Whereas we have seen some fabulous Osmo merchandise launch this yr, DJI has been comparatively quiet on the drone entrance for the reason that announcement of the the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom final yr. That is perhaps about to vary, with FCC filings for one thing referred to as the Mavic Mini having now been made public.
We first heard in regards to the Mavic Mini in August when a Chinese patent filing for a brand new pint-sized quadcopter was found. On the time, leaked photos of a consumer-grade drone resembling a mash between the DJI Spark and the Mavic Air set the drone neighborhood abuzz.
Hypothesis put the Mavic Mini coming in with a $399 price ticket (about £327 / AU$593). If true, that may make it cheaper than the launch value of the Spark, which carried a price ticket of $499 / £519 / AU$859 when it arrived in 2017.
The primary distinction right here is the attainable addition of 4K video seize which the Spark missed out on.
It’s coming quickly when it seems in FCC database. pic.twitter.com/td4LmGla1LOctober 9, 2019
Greater than only a mini refresh
Whereas the Spark remains to be the most effective entry-level drones you should buy, it’s over two years previous and will do with a recent coat of paint, which the Mavic Mini may simply present.
The place the Spark could not be folded right into a smaller bundle, the Mavic Mini will reportedly have folding propellers like its older Mavic siblings. The rumor mill additionally places the Mavic Mini’s dimensions at 270mm diagonally when unfolded and weighing in at simply 250g.
If true, that may imply you might not have to register it with aviation security authorities in your nation. Within the US and Australia no less than, drones weighing 250g or much less do not must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or the Civil Aviation Security Authority (CASA) respectively.
DJI owns a majority share in digital camera firm Hasselblad, explaining the way it was attainable for the Mavic 2 Professional to function a superior snapper. Nevertheless, that did come at a steep value. If the $399 value level for the Mavic Mini is something to go by, chances are high we’re not going to see any Hasselblad tech right here.
That mentioned, it might be honest to anticipate a 12MP sensor (just like the Spark’s) with 4K/30p video recording capabilities below the hood.
The all-important battery life stays a thriller, but when the Mavic Mini is changing the Spark, then about 18 minutes of flight time is what it is best to anticipate. Something extra from a pint-sized quadcopter could be an enormous bonus to the customers and a significant achievement for DJI.
With the FCC submitting out there to view by the general public, it is secure to say a launch announcement is imminent. In truth, we would not be stunned if it arrived in time for the Christmas purchasing interval.
[By way of DroneDJ]