DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, launched DJI Mini 2, a high-performance camera drone that packs impressive new features into a small, portable design in the safest drone category weighing less than 249 grams. The successor to DJI’s original Mavic Mini, DJI Mini 2 is easy to fly, with improved imaging capabilities, powerful flight performance, and significantly enhanced transmission technology for a longer and more reliable connections.
Intelligent, pre-programmed modes have been optimized so that you can capture eye-catching footage with just a few taps while beginner tutorials and learning tools help get new pilots up to speed on how to fly this fun new drone. Supported with a wide array of fun, safe, and creative accessories, DJI Mini 2 users can make the system their own with personalized items or show it off with the illuminated display case.
The most conspicuous upgrade comes to the camera. DJI’s Mini 2 finally records 4K at 100Mbps (albeit at 30 frames per second) instead of the 2.7K and 40Mbps of its predecessor, making it a much better pick for your airborne video projects. You can also shoot 12MP RAW still photos in addition to JPEG shots, and recording 1080 video opens the door to a 4X Zoom mode that lets you get closer to a subject without flying the drone. All footage remains stabilized through a three-axis gimbal.
DJI has significantly improved the performance of its latest mini drone. The Mini 2 packs more reliable OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology that reportedly offers a 6.2-mile range, a 150% increase over the 2.5 miles of the Mavic Mini. You’ll still have to keep those long-range excursions brief, but the Mini 2 does offer a near-class-leading 31 minutes of flight time. DJI has promised upgraded motors with greater speed, greater acceleration, and the ability to counter winds up to 24MPH.
It should be easier to share your footage, too. The Mini 2 can now connect directly to the DJI Fly mobile app without the remote controller, so it should be quicker to download, edit, and share your photos and videos.
DJI is currently selling the base Mini 2 kit with a controller and one battery for $449, or about $50 more than its Mavic Mini predecessor cost when new. Pay $599 and you’ll get a Fly More Combo with three batteries, a charging hub, and a carrying case. That’s not a trivial expense, particularly if you’re new to drones, but DJI is clearly betting that it will seem like a bargain when you previously had to spring for more expensive drones like the Mavic Air 2 if you wanted 4K video or greater range.