DJI Mini 2 SE: The best cheap beginner drone of 2023?
DJI refreshes the current Mini SE by releasing the DJI Mini SE 2. The Mini 2 SE sits right behind the Mini 3 and could become the best low-cost entry-level drone.
The DJI Mini 2 SE, like all Mini models, is a lightweight drone that should become popular due to its low price. While the Mini SE 2 is the same as its predecessor in appearance and doesn’t change much inside either, there are some minor upgrades.
DJI Mini 2 SE upgrades
For example, the range of the drone has increased considerably and has gone from 4 km to 10 km. The flight time of the Mini 2 SE has increased by one minute: 31 minutes in total.
Thanks to the improved 02 transmission, which is not the latest DJI technology, the Mini 2 SE can now be used with the RC-N1 controller. This RC-N1 controller can already be used with almost all other DJI drones. Think of the DJI Mavic Air 2s, DJI Mini 3 and DJI Mavic 3 Classic.
DJI Mini 2 SE features
Most of the features correspond to the DJI Mini SE. That means that the drone weighs 249 grams, so you don’t need a pilot’s license and can fly in most places. Of course, the drone will also cost less than the DJI Mini 3 and Mini 3 Pro. This will make it a logical choice for novice pilots.
The Mini 2 SE again uses a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor that contains 12 megapixels. The camera is placed on a 3-axis gimbal, which ensures that all images captured are stable and without unwanted movements. In video mode, you can take images with a maximum resolution of 2.7K HD and 30fps. The photos are up to 12 megapixels in size.
Intelligent functions such as QuickShots and Panoramas are present and let you create beautiful images with just one tap. Return To Home, One Tap Landing and GPS location Hovering are also incorporated in the Mini 2 SE.
Good wind resistance
The Original DJI Mini sometimes struggled in the wind, but now you can still make stable images with the Mini 2 SE in Level 5 wind speeds (10.7 m/s).
Various DJI Mini 2 SE packages
In the standard package you get the DJI Mini 2 SE, Intelligent Flight Battery (31 min) and controller. Of course, there will also be a Fly More Combo, where you get extra batteries and a bag. The DJI Mini 2 SE will be available from March and will cost around £339. This is almost £100 more expensive than its predecessor, but is reasonably in line with current inflation.