At one point in time, using a drone was either cost prohibitive or didn’t offer the same quality as dedicated cameras. Then came DJI, who took over the drone market by providing not only affordability but also image quality. 

DJI’s Mini Series is the perfect entry-level for creatives looking to get into aerial videography or cinematography. 

Now, the DJI Mini 2 SE is here to upgrade the most affordable drone in this lineup. But is the new release offering enough to entice creatives? Perhaps. 

The Mini Upgrade

The original DJI Mini SE offered video recording options in 2.7K and HD resolutions via a 12MP 1/2.3” CMOS sensor. Creatives could also get HD video transmission from four kilometers away, which at the time was quite a distance. 

On the other hand, the DJI Mini 2 SE offers exactly the same things but increases the transmission range to 10 km by using the new(ish) DJI O2 Transmission technology. 

Creatives also seem to get QuickShots and Panorama features, as well as Level 5 wind resistance, which will keep your drone steady in wind speeds up to 10.7 m/s. 

DJI Mini 2 SEThe DJI Mini 2 SE is as entry level as it getsCredit: DJI

And… that’s about it from what we can tell. 

Just like its predecessor, the Mini 2 SE is a Sub-249 grams drone that is one of the most affordable, regulation-friendly aerial video and photo tools on the market. And it’s not trying to be anything else. For $369 for the standalone drone and $519 for a Fly More Combo, you can't really ask for much more. 

Here’s a quick recap of key features:

  • Sub-249 Grams
  • DJI O2 Transmission Tech for a 10 km video transmission range
  • 3-axis Gimbal
  • 12MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS Sensor
  • 2.7K and HD Video
  • Max Flight Time of 31-minute
  • One-tap takeoff and landing, stable hovering, and return to home features
  • QuickShots and Panorama Modes
  • Level 5 Wind Resistance: Stable up to 10.7 m/s wind speeds
  • Drone Only Price - $369
  • Fly More Combo Price - $519

Is This Drone For You?

If you’ve ever worked with a drone or already have one, the Mini 2 SE isn’t for you. This drone is for the hobbyist, those just getting started, or the creative who needs just a little aerial video in their workflow without breaking the bank. 

DJI Mini 2 SE KitA DJI Mini 2 SE KitCredit: DJI

That doesn’t mean you should ignore this release. Even veteran operators could have a lot of fun with this little drone, but only just fun. It won't meet the demands those types of creatives may have for even semi-professional work. That being said, it’s made specifically for those creatives looking to dip their toe into the practice. If you need anything beyond that, DJI has a bunch of options that are still affordable, like the DJI Mini 3 Pro

What do you think of this new release from DJI? Is this piquing your interest in aerial videography and photography? Let us know in the comments!

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