The original DJI Mavic Mini is less than a year old, but there are already strong rumors that a DJI Mavic Mini 2 successor will be released soon.
We’re big fans of the Mavic Mini, which is currently at the top of our guide to the best drones for beginners. It’s small, affordable and weighs just 249 grams, which means it’s 1 gram less than the weight it takes to register a drone with civil aviation authorities such as the FAA (in the US) or the UK CAA.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement, and that may be why DJI is preparing to announce a successor. So what new treats is the Mavic Mini 2 expected to bring, and what have the leaks revealed so far?
A new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filing in the US has provided some possible clues and usually suggests a launch is near. So let’s take a look at everything we know about the DJI Mavic Mini 2 so far and the kind of features we’d like to see on board the smallest, cheapest drone.
Cut to the chase
- What is it likely? A small, 4K successor to the DJI Mavic Mini
- When is it out? There are no rumors about the launch date yet, but it may be in November
- What will it cost? Probably in the region of $ 399 / £ 369 / AU $ 599
DJI Mavic Mini 2 release date and price
So far, there have been no leaks revealing the possible release date or price of the DJI Mavic Mini 2, but we can make some educated guesses.
The original DJI Mavic Mini launched on October 30, 2019, so if DJI is going for an annual release cycle (as the evidence so far suggests) we can expect a similar launch date for its successor.
When it landed last year, the Mavic Mini cost $ 399 / £ 369 / AU $ 599 and the price isn’t too far off that. Since the Mavic Mini 2 likely has a similar design to its predecessor, it seems likely that the price will be in that range.
What will be interesting, however, is what will happen to the price of the Mavic Mini if the sequel does indeed land soon. While a big discount may seem unlikely, it could become a great value option for those who don’t need to shoot in 4K.
DJI Mavic Mini 2 news and rumors
The biggest indication so far that a DJI Mavic Mini 2 could be launched soon is an FCC (Federal Communications Commission) filing in the US, which was recently picked up by the DJI drone pilot @OsitaLV on October 6.
So this is the so called Mavic Mini 2, they share the same design. Oh, it has Bluetooth, 2.4 / 5.8G WiFi and 2.4 / 5.8G without the WiFi sign. PS original Mavic mini’s model name is MT1SS5 and MT1SD25 (sales in Europe and Japan). pic.twitter.com/nRm3ZwfxyLOctober 6, 2020
The filing reveals a model number very similar to the original Mavic Minis. But the bigger clue is a wireframe drawing showing the device’s battery, along with a placeholder for the name “Camera Drone.”
If you compare this drawing to the existing Mavic Mini (below), there is certainly a strong similarity. The position of the ports, including a microSD slot, is even identical.
What else do we know about the DJI Mavic Mini 2? The only other rumors at the moment suggest it will continue to have a 12MP sensor (likely the same 1 / 2.3in CMOS sensor as the current model), but this time it will be able to record 4K video.
The lack of 4K recording (or a 2.7K / 60p video mode) was one of our main criticisms of the original DJI Mavic Mini, so this looks like a likely upgrade for its sequel. We would also like to see ActiveTrack object tracking included, although it is possible that DJI will continue to reserve this for its mid-range drones such as the DJI Mavic Air 2.
More likely is the inclusion of a USB-C port, replacing the outdated microUSB charging on the Mavic Mini. Otherwise, the DJI Mavic Mini 2 is expected to have the same physical design as its predecessor, which is understandable – it must stay below 250 grams to maintain its trouble-free status as a drone that does not need to be registered with aviation authorities. .
It’s likely that the Mavic Mini 2 will continue to use Enhanced Wi-Fi for its connectivity, but may have a longer range than the Mavic Mini at launch. A message from a Chinese website Kanzhaji recently suggested that a firmware update had increased the Mavic Mini’s range to 2.5km with no loss of video feed, an increase of 1.5km. This is an anecdotal rather than an official improvement, but suggests the Mavic Mini 2 could also receive a similar range boost.
That’s about all we know about the rumored Mavic Mini 2 right now, but we’ll update this page with more rumors and official announcements as soon as we hear about them.