New DJI Mavic Mini

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Chamon_Lee

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2,626 posts

95 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Anyone else had a look at this?
What do you think?

Having looked at drones on and off for my outdoor adventures this seems absolutley perfect.

https://store.dji.com/product/mavic-mini?site=bran...


gregs656

4,301 posts

129 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Looks great, and not crazy money.

I currently have a Zerotech Dobby which I picked up for peanuts (about 60 quid), the Mini looks like a natural progression from that.

Dan_1981

14,061 posts

147 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Looks good, will be as reliable / easy to use as the other DJI products.

I'd probably still spend a little extra on a preowned Mavic Pro 1

gregs656

4,301 posts

129 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Dan_1981 said:
I'd probably still spend a little extra on a preowned Mavic Pro 1
The weight means this Mavic is much more use able, that is the reason it is 249g and not 251g.

The bigger drones, how ever more capable, are a bit pointless if you can't fly them anywhere. Hence me having a Dobby and not a Spark.

Dan_1981

14,061 posts

147 months

Wednesday 30th October
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And conveniently scrapes in under the current weight for having to meet legislation rules.....

red_slr

9,544 posts

137 months

Thursday 31st October
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I am seriously considering ordering one. For £450 that's a *lot* of drone.

My last DJI RTF drone was a MK1 Phantom. Since then things have got a bit expensive for me but this looks great.

Chamon_Lee

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2,626 posts

95 months

Friday 1st November
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red_slr said:
I am seriously considering ordering one. For £450 that's a *lot* of drone.

My last DJI RTF drone was a MK1 Phantom. Since then things have got a bit expensive for me but this looks great.
Yeah I think its an excellent price.
Two main things missing is object tracking and object avoidance
According to reports and previous bevaiour from DJI object tracking is very likely to be added as part of a software updated
Object avoidance - I am not sure how important this is seen as its a bit hit and miss sometimes on other models.

red_slr

9,544 posts

137 months

Friday 1st November
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From what I have seen when you do the quick shot mode say circle if the person selected move it does adjust and track so its almost certainly a software rather than hardware update, although for £399 I don't know if they will want to give all the features for that price.

Object avoidance is no use to me anyway if anything would just get annoying as I have been flying RC 30+ years.




red_slr

9,544 posts

137 months

Friday 1st November
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Ordered the fly more pack... its going to be a long wait biggrin

theboyfold

9,866 posts

174 months

Friday 1st November
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gregs656 said:
The weight means this Mavic is much more use able, that is the reason it is 249g and not 251g.

The bigger drones, how ever more capable, are a bit pointless if you can't fly them anywhere. Hence me having a Dobby and not a Spark.
I've been wanting a drone for years, but have been put off by the regulations. Can you humour me and explain why the weight is important and what the difference is between this and a larger drone in terms of rules and regs?

eltawater

1,924 posts

127 months

Saturday 2nd November
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theboyfold said:
gregs656 said:
The weight means this Mavic is much more use able, that is the reason it is 249g and not 251g.

The bigger drones, how ever more capable, are a bit pointless if you can't fly them anywhere. Hence me having a Dobby and not a Spark.
I've been wanting a drone for years, but have been put off by the regulations. Can you humour me and explain why the weight is important and what the difference is between this and a larger drone in terms of rules and regs?
250g in the UK is the magic limit from which you'll need to register as a drone operator and pay the annual fee of £9 to the CAA once it finally gets going on the 5th November. Similar in the US where drones above 250g need to be registered with the FAA.

eltawater

1,924 posts

127 months

Saturday 2nd November
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red_slr said:
From what I have seen when you do the quick shot mode say circle if the person selected move it does adjust and track so its almost certainly a software rather than hardware update, although for £399 I don't know if they will want to give all the features for that price.

Object avoidance is no use to me anyway if anything would just get annoying as I have been flying RC 30+ years.
I prefer to ignore the fact that my Mavic Pro has object avoidance capabilities and just try to avoid flying it in a way which is going to put it at risk. I don't trust the onboard object avoidance 100% to save me from my own stupidity, particularly when it has no rearwards avoidance!

smartypants

42,121 posts

117 months

Saturday 2nd November
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It looks a great package for the price, especially for a DJI product.

I would still push the boat out and get the Mavic 2 Pro, it’s extremely portable as it is (when you factor in chargers, remote and batteries a can’t believe the mini is that much better). The extra modes 180 degree tilt gimbal, tracking modes avoidance etc. Plus the fact the lens is great and adjustable aperture.

But we are talking about 4x the cost! Depends if you’re into fun little videos or proper photography.

By the way, when did this weight registering limit thingy come in? Wasn’t aware of this when I bought mine!

smartypants

42,121 posts

117 months

Saturday 2nd November
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Found it... oh well I never, comes in 30th November, have to register with CAA.

I don’t mind that at all, will give me more clout to fly it as long as I am registered. Just a money making exercise though.

red_slr

9,544 posts

137 months

Saturday 2nd November
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It comes into force on 30th November so you need to go on line and pay your fee and get your operator ID.
You will also need to renew this ID each year.
You will also need to take an online test which will qualify you to fly with that operator ID, you will need to take the test every 3 years.

The website for doing all this is not live yet, it will go live on 5th Nov.

If you are flying <250g then these regulations do not apply as the FAA / CAA etc were mindful that some childrens toys would fall into the regulations so they put a weight limit in. They also assume that 250g will be light enough that if it hits a person, building, aircraft etc then it should not do much if any damage.

DJI have seen this limit and come out with something that just falls under the limit its 248g without memory card.

smartypants

42,121 posts

117 months

Saturday 2nd November
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Yeah just manged to find some info, thanks. Nice little earner. £9? Should be free.

dxg

5,467 posts

208 months

Lazermilk

2,847 posts

29 months

Saturday 2nd November
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smartypants said:
Yeah just manged to find some info, thanks. Nice little earner. £9? Should be free.
Think yourselves lucky, in Austria it’s something like 300 euros per year plus you need insurance on top!
One of the reasons I’m thinking of selling my spark for one of these, I don’t currently have license or insurance for mine due to the costs being so high and the amount I would use it, but just don’t use it anywhere near other people or buildings there and generally just use it when abroad.

smartypants

42,121 posts

117 months

Saturday 2nd November
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Wow. Its a good idea to be registered but I know they will do it in a very haphazard way. I probably won't bother until they get the system right and I hear of people actually being fined for doing practically nothing but flying over private land.

ecsrobin

10,230 posts

113 months

Saturday 2nd November
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smartypants said:
Yeah just manged to find some info, thanks. Nice little earner. £9? Should be free.
I’m curious as to why you think it should be free? The admin costs alone of managing all the registrations that happen must be a fair old price so shouldn’t just be absorbed by the CAA.

smartypants said:
Wow. Its a good idea to be registered but I know they will do it in a very haphazard way. I probably won't bother until they get the system right and I hear of people actually being fined for doing practically nothing but flying over private land.
Seriously £9 is it really worth not paying?

Edited by ecsrobin on Saturday 2nd November 12:39