Whether you’ve been flying drones for years or have recently become interested in the power of drone photography, DJI has the drone for you. DJI drones are available in a variety of sizes, from commercial drones for topographic mapping to dedicated drones for entertainment videos. With the introduction of the new DJI Mavic Mini 2, DJI is offering its customers a higher quality drone for beginners that is capable of sticking to its own against the powerful, more bigger models.
But how good is the new Mini 2 compared to the original Mavic Mini? Both share the same small and light design, but differ significantly in terms of video and flight capabilities. We’ll take a look at the differences between the two Mavic Minis and why the Mini 2 is the winner. This is not just a DJI Mavic Mini 2 review but rather a comparison between the Mavic Mini and the Mavic Mini 2.
1. 4K videos
One of our main area that has been criticized was that the DJI Mavic Mini doesn’t shoot 4K video, instead it has a maximum resolution of 2.7K/30p. The Mini 2 fixes this with a remarkable 4K/30p mode that can record at 100Mbps.
By comparison, the Mavic Mini can only record at 40Mbps, so the Mini 2’s combination of resolution and bitrate should be a decent improvement in video quality, especially if you’re shooting for the big screen.
However, the DJI Mavic Air 2 takes it a step further with the combination of a larger 1/2-inch sensor and a transmission speed of 120 Mbit/s. The Mini 2 actually utilizes the same 1/2.3-inch sensor as the Mavic Mini, and we’re a little disappointed that the new model doesn’t have a 2.7K/60p mode yet.
But its 3-axis gimbal means you can expect great overall quality than many other entry-level drones and the additional resolution affords you 2X lossless zoom when recording in 1080p (or 4X zoom should you be ready to accept an image quality hit).
2. Flight distance
DJI uses various transmission systems for different models (that’s how drones and controllers communicate). Beginner drones typically use the enhanced Wi-Fi we saw on the DJI Mavic Mini. But thanks to the new controller, the Mini 2 surprisingly packs a more advanced proprietary system called Ocusync 2.0.
What does it mean? You can control and view the Mini 2’s video feed from a greater distance than the Mavic Mini. While the DJI Mavic Mini range is 4 km, its successor promises reliable HD video transmission at a distance of 6 km (in Europe) or 10 km in FCC-supporting countries such as the United States and Australia.
This is because Ocusync 2.0, which we also recently saw on the DJI Mavic Air 2, supports both the 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz bands and switches automatically between the two based on signal strength.
It should be noted that this distance is the maximum – in fact, in densely populated areas with a very competitive signal, you can get a distance between 3km and 6km. And according to the latest drone laws, you should always keep an eye on your drone.
3. Powerful Motors
We’ll have to wait to see how this affects the Mini 2, but DJI says it improves the motor compared to the Mavic Mini. This has some relatively favorable, but relatively minor effects on its flight perfromance.
Firstly, the Mini 2 has slightly faster acceleration than its big brother and manages to ascend 5 m/s in the fastest sport mode, compared to the Mavic Mini’s 4 m/s. The new drone also has a top speed of 16m/s compared to its predecessor’s 13m/s.
Importantly for a small drone that tends to go upwind, the Mini 2 can withstand slightly stronger winds at 24 miles per hour. While again this isn’t a major upgrade to the Mavic Mini and it’s fair to say that no drone is suitable for flying in a hurry.
However, the new engine also seems to have contributed to the Mini 2’s slightly longer flight time of 31 minutes, one minute longer than the Mavic Mini.
4. New remote control
The DJI Mavic Mini 2 arrives with a new remote control, similar to the Mavic Air 2 remote control. This new remote control not only has a longer battery life, but also has an ergonomic design that makes traction more comfortable. The integrated antenna and a clamp where you can attach your smartphone further enhance the user experience and make flying the Mavic Mini 2 a much smoother and enjoyable experience.
The Mavic Mini is the perfect entry-level drone due to its portability, ease of use, and impressive set of smart features. Thanks to this mini drone, creativity in the air is simplified.
The DJI Mini 2 combines performance and mobility in a small but powerful frame. With a safer flight experience, improved transmission stability, and better intelligence functions, the Mini 2 is superior to the Mavic Mini. With 4K/30fps video and OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology, the Mini 2 is the obvious choice for everyday pilots with drones. Get your drone and every other item at a discounted price during the Banggood summer prime sale which will begin on June 21st and end July 10th. Banggood is the global leading online shop; passion shopping on Banggood.