DJI has pulled the covers off a new and improved version of the Mavic Mini. Now called the Mini 2, the compact drone weighs 249g and is highly portable, which should appeal to travel photographers and Vloggers looking to travel light.
The Mini 2 retains the folding design we saw on the original model to make the small drone even smaller and at the heart of the drone is a 1/2.3-inch sensor capable of recording 12-megapixel images. The Mini 2 also sees a number of important new features, too.
First of these relates to the quality of video the Mini 2 can capture and, while the original model topped out at 2.7K, the Mini 2 goes further, offering ultra high-quality 4K footage up to 30p @ 100Mbps. Mini 2 users can also take advantage of the zoom options, with 4x zoom (2 x lossless in quality) available when shooting in 1080p.
When it comes to shooting stills with the 3-axis gimbal, the Mini 2 now allows users to shoot in RAW as well as JPEG, enabling photographers more scope using RAW conversion software such as Lightroom to rescue Highlights and reveal shadows in your frames. The Mini 2 also includes AEB Triple Shot – an Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) feature that takes three images of varying exposure and merges them together. These files can then be edited together into an HDR creation.
The Mini 2 offers a maximum transmission range of 6km, which DJI explains is a 200% increase in range compared to the original Mavic Mini. What’s more, upgraded motors deliver 31 minutes of flight time, faster acceleration and speed, and those who work in rugged locations will be pleased to hear the Mini 2 can withstand winds up to 24mph.
Those looking to take their flying to the next level can use one of the pre-programmed flight features including Dronie, where the Mini 2 flies backward and upward, with the camera tracking your subject. Helix, where the drone flies upward and away, spiraling around your subject. Rocket, which sees the Mini 2 fly straight up into the air with the camera pointing downward following your subject and Circle, where the drone will circle around your subject at a constant altitude and distance. Available now, the DJI Mini 2 carries a price-tag starting at £419 / $449.