DJI Releases the Mini 4 Pro with Omnidirectional Vision, Longer Range

09/25/2023Link24

Major improvements to safety and range are at the core of DJI’s latest announcement: the Mini 4 Pro. Compared to the Mini 3 Pro, the new entry in the Mini series uses OcuSync 4 for up to 12.4 miles of transmission range, and the tri-directional obstacle avoidance is updated to an omnidirectional design, providing complete protection. When it comes to imaging, the Mini 4 Pro’s camera now offers up to 4K100 resolution support for 4K slow motion. Essential features remain, such as its registration-friendly weight, true vertical shooting, and automatic flight modes that let beginners and pros alike achieve cinematic results.

DJI Mini 4 Pro
DJI Mini 4 Pro

The biggest improvement of the Mini 4 Pro is the switch from tri-directional to omnidirectional obstacle avoidance. Using six fisheye sensors, downward binocular sensors, a 3D ToF sensor, and downward auxiliary light, the Mini 4 Pro can now identify and avoid objects on all sides. Coupled with an improved 12.4-mile transmission range, it becomes easier to fly in congested urban areas. It also enhances the advanced return to home feature and works with APAS to ensure smooth recording when using one of the built-in intelligent flight modes.

These flight modes allow beginners to achieve more professional-looking results, and for professionals to capture certain shots more easily, so they can spend more time on other aspects of aerial filmmaking. The Mini 4 Pro supports FocusTrack, MasterShots, Hyperlapse, Panorama, and QuickShots, all able to fly intricate maneuvers automatically at a moment’s notice. New for the Mini 4 Pro is ActiveTrack’s Trace Mode and its ability to follow specific flight routes, compared to the previous generation's fixed directional tracking.

True vertical shooting and a lightweight, portable design are additional welcome continuing features in the Mini 4 Pro. Like its predecessor, the Mini 4 Pro can fold to a compact size and weighs less than 8.8 oz. This lets users fly the drone without the need for registration in many countries, including the U.S. The impromptu nature of flying the Mini 4 Pro works well with the gimbal’s ability to rotate for vertical shooting, so pilots can record footage in a format that’s immediately ready for posting on social media platforms.

The Mini 4 Pro continues to elevate the DJI Mini series by adding features that are normally found on more advanced models, making it a great value for consumers. It’s being released in four different configurations along with essential optional accessories. There is the Mini 4 Pro drone by itself, bundled with the DJI RC 2 remote, Fly More Combo and RC 2 remote, and a Fly More Combo Plus with RC 2 remote. Accessories include a standard intelligent flight battery, 3-pack of ND filters, wide-angle lens, and 360-degree propeller guards.

Are you looking forward to testing these drones once they are available? Tell us why in the Comments section, below.

Comments

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Will this work with the DJI Goggles 2 Headset?

Hi Ramses - 

The DJI Goggles 2 is currently compatible with the following products:

1. DJI Mavic Series
DJI Mavic 3 Pro
DJI Mavic 3 Pro Cine
DJI Mavic 3
DJI Mavic 3 Cine
DJI Mavic 3 Classic

2. DJI Mini Series
DJI Mini 3 Pro

3. DJI Avata Series
DJI Avata

4. DJI FPV Series
DJI FPV
DJI O3 Air Unit
DJI Digital FPV System
5. DJI Air Series
DJI Air 3

We do not know at this time if there will be a firmware update that will include compatibility with the  DJI Goggles 2 headset.

Hi Jeff -

The DJI Mini 4 Pro is fully compliant with current FAA regulations.

will the RC N2 controller allow you to attach a small tablet like the mini IPad?

Hi Banks - 

The RC N2 controller will only accept smart phones.  The built-in holder will not accommodate a tablet like the iPad mini.

In the video it looks rather unstable.  Does this unit have adequate stabilizers for shooting steady video and photos?

Hi Jeff - 
The video  will be steady and stable under most suitable flight conditions.

Will this comply with the FAA remote ID regulations? 

Hi Jeff -

The DJI Mini 4 Pro is fully compliant with current FAA regulations.

Does it have auto return like the some of the others?

Hi William - 
The new DJI Mini 4 Pro drone can intelligently set a course and return to its takeoff point if needed (RTH), and now, this feature can take advantage of omnidirectional obstacle avoidance to ensure it makes it back to you in one piece.

 

I have a controller from my lost Mini 3 Pro which is 100% compatible with the Mini 4 Pro. Do you sell JUST the drone, with no accessories or controller? I am sure I am not the only person needing just a drone.

Hi Charles - 

The new DJI Mini 4 Pro is not available without its companion controller.

Does the camera do RAW photography?  

It shoots in both JPEG / DNG (RAW)

Hi Gary - 

The DJI Mini 4 Pro shoots DNG / JPEG / Raw:  48 MP (8064 x 6048).

 

Can you explain the differences / benefits of the different packages? i.e. Mini Pro 4 Fly More Combo vs Mini Pro and the RC 2 vs RC N2 controllers?

The RC 2 is the controller with a built-in screen.  The RC-N2 is the controller without a screen, you'll need to use a smart phone with the controller to able to see what drone camera sees.

The advantage of the RC 2 is faster setup time, power on the controller and drone and you're in the air much faster than the RC-N2, not having to connect your phone with the controller, don't need to drain your phone's battery and being able to use your phone for calls, etc.  But if the RC 2 is like the RC (for Mini 3 Pro, Air 2S, etc), you won't be able to side load apps and use a 3rd party app like Litchi.

The Fly More Combo adds the following:

- Two additional Intelligent Flight Battery (three total)
- Shoulder Bag
- Two-Way Charging Hub
- USB-C PD Cable
- USB-C Cable
- Gimbal Protector
- Propeller Holder
- 3x Pair of Propellers
- 18x Propeller Screw
- Screwdriver

Fly More Combo Plus replaces the Intelligent Flight Batteries with the Plus version for extended flight time, but will also increase the takeoff weight above 250g.

Essentially the Fly More Combo and Combo Plus provides two extra batteries, bag, charging hub, two extra pairs of props and prop screws.  The recent Fly More packages come with much nicer bags now than it did with the Phantom series and earlier folding drones.

Having flown previously without a screen needing to use my phone, and recently with the RC, I prefer the RC for the simplicity and getting in the air faster.

Hi Donald  - 
The  Mini 4 Pro Drone with RC-N2 Controller from DJI  is the essential, entry level bundle and will require the use of a mobile smartphone to view the drone's in-flight camera images. The DII Mini 4 Pro Drone with RC 2 Controller includes the same accessories but the controller is upgraded with a built-in screen.
The Mini 4 Pro Drone Fly More Combo with RC 2 Controller includes the following accessories:  RC 2 controller, three intelligent flight batteries, shoulder bag, two-way charging hub, USB-C PD cable, USB-C cable, gimbal protector, propeller holder,  three propeller pairs, eighteen propeller screws and a screw driver.
The  Mini 4 Pro Drone Fly More Combo Plus with RC 2 Controller includes the same accessories but  upgrades the batteries to three intelligent flight batteries plus for extended flights.

 

Looking forward to adding this to my video production arsenal.  

For now I'm staying with my Mini 3 Pro. 

Would be nice if they offered a trade-in on the Mini 3 to upgrade to the Mini 4.

That's what I said to DJI to customer service on their social platform. I got the mini 3 pro recently. I'm annoyed that got it with the refresh plan and they dropped this new version.

Or at least you could buy just the Mini 4 Pro drone on it's own with no controller.