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  • - Hello friends.

  • We just had a long hardware season behind us

  • and we tried to make as many videos for you

  • as we possibly could.

  • But there's one device that came out recently

  • that I haven't had a chance to review.

  • And I really wanna talk to you about.

  • It's DJI's Mini 2.

  • (intense music)

  • - Whoa, whoa, whoa.

  • That was kinda loud and obnoxious.

  • I just want some chill tunes right now.

  • (relaxed music)

  • Yeah, that's better.

  • So as someone who spends a lot of his free time

  • walking around the city with a camera,

  • taking photos, usually carrying more gear

  • than I really need,

  • I always have to ask myself if it's worth

  • bringing the drone out with me, too.

  • If that's the case, that means I've grabbed one of these,

  • the Mavic 2 Pro.

  • It is not a big drone.

  • It's actually really portable,

  • but when paired with two batteries and the controller,

  • it does become a kind of a heavier package,

  • and real talk, I'm getting to the point in my life

  • where I need to take better care of my back.

  • So this is where DJI's Mini 2 comes in.

  • It is light.

  • It is tiny.

  • And yeah, it obviously has a worse camera,

  • but it's still a very good camera.

  • I underestimated it at first,

  • but there are also a bunch of little improvements

  • that make this new $449 Mini 2,

  • a perfect package for a content creator

  • on the go like myself.

  • The original Mavic Mini,

  • it was clearly made with one purpose,

  • made a drone that has an adequate camera

  • and it weighs under 250 grams

  • so you don't have to register with the FAA.

  • It was mostly targeting people who were just thinking

  • about that making initial step into the drone world.

  • And the same idea applies to the Mini 2.

  • It looks nearly identical except the upgrades this year

  • will satisfy not only beginners,

  • but also experienced drone pilots,

  • photographers, and videographers.

  • The most notable new addition is the Ocusync 2,

  • which provides a solid, reliable connection

  • compared to the old extended wifi connection

  • that it was using.

  • Ocusync operates on radio frequencies,

  • and it's already proved its worth

  • with all the other DJI drones.

  • I think maybe Spark doesn't have it?

  • It's low latency.

  • It can transmit 1080p or 720p video previews to your phone.

  • And in ideal conditions,

  • it can provide ridiculous range of these drones,

  • which you shouldn't test.

  • The camera still has that small 1 through 2.3 inch

  • 12 megapixel sensor,

  • but it produces way better photos than before.

  • And maximum video resolution is 4k

  • at a hundred megabits per second,

  • up to 30 frames per second.

  • Aside from the camera improvements,

  • this drone also just flies better.

  • The motors are stronger and it can now sustain high winds.

  • at no point during my testing

  • was I ever worried about losing control,

  • but also at no point during my testing

  • I had a crazy windy today.

  • Also, smaller drones are just way more fun to fly.

  • And it doesn't actually sound that loud.

  • (drone humming)

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  • However, the Mini does not have

  • any obstacle avoiding sensors,

  • so you do need to be very careful

  • about how you fly it and where,

  • but even without those actually felt

  • more adventurous with the Mini.

  • It is so small that you could easily squeeze it

  • through tighter spaces.

  • And I just kept trying things that I normally wouldn't try

  • with a heavier and more expensive drone.

  • The lack of sensors also means you won't find

  • a lot of the automated pre-programmed flight modes,

  • stuff like Active Track.

  • And I can't say I miss them.

  • They are fun at first, but I rarely ever use them.

  • One thing I do miss is Hyperlapse.

  • Womp womp.

  • (gentle music)

  • Okay, so let's talk about the photos

  • and the video that you can get out of this camera.

  • Again, it is the tiny sensor,

  • a quarter of the size what you get

  • on the one-inch Mavic 2 Pro and half of what you get

  • on this year's Mavic Air 2.

  • So it is fair to be a bit skeptical,

  • but in reality the camera produces

  • some very nice results.

  • They're nothing revolutionary,

  • but for this camera I was genuinely surprised.

  • So when it comes to image noise,

  • photos up to around 800 ISO, they look really good.

  • They look sharp, they hold a good level of detail,

  • and the contrast is right,

  • up until 1600 ISO.

  • That's where it starts breaking down a bit.

  • And you see some degradation.

  • The image starts looking muddy.

  • It loses a little bit of definition and color.

  • You'll rarely shoot past that number anyways.

  • And I think that everything up to 800

  • actually looks really good.

  • If you're a drone pilot,

  • chances are you want pretty landscape or cityscape.

  • So you want that clean, punchy, vibrant look.

  • And noise can ruin that mystique.

  • One thing you'll need to consider,

  • where do you want to show your photos?

  • And in which format and size?

  • Personally I probably wouldn't print

  • the majority of these photos,

  • but I'd post almost all of them

  • on Instagram or social media.

  • Still, you can grab the RAW files.

  • You can try to bring down the highlights,

  • lift up the shadows,

  • but you will reveal a lot of the noise in there.

  • There's enough information for a cleaner edit,

  • but don't expect anything drastic.

  • So the next thing you need to look at is the dynamic range.

  • And for the most part it's holding up well.

  • Some lighting situations were obviously more challenging,

  • and you will start to see

  • some of the limitations of the camera.

  • This is a tough situation for any camera

  • without a dedicated HDR mode,

  • which you will not find here as well.

  • But there is this enhanced photo mode.

  • It is different from Mavic Air 2's Smart Photo mode,

  • which is based on AI and scene detection.

  • What enhanced photo modes does is just applies minor edits

  • to the photos in the app after the fact.

  • And it actually looks great.

  • There's a little bit of added contrast, sharpness, vibrance.

  • It pulls the highlights.

  • It enhances the blacks without clipping them.

  • It's all super subtle and not too different

  • from what I normally do when I start editing my photos.

  • It's also part of the reason why this is a perfect drone

  • for almost everyone.

  • Usually when I take out the Mavic 2 Pro

  • I worry about ND filters, polarizers.

  • I try to keep the aperture that sharp is 5.6, 8 range.

  • But with the Mini 2 my approach changes entirely.

  • I basically just leave everything on auto

  • without being too precious

  • about the technical side of things,

  • knowing that everything I get will actually be quite good.

  • It's a nice change of pace, and to my overall approach,

  • which I wasn't expecting when I started my review.

  • And since I already mentioned the app,

  • it's basically the simplified version of DJI Fly for app.

  • DJI has way too many apps, but whatever.

  • It has all the essential features,

  • including the gimbal calibration,

  • which I felt like I needed to use more than a few times.

  • It seems like my horizon

  • would just good skewed more than once.

  • Also this is minor, but it's something I really appreciated.

  • It doesn't auto pause your music or podcasts.

  • So you can keep listening to your jams while flying.

  • I don't know why this isn't the case with the other apps,

  • but it's been bothering me for so long.

  • And I'm so glad DJI thought of it here.

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  • At this point of the review,

  • you've seen a bunch of examples

  • of what the video capabilities of this drone are,

  • and you probably formed your opinion.

  • I think the footage looks great.

  • I did add a little bit of a saturation in certain colors,

  • overall some contrast, but for the most part,

  • I didn't touch it too much.

  • Daylight footage looks amazing.

  • Low light is a little bit of a different story,

  • but if you kinda lean into the shadows

  • and drop those down,

  • you will hide some of the noise.

  • Oh, one more thing.

  • The Mini 2 also has a 2x zoom.

  • DJI calls it lossless,

  • but it's just not that good.

  • It's a nice little bonus feature,

  • which could work in a pinch,

  • but I wouldn't rely on it too much.

  • Oh, and there's no CineLight color profile,

  • which usually gives you a little bit of more control

  • over the coloring process and extends the dynamic range.

  • DJI has an okay track record of bringing

  • useful software updates to its products.

  • Even the OG Mini received a massive upgrade last year,

  • which enabled things like the CineLight profile

  • and the ability to shoot RAW in addition to JPEGs.

  • I do sure hope that DJI keeps adding more features

  • to this one as well.

  • (gentle music)

  • Okay, now that we're past the technical part of the review,

  • I wanna go back to my original point.

  • Why this drone is the perfect choice for many users.

  • And a lot of it has to do with this thing,

  • the charging hub.

  • Usually when I bring my drone hiking or traveling

  • I rely on about three batteries per day of shooting.

  • The only way to charge the Mavic 2 Pro batteries

  • is either by finding a wall outlet or charging it in a car

  • if you have a car charger.

  • This hub, which isn't anything new, by the way,

  • it also has a USBC port,

  • meaning you can easily charge it

  • with an external battery pack,

  • throw it in your backpack and have it charge

  • as you move from one location to another.

  • It is one of many small changes that make this drone

  • a perfect package.

  • Ocusync, weight, size, stronger motors.

  • It strikes a near perfect balance

  • between price, mobility, and image quality.

  • But that last thing is really important to me.

  • And as much as I praised the improvements in image quality,

  • you still have to be aware of the limitations

  • of smaller sensors when it comes to

  • noise-to-pixel density ratio and stuff like that.

  • 90% of the time, this drone was great

  • for what I needed it to do,

  • but their were times, like during the sunset,

  • where I wish I had a better camera on me.

  • Again, this drone still gets so many things, right,

  • and is now finally capable

  • of satisfying a large variety of drone pilots.

  • As someone who initially ignored the Mini line,

  • I'm actually really excited to see what's next.

  • Hey everyone, thank you for watching.