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DJI Mini 2: First look at the new Mavic series

DJI – the market leader in consumer and industrial drone solutions – has once again released a novelty for fans of aerial photography and just all those who are fond of drones. We are talking about a compact quadcopter DJI Mini 2. That’s right, not DJI Mavic Mini 2.

Marketers at China’s leading drone maker are leaning toward shortened names this year. A similar story happened earlier with the new stabilizers and cameras of the OSMO series, in which, like OM 4, the full name was replaced by an understandable abbreviation for everyone, and Osmo Pocket 2 , which we reviewed recently, became simply Pocket 2 .

The new Mini, like its predecessor, is positioned as the ideal drone for beginners. Indeed, the copter turned out to be relatively inexpensive, easy to operate, and mastering its control and the intricacies of aerial photography will not be difficult. In addition, there is a full set of training lessons for all first-time pilots in the DJI Fly mobile app, which is designed for a number of amateur drones of the Mavic series.

DJI Mini 2 is the perfect drone for beginners and travelers
DJI Mini 2 is the perfect drone for beginners and travelers

What has changed compared to its predecessor?

When DJI releases an updated model of any line of its drones, we, of course, expect a product from the manufacturer that differs from its predecessor in improved characteristics and even cardinal innovations. This fully applies to the Mini 2.

So what has changed in the new model compared to the DJI Mavic Mini? And are there any changes at all? And although at first glance some external changes seem relatively small, in fact, DJI has significantly worked on the new quadcopter to improve its efficiency, performance and operating comfort. Changes were made to the operation of the power plant so that the operation of the engines became much more efficient. The drone shooting system has become much better, the characteristics of the video signal transmission system have been improved (DJI OcuSync 2.0 technology with an increased signal transmission range has been installed on the drone), algorithms and the interface of intelligent functions have been improved. The manufacturer claims that even a beginner will be much more comfortable working with a drone than if it were the first model of the Mini line.

Design: no major changes

At one time, the release of Mavic Mini made, if not a revolution among amateur drones, then it certainly seriously shook the minds of not only users, but those government agencies that are responsible for regulating air traffic and operating aircraft. In many countries, as you know, the lower threshold for mandatory registration of a drone is 250 grams. This also applies to the rules for accounting for UAVs in the Russian Federation.

The first Mini, with battery and propellers, weighed 249 grams, making the mandatory registration of an aircraft unnecessary. However, if you installed propeller protection and other “gadgets” on it, then before flying you would still have to contact government agencies to register the drone. But the trick worked: Mavic Mini became one of the most popular models in the amateur class.

DJI Mini 2: first look at the novelty

But what about the Mini 2? Here the company decided to repeat its success: the drone, together with the battery, propellers and micro-SD card, also weighs less than 249 grams. But you must always take into account the real circumstances: the installation of additional components or something like that. In this case, the weight of a particular model may differ from those declared by DJI. And this is already fraught with problems with registration. So you should be extremely careful and familiarize yourself in detail with all the characteristics, as well as flight rules.

The dimensions of the new model in the unfolded state with the propellers installed are also not much different from its predecessor: 245 × 289 × 56 mm (for Mini 2) versus 245 × 290 × 55 mm (for Mavic Mini). So the updated copter received the same valuable advantages as its ancestor. An eloquent photo speaks about the size of the second generation, in which the device fits easily on a small female palm (however, the size of the first version was the same).

The nose of the DJI Mini 2. Note the bulb for additional lighting above the camera.
The nose of the DJI Mini 2. Note the bulb for additional lighting above the camera.

Externally, both generations of Mini also do not differ much. The body of the standard version is painted light grey. Some may not like this design. But this time around, DJI is offering users who are more picky about their appearance to purchase the DIY Creative Kit for a fee, which offers a set of decorative elements to give the drone a personalized profile. The DIY Creative Kit is not included with the standard Mini 2 and must be purchased separately.

The rest of the differences between the Mini 2 and its predecessor in terms of design can be called insignificant. The new model is equipped with propellers, the tips of which are painted orange. Also on the camera lens of the Mini 2 you will find the inscription “4K”, and an additional lighting device is built into the nose of the aircraft. Another interesting detail is the clickable drone status indicator. The most attentive users may also find that the junctions of the rear beams with the rear of the aircraft body have taken on a smoother shape. Apparently, this solution is designed to improve the aerodynamic properties of the drone.

Power plant: main parameters and innovations

It is known that DJI faced the problem of how to place a sufficiently capacious battery and other components in such a small body to obtain a sufficiently productive, but small drone. In general, this goal was achieved. The company repeated its technique in the second model, and here it managed to install not only a fairly powerful battery (with a capacity of 2250 mAh – a little less compared to the first model), but also the components of the OcuSync 2.0 system, which we will talk about a little later.

However, it should be said right away that you will not be able to use the battery from the old Mini in the new model. More precisely, in the international version of the Mini 2, it is technically possible to do this, however, DJI warns in advance that installing an old type of battery will lead to a drop in power and exceed the declared weight (that is, the drone will become heavier and weigh more than 250 grams with corresponding legal consequences).

DJI Mini 2: first look at the novelty

The new battery and power plant, in general, allow the drone to stay in the air for a maximum of 31 minutes. But it should be understood that we are talking about a parameter obtained during testing. That is, the drone was able to spend a little more than half an hour in the air, flying at a constant speed of 4.7 m / s, which is approximately 17 km / h. The flights were carried out in calm weather. This means that in real conditions, the indicators may differ.

The power plant and structure of the drone is capable of withstanding wind speeds ranging from 8.5 to 10.5 m/s, which is not that much. But such modest characteristics are quite understandable, because the drone is very small and light. The new model is capable of climbing to a height of 500 m, but this figure also depends on a number of conditions: the environment and the requirements of national legislation. In a number of countries, as you know, there are restrictions on the maximum flight altitude for drones.

Charging a drone is easy. To do this, you can use either a USB power cable with a Type-C interface, or a special 2-channel charging station. In the latter case, you can quickly charge the batteries (maximum three). In this case, the charging process is performed sequentially depending on the charge level of a particular power source. The charging hub can also serve as a power bank for a mobile phone or act as a battery storage.

Filming system and data transmission technology

Structurally, the Mini 2 shooting system does not differ much from its predecessor. On this model, DJI has used already proven solutions: a built-in gimbal with 3-axis stabilization and an appropriately installed camera. This is a regular complex that the user cannot replace, which is a characteristic feature of many models of the Mavic family of drones.

Intelligent shooting functions
Intelligent shooting functions

However, to say that the Mini 2 has no significant improvements in this area would be a serious mistake. With the same sensor and lens parameters (sensor: 1/2.3” CMOS, 12 million effective pixels; lens: 83° field of view, 35 mm), the camera’s capabilities have become much wider. For example, if the first generation Mini had video resolution settings that allowed shooting videos at a maximum of 2.7K, then for Mini 2 this option allows you to shoot video in 4K at a maximum frequency of 30fps, as well as in 2.7K and FHD formats. It is no coincidence that DJI specifically placed the “4K” marking on the camera lens of their new quadcopter. For many vloggers and fans of high-quality aerial photography, this news will be very pleasant.

DJI Mini 2 Camera Lens Marked 4K
DJI Mini 2 Camera Lens Marked 4K

Also, many will be interested to know that the Mini 2 camera is equipped with a zoom (in 4K it is a 2x zoom, in 2.7K it is 3x, and in FHD it is 4x). If you’re into wildlife photography, or if you can’t get close to your subject of interest, the zoom feature will come in handy. It will allow you to shoot a unique scene or object with minimal effort, without risking your health and nerves.

Finally, as noted earlier, DJI has equipped its Mini 2 with second-generation OcuSync data transfer technology. This decision was not easy, but now users have even more options for shooting. The system allows you to transmit visual data over a distance of up to 10 km in 720p format at a frequency of 30 frames per second. Of course, the maximum rate is possible with a minimum of obstacles and interference, but it is also impressive. In addition, the data transmission system has become more resistant to interference due to the ability to automatically switch to any of the two most popular frequency channels: 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz. Of course, in this case, it should be borne in mind that in a number of countries data transmission at 5.8 GHz frequencies is prohibited.

The DJI Fly mobile app makes editing your footage quick and easy
The DJI Fly mobile app makes editing your footage quick and easy

Mobile app, accessories and more

DJI has developed a dedicated DJI Fly app for the latest hobby drones. Mavic Mini and Mavic Air 2 owners are already familiar with DJI Fly. It helps you work with the footage, edit it and share your masterpieces on networks. In addition, for beginners, the opportunity to study the training videos on flying a drone in the Flight Academy section will be very useful. In general, the application turned out to be quite simple for a user of any level. It can work on both iOS and Android platforms.

DJI Mini 2 Package Contents
DJI Mini 2 Package Contents

And a few words about the configuration and accessories. The standard kit includes, in addition to the drone, a Lightning interface cable for the remote control, two control sticks, a set of spare screws and a screwdriver. As usual, DJI also releases a Combo variant along with the standard kit, which, in addition to the items mentioned above, also includes a propeller holder, a 2-channel charging station, an 18W DJI USB charger, and a compact shoulder bag for carrying a drone and equipment for it.

Preliminary results

The release of the Mavic Mini 2 has been long overdue. Although the first generation of Mini turned out to be very successful and in demand by users, they still had certain complaints against DJI. In particular, many pilots wanted a flying camera with more advanced features in terms of quality and shooting capabilities. In many forums dedicated to DJI technology and specifically the Mini series, most users have expressed the desire to get a quadcopter with a more powerful camera in the future. And DJI didn’t disappoint with a 4K camera system with 4x zoom.

An equally important improvement is the installation of second-generation OcuSync technology. She, at least, compensated for the lack of an obstacle avoidance system on the new drone (which the first model did not have). Now you can fly further and shoot more, which is also helped by almost 30 minutes of flight time and an updated power plant. So, if you want to get your hands on a compact drone (which doesn’t have to be registered) with the best camera performance, high speed performance and improved data transfer options, then the Mini 2 is the right choice.

Compare compact quadcopters DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini

Ultralight, powerful in its parameters, yet easy to use – this is the new DJI Mini 2 drone. It is truly the most suitable and inexpensive quadcopter for beginners, most of whose functions are intuitive and convenient for a novice pilot. However, the first model of the Mini line was positioned by the manufacturer in exactly the same way just a year ago. Today we will compare the DJI Mini 2 with its predecessor, focusing on what innovations the second generation mini drones have provided for beginners.

Major improvements and innovations

1. Improved camera performance

DJI Mini 2 DJI Mavic Mini
Video 4K/30fps 2.7K/30fps
zoom 4x zoom Missing
Photo Format JPEG, RAW JPEG
Table 1. Comparing the parameters of the Mini 2 and Mavic Mini cameras

The Mavic Mini’s camera supports 2.7K video, while on the DJI Mini 2 we’re already seeing 4K/30fps, which means better footage for those who want professional-quality content. Capturing a bird’s eye view of your vacation with the DJI Mini 2 is sure to impress your friends.

In addition, the new quadcopter also supports 4x digital zoom, making the camera options even more versatile. So when shooting children or, for example, shy animals, it is not at all necessary to bring the drone closer to the minimum distance from the object. You will get good quality footage even when shooting from far away.

In terms of supported image formats, the older version of the Mini had only JPEG format. The new second generation offers support for both JPEG and raw RAW formats in photo and time-limited shooting mode, which gives additional benefits to the operator in post-processing.

2. Safer flight

DJI Mini 2 DJI Mavic Mini
Maximum
flight speed
16 m/s 13 m/s
Maximum allowable
wind level
5th level 4th level
Table 2. Comparing the possibilities of flight characteristics

The design of the DJI Mini 2 includes an advanced propulsion system that has been able to achieve a significant increase in maximum speed and wind resistance. And this means that the choice of locations suitable for shooting will now expand. The second generation of the Mini series drones can reach speeds of up to 16 m/s and withstand level 5 wind resistance.

3. More stable signal transmission system

DJI Mini 2 DJI Mavic Mini
Signal transmission technology OcuSync 2.0 WiFi
Maximum distance
signal transmission
10 km (FCC)
6 km (CE)
4 km (FCC)
Table 3. Comparing technologies and video signal transmission parameters

DJI’s latest OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology is now available on DJI Mini 2 drones, greatly expanding the range of the aircraft’s signal transmission and preventing any interference in this range to a greater extent. The built-in OcuSync 2.0 mechanism allows the aircraft to automatically select one of two available frequencies, which means that now the maximum transmission distance of the DJI Mini 2 signal can reach up to 10 km. Great value for a drone of this size.

4. More smart features

DJI Mini 2 DJI Mavic Mini
Quickshots Dronie, Circle, Helix, Rocket and Boomerang modes Dronie, Circle, Helix and Rocket modes
hyperlapse 4K Not supported
panoramic shooting Sphere, 180° and Wide-Angle modes Not supported
Editing Enhanced Photo Not supported
Download Quick Transfer, Trimmed Download Not supported
Table 4: Comparing Smart Features for Shooting

The Mini series has taken the drone market by storm. Both the DJI Mini 2 and its predecessor are ideal drones for beginner pilots thanks to the intuitive DJI Fly app on both models. Add to that the Return to Home function and a host of other smart commands and features designed by DJI engineers to make every flight easy, spectacular and functional. In addition to the previous QuickShots modes (Dronie, Circle, Helix, and Rocket), the Boomerang shooting mode is now available on the DJI Mini 2. 4K time-lapse shooting and panorama modes have also been added to the new model, and now every beginner can easily get photos and videos of almost professional cinematic quality.

The Mini 2 also has a new feature – Enhanced Photo. It will allow you to download automatically enhanced and processed photos directly to the DJI Fly app, from where you can instantly share them on social networks.

The QuickTransfer feature will allow you to download content from the drone at a speed of 20MB/s while the Mini 2 is in close proximity to your smartphone. Using the Trimmed Download feature, owners of the new drone will be able to cut a small excerpt from a long video for later editing and downloading. It turns out that getting the perfect shot and not worrying about how all the data would be saved in the drone’s memory is no longer an unsolvable problem.

All of the above, plus the capabilities of the DJI Fly app, make the second-generation Mini series aircraft more convenient to use, but more powerful in terms of functionality.

What to choose: DJI Mini 2 or Mavic Mini?

The first-generation Mavic Mini is still the ideal drone for beginners with all the features of portability, ease of use and smart features. However, the new DJI Mini 2 manages to redefine power and portability. Now the novice pilot is offered even safer drone flight algorithms, an improved stable signal transmission system, as well as a whole new level of intelligent features. Comparing the features and capabilities of the Mini 2 and Mavic Mini, we give the palm to the new model in the series. With 4K/30fps video recording and OcuSync 2.0 transmission system, the DJI Mini 2 drone is without a doubt the best drone for everyday shooting.

On the dedicated comparison pages, you can learn more about the specifications of the Mini 2 and Mavic Mini.

Ultralight, powerful in its parameters, yet easy to use – this is the new DJI Mini 2 drone. It is truly the most suitable and inexpensive quadcopter for beginners, most of whose functions are intuitive and convenient for a novice pilot. However, the first model of the Mini line was positioned by the manufacturer in exactly the same way just a year ago. Today we will compare the DJI Mini 2 with its predecessor, focusing on what innovations the second generation mini drones have provided for beginners.

Major improvements and innovations

1. Improved camera performance

DJI Mini 2 DJI Mavic Mini
Video 4K/30fps 2.7K/30fps
zoom 4x zoom Missing
Photo Format JPEG, RAW JPEG
Table 1. Comparing the parameters of the Mini 2 and Mavic Mini cameras

The Mavic Mini’s camera supports 2.7K video, while on the DJI Mini 2 we’re already seeing 4K/30fps, which means better footage for those who want professional-quality content. Capturing a bird’s eye view of your vacation with the DJI Mini 2 is sure to impress your friends.

In addition, the new quadcopter also supports 4x digital zoom, making the camera options even more versatile. So when shooting children or, for example, shy animals, it is not at all necessary to bring the drone closer to the minimum distance from the object. You will get good quality footage even when shooting from far away.

In terms of supported image formats, the older version of the Mini had only JPEG format. The new second generation offers support for both JPEG and raw RAW formats in photo and time-limited shooting mode, which gives additional benefits to the operator in post-processing.

2. Safer flight

DJI Mini 2 DJI Mavic Mini
Maximum
flight speed
16 m/s 13 m/s
Maximum allowable
wind level
5th level 4th level
Table 2. Comparing the possibilities of flight characteristics

The design of the DJI Mini 2 includes an advanced propulsion system that has been able to achieve a significant increase in maximum speed and wind resistance. And this means that the choice of locations suitable for shooting will now expand. The second generation of the Mini series drones can reach speeds of up to 16 m/s and withstand level 5 wind resistance.

3. More stable signal transmission system

DJI Mini 2 DJI Mavic Mini
Signal transmission technology OcuSync 2.0 WiFi
Maximum distance
signal transmission
10 km (FCC)
6 km (CE)
4 km (FCC)
Table 3. Comparing technologies and video signal transmission parameters

DJI’s latest OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology is now available on DJI Mini 2 drones, greatly expanding the range of the aircraft’s signal transmission and preventing any interference in this range to a greater extent. The built-in OcuSync 2.0 mechanism allows the aircraft to automatically select one of two available frequencies, which means that now the maximum transmission distance of the DJI Mini 2 signal can reach up to 10 km. Great value for a drone of this size.

4. More smart features

DJI Mini 2 DJI Mavic Mini
Quickshots Dronie, Circle, Helix, Rocket and Boomerang modes Dronie, Circle, Helix and Rocket modes
hyperlapse 4K Not supported
panoramic shooting Sphere, 180° and Wide-Angle modes Not supported
Editing Enhanced Photo Not supported
Download Quick Transfer, Trimmed Download Not supported
Table 4: Comparing Smart Features for Shooting

The Mini series has taken the drone market by storm. Both the DJI Mini 2 and its predecessor are ideal drones for beginner pilots thanks to the intuitive DJI Fly app on both models. Add to that the Return to Home function and a host of other smart commands and features designed by DJI engineers to make every flight easy, spectacular and functional. In addition to the previous QuickShots modes (Dronie, Circle, Helix, and Rocket), the Boomerang shooting mode is now available on the DJI Mini 2. 4K time-lapse shooting and panorama modes have also been added to the new model, and now every beginner can easily get photos and videos of almost professional cinematic quality.

The Mini 2 also has a new feature – Enhanced Photo. It will allow you to download automatically enhanced and processed photos directly to the DJI Fly app, from where you can instantly share them on social networks.

The QuickTransfer feature will allow you to download content from the drone at a speed of 20MB/s while the Mini 2 is in close proximity to your smartphone. Using the Trimmed Download feature, owners of the new drone will be able to cut a small excerpt from a long video for later editing and downloading. It turns out that getting the perfect shot and not worrying about how all the data would be saved in the drone’s memory is no longer an unsolvable problem.

All of the above, plus the capabilities of the DJI Fly app, make the second-generation Mini series aircraft more convenient to use, but more powerful in terms of functionality.

What to choose: DJI Mini 2 or Mavic Mini?

The first-generation Mavic Mini is still the ideal drone for beginners with all the features of portability, ease of use and smart features. However, the new DJI Mini 2 manages to redefine power and portability. Now the novice pilot is offered even safer drone flight algorithms, an improved stable signal transmission system, as well as a whole new level of intelligent features. Comparing the features and capabilities of the Mini 2 and Mavic Mini, we give the palm to the new model in the series. With 4K/30fps video recording and OcuSync 2.0 transmission system, the DJI Mini 2 drone is without a doubt the best drone for everyday shooting.

On the dedicated comparison pages, you can learn more about the specifications of the Mini 2 and Mavic Mini.

Additional information

Specification: DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo

Package dimensions

‎25.5 x 19 x 13.6 centimetres

Package Weight

‎1.61 Kilograms

Continuous shooting speed

‎30 fps

Included components

‎IN THE BOX: DJI Mini 2 x1 Remote Controller x1 Intelligent Flight Battery x3 Spare Propellers (Pair) x3 Type-C Cable x1 Gimbal Protector x1 RC Cable (Micro USB connector) x1 RC Cable (USB-C connector) x1 RC Cable (Lightning connector) x1 Spare Control Sticks (Pair) x1 Spare Screw x18 Screwdriver x1 Propeller Holder x1 Two-Way Charging Hub x1 DJI 18W USB Charger x1 Shoulder Bag x1

Model year

‎2020

Part number

‎1

Size

‎Pack of 1

Style

‎DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo

Effective still resolution

‎12 MP

Are batteries included

‎No

Item Weight

‎249 Grams

Remote control included

‎Yes

Product dimensions

‎14L x 8.2W x 5.7H centimetres

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  • £380.00 - December 3, 2023
  • £382.00 - December 1, 2023
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Reviews (3)

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  1. David Garfield

    This is my first drone. So if you are looking for reviews from experienced owners then perhaps you should skip this one.

    I was very nearly put off buying this model, largely because of other reviews telling nightmare stories of loss of control leading to loss of the aircraft. There are also reviews implying that even a light breeze can cause the drone to be lost. Since I wanted to use this to take stunning, swooping footage of coastal views in Cornwall (much like those shots that make up 60% of Rick Stein’s Cornwall TV series) I was particularly concerned about the wind thing, particularly over water. However I decided to do some of my own research when I realised that there must be a wealth of material on this subject on YouTube. And there is.

    If you are in two minds as to the reliability and suitability of the Mini 2, and wonder what it’s like to operate one, I suggest you simply search for “DJI Mini 2” on YouTube. You’ll be surprised by the number of videos in form of tutorials and guidance that will result. You’ll have to be picky in which ones you watch because many of them are posted by inarticulate individuals with baseball caps on backwards, some of whom (particularly if they are West Coast Americans) are incomprehensible with their machine-gun delivery of sentences almost entirely devoid of consonants. But there is some good material there.

    What I learned is that, contrary to some negative reviews, this drone is extremely reliable, and if set up correctly, will give you no cause for anxiety. There is even a video demonstrating this drone flying in a greater than 20mph cross wind, hovering and flying over the sea around a lighthouse. OK, it wasn’t rock steady in that wind but it didn’t fall out of the sky.

    So I bought one and I am blown away by how good it is. I decided to blue the extra money on the Fly More Combo, and am very glad that I did. It gives you, inter alia, three batteries not one, and a storage protector like a little dog’s coat that holds the rotor blades in place against damage. With this, you can literally drop it into your pocket and not run the risk of damaging it. If you are going to buy one of these drones, you’ll need more than one battery. The official flying duration is 31 minutes, but that’s in ideal conditions indoors. In reality it’s around 20. The three-battery charger is almost a must unless you’re just using the drone in your back garden.

    The design of the aircraft is very pleasing, with the legs folding away neatly, and with a built-in strobe light, that doubles as a status light for the various stages of power-up and self-test. It’s tiny! As you know, it weighs less than 250g (actually it’s 237g) and sits easily in the palm of an adult’s hand. Unfortunately it sounds like an angry wasp when it’s flying, but that’s unavoidable. It’s stable in flight and a doddle to fly. When you let go of the controls the craft stops where it is and hovers in place until it receives further control commands.

    A particular concern that some negative reviews raised is that of loss of control resulting in loss of the aircraft. This drone, like the more expensive ones, is programmed to return to its launch point if it loses communication with the controller, or if its battery charge level drops too far. As part of your flight you need to give it the minimum safe height at which it can fly directly home (to avoid trees, power lines, etc) and it will simply climb to that height, return to the location at which it was launched and then gently land.

    The picture quality from the camera is stunningly good, particularly bearing in mind the tiny lens and CCD chip it has. The gimbal (the rotating mount that allows you remotely to point the lens up or down once the drone is in flight) is accurate and steady even in a breeze. It’s not hard to obtain impressive footage from your flight (you control the camera from the mobile app on your phone or tablet) and you have complete control over colour balance, exposure value and (for video) pixel resolution and frame rate. The footage in good light at 1080p is more than enough for most people, but if you want cinematographic quality you can obtain 4K quality too (but the clips are going to be huge).

    I have had enormous fun learning to fly this drone, and am greatly looking forward to using it in in picturesque locations, and from my friend’s cabin cruiser on the river, where all sorts of cinematography will be possible.

    So, why only four stars? Well, this drone is missing two features, one of which is understandable but the other is not. The one that’s understandable is the lack of anti-collision sensors. These, on bigger drones, will automatically stop itself from flying into objects and is missing on the Mini 2 because it would probably increase the weight above the magic 249g. The other is less understandable, and that’s a ‘follow-me’ setting that instructs the drone to fly alongside – or above you – as you run or cycle, thus removing the necessity for someone to control it during that time. This is almost certainly a software feature, and I don’t understand why DJI haven’t provided it, unless it’s to encourage those who really want it to buy a much more expensive drone.

    A note about the magic 250g weight limit. From January 2021 new legislation governing the operation of drones was introduced. You will need to register your drone with the Civil Aviation Authority with an Operator ID, which costs £9 pa. But the really important thing is that, since your drone weighs less than 250g, you are much less constrained about where you can fly it. So whereas the advice from experience owners has been “spend a bit more and get a better-featured aircraft”, now it’s “buy a DJI Mini 2 because you can fly it over people” (yes, if it’s heavier than 249g you can’t fly over people).

    One piece of advice: DJI offer a sort of insurance and warranty product called Care Refresh. It costs £45 for the year and I recommend that you buy it. It covers you for loss of your drone (up to two replacements in a year) if it is lost as a result of technical failure. If you are unfortunate enough to fly it into a tree or a brick wall, I don’t think they’ll cover you for that. But this addresses any question of the danger of losing the drone because of loss of contact or control. To me it’s a no-brainer. If I’m ponying up 550 quid for the drone, 45 quid for peace of mind is very reasonable. But if you do do this, you have only 48 hours after activating the drone to opt for it. So sign up immediately you receive the drone.

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  2. Sayed

    The DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo is everything you need to get started, just need to make sure you by a Micro SD Card that is fast enough; more info on the DJI website as it has the recommended ones for this drone. I bought the Sandisk Extreme Pro 128GB which gives plenty of footage that I can store in 4K.

    This is very easy to use and have this connected on my iPhone which works seamlessly (I have heard that some Android phones may have some limited functions) but since I’m Apple fan I got no issues there which is good for a change as it tends to be the other way round.

    The drone is very well built and sturdy for a light device and being in the UK it only needs an Operator license which costs £10 a year at the time of writing this review.
    It flys very well and the camera gimbal is so good and so smooth for an entry level camera drone I have to say hats off to DJI.

    There are also a feature for quick shots which can produce cinematic footage and you can choose the the drone to follow your inputs (many YouTube vids out there) and overall for someone getting into drone footage or wants a cinematic footage then this is overall by far the best value of selecting the fly more combo and I even got the care package for what it covers it’s a no brainier.

    There is a new model of the DJI Mini 3 pro and to get the with the fly more combo it’s twice the price of this Mini 2. If you are like me who is going to use this for holidays and outing then Mini 2 is more then enough but if you doing tick-tock, YouTuber or got deep pockets then yes go for the Mini 3 pro.

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  3. David Beck

    I have had a number of cheaper drones which are now stored in a box. I found them all incredibly unstable and almost unflyable. Although very lightweight, with the DJI Mini 2, I have flown in relatively windy conditions and it is extremely stable. Video is 4k and image quality is excellent. The Fly More Combo (in my opinion is well worth it for thee 2 extra batteries (3 in total) and the added extras of a bag, extra screws, and spare propellers. The care refresh is 12 months from activation and is added piece of mind if something goes catastrophically wrong. Only other thing to know is the drone connects to your PC or laptop with a USB-C which is supplied but is short (15cm). I bought a longer lead which works perfectly. Also, the kit does not come with a memory card (micro USB) which you will have to acquire separately.

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