The DJI Mini 2 SE is an affordable beginner drone that you can fly further


DJI has officially announced the travel-friendly Mini 2 SE drone a few days after it was leaked – and it’s shaping up to be a solid new option for beginners who like to shoot video in 2.7K instead of 4K.

The Mini 2 SE is a very minor upgrade of the DJI Mini SE, which is currently the cheapest drone and remains on sale (for now). The main difference between those two drones is that the Mini 2 SE has a newer controller (the DJI RC-N1) and a better video transmission system called OcuSync 2.0.

This allows you to fly much further with the Mini 2 SE than the standard Mini SE (within the rules that apply in your region). That maximum range is up to 10 km in the US, or 6 km in other regions. The range of the Mini SE, on the other hand, is 4 km (in the US) or 2.5 km elsewhere. Those distances are for low-interference areas though – fly the Mini 2 SE in an urban area and that range drops to between 1.5km and 3km.

The drone DJi Mini 2 SE on a blue background

(Image credit: DJI)

Other than this improved range and controller, the DJI Mini 2 SE is identical to its predecessor. That means you get a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor capable of recording 2.7K/30p video (or 1080p/60p clips), stabilizing your footage with a three-axis gimbal. Photographers can also shoot 12MP photos in JPEG or raw DNG format.