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swiftwindwalker
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Just thought it would be nice to know for how many Mavic mini is their first drone and what were their reasons to buy the mavic mini, is it because its affordable, or was <250g a big factor in deciding, or 2.7k with 3 axis gimbal the selling point. If you already owned a mavic mini, did you plan to replace your existing drone (if yes, mention the one you own currently)  or did you plan to use it along with other drones (if yes, mention the drones you currently own) and let us know your reason for buying the mavic mini.
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2019-12-11
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swiftwindwalker
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Flight distance : 126480 ft
United Kingdom
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This is my first drone and my main reason for purchase was < 250g and a 2.7k with 3 axis gimbal.
2019-12-11
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Ice_2k
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Flight distance : 160007 ft
Romania
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First drone, main reason was price. I've been looking at drones for some time now but couldn't bring myself to spend 1.5k on something I wasn't sure I'd still be using 3 months later. I've been known for making impulse purchases and then realizing I used them twice a year If I end up liking the hobby, I'll surely upgrade to a Mavic (3?) Pro.
2019-12-11
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DowntownRDB
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Flight distance : 525 ft
United States
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Already owned Skydio but wanted something a bit more portable for trips.  MM fit the bill for portability.
2019-12-11
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JodyB
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Flight distance : 28566 ft
United States
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I bought the mavic mini because I've owned several other drones, but not a DJI drone. I've always heard the name DJI so much but always felt they were out of my reach with the pricing (mavic series).  Then along cam the mavic mini. While I still feel the price is a little high for my budget, I thought why not give it a try. The price and size is what made me jump on it. I don't regret it either. Maybe down the road, I may upgrade to a bigger mavic with more bells and whistles, but that all depends on budget and what direction the laws take in the future.
2019-12-11
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Vehok
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Flight distance : 79413 ft
Portugal
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my first drone I opted for the excellent cost and drone
2019-12-11
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fansbd5c48d6
lvl.4
Flight distance : 1207385 ft
United States
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My first Drone.  I have bee casually looking for a year and the Mini is the first drone I felt could deliver nice 1080 video at a price point that was acceptable to my budget.
2019-12-11
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The Watchman News
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Flight distance : 63970 ft
United States
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The Mavic Mini is my second drone. Ok technically my third. My first drone was sent to me by a viewer of our news show. It was a cheap Syma. I lost it on the second flight. I decided I wanted to test out the return to home feature so I hit the button without realizing that return to home apparently meant China because it lifted up high and took off the opposite direction never to be seen again.

My second drone (that I still have) is a Potensic D58. It is what it is. Not very capable. The FPV range is extremely sad. 100 feet or so is all I get. The reason for me owning a drone is security. I am referred to as one of those crazy "preppers". Drones make great tools for perimeter security but 100ft just doesn't cut it.

So then a few weeks or so ago I heard about the Mavic Mini just releasing. I saw the advertised range and although I normally do not have that much extra money laying around I fell in love with what I saw on youtube. Then low and behold our great creator provided me with our biggest vinyl decal order to date (aside from doing news we have a small merchandise business). I promptly ordered the Mavic Mini and I absolutely love it. Perfect solution for my needs.
2019-12-11
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Part107
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Flight distance : 138310 ft
United States
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Mini is my 4th drone and i want it because of size/weight to play with and not have to register it.
2019-12-11
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DJI Paladin
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Flight distance : 318 ft

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Hi. Thank you for creating this poll. I hope that you will get the best information and the best insights from our valued DJI co pilots who purchased the DJI Mavic Mini. Thank you and fly safe.
2019-12-11
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Maxi3D
First Officer
Flight distance : 93993 ft
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United States
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Part of my DJI collection and hopefully sometime this century add a Skydio 2 to the shelf when it arrives.  
2019-12-11
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killertek78
Second Officer
Flight distance : 77008 ft
Canada
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Option 1, first real drone, mostly based on price to performance.
2019-12-11
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MatthewW28
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Flight distance : 11444652 ft
United States
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I had a drone from Traxxas (known for their r/c trucks, rock crawlers, sports cars, etc.) which was more of a stunt drone that I had a small camera with. I decided to go with the Mavic Mini because of how inexpensive it is and also it won't be disturbing to my neighbors if I decide to fly it locally since I live a bit away from New York City to where I could zoom into NYC and you could identify the major buildings and bridges through the 12 megapixel camera with surprising quality.
2019-12-11
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Elias22
lvl.4
Flight distance : 101578 ft
Finland
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2nd drone. 1st one was a 35€ toy. Bought it because I knew DJI is considered to be good quality and it was affordable and good value.
2019-12-12
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Crummett
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Flight distance : 29131 ft
United Kingdom
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First drone for me.  Wanted one for years after seeing my cousins DJI higher end model but cost vs how much i'd use it etc meant i couldn't justify it.  As soon as a friend pointed out the Mavic Mini was arriving i was set!  Only disappointment is the english weather
2019-12-12
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MiniWinter
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Flight distance : 163638 ft
United Kingdom
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My Mavic Mini is my first drone.  I've spent probably too much time borrowing someone else's Spark so it's time to have one of my own.  I toyed with the idea of a Mavic Air for a while, but decided a more beginner focussed drone was probably the best idea and the Mavic Mini ticks all the boxes bar active-track which isn't a deal-breaker.
2019-12-12
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stubbietubbie
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Flight distance : 40568 ft
Australia
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Been considering a drone for about a year, and was waiting for the Mavic Air Combo to go on sale for a reasonable price. Then the Mini was announced and the combination of things like sub 250g weight and 30 min flight time at nearly half the price of an Air that gets like 21 min and needs registration seemed too good to pass up. The fact that Australia got the FCC model should theoretically mean it flies further than the CE spec Air too (waiting for the late December upate so I can unlock the authorisation zone near the family farm to properly test this). The nearly AU$800 I paid for the Mini Combo (including SD card and Care Refresh) is still a substantial bit of money to spend on a first drone, but I figure if I fall out of love with flying a drone at least it's a smaller loss than if I bought an Air.
2019-12-12
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fans2f41b90e
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It's fascinating to know that Mini has won over many first time flyers and also those who own drones already.
If I look at everyone's responses, there is a pattern

1. Inexpensive compared to other drones offering similar features ( It's still not cheap)
2. Not a substantial loss if you fall out of love with drones or bought the drone due to impulse purchase. True for someone who is buying a drone for the first time.
3.  <250g (being portable) with no registration requirement in many countries.
4. Approx 25mins flight time with a good enough range.
5. Good quality video/photo with 3 axis gimbal.
6. DJI brand

I'm hoping with this poll, DJI marketing and technical design team can focus on this drone more i.e. improving it further by not only fixing outstanding bugs but also adding features that is not restricted by the drone hardware.
As a customer I wish they would have allowed dual compatibility with DJI Go 4 app along with DJI Fly. This would give customers an option to opt for either of the app based on their experience and needs.

I believe DJI missed on the FPV bus with this drone, this could have been an awesome drone with the price range and weight had they integrated it with DJI Googles.
I get from DJI point of view that they want their higher end models to sell as well, but then with this price range they could have sold more accessories and more drones than before.

Let me know your thoughts.
2019-12-12
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Mountaindrone-Dronefocus
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Flight distance : 16307333 ft
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France
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I have M2P and M2Z
and now the mini

they are different, not for the same job
2019-12-12
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ernie_e
First Officer
Flight distance : 177139 ft
United States
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Already owned a Mavic Pro. The Mini was mostly an impulse purchase.
2019-12-14
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hallmark007
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Own
P4 pro
Mavic pro
Mavic Zoom
Mavic pro2
Mavic Air
Spark
And a very old P4
Got the Mavic mini to make up the set .
2019-12-14
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JodyB
First Officer
Flight distance : 28566 ft
United States
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Wow man, now I know who to ask for Christmas presents!! Just kidding. Owning all those must mean you’ve got some serious flight experience!! Much respect!!
2019-12-14
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hallmark007
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JodyB Posted at 12-14 18:25
Wow man, now I know who to ask for Christmas presents!! Just kidding. Owning all those must mean you’ve got some serious flight experience!! Much respect!!

You can check what craft people have by clicking on small arrow under their Avatar .

2019-12-14
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JodyB
First Officer
Flight distance : 28566 ft
United States
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hallmark007 Posted at 12-14 18:36
You can check what craft people have by clicking on small arrow under their Avatar .

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Yeah, I figured that out, lol
2019-12-14
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Glenn Goodlett
First Officer
Flight distance : 24540755 ft
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United States
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Lots of drones, lots of flights.
2019-12-14
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Bozerker
lvl.2
Flight distance : 85755 ft
Canada
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4. Bought Mavic Mini for my wife because it's ridiculous to expect to teach her to pass the Canadian drone license exam with all the other things we want to do in life. Thanks, Marc.
2019-12-14
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InspektorGadjet
Captain
Flight distance : 417618 ft
Spain
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The Mavic Mini is my first drone.
I've been wanting a Mavic for ages then the 2 came out, I proposed in a audio visual company I own with 2 friends that we should invest, but my associates/work mates disagree...
The drone, insurance and license almost 3K.

Every now and then I do research drones around 1000, and one day I saw in DJI page the countdown for the mini, subscribed and got notified the 30th of October.
It was an instant reaction, "THIS IS THE ONE FOR ME", mainly because the price... fly more combo and insurance for 539, still pricey for me but it allows to practice and learn  with something more reliable than a 100-200 toy, and most important a very decent camera to practice shots...

I plan to register eventually so weight is nit a concern but is super cool to be able to learn and test the technology without having to register, like some users say, you dont know how much use will get in a few months...
2019-12-15
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djiuser_RZKOx68fX1iO
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I bought Mavic Mini as a seemingly reasonable place-holder, until my SKyDio would arrive. Portability was a major plus, along with decent camera. However, I am looking at a drone I can't fly. Since the DJI Fly app requires 64-bit capability, it will not work with my modern smartphone (which has 64-bit capability which my cell provider chooses not to implement).  Thus, I am faced with buying a new smart-phone or returning my Mavic Mini and going with another interim solution, like Parrot. I was so excited to fly this drone, but now am so disappointed.
2019-12-15
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Just Bill
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Flight distance : 9974 ft
United States
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Ice_2k Posted at 12-11 05:27
First drone, main reason was price. I've been looking at drones for some time now but couldn't bring myself to spend 1.5k on something I wasn't sure I'd still be using 3 months later. I've been known for making impulse purchases and then realizing I used them twice a year  If I end up liking the hobby, I'll surely upgrade to a Mavic (3?) Pro.

I couldn't have written a response any better.  I'll just add, me too!
2019-12-15
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Nebuchadnezzar
Captain
Flight distance : 1936171 ft
Spain
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my 3rd Dji drone
2019-12-16
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Shawn.Tom
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Flight distance : 23570935 ft
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China
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What I like for Mini is its portable and small size, as well as the lightweight and fihght time.
2019-12-16
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fans44ad04d7
lvl.4
Flight distance : 126480 ft
United Kingdom
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It looks like Mavic mini has attracted a lot of new buyers like myself
2019-12-18
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Frank V
lvl.2
Flight distance : 33301 ft
Netherlands
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FLying different drones and planes. The mini is the first one with a decent cam and a flight time of 30mins and easy to take with you.
2019-12-18
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djiuser_q1uHI6OP3pqW
Second Officer
Flight distance : 155069 ft
United Kingdom
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First ever drone, reason was the price!!
2019-12-19
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frafri
lvl.2
Flight distance : 72838 ft
United States
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First time buyer. Whats that about the satellites?
2019-12-19
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stubbietubbie
lvl.4
Flight distance : 40568 ft
Australia
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"New drone, who dis?"
2019-12-21
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Jake Deer
First Officer
Flight distance : 6168655 ft
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United States
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I purchased the mavic mini to go along with my Phantom 4 Advanced and my mavic 2 Pro.
2019-12-21
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Ian in London
Captain
Flight distance : 1554852 ft
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The Mini joins my Mavic 2 Pro, the Mavic Air, Zerotech Dobby, Snaptain SP500 GPS drone, & the tiny Snaptain Mini Drone....
I've sold my previous Phantom 3 Standard and my two separate Mavic Pros.....
What one shall I get next?  

Ian
2019-12-22
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swiftwindwalker
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Ian in London Posted at 12-22 01:55
The Mini joins my Mavic 2 Pro, the Mavic Air, Zerotech Dobby, Snaptain SP500 GPS drone, & the tiny Snaptain Mini Drone....
I've sold my previous Phantom 3 Standard and my two separate Mavic Pros.....
What one shall I get next?  

That is some collection
2019-12-23
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djiuser_v2FzTipWIpGX
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United States
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This my 2nd drone to operate, the Mavic Mini was great until this past weekend, the mini was losing power and nose dive every time I would try to travel forward in any mode and no wind, the battery power was 45% and I was watching it just dipping repeatedly , let go of the controls and she would climb back up to altitude, I would move it forward and she would dip again, then she wouldn't respond to my controls and I hit the RTH and she drifted west 1/4 mile away and crashed, she went down at 40% battery, no wind, and had the latest update and calibrated, the locate my drone beep is horrible, you have to be standing almost on top of it to hear it, I have no faith right now, I hope they address this soon, on the shelf now waiting
2019-12-23
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