5 Things you need to know before you fly the Mavic Mini in Ireland


5 Things you need to know before you fly the Mavic Mini in Ireland

by Tony Kinlan


Everyone has been vlogging, blogging, and talking about the Mavic Mini, but what does this drone mean to those flying in Ireland?

Size

The Mavic Mini is the smallest drone ever produced by DJI. It comes in at an incredible 249g. This figure isn’t by accident- at 249g the Mavic Mini is just under UK and USA rules around drone registration and the future EASA mass rules. However, it does fall under EASA registration requirements, as it can capture data via its camera. Since it is the size of a phone, it’s very difficult to see it at a distance. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled when sending it out for that epic shot, and it is advisable to have a pair of binoculars handy.

Price

If 10 years ago we though that a flying robot that wasn’t much heavier or more expensive than a Nokia 3210 was coming our way, we mightn’t have believed it. Now for less than €400, we have an incredible piece of Kit that is super easy to use while also packing that camera.


Camera

This is arguably the most amazing part of the Mavic Mini. It comes with a 3 axis gimbal camera, meaning you get super smooth footage, while shooting Full HD at 60fps, meaning you can slow it down to smooth half speed when editing. It also shoots 2.7k and 12MP stills. The one big drawback of the Mavic Mini’s camera is that it only shoots JPEG, and as such, there isn’t the same flexibility with image editing that there is with RAW format.

 

 

 

Registration

You may have heard that you don’t need to register the Mavic Mini in Ireland with the IAA. While that might be true in some cases, for most real life applications of the Mavic Mini you’ll need to register it. If you plan on flying the Mavic Mini higher than 15m, you must follow all the rules that apply to drone operators, including not flying in a controlled airspace. If the temptation of the epic cityscape is too much, then consider becoming a licensed pilot with the IAA. A license will give you the tools and knowledge you need get permission and nail that shot in a safe, responsible, and legal manner.

Flight Time

With a flight time of 30 minutes the Mavic Mini has the longest flight time of any consumer drone released by DJI out there. You’ll be able to stay airborne to get that sunset at exactly the moment that matters. In comparison, DJI’s flagship Inspire 2 drone, with 2 onboard batteries, can only fly for just over 20 minutes, putting the Mavic Mini’s achievement into perspective. It’s also worth mentioning that those 2 batteries cost the same price as a Mavic Mini.

 

There is no question that the Mavic Mini is an industry changing drone and we can’t wait to get out there and fly it. You can register your Mavic Mini here: