The space of aerial imaging and consumer grade unmanned aerial vehicle, or more popularly known as drones, is not that big really. You can segregate that market into two as well. There are those that makes these things to go racing. There are those who makes them for things like videos or even photography. Of course, the application of drones stretches far beyond those. We are not going to look at those today though. Today is all about drones that we like to use for photography and video. There is one brand that is always associated with this purpose. Heck, they could be the only brand in the market that you can think of when you start going on about consumer grade drones.
DJI is the name synonymous with aerial photography and videography. They do not stop there though; they are also makers of the world’s most innovative and advanced video stabiliser tools. The stabilisers they make are so advanced; any user can pick them up and use them without any training. That same functionality was brought over to their drones too when they start fitting crazy amounts of sensors to work within the drone to prevent you from crashing it and spend more thousands to fix it. It flies smarter, and in turn you can shoot smarter.
While DJI has managed to put drone technology into our hands, there is one big problem that comes with these highly advanced stuffs. They are expensive. They can get extremely expensive. For example, the most advanced consumer, hobbyist drone, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is still going to set you back MYR 6,000 and above. That is not money that a lot of people may be able to afford. That kind of investment can only be justified by either the rich, or the people that uses this footage for semi-professional use. The DJI spark and Mavic Air just does not cut it if you want that fuss free experience while getting great footage. So there is now a big gap for this small segment of market.
Welcome to the DJI Mavic Mini, yes, another Mavic for the series. In short, it is everything that is great with the Mavic Pro series, but without all the weight that comes with it; including cost. It is way cheaper than the Mavic 2 Pro for starters, at MYR 1,599. It weighs way less too at 249g. That is no more than the weight of the small 250ml water bottle you carry with you. It is even smaller than the bottle if you fold it up.
Yes, it packs all the great things that you get from the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. With the DJI Fly App (available 11th November 2019) there is plenty of functions. You still get the ‘Circle’ function, the ‘Dronie’ shot function, and ‘Helix’ mode. There is also a ‘Rocket mode that shoots the drone straight into the sky while focusing on you or any other subject.
It does not shoot at 4K though, sadly. It shoots at 2.7K Quad HD; which is still more than enough for consumers to work with. Even if you scale it down to 1080p, it still looks gorgeous. You can shoot photos at 12-Megapixel, which is proven to be still very high-resolution for social media use. It does not pack as much sensor as the Mavic 2 Pro though, but enough to keep the thing flying safely and crash free at most conditions. It flies longer though – 30 minutes compared to 27 minutes.
This goodness will set you back MYR 1,599. That is just the basic package though. With that, you get one battery, one drone, and one remote control. If you are willing to splurge just a little bit more at MYR 1,999 you are getting two extra batteries, a carrying case, extra propellers, a charging hub, and propeller guards. The products are already available for pre-orders and customers should expect the products as soon as next week.