DJI Mini 2 drone evaluation

Sajjad Hussain
Nov 5 · 11 min read
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DJI released the Mavic Mini drone, creating a new market category. The essence of this series is that the weight of the drone is less than 250 grams, so it can take off directly in the non-no-fly zone without declaration. Now, the second generation is coming, it is DJI Mini 2. According to data from DJI, the sales of DJI Mavic Mini are very good, and more than 90% of the buyers are users who use drones for the first time. I believe that the DJI Mini 2 will have a very good market performance after a substantial upgrade.

Compared with the first-generation products, DJI Mini 2 has been upgraded to a greater extent. Not only has the highest video shooting specification increased to 4K 30p (2.7K 30p in the first generation), the lens supports 4x zoom, and it also has a photo enhancement mode that brings better imaging effects. DJI Mini 2 is equipped with the same Ocusync 2.0 image transmission system as Mavic Air 2, and can reach a maximum distance of 10 kilometers. The endurance has also been increased to 31 minutes, which is even better than the first generation, which is not easy to come by. The motor of DJI Mini 2 has also been improved, and it can reach level 5 wind resistance, and the maximum take-off altitude is 4000 meters, so it can be used for aerial photography in more demanding environments.

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The essence of DJI Mini 2 is its take-off weight of less than 249 grams. This take-off weight has two advantages. One is to take off the drone in a non-no-fly zone, which does not need to be declared. Of course, it must follow local regulations in the end. The other is that it is easier to travel abroad with drones. In the past, you had to declare 15 days in advance, and you would encounter various difficult problems in declaration. Now it is easier and easier. Now you do not need to apply 15 days in advance to travel to Europe, the United States, Japan and other places.

In terms of price, the DJI Mini 2 standard version is priced at 2,899 yuan, and the Changfei package is priced at 3799 yuan. The price advantage is still very obvious. Take the standard version, most of the drones below 3,000 yuan are entertainment products, while the DJI Mini 2 contains a lot of accessories and a drone that can be used for quasi-professional shooting. Obvious competitiveness. This listing price is also close to the DJI Mavic Mini’s release price, but the increase is very obvious.

The main parameters of DJI Mini 2 UAV:

1/2.3-inch, 12 million pixel sensor

Up to 4K 30p video specifications

New photo enhancement mode

4x zoom (2x optical, 2x digital)

31 minutes of battery life

Level 5 wind resistance (up to level 7 at rest)

4000m maximum takeoff altitude

Image transmission capability up to 10 kilometers

Downward vision system (infrared TOF + monocular camera)

USB Type-C interface

DJI Fly APP

New remote control and image transmission system (same as Mavic Air 2)

Take-off weight less than 249 grams

Now, we got the smooth flight package version of the DJI Mini 2 drone, and then we will introduce to you how this upgraded new product performs through actual experience.

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Appearance: exquisite and compact, new remote control, free propeller

As usual, let us first understand the design of the DJI Mini 2 drone. The size of this drone is very close to the first generation, but the weight is reduced again, but DJI is very low-key and only marked as less than 249 grams.

This time, DJI Mini 2 is still divided into two versions. In addition to the drone and remote control, the standard version also includes a battery, three data cables (Micro USB, USB Type-C, and Lightning), remote control joystick, screwdriver, spare screws, propeller, and gimbal protection lock And USB Type-C data cable. On this basis, the Changfei package also presented two additional batteries, a two-way charging butler, a propeller, a spare propeller, an 18W USB charger and a shoulder bag for storing all equipment. In short, if the budget is sufficient, the author’s suggestion is to buy the Changfei suit directly.

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Like the first generation, DJI Mini 2 also has several separately purchased accessories, including omnidirectional blade protection cover, mini backpack, charging base, expansion buckle and body creation kit. These accessories are the first generation and DJI Mini 2 is universal.

This time, the DJI Mini 2 Changfei package directly presented the propeller, and the blade protection cover was changed to a separately purchased accessory, which solved the problem of the user’s messy blade when storing the drone, and also avoided the need for the blade.

The body structure of DJI Mini 2 is the same as that of the first generation, and the color is also the same. It is very small in the hand, not even as big as a palm, and the workmanship of the body is excellent. The card slot, the upgraded USB Type-C interface and the battery compartment are still at the rear of the fuselage, and under the fuselage is the downward vision system (infrared TOF + monocular camera). The tail is also designed with a tail indicator light, and this indicator light is also a button.

The DJI Mini 2 drone is equipped with a new remote control, the same model as the Mavic Air 2. The mobile phone clip of this remote control is designed on the top, which is different from the previous drone remote control of DJI. The remote control itself is much larger than the first generation. The reason for replacing the remote control is that DJI Mini 2 uses the same image transmission system as Mavic Air 2, which is much better than the first generation. This will be introduced separately for you later. Facts have proved that this remote control is very easy to use, and the new mobile phone clip position also has a better experience.

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Let me say one more thing here. The first-generation and current DJI Mini 2 do not seem to have any obvious changes in appearance, but the internal structure and hardware used have undergone earth-shaking changes, so they have the performance and functions seen now. Promote.

Aerial experience: 4K 30p and RAW files are very useful

The sensor of DJI Mini 2 is 1/2.3-inch 12-megapixel CMOS, the same specifications as the first-generation drone. The difference is that the maximum video specification is increased to 4K 30p, and RAW format file output is supported, and a photo enhancement mode has been added. Then we will take a look at the actual shooting experience of DJI Mini 2.

4K 30p video screenshot

It can be seen that 4K video, which has been fully popularized at present, has very obvious advantages in detail. Therefore, when using DJI Mini 2 aerial photography, it can bring users a more resolving video picture. Even beginners or amateurs of aerial photography can get a better video shooting experience and corresponding images through DJI Mini 2. This is very important, and it solves a slot of the first generation.

Spherical panorama (can be viewed in APP, download photos are not spherical)

Of course, DJI Mini 2 has added a panoramic photo mode, which is still divided into three specifications: 3X3, 180° and spherical. Panoramic photos are a feature that users are calling a lot, especially in aerial photography. Now, users can experience panoramic photo shooting through DJI Mini 2 drone, and the photo effect after stitching is very shocking, after all, the perspective is different.

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The one-click video function has been added to the Mavic Mini. This function is very practical, because many users are newbies to drones. Some very complex and difficult flying skills are definitely difficult for beginners to achieve. Therefore, this A pre-set mode allows users to shoot directly with one click on the screen and watch the film, which is very friendly to novices. DJI Mini 2’s one-click short films include five types: fading away, spiral, skyrocketing, surround, and comet. Users can choose their favorite one-click short film type to shoot through the menu. The effect is really good.

Let’s talk about the effect of image transmission. Compared with the first generation, the Ocusync 2.0 image transmission system of DJI Mini 2 performs better and more stable, especially in the environment with more interference, it has a better image transmission experience. Of course, although the maximum distance is 10 kilometers, it is difficult to reach this distance in actual experience. According to the data given by DJI engineers, the image transmission effect of 10 kilometers can generally be achieved in the wilderness, and the image transmission effect of rural areas can reach 6 kilometers. However, due to more interference in cities, the effect of image transmission is generally about 3 kilometers. From our actual experience, it is very close to the data given by DJI engineers.

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DJI Fly APP: New experience is better

The APP compatible with DJI Mini 2 is also DJI Fly, which is consistent with Mavic Mini and Mavic Air 2. The DJI Fly APP has a very good user experience, the operation logic is very simple and clear, and the screen ratio is large, and the user viewing experience is also very good. In addition, this APP also has many additional functions, we will introduce them to you one by one.

First of all, the screen-to-body ratio of the interface is very large, that is, the aerial image displayed during image transmission has a large ratio, so that users can see the drone’s real-time lens more clearly, and can better grasp the shooting angle and composition. . Then the operation logic is the same as before, this set of operation logic is very clear, even the novice drones using APP for the first time can quickly get started.

Then there is the nearby aerial photography spot function in the DJI Fly APP. This function is very useful because it not only shows you some recommended aerial photography locations, but also marks the no-fly zone, authorization zone, height restriction zone, warning zone, and recommended zone. And so on classification, users can find suitable aerial photography spots according to these classifications. In the past two years, using nearby aerial photography spots, we can see that DJI has worked with users to continuously improve this function. Now the annotation content is becoming more and more abundant, and the experience is constantly improving. In the future, DJI will also add functions such as weather system, user reviews, and flying the same model to make the APP more powerful and provide better user experience.

In the APP, the editing function is also integrated. Users can choose to use some templates preset by DJI to nest their own aerial video, or use the advanced editing function to make their own custom video editing, which is very convenient to use , The operation logic also conforms to the current mobile phone editing software standards. In other words, users do not need to install the editing APP separately to complete the later process.

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Finally, let’s talk about two very good features. One is mobile phone fast transfer, a very practical function. When using this function, the user’s aircraft does not need to be connected to the remote control, and only needs to connect to the mobile phone via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to download the captured video, and the speed can reach 20MB/s. In addition, an interception download function has been added, that is, when users download, they do not need to download the entire video, and can select the fragments they need to intercept and download. This feature greatly improves user efficiency.

DJI Mini 2 is the first drone

So far, the test and introduction of the DJI Mini 2 UAV has come to an end. I believe that friends who have read the evaluation can feel DJI’s intentions. Compared with the first-generation product, DJI Mini 2 has a very significant improvement. Although the sensor is the same model, the video specifications and photo effects have been greatly improved, which also gives this entry-level drone a quasi-professional performance, and consumers themselves will ultimately benefit.

The most worth mentioning is the size and weight of the DJI Mini 2 drone. The size is similar to the first generation, but the weight is lighter than the first generation, less than 249 grams. This is not easy. Because under the similar shell, DJI engineers re-adjusted the structure and layout of this product, but we can’t see it. In order to make the product’s flight performance better, DJI engineers have strengthened the motors and algorithms. The current DJI Mini 2 can support level 5 wind resistance, while the maximum take-off altitude is 4000 meters, and the battery life is increased to 31 minutes. , Can make users shoot cooler and fly cooler.

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In terms of shooting functions, in addition to the improvement of video specifications, functions such as panoramic photos and photo enhancement modes have also been added to bring users better shooting materials. The new remote control of the same model as the DJI Mavic Air 2 is more convenient to use and brings a better experience to users. At the same time, the upgrade of the image transmission system also allows users to fly far, fly high, and shoot better with confidence. Aerial footage.

The supporting DJI Fly APP not only allows users to enjoy better aerial photography operations and experience, and its excellent control logic allows users to easily get started, but its continuously improved aerial photography points and editing functions also allow users to have a better experience. The added mobile phone quick transfer and interception download functions can improve the efficiency of users downloading videos. In short, DJI is constantly improving its own APP to bring users a better experience.

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When DJI Mavic Mini was launched, with the convenience and price advantage brought by the 249-gram ultra-light body, many users were relieved. This time DJI Mini 2 still maintains a clear advantage in terms of price. At the same time, this generation of products is more mature and complete, and is more suitable for users who want to try aerial photography. If you are a travel enthusiast, family life enthusiast, or a young person who loves technology and digital, then DJI Mini 2, a cost-effective drone, is definitely your best choice for starting aerial photography.

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