I’ve got Active Track/Follow me, Gesture Control, far more camera control functions and flight modes and obstacle avoidance. I just don’t get this product at all. That said, I’ll be keeping my eye out for a firmware/software update that might allow phone control and that could tip the scale for me (even without Active Track).

  24. Yali Zhu on March 17, 2020 at 9:36 am

    I wouldn’t buy this drone if it had obstacle avoidance feature. Because DJI’s OA technology really sucks. I never risk my drone flying close enough to trigger it. I realized what I need is the skydio level kind of OA with which I can fly close to all kinds of things like buildings, trees, people etc. without worry about it might crashing to the objects around it and fly one like a bird in woods

  25. Bazlightyear007 on March 17, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Seems to me you want everything for nothing. If you want more features, look at the Mavic 2 or air. This is a really good basic model which has just enough for the occasional pilot.

  26. Santa C. on March 17, 2020 at 9:39 am

    I would buy this drone, because I have a phantom 3, and this one has the same battery life but longer distance travel, but if they’re going to increase the capability to avoidance, I justmight wait for that
    one. It’s quite possible you’re right about the openings on the front end.

  27. Michael Russell on March 17, 2020 at 9:39 am

    I wish it had the follow me and avoidance feature would be nice but not a deal breaker. It would be nice if DJI made an upgrade to the mini to add those features in the future with an upgrade module or software upgrade so those who have it can also upgrade.

  28. Bob Coughlan on March 17, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Without the ability to capture and process panoramic shots it is dramatically stunted.

    If they are targeting the travel market, by making a drone they is under the weight requirement for registration in most countries, making it the ideal drone to take traveling, what ever would possess DJI to not include the ability to capture and process panoramas?

    Surely the drone and the camera are physically capable of capturing the panorama shots, and the stitching / post-processing would be a function of the software.

    I’m really struggling to understand why the DJI FLY software hasn’t been given the same ability which DJI GO already has.

    Yes, they’re two different apps, but they belong to the same company, so surely the features/code can be easily transferred from one app to the other.

    Seriously disappointing. I was excited about this drone. Now I will not buy it unless these features are added.

  29. Roystar Files on March 17, 2020 at 9:41 am

    I’ll buy one. Obstacle avoidance is not important to me, I turn it off on my Spark to get a little more battery life and I always fly VLOS.

  30. Tim Ribich on March 17, 2020 at 9:41 am

    What’s with the awful, distracting MUSIC?!?

  31. Nazir Khan on March 17, 2020 at 9:46 am

    I think this was a fair and honest review. I agree, why put the casing that contains slots for OA, unless they have plans for it in the future. This is a small drone, and therefore , i would imagine it to be used for close quarter filminng in tight awkward spaces that bigger drones would not be able to do. OA is a must for this. Lets not get carried away with what glitters.

  32. Murray Williams on March 17, 2020 at 9:48 am

    I’m going from the Traxxas Aton to the Mavic Mini. I want a drone where I can see the image of what the camera is pointing. Too many times I had my gopro on the Aton….I’d fly around for 15mins and the footage was shit cause I couldn’t really see what the camera was pointing at. Plus I don’t want to spend $1000 on something I’m just gonna take on vacation and take a few videos of the scenery and family

  33. voongnz on March 17, 2020 at 9:49 am

    I would buy this if I didn’t have my mavic pro.

  34. PKTV on March 17, 2020 at 9:50 am

    I think most people flying with drone for the first time should fly with NO SENSORS!! so they can developer ACTUAL FLYING SKILLS!! before moving to the more expensive ones, that way they become more of a professional drone pilot.

  35. Tom Goral on March 17, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Good for beginners? This will be my first drone.

  36. Darrin Nunyah on March 17, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Name another drone at that price that has 2.7K, flies for 25ish mins, has optical flow, a 3 axis gimble and weighs less than 250grams. You cant because there are none. Range is largely a moot point given that most countries mandate maintaining visual control of the drone. To me, this is a damn fine drone for what you’re getting.

  37. DeeJay Briez on March 17, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Jeez, Do that many people rely on obstacle avoidance. It makes me believe that a lot of pilots would absolutely shit their pants if they had to fly manually,

  38. Tommy Howard on March 17, 2020 at 9:53 am

    DJI need to stop making wifi drones. Integrate reliable OccuSync or the older light-bridge

  39. TheOnlyLinkify on March 17, 2020 at 9:55 am

    NGL pretty poor reason not to buy it.

  40. Reuben Ahmed on March 17, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Biggest problem that you didn’t mention, this drone can’t take RAW pictures. Take that with paltry 2.7K 30fps, wait for Mavic 3 (January 2020).

  41. Alex Tech on March 17, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Obstacle avoidance! really? just because of that don’t downgrade what DJI has done here, they are finding ways to have first time flyers. I would say that this Drone is perfect for those that want to start in the drone flying hobby/business rather than just saying oh I wouldn’t buy this drone

  42. Valinor Mons on March 17, 2020 at 9:58 am

    I’m going to get this drone asap because of the flight time and stability it has for being so small and also because it does have excellent video quality with the 3 axis gimbal function. Not that I know anything about drones because I’ve really never flown one! And of course the price is very good for a drone of this type. I would like the app to be updated for tracking and I understand that DJI will probably do that soon…I hope… As far as obstacle avoidance goes, I don’t know; I’ve heard that if you have a drone that has it, then your subject to all kinds of alarms, bells and beeps. It just might get very annoying after so long. I also agree with what Geoff Ss says down below there too. If your going to fly a drone, then know what your doing and pay attention! I do agree with you on that it may be advisable to wait for the upgraded DJI Mavic Mini, but I’m still going to get this one in the meantime.

  43. EDWIN CHU on March 17, 2020 at 9:59 am

    how i wish that the dji fly app uses the same compatibilities with the dji go4 app since most people who were able to install the dji go 4 app were not able to install dji fly app due to incompatibility issues like having android versions below 6.0. Its really an extra cost for everyone when you need to buy a phone or tablet just to be able to use the dji fly app. We would really appreciate Dji would look into this matter. Thank you.

  44. gnarmarmilla on March 17, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Thanks man. Thats a hard choice, still looks pretty sweet. But I don’t know if its a good idea to get our 10 year old this drone, being that it does not have obstacle avoidance.

  45. Tom g on March 17, 2020 at 10:01 am

    your reasons for not buying it are a joke and you are not drone pilot.

  46. Aerial Perspectives on March 17, 2020 at 10:02 am

    I will be picking mine up on the 11th. I have been flying the pro 2 for about 10 months and I want this one to carry just about everywhere. I want to have a drone with me like I have a camera with me most of the time to fly whenever I feel inspired wherever I am. It is not so much having a cheaper drone to feel more confident with but having a second drone I think I will be a little more adventurous with this one knowing I can be flying my other one the next day if I have an issue. That being said I am a very careful and overly cautious drone pilot so I am hoping this one will loosen me up a little and I will fly a little lower over my rive and my forest later this month 🙂

  47. Cshnazy 720 on March 17, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Oh yeah let me whip my drone out it’s in my pocket. Why would you want to walk around with a drone in your pocket gtfo of here.

    “It’s still not small enough to fit in a pocket” ??? Stupid

  48. Genaro Johansen on March 17, 2020 at 10:06 am

    This guy hasn’t understood at all a shit for who this drone is for.
    This drone is for those who want to learn how to fly, and for those who are going out and traveling in the world and do not bother to spend time standing in the local office and applying for a flying permit while on vacation.
    This drone is simply brilliant because it goes past all drone laws and comes to my best travel buddy.

  49. EddiePotatoes on March 17, 2020 at 10:09 am

    “oNlY HaS 2.7k vIdEo”

  50. The Geordie, the Witch and the Wench on March 17, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Drones reviews!!! He’s been fling for 3 months 🙄

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