DJI Mini 2 SE review: It's affordable, but does it do what you need? Quite possibly

The cheapest drone in the DJI range can still pull off some pro tricks – do you need to spend more?

DJI Mini 2 SE
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Looked at from the value end of the drone market, DJI are very much a premium product, so the fact you can get the core elements of their tech at an accessible price is remarkable. Other drones in this price category might offer to beat the 2.7K video, but the stable video, and carefully crafted software – including beginners tutorial – still feel like excellent value. The upgraded controller (over the original Mini SE) also solved my key concern, which is great!

Pros

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    Good quality drone for a good price

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    DJI's auto-processing looks good

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    On-screen tutorial great for beginners

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    Manial shutter/ISO options

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    JPEG+Raw option

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    Four cool 'QuickShots' for social

Cons

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    There is now 4K competition (*cough* Potensic Atom)

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    Claimed battery times seem optimistic

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    2.7K video is lower than many phones

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    No collision sensors (except landing)

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This drone, the successor to the Mini SE, has changed so little that it took us some time to get hold of it to do a full review. Instead, I added an update to my original review pointing out the significant difference that does exist – the all-new controller.

DJI Mini 2 SE Specs

Max speed: 16 m/s / 35.8mph
Weight: 246g
Camera sensor: 1/2.3-inch
Field of view: 83˚ (24mm EFL)
Stills: 12MP (4000 x 3000)
Video: 2.7K (2720 x 1530) at 30fps / 1080P at 60fps
Flight time: 31 min (DJI lab)
Tested flight time: 19 min (15% remaining)

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The Potensic Atom (as opposed to the Potensic Atom SE) is an excellent alternative to DJI's beginner drone. It boasts a 4K camera on 3-axis gimbal, has an innovative remote control, and the software even offers some more pro functionality, all at a very accessible price. 

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The DJI Mini 3 is the next model up the line from DJI and the fresher design offers better battery life, a rotating camera for vertical shooting, bigger 1/1.3-inch sensor, 4K video, but these improvements come at a cost (though a less significant one recently if you look around).

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 


Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 


He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook