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The latest DJI Mini 2 looks to make drone even more convenient than ever before. Built with a better 4K camera, 10 km video transmission, high wind resistance and a much-needed longer battery life, the Mini 2 levels up everything great about the first drone and makes droning more convenient even for the newbies.
With the Mini 2, you can do pretty much anything that a professional drone can. Best of all, it retains the same standard weight of just 249 g, which makes it a breeze for you if you feel lazy going to the FAA just to register your drone. While it sticks to the original size, the features have gotten a big buff.
DJI finally created the impossible by improving the overall resolutions of its signature camera. Now at 4K, video and camera shots look more cinematic and immersive than ever before. The stability of the camera is also improved thanks to its new and sturdier gimbal and better propellers. There was barely any need to improve its overall flight yet DJI bothered to make it better.
Overall, it is a charming camera drone that sets a new bar for its other competitors.
While the Mini 2 is generally almost the same as the first drone, it has some slight improvements that result in significant improvements. Its battery improved from 30 minutes to 32 minutes, the DJI Fly app has almost zero lag even if the drone is far away, and the included OcuSync 2.0 transmission makes controlling the drone even easier with lesser input lags.
However, the vastly improved perk of the Mini 2 is its distance. If the Mini can only go to a maximum of 4km, then the Mini 2 can now travel to an amazing 10 km. It's that one thing that makes the Mini 2 all the more worthy to buy especially if you like long shots and almost seamless flying.
You would think that the Mini 2 would have more delayed control inputs the farther it goes but DJI was smart enough to add in a new reception that can change the way other drone brands will use for their drones. The OcuSync 2.0 transmission is a much stronger connection that is three times faster than Wi-Fi. Even at a maximum distance of 10 km, camera signals and input are still responsive as if you are near to it.
Let's talk about the camera. Yes, I already pointed out that this is a 4K camera, but what it has that makes it better is the multiple zoom options. Sure, it may not be as clear as you would hope but that makes certain drone shots look even more melancholic or even action-packed at times. However, its 4x zoom is still lossless making it quite a treat for those who love to do close-up shots.
The camera itself is also equipped with a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor, an F2.8 aperture and a 24mm equivalent lens (84º FOV). Take note that these are specs that a pro photographer would kill for.
Another important feature in its camera is the inclusion of brand-new image modes to add to the Timed Shots of the first Mini. Now you have the Auto Exposure Bracketing and Triple Shot modes.
I'm very impressed with how the controls work in Mini 2. After I thought the Mini was already easy, the Mini 2 is even more streamlined, making it a breeze to fly even for beginners. Sure, it still has headless mode but even a teenager would already be able to fly the drone properly within just a few minutes.
The new and improved DJI FLY app also makes flying a lot easier with more responsive controls and a better UI in case you want to fly with a touchscreen (even though I still prefer that you go with the controller since the touchscreen still some slight delays along with tendencies of misclicks).
The included controller is even smaller yet more intuitive than ever before. The directions and buttons are very tact on that it feels like playing in an arcade machine.
Even with a great drone like this, it still has some flaws I want to address. While I do appreciate the new camera features, it still lacks color profiles for both video and photos. Also, the biggest sin of all, they removed the obstacle avoidance and ActiveTracking, which would be such a huge hassle should your drone would fall somewhere or hit an object. Why DJI removed these is still unaddressed.
On the bigger picture, DJI really out done themselves with the Mini 2. Its great new features improves upon the already amazing Mini and even manages to throw in a better control scheme making it a breeze to fly even without headless mode. Is it worth the money? It definitely is.