DJI Mini 2 shoots 4K video, raw images and flies farther for $449: Hands-on

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DJI hasn’t let up on the brand new product bulletins within the second half of 2020. On the finish of August, it launched the OM 4 phone stabilizer adopted by two new digicam stabilizers, the RS 2 and RSC 2, and the Pocket 2 palm-size 4K vlogging cam in October. Now, it is including a drone to the listing, the DJI Mini 2. 

When you comply with DJI and drones, you most likely already knew this was coming, as a result of it was fairly broadly leaked. However if you happen to missed all that, here is what it’s essential find out about DJI’s smallest folding drone: This follow-up to last year’s Mavic Mini (DJI is shortening its product names recently) nonetheless weighs just below 249 grams (8.Eight ounces), which is ridiculously gentle and is a part of the rationale it could actually keep within the air for as much as 31 minutes — a minute longer than the unique. 

DJI’s Mini 2 data 4K video.

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Flying for an additional minute is not actually a giant motive to improve, although. The principle new characteristic that the majority will care about is the up to date digicam, which now captures video in 4K at 30 frames per second at a bit charge of 100 megabits per second. It is a strong enchancment in picture high quality from the two.7K-resolution video at 40Mbps recorded by the Mavic Mini. Recording in 4K additionally provides entry to a 2x digital zoom that really seems to be first rate. There’s additionally a 4x digital zoom when recording in full HD, however the outcomes are usually not good. 

For photographs, the Mini 2 captures 12-megapixel pictures and you may seize JPEGs and Adobe DNG uncooked photographs now, too. The small 1/2.3-inch sensor will not provide you with a lot room for corrections, but it surely does provide you with some room, which is good if you wish to rescue shadow or spotlight particulars. You additionally get a three-photo publicity bracketing mode and three panorama choices.      


The Mini 2 makes use of the corporate’s up to date compact controller. 

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Together with the up to date digicam, the Mini 2 has improved video transmission. As an alternative of counting on enhanced Wi-Fi that is vulnerable to interference, DJI added its OcuSync wi-fi expertise, the identical utilized in its higher-end Mavic Air 2 drone. OcuSync extends your transmission vary out to six.2 miles (10 kilometers) and has anti-interference expertise that blocks undesirable indicators.

The Mini 2 additionally comes with the identical fashion controller because the Air 2. (One other good futureproofing improve: All of the connectors are actually USB-C — on the drone, controller and battery charger.) The Mavic Mini’s controller was smaller, but it surely additionally awkwardly held the digicam under the controls, so that you had been at all times wanting down in addition to transferring your fingers down to vary settings in your show. The newer controller places your cellphone on the prime and the mount is less complicated to make use of, even with a case in your system, and it is nonetheless compact. The holder drops down into the highest and the sticks might be unscrewed and stashed within the backside of the controller for journey. 


A door on the again lifts as much as entry the battery compartment. 

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The up to date digicam and prolonged video transmission vary are the massive new options. Effectively, these and that further minute of flight time, made attainable with improved motors — which additionally assist it fly in winds as much as 24 miles per hour.

There’s one different cool addition for individuals who wish to shoot and share. Now you can join your cellphone on to the drone and obtain straight to your system at a brisk 20 megabytes per second. That manner, if you happen to make the most of one of many drone’s automated QuickShot choices for a dronie, you possibly can land and share it on the spot. 


Sensors on the stomach of the drone assist it hover in place with no GPS sign. 

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The usual package deal for the DJI Mini 2 consists of the drone, the controller and one battery for the retail worth of $449 (£419, AU$749). There’s additionally a Fly Extra Combo for $599 (£549, AU$949) that features three batteries, a charging hub, a carrying case, the drone and controller. So, if you happen to not too long ago picked up the Mavic Mini Fly More pack for $399 during Amazon’s Prime Day sale, you bought a superb deal. 

One factor price mentioning is that not like DJI’s higher-end drones, there are not any sensors on right here for impediment avoidance. Whereas the Mini 2’s dimension, worth and easy efficiency make it good for these beginning out, you will not have that further security web to maintain you out of hassle. That is not essentially a nasty factor, although, because it means you will truly need to be taught and get a really feel for the way it flies. It is general a superb expertise for these getting began in aerial photographs and video.  

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