DJI Mini 4 Pro review – is it even worth buying a heavier drone any more?

The powerful compact camera drone extends the case against going heavy, but are the improvements enough?

5 Star Rating
DJI Mini 4 Pro
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Digital Camera World Verdict

I gave the Mini 3 Pro five stars and, a year on, this is better. Perhaps not so much better that you'd want to upgrade from that drone, but still an amazing achievement that seriously questions whether it's worth going bigger and heavier. If your pockets are deep enough, it meets all its promises and more.

Pros

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    RAW Stills and 10-Bit video

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    Mechanical camera rotation

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    Still under 250g limit

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    All-round collision

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    Low-light sensors and light

Cons

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    Camera spec hasn't moved on

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    Price is prohibitive

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    Smart tracking can still be fooled!

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The Mini 4 Pro is a refinement rather than an out-and-out replacement of the already popular Mini 3 Pro model. In that generation, DJI made plain that the world’s most successful drone company thought it possible to offer three distinct tiers in the ultralight (below 250g) category. 

The generational number doesn’t change at the same time but it isn't a surprise that it's the Pro that advances first. So how can what is (or at least should be) DJI's best option under 250g be kept ahead of the pack? The drone powerhouse has decided that it's the software and AI, rather than the camera sensor, which is worthy of attention. That's certainly something which chimes with not just the wider drone industry, but the world in general.

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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