DJI today unveils the new DJI Mini 4 Pro - the ambitious entry-level model, weighing in at 249 grams, lands right back in the license-free (but not registration-exempt) C0 drone class, while bringing with it many of the features of the larger Air 3, including omnidirectional obstacle detection, the O4 video transmission system, higher frame rates and better color sampling. We&ve already taken the new drone up for a first hands-on - the text will follow shortly, and you can find the video below.
DJI Mini 4 Pro
Improvements for filmmakers In addition to HLG, the D-Log M profile is now implemented, which allows filming in 10-bit 4:2:0 (H.265) (the Mini 3 Pro only had D-Cinelike with 8 bits). Thanks to new image signal processing, dual-native ISO is now supported, among other things, and an improved noise reduction algorithm is supposed to ensure cleaner recordings even in low-light conditions in the "Night Shots" video mode. The QBC technology (Quad Bayer Coding), which combines four pixels into one, as known from many smartphones, also contributes to this.
The specifications of the integrated camera are basically unchanged - a 1/1.3-inch CMOS sensor with 48MP effective resolution and an f/1.7 lens with a focal length of 24mm (Kb equivalent) are installed as before. Frame rates range up to 4K/60fps for HDR video, and SloMo footage can be captured at 4K/100fps or FHD/200fps. Digital zoom is up to 3x in 4K. In addition, the Mini 4 Pro enables social media-optimized "True Vertical Shooting" by tilting the roll axis of the gimbal.
New Omnidirectional Obstacle Detection and OcuSync 4.0
The Mini 4 Pro enhances safety with new omnidirectional obstacle detection that uses multiple wide-angle and a pair of downward-view sensors to detect obstacles from all directions. Complemented by the Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS), the drone also features automatic braking and obstacle avoidance.
Flight times remain about the same as its predecessor - flight times of up to 34 minutes can be achieved as standard. With the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus, this can be extended to 45 minutes, but the 249 gram weight limit is exceeded when using this larger battery and the flight rules of the next heavier drone class C1 apply.
As for the video transmission system, the new OcuSync 4.0 is used - as with the DJI Air 3 - which provides responsive control and 1080p/60fps live feeds up to a maximum range of 20 kilometers.
. The new drone also features Waypoint Flight, an automatic routing function that allows users to plan flight routes and shots in advance. Cruise Control is said to provide stable maneuvering during longer flights. Finally, the Mini 4 Pro&s Return-to-Home system automatically navigates a safe flight path back, supported by the AR RTH function for more control during return flights.
There are three recording methods to choose from: Spotlight, Point of Interest and ActiveTrack 360°, which allows users to avoid obstacles and achieve smoother and more stable tracking thanks to omnidirectional obstacle detection. Other features include MasterShots (dynamic camera motion templates) and QuickShots (with Dronie, Circle, Helix, Rocket, Boomerang and Asteroid modes). Hyperlapses can be recorded in four modes (Free, Way Point, Circle as well as Course Lock) with unlimited recording time. A panorama mode supports 180°, wide angle, vertical and spherical panorama photo capture. QuickTransfer quickly transfers photos and videos to a smartphone without having to use the remote control.
The DJI Mini 4 Pro retails from EUR 799 (with DJI RC-N2), again slightly more expensive than the previous model. Together with the DJI RC2 remote control with integrated display, the drone costs 999 euros.