DJI’s new Mavic Mini is the perfect drone for everyone

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The Mavic Mini is ready for liftoff.
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DJI unleashed its smallest and lightest drone on the world this morning and it just might be the cutest drone ever.

The Mavic Mini is so light it’s one of the first (if not the first) mass-market drones that does not have to be registered with the FAA. Don’t be fooled by its tiny size. This little drone can capture some serious cinematic footage and it’s so cheap it won’t hurt your bank account.

If you’ve been thinking of getting your first drone, this is the one for you:

Priced at just $399, the Mavic Mini packs the same 1/2.3-inch sensor camera sensor found on the Mavic Air. It can shoot 2.7K video at 30fps and 1080p video at 60fps. All of that video is shot super smooth with a 3-axis gimbal. It can also snap 12MP stills if that’s your thing.

The body of the Mavic Mini is pretty similar to the Mavic Air. All four arms fold in making it super compact and portable. Battery life is rated at 30 minutes per flight depending on how fast you fly. Like all of DJI’s other drones, it comes with intelligent shot modes making it super easy to capture stunning footage.

One of the only downsides of the Mavic Mini is it doesn’t have any many obstacle avoidance sensors as other DJI drones making it easier to crash. There are some ground sensors on the bottom though making it easier to land softly. This thing isn’t going to rival the DJI Mavic 2 in terms of video quality, but if you’ve ever wanted a flying camera, there isn’t a better introductory drone out there.

The Mavic Mini is available today. The regular $399 package includes a controller, one battery and an extra set of propellers. Splurging on the $499 Fly More packs will get you propellor guards for indoor flight, three batteries, a charging hub, carrying case, controller and three sets of propellers.