DJI Mavic Mini

DJI’s new Mavic Mini is arguably the first high quality camera-carrying drone for the masses. At just £369, it’s the perfect price point for an impulsive pre-holiday purchase or a premium Christmas pressie from a loved one. 

 

The Mavic Mini weighs a floaty 249g fully loaded, which is one measly gram shy of the CAA’s new 250g regulation. And that means you don’t need to register it or pay £9 every year. You are a clever little sausage, DJI. Size wise, the drone is so small it can be hidden under an iPhone 11 and easily tucked into a pair of chinos.

 

The Mavic Mini’s camera shoots 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second and crisp 2.7K at up to 30fps (believe us, 2.K is plenty sharp enough for the average computer monitor). Its 12mp stills, meanwhile, are nicely detailed. Despite the size, the craft is surprisingly stable in flight and fast and nimble when flown in Sport mode. It will easily fly for up to 30 minutes on a single charge and up to 4km away (far beyond the CAA’s line-of-sight regulation). However, one thing this drone doesn’t have is obstacle avoidance. But we don’t think this is a deal breaker if common sense prevails.

 

The Mavic Mini is available in two packages: the basic bundle – hand controller, flight battery, charger, spare props, 32GB Micro SD card and a bunch of different phone cables – and the Fly More Combo, which also comes with a fabulous herringbone carry case, four batteries, a charger for charging four batteries at once and propellor guards for indoor flight.

 

If you’ve always hankered after a top-quality camera drone but didn’t fancy the idea of splashing out a fortune, then this is the model for you. It’s remarkably stable and reliable in flight, a doddle to control and it shoots ravishingly good cinematic footage to boot.

DJI, £369