But the Chinese firm is now selling the 4K-capable Mini 2 on its website, so the final questions have been answered. If a launch event had been planned, it certainly didn't happen.
This is a sub-250g drone with a 3-axis gimbal holding a 12Mp camera which can shoot 4K video (up to 30fps) and photos in RAW.
Just these specs are enough to get drone fans excited, and not mind that the price has gone up.
DJI Mini 2 release date
You can buy a Mini 2 right now from DJI. Delivery times are 3-7 working days after the payment has been processed and there's a limit of one per customer at launch.
As ever, you'll also be able to buy one from DJI resellers including Heliguy in the UK where pre-orders are planned for delivery on 23 November.
DJI Mini 2 price
The basic kit costs £419/US$449/AU$749. That includes the drone, one battery and one pair of spare propellers. This is £50/US$50 more than the Mavic Mini cost.
And the Fly More combo costs £549/$599/AU$949 and includes an extra two batteries, a propeller guard (for storage), a two-way charging hub, an 18W charger and a shoulder bag to carry it all in.
DJI Mini 2 specifications
Here are the main specs:
- 4K30 video recording (up to 2x lossless digital zoom)
- 12Mp still photos with DNG/RAW option
- 3-axis gimbal
- Controller from Mavic Air (with Ocusync 2.0 and 10km range)
- 31-minute flight time
- Panorama, QuickShots, One-tap video
What it doesn't have is:
- Any obstacle avoidance
The first of those is likely more to do with weight than cost, and the second, which is a software feature that tracks a subject to keep it in the frame could be due to a lack of processing power or to avoid the Mini 2 cannibalising sales of DJI's more expensive drones.
A couple of notable new features include:
QuickTransfer: selected photos and videos will transfer to your phone at 20MB/s when the drone is close to your phone
Trimmed Download: Only transfer the portion of the video you need
Here are some more specs:
Size folded: 138×81×58 mm (L×W×H)
Size unfolded: 159×203×56 mm (L×W×H)
Size unfolded (with propellers): 245×289×56 mm (L×W×H)
Wind resistance: 8.5-10.5 m/s (29-38kph) (Scale 5)
Drone battery capacity: 2250mAh
Operating Frequency: 2.400-2.4835 GHz, 5.725-5.850 GHz
Transmitter power (2.4GHz): FCC ≤ 26 dBm; CE ≤ 20 dBm; SRRC ≤ 20 dBm
Transmitter power (5.8GHz): FCC ≤ 26 dBm; CE ≤ 14 dBm; SRRC ≤ 26 dBm
Max transmission distance: 10km (FCC), 6km (CE, SRRC, MIC)
Controller Battery capacity: 5200mAh
Camera sensor: 1/2.3” CMOS
Lens: 35 mm format equivalent: 24 mm; Aperture: f/2.8; Focus range: 1 m to ∞
ISO: 100-3200 (Auto + Manual)
Video resolutions: 4K: 3840×2160 @ 24/25/30fps; 2.7K: 2720×1530 @ 24/25/30fps; FHD: 1920×1080 @ 24/25/30/48/50/60fps
Max bitrate: 100Mbps
Video format: MP4 (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC）
QuickShot modes: Dronie, Helix, Rocket, Circle, Boomerang
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