The DJI Mavic Mini has been in our hands for just over a month now, and we can finally give our verdict on the small but powerful drone from DJI. From our testing and flying the DJI Mavic Mini we can already say the results are looking good with great flight time, a camera that is good enough and a range that is more than enough for the size.

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Skydio 2 is one of the most exciting drones to launch to date, with its fully autonomous flight capabilities and a great camera, allowing users to stay in the moment. One thing, it’s not available in Australia. Skydio 2 is a promising drone with a unique feature set, and will surely be a competitor to DJI’s Mavic series.

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DJI Mavic Pro

December 13

DJI Mavic 2 Pro touts a 31-minute flight time at $1,079 (Refurb, Orig. $1,729)

Wellbots is currently offering an exclusive discount for 9to5Toys readers on the certified refurbished DJI Mavic 2 Pro for $1,079 shipped when applying code 9TO5REFURB at checkout. Having originally sold for $1,729, we’ve more recently been seeing a new condition model fetch $1,379 at retailers like Best Buy. Today’s offer saves you $300, beats our Black Friday mention by $170, and marks one of the best discounts we’ve tracked on the quadcopter. Mavic 2 Pro pairs a 31-minute flight time with enhanced omnidirectional obstacle sensing and other high-end features. Plus, a 20MP 4K camera and gimbal system upgrade your aerial photography game. This model comes backed by Wellbots’ refurbished warranty policy. Rated 4.9/5 stars from over 500 customers and you can head over to DroneDJ for extra details.

DroneDeploy, the drone software company out of Silicon Valley, will soon be opening up shop in Australia. The company will help the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority monitor the deteriorating ocean habitat.

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German drone manufacturer Wingcopter scores new funding

German drone manufacturer Wingcopter scores new funding. The startup company has been involved in testing the delivery of medical supplies to remote areas by drone.

Drone photos show the location of bodies after the volcanic eruption that took place on New Zealand‘s White Island on Monday. According to reports, at least 47 people were on the island at the time of the eruption. 13 people are believed to have died. Five deaths have been confirmed, the remaining eight missing persons are presumed to be dead.

Update: The Independent reports that at least 16 people are now confirmed dead. A military rescue team successfully recovered six bodies, which had been located the night before by drones. “The operation was not without risk but thanks to sound planning and the skills of the specialist team involved we have recovered the six bodies,” New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush said in a statement.

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