DJI Mavic has launched a new uber-compact and ultra-light drone that can be flown without being registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and can be folded up into a palm-sized package when not being used.
The DJI Mavic Mini weighs only 249 grams (8.78 ounces) and that figure includes the weight of the microSD card that comes with the package. What’s more, the drone’s battery weighs 100 grams alone, which doesn’t leave much of a budget for everything else.
Because the drone weighs only 249 grams, it’s one gram short of falling under FAA regulation for requiring a registration. DJI Mavic says that distilling top-end features into such a small design was one of the most challenging projects the company has ever tackled.
The Mavic Mini has a lengthy spec sheet with features that include the ability to capture 12-megapixel aerial photos and 2.7K Quad HD video footage at 30 frames per second (or 1080 @ 60fps).
The included remote control lets you view a 720p video transmission from the drone for up to 4km (2.5 miles), a three-axis motorized gimbal ensures stable image capture, while GPS lets you bring the drone back with ease after exploring your limits. DJI Mavic claims a maximum flight time of up to 30 minutes straight
Pre-orders are open now with units expected to ship November 11. Pricing is set at $399 for the Standard version and $499 for the Fly More Combo. The Standard version ships with the Mavic Mini drone, a remote controller, one battery, extra propellers, as well as all the tools and wires you need to get up and running. For another hundred bucks, the Fly More Combo throws in a 360-degree propeller cage for extra protection, a two-way charging hub, three batteries instead of one, three sets of extra propellers, and a carrying case.