Here’s why the DJI Mini 2 is the best travel drone, especially for international trips. And, why you should consider buying one for your next journey.
DJI Mini 2 is the best travel drone, especially for international trips
When you travel and take a ton of photos and videos to show to other people upon your return or to keep for your own memories, drones offer you something extra. Unmanned aircraft give you this amazing aerial perspective. A good aerial photo (or video) can show in one image exactly where you are and what the landscape is like.
Now, from all the drones that are currently available, I think that the new DJI Mini 2 should be at the top of your list as the best travel drone, especially for international trips. Why? Let me explain.
The size of the Mini 2
First of all the size. This drone is so small. The legs fold up and there is a new silicon and magnetic strap to keep the propellers in place. When folded up, the drone becomes a very tiny package that is easy to take with you wherever you go.
The drone’s weight (or lack thereof)
The DJI Mini 2 weighs only 249 grams, a little more when you consider the extra batteries, remote controller, etc. But it is still a very lightweight package that is easy to take with you on your travels. Certainly lighter than most other drones.
Photo and video capabilities of the Mini 2
The DJI Mini 2 offers you a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor for 12MP photos and even larger panoramas of the amazing locations you will visit. And, in case you want to take videos, the Mini 2 can record video in 4K resolution.
The Mini 2 offers you OcuSync 2.0 which not only gives you a maximum flight range of well beyond-visual-line-of-sight at 6 miles but more importantly, it gives you peace of mind. OcuSync 2.0 is what DJI uses on its top model prosumer drones such as the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, Mavic 2 Pro, and Mavic Air 2. It provides a rock-solid connection between the remote controller and the drone. This means that you can put the drone in the exact right spot for that photo or video opportunity without having to worry about losing the signal.
31 minutes of flight time
The DJI Mini 2 offers you 31 minutes of flight time, which in itself is already really good. However, if you’re going to use this drone for travel, I’d recommend getting the DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo as it will include three batteries for a total of 1.5 hours of drone flying.
Limit drone regulations with the Mini 2
This is the part where things get most interesting, especially when you travel internationally with your DJI Mini 2.
When you fly recreationally in the United States you do not need to register your Mini 2 with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). You do, however, still need to follow the drone regulations though to fly safely and responsibly.
When you go abroad, the rules become more lenient in many countries.
For instance, in Canada, no registration or license is required for drones weighing less than 250 grams. Again, you still need to fly responsibly and safely and not endanger other aircraft or people.
Rule 900.06 states: No person shall operate a remotely piloted aircraft system in such a reckless or negligent manner as to endanger or be likely to endanger aviation safety or the safety of any other person.
As long as you follow 900.06 and your drone weighs less than 250 grams, you are even allowed to fly inside controlled airspace and beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS).
You will need to register as a drone operator in the EU, but there is no educational requirement for drone rules when you fly an unmanned aircraft weighing less than 250 grams. There is also no difference between commercial and recreational drone rules in the sub-250-grams-class. Furthermore, you are allowed to fly in urban areas and over people (not crowds of people). Keep in mind these rules will become effective as of 2021. Check out this article here from our friends at DroneWatch (use Google Chrome to translate) for a great explanation of the new rules in the EU.
Flying the Mini 2 in the UK is much the same. There is no registration requirement, although you will need to follow the drone code and fly responsibly.
Lastly, the price of the Mini 2
For $449 (or $599 for the Fly More Combo), you will be hard-pressed to find a better drone that has a solid transmission system, 4K video capability, 31-minute flight time, and lets you fly without having to worry too much. And isn’t that exactly what you want on a vacation trip?
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