The DJI Mini 2 came into our lives just a year after the arrival of the DJI Mavic Mini. It’s amazing to see a successor to DJI’s smallest and cheapest drone, so what new tricks did it learn in just 12 months?
On the surface, the DJI Mini looks exactly like the Mavic Mini, with both drones having identical designs and three-axis gimbals.
There are other similarities too – both the Mini 2 and the Mavic Mini share the same image sensor, the automatic QuickShot mode, and the DJI Fly companion app.
But DJI has managed to add some title upgrades that might tempt existing Mavic Mini owners to swap out their drones for new models.
While the Mini 2 is still a beginner drone lacking the ability to deliver pro-grade flight performance or features, it is the most powerful small aircraft camera we̵7;ve ever seen in size. and this price.
Here are five key points of the DJI Mini 2 that differ from the Mavic Mini of 2019, which will still be sold as an even cheaper alternative …
1. Mini 2 records 4K video
One of our main criticisms of the DJI Mavic Mini is that it doesn’t shoot 4K video, instead tops out at 2.7K / 30p maximum resolution. The Mini 2 solves that problem with its 4K / 30p header mode, which can shoot at a 100Mbps bit rate.
By comparison, the Mavic Mini can only shoot at 40Mbps, so the Mini 2’s combination of resolution and bit rate represents an improvement in video quality, especially if you’re shooting. scene for the big screen.
That said, the DJI Mavic Air 2 offers another step up with the combination of a larger 1/2 inch sensor and a 120Mbps bit rate.
The Mini 2 actually uses the same 1 / 2.3-inch sensor as the Mavic Mini, and we were a bit disappointed to see there was still no 2.7K / 60p mode on the new model. But its 3-axis gimbal means you can expect overall quality that is superior to most other entry-level drones.
2. Ocusync helps Mini 2 fly further
DJI uses different transmission systems (which is how drones and controllers communicate) for different models. Its beginner drones tend to use enhanced Wi-Fi, which is what we’ve seen on the DJI Mavic Mini. But thanks to a new controller, the Mini 2 surprisingly has a more advanced proprietary system called Ocusync 2.0.
What does that mean? You’ll be able to control and view the Mini 2’s video feed much further away than on the Mavic Mini. While its maximum range is 4km, its successor promises controllability via a reliable HD video feed from 6km (in Europe) or 10km away in compliant countries. players such as the US and Australia.
This is because Ocusync 2.0, which we also saw recently on the DJI Mavic Air 2, supports both the 2.4GHz and 5.8Ghz bands and automatically switches between the two bands based on signal strength.
It’s worth noting that those distances are maximum – in fact, you’ll get somewhere within 3km-6km in more densely populated areas with more competitive signals. And according to the latest drone laws, you also need to keep your drone in sight.
3. Mini 2 has more powerful engine
We’ll have to wait to see exactly how much this will impact the Mini 2, but DJI says it has upgraded the engine over the Mavic Mini. This has some relatively handy but relatively minor impacts on its flight performance.
First, the Mini 2 is capable of accelerating a bit faster than its sibling, trying to accelerate at 5m / s in the fastest ‘Sport’ mode, compared to 4m / s on the Mavic Mini. The new drone also has a 16m / s higher top speed compared to the 13m / s on its predecessor.
Crucially for a small drone that tends to struggle in cooler wind, the Mini 2 can obviously also withstand slightly stronger 24mph winds. While this isn’t once again a huge upgrade on the Mavic Mini, and to be fair both drones are suitable for flying in really harsh conditions.
However, the new engines also seem to contribute to the Mini 2’s 31-minute flight time a bit longer, which is a minute longer than the Mavic Mini.
4. You can take raw pictures on the Mini 2
One small addition for the photographers on the Mini 2 is the ability to capture raw DNG images, something not found on the Mavic Mini that only has JPEG.
Raw photos give you more flexibility in editing than JPEG, which means you can tweak the results a little more to your liking in programs like PhotoShop.
Sadly, there is no similar video on the Mini 2, no option for D-log or any other visual configuration, so in this sense it is still very much a flying companion for beginners. head and lovers.
More advanced aerial cinematographers looking for a small drone with more flexible footage should watch the DJI Mavic Air 2, shot in a D-Cinelike or DJI Mavic 2 Pro configuration.
5. Mini 2 is more expensive than the Mavic Mini
Adding these extra features to the DJI Mini 2 doesn’t come with some additional costs – in fact, the new drone has a 14% price increase over the launch price of the Mavic Mini.
You can buy the Mini 2 in its base package for $ 449 / £ 419 / AU $ 749 or with the Fly More Combo package (including extra batteries, charging hub and carrying case) for $ 599 / £ 549 / AU $ 949.
This makes the Mini 2’s price a bit closer to the DJI Mavic Air 2, which starts at $ 799 / £ 769 / AU $ 1,499, although (on paper) it remains as far as the drone has most likely in its price and weight. We’ll give you a full review soon to let you know if that’s really the case at the earliest.