DJI Mavic Mini Leaked Photos and specs – Is it under 250 grams?

DJI Mavic Mini Drone leaked - Is it under 250 grams?

The Mavic Mini from DJI is definitely a leak that makes me excited, as you can already see from the pictures that there are too many details to be just a hoax and it might just be under 250grams.

What should you expect from this article:

  • I’ll go over each detail I can see in the pictures
  • List of leaked specs (not guaranteed)
  • Debate a few of the possible specs from the looks of it.
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DJI Mavic MINI photos- why this is a real leak

I don’t know if DJI is doing this intentionally, or if they’re really bad at managing their employees, but it’s like the fourth time a leak like this has shown up. I’m pretty sure it’s a marketing strategy to build hype by now.

I consider this to be 100% a real leak, because of the following reasons:

  1. The blue background is the same or similar to the one with the leaked pictures of the DJI Spark (and that proved to be true).
  2. Nobody would bother to create a great looking product like this just foar a hoax.
  3. There actually is demand on the market for good quality drones under 250grams.

DJI Mavic Mini vs DJI Spark

I always wished DJI spark was foldable, and I guess this is the solution DJI is going to offer. Although the two drones seem to be about the same size, the Mavic is slightly thinner and of course it has the foldable arms, which makes it way more compact than any drone we’ve seen so far from DJI.

And again, if you notice, both leaks have the same blue background and that makes me think that this has to be a legit leak.This time even the photos are more accurate.

The propellers are foldable as you can see, and it seems to come with a simple charger and usb cable. I’m expecting it to come with a controller also, or maybe a separate bought one, like the spark used to. But I definitely wouldn’t be happy with only Wifi range.
 
As you can see on the front arms, the wires are exposed, probably because the product is not yet ready.

 

There is a micro usb slot in the back along with a micro SD card reader.
From the front, we can see that it comes with a gimbal cover I think that hides what looks like a pretty big camera for its size. Very similar in shape to the Mavic 2 pro. The gimbal cover looks pretty solid and wide.

 

As we can see in the front there are 2 obstacle avoidance sensors as we’ve been used to.
There’s also a pic with the bottom of the aircraft, that shows what looks like  2 or 3 downward facing sensors for more precise landing and hovering. 

Close to the camera we can find an on and off button next to some battery LEDs. The cooling sistem can also be found on the belly of the aircraft in what looks a lot like some fish gills.

 Between me and you, I always thought the Mavic looked like a shark.
There’s also some dark spots here that look like places where one could screw certain accessories on it. Maybe they’re made for attaching legs or external devices.

 

From bellow we can see the actual camera size, in what looks like a 2 axis gimbal, similar to the one on the spark, but might as well just be a 3 axis one. The camera and gimbal seems to be about 2.5 cm wide, which is a pretty good size, the bigger the better as it can fit more technology in there.
The last photo is one from the inside, which again shows the level of detail one would have to go to fake this.

We can see there’s a round battery slot this time, covering most of the space inside the aircraft, and even going outside a bit. 

The battery has a hatch this time, not being exposed, so it may be easier to manufacture as it doesn’t require the additional plastic, led’s and buttons, those being on the aircraft now.
Now, the big question, will the Mavic Mini be under 250 grams to make it legal to fly without registration in most countries?

 

We can’t know for sure until DJI actually releases the official specs. But Considering its really small size there’s a good chance. And again, DJI, with their every product have carefully selected a strong need in the market and filling a gap  for the consumers to enjoy. 

I don’t think they would release a drone that’s basically just the Spark with a different design, It has to cater to a different market, and this time it’s probably going to be people on a budget that want a small, under 250 grams drone that they can take through the airport and not care to register it.
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Leaked specs (speculation) 18th of aug

Battery Life

18min

Range

3000m

Controller

Yes

Gimbal

3 axis

These specs have been leaked on the internet recently, but can’t be 100% trusted, so take them with a grain of salt. I have my doubts that the drone has a 3 axis gimbal, but anyway, let’s get to it.

Here are my own estimations:

  • under 250 grams
  • 2 axis gimbal
  • under $400
  • over 1km range
  • wifi technology (like mavic Air)
  • 15 min flight time
Aircraft 
Takeoff Weight245 g
Dimension140x140x53mm
Diagonal Distance (propellers excluded)170mm
Max Ascent Speed9.8 ft/s (3 m/s) in Sport Mode without wind)
Max Descent Speed9.8 ft/s (3 m/s) in Auto Landing Mode
Max Speed31 mph (50 kph) in Sport Mode without wind
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level13,123 feet (4,000 m)
Max Flight Time18 minutes (no wind at a consistent 12.4 mph (20 kph)
Max Hovering Time17 minutes (no wind)
Operating Temperature Range32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
Satellite Positioning SystemsGPS/GLOSNASS
Hovering Accuracy RangeVertical +/- 0.1m (when Vision Positioning is active or … Horizontal +/- 0.3m (when Vision Positioning is active or +/1 1.5m
Transmitter Power (EIRP)2.4 GHz … and 5.8 GHz …
Operating Frequency2.400 – 2.483 GHz; 5.725 – 5.825 GHz
GIMBAL 
Controllable RangePitch –85° to 0°
Stabilization3-axis mechanical (pitch, roll, yaw)
3D SENSING SYSTEM
Obstacle Sensing Range1–16ft (0.2–5m)
Operating EnvironmentSurface should be larger than 20x20cm and able diffuse reflection, with reflection rate >20%(eg. Wall, tree, people
VISION POSITIONING SYSTEM 
Velocity Range≤22.4 mph (36 kph) at 6.6 ft (2 m) above ground
Altitude Range0–26 ft (0–8 m)
Operating Range0–98 ft (0–30 m)
Operating EnvironmentSurface with clear patterns, enables diffuse reflection with >20% reflection rate. Adequate lighting (lux>15)
CAMERA 
Sensor1/2.3″ CMOS, Effective pixels 12MP
LensFOV 81.9° 25mm (35mm format equivalent) f/2.6
ISO RangeVideo 100–3200, Photo 100–1600
Electronic Shutter Speed2–1/8000s
Image Size4000×3000
Still Photography ModesSingle Shot, Burst Shooting: 3 frames, Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV bias, Interval 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60s
Video Resolution4K: 3840×2160 30p, 2.7K: 2688×1515 60p, FHD: 1920×1080 120p
Max Video Bitrate60Mpbs
Supported File SystemsFAT32 (≤32GB)
Photo FormatJPEG
Video FormatMP4 (MPEG–4 AVC/H.264)
Wi-Fi 
Operating Frequency2.4GHz / 5.8GHz
Max Transmission Distance100m (Distance)…
REMOTE CONTROLLER 
Operating Frequency2.4GHz
Max Transmission Distance2.400 – 2.483GHz (unobstructed, free of interference), FCC 3.1mi (5km); CE: 1.8mi (3km); SRRC 1.2 mi (2km), 5.725 – 5.825GHz (unobstructed, free of interference), FCC: 3.1mi (5km); CE: 1.8mi (3km); SRRC 1.2mi (2km)
Operating Temperature Range32° to 104°F (0°–40°C)
Battery3000mAh
Transmitter Power2.4GHz: FCC: ≤26dBm; CE:≤18dBm; SRCC: ≤18dBm, 5.8GHz: FCC: ≤28dBm; CE:≤14dBm; SRCC: ≤26dBm
Operating Current/Voltage950mAh @3.7V
Supported Mobile Device SizeThickness range: 6.5–8.5mm, Max length: 160mm
Charger 
Input100–240V; 50/60Hz; 0.5A
Output5V/3A; 9V/2A; 12V/1.5A

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