DJI

Mini 2 Drone Quadcopter

Bottom Line

A lightweight, portable, and powerful drone that can fly for longer and does not require FAA registration.

Pros

The 4K camera is powerful and captures every feature while remaining stabilized to avoid blur. Comes with safety features like GPS that ensure users never lose their drone. FAA registration is not required. Has a large battery life.

Cons

Not the best color for JPG and video.

About the product

Get a bird’s eye view with DJI’s zippy Mini 2 drone

Small and nimble, it captures 4K video and 12-megapixel photos

It took only a few decades for drones to go from highly secretive military equipment to being used commercially and scientifically. Realizing the potential for private use, several drone manufacturers jumped at the chance to make drones for everyday people.

DJI is one of the companies that got an early foothold in the industry and is considered by some to be the most popular. While it has several professional photography drones, the DJI Mini 2 is a perfect gadget for someone just starting out.    

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Testing the DJI Mini 2 drone 

The only way to thoroughly test a drone is to take it outside and fly it. For this review, the BestReviews Testing Lab initially took the drone to an open field on a sunny afternoon with moderate wind. To compare different flying conditions and the drone’s handling, they also flew it in the evening with calmer winds and cooler temperatures. 

The BestReviews Testing Lab strives to investigate every claim the brand/manufacturer makes about the product. For this article, the tester compared the Mini 2 to their experience flying other DJI drones, such as the Mavic, the Phantom and the Spark.

What is the DJI Mini 2?

The DJI Mini 2 is a remote-controlled drone that weighs under 9 ounces. It has a 12-megapixel three-axis motorized gimbal camera for capturing still photos and can record 4K resolution videos at 30 frames per second. 

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DJI Mini 2 price and where to buy

The Mini 2 is available at Amazon for $449, and the Fly More bundle is $599.  

How to use the DJI Mini 2

The Mini 2 uses your mobile phone as the primary display for navigation. Included in the bundle is a sturdy remote controller, and your mobile phone clips into the top. Viewing the live camera feed on your device, you use the controller’s two joysticks to fly the drone in any direction. 

DJI Mini 2 benefits

The most significant feature of the drone is the high-quality visuals of the photos and videos. There is a dedicated button to take Quick Shot photos, which the testing team found super useful — especially for those who aren’t the most coordinated pilots. Quick Shot lets you focus on an object and take professional-level videos to share directly on social media. 

The drone is also equipped with a Geo Zone feature, which alerts you when approaching an area where flying is restricted or prohibited. The testing lab found this to be a beneficial feature, as knowing where you can and can’t fly drones is crucial. However, the alert noises and notifications are a bit jarring.

Another aspect of the Mini 2 that the team enjoyed is the drone’s compactness and durability. It weighs less than 9 ounces, yet it's rated to withstand up to level 5 wind resistance. That makes it the perfect drone to capture amazing images, no matter the weather.

DJI Mini 2 drawbacks

Having an open field to fly the drone is the best scenario, but that won’t always be the case. There will always be the risk of flying into trees or other obstacles, and with the Mini 2, you have to be especially careful. The drone doesn’t have any obstacle avoidance software, which the team felt could make people less inclined to fly it indoors.

Another drawback (although common in most photography drones) is the limited battery life of 31 minutes. It took the testing lab 28 minutes to fully drain the battery, with the lost 3 minutes attributed to moving around a lot in strong winds. However, there are additional battery packs for the Mini 2 to increase the time. 

The DJI Fly mobile app is the default medium for controlling the drone, but the testing team experienced random disconnections from the drone and sometimes crashed altogether.  

Should you get the DJI Mini 2?

The DJI Mini 2 is for someone interested in high-quality photography or videography and who wants to take their drone on the go. It's an excellent low-risk gadget to get acquainted with flying a drone.

The DJI Fly app isn’t the most intuitive, but it’s sufficient in getting the job done, which also makes it easy for beginners. 

Quality 4

The drone is durable and made from the same high-quality components as other DJI gadgets.

Performance 4

The drone is made for taking high-quality photos and videos, and the Quick Shot mode is amazing.

Accurate Product Claims 4

Although the battery lasted several minutes less than claimed, all other claims are accurate.

Ease of Setup 3

It’s not especially complex, but the setup takes about an hour as the batteries need charging and the firmware needs updating.

Appearance 4

Even at a smaller size than others, the Mini 2 looks great when airborne.

 

Brand:
Parrot
Model Name:
ANAFI
Special Feature:
Alcohol-Free
Age Range (Description):
Adult
Color:
Dark Grey
Video Capture Resolution:
4K UHD 2160p
Effective Still Resolution:
21 MP
Included Components:
1x Carry case, 1x ANAFI drone, 1x Skycontroller 3, 1x 16 GB microSD card, 1x USB-A / USB-C cable, 8x Additional propeller blades & screwdriver, 1x Smart battery
Item Weight:
1.56 Pounds
Video Capture Format:
MOV
Control Type:
Remote Control
Media Type:
HDD
Material:
PP
Wireless Communication Technology:
Wi-Fi
Battery Cell Composition:
Lithium Ion
Are Batteries Included:
Yes
Remote Control Included?:
Yes
Optical Sensor Technology:
CMOS
Rechargeable Battery Included:
Yes
Product Dimensions:
9.4"L x 6.9"W x 2.6"H
Item Weight:
1.56 pounds
ASIN:
B07D5R2JKL
Item model number:
PF728000
Batteries:
2 A batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews:
3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank:
#263,902 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games) #1,522 in Hobby RC Quadcopters & Multirotors
Is Discontinued By Manufacturer:
No
Date First Available:
June 6, 2018
Manufacturer:
Parrot