DJI Mini SE Hits Walmart Before Announced Release 0

DA new entry-level drone from DJI has begun appearing at a handful of Walmart stores this week. The DJI Mavic Mini SE starts at $299.99, according to Twitter users who have seen the drone in the wild, making it DJI’s most affordable drone yet (by quite a bit).

The Mini SE’s appearance is something of a mystery. DJI hasn’t officially announced the drone yet, as far as we can tell, and the Mini SE listing on Walmart’s website says the drone is currently unavailable for delivery or pickup, with no price listed.

Even stranger yet: the Mini SE looks, at least from a distance, a whole lot like an older mini-drone from DJI. Like, there’s an uncanny level of similarity going on here. Drone DJ is pretty sure it’s the original Mavic Mini of yore with a few tweaks.

Last year ended ominously for DJI, with the company’s inclusion on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s blacklist. But DJI’s market domination continues unabated.

WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

Your guess is as good as ours. DJ Drone’s guess is more educated than both of ours. The site thought the new Mini SE looked awfully familiar and, with a bit of investigating, realized the cheap drone’s specs line up almost exactly with the first-gen Mavic Mini, which DJI released in 2019.

DJ Drone points out that DJI’s comparative silence about the Mini SE corroborates it being a repackaged product. DJI is fairly consistent in making announcements for brand-new products. The company declined to comment on the Mini SE when asked by The Verge.

Getting Good Reviews

Seeing as the Mini SE isn’t available anywhere online, not many people have gotten their hands on it yet. But hey, the only review left on Walmart’s product page so far is glowing — that must count for something, right?

A $299 retail price for the Mini SE would position it as an extremely affordable entry-level drone option. There are a few caveats to the lower price; its wireless range is just 2.5 miles, for example, which is far smaller than that of DJI’s flagship products. As The Verge points out, that probably means it uses DJI’s inferior connectivity software, which would make it less attractive for power users.

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DJI Provides New Mavic Air 2 Release Date and Spec Data Comments Off on DJI Provides New Mavic Air 2 Release Date and Spec Data

DJI announced that the new  Mavic Air 2 will cost $799 when it ships to US buyers in late May. That’s the same price as the previous Mavic Air model, so the drone stays as DJI’s mid-range option between its more capable Mavic 2 and its smaller, cheaper Mavic Mini.

New In Two

Two and a half years after introducing the first Mavic Air, DJI is announcing its successor: the Mavic Air 2. It comes with a bigger image sensor, ditches Wi-Fi in favor of DJI’s own OcuSync transmission technology, has up to 34 minutes of flight time, and is packaged with a completely redesigned controller.

In terms of the design, the new Mavic Air 2 is slightly bigger and heavier than the prior generation, but still looks like a smaller sibling to the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. All three drones finally share a similar design language — gray housing — and now look more like part of a lineup.

Is Bigger Better?

Compared to its predecessor, the Mavic Air 2 is slightly larger and heavier (570 grams). That’s not a problem at all, because the arms can be quickly folded for easy storage — making it perfect for stowing away in a backpack. Sure, the Mavic Mini can be flown without having to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), but the Mavic Air 2 retains the same portability to make it a weekend road warrior. For comparison, the Mavic Mini measures in at 160 x 202 x 55 mm unfolded, while the Mavic Air 2 isn’t that much bigger at 183 x 253 x 77 mm.

Shutterbugs will be especially happy to find a new 48-megapixel high-resolution mode. Looking at a few comparison shots, there’s more detail and sharpness versus its 12-megapixel captures, but dynamic range isn’t as good. However, some of the details in the shadows can be recovered in post using an editor. There’s definitely a case for using the high-resolution mode, especially if you want to crop images later on. Beyond that, I found the 12-megapixel snapshots perfect for social media posts.

The Mavic Air 2 looks like an impressive update to what was already one of our favorite drones, especially considering several features—the 60 fps 4K video and 34 minute flight time—even best those found on the more expensive Mavic 2 Pro.

Best Drone Videos: January 2020 0

Starting off for 2020, we thought we’d take a trip back (and up) as we look ahead to a great year in UAV related videos. Here are some of the highest rated 2019 drone compilation videos

2019 Cinematic Aerial Video Highlights

From the Grip Group Films channel, the video highlight series has some great clips all across the US and Europe

Best Drone Footage 2019

Utilizing his Mavic 2 Pro, YouTuber DK-Aerial provides footage from China, Vietnam, Canada, Germany and Italy in this compilation

Cinematic Drone Videos

Compiled by Evasion Studios, this compilation video contain clips from Germany, UK and south France

My Best Drone Shots 2019

TAPP Channel provides some great cinematic work in this year in review compilation

DaneWithADrone Drone Compilation 2019

Title explains it all except for the locations. Seems to be clips of Sweden, Italy, Denmark and Scotland