DJI miss the point with the new Mavic Mini

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Sadly the new Mavic Mini is a waste of time for anyone looking to use it for photography or video use. Having deliberately downgraded many features of this drone, a trick played by the professional video industry for many years.

Giving a drone Auto White Balance only (AWB) is a complete disaster for photographers and anyone producing video. Only this week I flew my Mavic 2 in my local park to discover after a firmware update my drone was set to AWB.

Flying over yellow autumnal leaved trees drastically changes your white balance if set to AWB making your footage useless, so to give you a drone with AWB only is a disaster and very poor thinking by DJI.

With the Skydio 2 made in the USA about to enter the arena DJI should not be producing drones with a very poor feature set. Other commentators say they are “protecting” the Mavic line of drones…nonsense.

All they are doing is loosing a major percentage of serious drone users who would welcome a drone of this weight and size.

I would like to thank Nino Leitner from Cinema 5D for pointing out these poor features and here is his video and a link to his review https://www.cinema5d.com/dji-mavic-mini-review-good-pro-filmmaking/

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3 comments on this post

  1. Scott Lakey says:

    It’s made for the US Market which allows you to fly licence free under 250 grams

  2. Alvaro P. says:

    Philip, I think you have missed your assessment. DJI did not try to make a drone for professionals. Watch the video on DJI web site and you will see that they are all young people looking to have fun. And possibly they will only see the results on a smartphone …

    HDW : The point being DJI would have sold twice as many had they not deliberately left off these important features.

  3. Ms Jane Bowles says:

    Hello. Thank you for your post. Having finally retired I had sold my drone fleet Phantom 4, Mavic Pro and Inspire1 X5R, I was rather interested in the mini but could not get the answers I was looking for until I checked Cinema 5D yesterday evening. The questions I ask, will DJI upgrade to firmware to fix awb and lock the shutter speed? If they do I would be very likely buy it for hobby use as I live in the Snowdonia National Park.

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