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DJI Mini 2 takes aerial 360 photos – specifications, comparison, and unboxing video (DJI Mavic Mini 2; updated Nov. 5, 2020)

DJI Mini 2 takes aerial 360 photos
DJI Mini 2 takes aerial 360 photos

DJI Mini 2 is a new entry-level drone that improves on the DJI Mavic Mini and can take aerial 360 photos, becoming one of the most affordable drones with 360 photo capability.  Here are its specifications, features, comparison with DjI Mavic Mini, and an unboxing video.

DJI Mini 2

Here’s the product video

DJI MAVIC MINI 2 SPECIFICATIONS and PRICE

  • Weight: less than 249 grams
  • Flight time: 31 minutes
  • Range: 10km with OcuSync 2.0 HD Video
  • Wind resistance: Level 5 (8.5 to 10.5 m/s)
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • Sensor size: 1/2.3 inch
  • Video resolution: 4K video 30fps
  • Photo resolution: 12mp
  • Other features: Panorama (including Sphere mode), Quickshots, One-Tap Videos
  • Price: $449 (Amazon or B&H Photo)
    or Fly More Combo $599 (Amazon or B&H Photo)*

*Thanks for using these affiliate links at no additional cost to you so I can do more tests and reviews.

DJI MAVIC MINI vs MAVIC MINI 2 DIFFERENCES

The key improvements compared to the Mavic Mini include:

  • higher resolution video: 4K instead of 2.7k
  • longer range: 10km instead of 4km
  • more powerful motor – with wind resistance up to 10.5 m/s (compared to level 4 wind resistance up to 8 m/s)
  • slightly longer flight duration 31 minutes instead of 30 minutes
  • built-in Sphere mode panorama

Aerial 360 photos: DJI Mini 2 vs Mavic Air 2

The DJI Mini 2 can take aerial 360 photos (Sphere panorama mode).  How does it compare to the Sphere mode of Mavic Air 2?  Mavic Air 2’s Sphere mode takes 360 photos at 8192 x 4096 (32mp).  However, it is also possible to take 360 photos at resolutions as high as 688 megapixels manually.  DJI has not yet revealed the resolution of DJI Mini 2’s Sphere mode, but the Mini 2’s non-360 photos are only up to 12 megapixels, with a similar field of view, therefore the Mini 2’s Sphere mode will not be as detailed as those of the Mavic Air 2.

Unboxing video

It appears that some stores inadvertently sold the DJI Mavic Mini 2 (which will be called simply Mini 2) before its official release.  Here is an unboxing video:

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  • I think an absolutely fantastic change is the new controller, which looks very much like (identical to?) the Air 2 controller (I can’t watch the video due to being on a terrible cellular connection now, but I was able to see pieces of it). That plus the other improvements make this a bit of a no-brainer purchase in that price range.

  • Although the drone’s construction protects the gimbal and camera by having its chassis cover the gimbal’s top, this is a limitation in making 360 photos, as the zenith is only a blurred color simulation. If I would have been DJI, I would have made the first 2cm of that cover detachable (superficially I would say “modular like lego”), so if you want to take a pano, you can take that down and enter a “on my risk” mode which allows the camera to rise and capture a real 180vfov. Like it is now, you are limited if there are buildings or other objects higher than the drone’s altitude around.