DJI Mini 4K review – Is this finally a no-compromise beginner's drone?

DJI improves the offering for their beginner drone with 4K – is this the best value offering in the category?

5 Star Rating
DJI Mini 4K flying
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Even before being upgraded to 4K, the DJI's entry-level drone was an excellent choice because of the build quality. None of that has changed, but it is easier to recommend because there is no longer an obvious compromise on video resolution. This is a quality GPS drone with good software at a (fairly) sensible price.


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    Good quality 4K video output

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    On-screen tutorial is great for beginners

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    Manual mode & RAW

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    Cool 'Quickshots' with subject identification AI


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    Low dynamic range

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    No collision sensors – just landing sensor

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    As on all drones, battery time seem optimistic

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DJI are the biggest brand in consumer drones, but has held out against offering 4K video at the entry-level a bit longer than some – instead settling on three tiers in the 'ultralight' (below 250g) drone. The models change, but at the time of this launch, these are the entry-level Mini 2 SE, the Mini 3 which has a better camera, and the Mini 4 Pro which sports a lot of serious features and omni-directional collision sensors. The drone with 'SE' topped out at 2.7K resolution.

The new Mini 4K is not very different from the Mini 2 SE in terms of design; the airframe is the same and it takes the same batteries. If it wasn't for the name on the side it'd you'd probably not be able to tell the difference. Switch them on, however, and the Mini 4K has a good few more options in the camera resolution menu.

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Max Speed16 m/s / 35.8mph
Camera sensor1/2.3-inch
Field of view83˚ (24mm EFL)
Stills12MP / 4000 x 3000
Video resolution4K30fps / 2.7K60fps
Flight time31 min (DJI Lab)
Tested flight time20 mins
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FeaturesThe trimmed feature set is how DJI separate this drone from pricier choices; in terms of simplicity it can be an advantage, but will leave some wanting.★★★★☆
DesignMissing a star because it'd be nice to see some change, everything remains elegantly implemented.★★★★☆
PerformanceThis is a responsive drone with good range and a decent camera given the small image sensor.★★★★★
ValueDJI may have tightly controlled features, but they still represent great value given the unarguable quality of the complete system.★★★★★

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 like flightpath planning, all at a very accessible price. 


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 (great for social media), a bigger 1/1.3-inch sensor (improving low light), and of course still has 4K video – this time with HDR. Even further up the line the Mini 4 Pro has all this and collision sensors.

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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