DJI Mini SE vs DJI Mini 2: 3 Key Differences

DJI Mini SE vs DJI Mini 2

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.

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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
Camera 2.7K@30fps 4K@30fps
Max bit rate 40Mbps 100Mbps
Photo mode JPG RAW + JPG
Gimbal 3-axis 3-axis
Digital Zoom NO 4K: 2x, 2.7K: 3x, and FHD: 4x
FPV 720P 720p
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, Hyperlapse, One Tap, and QuikShots (Circle, Dronie, Helix, Rocket, and Boomerang)
Active tracking No No
Obstacle avoidance No No
GPS Follow me No No
Optical flow sensor Yes Yes
Geofence 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
FAA registration No No
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.

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