New Super Light 'FlyCam' Drone Aimed At the Masses

DJI is out with a new FlyCam drone that is as small as most smartphones on the market.

New Super Light 'FlyCam' Drone Aimed At the Masses
Mavic Mini DJI

Just in time for the Holidays and after weeks of speculation, DJI is out with its newest drone the Mavic Mini. 

This super lightweight, tiny drone doesn't need registration with the Federal Aviation Administration because of its size nor is it budget-busting.  Coming in at $399, it sure to top people's holiday lists this year. 

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DJI cramming high-tech into a lightweight frame

With the Mavic Mini, DJI is following the trend of cramming more high-end technology into cheaper drones.

“To design a drone as lightweight, compact yet capable as Mavic Mini was one of the most challenging projects we’ve ever tackled at DJI,” Roger Luo, President of DJI said in a press release. “Distilling top-of-the-line features into a palm-of-your-hand drone is the culmination of years of work, and we are ecstatic to bring a new class of drone to the DJI lineup. Mavic Mini’s long flight time, ultra-light weight and high-quality camera makes it DJI’s everyday drone – and most importantly, it’s easy to fly, no matter your experience level with drones.”

The Mavic Mini fits in your pocket 

The Mavic Mini weighs under 250 grams and is almost as light as most smartphones on the market. Thanks to foldable legs, the drone is portable, putting it in the safest weight class of drones. That means it's exempt from certain regulations such as registering with the FAA. The Mavic Mini builds on the technological advancements DJI has made with its folding series of drones. The aim is to pack as many professional-quality drone features into the lightest frame possible.

Mavic Mini tiny size.
Mavic Mini  Source: DJI

The remoted controller maintains an HD feed at distances of as much as 4 km. Pilots can capture  2.7K video at 30fps, 1080p at 60 frames per second, or 12-megapixel photographs using the 1/2.3-inch sensor. Built-in technology including a three-axis motorized gimbal keeps the camera stable ensuring footage that is worthy of a share on social media.

The Mavic Mini is aimed at everyone

Because of its size, it can stay in the air for up to 30 minutes with a fully charged battery, longer than other FlyCams on the market. The Mavic Mini accompanying app is designed to make the drone easy to use and for users to capture and edit videos and images. DJI is going after the mass market with this drone, calling it the "everyday flycam" on its website.  DJI is currently accepting preorders for the new drone which begins shipping on 11 November. 

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