Mavic Mini fens should be more than excited to know that DJI has just refreshed their entry-level drone with the highly anticipated Mini 2. The all-new model arrives with several impressive upgrades including 4K UHD video capabilities at up to 30fps with a higher 100Mbps bitrate, RAW photos capture, OcuSync 2.0 transmission system for much longer reach, robust motors, and a multitude of pre-programmed movements and modes.
Conveniently, the unit is small and lightweight enough so that users can fly it without needing to register with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as it falls below the weight of what’s considered to be a commercial drone. With that out of the way, let’s take a closer look.
The Mini 2 maintaining a compact, foldable design that weighs only 8.8 oz (249g). It can be operated from up to 6.2 miles away and can also be flown as high as 2.5 miles while withstanding 19 to 24 mph winds.
The device comes equipped with a 3-axis gimbal that supports up to 4K30p video and 12MP stills captured in JPG or raw format. What’s more impressive, the DJI Mini 2 captures video with 100Mbps bitrate while using H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC) in an MP4 container.
Another great news is the addition of the OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology that can provide a stable and reliable long-distance connection between the remote controller and the drone. Dual-frequency technology automatically switches between channels to help against interference.
With the DJI Mini 2, you also gain the luxury of flying farther back from your subjects with support for up to 4x digital zoom. Thanks to the DJI Fly app and intelligent recording options, such as pre-programmed QuickShot flight paths and multiple panorama options, the Mini 2 can deliver creative pro-quality shots with a tap.
When it comes to piloting the Mini 2, DJI also provides multiple intelligent capabilities and features to make it easier, such as automatic takeoff, precise hovering, and a smart return-to-home function that uses GPS to return the drone safely back to its takeoff point.
Using Fly Spots, you can even plan out your flight itinerary in advance. While in the air, the Mini 2 can achieve flight speeds up to 36 mph and flight times up to 31 minutes.
DJI Mini 2 also brings a handful of different pre-programmed drone flight patterns, which can be easily switched on the fly. You can choose from Dronie, Helix, Rocket, Circle, or Boomerang modes. Once captured, the DJI Fly app lets you add filters and soundtracks and share your work directly to social media platforms.
DJI Mini 2 is already available to order selling in two options. The standard package which includes a remote controller and one battery will set you back $449. The Fly More Combo, on the other hand, comes with three batteries, the charging hub, remote controller, and case and costs $599.
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