We dug DJI’s Mavic Mini when the drone arrived final 12 months. As Matt famous in his overview, “It packs every part essential to be a high quality drone. It has an excellent digital camera, good vary and an excellent controller. It holds up effectively within the wind and is fast sufficient to be enjoyable.” Right this moment, DJI improves two of these issues with the arrival of the Mini 2.

The brand new model, which hits retail in the present day, is extra refinement than redefinition. That is a kind of instances the place that’s completely positive, 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 primarily the identical right here. The Mini 2 weighs 249 grams — which comes out to about zero.55 kilos. It folds up and might be stashed away in a bag.

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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 think zoom goes to be a continued spot for enchancment on these programs, going ahead.

The opposite large change is the arrival of DJI’s proprietary OcuSync wi-fi expertise — particularly OccuSync 2.zero right here. The expertise can be obtainable on the newest Mavic Air. Per DJI:

OcuSync 2.zero is DJI’s world-renowned transmission expertise chargeable for making certain steady, lengthy distance, and dependable connection between the distant controller and the drone. Twin-frequency expertise mechanically switches between channels to assist towards interference.

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Amongst different issues, the improve means a transmission price of 19 km — round 150% of the vary its predecessor delivered. Although DJI has to remind you right here that you simply actually should preserve the tiny drone in your line of sight whereas working. The battery ought to offer you 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 Huge-Angle) and two picture modes (Triple Shot and Timed Pictures).

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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.

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