The rumors were true, DJI is launching a new Mini 2 SE drone that offers a few upgrades over the company’s existing entry-level drone. Above all, DJI has equipped the Mini 2 SE with its in-house OcuSync 2.0 Transmission system, meaning the drone can now effectively fly more than twice as far as the original Mini SE. This model’s “Enhanced WiFi” system limited its range to up to 4 km. The new system should maintain a more stable video feed even at longer distances. However, the addition of OcuSync 2.0 may not be as valuable as the numbers suggest. Most jurisdictions require you to have line of sight with your drone, and with a UAV as small as the Mini 2 SE, you’re very likely to lose sight of it well before you get a chance to fly it 10km away.
Additionally, DJI says the Mini 2 SE can fly for 31 minutes on a single charge, a modest improvement over the previous model’s 30-minute maximum flight time. Aside from these changes, the Mini 2 SE is nearly identical to the model it will replace. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Like its predecessor, the Mini 2 SE weighs less than 249 grams, which means you don’t have to . The new drone also inherits the Mini SE’s aging but decent camera system. It comes with a three-axis gimbal and a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor capable of recording 2.7K video and 12MP still photos.
The DJI Mini 2 SE will cost $369 when it arrives next month. In addition to selling the drone individually, DJI is offering the Mini 2 SE as part of a “Fly More Combo” bundle that comes with extra batteries, spare propellers, and a carrying case for $519.
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