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DJI MINI 2 - REVIEW AFTER 2 MONTHS

In June 2021, one of my friends had a DJI Mavic Air 2 and he was kind enough to let me fly it around the beach. I had no prior experience flying any drones at the time and I managed to pick up the controls after a few minutes of flying. From then on I knew I was hooked and that I had to get my hands on one of the DJI drones! A month went by researching and considering whether I should invest in one I decided to take the plunge and I bought a DJI Mini 2 in July 2021. I purchased it for £521.55 and it was well within my budget. It had all the right features that I needed to get started.







What's in the Box

I purchased the Fly More Combo mainly because of the additional batteries. I found that on average, my flight time for each battery was around 25 minutes and if you ask me that's a long time to be up in the air. If you plan on going on long trips it's essential to have spare batteries as a backup. The additional propellers was a good addition to the bundle just in case you need to replace them and the carry bag was an added bonus although I never really got to use it. All in all, you definitely save more with the Fly More Combo.














Size

I've taken this thing literally everywhere because it's perfect for hiking and backpacking. What I love the most about this drone is how compact and easy it is to fit into a side pocket in my bag. The drone is foldable and you can see how it compares to my Sennheiser Headphones. It's tiny! I can actually carry this thing in my pocket if I wanted to. It does come with a strap so the propellers tuck away neatly and a gimbal protector to prevent any damage.










Set Up

The DJI Mini 2 is actually pretty easy to set up. You will need to do a one time download of the DJI app on your phone and connect your phone to the DJI controller. Ensure the firmware is up to date before flying. A quick note to add is that you will not be able to fly this drone without a phone. I was on a trip last week to Lake District and it was a pretty wet trip. It had been raining for 2 days straight and unfortunately, I ended up breaking my phone whilst on a hike. Sad to say that it had suffered from water damage so I couldn't fly this drone at all! Luckily the drone didn't get wet! Also, I would not fly this drone in the rain anyway because in my opinion electronics and water just don't go well together unless they're built for that sort of thing.






Ease of Use

The drone itself is actually really easy to fly as it only took me a good couple of minutes before I got used to the controls. I would recommend flying on an open field on your first flight and stay clear of any obstacles like trees and buildings. One of the features I love about this drone is that I can hand launch it and hand catch it. So when I'm hiking and the terrain is pretty rugged I can still fly this drone without having to think about where I'm going to take off from.


I think DJI has done really well with this drone especially with the return to home feature. There have been instances where I have flown it out of sight and lost connection and the return to home function kicked in. The return to home function is probably my favourite feature. It uses GPS data to safely return the drone back to where you took off. It really is a lifesaver in my opinion.




Safety Features

DJI has a geofencing safety feature built into their software that prevents you from flying within restricted air space such as nearby airfields. You don't want to be a hazard to planes or helicopters in the area. I also took the CAA test to become a certified drone pilot to become better informed of the risk out there and prevent any accidents. I think this is a must thing to do so you know what to look out for to mitigate the risk of any accidents to other people when flying your drone. If you live in a big city like London it is pretty much impossible to fly anywhere without getting into a restricted flying zone.


Additional Costs

You will need to purchase a microSD card so I went for the 128GB Sandisk Micro SD card for £23 from Amazon. I also purchased a subscription to Adobe Premiere Pro 2021 for £19.97p/m to edit my videos. DJI does come with a video edition software built into the DJI app so you can edit on the go but if you want a little more freedom editing your clips then I would suggest Adobe Premiere Pro. I also purchased the DJI Care Refresh for an additional £45. I knew that this being my first drone there was a higher risk of crashing into something so I decided to buy this as a safety net. The only thing that I disliked about the DJI care Refresh is that the initial payment only gets you into the insurance scheme that DJI offers. If you actually want them to fix your drone you will have to pay additional money


Here is my first cinematic video using the DJI Mini 2:










Verdict

I think the DJI Mini 2 is an excellent drone to get started with if you want to get nice aerial footage when you are travelling. It records 4k videos and takes high resolution still images if you just want to take photos. My main purpose for buying this drone is to make cinematic 4k videos for my Youtube channel and Instagram post and it does just that.

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