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It has been a little over a year since DJI introduced the Mini Mavic. Version 2 promises improved video performance and marginally increased flight time. We take a look at the new announcement, announcing its price and availability in the UK.

Mini 2 at a glance

  • Brand new consumer-orientated folding drone
  • Ultra-Light <249g takeoff weight
  • Occusync 2 with 6km (10km FCC) video transmission distance
  • 31 minute maximum flight time, GPS enabled with ‘level 5’ wind resistance
  • 4k Video and 12MP stills from a 3-axis actively stabilised camera
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Measures just 138mm x 81 x 58mm when folded

DJI Mini 2

What is it and who is it aimed at?

The latest lightweight folding quadcopter from aerial experts DJI. First-time pilots and casual users looking for a compact, easy to fly drone that is capable of taking good quality photos and videos.

What does it cost?

The base drone (with controller, battery and cables) is £50 more than the original at £419, but budget for a MicroSD card on-top of that. As ever we recommend opting for the ‘Fly More Combo’ which includes an extra two drone batteries, a battery charging hub, mains adapter, another 2 spare pairs of propellers, other spares and a shoulder bag to carry it all in, for just £130 extra.

Fly more combo

Why does the weight matter?

EDIT : As of 2021, registration requirements for camera drones have changed. Please see the CAA website for further details.

Its light takeoff weight means that this drone can be flown in the UK without registration with the CAA. Pilots are still required to follow the law and we recommend that all read the drone code as a bare minimum. You can learn more about drone registration in the UK and how the Mavic Mini is classified in our guide here.

We’ve come a long way

Compared to the original Mavic Pro, released some 4 years ago, this latest drone has dropped the ‘Mavic’ moniker but is a fantastic example of just how far technology has come. Despite weighing just a fraction of its grandfather, it can fly for longer, at a greater distance from the pilot and shoot expertly stabilised video footage at a higher bitrate.

Our take on it

The original Mini was popular with infrequent flyers who were looking to sidestep registration requirements and we think this drone will continue to be popular with casual users. They will find the new wifi link direct to your mobile phone invaluable for transferring media.

Mini 2 beach flight

The drone retains the popular quickshot features which most pilots are likely to spend the majority of their time utilising. With these intelligent flight modes, you get an inkling of just what the drone’s processors are capable of, keeping the subject in the centre via image processing. DJI purposely nerf its full active track capabilities, but with the drone lacking sensors for obstacle avoidance this was likely decided upon for safety reasons.

Aimed at beginners, the drone only supports the standard picture profile, however it does offer manual exposure adjustments right out of the box instead of waiting or a firmware update like the original. The bump from 40mbps to 100mbps should manifest as more detail in your videos. The digital zoom can be activated by the gimbal dial by holding the function button or by switching between presets on the app. The ‘full’ 4x digital zoom length is reliant on shooting in 1080p, not a true ‘mechanical’ zoom as found on the Mavic 2 Zoom.

Whilst we were impressed with how stable the featherweight original was, we are interested to see what level 5 wind resistance really means in real life. Little seems to have changed to the frame besides some functional air intakes at the front (they were blanks on the original drone) framing the new power LED strip. This will mean that many of the original aftermarket accessories such as landing gear extensions and flight cages will be compatible.

We welcome the Occusync 2.0 tech which brings it in line with the Mavic Air 2 and Mavic 2 Pro, providing superior transmission reliability and extended range. As a result we hope that the drone can be used with the DJI goggles and the smart controllers.

Mini 2 in flight

If you already have the mk1 Mini with the later firmware, the incremental updates aren’t likely to have you reaching for your wallet. Yet at just £50 more than the original it will likely be the ‘no-brainer’ choice for new customers looking for a first drone, although we’d recommend all to pick up the fly more combo.

Where can I buy a Mini 2?

The DJI Mini 2 is available on our webstore alongside the Mini 2 Fly more combo. Both qualify for free next-working-day delivery. We will be updating our store with batteries, propellers and other accessories in the coming weeks.

RC Geeks : Drone enthusiasts

We have been DJI stockists since the original DJI Phantom released back in 2013, as such we know their drones and stabilisers inside out. We have extensive reviews on products such as the original DJI Mavic Mini, DJI’s Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom, DJI Spark and DJI Phantoms. Browse these articles and more on our blog site.

Written by

Tom Begglesworth

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