DJI’s palm-sized Mini 2 drone flies further and shoots 4K for $449

DJI’s palm-sized Mini 2 drone flies further and shoots 4K for $449

Last yr’s DJI Mavic Mini may need been the smallest and lightest full-featured drone in the marketplace, however it was additionally a bit of compromised out of the gate. Today, the DJI Mini 2 — don’t name it a Mavic — is addressing a few of its limitations.

While the brand new $449 drone may look equivalent to the unique, even weighing the identical 249 grams (which suggests you don’t must 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 undoubtedly a dealbreaker for me.

It makes use of the identical controller as the brand new Mavic Air 2, although in fact you received’t get that drone’s superior impediment avoidance and monitoring as a result of it has far fewer sensors.

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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 2.7K, 25/30p @ 40Mbps video it shot earlier than — and you may seize RAW photographs 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 carried out, 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 stand up to 24 mph gusts of wind, in comparison with 18 mph beforehand.

Accessories embrace propeller guards, the charging hub, and a charging pod that props up the Mini 2 upright — although you might not see prop guards within the US on account of weight restrictions.
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The solely draw back we will see to this point is a $50 greater beginning value (and probably the elimination of the vertical picture 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 More Combo with three batteries, a charging hub, and a carrying case. You ought to discover it on sale in the present day, proper right here.

It’s price noting that the unique Mavic Mini received a helpful software program improve mid-cycle which added guide publicity, guide white stability and a extra cinematic 24fps mode. If you’ll find it on deep low cost now that its successor is right here, it is perhaps price trying out.

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