The Mavic Mini drone is manufactured by DJI Technology. DJI is a trade name for Da-Jiang Innovations (Great Frontier Innovations). DJI manufactures non-commercial unmanned vehicles (drones) for aerial photography and videography. \n\n\n\nDJI also designs and manufactures action cameras, flight platforms and flight control systems.\n\n\n\nThe Mavic Mini drone has many great features making it a popular choice amount drone users but can it fly at night? \n\n\n\nThe Mavic Mini drone has the ability to fly at night, but this drone does not have a night vision feature. This makes it highly impractical to fly the Mavic Mini at night although you can. \n\n\n\nAlso, since it doesn\u2019t have lights attached to it, it can be difficult to see if it gets out of your line of sight. The size of the Mavic Mini drone is another factor to consider at night. \n\n\n\nIt\u2019s small enough that you may lose it as you fly it away from you. It\u2019s also hard in the dark to reference where your drone is in reference to the ground. \n\n\n\nYou are therefore much more likely to run the drone into trees, wires or other objects that can\u2019t be seen in the dark. \n\n\n\nHowever, there is the option to attach a strobe light to the Mavic Mini drone, but if that is done it would be necessary to register your Mavic Mini with the Federal Aviation Authority because of the extra weight you\u2019ll be adding to your drone.\n\n\n\nAlmost all hobby drones have lights to some degree. These lights can be seen at night as solid white, green, or red lights. Or they can be seen as a blinking strobe, white, green, or red LEDs. \n\n\n\nThey are hardly visible during the day, however, at night time, they can be seen from a mile away.\n\n\n\nTo see the most popular Mavic Mini models just click here. \n\n\n\nWhat Was The Mavic Mini Design Purpose?\n\n\n\nThis mini drone was designed specifically to have a takeoff weight of less than 250 grams. The Mavic Mini FlyCam weighs exactly 249 grams (8.78 ounces), which in many countries may exempt it from flight regulations.\n\n\n\nFor example, in the United States and Canada, you can fly the Mavic Mini as a hobbyist without the need to register this drone with the government.\n\n\n\nIn Japan, the Mavic Mini weighs 199 grams (7.019 ounces). And, in Japan, Unmanned Aircraft or drone regulation starts with any airplane, rotorcraft, glider or airship over 200 grams. In other countries, a drone this size may even be classified as a toy.\n\n\n\nIt is very important to know what the exact drone regulations for your country are. While you may not need a license to fly the drone, you do need to be familiar with your own country\u2019s flight laws, including the areas where you are not allowed to fly.\n\n\n\nCan A Mavic Mini Fly Without GPS?\n\n\n\nThe Mavic Mini warns you not to fly if there aren\u2019t enough satellites visible and the Mavic Mini won\u2019t take off, but you can use the Fly app to override the warning and fly without the GPS in ATTI mode with limitations on altitude.\n\n\n\nIn ATTI (Attitude mode), the drone is controllable but will not hover in place if you let go of the sticks. The Mavic Mini will keep moving, and drift with any breeze. The downward vision sensors help keep it stable if there is enough light for the Mavic Mini to perceive objects or texture under itself. \n\n\n\nIn the dark, flying in ATTI mode is a challenge.\n\n\n\nRacing drones fly without any stabilization other than a gyro, and experienced racers sometimes turn the gyro off and stabilize their drone with their eyes on the FPV screen and their fingers on the sticks.\n\n\n\nAny lapse of attention is likely to crash the drone so flying it like this is very difficult especially for beginners. \n\n\n\nCamera drones are stabilized, and can mostly fly themselves if they\u2019ve got GPS, and leave the pilot free to work with the camera. The better camera drones have very sensitive IMU (Inertial Measurement Units), GPS, and vision systems. \n\n\n\nCamera drones are easy to fly if everything is working. However it\u2019s a good idea to practice flying in ATTI mode so it won\u2019t be a surprise when GPS fails.\n\n\n\nWhen you fly the Mavic Mini out away from a building it may pick up enough satellites and switch to GPS stabilization in a minute or two. At that point it can climb above the trees. \n\n\n\nIf you fly the Mavic Mini in a heavily wooded lot, the Mavic Mini may lose GPS when flying under trees, especially if the leaves are wet, and the Mavic Mini may drop back to ATTI mode.\n\n\n\nA lot of recreational pilots who are flying close to their houses are at more risk of flying into a GPS shadow or flying the drone into a radio shadow past a roofline or the edge of a forest and out of control. \n\n\n\nThis kind of pilot error leads to more crashes, fly aways, and RTH (Return To Home) crashes where the drone gets confused in the trees and cannot fly.\n\n\n\nWhat Color is the Mavic Mini?\n\n\n\nThe light gray is the only color option for the Mavic Mini. However, a DIY creative kit is available for changing the look of your Mavic Mini. \n\n\n\nThe kit provides blank shell stickers and colorful markers that can be used to personalize and decorate your drone. The DIY kits can be purchased online at the DJI online store.\n\n\n\nDoes Mavic Mini Include A Remote Control?\n\n\n\nThe package of the Mavic Mini includes the drone, a dedicated remote control, a set of batteries, extra propellers, and a remote control. The control sticks can even be detached for convenient transportation and storage. \n\n\n\nThe remote control has two antennas that are used to communicate with the drone.\n\n\n\nIf you want to add a little extra to your Mavic Mini, you can purchase a larger pack which includes the drone, a remote control, three batteries, a battery charger, extra propellers, a propeller guard, and an 18 watt wall charger for faster charging.\n\n\n\nFlight times are about 20-25 minutes, so it is best to carry extra batteries with you, if you are not in a place where the charger can be plugged in for recharging.