DJI Mini 2 Short Review
The DJI Mini 2 is a small compact foldable drone that weighs less than 250g and still comes with many of DJI’s innovative technological features. It’s the successor to the Mavic Mini and its upgrades include a 4K camera, a triple GPS module, 5 Quickshots for hands-free cinematic videos and 31 minutes of flight time. The Mini 2 also comes with DJI’s OcuSync 2.0 technology for a longer control range and allows you to view live HD videos in 720p resolution. A very good drone for beginners, photographers, and travellers.
- 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
- 12MP images
- Multiple photography modes
- Records videos in 4k at 30fps, 2.7k at 30fps & 1080p at 60fps
- 4× digital zoom
- 5 QuickShots
- 31 minutes of flight time
- 10km control range
When it comes to high-end consumer drones, DJI are constantly raising the bar and with the DJI Mini 2, they have raised it again. In this review of the DJI Mini 2 drone, you will find out what this drone has to offer and why it is probably the best drone for under $500.
DJI are the leading consumer drone brand, especially drones that used for professional photography. However, until the release of the Mavic Mini, most of their drones were expensive and usually cost around the $1000+ mark.
The DJI Mini 2 is the successor to the hugely popular Mavic Mini and it comes with a couple of upgrades whilst maintaining more or less the same size and weight.
If you are in search of a cheap beginner-friendly drone for photography, the Mini 2 might be the drone for you.
DJI Mini 2 Review
So, when you first take a look at the DJI Mini 2, it looks very similar to the Mavic Mini and you may be mistaken into thinking that there are not any major differences between the two drones.
The DJI Mini 2 is a small foldable drone that weighs less than 250g this includes the battery weight. DJI have purposely engineered this drone to weigh less than 250g just like they did with the original Mavic Mini. This is because if you want to just fly for fun, you will not need to register the drone if you live in the UK, Canada or the USA.
The foldable structure also makes the drone very compact and great to travel with, if you are a professional travel photographer and looking for a good drone to expand your services, a small foldable drone like the Mini 2 is an excellent choice.
One of the minor cosmetic difference between the Mini 2 and the original Mavic Mini is the LED light on the front of the Mini 2. This light is customisable via the DJI Fly app which allows you to change the colour of the light.
The drone comes with powerful brushless motors, these motors allow the drone to fly steadily and hover more accurately. Brushless motors are efficient and last longer and they are also easier clean and maintain so that they always perform at optimal levels.
The drone is powered by an intelligent lithium polymer battery, this is the same type of battery that powers most advanced drones nowadays. They have features that minimise the risks of overcharging, short-circuiting, swelling and making sure that the battery always works at optimal conditions. This is a 7.7v 2250mAh battery that provides a flight time of around 31 minutes, which isn’t much different from the Original Mavic Mini, this is still a very good flight time and especially for a drone that costs less than $500.
If you are planning on using this drone to provide professional photography services, it is a good idea to purchase a couple of extra batteries, this will allow you to extend the flight time without having to wait for the battery to fully recharge.
There is a micro SD card slot on the rear end of the drone, it takes memory cards of class 3 or above and it is best to record videos and photos on a memory card instead of your phone to get the best quality.
If you purchase the Mini 2 fly more combo package, you do get a lot of extra accessories and this includes 2 additional batteries and a nice shoulder carry case for the drone.
Another upgrade to the drone is its triple GNSS module, most drones have a combination of GPS+GLONASS, the Mini 2 adds the European satellite network GALILEO, so there is even more global navigation coverage. This results in a more precise drone positioning accuracy on the app and better flight stabilisation.
You can also fly the drone in areas with a weak GPS signal because it has a vision positioning system on its belly that includes an optical flow and infrared sensor.
DJI Mini 2 Controller
One other significant change is the drone’s remote controller, this controller looks a lot similar to the Mavic Air 2 controller. It’s a lot larger and is shaped like a box, it uses DJI’s innovative OcuSync 2.0 technology which will allow users to control the drone from a maximum distance of 10km.
There is a smartphone attachment on the top and it is powered by an internal lithium polymer battery which allows for a few hours of operation before a recharge is needed. It has a switch in the middle that allows you to toggle between its three main flight modes which are normal, sports and cinematic. There is a return to home button and the power button on either side of the flight mode switch and some LED lights that indicate the battery level.
I actually like this controller more than the smaller controller on the Mavic Mini and despite its bigger size, it is relatively comfortable to hold.
Like the original Mavic Mini and the Air 2, the DJI Mini 2 uses the new DJI Fly App that will give you access to its FPV and CineShots feature. This app has been developed for beginners, it’s very easy to use, has some simple tutorials and is updated frequently. It’s compatible with both iOS and Android devices and the interface displays data about the drone’s height, distance, GNSS status, camera settings and a small map of where the drone is positioned. It also has a simple video editing suite with templates you can use to enhance your videos and share them on a select range of social media platforms.
DJI Mini 2 Camera
There is no doubt that one of the main reasons for the popularity of drones is their cameras. They allow you to see and experience the world from a unique perspective and see places that you may not have otherwise seen.
With DJI Mini 2, you get access to a professional flying camera that allows you to record video footage in 4k at 30fps with a recording speed of 100Mbps. The camera has a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with an 83° FOV and has an aperture of f/2.8.
Images are captured in 12MP in both JPEG and RAW and it has an auto exposure bracketing feature that will allow you to enhance your photos with a higher dynamic range of colours in post-processing. The camera also allows you to capture three types of panorama photography and you can fit ND filters over the lens to get the exact exposure levels you want.
As the drone comes with DJI’s advanced transmission technology, the live video feed to your smartphone is transmitted in 720p at 30fps.
The camera also comes with a digital zoom feature, this is not as good as having an optical zoom feature, but still a decent feature to have if you want to get closer to a subject matter without moving your drone. It has 2* zoom capability for 4k/2.7k and 4*zoom for 1080p.
DJI Mini 2 – Other Features
Like the Mavic Mini, the DJI Mini 2 comes with a feature called QuickShots, this is a set of pre-programmed flight modes that will allow you to capture short cinematic videos completely hands-free. While Mavic Mini came with 4 QuickShots, the Mini 2 comes with 5, they are Boomerang, Dronie, Helix, Rocket, and Circle.
The drone also comes with an automatic return to home feature, and has three flight modes which includes Normal, Sports and Cine mode. In the Sports mode, the controls are a little more sensitive and the drone can reach its maximum speed of 57kph. The drone has a level 5 wind resistance, which means it can hold up in winds of up to 22mps, although, if you are an absolute beginner, I would advise you not to fly in any kind of windy conditions.
Like most advanced drones, flying the DJI Mini is very easy, it helps that there is a button for one-click take-off/landing which makes it suitable for beginners. Despite its small size and weight the drone even holds up relatively well in mildly windy conditions and it doesn’t affect the overall video or photo quality thanks to the 3-axis gimbal. In its sports mode, the drone can reach a maximum speed of 37 mph, which is pretty fast for a non-racing drone. The FPV feed is clear (as long as you fly in good weather conditions) and the QuickShot mode is fun to use and the return to home function is accurate.
Overall, this is an excellent upgrade to the original Mavic Mini, the DJI Mini 2 drone comes with some excellent features that includes a 4K camera, panorama photography and 31 minutes of flight time. If you are looking to get into drone photography the Mini 2 makes a good starting point. If you want other options at a similar price range, check out my list of the best drones under $500.
FAQ About The DJI Mini 2
Do you have to register the DJI Mini 2?
This will depend on where you live, in the USA, the FAA does not require anyone to register recreational drones that weigh less than 250g. However, there is a new test from the FAA called The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) that all recreational drone pilots must take.
If you live in the UK, you will need to register the DJI Mini, this is done by obtaining an Operator ID and you will also need to obtain a Flyer ID which will require you to pass an online test. More information can be found on the CAA website.
Is the Mini 2 worth it?
People will have different views, however, I personally believe that the DJI Mini 2 is worth its price. It is the best drone in its price range and a very good drone for beginners and a good cheap drone for photography. If you travel around a lot, the Mini is definitely worth it, it’s compact, lightweight and easy to carry around.
Is the DJI Mini 2 waterproof?
No, like all consumer drones, the DJI Mini 2 is not waterproof, although, you may have seen people flying this in light rain, it is advised that you don’t do this as it may damage your drone.
Does the DJI Mini 2 have obstacle avoidance?
No, the Mini 2 does not come with an obstacle avoidance system, although its successor, the Mini 3 Pro does.
Does the DJI Mini 2 have follow me?
This is a yes and no answer, DJI have not included follow me mode or any other autonomous flight modes within the DJI Fly app.
However, you can access follow me mode and other autonomous flight modes for the Mini 2 via the Litchi app. This is a paid app and is available for both Android and iOS devices and it is a very good alternative to the DJI Fly app.
Is the Mini 2 a good beginner drone?
Yes, it absolutely is a very good beginner friendly drone, I believe it is the best drone for beginners. It’s easy to operate and comes with lots of features that will enhance your flying experience and comes with a very good HD camera.
How high can I fly the Mini 2?
Legally, you can fly up to 400 feet, although the drone can fly a lot higher.