- Marcus Chavers | News Ledge
DJI wants you to ‘Fly as You Are’ on October 30 as the company has set 9 am EST next Wednesday as its next big product event. The product in question? Get ready to say hello to the DJI Mavic Mini.
The new camera drone has been confirmed thanks to FCC filings not caring about corporate security. Secret product announcement? Hey, here’s the FCC code with the name. Gotta love the U.S. government.
What’s new on the DJI Mavic Mini?
Rumor Twitter accounts are battling it out over features, but the major feature looks to be the weight. The Mavic Mini should tip the scales are 245 grams. That’s a massively important number in that it comes under the FAA mandated registration rules for all consumer drones weighing over 250 grams.
What remains an open question is if poking federal regulators is the smartest course of action for DJI. Luckily for them, the federal government has redefined dysfunctional, and we are closing in on an election year.
There’s no way legislation makes it through the House and Senate in the next year. So, the company gets a free pass to work around the rules and get consumers into the hobby without any barriers.
DJI Mavic Mini Price. All signs point to $399, which places it in the impulse-buy territory. If the company can figure out its manufacturing woes, the Mavic Mini should fly off the shelves and under plenty of Christmas trees.
Mavic Mini Camera. Rumors have it sporting the 12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor. Those hoping for 4K60p should check their expectations at the door. It’s $400. 4K video at 30fps is impressive for the price with 60fps available at 2.7K. Another addition is the camera is rumored to be on a three-axis mechanical gimbal, so no EIS. For the price, that’s one hell of a coup.
Battery life. At 245 grams, the fact it stays in the air is impressive. The DJI Mavic Mini is looking at around 15 minutes, depending on conditions. Nothing is ever perfect, so take the number with a grain of salt.
DJI Mavic Mini Range. Like the battery life and camera, the price point limits what we will see on October 30. Paired with the remote controller, expectations are for 3.1 miles. That’s one rumor I’m unsure on considering it’s replacing the Spark. I’d expect the drone to use enhanced WiFi, which would limit the range, but we will see.
DJI Mavic Mini Closes Out 2019?
It’s been an interesting year for DJI. Tons of Osmo releases and now a beginner camera drone for sale to replace the DJI Spark. Those wanting something more will have to wait until 2020. DJI has already confirmed it would not release a flagship camera drone until next year due to its upcoming AirSense technology. Still, a $399 4K drone? That’s a solid holiday present.
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