Should you BUY the £270 DJI Drone? | DJI Mini SE vs Mini 2
Can it handle much of the same workload of the mini 2? Can stay tuned as well, because later on were going to be taking a look at who this little drone is for as the market leader in so many ways. Dji makes some great drones, although going by recent releases like the mavic 3, you will need to dig deep in your pockets to afford one. Other manufacturers, like autel, now offer small sub 250 gram drones, but there too, the prices are pretty steep and although drones like the nano plus are packed full of tech, it does mean that the entry level price for camera drones is going up, so the dji mini Se, however, takes this trend in the opposite direction: starting life as a market specific only release the demand for the cheapest mini drone to date has become strong enough now that the drone is available here in the uk on the dji website and local retailers. Finally, so we thought it was good timing to take a look at what 270 pounds gets you and just how capable this drone is since its launch, the dji mini 2 has been hugely popular and very quickly became the go to drone. For so many people, 4k. Footage improved wind stability and occusync 2.0 connection gave what is a sub 500 pound or dollar drone their foundation to become one of the most popular consumer drones ever made. For this reason well be comparing the dji mini se to the mini 2.
For the purposes of this video, the dji mini se is really something of an enigma within the dji range, and not only to us consumers, but it seems also to dji themselves when the drone was first spotted across different global markets for sale. Even dji release statements stated that the drone was not intended to be a main release, and indeed it never had a build, update or any kind of fanfare whatsoever. The drone itself is a bit of a mashing together of parts and tech from the other two mini drones and is often described as a mavic mini on the inside, with the improved mini 2 externals on the outside, with better wind resistance, etc. However, this is wrong and the official specs from dji give some surprising information well come on to that next, but first up lets take a look at the dji mini sc, okay and, as you can see here with the mini se and the mini 2 next to Each other we are looking at very, very similar drones, really when youre looking at it. Some of the only differences are the actual writing on the arms there mini 2 and mini sc and the little circle that exists. A little silver circle that exists around the mini 2 camera denoting the 4k capabilities, but otherwise, in terms of the external look, its certainly things look very, very similar. All the way down to those motors, the se, does enjoy the same high quality build as the mini 2.
As you can see here, its all very, very solid theyve kept with the the solid arms again, they havent reverted to the mini one, which had a little bits of foam inside the arms here to help with weight, but never really felt like they were a quality Product from that point of view, and again, unlike the mini that had the stickers, these little vents here are actually vents. That will help with the cooling same story at the back here with the usbc connector. Obviously the mini one has the micro connector, which is always a little bit: frustrating okay, so thats the thats, the drones themselves. Now the next key difference is really here in hardware terms is actually these little babies, the controllers and just as weve obviously got used to this controller with everything from the mini 2 to the air 2 air 2s and mavic 3. You know it is a chunky controller. I wasnt sure about it when it first came out, but i have to say i am now a confirmed fan of this um, so weve got used to this and obviously the the phone will sit inside here connects very easily and the occusync connectivity is really really Reliable im, a big fan of this controller, i have to say even just the sort of the grippy nature of the back panel here as well. Now, with the mini se, you are effectively downgrading yourself as well, in terms of the controller going back to the old format that isnt necessarily a big issue.
From the point of view that this is a very simple just have the gimbal control record and the the other function button um and it has the return, all important return to home button and, of course, power. But beyond that there isnt anything really to this and its obviously a basic wi fi controller. It is really starting to show its age in terms of design, but there is something simple about it: it is very usable, it is very reliable and it does sort of bring back memories of some older drones, like the mavic air and previous to that it does Fit in the hands very well, it is very simple, its very small. So when you fold it up, you can just stick it in a bag and take it. I mean the new controller to be fair, isnt, that much bigger in terms of being able to fit inside your bag and that type of thing the sticks come off and we go into the little sockets as well. So both controllers really do travel pretty easily and integrate with your phone and tablet next up, and we should take a look at a comparison between the key specs of all the dji mini drones, which i feel will start to identify the differences and help you decide Which of the drones might be for you? A lot of the stats are very similar in headline terms. All three of the mini drones are sub 250 grams, but here are the top five differences in spec that you will care about one: the mini 2 exterior, the mini se, is placed within the mini 2 case.
It also shares some circuitry, the same motors and props. You would think this gives you the same wind resistance as the mini 2, but thats not exactly correct to speed and maneuverability. The mini se is actually much closer to the original mavic mini than the mini 2 when it comes to specs. That will help you in flight. As you can see here, the max speeds, in terms of things like ascent, descent and overall speed, are the same as the original mini, so youre not going to get any particular benefit here and the mini 2 specs are pretty dominant 3. wind speed resistance. This is something that has been talked about so much. The mini se has the motors and body of the mini 2 and therefore the wind resistance too again that is correct. But when you dive deep down into the specs it isnt as impressive, quite as impressive as you might think, the original mini was rated as scale 4 in terms of wind resistance, meaning it could withstand a wind speed of around 8 meters. A second. So just shy of 18 miles per hour. The mini se does have an uplifted scale, 5 rating for wind, but this is dealt with on a sliding scale, this time of 8.5 to 10.5 meters a second, so the baseline is not much of an improvement over the original mini with a potential uplift of two Meters, a second number, four, the transmission power in the mini se is the exact same model, numbers and strengths as the original mini.
This means you have wi fi connection between you and the drone, not the enhanced version. We all know as ocusync which the mini 2 has the 2.0 version of. This is fine for most visual line of sight flights for such a small drone, but be aware of interference. One reason many people will purchase the mini se here in the uk is the fact that it is a sub 250 grand drone and can be flown in town centers, without separation to uninvolved people and even flown over people. Now, if youve ever had the issue of walking to the other side of your house and noticing your phones, wi fi internet is a little slower or when you leave your house and your home wi fi signal is clinging on. This is similar to the type of connection the se has with the controller, so the more wi fi and signal interference in an area so like a town or city center, the more chance you could get disconnections or video breakup number five camera capabilities. This is the first and arguably main section of real difference. Although the sensor size and effective mp size is the same, and the field of view is 83 degrees across the board. It is the resolutions and photo modes that create true difference between the mini sc and the mini 2.. The se enjoys the same restrictions as the original mini with maximum video resolution of 2.7 k and no raw on stills.
So, with those key specification differences, you are left with an entry level drone that can gain you, some great footage for personal use. Who does this mean the se is for well just before we talk about that. Let me know in the comments below what you think of this little drone. Did you buy a mini if so, which one and let me know what you like about it and what would make you upgrade to a new mini drone with that mini 3 somewhere around the corner? So if a family trips out or for holidays, capturing footage or the interesting places you are visiting, etc, the dji mini se is a good little drone. The 1080p and 2.7 k footage will give you perfectly decent footage. It is a cheap drone and although you dont want to lose a couple hundred pounds at any time, if youre going to have an occasional drone, go wrong or crash or fly away, then you do not want to invest too much in the equipment and this little Drone can certainly get the job done for you how about the next level up from the occasional user, so the so called hobbyist. Well, if youre looking for an affordable route into the camera drone hobby, the mini se at 270, pounds for the base kit is decent. It will give you a good entry point with enough spec to get some great footage. However, if you are flying a lot – and you want to capture that footage in full 4k, then you might need to look at saving the extra money to get yourself a mini 2 at around 400 pounds upwards, depending on the package.
This is very important, especially if you think youll stick with the sub 150 gram drones, because, although the mini 2 is a nice upgrade purchasing an se first might end up being a little redundant, as it only keeps you happy for a few short months. However, if you think your next drone after this starter unit will be something more substantial like the air, 2s autel light, plus or even the mavic 3 etc, then this is a great starter place, because the financial cost of errors and crashes will be much lower. Youve. Also got a small drone in your camera kit as well for the future professionally. I do not see much use for the mini se. Perhaps if you are looking to get some simple shots or basic footage for a client, but really the level of data capture on this drone is just too low. The mini 2, however, is used by many people in the uk to earn themselves an income from so is this little mini se drone any good? Is it worth it? When i look around at what else you can purchase in the camera drone market for the same price 270 pounds taking into consideration that the mini platform is just so solid tested and trusted and reliable, then, yes, i think the drone is very much worth the 270 Pound price tag here in the uk, you might outgrow it pretty quickly and need to move on to something more expensive, but it offers a cheap way to break into the hobby and make some mistakes with.