Under the 250 gram FAA registration limit with 30 minutes of flight time!
This 249 gram drone is under the FAA weight requirement - you do not need to register it!
DJI Has announced the Mavic Mini - this tiny drone fits in a jacket pocket while still providing all the smarts that DJI has developed with years of being a drone leader. Easy to fly, easy to capture smooth, stable footage with the 3-axis gimbal and costs just $399.
12MP/2.7K Quad HD 3-Axis Gimbal Camera
Up to 30 Minutes of Flight Time
Stream HD Video From up to 2.5 Miles
Includes Controller & Flight Battery
This looks to be an excellent drone and a perfect first drone with easy one touch flight modes, landing and built in tutorials. The $399 price does include a small, compact controller. I also think this will be a fantastic travel drone. I preordered the fly more combo the moment it was announced at $499 it includes 2 spare batteries and a multi battery charger along with prop guards and a carrying case. Well worth the extra $100 in my opinion.
There are some drawbacks to this small drone. It does not shoot 4k. 2.7k at 30fps and 1080 60fps are the highest quality/fastest fps available and the sensor is just 12mp with no RAW capture. And with a drone this light you are more susceptible to wind - 17mph is listed as the max wind speed which may feel limiting in some situations. The drone does not provide manual WB control and no shutter speed control during video. Serious photographers and videographers might find that pretty limiting. Overall I expect this to sell incredibly well and perform well for most people.
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