Is the Mavic Mini suitable for beginners?

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Is the Mavic Mini suitable for beginners? Well, yes, it is. I will tell you why in this article. But first, some specs!

WEIGHT: The ‘Mini’ is a featherweight drone, comes in at only 249 grams. One could think it’s negative with a superlight drone because of heavy winds etc. But it’s incredibly steady due to DJI’s extraordinary designs and very sophisticated technology.

CAMERA: Weighing only 249, the ‘Mini’ still boasts a 12MP camera capable of shooting 2.7k Quad HD videos, Wich is just amazing! Perfect for the casual flyer.

Video resolutions when filming:

  • 2.7 K: 2720×1530 25/30 p
  • FHD: 1920×1080 25/30/50/60 p

Video formats: MP4(H.264/MPEG-4AVC)

Picture formats: JPEG

FLIGHT TIME: Average of 30 minutes, flying at a speed of 14 kph without any wind. (Recording in 2.7K Quad HD will make it fly less than 30 minutes, like other things)

MAX TRANSMISSION DISTANCE:

  • Newest model – (Model MR1SS5)
  • 5.8 GHz: 4000 m (FCC); 2500 m (SRRC)

Meaning: Where I live, in Sweden, this would restrict my max flight distance to 2500 meters. While in the US, the max flight distance would be 4000 meters.

 

PROS:

  • 12MP cam shooting 2.7K at 30p
  • Foldable
  • Flight Time
  • Affordable

CONS:

  • No obstacle avoidance
  • Downward collision sensors only
  • No 4K shooting

Summary: is it perfect for beginners?

As the most DJI drones, they feature a Flight Tutorial, built into the DJI fly app.

The tutorial covers all you need to get started, such as aerial creation, safety tips, and even learning to take terrific aerial images. All you need to go from zero to hero!

I noticed when I bought my Mavic 2 Pro that when the battery gets low, a stressful alert sound is starting, wanting you to return to ‘Home point’ you can set this before takeoff. Home Point usually sets automatically, but if not, you can manually calibrate it through the DJI Fly Apps.

The controller and DJI app feature a ‘Return To Home’ function that will return the drone to its chosen home point. The feature has saved many people from losing their drones into open water or just going MIA due to battery loss.

I use it on my Mavic 2 Pro all the time. I have preset that I want my drone to return home on an altitude of 35 meters, Avoiding trees, houses, mountains, etc. it’s working good and 95% of the time, my drone land precisely where it took off.

But to be 100 percent sure, I always keep a close eye on the drone when it comes within sight, and sometimes it can be 30-100cm off in the landing phase. Here the problem often is interference, such as metals, for example: if you take off from a boat dock, where metal bars are the foundation, it can act up all wrong because of disturbances. Often you get a warning message about the kind of interference when they drone is trying to set the Home Point when starting up.

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