DJI Mini 2 Drone First Look Review - 4K Video, OcuSync 2.0, Same Ultra-Light Body
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The DJI Mini 2 has the same 249g case with a foldable design as the Mavic Mini. It offers 4K UHD video at up to 30 frames per second with a higher bit rate of 100 Mbit / s, RAW photo recording, OcuSync 2.0 transmission system for much greater range, robust motors and a variety of pre-programmed movements and modes. The DJI Mini 2 is available now, starting at $ 449.

From Mavic Mini to Mini 2

A year ago, DJI released the Mavic Mini. For many it was the entry into the world of aerial photography. At a relatively affordable price, the drone offered a stabilized 3-axis camera with 12 MP still images, 2.7K 30fps video and 30 minutes of flight time – all in a foldable 249g housing. Check out our Mavic Mini review here.

Weight was important because in some countries the Mavic Mini was viewed as a toy and its pilots were able to avoid certain paperwork, fees, insurance, etc. There are exceptions, however, and the fact that the drone has an HD camera also needs to be taken into account. Legislation changes over time. Please check with your local authorities for compliance with any restrictions associated with flying a UAV.

Aside from boring things, DJI has just announced the second generation of the ultra-light drone – DJI Mini 2. What exactly has changed apart from the new name "Mavic-less"? Let's take a look.

DJI Mini 2 – 4K video, RAW photos

DJi Mini 2 Drone announced. Source: DJI

Let's start with the drone's camera. The CMOS image sensor has the same resolution of 12 MP (4000 × 3000) and the same size of 1 / 2.3 inch as the Mavic Mini. Video resolution has been improved – DJI Mini 2 can capture the following frame rates and resolutions:

  • 4K UHD (3840 × 2160) at 24/25/30 fps
  • 2.7 K (2720 × 1530) at 24/25/30 fps
  • FHD (1920 × 1080) at 24/25/30/48/50/60 fps

What has also been improved is the video bit rate. The DJI Mini 2 records videos at a bit rate of 100 Mbit / s (Mavic Mini only had 40 Mbit / s). The codec is H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC) in an MP4 container. In addition to the compressed JPEG format, DJI Mini 2 can now also record still images in RAW.

DJi Mini 2 Drone announced. Source: DJI

Just like the Mavic Mini, the lens of the DJI Mini 2 has an aperture of f / 2.8 with a focal length of 24 mm (full image equivalent) and a field of view of 83 °. A 4x zoom (2x lossless quality) is now available while recording with a resolution of 1080p.

OcuSync 2.0

Another good news is the OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology, which enables a stable and reliable long-distance connection between the remote control and the drone. The dual frequency technology automatically switches between the channels to avoid interference.

DJi Mini 2 Drone announced. Source: DJI

In Europe, DJI Mini 2 has a maximum transmission range of 6 km (unhindered, interference-free and CE-compliant). That's a 200% increase in range compared to the original Mavic Mini. In the USA (FCC) this even extends to 10 km.

Due to the OcuSync 2.0, the DJI Mini 2 is now supplied with the larger remote control known from the DJI Mavic Air 2.

DJi Mini 2 Drone with the new remote control. Source: DJI

Intelligent pre-programmed functions

The DJI Mini 2 offers a handful of automatic preprogrammed modes for easier handling. QuickShots are preprogrammed movements and image capture modes:

  • Dronie: DJI Mini 2 flies backwards and upwards with the camera tracking the subject. It is possible to set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100 or 120 feet.
  • Helix: DJI Mini 2 flies up and away and spirals around the subject. Set an altitude restriction of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.
  • rocket: DJI Mini 2 flies straight into the air with the camera pointing down at the subject. Set an altitude restriction of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.
  • circle: DJI Mini 2 orbits the subject at a constant height and distance.
  • boomerang: DJI Mini 2 flies a boomerang-like oval flight path around the subject and starts and stops the video at the same point.

DJi Mini 2 Drone announced. Source: DJI

Panoramas are designed for recording still images. There are three different modes available:

  • Bullet: DJI Mini 2 will automatically take 26 pictures and stitch them together.
  • 180°: Takes seven photos for a wide landscape image.
  • Wide angle: Takes a wide picture made up of nine photos (3 × 3).

Last but not least, there are two photo modes for different scenarios. AEB Triple Shot (Auto Exposure Bracketing) takes three images with different exposure and merges them into one image. This can be further edited to highlight an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image in post-processing. Timed recordings means that the drone will take a photo with a certain delay.

Same body, slightly longer flight time

The body of the drone remained the same as the Mavic Mini – it weighs 249 g and has a foldable design. According to DJI, the upgraded engines should offer a flight time of up to 31 minutes, faster acceleration and speed, and wind speeds of up to 40 km / h.

DJi Mini 2 Drone announced. Source: DJI

At the bottom of the drone there are again sensors that help with landing. The built-in GPS helps to track the drone and keeps it precisely in place.

Like other DJI drones, the Mini 2 has security features like GEO fences that keep it away from sensitive areas like airports, Return to Home, a feature that can be activated to allow the drone to return to the pilot, and Altitude Lock, one adjustable function Limit how high the drone can go.

DJI Fly app improvements

The DJI Fly app and DJI Mini 2 introduce enhancements that make sharing on social media easier. The mobile phone can now be connected directly to the drone without a remote control. Once the footage is captured, it can download images at a speed of 20MB / s once it lands safely. However, all functions to avoid obstacles are still missing. So if you are a novice drone pilot, you need to be extra careful not to bump into something!

DJi Mini 2 Drone announced. Source: DJI

Once the pictures are downloaded to the phone, you can use the dedicated editing tools in the DJI Fly app or use the new Advanced Photo option which will automatically apply changes. Video footage can also be trimmed before downloading so that it doesn't take up too much phone space.

DJI Mini 2 add-ons

Includes new and updated accessories for DJI Mini 2 DJI Mini Bag +, Loading showcase (illuminated clear bell), DIY creative kit (custom or blank stickers to personalize the body of the drone) and the Snap adapter (snaps into place on top of Mini 2 and allows a small LED screen to be attached to display messages).

DJi Mini 2 Drone with message display. Source: DJI

Price and availability

DJI Mini 2 is available starting today. As always, there are two options:

  • The standard package includes DJI Mini 2, remote control and a battery for a retail price of 449 USD / 448-479 EUR (depending on VAT).
  • The Fly More Combo contains three batteries, a charging node, a DJI Mini 2, a carrying case and a remote control for a retail price of 599 USD / 584-629 EUR (depending on VAT).

DJi Mini 2 Drone with all accessories. Source: DJI

Of course, DJI Care Refresh is also available. For an additional fee, DJI Care Refresh offers full coverage and up to two replacement devices within a year. The 2-year plan provides for 3 replacement devices in 2 years.

What do you think of the new DJI Mini 2. Have you flown the original Mavic Mini? Are you planning to upgrade? Let us know in the comments below the article.

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