Last year’s DJI Mavic Mini might be the smallest and lightest full-featured drone on the market, but it’s also a bit intrusive. Today, the DJI Mini 2 – don’t call it the Mavic – is addressing some of its limitations.
While the new $ 449 drone may look identical to the original, even weighing 249 grams (meaning you don’t need to register with the FAA), it now comes with OcuSync wireless connectivity. 2 of DJI for 2.5 times more wireless range and a more stable connection. Originals are unusual among DJI drones since relying on the relatively shaky Wi-Fi which is definitely a breaking factor for me.
It uses the same controller as the new Mavic Air 2, though of course you won̵7;t get that drone’s advanced obstacle-tracking and avoidance capabilities since it has much less sensors.
The Mini 2 also boosts the maximum video resolution up to 4K at 30fps at 100Mbps bit rate, up from the 2.7K, 25 / 30p @ 40Mbps video it previously recorded – and you can get RAW photo now instead of just JPG, as well as doing auto exposure. Still, you’re still looking at a rather small 1 / 2.3-inch sensor when all is said and done, so check your expectations. It also still records 1080p at up to 60 fps.
DJI also says it has upgraded the Mini’s flying engine for faster acceleration and a top speed of 35.8 mph (up from 29 mph) and quotes an extra minute of battery life (31 minutes compared with 30 minutes). It also has to withstand gusts of 24 mph, compared with 18 mph before.
The only downside we can see so far is the starting price higher than $ 50 (and possibly the removal of portrait mode, as DJI didn’t mention it in the press release). You’ll pay $ 449 for the DJI Mini 2 with one controller and one battery, or $ 599 for the Fly More Combo with three batteries, a charging hub and a carrying case. You will find it on sale today, right here.
It’s worth noting that the original Mavic Mini got a useful mid-cycle software upgrade, adding manual exposure, manual white balance, and a more cinematic 24 fps mode. If you can find it on a deep discount right now while its successor is here, then it might be worth a try.