DJI’s palm-sized Mini 2 drone flies additional and shoots 4K for $449
Final 12 months’s DJI Mavic Mini might need been the smallest and lightest full-featured drone in the marketplace, however it was additionally a bit compromised out of the gate. At this time, the DJI Mini 2 — don’t name it a Mavic — is addressing a few of its limitations.
Whereas the brand new $449 drone would possibly look similar to the unique, even weighing the identical 249 grams (which implies you don’t have to register it with the FAA), it now comes with DJI’s OcuSync 2 wi-fi connectivity for as much as 2.5 occasions the wi-fi vary and extra steady connectivity. The unique was uncommon amongst DJI’s drones for counting on comparatively shaky Wi-Fi, which was positively a dealbreaker for me.
It makes use of the identical controller as the brand new Mavic Air 2, although after all you gained’t get that drone’s superior impediment avoidance and monitoring as a result of it has far fewer sensors.
The Mini 2 additionally bumps its most video decision as much as 4K at 30 frames per second at a 100Mbps bitrate, up from the two.7K, 25/30p @ 40Mbps video it shot earlier than — and you’ll seize RAW images now as an alternative of simply JPG, in addition to do auto publicity bracketing. You’re nonetheless taking a look at a reasonably small 1/2.3-inch sensor when all’s stated and accomplished, although, so hold your expectations in test. It additionally nonetheless shoots 1080p at as much as 60fps.
DJI additionally says it’s upgraded the Mini’s flight motors for quicker acceleration and a prime pace of 35.8 mph (up from 29 mph) and quotes an additional minute of battery life (31 minutes, vs. half-hour). It must also face up to 24 mph gusts of wind, in comparison with 18 mph beforehand.
The one draw back we are able to see to date is a $50 increased beginning worth (and presumably the elimination of the vertical photograph mode, since DJI didn’t point out it within the press launch). You’ll pay $449 for the DJI Mini 2 with a controller and one battery, or $599 for the Fly Extra Combo with three batteries, a charging hub, and a carrying case. You need to discover it on sale right this moment, proper right here.
It’s value noting that the unique Mavic Mini obtained a helpful software program improve mid-cycle which added handbook publicity, handbook white steadiness and a extra cinematic 24fps mode. If you could find it on deep low cost now that its successor is right here, it is likely to be value testing.
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