DJI updates its smallest drone with the Mini 2, drops the Mavic

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We were big fans of the Mavic Mini drone when we reviewed it early last year, and now there is a new iteration in the form of the DJI Mini 2. As you can tell, DJI has opted to drop the Mavic name for this latest lightweight drone, with there being a very specific reason for that.

This as DJI has not looked to make this new drone even smaller and lighter, but rather aimed to address any of the shortcomings that the Mavic Mini had.

To that end, it’s sporting elements like a new connectivity called OcuSync 2, which offers 2.5 times that wireless range capable on the previous drone, along with providing a more connection, according to DJI.

Added to this is a longer maximum flight time of 31 minutes and the ability to handle wind speeds of between 29km/h and 38 km/h, as well as a maximum altitude of 4 000 metres. As such, it terms of withstanding the elements, the DJI Mini 2 is a bit more robust than its forbearer, which was one of the drawbacks it suffered from.

In terms of the dimensions of the body, it is much the same, and capable of nestling in the palm of your hand when folded up, depending on how big your hand is.

It also features the same 249g weight as the Mavic Mini, which was a big selling point as it helped to negotiate some of the aviation restrictions that impact the use of drones.

As for video recording capabilities, this too has received an important bump, with the 12MP 3-axis gimbal camera onboard the Mini 2 capable of recording up to 4K at 30fps. The benefit of this will be seen in the editing process, as you’ll be able to crop a 4K video recording to focus in on a subject without losing image quality.

There’s also a range of quick shot modes that take much of the headaches out of setting up different types of angles for video. This is especially useful for newcomers to drones.

Right now, there is no word on local availability and pricing for the DJI Mini 2, with it likely expected closer towards the end of the year, or perhaps even in 2021. For those Stateside, however, it is already available for purchase starting at $499 (~R7 915) for the starter kit and $599 (~R9 502) for the Fly More bundle that includes extra battery packs.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.

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