DJI Mini 2 review: 4K camera for under $500

The DJI Mavic Pro is the kind of drone that every photographer desires. It’s compact, comes with a 4K camera, it’s light-weight and easy to fly – not to mention loaded with all the greatest features for your outdoor adventures. From novice to professional pilot, there are plenty of reasons to bring this helpful device along with you on every adventure.

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DJI Mini 2 DJI Mini 2 4K camera
Very portable
249 grams
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What is the DJI Mini 2?

The DJI Mini 2 is the next step in small, light, portable drones which can take high-quality photos and videos while you are flying them.

Just like its predecessor, the original Mavic Mini, the new Mini 2 weighs in at 249 grams – or .548 pounds – so you do not need to register the Mini 2 before flying. Of course, when adding any extra accessories – such as protective guard props – it will automatically turn into a Part 107 drone that does require registration.

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The Mavic Mini did us good service during filming. It exceeded all our expectations for drones of its size, and frankly there isn’t much it could do to be better than what it already is – if anything at all. Sure, the design looks slightly different from the original model but don’t let that fool you; those are just small tweaks made here and there inside where it counts.

And when we put them next to each other, they’re literally almost identical in every way except colour scheme so it’ll take a keen eye indeed to tell them apart when flying. In the air, you’ll notice the increase in power behind flight, which we liked almost immediately. We also appreciated the new OcuSync 2.0 system, an upgrade from previous models; plus the addition of USB Type-C ports on all three devices – drone, controller and charging hub.

DJI Mini 2 performance

The Mini 2 has managed to break the 30mph barrier and provide up-to-30 minute flight times thanks to its tiny yet efficient 2,250mAh battery. In three different modes – one for beginners, another for more experienced drone flyers, and the last which balances speed with optimal performance from all aspects of this device – it’s hard not to admire just how versatile this craft can be!

CineSmooth mode limits the max speed and most operations to get the smoothest shots possible. Meanwhile, Sport Mode offers top speeds but doesn’t allow for any of the flight features including Quickshots.

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Though the Mavic Mini came out before its predecessor, it had some flaws that were quickly remedied on the Mini 2. Though most of these problems were corrected through software updates for the Mavic Mini, there are still slight issues.

The first being that it suffered from jerky footage when rotating in place; fixable though a firmware update. Second issue was with connectivity: while OcuSync helped to eliminate signal interference between the controller and drone, this problem can’t be resolved until DJI releases an upgrade or new model entirely.

DJI Mini 2 camera

In relation to its size, the Mini 2 has a 1/2.3-inch sensor which captures 12 MP photos and 4K video at 30 fps. It’s now possible to save JPG or RAW files while taking pictures. In addition, there is some zoom available. When shooting in 1080p resolution, you can capture two different levels of digital zoom – either lossless or lossy. Please enjoy this simple shot that was taken automatically when I opened it up for editing (I edited it only enough so that it would fit within HD dimensions).

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DJI Mini 2 specifications and software

The DJI Mini 2 is the third drone to use the DJI Fly app. This simpler experience than the DJI GO 4 app allows novice pilots to safely fly their drone without worrying about camera angles and flight configurations. When you open up this mobile application, you’ll find that there are no more advanced settings or controls – just an intuitive mapping system so you can track your progress.

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DJI has packed more features onto the Mini 2 remote control than its predecessor which provides greater flexibility and functionality. Despite being smaller in size, the camera quality has not been compromised when compared to other drones at this level.

Weight <250 g / <0.55lbs (International version)
Max Speed Sport mode: 57.6 km/h (35.4 mph)
Normal mode: 36 km/h (22.3 mph)
Cine mode: 5.4 km/h (3.3 mph)
Maximum service ceiling (above sea level) 4,000 m (13,123 ft)
Max flight time 31 mins
Maximum Wind Resistance 36 km/h (22.3 mph)
Operating Temperature 0° to 40°
Sensor 1/2.3” CMOS
Effective Pixels 12 MP
Max Image Size 4:3: 4000×3000
16:9: 4000×2250
Video Resolution 4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
2.7K: 2720×1530 24/25/30/48/50/60p
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60p
Supported File Formats FAT32 (<32 GB)
exFAT (>32 GB)
Photo Format JPEG/DNG (RAW)
Video Format MP4 (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC)
Max Transmission Distance (common scenarios) Strong interference (e.g., city center) approx. 3 km (1.9 miles)
Moderate interference (small towns) approx. 6 km (3.7 miles)
No interference (rural areas) approx. 10 km (6.2 miles)
Live View Quality [email protected]
Device App DJI Fly
Required: Android 6.0 or later / iOS v11 or later

Who is the Mini 2 made for?

The DJI Mini 2 is a perfect machine for pilots who are just beginning. We will do a full comparison of it against the Mavic Mini soon to see if current mini owners should upgrade, but Mavic Air 2 or the Mavic 2 series will only consider buying this one if they need something that can fit in their pocket.

While the Mini 2 may be a tad bit more pricey than its little brother, it is still an excellent starting drone for people who want to explore aerial photography.

DJI Mini 2 flight modes

This drone has several flight modes such as the DJI Quickshots and more. Its camera has a variety of panorama modes to choose from, such as Sphere, 180 degree shots and the new Wide-Angle mode which stitches together a 3×3 grid of images.

It also offers AEB Triple Shot for high dynamic range (HDR) shots and Timed Shots which allows you to take some selfies from an altitude up above. These DJI Quickshots on the Mini 2 include Dronie, helix, Rocket, Circle and Boomerang.

DJI Mini 2 parts and accessories

DJI drones are able to obtain a variety of accessories from the market. However, what really sets this drone line apart is their own selection of replacements and add-ons that can take the hobbyist or professional to greater heights.

The base DJI Mini 2 for $449 includes:

  • Drone
  • Battery
  • Remote control
  • One pair of spare propellers
  • USB Type-C cable
  • Gimbal cover
  • Micro USB, USB Type-C and Lightning remote control cables
  • Spare joysticks
  • Six spare screws
  • Screwdriver

The DJI Mini 2 Fly More combo for $599 includes all of the above, plus:

  • Two more batteries
  • Battery charging hub that doubles as USB power pack
  • Two more pairs of spare propellers
  • Extra micro USB cable
  • 360 degree propeller guard
  • 18 watt USB charger
  • Carrying bag
  • Twelve more screws

Other available accessories:

  • DJI Mini bag
  • DJI charging display base
  • DJI Mini 2 Creative Kit with stickers
  • DJI Mini 2 snap adapter
  • 360 degree propeller guards

Compatibility with Mavic Mini

Are you considering upgrading your DJI Mavic Mini but don’t know which parts are compatible with the new model? Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think.

First of all, the drones’ USB connectors are different; thus, you can’t just use your old cables from the Mavic Air. It’s a relief that it has upgraded to USB Type-C; we’ll see how this goes.

The propellers for the Mini 2 are similar, but not entirely alike. The mounting bracket of the 4726FM prop on the Mini 2 is higher and has a larger screw hole. Screws differ from one another-thread sizes aren’t compatible-so it wouldn’t be possible to swap them between drones with different models.

But since they’re interchangeable, if you find an older model, you can still use these newer props instead; they’ll just be less secure than if they were designed specifically for that drone. Though both come with batteries, they differ in shape. One is rounder and larger than the other. It would not work if you tried to use an older battery for your new drones because of their size difference – though there is a way around this issue.

Older and newer models can still be used together – just make sure that you don’t mix the polarities when swapping them out! In terms of voltage output; the new model gets roughly 8 volts while the old one averages around 7 volts or so. So if you were thinking about using one battery for both drones; it may work depending on which model you’re going after.

Finally, after many months waiting for the compatibility release, the Mavic Mini Display Case finally fits my old version of the Mavic Mini! The USB port isn’t compatible obviously and a new adapter might be too big for such a tiny drone but you should at least try this out before buying another one.

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