Make Your Moments Fly with the DJI Mini 211/04/2020
Just in time for the holidays: DJI announces the highly anticipated Mini 2. The follow-up to last year’s popular Mavic Mini, the Mini 2 arrives with several impressive upgrades that should once again make it a hit this shopping season. Here’s everything you need to know about DJI’s latest miniaturized flyer.
Same Size, Bigger Features
In terms of its physical design, there’s not a whole lot separating the Mini 2 from the Mavic Mini. At less than 250g, it’s still tiny. Like the original, the Mini 2 also sports a foldable body that makes it incredibly portable and accessible. In fact, apart from a little color here, a new decal there, it’s pretty tough to tell the difference between the two.
But differences there are.
The first, and perhaps most significant, distinction between the Mavic Mini and the Mini 2 is that the Mini 2 can now shoot 4K video. There were very few criticisms of the original Mavic Mini, but one that did get some traction was that it could “only” capture 2.7K video. The Mini 2 resolves this criticism by offering 4K recording at 30 fps, along with 2x digital zoom. Digital zoom, by the way, is another video feature not supported by the original Mavic Mini. With the Mini 2, you get 2x digital zoom at 4K, 3x at 2.7K, and up to 4x digital zoom if you’re shooting FHD. For stills there is an improvement in the form of DNG raw support for higher-quality images and better post-production.
Another big upgrade is how the Mini 2 transmits images. Instead of the enhanced Wi-Fi system we saw in the Mavic Mini, the Mini 2 uses OcuSync 2.0 for image transmission. This dual-band system is a fairly significant upgrade, because it allows the Mini 2 to transmit images much farther—up to 10km unobstructed. OcuSync 2.0 also utilizes automatic frequency shifting, which means the Mini 2 is more resistant to transmission interference. Bottom line: The Mini 2 can transmit images farther and more effectively than its predecessor.
Despite the notable upgrades, the Mavic Mini and Mini 2 do have quite a bit in common. In addition to the same general design as its predecessor, the Mini 2 boasts a similar 31-minute flight time, what appears to be the same 12MP image sensor, the same QuickShots, and more. All of these similarities are good things. They were standout features in the original Mavic Mini, so incorporating them (or a slightly better version) into the Mini 2 makes sense.
OcuSync 2.0 and the ability to shoot 4K boost the already impressive Mini series into serious rare air. What was arguably the best, most sophisticated beginner’s/toy-size drone now appears to have that title completely locked down. There are some missing features we would have loved to see in the Mini 2 (follow-me tech and obstacle tracking, for example), but those will probably come the next time around. Regardless of what future generations hold, right now the Mini 2 looks like the top drone available for beginners who want the highest level of performance possible.
What do you think about the new Mini 2? If you have the Mavic Mini, are you ready to upgrade? Let us know in the Comments section, below!