DJI MINI 2 REVIEW: TINY DANCER | All About DJI MINI 2 Drone
Today we talk about latest drone that is dji mini 2 tiny dancer. It looks the same, but it flies and shoots much better. When the first mavic mini was introduced. It was clearly created with one purpose, make a drone with an adequate camera that weighs under 250 grams. That number is the key spec, because anything under it still doesnt require faa registration. The new dji mini 2 hits that same sub 250 g target, but with fewer compromises than the first mini, where the original was mostly targeting people who were thinking about making that first step into the drone world. The dji mini 2 aims to satisfy not only beginners but also experienced drone pilots photographers and videographers. As someone who spends a lot of his free time, traversing the city with a camera taking photos, i usually end up carrying more gear than i really need. It can become a tough call deciding if its worth bringing my drone with me when it is. I usually grab my dji mavic 2 pro. It is still a very portable drone, but paired with two extra batteries and a controller, it becomes a little hard to carry for hours on end. This is where the 450 dji mini 2 comes in its light, in fact its tiny and though it obviously has a worse camera than djis bigger drones, its still a very good camera. I underestimated the mini 2 at first, but i soon discovered a ton of little improvements that made this new 449 drop a perfect package for a content creator on the go.
These are the good and bad stuff in this drone good stuff occasion. Yes, ocusync is a big deal for this drone portability, bad stuff, small image, sensor, no color profile options, lackluster 2x zoom flying the dji mini 2, but the dji mini 2 is the exact same size and weight as its predecessor. So it wont require registration with the faa and, according to the newly updated drone laws, sub 250g drones wont be subjected to broadcasting the pilots and drones location. The mini 2 also comes with a new larger controller, the same controller that was introduced with the mavic air 2. The phone now sits on top of the controller and its way easier to use, unlike before you, dont have to be worried. If you have a case on your phone either besides the improved camera, the most notable new addition on the dji mini 2 is ocusync. It provides a solid and reliable link compared to the old wi fi connection on the original mini ocusync operates on radio frequencies and already proved its worth in other dji drones. Its low latency can transmit 1080p or 720p video previews to your phone and in ideal conditions, can provide ridiculous range. It is single handedly, the biggest upgrade between the original mavic mini and the mini 2, and it makes flying this drone so much easier and enjoyable. Another thing that makes it more enjoyable to fly are the stronger motors. It makes the drone able to sustain high winds on par with some of the more powerful dji drones like the mavic, 2 pro and zoom.
At no point during my testing was i ever worried about losing control Music. Also, smaller drones are just way more fun to fly, and this one actually doesnt sound too loud. Smaller drones tend to have a very high pitched noise, but you dont get that with the mini 2 until you fly it in speedy sport mode. What you wont find on this drone are obstacle avoidance sensors. So you do need to be very careful about how you fly, but despite not having any sensors, i actually felt more adventurous with the mini. It is so small you can easily squeeze it through tighter spaces. I found myself trying things that i normally wouldnt try with a heavier and more expensive drone. The downside of not having any sensors is that it also means you wont, find a lot of the automated pre programmed flight modes. The autonomous active track mode isnt here. Nor can you create hyperlapses in order to fly the mini 2 youll have to use djis fly app its basically a stripped down version of the dji fly 4 app intended for more advanced drones. It has all the essential features that you need, including gimbal calibration, which im only pointing out, because i had to use it more than once without calibrating every few flights. The horizon would look slanted, which i found annoying. Also this is minor but its something. I really appreciated the app doesnt auto pause, your music or podcasts, so you can keep listening to your jams while flying.
I dont know why that isnt the case on other apps, but its been bothering me for so long now and im glad dji addressed it here. Im also a big fan of the charging hub, which you can buy separately for an additional ‘. It fits up to three batteries and charges them one by one, starting with the least drain battery. Usually, when i bring my mavic 2 pro hiking or traveling, i rely on about three batteries per day of film and i try really hard to maximize all of those batteries by carefully planning my flights, because chances are, i wont, find a wall outlet to top them Off, nor do i have the optional 80 car charger. The charging hub, which was available for the original mavic mini, also has a usbc port. That means you can easily power it with an external battery pack in your backpack and have it charge your drones batteries as you move from one location to another photos on the dji mini 2. The camera still has the same small one. 2.3 inch 12 mp sensor as the original mini, but it produces much nicer photos than before. Jpgs that you get right off. The drone are fantastic and you can enhance them within the dji. It applies some subtle adjustments to the overall contrast of the image lifts, shadows and adds a bit of life to overall colors. I appreciate how subtle and effective these adjustments are. Photos look sharp and they hold a good level of detail and contrast up to 1600 iso.
Above that things start breaking down a bit, images start looking muddy and lose definition and color. You rarely shoot past that number anyway, and i think that everything up to 800 iso actually looks very good. The noise handling has been getting better on all dji drones, and the mini 2 is no exception. Most drone pilots are looking to capture stunning landscapes or cityscapes, with a clean punchy and vibrant look, and the downside of smaller sensors is that they make noise more pronounced. One extra benefit from more powerful motors is that the drone is more stable in the air, so you could allow yourself to slow down your shutter speed and load the iso for even better results. One thing you should keep in mind is where you want to show your photos and in which format and size personally, i probably wouldnt, make large prints out of most of these photos, but i post almost all of them on my instagram grid and if youre still Not satisfied with the jpgs, you can always edit the raw files separately and see how far you can push it in post. But in my past few weeks, with the mini 2, i rarely even bothered with doing a lot of post processing of my raws. I am usually very happy with what i get directly from the drone and can apply minor edits myself, if needed. Its also part of the reason why this is a perfect drone for almost everyone, usually when i take out the mavic 2 pro.
I worry about nd filters polarizers and i try to keep the aperture that sharpest, f, 5. 6. F, 8 range, but with the mini 2. My approach changes entirely its almost like going from a fully manual slr to a point and shoot camera. I basically just leave everything on auto without being too precious about the technical side of things. Trusting that everything i get will actually be quite good. Its a nice change of pace to my overall approach that i wasnt expecting when i started my review thanks for watching. Please subscribe.