Music, whoa whoa, oh that was kind of loud and obnoxious. I just want some chill tunes right now: Music, yeah that’s, better. So as someone who spends a lot of his free time, walking around the city with a camera taking photos usually carrying more gear that i really need, i always have to ask myself if it’s worth bringing the drone out with me too. If that’s the case. That means i’ll grab one of these, the mavic 2 pro. It is not a big drone, it’s actually really portable, but when paired with two batteries and the controller, it does become a kind of a heavier package and real talk. I’M. Getting to that point in my life, where i need to take better care of my back, so this is where dji’s mini 2 comes in. It is light. It is tiny and yeah. It obviously has a worse camera, but it’s still a very good camera. I underestimated it at first, but there are also a bunch of little improvements that make this new. 449 dollar mini 2. A perfect package for a content creator on the go like myself, the original mavic mini. It was clearly made with one purpose, made a drone that has an adequate camera and it weighs under 250 grams, so you don’t have to register with the faa. It was mostly targeting people who were just thinking about that making initial step into the drone world, and the same idea applies to the mini too.

It looks nearly identical, except the upgrades this year will satisfy not only beginners but also experienced drone pilots photographers and videographers. The most notable new addition is the ocusync 2, which provides a solid, reliable connection compared to the old, extended wi fi connection that it was using. Ocusync operates on radio frequencies and it’s already proved its worth with all the other dji drones, i think, maybe spark doesn’t have it it’s low latency. It can transmit 1080p or 720p video previous to your phone and in ideal conditions. It can provide ridiculous range of these drones, which you shouldn’t test. The camera still has that small one through 2.3 inch 12 megapixel sensor, but it produces way better photos than before, and maximum video resolution is 4k at 100 megabits per second up to 30 frames per. Second, aside from the camera improvements, this drone also just flies better. The motors are stronger and it can now sustain high winds. At no point during my testing was i ever worried about losing control, but also at no point during my testing, i had a crazy windy day. Also, smaller drones are just way more fun to fly, and it doesn’t actually sound that loud. However, the mini does not have any obstacle avoidance sensors, so you do need to be very careful about how you fly it and where, but even without those, i actually felt more adventurous with the mini. It is so small you can easily squeeze it through tighter spaces, and i just kept trying things that i normally wouldn’t try with a heavier and more expensive drone.

The lack of sensors also means you won’t find a lot of the automated pre programmed flight modes stuff like active track, and i can’t say i miss them. They are fun at first, but i rarely ever use them. One thing i do miss is hyperlapse womp. Okay, so let’s talk about the photos in the video that you get out of this camera again, it is the tiny sensor, a quarter of the size, what you get on the one inch mavic 2 pro and half of what you get on this year’s mavic air 2., so it is fair to be a bit skeptical, but in reality the camera produces. Some very nice results, they’re nothing revolutionary, but for this camera i was genuinely surprised. So when it comes to image noise photos up to around 800 iso, they look really good. They look sharp, they hold a good level of detail and the concert is right up until 1600, iso that’s, where it starts breaking down a bit, and you see some degradation. The images start looking muddy. It loses a little bit definition and color you’ll rarely shoot past. That number anyways and i think that everything up to 800 actually looks really good. If you’re a drone pilot chances, are you want pretty landscape or cityscapes? You want that clean punchy, vibrant look and noise can ruin that mystique. One thing you’ll need to consider: where do you want to show your photos and in which format and size? Personally, i probably wouldn’t print the majority of these photos, but i’d post, almost all of them on instagram or social media? Still, you can grab the raw files.

You can try to bring down the highlights, lift up the shadows, but you will reveal a lot of the noise in there there’s enough information for a cleaner, edit, but don’t expect anything drastic. So the next thing you need to look at is the dynamic range and, for the most part, it’s pulling up well, some lighting situations were obviously more challenging and you will start to see some of the limitations of the camera. This is a tough situation for any camera without a dedicated hdr mode, which you will not find here as well. But there is this enhanced photo mode. It is different from mavic air 2’s smart photo mode which is based on ai and scene detection. What enhanced photo modes does is just applies minor, edits to the photos in the app after the fact, and it actually looks great there’s a little bit of added contrast, sharpness vibrance, it pulls the highlights. It enhances the blacks without clipping them. It’S all super subtle and not too different from what i normally do when i start editing. My photos it’s 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 polarizes. I try to keep the aperture that sharpest 5.68 range, but with the mini 2 my approach changes entirely. I basically just leave everything on auto without being too precious about the technical side of things.

Knowing that everything i get will actually be quite good. It’S, a nice change of pace and to my overall approach, which i wasn’t expecting when i started my review and since i already mentioned the app it’s, basically, the simplified version of the dji fly4 app dji has way too many apps, but whatever it has all the Essential features, including the gimbal calibration, which i felt like i needed to use more than a few times it seems like my horizon – would just get skewed more than once. Also this is minor but it’s, something i really appreciate it. It doesn’t auto pause your music or podcast, so you can keep listening to your jams while flying. I don’t know why this isn’t the case with the other apps but it’s been bothering me for so long and i’m. So glad dji thought of it here: Music Applause at this point of the review you’ve seen a bunch of examples of what the video capabilities of this drone are, and you probably form your opinion. I think the footage looks great. I did add a little bit of saturation in certain colors overall, some contrast, but for the most part i didn’t touch it too much daylight footage looks amazing. Low light is a little bit of a different story, but if you kind of lean into the shadows and drop those down, you will hide some of the noise. Oh one more thing: the mini 2 also has a 2x zoom dji calls it lossless, but it it’s.

Just not that good it’s, a nice little bonus feature which could work in a pinch, but i wouldn’t rely on too much oh and there’s, no cinelike color profile, which usually gives you a little bit more control over the coloring process and extends the dynamic range dj. Has an okay track record of bringing useful software updates to its products? Even the og mini received a massive upgrade last year, which enabled things like the cinelec profile and the ability to shoot raw. In addition to jpegs, i do sure hope the dji keeps adding more features to this one as well: Music, okay, now that we’re past the technical part of the review. I want to go back to my original point why this drone is the perfect choice for many users and a lot of it has to do with this thing. The charging hub. Usually, when i bring my drone, hiking or traveling, i rely on about three batteries per day of shooting the only way to charge the mavic 2 pro batteries is either by finding a wall outlet or charging it in a car. If you have a car charger this hub, which isn’t anything new by the way, it also has a usb c port, meaning you can easily charge it with an external battery pack, throw it in your backpack and have it charge as you move from one location to Another, it is one of many small changes that make this drone a perfect package.

Occusync weight size, stronger motors. It strikes a near perfect balance between price mobility and image quality, but that last thing is really important to me and as much as i praise the improvements and image quality, you still have to be aware: the limitations of smaller sensors when it comes to noise to Pixel density ratio and stuff, like that 90 of the time this drone was great for what i needed it to do, but there were times like during this sunset, where i wish i had a better camera on me again. This drone still gets so many things right and is now finally capable of satisfying a large variety of drone pilots. As someone who initially ignored the mini line i’m actually really excited to see what’s next, hey everyone. Thank you for watching. As you might have heard, last december, the former administration has placed dji to its entity list which potentially restricts trade with the us. Dji has been accused of providing drones for surveilling prison camps, and there are other security concerns we originally held. This video to see if there would be any new developments, but even with the new administration we’re still in a waiting game. Unlike huawei, though right now, you’re still able to buy dj drones in the us. We got stories on theverge.com.

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