We dug DJI’s Mavic Mini when the drone arrived final yr. As Matt famous in his overview, “It packs every part vital to be a high quality drone. It has a superb digital camera, good vary and a superb controller. It holds up properly 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 as we speak, is extra refinement than redefinition. That is a kind of instances the place that’s completely effective, as the primary launch was a strong one, owing to the learnings of a number of generations of DJI and Mavic drones. The scale and weight are basically the identical right here. The Mini 2 weighs 249 grams — which comes out to about 0.55 kilos. It folds up and may be stashed away in a bag.
The digital camera 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 supply lossless high quality). I believe zoom goes to be a continued spot for enchancment on these methods, going ahead.
The opposite massive change is the arrival of DJI’s proprietary OcuSync wi-fi know-how — particularly OccuSync 2.0 right here. The know-how can be out there on the most recent Mavic Air. Per DJI:
OcuSync 2.0 is DJI’s world-renowned transmission know-how accountable for guaranteeing secure, lengthy distance, and dependable connection between the distant controller and the drone. Twin-frequency know-how routinely switches between channels to assist in opposition to interference.
Amongst different issues, the improve means a transmission charge of 19 km — round 150% of the vary its predecessor delivered. Although DJI has to remind you right here that you simply actually should hold 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 worth 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.