Most times when people want to document their thru-hikes they attempt to bring the minimum gear to record possibly with the lowest weight possible. In almost all cases this has meant you wouldn't bring a drone for quality footage as it was large, cumbersome, and very heavy. In then comes DJI to fill the niche with their DJI Mavic Mini.
Welcome the DJI Mavic Mini who weighs in at 249g meaning it doesn't need FAA licensing. This super lightweight drone is much easier to carry as it is able to fold up into less than the palm of your hand making it a perfect accompaniment to any hikers pack who would like to record.
This is the drone us outdoor enthusiasts have been waiting for ages for. The ability to take off from your hand, land in hand and take nice high-quality 2k video while negotiating the outdoors. This Mavic Mini features 30 minute flight times on a battery also, this means you can get an outstanding amount of filming in!
Here’s a rundown of what we’ll provide in this DJI Mavic Mini review:
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Super Lightweight - Now many people don't grasp 249g means in the drone landscape, this is about 1/2 pound and this means it is super simple to carry or pack along any time. To a thru-hiker or someone wanting to shoot a documentary of their hiking this means it moves from a no to a more "possible" status.
Incredible Flight Times - The flight time on a battery for the Mavic Mini comes in at 30 minutes! This allows you to get a large and vast amount of high-value video. Prior to this the smaller the drone was the less flight time you would typically have due to the smaller battery capacity.
Longer Range Flights - The DJI Mavic Mini has an amazing 4km HD video transmission range which allows you to pull in the entire scope of your travels and not just close-ups. Thinking about capturing the mountain you are on or the places out and away from human civilization could offer a new unique perspective to those thru-hiking on the PCT, CDT and AT.
Lightweight - There have been some concerns on the weight and flights outdoors, but it doesn't look limiting from watching YouTube and other videos online.
Under-Powered - This is true on the outside, they had to lessen the overall abilities from the Mavic Air 2 to get to the weight requirements they were aiming for.
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Looking at the features and benefits is great, but taking a look at what real-and-actual customers have to say about a product offers a deeper dive of insight. Here we’ve curated reviews that reflect the DJI Mavic Mini, providing feedback from product users and reviewers on independent review sites as well as on Amazon.
The Mavic Mini is quick enough to be fun, but it won’t win any races. It’s responsive and fast enough. Light and easy. Compared to a Mavic 2, it feels smaller and less powerful — because it is — and yet it never feels too small or underpowered. The Mavic Mini is well-balanced, and owners should find it enjoyable to fly.Read More...
Mavic Mini’s high-grade camera captures compelling footage in 2K high definition, and its new DJI Fly app’s suite of creative features seamlessly transforms photos and videos into professional-quality productions. Its enhanced, stable flight performance provides more opportunities to explore using one of the longest flight times for a drone of its size.Read More...
While this is an awesome product there is no current reviews as it has just released! As soon as I find real non-biased reviews I will be adding them here to provide you the most detail I can!
Start recording your flights in quality! I'm looking to purchase one for my Lone Star trail hike and will use it for 7 days and see how this holds up. At the weight of a cell phone, it is a no brainer to take and record some additional amazing quality shots!