Today I’m going to review a drone that is often been talked about lately which is DJI Mavic Mini I have been using this drone over the past one month and I’m satisfied with the overall performance of DJI Mavic Mini Before I continue with the review and I conclude my thoughts on this drone Let us first view some footage that I’ve recorded this past one month Before we fly the drone we need to download DJI Fly app the download can be made through Apple Store or Google Play store we launch the app From the app we can see GO FLY tab Now we are ready to fly the drone On the left side of the screen we can see a small arrow pointing upward we need to tap on that then long-press the ‘Take off’ button to start flying it’s that easy Ok I have no intention to make a detailed review on this drone
I would like to share features that I used most of the time while flying DJI Mavic Mini The first feature is we can control the exposure of the footage by pressing the EV symbol and change the value If we change the value to 0.0 it will result in overblown image I tend to dial a negative exposure value to get a more contrasty image Now I’m going to change the value to -0.7 To prevent a sudden shift in exposure value I would lock the EV value The next feature that I like to use is the ‘zebra’ we can see the stripes in the sky We can view an overexposed area by activating overexposure warning It can be activated in advanced camera setting then turn on the Overexposure warning switch For me, histogram is an important feature for us to view whether the exposure is properly set For example the histogram is peaked on the left side of the graph

It means that there are an underexposed area in the image meanwhile here Now we can see the histogram has a peak in the center In DJI Mavic Mini there are three main flying mode Mode P is the position mode the second one is sports mode the third one is cinesmooth mode Each mode have different speed in term of flying speed and camera or gimbal movement We can see how smooth the footage in cinesmooth mode When we change to position mode the speed would increase slightly Meanwhile in S mode Sports mode High speed There’s a significant increase in speed According to DJI’s specification The maximum distance that the drone is capable of reaching is 4 km However in a real situation seldom we can reach that far We see how far this DJI Mavic Mini can go That’s the ‘Return to Home’ feature works It is a safety feature In case there is sudden signal loss so the drone can return to home point with the ‘Return to Home’ feature Finally, what is the conclusion that I can make with this Mavic Mini This is a compact, light, and very capable With a price tag of around RM 1500 It’s difficult to find any drone with this kind of capabilities Among the advantages that I can think of The first one being the compact size with a weight of just at 249 g It might not have a significant impact on our country but for those countries which have regulation on the weight of drones that need to be registered This might give more benefit to them Next is the battery life This drone is capable of flying for a duration between 25 to 28 minutes Even though DJI officially claimed that it could fly up to 30 minutes I personally never achieve that flight time The battery durability is directly affected by environment factors For example the wind If we fly the drone in a strong wind the battery might drain faster

If we compare it with DJI Mavic Air the flight time can reach between 18 to 20 minutes Mavic Mini has a longer flight time Maybe because it is lightweight making the battery last longer The picture quality is another advantage that I identified in DJI Mavic Mini it can produce beautiful pictures both video and still pictures Overall I’m satisfied with the picture quality of DJI Mavic Mini I personally prefer for this drone to have capability to record video in log profile For DJI they are using the Dlog profile When we use log profile it can produce an image with wider dynamic range With that, when we do editing we can retain as much details in shadows and highlights Next are the sensors DJI Mavic Mini only has 2 sensors on the bottom Basically, it is for landing It would be better for safety reason Mavic Mini has front sensors to give us some peace of mind When we fly the drone especially in areas Where there are many trees or other obstruction to prevent coalition between the drone and the surroundings That all for my review of Mavic Mini

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