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This Is the New King of Tiny Drones • Gear Patrol



DJI just announced the Mavic Mini, an entry-level drone that’s designed for anybody and everybody. It’s essentially a smaller and cheaper version of DJI’s other foldable drones, like the Mavic Pro, Mavic Air and Mavic 2. The Mavic Mini costs $399 and it’s available for preorder right now. Shipping will begin on November 11.

So, how small is “mini”? The Mavic Mini is roughly the same size as the company’s DJI Spark, which was released in 2017, but the difference is that the Mavic Mini is foldable, just like every other drone DJI’s Mavic line. And the kicker is that because the Mavic Mini weighs just 249 grams, it’s actually small enough not need FAA registration, which is one big hassle you don’t have to worry about.

Of course, the Mavic Mini is more than just a foldable version of the Spark as it steals many more of the high-end abilities of the Mavic line. The Mavic Mini has a three-axis gimbal to help it shoot extra smooth video, which the Spark lacks. It uses DJI’s all-new Fly app, which is designed to help new drone pilots learn how to fly and shoot with ease.

The Mavic Mini also has a significantly better camera than the Spark. It can shoot 2.7K video at 30 frames per second (roughly 40-percent high quality than the Spark’s 1080p video) or 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second. It can also take 12-megapixel still photos. It has a 30-minute flight time but only comes with one battery. For an extra $100 – totaling at $499 – you can buy the “Fly More Combo” pack which gives you two extra batteries, propeller guards, extra sets of propellers, and a few other accessories.

There are tradeoffs with the Mavic Mini. It obviously can’t shoot 4K video like it’s larger Mavic brethren, and also doesn’t have object avoidance (which the Spark actually has). This means that even though the Mavic Mini is more portable and shoots solid video and photos, beginner pilots are going to have to be extra careful when flying around things like trees, people, homes and buildings.

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Defensive minds convening upon Georgia Tech for ‘summit’



In the search for improved schemes and tactics, Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins will bring together defensive coaches from several teams, including the Falcons, to present and trade ideas Wednesday at Tech.

The practice of bringing together coaching staffs from multiple schools to talk strategy is common in the offseason. Collins held a similar “summit,” as he called it, when he was at Temple.

“It’s really, really good, because you get to sit in a room with a bunch of other guys that have different takes on different things and you sit there (and say), ‘Here’s what we’re seeing in our league. Do y’all see it?’” Collins told the AJC. “’What’s some good things that you do with it?’ So it’s a good sharing of ideas, and it’s really good for the young coaches on the staff.”

Besides the Falcons, Collins said that defensive coaching staffs from Texas, South Carolina, Indiana, Georgia Southern, Navy, Central Michigan and Jacksonville State will attend. A notable name on the guest list among college coaches is new Texas defensive coordinator Chris Ash. Before his three-plus seasons as Rutgers’ head coach, Ash was co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State, where he helped the Buckeyes win the 2015 national championship and led a defense that finished second nationally in scoring defense the following season.

Collins said that defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker will give a presentation, and new Falcons defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi likely will present, as well. Lupoi came to the Falcons from the Cleveland Browns, where he held the same title, and before that was defensive coordinator at Alabama.

Tech can use ideas. While the Temple ranked among the top units in the American Athletic Conference in Collins’ two seasons with the Owls, the Jackets were among the weakest in the ACC last season.

“I think we’ve done a really good job playing some high-level defense over the years and kind of have a good reputation, and some really good programs are coming to share ideas with us,” Collins said. “I think it’s really good.”

Collins did not fail to mention that breakfast would be provided by a Waffle House food truck.