DJI MINI 2 | First-time "Pro" Drone / DJI Owner Review (Please Be Gentle 😅!)
and at this point what has and hasn’t been said about this drone or quadcopter has pretty much been said by its. I don’t know 10 billion owners out there, but this is my first professional drone and this is a video review of not just a first time owner moi, but also a dji customer prior to this purchase. I cross shop between xiaomi’s, very impressive, femi, x8 2020 and also the pretty sweet parade with its upward firing, camera ability, but ultimately i settled on the mini 2.. So why did i choose this over the rest and months later? Do i have buyer’s remorse and think this is like a glorified toy that was a waste of money or do i think this is like the best drone purchase of all time if you’re curious, let’s find out after these messages. So i just realized it’s been months since we’ve done any kind of outdoor close up segments like this one it’s, a nice change of pace when the studio and the weather is warming up. So why not right let’s talk about specs. First, this thing is priced at 450 dollars just for the mini 2 alone. If you fork up 590 dollars, you get the fly more kit, which is really what you see on the left here. For the most part, you get two extra batteries and a charger or multi charger, and this thing, along with the batteries, is worth the entry price of the fly market.
In my opinion, uh. This really adds to the flight experience overall over the one single battery. That comes with this thing: you also get a water resistant, carry bag and some other accessories which we’ll look at in a second. But i want to point out that this thing is tiny. I’Ll tell you what at 13 centimeters by 6 by 8. I think this thing is really small when you compare this with my pixel 2 xl. This thing look at that it’s smaller than even my phone, so it’s pretty darn impressive, but to some of you out there it might seem like you’re not getting much to match that hefty entry price, and i get that. But in my opinion, the mini 2 is the epitome of purposeful miniaturization and why i say that is, for example, the weight is rated at 249 grams, therefore keeping it under the faa registration fee requirements, which is 250 grams and above you have to pay five bucks For three years, it’s only five bucks at the end of the day, but it’s a nice little plus uh. Now that being said on my scales, this thing is weighed at 238 grams, which is really pretty much the norm. Some other folks have weighted and it comes around the same with the battery on board, and i also have an nd filter and, if you’re careful with the accessories, you can definitely keep it under the 250 gram threshold and also the low weight plus a more efficient Battery and motors give you a marketed flight time of 31 minutes, which is really impressive for something.
This small actual flight time, though, is more like 25 before that incessant low battery warning, beep beckons or every time beckons me to bring it back as quick as possible. There’S also level 5 wind resistance, which means it will fly in winds up to 24 miles an hour which in of itself, is pretty impressive, but i’ve. Seen sean oz and dc rainmaker make this fly from 31 to 55 miles an hour wind and it still flew. Not stably and returned to home becomes disabled, but it impressively stayed up now, what’s not available on the mini 2 that the more expensive models have is all around object: detection. Sensors! You know so you don’t crash into stuff. This does right here, have downward vision, sensors, that aid with hovering and landing and maintaining itself in place, especially when you’re flying indoors. Now the dji also does have return to home. So when you combine this with this, really robust gps – and you have a good lock return to home – is really one of its best features, and it has a good amount of also built in flight and pre flight safety settings at your disposal, there’s also a 12 Megapixel, f, 2.8. Cmos camera. Let me take off the cover here, so you can better see it and it’s stabilized on a three axis gimbal one of the best in the business really. But the sensor is kind of small it’s, like a cell phone, really one inch over 2.
3 one over 2.3 inch and it’s like the same sensor size as the mavic pro and the og mavic mini, but it stabilized on this gimbal and it’s really effective. We’Ll talk about the camera camera quality and show you some samples and features later on in the show. Now this new remote differs from the old one in a few important ways. It runs ocus 2.0, as we mentioned earlier, which means longer range and stable connection between you and the mini 2.. The antenna is right here at the top, so make sure you point it in the right orientation at a right angle as defined by dji, and you get maximum performance now. This is still wi. Fi let’s get that straight, like the og mini mavic mini, but now the remote can cycle between two frequencies, 2.4 and 5.8 gigahertz for to keep the signal as strong as possible. Now another difference is your connected. Device is mounted at the top, as opposed to below. Like before, i like this location, more it’s kind of like a heads up display it – the remote also comes with a larger internal battery pack, which kind of explains why this thing is much larger than the mini 2 itself. That means you can use this for a long time on the field and also charge your device at the same time, if you want to and speaking of which the connectors are interchangeable. So if you have an iphone with thunderbolt, you can swap this out.
This is a usbc one, so you can swap this out too. In case you have something else. Venting port is right here. This uh arm is extendable up to a certain size. I think one even your iphone 12 can fit in here with the case, but not tablets. They do have attachments for that. They can buy accessories to add tablets to it. The thumb wheel to control the gimbal is right here to pivot up and down, and here is the shutter button for the camera, slash video as well now over at the front here there are a couple of buttons that i really like this is the switch camera Modes – and this is a function button that you can quickly cycle your camera to point straight up a point straight down: uh in the android it’s non customizable, at least as of now, but iphone users get to customize this a couple of ways, i guess, and between These two quick buttons – we have the obvious the joysticks and these things are customizable in the app itself, what it does uh what they do and also you can switch orientation depending if your left brain right, brain or whatever and down below that. We have two very useful uh buttons next to the power button. Here is where you can switch between flight speeds, cinema normal mode as well as sport. Sport is the fastest normal is what is preset cinna if you want, you know like slow cinematic movements of your uh quadcopter or, if you’re just learning to fly.
I say switch to this one here’s a really useful button. You can press this, hold it down to turn on a return to home and also you can press it once to just pause it in midair, whatever it’s doing, if you tap this, it will pause it like an emergency. Stop – and here is the battery level led and down below. We have the usbc charging port and storage compartments for your joystick toggle switches right here, they’re really nice. If you want to pack this down, compactly now let’s take a closer look at the mini 2 and i’ll. Tell you what dji knows how to build even their cheapest quadcopter. Well, this thing has good quality plastics. The manufacturing is manufacturing lines. Are nice and tight a little bit hollow in the plastics at the top here towards the back of the battery compartment, but everything else is solid. The quality of the plastics is really really strong. I’Ve, crashed this a couple of times learning to fly it in the beginning, close to the ground, crashed against my house when the wind blew it too close to it and the legs would, you know, barely took a beating there’s, just mud stuck in it, but that’s About it, the place that got hit the most are the propellers, but these are the expendable stuff. So this thing is really really well built when you want to use it, you flip out the arms and you can hear the springs, how strong they are.
They just pop into place really reassuring feeling now up front here is an led light that i’m not sure why it’s there, you can change the color of it and it’s not super bright at all, even for night flying so i’m, not sure i think it’s more Of aesthetics and right here is just mesh grilles that are not sensors. It would be nice if there were sensors over the back of the mini 2. You find the usbc charging port right next to the micro sd card slot and right up here, you guessed, it is the battery compartment. You just have to pop open the door press, the tab on the battery slide, the old one out and pop the new one back in this thing takes up most of the weight of the entire unit itself, but once you have a new fresh battery pop it Back in and if you want to power it on or check the battery level, for that matter, just tap this once and you get the battery level. But if you want to power it on tap it once and then hold again, and then you see the boot up sequence, where the propellers twitch and then the gimbal starts to calibrate itself. Here is the status light too. It will blink different colors, depending on the status, if it’s trying to get gps lock, sync with your phone or whatever it is it’s really visible at night. I really like this, and i wish the front led was the same just as visible, so you didn’t have to buy accessory lights to keep it visible at night now.
This also serves the second function. If you have tap and hold this, it will do a little sync you’ll create this really loud noise, and then it will sync with your phone to do quick transfers. So if you have big files, you can transfer up to 20 megabytes per second files. With this quick, sync really really nice feature when you’re doing this on the fly without a laptop or something like that now there are a lot of venting ports all around so make sure you don’t fly this or land this or take off from really dusty areas Of sandy areas, and also, of course, be mindful of water now here are all the as we said earlier, the downward looking sensors for landing and hovering and such – and here is the much wanted – 3 axis, gimbal and we’ll. Look at how this thing performs later on. So here’s, what i’m going to do i’m going to do a light handed look at the dji fly app this time, mostly because there’s so much to cover here so it’s, going to be a surface level, look and maybe a second or third video to look at The deeper settings and parameters and the features and such but here’s the home screen and make sure by the way, to connect your phone and the remote first power these on once. These are paired, then turn on the quadcopter and then pair it that way, because that’s just safety 101 and once the quadcopter is locked on with your remote, you see the go, fly button come become active and you can tap that anytime on the bottom left here Or some icons we’ll check that on a second, i want to revisit some of these.
Now the go fly button you tap. That, and here is what the camera sees. So the interface itself is decent. If you know how to get around your your phone camera app, for example, like on the right here, switching between camera and photo a video and photo or changing resolutions or accessing your panorama mode and such like that and also down here, you can also access your Manual controls, if you’re used to doing this, then the fly app would be pretty close to home. But, to be honest, the most important things you have and need to know are really the safety functions and features pre flight post flight, what happens during emergencies and they usually show on the top left here either in a red message or orange if it’s just something A warning or such and so i’m going to show a clip right here where i live really close to an airport and i’m trying to fly, but it requests me to get an authorization first. So i have to check some boxes to acknowledge that i understand the rules and here where i fly, i think it has a 250 feet altitude zone and then once you get further out there, it is a no fly zone at all. So one thing cool about the app and the quadcopter itself is based on gps you’ll understand, if you, if i hit 251, for example, it will say nope, you can’t do that so, basically like you’re hitting a wall, so that’s really nice that it’s built in here.
If i go back out to the home screen, i can see on the restricted zone here. Uh on the map. It’Ll show me: it’ll pull up what’s what the flight path flight path is for the airport and what are the zones are? So it’s really convenient that you can check it out anytime let’s go back to go fly. The other thing that’s important to know and set is your return to home altitude. So you can access that in the settings here and under safety here’s the auto rth altitude right here and i set it to 226 only because there are some trees and i live on the hill. So you want to make sure that it’s set to the height higher than any the highest thing that’s around your house or wherever you’re flying um, the quick shots. I want to show you that real quick, but in this case i can’t do it because i’m flying but here’s where you access it, you can do circling droney and things like that on. The top right here is the battery level and right next to that is the remaining flight time, and next to that is the rc strength and the gps signal strength and the bottom left here. A couple of matrixes that are important to is speed as well as altitude, and if you tap the map icon, it brings up google maps. In this case, you can see your trajectory and all that kind of such you can swap between the screens.
Also, if you prefer that you can do that really quickly on the left in the middle here is the takeoff button, because this is on the ground right now. You can automatically hold this down and launch your quadcopter. You can also do this manually if you like, but once this is in flight from a specific distance from your home spot, you can. This will turn into return to home. So you can tap this or you can use a remote too. Now, one of probably one of my favorite functions, if i wanted to take a deeper dive into any of my individual flights, is really back here at the home screen now down here in profile, right where the it shows hours and distance and flights. If i tap more here, you can see all kinds of flights that you’ve taken just a historical data of everything. You’Ve done, and here let me pull this one up and you’ll play everything you did you did that day. Let me speed this up eight times and zoom in a little bit. You can turn on the joystick what you, what the joysticks were doing, it’s really fun to watch. You can turn on satellite mode as well. Here you can see that my quadcopter was doing a circle around an object, and here is really cool. You can check out your flight path and i really like this it’s kind of like when you go on an exercise and it does a fitness track.
This is his own version. By the way, there are two places where you can check out the pictures and videos that you capture here on the home screen with the album right here or you can go back into go fly and then down here in the play button. Under the record, you had can access the same thing now on the top right here. This, a thunderbolt or lightning symbol is where you can access a quick transfer mode, so you can. It will switch to your uh quadcopter for faster transfer like 20 megabytes per second. So that’s really nice to have as opposed to five megabytes per second. So if you want to quickly transfer your media, just do this uh or you can just take out your sd card that’s, probably the Music Music, quickest, Music, foreign Music, foreign Music Music. Here are my top favorite things about the mini 2 and the first one of all is that this thing is so much fun to fly. It’S such a flexible package, if you’re beginner it’s easy to pick up, learn the basics, get used to your local flight regulations, because what the drone does is it takes the stress out of the nuances of flight and allows you to learn the essentials and get used To them, and on the flip side, though, if you’re a more seasoned flyer, the stable platform gives you the opportunity to learn and master more advanced techniques, if you really want to and if you’re a videographer or a cameragrapher.
Is that even a word? But you know what i mean it allows you to get the shots that you want for the second one. I have three words for it pack and go because for the sheer compactness and smallness of this unit along with the remote it just gives you no excuse. Not to take it with you on any kind of trips or excursion, for example, if you caught the travel bug and just want to slip in your luggage, this thing doesn’t take up too much space or weight at all and then once you’re at your destination. Just sleep in your backpack or jacket pocket make sure it’s, large and well protect this. If you don’t have the fly more kit and it’s back or a dedicated bag. For this make sure you protect this, the gimbal, the propellers and just give it enough padding and you’re good to go. The other thing about the lightness too remember. This has 238 actual grams on the scale, with everything included the battery and everything gives you a lot of headroom to grow. So if you want to add accessories as long as you’re careful with the weight of the accessories, it gives you like the chance to install like nd filters like i have, or landing gear or strobe lights for nighttime flying. Another thing that is super impressive is its breadth of capabilities and abilities from the occasion 2.0 that allows you to fly further and more stably than ever before to no fly zone, protection and other safety features to win resistance and flight time and also to the camera.
This thing don’t forget it’s a cell phone sensor, 12 megapixel, but it performs way better than the specs suggest and my last two positives is related to why i ended up with the dji and not the other brands at the end of the day, and this might Be important to you first one is, if you want accessibility to gear and also third party accessories, it’s dji for the win, because if you go on amazon on ebay, if you’re looking for dji mini 2 stuff it’s there from all kinds of price ranges and availability, It’S there, if i had gone with this xiaomi, for example – and i was looking for spare parts – i might have to consider 3d printing – it or shipping it from some far all warehouse which would have been super inconvenient. The other plus two is just what happens after the fact of the purchase. Customer support, tech support, warranty, update cycle and the other thing that the dji just beats. The other brands is the strength of their forums. If you want to connect with people tap their knowledge base and also you know, find out the diys and faqs and such dji forums are just so abundant. Now let’s talk about the negatives and there aren’t that many by the way. So when the mini 2 first came out, people started noticing and complaining that there’s no auto track or follow me feature which would have been super nice, but some people rationalized and probably dji too, that, yes, we can track things from afar in quick shots, for example.
But because there’s no object avoidance sensors built in it’s a safety liability, but i just wish dji would chillax and just let us have it because, like xiaomi is brand new x8 mini has the follow me feature without all the pre requisite sensors that they’re talking about? So it’ll be super nice if they include it in the first place. So my hope is is that dji opens up the software to open source and third parties like lychee, can just pick it up and run with it and give us this feature. So, a few minutes ago i mentioned that the camera performs and produces results way better than the spec suggests, but at the end of the day i wish they had given us a better sensor, larger megapixels, just something more future proof rather than just recycling something from The first gen now my last negative, is a little bit more subjective, which is value for money. I find this a little bit too high and some of you may argue hold on aaron 450 for this kind of tech, that’s a really good proposition. But to that i counter this kind of technology from late 2020 to early 2021 should be cresting under 400. At this point, ‘9 dollars and below that would have made it a super awesome proposition for more folks, because right now i think you’re just paying for the brand. In fact, xiaomi’s brand new femi mini, which roughly has the same features, runs for 320, so dji it’s doable.
So maybe with the version 3.0, it might be able to do that. I can only wish so i think after doing this video, it warns me to do a second one, so that we can look more in depthly at all the features and capabilities of this honestly, impressive quadcopter. If you’d like to see it comment down below and let me know but in short, i love flying this thing, it’s such a joy to take it out each time and i find it a very stable and forgiving platform, especially for beginners. As long as you know, yours and its limits, and now that i’m getting more experience – and i mean this also for intermediate flyers now – that i’m getting more experience, i find it’s robust operational envelope wide enough for me to you, know safely, learn new lines of how To fly it and also you know, get better videos and pictures each time i take it out. It’S super awesome, so i definitely recommend the mini two. You should check it out if you’re wanting to get something brand new, but don’t want to invest in something too expensive. This is a great platform to start with, if you’re moving up from a simpler quad, this is a great upgrade or, if you like to travel a lot, this package and smallness of it just makes it perfect. If you like, to take it somewhere, go camping or hiking or whatever and explore things from the sky, it takes lots of pictures and videos.
This is perfect and have i said how much fun this thing is to fly. Oh, yes, it is, and so i want to give the dji mini 2 or tachyon industries mini 2, a gear up score of 8.5 out of 10, and this is how broke it down to get to the final score feel free to pause it and if you Have any questions about it feel free to comment down below? Well there you have it. Thank you so much for joining me today and please come back next friday, we’re going to be looking at the sound pete’s, t2 earbuds it’s going to be awesome and if you haven’t already please consider subscribing to this channel, because if you like to see more videos, Like this bigger production, more comparisons, just mash and kill the button down below tell your friends and family about it i’m trying to get a ten thousand subs too. Fifty thousand hundred you know how it works. So if you’d like to see my stuff grow, my channel grow just press the button down below turn on the bell notification. Thank you in advance for your help and, if you’re financially able to to visit my patreon page down here where you can buy me a cup of coffee or tea or something you can do the same with the brand new youtube applaud button down here. Right next to the video description and also remember thumbs up, if you like this video super important stuff and comment nicely down below and thumbs down thumbs down, this is a continuation of last week’s thumbs down segment because last week i talked about one of our hidden Easter eggs went missing in its place in his hiding spot.
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