We dug DJI’s Mavic Mini when the drone arrived final 12 months. As Matt famous in his assessment, “It packs all the things crucial to be a high quality drone. It has a superb digicam, good vary and a superb controller. It holds up effectively within the wind and is fast sufficient to be enjoyable.” Right now, DJI improves two of these issues with the arrival of the Mini 2.
The brand new model, which hits retail at present, is extra refinement than redefinition. That is a kind of circumstances the place that’s completely high-quality, as the primary launch was a stable one, owing to the learnings of a number of generations of DJI and Mavic drones. The dimensions and weight are primarily the identical right here. The Mini 2 weighs 249 grams — which comes out to about 0.55 kilos. It folds up and might be stashed away in a bag.
The digicam might be the most important improve right here. The system is now able to taking pictures 4K movies at 30 FPS. Stills, in the meantime, are 12-megapixels, and there’s 4x digital zoom (which DJI says is able to as much as 2x and nonetheless provide lossless high quality). I believe zoom goes to be a continued spot for enchancment on these techniques, going ahead.
The opposite large change is the arrival of DJI’s proprietary OcuSync wi-fi know-how — particularly OccuSync 2.0 right here. The know-how can be obtainable on the newest Mavic Air. Per DJI:
OcuSync 2.0 is DJI’s world-renowned transmission know-how answerable for guaranteeing steady, lengthy distance, and dependable connection between the distant controller and the drone. Twin-frequency know-how robotically switches between channels to assist towards interference.
Amongst different issues, the improve means a transmission fee of 19 km — round 150% of the vary its predecessor delivered. Although DJI has to remind you right here that you simply actually must preserve the tiny drone in your line of sight whereas working. The battery ought to provide you with a stable 31 minutes (a slight enchancment over the unique’s said 30-minute flight time).
DJI’s preprogrammed picture seize is all the time a spotlight. There are 5 quick-shot modes (Dronie, Helix, Rocket, Circle, Boomerang), three panoramas (Sphere, 180 and Broad-Angle) and two picture modes (Triple Shot and Timed Photographs).
There’s a little bit of a notable value bump right here. The system now begins at $449 (up from $399), which incorporates the drone, distant and a single battery; $599 will get you two further batteries, a charging hub and a carrying case — a stable addition.