DJI on Thursday announced DJI Mini 2, the successor to the original DJI Mavic Mini drone that was launched in October 2019.
The new ultralight and foldable Mini 2 weighs less than 249 grams (0.55lb), which allows users to fly the drone without needing to register with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The drone has folded dimensions of 138×81×58 mm (L×W×H) and unfolded dimensions of 159×203×56 mm (L×W×H).
DJI Mini 2 supports up to 4K video resolution at 30 fps (frames per second) at a 100Mbps video bitrate, which is up from 2.7K 30p video captured at 40 Mbps by the original Mavic Mini. It also supports up to 10 km of HD video transmission and has excellent anti-interference capabilities, giving users the ability to fly farther and see clearer.
Further, the Mini 2 can resist 29-38kph winds and take off at a max altitude of 4,000 meters, so that the footage is stable even when flying along a windy coastline or high above an alpine forest. The new motors in the drone result in faster acceleration and speed as well as the ability to withstand 24 miles per hour (mph) gusts of wind in comparison to previous 18 mph.
The drone has a 12MP camera. It is now possible to click DNG RAW photos instead of just JPGs. QuickShot Modes in the drone includes Dronie, Helix, Rocket, Circle, and Boomerang. The drone also supports three different Panorama modes (wide-angle, 180-degree and sphere) as well as triple-shot exposure bracketing and timed shots.
“Shake-free, smooth footage is possible because of the class-leading 3-axis gimbal, which compensates for drone movement, wind, and more. While recording in 1080p resolution, pilots can get closer to their subject without actually having to move the drone thanks to the 4X Zoom (2X lossless in quality) option,” said the company.
With a maximum flight time of 31 minutes, DJI Mini 2 grants more than enough time to compose the perfect shot. The drone also comes with OcuSync 2.0 wireless transmission technology that allows the drone to fly 2.5 times further than before and also ensures a stable, long-distance connection between the remote controller and the drone.
Additionally, dual-frequency technology automatically switches between channels to help against interference.
The DJI Mini 2 allows users to connect their smartphone directly to the drone without the remote controller and download photos and videos straight to their device at a brisk 20 MB/s speed once the drone has landed. Users can also share videos directly on social media.
The DJI Mini 2 is available for purchase now at $449 with a controller and one battery. DJI has also bundled a Fly More Combo Kit for the Mini 2 at a retail price of $599, which includes DJI Mini 2, three batteries, a charging hub, a carrying case, and remote controller.