This New DJI Drone Fits in the Palm of Your Hand

Drone manufacturer DJI has just announced the new Mavic Mini, a palm-sized drone designed to be so light that it does not require registration from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in the UK.

Touted by DJI as the “Everyday Flycam,” the new Mavic Mini hosts a number of powerful features so far unseen in a drone of this size.

As DJI’s lightest and smallest foldable drone ever, it weighs a mere 249 grams and can easily fit into the palm of your hand, making it ultra-portable for those looking to do drone photography without breaking a sweat. Because no registration with the CAA is required, it may tempt drone users put off by the new legislation on flying drones.

“To design a drone as lightweight, compact yet capable as Mavic Mini was one of the most challenging projects we’ve ever tackled at DJI,” said Roger Luo, President of DJI. “Distilling top-of-the-line features into a palm-of-your-hand drone is the culmination of years of work, and we are ecstatic to bring a new class of drone to the DJI lineup.”

Despite the size, DJI is aiming to provide the same professional quality that is present in its larger drones. This translates into the ability to capture 2.7k video at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps, or 12-megapixel photographs using the 1/2.3-inch sensor. The camera is supported by a three-axis motorized gimbal that ensures footage is both “smooth and cinematic”, whilst being “perfect for sharing on social media”.

DJI has strived to make operation of the new Mavic Mini simple, through the use of a dedicated remote controller. The Mini will have up to 30 minutes flight time, with a Wi-Fi transmission signal delivering stable control and a HD live feed. GPS receivers and downward visual sensors detect the ground below, allowing for precise flying and landing.

A number of advanced modes are integrated to capture more cinematic content. For example, Rocket mode is where the Mavic Mini flies straight into the air with the camera pointing downwards whilst following your subject.

Other modes include circle, dronie and helix, allowing for a variety of exciting automated shooting methods.

The DJI Mavic Mini is available for pre-order at a price of £369. For more, visit the DJI Mavic Mini website.

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Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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