New DJI Mavic Mini

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red_slr

9,544 posts

137 months

Monday 18th November
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Sooo I am not so sure now if the radios are different... I powered my drone on for the first time and it said to pair the drone etc and pressed next then it said something like "rebooting to confirm to local laws" and then powered off and then on... hmm..


thebraketester

8,363 posts

86 months

Monday 18th November
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I would be amazed if it’s a hardware difference. Makes no sense for production costs.

Lazermilk

2,847 posts

29 months

Monday 18th November
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I've been reading the forum linked below about it and seems you may actually be worse off buying a US version as it will limit you to the EU/UK mode, however the US one is locked to only 5.8ghz wifi meaning max distance of only 500m, whereas the 2.4ghz mode available with the EU/UK versions would give much further distance.

Then you also have the warranty issues if its needed and potential legal issues on top, so not really worth it, the distance the EU/UK ones can cover is easily enough for me, it beats the spark it seems anyway.

Now... just need someone to buy my spark biggrin

https://mavicpilots.com/threads/ce-version-of-mavi...

Danny4494

31 posts

45 months

Monday 18th November
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Just got an email saying I will be getting a refund as they have insufficient stock where can I get one now everywhere seems out of stock

red_slr

9,544 posts

137 months

Monday 18th November
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I got mine from Drones Direct.
There are a few on ebay too.
I think someone said on here some Apple Stores have them.
Also Argos, use the national search website when I checked on Friday for a friend there was stock but 40-50 miles away.


red_slr

9,544 posts

137 months

Monday 18th November
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So my initial thoughts if anyone interested:

Packaged very well.
Batteries are flat on delivery. Will take 2 hours to charge.
Controller flat on delivery - took about an hour to charge.
Firmware update seemed to take forever - was showing as "drone locked" until updated.

The drone is very flimsy - but to be expected I guess. I would not want to crash this.
The thread pitch on the sticks is quite coarse so they only need a couple of turns to put on.... but also come off...

First flight 15 mins as it was almost dark by the time I had charged and done FW update. Despite pressing the record button on the controller no video was captured.. not sure what was going on there.

Auto take off and auto land both worked very well.

Handles well in the air, very responsive and in sport mode has enough punch for me. The GPS lock is always there which I was not expecting in sport mode thought it would be like the old non GPS mode on the NAZA of old. No back flips here.

What really impressed me (other than the charging and FW update) is it was ready to fly out of the box, no calibrations no IMU etc.

Things really have come a long way! Not even touched on the camera yet, as it did not record anything.

thatsprettyshady

987 posts

113 months

Monday 18th November
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I had a little time this evening to fly out on a beach local to me (Meadfoot beach in Devon), I left it in "Cinematic" mode which dulls the inputs for a smoother video. I was quite impressed with the camera, it was around 4pm so there was a low sun and big variations in light levels but the results were good enough for my needs.

Youtube vid - https://youtu.be/PLWSL4Fl1Xk

Some still pics (if you click them you can get full res)






Danny4494

31 posts

45 months

Monday 18th November
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Lovely bit of of footage there how was the wind and also what sort of range was you traveling looked more than adequate

thebraketester

8,363 posts

86 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Anyone know what "video Subtitles" do... doesnt seem to do anything.

ecsrobin

10,231 posts

113 months

Tuesday 19th November
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thebraketester said:
Anyone know what "video Subtitles" do... doesnt seem to do anything.
Subtitles when watching the tutorials?

thatsprettyshady

987 posts

113 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Danny4494 said:
Lovely bit of of footage there how was the wind and also what sort of range was you traveling looked more than adequate
It doesn't really seem to be affected by wind although it was quite calm yesterday. Definitely haven't had any problems with stability so far.

Not sure how long the range was but not more than 200m because I was keeping an eye on it. Personally I think that the limited range thing isn't as much of an issue as many make out.

thebraketester

8,363 posts

86 months

Tuesday 19th November
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ecsrobin said:
thebraketester said:
Anyone know what "video Subtitles" do... doesnt seem to do anything.
Subtitles when watching the tutorials?
No... its in the Camera >>> Advanced Settings page.

Danny4494

31 posts

45 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Cannot find the fly more in stock anywhere, is it worth buying the basic or waiting it out

ecsrobin

10,231 posts

113 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Danny4494 said:
Cannot find the fly more in stock anywhere, is it worth buying the basic or waiting it out
Apple stores all saying 11th December, for delivery from them 4-11 December. Personally I’d wait it out.

red_slr

9,544 posts

137 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Danny4494 said:
Cannot find the fly more in stock anywhere, is it worth buying the basic or waiting it out
The following Argos stores have stock

Holyhead
Bridlington
Oban
Wick

So 2 in north Scotland one in Yorkshire and one in North Wales.

Old Man Peabody

465 posts

155 months

Wednesday 20th November
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I've got to reiterate what everyone has been saying about this little drone.

For the money it's just great fun, very stable, very easy to fly, takes great pictures and with the Fly More pack the batteries seem to go on forever! There's something very satisfying about seeing areas you've known all your life from a totally different perspective.

I've only managed to take it out properly a couple of times but I'm hoping to get plenty of use out of it, especially when the weather picks up.

I still can't get used to how high and far it can go and I'm not anywhere near testing the drone code limitations.

My biggest fear is that now this is very affordable and under the weight needed to register it, that if loads get bought for Xmas and people are just reckless with them, it's definitely going to ruin it for everyone sooner rather than later. You can have a great time with them while staying very much on the right side of the law. I just hope the general public realise it isn't a toy and use it sensibly as DJI will sell a truck load of them, especially over the Xmas period.

rs4al

775 posts

113 months

Wednesday 20th November
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Thinking about getting one to complement my photography.

In terms of use, can you realistically use drones in a public space, say a park or coastline. I’m guessing as long as you stay 50m from them then you are ok.

Old Man Peabody

465 posts

155 months

Wednesday 20th November
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This is useful:

https://dronesafe.uk/safety-apps/, in combination with the Drone Code guidance.


eltawater

1,924 posts

127 months

Wednesday 20th November
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rs4al said:
Thinking about getting one to complement my photography.

In terms of use, can you realistically use drones in a public space, say a park or coastline. I’m guessing as long as you stay 50m from them then you are ok.
Check your local park byelaws. Many of them already have existing restrictions for model aircraft which also apply to drones.

Lazermilk

2,847 posts

29 months

Wednesday 20th November
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thatsprettyshady said:
Danny4494 said:
Lovely bit of of footage there how was the wind and also what sort of range was you traveling looked more than adequate
It doesn't really seem to be affected by wind although it was quite calm yesterday. Definitely haven't had any problems with stability so far.

Not sure how long the range was but not more than 200m because I was keeping an eye on it. Personally I think that the limited range thing isn't as much of an issue as many make out.
I was thinking the same with the distance limits, I checked on google maps the distances I was actually flying with my spark recently when at my parents and it wasn’t nearly as far as I expected, think I didn’t get over 300m distance but felt much further.