Should you buy the DJI Mavic Mini 2?

DJI Mini 2
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Drones can be very expensive and DJI drones are no exception. If you're looking to bag a bargain then this could be the right time to be looking as Black Friday is around the corner and numerous retailers will be competing against each other to advertise the best deal.

As Black Friday is next month, it's the right time of year to be shopping for the best drones if you're looking to save big. The DJI Mavic Mini 2 may have been superseded by the Mavic Mini 3 Pro last year but that can be a positive as it means the price of the Mini 2 has dropped, with possible further discounts on the way. 

Mini drones and sub-250g drones have many appealing factors about the; they're easier to transport as they're lighter and smaller, they tend to be less expensive and they normally face fewer restrictions on them from regulators like the FFA and CAA (for the US and UK respectively).

You will also find that mini drones are often some of the best beginner drones on the market and when it's clear to see why when you check out some of the specs of the Mini 2. Smart features, 4k video and a 12MP sensor packed into a small, lightweight frame make it an appealing item. It may not be the newest model on the market, but there's definitely value in it and with Black Friday here soon, there could be more discounts on the way.

Is the DJI Mavic Mini 2 a good drone?

DJI Mini 2 size comparison

(Image credit: Tim Madge)

The DJI Mavic Mini 2 was a huge upgrade on the original Mavic Mini delivering 4K video for the first time in a 249g palm-size drone. The camera provides a full-frame equivalent focal length of 24mm with a fixed f/2.8 aperture and features a 1/2.3-inch 12MP sensor. This is capable of capturing photos in Raw and JPEG formats, while video can be captured at up to 4K at 30fps with up to a 4x digital zoom available.

Thanks to a folding design that takes the Mini 2 from 138 x 81 x 58mm folded to 159 x 203 x 56mm when unfolded, it’s incredibly portable. Flight times are advertised as being up to 31 minutes, although in real-world situations this sits closer to 22 minutes which is still respectable when you consider the small 5200 mAh batteries. Then there are three flight modes offering different speeds and control sensitivity for different situations.

DJI Mini 2 controller

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The safety features of the drone include GPS positioning and Return to Home, while Quickshots allow you to capture professional-looking video at the touch of a button. There are no collision avoidance sensors that stop the drone or reroute it around obstacles when they’re detected, so you have to fly with care in complex environments like woodland. But for most people, this won’t be an issue.

The fly more bundle includes the Mavic Mini 2 drone, a remote controller three Intelligent Flight Batteries, a Charging Hub, a shoulder bag, spare propellers, and other useful accessories. The standard Mavic Mini 2 kit only includes a single battery, so it makes sense to buy the Fly More Bundle which also saves money when compared to the individual purchase price of everything included in the kit. All in all, a great drone kit at a highly competitive price.

Why buy the DJI Mavic Mini 2 on Black Friday?

DJI Mini 2 in flight

(Image credit: Tim Madge)

Black Friday takes place late November this year and provides tantalising discounts for everyone - it's the biggest savings event of the year!

Savings like the ones you'll find during the sales event don't come around often, and since drones can be flown throughout the year in all seasons, it is a great time to buy a high-quality model like the Mavic Mini 2. The drone still isn’t cheap but it's less expensive than it's successors and the specs still hold up. 

Why should you wait to buy the DJI Mavic Mini 2?

Competition is fierce in the retail world and many retailers compete around Black Friday. So, while heading straight to Amazon is often the easiest option, it pays to shop around because there may be even more generous offers available.

Discounts can also vary from region to region, so while shoppers in the U.S. may be able to pick up a great deal on the DJI Mavic Mini 2, shoppers in Europe may not be able to enjoy the same discount and vice-versa. 

Black Friday is well-known for offering generous discounts, but it also adds pressure to buy something there and then due to time constraints. Waiting is, of course, a gamble, but sometimes patience can pay off.

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James Abbott

James is an award-winning freelance landscape and portrait photographer, as well as a highly experienced photography journalist working with some of the best photography magazines and websites with a worldwide audience. He’s also the author of The Digital Darkroom: The Definitive Guide to Photo Editing.