DJI’s Mini 2 SE ultraportable drone takes to the skies •

by Ana Lopez

It’s been a few years since DJI first launched its Mavic Mini, and last year it brought out the Mini 3 Pro. It’s completely confusing why the current drone is called the Mini 2 SE, but at least it’s the latest flying creature in the hovering menagerie that is DJI’s lineup.

The drone has a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor that can take 12 mpx photos and record video at 2.8K. I’m not going to lie; that’s a curious choice of resolution for video and a rather odd sensor size. The 1/2.3-inch is used in compact mirrorless cameras, but most serious photographers tend to opt for larger sensors for heat dissipation and better depth of field options. DJI promises it all makes sense when your palm-sized flying camera is buzzing about capturing footage.

DJI Mini 2SE drone

DJI’s Mini 2SE is a capable little flying camera – at least on paper. Image credit: DJI

The camera is mounted on an advanced gimbal with a 3-axis mechanical stabilization system that promises smooth images even in gusty winds.

The drone is small. Fantastically small. And it weighs just 249 grams (8.8 ounces), and DJI claims it’s exempt from drone regulations in “many parts of the world.”

Aimed primarily at the entry-level market, DJI’s latest features one-tap take-off and landing, stable hovering, and a ‘return to home’ function to make flying easier. The drone supports HD video transmission up to 10 km (6.2 miles) and a maximum flight time of just over half an hour.

DJI’s Fly More combo includes extra batteries, charging cables, and spare rotor wings in case you’re not as good (or lucky) a pilot as you’d like. Image credit: DJI.

The drone itself is competitively priced, $369, and a “fly more combo” is available for $519, which includes extra batteries, spare rotors, and a few other goodies. The new quadcopter will be available from March 22.

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