We dug DJI’s Mavic Mini when the drone arrived final yr. As Matt famous in his overview, “It packs every little thing important to be a high quality drone. It has digicam, good vary and controller. It holds up properly within the wind and is fast sufficient to be enjoyable.” Immediately, DJI improves two of these issues with the arrival of the Mini 2.
The brand new model, which hits retail at this time, is extra refinement than redefinition. That is a type of circumstances the place that’s completely superb, as the primary launch was a strong 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 largest improve right here. The system is now able to capturing 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 huge change is the arrival of DJI’s proprietary OcuSync wi-fi expertise — particularly OccuSync 2.0 right here. The expertise can also be accessible on the newest Mavic Air. Per DJI:
OcuSync 2.0 is DJI’s world-renowned transmission expertise liable for guaranteeing steady, lengthy distance, and dependable connection between the distant controller and the drone. Twin-frequency expertise mechanically 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 just actually should preserve the tiny drone in your line of sight whereas working. The battery ought to provide you with a strong 31 minutes (a slight enchancment over the unique’s said 30-minute flight time).
DJI’s preprogrammed picture seize is at all times a spotlight. There are 5 quick-shot modes (Dronie, Helix, Rocket, Circle, Boomerang), three panoramas (Sphere, 180 and Vast-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 strong addition.