Now it is also officially presented, the small new DJI Mini 2 drone, the successor of the Mavic Mini (DJI dropped "Mavic" from the name, though). The extremely light compact drone has propeller boom arms that can be folded for transport and offers improved recording functions compared to the previous model, stronger motors and a significantly improved transmission technology (OcuSync 2.0) for a longer and more reliable connection as well as optimized intelligent recording modes.
DJI Mini 2
The low weight of only 249 grams has the advantage that the DJI Mini 2v falls into the drone class C0 (up to 250g take-off weight) and can therefore be flown in Germany (and many other countries as well) without the need for a driver&s license or registration.
The new features of the DJI Mini 2 - OcuSync 2.0 and 4K Video recording First of all the improvements compared to the previous model is the upgrade of the live image transmission system from simple WLAN (DJI Mavic Mini) to OcuSync 2.0, which was previously only used by the more expensive Mavic Pro/Air 2 models and has significantly better features. With its help, the range is considerably increased from 2 to 6 kilometers (theoretically 10km, but due to legal regulations, the transmitting power and thus the radio range in this country is limited) and also the stability of the radio connection is significantly improved, among other things because two-channel technology automatically switches between frequencies to avoid interference.
DJI Mini 2
New is also the possibility to record videos of the 12 megapixel 1/2.3" sensor in UltraHD 4K with 100 Mbit/s (but only with a frame rate of max. 30fps) to be transmitted wirelessly or stored on a Micro-SD/SDXC/SDHC memory card. The built-in gimbal compensates for the drone&s movements and wind influences to ensure unshaky images. The higher resolution allows for lossless digital 2x zoom (or 4x with loss of image quality) when shooting in 1080p.
The following video resolutions are now available: 4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) with 24/25/30 fps, 2.7K (2,720 x 1,530 pixels) with 24/25/30 fps and Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) with 24/25/30/48/50 fps. In addition, when taking photos (maximum resolution 4,000×3,000 pixels), the DNG format for RAW recordings is now supported in addition to JPG. The ISO value of the camera can be set between 100-3200, the 24 mm (35mm KB equivalent) lens has a field of view (FOV) of 83° and an aperture of f/2.8.
Stronger propeller motors The Mini 2 uses more powerful engines than the previous model, resulting in faster acceleration and a higher top speed and the ability to withstand wind speeds of up to 38 km/h. Thus, the Mini 2&s ascent and total speed is now 5 meters per second and 16 meters per second respectively, flight time has been increased to 31 minutes (Mavic Mini: 30 minutes) and maximum altitude has been increased from 3,000 to 4,000 meters (above sea level).
DJI Mini 2 folded
Flight safety On board are a number of flight and landing safety features, such as positioning and vision sensors to allow the Mini 2 to hover precisely in place, GPS sensors to track on a map where the drone is currently located, and vision sensors on the underside to analyze the ground and assist in automatic landing.
Security features include geofencing, which keeps drones away from sensitive areas such as airports, an automatic return function, and an altitude limit, i.e. an adjustable limit on the drone&s flight altitude. However, obstacle sensors are still reserved for the more expensive (but also heavier) models.
DJI Mini 2 with Smartphone and remote control
flight and recording modes QuickShots - Preprogrammed movements and shooting modes: - Dronie: The DJI Mini 2 flies backwards and upwards while the camera remains focused on the subject. - Helix: The DJI Mini 2 flies up and moves spirally around the subject. E - Rocket: The DJI Mini 2 flies quickly into the air, with the downward facing camera following the subject. - Circle: The DJI Mini 2 circles the subject at a constant height and distance. - Boomerang: The DJI Mini 2 flies a boomerang-like oval flight path around the subject, starting and stopping the video at the same point.
Panoramas: - Sphere: The DJI Mini 2 automatically captures 26 images and assembles them into one image. - 180°: Takes seven photos to create poignant landscape images. - Wide angle: Takes a wide 3x3 image consisting of nine images
Photo modes: Different photo modes for different scenarios: - Exposure Bracketing (AEB) Triple Shot: Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) takes three images with different exposures and merges them into a vivid image. This can be further processed to highlight an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image in post-processing. - Time Shutter: timer-controlled shooting for photos
Price and availability The DJI Mini 2 is now available at a price of 448 Euro and includes a remote control, a pair of spare propellers and various cables, an Intelligent Flight Battery and a gimbal protection. In the Fly More Kit together with three additional batteries and spare propeller pairs, charging station, USB charger and additional spare parts it costs 584 Euro.