DJI unveiled the Mavic Mini in Oct. 2019, enabling drone enthusiasts to realize their aerial photography dreams. On Nov. 5, the Shenzhen based technology company launched an upgraded version of the DJI Mini 2.
We went to the popular national historical and cultural city in eastern Guangdong, Chaozhou, last week for a walk. In this review, we will see how you can use DJI Mini 2 and open up a whole new horizon of aerial photography.
The Mini 2 retains the design elements of its predecessor, Mavic Mini. It adopts a similar folding body design as the previous generation, while the body is made using plastic. The Mini 2 comes with a short tripod. Considering that the ground isn’t necessarily always flat and smooth, we need to pay special attention to protecting the drone’s camera in a bid to avoid bumps.
As far as accessories are concerned, the Mini 2 comes with the same universal remote control as the Mavic Air 2. Sporting an ergonomic design, the remote control offers smooth control of the Mini 2, making it a great choice even for novices. The newfangled clamping structure design can accommodate most full-screen mobile phones.
The Mini 2 remote control is relatively larger than the previous generation and offers longer battery life. The set version houses three batteries and a battery manager, with a rear-mounted battery installation compartment. Note that the previous generation batteries still work on the Mini 2.
Moreover, the Mini 2 comes with an upgraded storage bag, which is more convenient and easier to carry while traveling. On top of that, the size and weight of the Mini 2 are also similar to the previous generation. This compact drone is as big as the iPhone SE 2 when folded.
Weighing in less than 249 grams even with the battery, the Mini 2 is a highly portable drone that can be put inside your pocket. Mini 2 meets the weight requirement of most countries for micro drones. The regulations of the Civil Aviation Administration requires users to register with their names for aircraft weighing more than 250 grams.
You can use the Mini 2 in the United States, Canada, China, and some other countries without registration, provided you do not use it near the no-fly zone on maps including airports. Aside from that, the height-restricted zone has different height restrictions, such as 120 meters. You must understand the difference between a no-fly zone and the need for real-name registration.
Despite sporting the same design elements of the previous generation, the Mini 2 has been upgraded in terms of power performance, including the ability to offer a flight time of 31 minutes. Moreover, you can use the aircraft’s battery manager as a mobile power source to charge your mobile phones after storing the battery.
The wind resistance of the Mini 2 has been upgraded to level 5, as compared to its precursor. While shooting at the Hanjiang River in Chaozhou, the wind was strong, the Mini 2 continued to maintain a stable flight attitude. Other power performance improvements include the maximum flight speed reaching 16m/s, the maximum take-off altitude reaching 4000m, the maximum flight altitude reaching 500m, and more.
The Mavic Mini received criticism for poor image transmission, but this year’s Mini 2 has been upgraded to OcuSync 2.0 video transmission for mid-to-high-end models. Even the video transmission distance has been increased to 10 kilometers, and it comes with adaptive dual-frequency (2.4GHz and 5.8GHz) support. The anti-interference ability has also been improved.
On the photography front, the Mini 2 houses a considerably improved camera setup. Video shooting can be up to 4K 30 fps high-definition video, with an improved 100Mbps of maximum bit rate. As if that weren’t enough, the Mini 2 also supports up to 4x digital zoom during video shooting.
To use the zoom operation method, simply drag the zoom button on the DJI Fly interface, or use two fingers to zoom in on the screen in recording mode. Alternatively, you can press and hold the remote control Fn button and adjust the gimbal wave wheel. Zoom. On the downside, it does not support one-button delay shooting like the previous generation.
To shoot a time-lapse video, turn on time-lapse shooting in the early stage, and once you have taken all the photos, the time-lapse video is created through the post-production software. The Mini 2 supports RAW format files to meet the professional needs of more drone pilots.
Furthermore, the Mini 2 supports AEB (automatic exposure bracketing) three-shot continuous shooting. It also comes with a one-click movie mode, which is usually found in the high-end models. These modes include fading away, spiraling, skyrocketing, orbiting, and comet, which is the new model of Mini 2.
The Mini 2 now features panorama shooting and supports spherical panorama, 180°, wide-angle photo shooting. DJI has done a great job in terms of combining software and hardware. DJI Fly’s editor boasts a wide range of templates to choose from and provides professional and advanced post-production functions as well.
The Mini 2 also has a new Mobile Fast Transfer function. The download speed can be as high as 20MB/s with the DJI Fly App.
It also has a selection download function, and the 4K video shooting and RAW format files have also been upgraded Its small body houses powerful performance, making it a perfect choice for beginners. If you are interested in buying a drone or are a novice user of drone, you might want to give the DJI Mini 2 a test drive.