The Mavic Mini 2 drone is said to soon replace the compact Mavic Mini drone from DJI. In this article, we have summarized the Mavic Mini 2 rumors, information, and speculations about the new drone.
The Mavic Mini was launched on October 30, 2019, making it nearly one year old at this point in time. For the first time, the drone undercuts the magical weight limit of 250 grams and falls under milder legal regulation in many countries. Our detailed test report about the Mavic Mini can be found here.
DJI is already on the starting blocks with the Mavic Mini 2. Below you can read what we know (or don’t know) and our personal expectations for the second generation of the Mavic Mini. (Or rather, the third generation, if you like to count the DJI Spark as 1st generation).
Mavic Mini 2: “Is it real?”
We were surprised by the first rumors about a new Mavic Mini in mid-September. After less than 12 months on the market, it seems a bit too early to present a successor to the Mavic Mini.
Especially considering the fact that the whole DJI fanbase feels that the release of Mavic 3 as the successor of Mavic 2 Pro is waiting for it, a launch of a new Mavic Mini 2 drone would be rather unexpected. From an “outside” point of view, the need for a new drone in the (semi)professional segment currently seems greater than the demand for a new ultra-light drone from DJI. But this is just a feeling.
Of course, the Mavic 2 series, in its advanced life cycle (we passed the 2-year mark on August 23), would actually be much more in demand than the still-young Mavic Mini.
On the other hand, there are also two good reasons why we think the Mavic Mini 2 is not completely implausible at this stage.
If the DroneXL reports are true, the DJI CEO himself is not satisfied with the Mavic Mini’s video performance in its current form. It is said that version 1.5 has already been considered internally to improve the Mavic Mini’s camera performance.
Certainly: compared to the Mavic 2 and the Mavic Air 2, the Mavic Mini camera is inferior in detail. But the drone’s camera is not bad at all and definitely a big upgrade over the DJI Spark. You can find more information in our camera comparison.
Nevertheless, one should not underestimate the impact a CEO’s wish can have on a specific product. Since there was obviously never a Mavic Mini V1.5, this could lead to an earlier schedule for a Mavic Mini 2 release.
Depending on when a potential new Mavic Mini (Gen 2) will be released, a release before a Mavic 3 drone might make sense from a DJI point of view. This will be the case if the Mavic Mini 2 makes it to the market before Christmas 2020.
In fact, the vast majority of buyers will be much more willing to buy a new drone in the $400 $500 price range (or to update to a new model) than to buy a model like the Mavic 3, which will probably be more at home in the $1500 range. This fact is underlined by the current Corona situation, which confronts many people with changing economic conditions.
A Mavic Mini 2 would be early, but there are good arguments for an early release of a second Mavic Mini drone.
Mavic Mini 2 Rumors: What can we expect?
Currently, no technical details are known about the Mavic Mini 2. So we can only speculate at this stage what DJI might come up with for the second Mavic Mini. Below is a short discussion/wish list of what we can expect.
Camera: 4K Support
Suppose the story is true with the DJI CEO’s dissatisfaction with the video quality of the Mavic Mini (1st Gen). In that case, we should see an update to a 4K sensor in any case. DJI probably won’t be supplying a 4k60 here, but is relatively sure.
But that does not have to be the case. 4K resolution with 30 fps and, of course, 8-bit color depth would make the Mavic Mini 2 an extremely versatile drone. Furthermore, the distance to the Mavic Air 2 (click here for our test) would still be maintained.
Of course, 4K, compared to 2.7K, would most likely also require a nine SoC, which provides more computing power. But this does not necessarily have to be heavier. To save weight, DJI will probably also use a passive SoC on the Mavic Mini 2.
Weight: Will the 249g remain?
We don’t have any information yet, but we are sure that the low weight of 249g will remain one of the key selling points of the Mavic Mini 2.
All too many extra features will not fit into the drone if DJI does not want to break the weight limit. But it might be possible to save a few grams on the case.
Autonomous flight and sensors
The Mavic Mini currently has to do without obstacle detection. Only stereo cameras on the ground allow indoor visual positioning in the absence of a GPS signal.
While the Mavic Mini can take QuickShots and keep people in focus, it lacks all the other features such as ActiveTrack or even the entire FocusTrack suite of the Mavic Air 2.
The DJI here is trying to get more sensors underneath, but that is not unlikely. At least the front-side obstacle detection and avoidance would be conceivable. Whether ActiveTrack and Co. will make it into the new drone, however, is doubtful. On the one hand, this would probably involve an SoC upgrade to enable the AI functions, and, on the other hand, it would dilute the clear boundaries with the Mavic Air 2.
OcuSync 2.0: Everything from one source?
If we could make a wish for the Mavic Mini 2, it would support OcuSync 2.0, which would mean that the entire Mavic portfolio could be controlled by the DJI Smart controller. This would be very practical, and at the same time, the flight experience would be enhanced by the comfort of the smart controller.
On the other hand, you have to be realistic: The OcuSync 2.0 wireless components can generate a lot of waste heat. This must usually be dissipated by active cooling. This means additional weight – the enemy of the Mavic Mini series.
Furthermore, relatively few Mavic Mini pilots will likely have a smart controller that costs more than the drone itself. On the other hand, the Mavic Mini 2 would be a “cheap” addition for all smart controller owners and allow DJI to take advantage of cross-selling potentials.
What will the Mavic Mini 2 cost?
There is no information about that yet. But we can assume that we can expect similar prices as for the current Mavic Mini. It is also conceivable – should our OcuSync 2.0 dream die – that DJI will again allow direct control via the touchscreen in the Fly app on the smartphone via WiFi.
This would allow the drone to be offered in a cheaper version without the controller, just like DJI sold the Spark drone back then.
Mavic Mini 2: Release Date
The fact that the well-informed DJI-leaker OsitaLV has also already teased the Mavic Mini 2 suggests that the new model is not too far off.
But whether we will actually see the Mavic Mini in the second generation in 2020 is still hard to imagine at the moment. On the other hand, only DJI knows its own figures, and the Mavic Mini (1st Gen), with its low entry price, is sure to have sold well last year at Christmas time.