UPDATE 02/11: New leaks regarding the DJI Mini 2 have been recently revealed, with fresh information on the upcoming drone's specifications and release date. Apparently, the DJI Mini 2 will have 31 minutes of flight time and RAW image format support. Its 12MP camera will have an f/2.8 lens with an 83º field of view. Meanwhile, the camera will be able to use a top ISO of 3,200.
The DJI Mini 2 will be able to travel up to 10 kilometers and reach a maximum altitude of up to 4,000 meters. Leaks indicate that the price for the DJI Mavic Mini 2 will start at just under €500, which is equivalent to roughly $580 and £450. Rumor website Photo Rumors also reports that we'll be seeing an official announcement (opens in new tab) from DJI on 04 November.
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This update to the DJI Mavic Mini has had a few more details leaked recently, including pricing – and a change in name, dropping the Mavic moniker to be called simply the DJI Mini 2. Apparently, the DJI Mini 2 will cost just $449, according to a leak from Adorama. Meanwhile, the DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo will cost $599.
Other details include the rumor (opens in new tab) that the DJI Mini 2 will have a 2,250mAh battery, compared with the slightly better 2,400mAh battery that the original Mavic Mini had. It's possible that other upgrades (including, perhaps, the addition of 4K video) required the battery to be downgraded for either weight purposes (to keep the drone underneath the magic 250g limit that means that users don't have to register it), or cost-saving measures.
The DJI Mavic Mini was released around this time last year, so it's not surprising that we're beginning to hear rumblings regarding the DJI Mavic Mini 2. New rumors are pointing towards this diminutive drone featuring 4K video, which is an impressive step up from the original Mavic Mini's 2.7K video.
The updated DJI Mini 2 will also have a 12MP camera, so it seems that there won't be any significant upgrade from the original Mavic Mini's sensor. However, moving from 2.7K video to 4K video is a huge leap – and will likely prove to be very attractive to photographers or videographers in the market for a new drone. It could also mean that there are some attractive Mavic Black Friday deals (opens in new tab) in store, too.
As reported by (opens in new tab) Photo Rumors, the original DJI Mavic Mini (opens in new tab) was pretty revolutionary due to its incredibly light weight. Weighing in at just 249g, this tiny drone is one of the few video-centric drones that doesn't need to be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK, or the Federal Aviation Administration in the US.
Considering that registering a drone means having to pass a test and pay a nominal fee, skirting below the 250g limit means that the DJI Mavic Mini gives its users the freedom that all drone operators used to be able to enjoy.
With that in mind, we can't imagine that DJI will tip the DJI Mavic Mini 2 over the weight limit. However, combining 4K video with a featherlight weight will certainly make the DJI Mavic Mini 2 a formidable proposition in the drone world.
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