Modified “Mavic Mini” is presented. And, as we already know, compared to its predecessor, the Mini 2 received an unexpectedly powerful package of improvements that affected both the hardware and software of the drone. So, significant upgrades of the novelty include: the time-tested second-generation OcuSync digital video stream transmission system, which is already equipped with such bright models as the Air 2 and Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom/Enterprise; increased camera performance, which now shoots not in 2.7K, but in 4K resolution at 24/25/30 frames per second, and with the ability to zoom; and more powerful power plant. But, most importantly, all this and more comes to us in the same lightweight model that does not require UAV registration, which makes the Mini 2 the best GPS drone in the category up to 250 grams today. In this review, we have collected all the key information regarding the Mini 2 drone, which will be interesting and useful for both the owners of the novelty and potential buyers. So let’s fly!
For those who don’t have time to read, here’s our comparison chart, which will allow you to quickly compare the stated key potential of Mavic Mini, Mini SE, Mini 2, Mini 3 Pro:
With all the announced improvements, the developer left this parameter of the novelty unchanged — less than 250 grams. And to be precise, the weight of the Mini 2 in flight condition (with MicroSD on board) was 237.4 grams. For users of the World, this means that they are exempted from the mandatory procedure for accounting for UAVs (details here). Before starting, always check local laws and regulations. Use propeller guards and be careful when flying near people and animals. Remember, safety is above all!
By tradition, the developer offers the drone in two possible configurations: the standard “DJI Mini 2” and the extended “DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo”:
- DJI Mini 2 (Included: Aircraft/Remote/1×Battery/2×Replacement Propeller/Charging Cable/3×RC Cables/Spare Prop Mounts/Screwdriver/User Manual)
- DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo (Included: Drone/Remote/3 × battery/6 × app. propellers/Charging cable/3 × RC cables/18W memory/Charger for simultaneous sequential charging of three batteries/propeller lock/Spare fasteners for propellers/Screwdriver/User’s manual/Transport bag)
As you can see, both kits have everything to realize your first flight almost immediately after purchase. However, it would be better if you give your preference to the extended kit when choosing, since it includes all the necessary components for the full and comfortable operation of the drone, which you will sooner or later come to during the operation of the standard kit, since all these components are available as additional . accessories.
Fly More Combo Components
What are these components and why are they so relevant?
3 × battery
The extended kit includes three batteries for the drone at once, each of which provides 25–27 minutes of real flight time.
6 × app. propellers
With drones from DJI, this is a rare case, but no one is safe from accidents / crashes. The standard kit will allow you to make a mistake only twice, since in this case it only has two propellers, and with different directions of rotation (CW / CCW). This means that if you break a CW prop twice, you will have to stop flying for lack of a spare prop. What can not be said about the extended Fly More Combo, in which for this case you have at your disposal as many as six spare 3 × CW and 3 × CCW props, or as many as six times you can take to the air again despite an unfortunate misunderstanding.
The standard kit does not have a charger at all. This is due to the fact that the developer worked on the ability to charge the remote control and the drone from almost any USB charger, including in QuickCharge mode (DJI Mini 2 supports QC and USB PD fast charging protocols, and also supports input power up to 29 W).
The Fly More Combo kit includes two chargers at once:
- Charging Hub/Two-Way Charging Hub — can charge up to three batteries in sequential mode, and if you connect a remote control to it, then after the battery charging process, the battery of the control equipment will also be charged. Among other things, the charging hub can easily serve as a portable charger for your smartphone / USB device or simply for storing and transporting the drone battery). Separately from the kit, the hub will cost the consumer $39.
- 18W USB Charger/DJI 18W USB Charger — for charging the battery of the drone or the remote control from the 220V network. Or, while the drone batteries are charging from the charging hub, you can charge the remote control, as the hub cannot charge multiple devices at the same time.
An equally important and necessary component that comes exclusively in the extended kit is the Propeller Holder. Its task is to securely and, most importantly, aesthetically fix the propellers during the drone transportation. Without a retainer, the props are in a free state, as a result of which there is a high probability of deforming / damaging them. And any violation of the geometry of the blades can lead to unnecessary vibrations, an increase in noise, or even to the exclusion of further operation of the copter. The Propeller Holder price is $13.
The transport bag is the key accessory of the extended set. The bag allows you to fit all the components of the Fly More Combo and keep them in one place, and when it’s time to fly, you can quickly take it with you on the road. You will definitely buy it in the future, in the event that you refuse the extended kit. Separately from the kit, the transport bag will cost the user $39.
As you can see, the extended kit does not contain anything superfluous, all components and their quantity are optimal for the full and comfortable operation of the drone. The price difference between the sets is only $150.
The first upgrade in importance and significance that came to the modified Mavic Mini. Compared to enhanced Wi-Fi, which enabled video streaming (FPV flight) for its predecessor, OcuSync 2.0 technology provides the user with even more freedom and confidence in a reliable FPV connection when flying beyond visual contact with the aircraft. Prior to the advent of the Mini 2, OcuSync (2.0) was the hallmark of exceptionally expensive DJI models such as the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, Mavic Air 2, and Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom/Enterprise. Despite the drastic difference in technology potential, enhanced Wi-Fi gave the Mavic Mini an impressive range of up to 4 km, with the arrival of the top-end second-generation OcuSync, the range has expanded to an impressive 10 km. And that’s incredibly cool for a $449 consumer GPS drone!
This is the next major upgrade after OcuSync, which, according to insiders, started the refinement of Mavic Mini. Now Mini 2 can shoot in 4K mode at 24/25/30 fps (Max video mode of predecessor: 2.7K: 2720 × 1530 at 25/30 fps).
Most likely, the refinement was implemented in software, since the camera itself remained unchanged and, as before, was built on a 12MP 1/2.3‑inch CMOS matrix, but the developer has not yet specified about the chipset involved. However, it is worth noting that the image quality of the second Mini definitely deserves respect and can easily compete with a number of top full-sized GPS drones, such as Mavic Pro, Parrot Anafi, FIMI X8 SE 2020 or Hubsan 2.
The 4x digital zoom is a nice bonus of the software upgrade of the drone’s filming part. It is worth noting that this option, before the appearance of the Mini 2, as well as the OcuSync technology, was the hallmark of exclusively premium DJI drones. By the way, the declared 4x zoom is not available for all video modes:
- for 4K mode: 2x zoom
- for 2.7K mode: 3x zoom
- for FHD mode: 4x zoom
Compared to the Mini 1 battery, the Mini 2 battery dropped in capacity (Mini 1/Mini 2 battery capacity: 2400/2250mAh), gained noticeably in weight (Mini 1/Mini 2 battery weight: 100/86.2g) and at the same time gained in power. This approach allowed the developer to keep the weight category “up to 250 grams”, as well as to obtain the max. a flight time of 31 minutes (predecessor time: 30 minutes), which DJI notes was achieved at a constant level flight speed of 16.92 km/h. In practice, with a mixed piloting mode (i.e., a normal user mode), the maximum flight duration of both versions has not changed and will average 25–27 minutes.
Interchangeability of Mini 1/Mini 2 batteries is allowed, but unilaterally. This means that due to the design features of the batteries of both drones, the battery of the Mini 1 works without problems with the Mini 2, but the battery from the Mini 2 cannot even be installed in the battery compartment of its predecessor.
As for the installation in Mini 2, batteries from Mini 1, then such an upgrade will not be relevant for two reasons:
- Max. flight time in practice will remain unchanged (25–27 min).
- The flight weight of the drone will change, which with the battery of the predecessor will exceed 250 grams, which in some countries (including the World) obliges the user to register / register the UAV.
No less important, but expected by many users, is an update for the second version of the Mini. Now we have at our disposal not a Micro USB port, but a more productive and user-friendly USB‑C port, which predetermines, among other things, the possibility of fast charging (Mini 2 supports QC and USB PD fast charging protocols, with a memory input power of up to 29 W) . Through this port, the user can both charge the drone’s battery and connect the drone to a computer for subsequent interaction (updating firmware via DJI Assistant 2 software; extracting footage from an installed MicroSD card).
Management and Compatibility
The remote control is another innovation for the second generation Mini, which was predetermined by OcuSync 2.0 technology. The drone now comes with the RC231 hardware by default, which, as we all already know, is equipped with the incomparable Mavic Air 2. And this is undoubtedly cool, because the new remote control has already managed to prove itself from the best side.
Also with the advent of OcuSync, we get support for pairing the drone with top-end DJI Smart Controller control equipment, the benefits of which will be fully appreciated by advanced users, especially those who have several DJI drones built on the OcuSync system in their fleet.
Interchangeability of standard consoles
The developer clarifies that due to the use of completely different video stream transmission technologies, the interchangeability of remote controls is excluded. In turn, the equipment of Mavic Air 2 and Mini 2 are completely and completely interchangeable.
*Remotes from left to right: DJI Mavic Mini/DJI Mini 2.
Compared to its predecessor, the Mini 2 received a more efficient power plant, thanks to which it was possible to significantly improve flight performance and increase the wind resistance of the drone. For example, the horizontal flight speed has been increased from 46.8 km/h to 57.6 km/h, which is not bad at all. For comparison, let’s take the maximum level flight speed of a full-size Mavic Air 2 — 68.4 km/h.
Level 5 wind resistance
Thanks to a more powerful power plant, the developer managed to raise the wind resistance from the fourth to the fifth level. In practice, the second version confidently copes with winds up to 12 m/s, with gusts up to 19 m/s, and this is no joke. Check out this demonstrative Mini 2 wind test.
As you can see in the image below, the developer finalized the design of mounting the blades to the motor, and also worked on the geometry of the blades themselves, which made it possible to significantly reduce the overall noise of the drone’s power plant and, in part, the overall weight of the drone.
Maybe for some this factor is not so significant compared to the allowable flight range, but as practice shows, the power plant of the modified Mini 2 received a noticeable difference in noise. The drone has become an order of magnitude quieter than its predecessor. Here is a noise test video of Mini 1 vs Mini 2.
Obstacle detection and avoidance
This option is not available for the “Mini” series of drones, since they are not initially equipped with a sensor system for detecting and flying around obstacles. The only sensor tandem, consisting of three sensors, is located at the bottom of the drone. It acts as an auxiliary sensor positioning system in the altitude range up to 30 m. It is activated during auto-landing, or when satellite positioning is not available (flying in an apartment, house, room, etc.). The imitation of the front sensors has remained an imitation, except that for the best ventilation of the Mini 2 it has received a pass-through format.
The lack of a sensory system for detecting and flying around obstacles in general predetermined the absence of an automatic mode for following the ActiveTrack object, since the latter requires the aforementioned system to fully work so that the drone can avoid collisions with obstacles during the tracking process, and this, as you understand, is already more expensive DJI models.
The hallmark of all folding DJI drones is five automatic flight and shooting modes Quickshot (Dronie/Helix/Rocket/Circle/Boomerang), which allow the average user to create short-length cinematic masterpieces in just a few taps, in order to subsequently convey the atmosphere around you as much as possible, thereby preserving for many years the best moments of life, captured from the best angle.
JPG/RAW and AEB photo
Another significant bonus from the developer, which will be highly appreciated by advanced users. Now in the photo arsenal of the second version of Mini, in addition to the standard JPG format, RAW format and AEB shooting mode have been added, which together provide maximum freedom in post-processing footage using tools such as Lightroom and Photoshop.
Manual setting for photos and videos
In addition to the above formats and shooting modes, full manual control for photo and video modes has been added. Now you can manually set exposure, shutter speed and ISO.
Another new photo mode following the AEB mode, which will undoubtedly be appreciated by everyone without exception. Three options for panoramic shooting are available to the user:
- Sphere (Spherical)
- 180° (180 degree)
Direct download and instant editing
Three completely new features that only the Mini 2 can boast of today, implemented for the fastest possible interaction with the footage:
- QuickTransfer — allows you to quickly and wirelessly transfer footage from the drone to a smartphone with a max. 20MB/s speed. Moreover, only these two devices are enough to implement the transmission (more about the new function in the drone review and the FAQ section). True, there is one caveat. The developer specifies that the declared max. download speed is 20 MB/s, provided when the drone operates exclusively in the 5.8 GHz frequency band. When using the QuickTransfer function in the 2.4 GHz frequency band, max. download speed will be 6 MB/s.
- Trimmed Download — the function allows you to quickly cut the desired fragment for subsequent editing and downloading to your smartphone.
- Imaginative Templates is an intuitive editor built into the DJI Fly app. With a diverse set of creative templates, you can personalize your footage in just a few taps and share it with the world.
Front LED status indicator
It is one of the few external differences of the second version of the Mini. Provides frontal information to the user about the current state of the drone. For example, when it is used in selfie mode, in which the aircraft is always turned to the front of the user, thus eliminating the ability to see the second status indicator located on the rear of the drone. By the way, if desired, the color of the indicator can be changed based on your preferences by going to the drone settings menu in the DJI Fly app.
In this review, we have told you about all the new features of the Mini 2 drone, which will help you to fully experience the new lightweight version so that you can make the right choice later. We also recommend our separate review for review, where we have collected the key characteristics of all drones of the Mavic series in one table. We hope that the material presented was useful to you. Thank you for your attention.