Back in 2019, DJI released their first drone under 250g, following by the second-generation MINI 2 in 2020 and now they released the third version of their smallest drone named MINI SE. This new ultra-light drone is positioned between the Mini 1 and Mini 2. Despite that many hoped for an obstacle avoidance system, this feature remains available only for the Mavic Air 2 and Pro series.
Besides the MINI 2 style propellers and new battery, the DJI Mini SE appears identical to the first generation Mavic Mini, with a 2.7K@30fps camera and up to 30 minutes of flight time. The first rumors showed the MINI SE with a Mavic Air 2 remote controller, which proved to be fake news. The SE has the same transmitter and range as the first-generation of Mavic MINI.
While the DJI Mini SE and DJI Mini 2 are powered by the same capacity 2 cell 2250 mAh battery pack they have a different flight time (on paper at least). The MINI SE has in optimal flight conditions 30 minutes battery life and the MINI 2 31 minutes.
DJI Mini SE versus Mini 2 in-depth comparison guide
The table below will try to compare the most important specs of both compact DJI drones. I highlighted with green where the new DJI MINI SE excels and red where the older Mini 2 is still better.
|DJI MINI SE||DJI MINI 2|
|Size||Folded: 138×81×58 mm
Unfolded: 159×203×56 mm
|Folded: 138×81×58 mm
Unfolded: 159×203×56 mm
|Weight||249 grams||249 grams|
|Max bit rate||40Mbps||100Mbps|
|Photo mode||JPG||RAW + JPG|
|Digital Zoom||NO||4K: 2x, 2.7K: 3x, and FHD: 4x|
|Communication||Enhanced Wi-Fi||OcuSync 2.0|
|Range||4KM for FCC
2.5KM for CE
|10KM for FCC
6KM for CE
|Wind resistance||8.5-10.5 m/s (Level 5)||8.5-10.5 m/s (Level 5)|
|Intelligent flight modes||QuikShots (Circle, Dronie, Helix, and Rocket)||Panorama, One Tap, and QuikShots (Circle, Dronie, Helix, Rocket, and Boomerang)|
|GPS Follow me||No||No|
|Optical flow sensor||Yes||Yes|
|Remote controller||Old, Mavic Mini style||New, Air 2 style|
|Battery||2s/2250 mAh||2s/2250 mAh|
|Flight time||30 minutes||31 minutes|
|Release date||July 2021||November 2020|
|Price at DJI||$359||$449|
Bottom line: Worth paying more for DJI Mini 2 over MINI SE?
The answer is straightforward if you are looking for a long-range 4K drone, the DJI MINI 2 is your best option right now. It is only slightly expensive than the new MINI SE, but it comes with a twice better flight range and 4K@30fps instead of just a 2.7k@30fps camera.
On the other hand, if you are on a tight budget looking for a nice beginner drone, the DJI MINI SE is a great choice.