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Is the DJI Mini SE worth it?

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21 January 2022

Is the DJI Mini SE worth it?

Having launched in other parts of the world in 2021, the DJI Mini SE became available in the UK in January 2022.

This portable drone is designed to create a simplified flying experience. Weighing in at under 250g, this drone captures ordinary moments in an elevated way. The most affordable drone in DJI’s ‘Mini’ series, the Mini SE offers great value for money, making this the perfect choice for beginners or those on a budget.

 

DJI Mini SE: Specs

The Mini SE’s slogan of ‘Fly as You Are’ perfectly sums up what DJI has tried to achieve with this drone: simplicity. The Mini SE attempts to simplify recording and editing, helping drone operators capture their footage efficiently and ultimately making their flying experience more enjoyable. Key features include:

  • Lightweight (249g)
  • Up to 30 minutes of flight time
  • 12MP camera
  • 2.7K/30fps video resolution
  • 4km HD video transmission

 

Camera

Camera Quality

For its price tag, this drone’s camera is impressive. Like the Mini 2, this drone also has a 12 megapixel camera and a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor, making it a great choice for capturing breath-taking aerial photography. Additionally, its built-in 3-axis motorized gimbal allows for superior camera stability and smooth, highly detailed footage.

Given the quality of the compact drone series, these models are not only great for beginners but can also be used for professional purposes such as property marketing and basic inspections.

 

Video Quality

The Mini SE offers a 2.7K/30fps video resolution. This is lower than the Mini 2’s ability to shoot in 4K at 30fps. However, how important that difference in quality is depends on each drone operator and their purpose for the using the drone. The quality offered by the Mini SE is sufficient for creating content for social media and with the other features offered by this budget drone, it remains a strong choice.

Design & Performance

Compact

Dimensions: 138x81x58 mm (folded); 159x203x56 mm (unfolded); 245x289x56 mm (unfolded with propellers)

The Mini SE weighs in at just 249g. As it sits under the 250g mark, a Flyer ID is not required to fly this drone in the UK. The lightweight nature of this drone coupled with it foldable design makes this drone extremely portable and perfect for travelling.

 

Flight Time

One of the most impressive features of a drone of this size is its’ flight time. With a fully charged battery, operators can enjoy up to 30 minutes of flying time. Drone pilots will not have to worry about missing the perfect shot due to low battery.

 

Transmission Range

Reliable video transmission is essential to ensure shots are perfectly framed. This drone enables up to 4km HD video transmission, ensuring a strong connection for capturing high-quality footage.

Additionally, the Mini SE can withstand winds up to 8.5-10 m/s, meaning this drone can fly steady in windy conditions up to level 5. For its size, the durability of this drone is highly commendable.

 

Mini SE vs Mini 2

Understandably, the launch of the Mini SE has encouraged many to compare this drone against the Mini 2. So, what are the key differences between these drones?

It must be said that these drones do in fact have many similarities. Both have a 12MP camera with a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor. Both weigh less than 250g and have a maximum wind speed resistance of 8.5 m/s to 10.5 m/s. Though the Mini 2 has a maximum battery life of 31 minutes, this is only 1 minute more than the Mini SE.

The two key categories where these drones differ are video quality and price.

As mentioned earlier, the Mini SE offers a video resolution of 2.7K/30fps in comparison to the Mini 2’s ability to shoot 4K videos at 30fps. What you are using the drone for will dictate what video resolution you require. The video quality offered by the Mini SE is sufficient for social media content but if you are wanting to capture high-quality video footage, the Mini 2 may be more suitable. The Mini 2 also has a longer transmission range.

In terms of price, the Mini SE comes out on top. With its advanced capabilities, the Mavic Mini 2 costs £414.00. Alternatively, the Mini SE sells for just £265.00. For even better value for money, the Mini SE Fly More Combo offers extra batteries, propellers and other accessories for £350.00.

(Prices correct at time of writing)

 

Summary: Is the DJI Mini SE worth it?

For those wanting a drone that goes the extra mile performance wise, the Mini 2, with a 4K video resolution, is a better investment.

With that said, though the Mini SE doesn’t offer some of the advanced features possessed by the Mini 2, simplification is in fact a key selling point of this drone. The Mini SE lets operators capture mesmerising shots in a simple and efficient way. Its low price coupled with its camera quality and enhanced stability makes this drone a perfect option for those wanting great value for their money.

 

DARe-3D’s drone hire offers daily and weekly rentals for a range of drones and accessories from brands including DJI, Autel Robotics and Yuneec. This is an affordable alternative to purchasing.

Additionally, the team at DARe-3D are highly experienced in conducting a range of drone services. Get in touch with us today to find out more. 

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