DJI announces the smallest Mavic drone yet

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The Mavic Pro was a discovery when DJI declared it a little over three years ago. 

More About The Mavic Pro 

The foldable drone was specifically the shot in the run the industry required to help make the technology more available for the masses.

The design has had a significant impact on both the industry at large and the public opinion of a drone’s visionary ideal. 

DJI, meantime, has used the last few years perfecting the line and creating up a robust software contribution.

The Mavic’s design has also influenced DJI’s other line, including, distinctly, the DJI Spark. 

In spite of external similarities, however, the selfie drone was never really acknowledged as a part of the Mavic line. 

After all, the higher-end drones have long fascinated to professionals, thanks to their capability to capture excellent footage in spite of a small footprint.

The Introduction of Mavic Mini

Launched today, the Mavic Mini is the next sensible step in that evolution. 

Like the Spark, the latest drone is tiny enough to rest comfortably in the palm of your hand. 

Unlike the Spark, though, the sub-250 gram drone is created to serve as a more severe imaging product.

It is capable of shooting 2.7K video at 30fps or 1080p video at 60fps. 

Plus for stills, it can do 12 megapixels courtesy of a 1/2.3-inch sensor, all installed on a three-axis motor-driven gimbal.

Given, none of that can compete with the Hasselblad camera fixed on the latest Mavic Pro, yet weight and pricing were both concerns here.

And also, the Pro is clinging around, so DJI will want to distinguish between tiers. 

There is another big exception here, as well, one that justifies being highlighted for proposed buyers.

There is no built-in barrier avoidance. 

The necessary sensors were not added for the reasons mentioned above.

That said, there are lots to like here, including a battery that shall get a firm 30 minutes of flight time on a charge, along with a slew of various shooting modes that will make you seem like you know what you are doing with the click of a button.

The drone is ready for pre-order today, valued at $399. 

There is also a $499 package that covers three batteries, an additional set of propellers, a carrying bag, a charging hub that will even charge your phone, and some strong propeller cages. 

It begins shipping from November 11.

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