So, we are on the same line. I said exactly that the sub 1k drones like Mini or Air 1 are fabulous value for money
They do not suck at all, quite the contrary.
I would not get one of the more expensive ones.
The only reason I'd go for a Air 1 over the Mini is that it has more power to battle with wind
when following a sailing boat
Originally Posted by dougweibel
Professionally I have flown numerous drones up to 45 pound octocopters with scientific payloads. I have never let my wife fly my drones due to some bad experiences trying to teach her to fly RC aircraft. However this past year I bought her a Mavic Mini with the idea it was inexpensive enough it wouldn't be a huge deal if she crashed it.
After flying that for a season I can say your idea that sub $1k drones "mostly suck" is outdated. The flying performance of this little drone it terrific. Buy a more expensive drone if you are after the better camera
it may carry but if you don't need 4K video (the mini does 2.7K at 30FPS) then the Mini will suffice.
Even if you do get a higher end drone I'd get a Mini also as sometimes
- you want a shot but don't want to risk $$$ to get it
- you don't know if you'll want a drone along but carrying something this small is easy so you take it anyway.
I have literally spent many tens of thousands of dollars (other people's money) on drone equipment
and the Mavic Mini is the best $400 spent out of all of it.