DJI Mavic Mini 2 Review

The DJI Mavic Mini 2 is here. With the second evolution of its Mavic Mini drone, DJI launches a new entry-level model. In this DJI Mavic Mini 2 Review will discover new features, such as the 4K camera or the OcuSync 2.0 transmission system, should convince the buyers.

Already in the run-up to the drone’s official leek, there were many leaks, rumors, and opinions about the new DJI Mavic Mini 2 drone. Now the new model is officially available. We are happy to present to you our detailed test report of the second Mavic Mini generation.

In addition to this DJI Mavic Mini 2 review, we have many other guides around the DJI Mini 2 for you. These include the comparison between DJI Mavic Mini and DJI Mini 2, the comparison between Mavic Air 2 and DJI Mavic Mini 2, and our article about the Mini 2 Fly More Combo.

DJI Mavic Mini 2 Review – The upgrade is here

The new DJI Mavic Mini 2 drone is the official successor of the popular Mavic Mini drone. The Mavic Mini was DJI’s first model to be released with a weight of less than 250g (not counting the Ryze Tello).

The Chinese drone manufacturer opened a new market in November 2019. The Mavic Mini gave many people who had previously shied away from the sometimes difficult to understand legal regulations a chance to get a taste of the drone world. In the USA, the low weight currently still leads to relatively few advantages, but this will change with the upcoming drone regulations.

The Mavic Mini 2 drone will now replace the popular Mavic Mini. To this end, DJI has equipped its compatible drone with new features previously only available on more expensive Mavic family models. These include the new 4K camera, the new transmission system, and detailed improvements compared to the first Mavic Mini generation.

The DJI Mavic Mini 2 is now much more mature and positioned at the entry-level segment’s top end. The drone could even convince one or two professionals meaning that DJI has done its homework.

Mavic Mini 2 Review: Design

The design changed very little compared to the previous model. The DJI Mini 2 is based on an almost identical frame and therefore benefits from the Mavic family’s practical folding mechanism. This makes the already small drone even smaller for transportation.

The clearest distinguishing feature of the DJI Mavic Mini 2 compared to the Mavic Mini is the striking 4K lettering on the camera’s front. Also, DJI has colored the propellers’ tips, which are still divided into two parts, orange and black. Of course, this is exactly what we like, but it’s certainly a subjective impression.

When you open the trunk lid, another change becomes visible. Instead of the micro USB socket, the DJI Mini 2 finally comes with a modern USB Type C interface. The drone can also be charged via this interface.

In terms of weight, not much has changed either. The DJI Mavic Mini 2 still weighs less than 249 g and thus undercuts the important limit of 250 g, which in many countries legally makes the difference between “toys” and “aircraft models.”

There is also an invisible improvement in the propeller arms. The front arms of the Mavic Mini could be twisted relatively easily by torsion. This is said to have caused the propellers of some users to touch the fuselage in flight. For the DJI Mavic Mini 2, DJI has made improvements. The arms are now extremely stiff, and torsion is no longer possible.

Fortunately, little has changed in terms of workmanship. We express this intentionally because the first Mavic Mini generation was already manufactured at a high-quality level, typical for DJI. The DJI Mini 2 follows suit.

Of course, you can’t expect the same experience in terms of haptics as with a Mavic 2 Pro more than three times as expensive. Nevertheless, the DJI Mini 2 Drone is solidly built and gives us no reason to complain.

For more comfortable transport, the drone now comes with a new propeller holder. The propeller holder wraps itself once around the fuselage and holds the propellers on the upper and lower side together when folded. Quite practical.

DJI Mavic Mini 2 camera: 4K and 100 MBit/s

The most interesting new feature for most of you is probably the upgrade of the camera. Finally, DJI gives even its smallest drone the ability to record videos in 4K (UHD). With this, the DJI Mavic Mini 2 takes a giant leap compared to the 2.7K resolution of the first Mavic Mini. Videos are recorded at up to 30 frames per second. Even in 2.7K, the DJI Mini 2 continues to record at 30 fps.

DJI did a lot of work on the video pipeline. Instead of the rather low 40 MBit/s of the Mavic Mini, the new DJI Mavic Mini 2 now records at a whopping 100 MBit/s in H.264. This means significantly more image details, even at the same video resolution, since less content is lost through compression. The DJI Mavic Mini 2 thus becomes an adult camera drone.

The next upgrade is quietly hiding in the technical specifications. Still, it should encourage many potential buyers who have hesitated until now to buy. DJI now finally allows shooting photos in RAW format. Strictly speaking, the 12 MP CMOS sensor (1/2.3 inch) can now save still images in DNG RAW and is no longer limited to JPEG.

This also makes the Mavic Mini 2 an exciting tool for photographers who usually like to post-process their photos. DNG-RAW files now provide the necessary image information for the new DJI compact drone. The new possibility of recording automatic exposure series with three photos also goes hand in hand with this. This way, HDR photos can also be assembled manually.

Controller: OcuSync 2.0 Killer Feature

The next major update compared to the Mavic Mini is even more apparent at first sight. The DJI Mini 2 now comes with a new controller. Strictly speaking, it is an old acquaintance. DJI simply gives the new model the controller of the more expensive Mavic Air 2 drone (review).

This also means that the DJI Mavic Mini 2 can now use OcuSync 2.0. DJI replaces the last drone in the Mavic family that still uses the Enhanced Wifi connection.

With OcuSync 2.0, the radio system’s maximum range increases from 4 km for the Mavic Mini to up to 10 kilometers (FCC standard) for the DJI Mini 2. OcuSync 2.0 also provides access to two frequency bands (2.4 / 5.8 GHz) that can be used dynamically. In addition to increased range, this also means better image quality of the live feed and higher robustness against interference.

In the future, this innovation will also keep the option open to control the DJI Mini 2 with the DJI Smart Controller. This would allow all current Mavic models to be managed with a single remote control.

The new controller itself has hardly changed compared to the Mavic Air 2. Only the buttons are labeled slightly differently. Buyers of the new drone now have access to the latest smartphone cradle above the controller.

Thus, DJI increases the ease of use combined with an Android or iOS smartphone compared to the Mavic Mini controller. Although the larger dimensions of the remote control lead to a larger transport size, the gain in comfort outweighs ergonomics’ gain.

Since this change also means that the controller’s folding mechanism is no longer needed, the new remote control is also more stable in hand. In our opinion, the achievement is a bit better than on the Mavic Mini controller, or at least the new controller appears to be of higher quality.

Setup: Before you start

As with all DJI drones, the initial start-up is actually very intuitive. In the first step, the batteries have to be charged. This applies to the new flight batteries as well as to the remote control. Both is done either via USB Type C or via the multiple charge hub of the Fly More combo of the DJI Mavic Mini 2.

DJI has also redesigned the flight batteries compared to the Mavic Mini. These now have a slightly lower capacity but work with a higher voltage. But in essence, they are still 2S Li-Ion batteries with almost 17 Wh.

For this reason, the two battery generations are only compatible in one direction. DJI prevents the Mavic Mini and DJI Mini 2 batteries from being mixed up by mistake using a new color scheme and a different locking mechanism. The Mavic Mini 2 can apparently be operated with the first generation battery. Still, the Mavic Mini 2 battery does not fit into the Mavic Mini.

After the batteries are full, the drone and controller can be connected together. Of course, a supported smartphone and the DJI Fly app can be used.

The next step is to activate the product by your own DJI account, which is mandatory for DJI. As soon as this step is completed, the drone is ready for use. Buyers then also have the opportunity to purchase and activate the optionally available Care Refresh protection.

We also recommend installing any firmware updates directly. Always make sure that you insert all flight batteries into the drone once after an update. These batteries may need to be updated as well. The DJI Mini 2 will do that for you automatically.

DJI Fly App

The DJI Mavic Mini 2 is the third drone from DJI to use the new DJI Fly app. Originally introduced with the Mavic Mini, DJI has significantly expanded the app’s functionality in the Mavic Air 2 drone.

The DJI Mini 2 now benefits directly from many of these enhanced features. These include, for example, digital zoom with up to 4x in Full HD video mode.

Overall, the Fly App is designed very beginner-friendly and offers a lot of information for beginners with integrated tutorial videos. What we like about the app is the much cleaner interface compared to the DJI Go 4 app. Also, DJI gives the camera functions a lot of space on the main screen, which turns out to be a real multi-tasking app.

This way, the recording modes can be changed with just a few clicks, and the different frame rates are not hidden in submenus. Just right for beginners. Professionals will quickly find their way around anyway and will discover many similarities to the Go 4 app.

But the DJI Fly app is not quite as feature-rich as the Go 4 app. But DJI is obviously working on it, as the various updates during the year have shown.

DJI Mavic Mini 2 Review: Performance

Out into the field!

This is where the DJI Mini 2 has to show what it can really do. And there are no big surprises – we mean that positively.

Overall, the DJI Mavic Mini 2 and the Mavic Mini fly very similarly. However, the new drone shows that DJI has changed something about the engine. This makes the DJI Mini 2 slightly more agile. But agility was already no problem with the Mavic Mini.

According to DJI, the new propulsion system will increase wind resistance from force 4 (Mavic Mini) to force 5 (DJI Mini 2). So far, we haven’t had a good opportunity to test this. But all in all, flying in wind force 5 is not much fun. But we will try to pass this on later.

With the new drive and the new battery, the DJI Mavic Mini 2 should now stay in the air for up to 31 minutes on one battery charge. That’s one minute longer than its predecessor. And that is remarkable if you consider that the new electronics for the camera and the OcuSync 2.0 should rather need more energy on average.

In the practical test, we measured between 24 and 25 minutes with a battery. The value is, therefore, in line with the endurance of the Mavic Mini. Marvelous in our eyes. The batteries of the DJI Mini 2 are comparatively cheap and light enough to carry several packs without any problems.

The OcuSync 2.0 system is noticeable in direct comparison with a more stable video link. There are significantly fewer bugs during video transmission than was the case with the Mavic Mini. This is especially noticeable when the drone is a bit further away. All in all, the DJI Mini 2 also makes an excellent impression in flight.

Sensors and autonomous flight functions

Like the Mavic Mini, the new DJI Mini 2 has to do without almost all environmental sensors. Only a downward pointing sensor in the form of two cameras allows the drone’s position to be detected without GNSS. The drone still does not have active obstacle detection or collision avoidance.

This means that the available autonomous flight functions that DJI gave the small drone are also in line. The DJI Mavic Mini 2 still cannot access ActiveTrack, i.e., tracking objects or even the entire FocusTrack suite. This is reserved for the Mavic Air 2 and up.

  • QuickShots: Dronie, Rocket, Circle, Helix and Boomerang

Intelligent recording modes can also be activated for the DJI Mini 2 in the DJI Fly app. The smart recording modes are particularly suitable for pre-produced video scenes with exciting special effects. With QuickShot video modes called Dronie, Rocket, Circle, Helix, and Boomerang, DJI Mavic Mini 2 offers a total of five easy-to-use shooting modes for creative aerial photography.

The Boomerang mode is a new addition and is not yet supported by DJI Mavic Mini. Depending on the desired mode, the DJI Fly app also offers various settings for altitude and distance. Also, for each mode, the subject or object to be recorded can be selected manually – similar to the familiar ActiveTrack function. However, the DJI Mavic Mini 2 does not use the Asteroid recording mode – known from other DJI drones.

In the pure flight modes, the DJI Mini 2 offers three setting options in the deeper control settings with Sport, Position, and CineSmooth. Each of which differs from the drone’s control intensity or braking behavior. In Sport mode, the DJI Mini 2 reacts particularly aggressively and agilely. In contrast, in CineSmooth mode, the result is soft and smooth movements. In the control settings, there are also two different gimbal modes: Follow Mode and FPV Mode.

In FPV mode, the gimbal remains horizontally fixed while the drone is in motion. In FPV mode, the video recordings give the impression of looking out of an aircraft cockpit and operating a fixed-wing aircraft. Of course, the DJI Mini 2 can also use RTH and GeoFencing. But for us, this is part of the basic equipment of a modern drone.

But there is a small sensor upgrade to report: The GNSS receiver can now use the Galileo satellite system in addition to GPS and GLONASS to determine its position.

The Fly More Combo: More batteries and accessories

For our test report, we used the Fly More Combo of the DJI Mini 2 drone. It contains two more flight batteries, more spare propellers, the multi-charge hub, a USB power supply for the socket, and a carrying bag for all components. Whether the Fly More Combo is worthwhile for you, we have already discussed it at this point for you.

The most significant advantage of the Fly More Combo is without question the two additional flight batteries. With a total of three batteries, the DJI Mini 2 can easily stay in the air for over an hour. More than enough for most purposes.

Extremely useful in this context is the Multi-Lade-Hub, which DJI adds to the set. This device serves on the one hand as a transport case for the three flight batteries and, on the other hand, allows charging all batteries with only one USB adapter. The batteries are then charged one after the other, but you don’t have to change them once one is full. The charging process is then automatically continued with the next battery.

The charging process is intelligent and always starts with the battery with the highest charge level. A full battery is available in the shortest possible time. The charging hub also has a power bank function. So you can charge any USB device with the juice from the three flight batteries. Extremely handy when your smartphone’s battery is running low, or you want to discharge the batteries because you have to go on a flight with the DJI Mini 2.

DJI includes a suitable Quick Charge USB power supply unit to ensure that the charging process goes smoothly. This gives you more power than the standard 5V/2A adapters that many of you may have at home. Of course, a single battery can also be charged directly via the drone’s USB C interface. In case of an emergency is better than nothing.

All these components will then find their place in the carrying bag that DJI has included with the Fly More Combo, together with the drone and the new controller. Due to the new shape of the controller, this bag is slightly larger than the Mavic Mini. The drone can now be carried in the bag without an extra backpack.

The workmanship of the bag is good from our point of view. The original bags from DJI are always a little more expensive in comparison to third party products. However, our experience has shown that they can usually accommodate all components optimally with minimal dimensions. So if you like it compact, the Fly More Combo already comes with a super transport option for the DJI Mini 2.

Conclusion

With the DJI Mini 2, DJI has launched a very consistent further development of its entry-level drone. While retaining the ultra-compact design, buyers are offered a significantly expanded range of functions.

The new 4K camera takes great pictures and clearly outshines the Mavic Mini in terms of video detail. This is mainly due to the high video bitrate of up to 100 MBit/s and, of course, the UHD resolution.

Further plus points are the support for RAW photos and the OcuSync 2.0 wireless system. Thus, the DJI Mini 2 is much closer to the more expensive Mavic Air 2 drone in certain areas.

Also, the flight experience, in combination with the new controller, can only be rated positively. The drone lies very well in the air and is even a bit more agile than its predecessor. The flight time is more than solid, with realistic 25 minutes without much focus on fuel consumption. All in all, flying with the little mosquito is at least as much fun as flying with Mavic Air.

The DJI Mini 2 offers an impressive range of features, workmanship, and recording quality in terms of price. And thanks to its high flexibility, the light grey DJI quadcopter is also an option for more ambitious photographers and video makers. There are many selling points for DJI Mini 2, so if you’re looking to buy a drone in the $500 range, the Mavic Mini 2 is the right choice. 

DJI still delivers an extremely well-rounded package, which in our opinion, will be welcomed by many. All in all, DJI has made its smallest drone grow up with the DJI Mavic Mini 2 – and still at a very fair price. The new DJI Mini 2 drone Fly More Combo also deserves our praise. We hope that you liked our DJI Mavic Mini 2 Review and we are eager to hear from you what your options are about this fantastic little drone.

Pros
  • The low price of only $449
  • 249 grams light and very compact
  • No drone-identification necessary
  • Easy to use for beginners
  • 31 minutes of flight time
  • Very precise flight behavior
  • GPS and floating sensors
  • App control and 4K resolution with RAW-photography
  • DJI OcuSync signal transmission up to 10 kilometers (FCC standard)
Cons
  • No display in the remote control
  • No Quick Release propellers
  • Battery without direct charge indicator
  • No tracking functions
  • No obstacle sensors

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