DJI launches Mini 2 SE, the new entry-level model in its drone portfolio

DJI’s Mini series of drones gets a new member this week with the new Mini 2 SE, a slightly updated version of the previous SE model, which was already something of a “rebranding” of the first Mini model, released in 2019. Basically, the new model doesn’t have much in the way of photo or video capabilities over the drone that turns four years old this year either, but it does get a few upgrades to its flight capabilities.

The Mini 2 SE is a minor upgrade from previous models in DJI’s drone lineup

Basically, the DJI Mini 2 SE replaces the previous Mini SE in the offering. It benefits from the same design that the Mini 1 and Mini 2 models have had in the past, with a compact body, foldable propellers and a three-axis stabilised camera, all in a 249-gram drone, the upper limit for flying with the fewest restrictions in the US and Europe.

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The camera is the same, equipped with a 1/2.3″ sensor that can shoot stills at 12 megapixels and video in 2.7K resolution at 30 frames per second. The Mini 1 and Mini 2 SE have the same capabilities here, while the 2020 Mini 2 has made the switch to 4K.

The two upgrades for the Mini 2 SE are quite small, thus. First, we get a small optimization in battery consumption, with the range increasing from 30 to 31 minutes. Then, the Enhanced Wi-Fi system, which allowed flying within a 4km range, has been replaced by the more advanced system on the DJI Mini 2, namely OcuSync 2.0. This will give the drone a stronger signal and allow it to fly up to 10km away.

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This won’t be very practical, as legally you’re only allowed to operate drones within visual range, and from a few hundred meters away such small objects are no longer visible.

The price is the same as the previous Mini SE model at $369 US. There’s also a “Fly More” package that includes two extra batteries, a three-battery charger, spare propeller, and a carry bag. That one costs $519 US.

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