The DJI mini 2 drone is versatile and can be used to film, photograph, as well as do aerial surveying. Lucidcam will be reviewing the features and deciding if the price is worth it.
Although the DJI Mini 2 is less expensive than other models in its series, it still offers professional quality with 12MP camera resolution and 720p HD recording. It also features a 3-axis stabilizer that helps to produce smooth videos, even in high winds and fast movements. There are many intelligent flight modes, including orbit, follow me and waypoint navigation, point-of-interest, and many more.
Overall, the mini 2 has many great features.
Advantages and Disadvantages of DJI Mini 2
- Stabilized 4K camera
- Raw and JPG Photo modes
- Automated Quickshots
- Long flight time
- Mavic Mini has stronger motors and better connection
- Safety features such as GPS and other devices
- FAA registration not required
- There are no color profiles available for JPGs or video.
- Avoids HDR and obstacle avoidance
- This does not include ActiveTrack and Hyperlaps
DJI Mini 2 Review
DJI’s smallest, lightest and folding drone
Mini 2 has the folding arms design DJI is so well-known for, making it very easy to transport and store. It is important to open the arms in a particular order and then fold them down in reverse. This takes some getting used to but it is easy to do.
The DJI Mini 2 folds down to the size of a coffee mug.
The DJI Mini 2 is especially useful because it has the ability to fold in the propellers and arms strap. You can use the drone’s arms and propellers to hold them in place. This will ensure that nothing is lost or damaged when it is being towed.
However, I still recommend using a protective bag. If you decide to put it in your backpack, make sure to protect it from scratches and damage.
The landing and take-off situations are a little tricky due to the low-profile, stable arms design. The drone might have trouble getting enough lift and avoid grass blades because the landing gear is so small. Even a neatly trimmed lawn can make it difficult to lift off.
Low clearance means the camera is set right into the grass, which exposes it to moisture. A lawn is a good choice if you intend to do most of your landings and takeoffs from it. The landing had these problems can be solved by a professional or you can start from a driveway or sidewalk.
Because of its lightweight design, I have already highlighted the advantages that the DJI Mini 2 does not require registration with the FAA. Although registration is easy and costs only $5 for drones greater than 250g, it can be intimidating enough to deter some from flying them.
Although the DJI Mini 2 is safe below that weight limit, it still performs better than any other toy drones it faces. The compact and lightweight drone also get more flying power and better video quality.
Although the battery life of Mini 2 is up to 31 minutes, it’s still a significant improvement on the original Mavic Mini. However, once you have completed all pre-flight checks and calibration, it’s closer to 27 minutes in the air. It’s still a remarkable amount of flight time for a drone classified as a toy. If you have an extra battery, you can fly almost uninterrupted for an entire afternoon.
If you are looking to upgrade, one thing that might frustrate you is the fact that the batteries for Mini 2 are different from the Mavic Mini batteries. They are therefore not interchangeable.
Although the DJI Mini 2 batteries weigh less than the Mavic Mini batteries but have a higher power output, they are lighter and more comfortable to use. If you combine them with the DJI Mini 2, they will also increase your weight by 250g.
You can find the battery on the bottom of your drone. It is a little difficult to reach due to the spring plastic clip. However, you will know that it is securely in place while in flight.
Mini 2 does not have any internal storage but uses an SD card. This is in some ways more convenient as it’s much easier to transfer images from a removable SD card to your drone’s internal storage. However, it does mean that you have one more thing you need to bring with you when you fly.
DJI decided that it was time for DJI to get rid of the remote control from the Mavic Mini. Replacing it is a remote that replicates the design and functionality of the controller on the Mavic Air 2. It’s a good upgrade for many reasons. Although I still struggle to grip my smartphone at times, it’s much easier to view the display screen from above than below the remote.
On the left-center of the remote is a button that says “Return to home“. This feature is useful for beginners who are not comfortable flying back to their home point, especially when the battery is low.
The switch in the middle allows you to choose between three flight modes: ‘Cine’ slows down the drone to 13 mph to film cinematic-type footage; ‘Normal (22 mph); and ‘Sport’ that lets you fly up to 36 mph. The ‘Power’ button is located to the right. This layout is simple and easy to use.
The auxiliary light can be activated by pressing the ‘Fn” button in the upper-left corner. This is useful for visibility when landing under poor lighting conditions. The ‘Photo/Video toggle button’ is located in the upper-right. This allows you to quickly switch between the two modes.
The top-left corner has a gimbal wheel that allows you to tilt your camera up or down. The shutter button in the top right-hand corner can be used for recording images and video clips. For easier transportation, the joysticks can easily be removed and stored at the bottom of your remote.
Transceivers for GPS and GLONASS positioning systems are included in the drone. These tools help to locate it on a map and increase its ability to hover nearly perfectly in place. DJI Fly’s flight control app includes a Find My Drone function that displays the aircraft’s current location and makes sounds and flashlights if it is still running. This is a feature that you probably won’t need, but it’s there in case you do.
A GPS system makes it possible to fly autonomously or semi-autonomously. The Mini 2 has a number of automated Quickshots–automated flight paths that circle, corkscrew, or pull back and away.
DJI doesn’t include subject tracking (which DJI calls ActiveTrack). DJI points out the absence of obstacle detection sensors as the reason. The Mini 2 doesn’t have any way to know if there is an object in its path so it can’t pilot itself into a tree. The Mavic Air 2 or Skydio 2 will track you and follow you.
DJI drones also include a geofence system, FlySafe. This prevents you from flying in restricted airspaces. These include those that are set up to stop unauthorized flights around major sporting events, wildfires, or around Washington DC. Before you purchase a drone, make sure to check the map to ensure that it is legal to fly in your area.
You can also set the geofence to limit the drone’s range within a radius of the remote. I highly recommend this feature for first-time pilots. The conditions will affect the visual range, but I recommend that beginners use it.
A drone’s most important feature is its ability to take photos and videos. The DJI Mini 2 can record 4K photos or videos. The data are saved on an SD card which must support at minimum UHS Speed Class 3.These low-resolution versions can be saved to the phone immediately and are easily accessible on social media platforms.
The camera can record 4K videos with 12M pixels. The quality could be improved with a few more pixels. The drone’s 3-axis gimbal keeps the video smooth. The vibration of the camera is reduced by the gimbal. You should never buy a drone that has a 2-axis only gimbal.
DJI Mini 2’s advantages in image quality – for both video and photos, with that raw mode – and connectivity, thanks to Ocusync 2.0, do make it the more polished and future-proofed choice.
Once you have finished admiring the sleek design and clever layout of the controller, it is time to take the Mini 2 into the air. The Mini 2 is stable, smooth, and easy to pilot. It has a steady hover and follows a straight flight path. The DJI Mini 2 is equipped with upgraded motors that are more powerful than the Mavic Mini and can handle wind speeds up to 24 mph. This is a remarkable feat for such small drones.
Besides, there have been some improvements to the DJI Fly app, including a clearer battery meter. The system also gives an estimate of the remaining flight time in minutes and seconds. However, this algorithm is still under development. Any climbing reduces the flight time by minutes. While it is true that altitude gain can drain battery life, all flights start that way.
Mini 2’s GPS module can connect to both GPS and GLONASS satellite signals, making it more precise in its location and speed. The GPS function powers the return to home function and allows the drone to hover stable without being pushed around by any breeze.
DJI Fly’s Find My Drone feature is powered by GPS and will display the drone’s current location in case you lose contact. If the drone is powered up, it will activate and flashlights and sound to aid in finding it.
Return to Home
The Return to Home button is a lifesaver for beginners and more experienced pilots. It will return the drone to the exact same place it took off. This button will quickly return the drone to you if it becomes disoriented or if the drone is facing away.
Depending on your level of skill and what you are trying to accomplish, the DJI Mini 2 offers three flight modes. “Cine” allows for slow flying and is suitable for beginners. It has a speed of 13 mph, which will give you cinematic-type shots. You can fly at up to 26 mph in “Normal” mode, while “Sport” mode allows you to go as fast as 22 mph.
Although this top speed won’t win any races, it is enough for someone who is just starting to fly and fast enough to allow you to cover a lot of ground with the available battery. These flight modes can be accessed via buttons on the controller or on-screen through the DJI Fly App.
The Mavic Mini’s connection method between controller and drone is one of the main differences. The Mavic Mini uses a wifi connection to limit its range to 4km, or 2.4 miles. Mini 2 uses the DJI OcuSync 2.0 controller instead of the wifi controller.
This allows for a more stable connection and a longer range, up to 10km/6 miles.
Make sure that your drone is visible at all times if it’s being sent too far away from you.
FlySafe is the safety feature that DJI drones use. It prevents you from taking off in restricted areas, such as near airports or in national parks. If you are just starting out, the geofence feature can be used to limit the range of the controller. This will keep your drone visible and prevent flyaways. GeoFence
DJI Fly App
DJI’s highest-level consumer drones (Mavic 2 series and Phantom 4), use the DJI GO 4 App, while the Mini 2 uses DJI Fly, as does the Mavic Mini 2 and Mavic Air 2. Fly is easier, more intuitive, and less distracting than other apps. This is a big plus for beginners who want easy control of their drones without getting overwhelmed by too many options.
The app screen displays a progress line at the top, along with the remaining battery life (and flight times), and a clear view on the rest of the screen of the drone camera’s view. Side panels allow you to select flight options or camera/video features. These are easy to find and can be selected without blocking your view of the image.
What’s not included
DJI Mini 2 doesn’t have obstacle avoidance sensors. This means it is up to the pilot to prevent it from hitting anything. This is a good option for a beginner drone pilot. It will encourage caution and motivate them to improve their skills at controlling the drone.
The Mini 2 lacks obstacle avoidance sensors, so it doesn’t have any intelligent flight modes. ActiveTrack is the DJI Mini 2 follow me mode. If you are looking for a drone that can automatically follow you when you’re mountain biking or skating, this drone is not the right one.
The best drone for beginners
We expect entry-level models will have fewer features than midrange or high-end models. The question is whether these extra features are worth the cost.
The DJI Mini 2 doesn’t offer the enthusiast-oriented video and imaging options of the DJI Mavic Air 2. You don’t get a 48MP quad Bayer camera, obstacle sensors, or any other premium features.
DJI instead took the Mavic Mini and addressed some real-world issues. The Mini 2’s stronger motors and the wireless system are better together so that the drone can respond to commands even when it is a little bit away from its home base.
DJI also upgraded the camera to 4K and added Raw imaging. They also slightly increased flight time per charge. The DJI Mini 2 drone is $50 cheaper than the original and our Editors’ Choice winner.
Although we rate it slightly lower than the Air 2, it is still worth looking at if you are just starting out and don’t mind spending closer to $1,000 for a drone and accessories, this Mini 2 is definitely worth your consideration.
DJI remains the market leader in consumer drones, but there are other options. Parrot Anafi, which starts at $600, is also very good. It has a 4K video, which is its greatest advantage over the Mini 2.
We hope that you can get the best drone for your needs and budget. DJI’s latest release, the mini 2, is a great option if you are looking to take up photography or videography as a hobby. It has all of the features that make it an excellent choice for beginners but also enough performance to satisfy more advanced users who want something lightweight with better flight time than their current model. Check out our full DJI Mini 2 review below to see how this drone stacks up against other beginner drones on the market!