When it comes to small drones, DJI is the clear leader in the market. The Chinese company offers a wide range of options at different price points, each with its features and capabilities. In this article, we’ll be comparing the entry-level DJI Mini SE with the more advanced DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini.
DJI Mini SE vs Mini 2 vs Mavic Mini
Size And Weight
The DJI Mini 2, as well as the DJI Mini SE, weigh in at a light 249g, which is less than Transport Canada’s 250g limit. It’s a great option for anyone looking to start with DJI drones. You don’t need to register or obtain a license to fly them. This is good news for those who don’t want to carry a heavy drone while backpacking in the mountains to capture some amazing sights.
Both The DJI Mini 2 and Mini SE have the same ultralight foldable design. This allows you to transport the drone to the shooting location in a collapsed state. Two drones measure 138x81x58mm (LxWxH) when folded and 159x203x56mm (LxWxH) when unfolded. These DJI drones are lightweight and compact, making them easy to fold and carry around with you on your travels to capture the best sights.
The Mavic Mini is actually listed at 249g, while the Mini 2 & Mini SE are listed as being sub 249g. So there is a slight difference but not much.
These drones are small and lightweight, thanks to the DJI Mavic folding design.
The Mini 3 Pro is equipped with larger propellers. However, the Mini 2 & Mini SE has its own strong props. These are distinguished by the orange tips. They can enhance their flight performance.
Without a proper stabilization system, even the best camera will not capture great footage. The DJI Mavic Mini 2, as well as the DJI Mini SE, use the same 3-axis motorized stabilizer to provide smooth, consistent video regardless of the shooting conditions. You can trust both the DJI Mavic Mini 2 and the DJI Mini SE to prevent your footage from becoming choppy or ruining shots in windy areas.
Image And Video Resolution
Another area where the Mini 2 is significantly different from the Mini SE is the camera. The Mini SE can record high-resolution video at 30 frames per second, which is comparable to the original Mavic Mini. This is quite impressive for a drone this small.
The DJI Mini SE can also take 12-megapixel photos in jpeg. DJI Mini SE has a fixed-focus lens that allows you to focus on objects close or far away. The video is recorded at a 40 Mbps bitrate. The Mini SE’s camera is capable of interval shooting. You can shoot intervals from 2 seconds up to 60 seconds.
However, the Mini 2 packs more punch thanks to a camera capable of shooting 4K Ultra HD video at 30 frames per second. The Mini 2 also takes 12-megapixel photos, just like the DJI Mini SE. However, it can capture them in both JPG and DNG RAW formats. You can not only take professional-looking photos, but you can also easily store, transfer and edit data in many formats.
When shooting in 1080p, the DJI Mini 2 camera offers 4x digital zoom, which allows for close-up detail shots from a safe distance. You can create amazing transitions between shots using digital zoom by changing the distance or the composition. Digital zoom is not available on the Mini SE.
There are a few key differences between the image and video resolution of the MINI SE and the MAVIC MINI. The MINI SE has a 4K camera with 100Mbps bitrate, while the MAVIC MINI only supports 2.7K at 40Mbps. The MINI SE also supports H.265 video codec and advanced sensors for obstacle avoidance.
The image and video resolution of the MINI SE is 1920 x 1080, while the MAVIC MINI is 2.7K. This means that the MINI SE can capture full HD video, while the MAVIC MINI can capture video at a higher resolution. However, both drones have the same video bitrate of 100Mbps.
The DJI Mavic Mini 2’s flight range is another area where the DJI Mini SE and Mini 2 differ quite a bit. DJI Mavic Mini has a range of at least 2.5 miles, and The DJI Mini SE can transmit HD video up to 4km, while the Mini 2 can transmit HD video up to 10km. This distance is sufficient to match larger DJI drones.
You can fly the drone and capture all the footage you need without having to move from your current location. OcuSync 2.0 is DJI’s innovative video transmission system that allows the Mini 2 to transmit so far.
The 2.4/5.8GHz Dual Frequency system is what the drones have in common. The system automatically switches between the frequencies, cutting through interference to ensure a reliable signal. You don’t need to worry about interference and signal fading if you are flying within the appropriate range. This will ensure that your drone is safe and your flight quality is not compromised.
When used in sport mode, the max flight speed of the DJI Mavic Mini 2 or Mini SE is slightly different.
The Mini 2 can fly at speeds of up to 16 MPH (when it is near sea level and there is no wind), but the DJI Mini SE can only fly at 13 MPH. Mavic Mini has a maximum flight speed of 29 mph (46.8 kph) and a maximum flight time of 30 minutes.
This speed is the same as the Mavic Mini’s maximum flight speed, so if your goal is to fly a bit faster, the Mini 2 is the best choice.
Max Altitude & Wind Resistance
The DJI Mini 2 can fly at a higher altitude than its counterpart, the DJI Mini SE. The DJI Mini SE can fly from 3000m above sea level, while the Mini 2 can go up to 4000m.
The Mavic Mini has a maximum altitude of 4,000 meters, making it ideal for aerial photography and videography. With its compact size and weight, the Mavic Mini is also perfect for traveling and can be easily carried in a backpack or purse.
Although the Mini SE is more capable of surviving wind at Level 5, it can still outperform the Mini 2 by enduring winds up to 37.8 km/h. Both DJI drones are capable of enduring the elements, regardless of whether they’re flying high up in the mountains or on windy beaches.
The DJI Mini SE features an upgraded power system that is similar to the Mavic Mini. This allows you to fly the drone for as long as 30 minutes and still have a full charge under ideal conditions.
The DJI Mini 2 is slightly faster, with a flight duration of up to 31 mins. This is not a great time, but it will allow you to capture all the footage you need without stopping to charge. The DJI Mini 2 and DJI DJI drones can fly farther and longer than ever before, allowing you to plan, compose, shoot, and edit the perfect shot.
Both the DJI Mavic Mini 2 (and DJI Mini SE) share many smart features that improve safety and ease beginner pilots into flying a drone. Smart Return to Home (RTH), a safety feature shared by both DJI drones, allows you to return the drone to its starting point at any moment. Simply tap the RTH button on your remote or the DJI Fly App, and the drone will begin its return flight.
Both drones have precision hovering and automatic takeoff. You can set the drone to launch automatically into the air. This eliminates the need to perform manual actions. You can make your drone hover at a specific height using precision hovering. This allows you to focus on the shot and not on the drone’s piloting.
Controller & range
The final major difference between the two Mini drones is their respective remote controllers. The Mini SE shares the same controller as its predecessor, the DJI Mavic Mini, whilst the Mini 2 adopts the updated RC-N1 controller used by larger drones, including DJI’s flagship Mavic 3! Whilst they perform similarly, the Mini 2’s RC-N1 is more ergonomic, durable and better for prolonged use.
The Mini 2 extends its lead in this section. The Mini SE’s extended wi-fi system doesn’t provide the same reliable transmission range as the Occusync2.0 system found in the Mini 2. While it is possible for the SE to reach 1000m in the field, that’s not realistic. In reality, the SE can fly over 1000m in many situations. Because the signal is less likely to be blocked immediately if you are behind trees or buildings, the Mini 2’s extended range can also help.
DJI’s new meatier control design is also featured on the Mini 2. This can be used as an umbilical to charge your phone’s battery. iPhone users may need to activate this feature in their settings. Your phone’s battery will be depleted by flying drones and using the screen of your phone as a monitor. You’ll need to charge your SE if you do a lot of flying with it. However, the Mini 2 will provide enough power for you to fly as much as you want.
Although the Mini SE’s controller can still be used for flying, we prefer the Mini 2 controller’s modern design. It places the screen closer to where you need it (above the hands) than the Mini SE. The Mini 2’s controller has a touch more quality material, possibly due to its low weight.
- DJI Mini 2: 31 mins flight time
- DJI Mini SE: 30 mins flight time
- Mavic mini: 30 mín flight time
Instant Editing And Direct Download
The Mini 2 offers several features that make it easier to download and edit files. QuickTransfer allows you to automatically download and sync videos and photos by simply having the Mini 2 nearby.
You can download and sync videos and photos at speeds up to 20 MB/s using the 5.8 GHz band and 6 MB/s using the 2.4 GHz Band. Instant editing allows you to trim footage in any way you want. You can select what you wish to edit and download it while deleting all others. This can optimize storage and help speed up the editing process.
The Mini SE does not have these features, but both drones can be used the DJI Fly editor to edit and apply templates for your videos and photos. You can pick from a wide range of sounds and effects in the app to get the look you want.
Camera & Gimbal
The camera capabilities are perhaps the most significant difference between these four drones.
Mini 3 Pro’s most notable feature is the redesigned camera gimbal, which can rotate 90 degrees to switch between portrait and landscape content capture.
This is a cool feature. True Vertical Shooting mode eliminates the need for digital cropping, allowing you to create quality content ready for social media.
For low-angle shots, the gimbal offers a greater rotation range.
The Mini 3 Pro can record 4K/60fps video as well as stunning slow motion at [email protected]
The Mini 2 can, however, shoot 4K/30fps video, while the Mini SE/Mavic Mini can only shoot 2.7K Quad HD videos (2.75K/30fps).
While the Mini 3 Pro and Mini 2 produce stunning footage, each operator will decide if they actually require that quality. For YouTube and uploading videos to social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram, 1080p is usually sufficient.
The Mini 3 Pro’s bitrate is superior to the Mini 2’s (100Mbps for the Mini 2 and 40Mbps for the Mini SE, Mavic Mini). The Mini 3 Pro, as well as the Mini 2, can capture 2.7K at 60fps.
Mini 3 Pro and Mini 2 have a maximum of 4x zoom, which is not available on the Mini SE or Mavic Mini.
The Mini 3 Pro is capable of capturing 48MP RAW photos, and the Mini 3 Pro has a 1/1.3 inch sensor.
Comparatively, the Mini 2, Mini SE, and Mavic Mini can capture 12MP images with a smaller 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor.
The Mini 3 Pro has dual native ISO and a range of ISO 100-6400 for photography.
The Mini 2 and Mini SE offer an ISO range between 100-3200, and the Mavic Mini is 100-1600 and 100-3200, respectively.
The Mini 3 Pro, Mini 2 and Mini SE shoot in JPEG with a single shot interval of 60 seconds. The Mavic Mini has a maximum of 30 seconds.
Mini 3 Pro and Mini 2 operators also have the option to use JPEG or Raw photo modes. The original Mavic Mini and Mini SE do not have a RAW photo mode.
The Mini drones are great for beginners and can be used for basic roof inspections or real estate. It is also advantageous that the Mini drones are less than 250g in weight, which means that it is not necessary to undergo drone training (A2 CofC/VGC). Learn more about UK Drone Laws.
The three Mini drones have a variety of Smart Shooting Modes (known as QuickShots) to quickly capture eye-catching content.
While the Mini drones can use Dronie, Circle and Rocket, the Mini 2 provides the Boomerang function.
What do QuickShot modes offer?
- Dronie: The aircraft is able to fly backward and ascent with the camera fixed on the subject.
- Circle: The aircraft circles the subject.
- Helix: The aircraft spirals around the subject and ascends.
- Rocket: The aircraft rises while the camera is pointed downward.
- Boomerang: The aircraft circles the subject in an oval-shaped path, ascending from its starting point and then descending as it returns.
- Asteroid: The aircraft takes photos, then returns to its starting point. The video starts with a panorama at the highest point and then shows the descent.
The Mini 3 Pro and Mini 2 also have QuickShot modes. They also have a dedicated Panorama function with Sphere, 180deg and Wide-angle functions
The DJI Fly App is used by all three Mini drones. It allows you to create amazing videos in just one tap. Even those with little editing experience can make any moment a social media success.
The DJI Mini range of drones is reliable and powerful, especially when they are small in size.
Mini 2 and Mini SE are equipped with a Level 5 wind resistance. The Mini 3 Pro can withstand wind speeds up to 10.7 m/s. While the Mini 2 SE and Mini SE can handle wind gusts of up to 10.5 m/s, they are just shy.
The Mavic Mini’s resistance is 8m/s (Level 4), and it is easily noticeable when the wind picks up. When the Mavic Mini struggles, Mini 3 Pro, Mini SE, and Mini 2 all get along just fine.
The Mini 2, Mini SE, and Mavic Mini range from 0 to 40 degrees Celsius.
Mini 2 uses OcuSync to increase transmission distance. This gives them greater resistance against interference from signal signals and allows for automatic adjustments between frequencies.
OcuSync 2.0 is used in the Mini 2 and has a range of 6km.
The other side of the coin is that the Mini SE/Mavic Mini uses enhanced wi-fi. This means that the Mini SE/Mavic Mini has a shorter transmission range, at 2km than the Mini SE/Mavic Mini.
These transmission distances only apply to CE versions.
Mini 2 (16m/s), in other performance areas, is slightly faster than the Mini SE (13m/s) and Mavic Mini (13/s).
The flight time of three drones is just short of that, close to 30 minutes. This is a remarkable flight time for such a small drone.
The price of a product can play a significant role in purchasing decisions. As the table below illustrates, the DJI Mini series has a wide range of pricing options. The pricing information is accurate as of May 10, 2022, but may change.
Although the Mini 3 Pro is DJI’s most expensive Mini drone, it is still a very affordable one. Anyone who desires a bit more from their drone will be able to do so by investing a little more. The Mini 3 is a stunning drone, so you get a lot of bang for your money.
The Mini SE is a great value at the opposite end of the price spectrum. It has the same features as the original Mavic Mini but is in the Mini 2’s frame.
It is a budget drone that offers a great compromise between performance and price, especially for beginners.
This may make the original Mavic Mini obsolete, but the Mini 2 still has value. It offers great specs, although not as advanced as its Mini 3 Pro counterpart, at a more affordable price.
There are three options for the Mini 3 Pro: The drone without RC (coming June 2022); The drone and RC-1 controller; or The drone and DJI-RC controller.
The standard versions of the Mini 2, DJI Mini SE fly, and Mavic Mini have more than enough for you to get started.
The Combo package is cheaper than buying the standard package, then adding the key accessories (two-way charging hub, bay and extra batteries, etc.) retroactively.
The Mini 3 Pro doesn’t have a Fly More Combo like the Mini drones. To make your missions more productive, you can purchase a Fly More Kit that includes extra batteries, bags, charging hubs, and props.
How are the Mini 2 and Mini SE Similar?
There are many areas that distinguish these drones from each other, but there are some striking similarities that are worth mentioning.
The two drones have the most striking similarities in their looks and sizes. The Mini 2 and Mini SE have identical dimensions and are approximately the same weight. The Mini 2 actually borrows its body from the SE model. They are almost identical until you get underneath the hood.
The same safety and performance features are available on both drones. Pilots can avoid collisions by using a downward sensor. There are also intelligent RTH (return home) and hover modes to make flying easier.
You’ll also be able to take advantage of the cinematic Quickshot modes that DJI has developed with both drones. With just a click, these modes enable you to create challenging cinematic shots. You can simply watch the drone perform precise aerial maneuvers to create the perfect shot.
The dual-frequency transmission system that works at both 5.8GHz and 2.4 GHz is also used by both drones. This allows the signal to intelligently switch between the frequencies to give you the strongest signal. The Mini 2 drone has a greater range, but both drones can still perform reliably, as long as they are within the designated range.
The DJI Mini SE is the best drone for beginners. It is very easy to fly and has all the features that a beginner would need. The DJI Mini 2 is the best drone for intermediate pilots. It has more features than the Mini SE and is slightly more difficult to fly. The Mavic Mini is the best drone for advanced pilots. It is more powerful than the Mavic 2 but has a slightly more complicated flight control system. The Mavic Mini is great for shooting still images and video.
Lucidcam hopes this article will be helpful for you when choosing the right drone for yourself. Thank you for taking the time to read!
Last update on 2022-05-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API