Greetings, fellow tech enthusiasts! Shawn here from Air Photography, and today is an exciting day for all drone enthusiasts as DJI has just unveiled its latest marvel – the DJI Mini 4 Pro. This little aircraft takes an already impressive drone and crams it with even more Pro-level features. Let's dive right into what makes the Mini 4 Pro stand out.
Omnidirectional Obstacle Avoidance
One of the standout features of the Mini 4 Pro is the addition of fisheye sensors at the front and back, allowing for omnidirectional obstacle avoidance. Flying drones sideways used to be a risky endeavor, but with these new sensors, even beginners can navigate safely. Remember the Mini 3 Pro? It lacked side obstacle avoidance, which made sideways flight a potential nightmare.
But with the Mini 4 Pro, you can sidestep obstacles with confidence. With the new omnidirectional sensors, you're going to have a much safer flight and less chance of colliding with something, and it actually works quite well.
The O4 Transmission System
DJI has also introduced the O4 transmission system, providing an impressive 20-kilometer range, a significant upgrade from the O3 system's 12 kilometers. While most of us won't push the drone to such extremes, the O4 system ensures a solid connection, even in congested Wi-Fi areas with interference.
The DJI RC 2 Controller
DJI pairs the Mini 4 Pro with the RC 2 controller, featuring a built-in 700-nit screen, making setup a breeze. Foldout antennas, similar to those on the Air 3, enhance signal strength, ensuring a reliable connection. DJI offers flexibility here; you can choose the controller that suits your needs best.
New Intelligent Flight Features
The Mini 4 Pro brings exclusive features previously reserved for higher-end models. Cruise control allows you to set speed and direction for autonomous flight, opening up creative possibilities for your shots. Waypoint missions enable you to plan repeatable flights with ease. Cruise control and Waypoint missions are game-changers.
Advanced Return to Home
Introduced with the Mavic 3 Series, Advanced Return to Home is now available on the Mini 4 Pro. The drone autonomously determines the best return path, optimizing battery usage. Users can still opt for traditional return-to-home settings if preferred.
10-bit D-log M
The Mini 4 Pro now supports 10-bit D-log M, making it easier to grade footage consistently across multiple DJI devices. It's a welcome addition for those who take their video editing seriously.
DJI's AR Features
Borrowed from the Mavic 3 Series, DJI's AR features find their way into the Mini 4 Pro. Visual virtual home points, return-to-home path visualization, and drone shadow all enhance your flying experience. You can enable or disable these features as needed.
LED Auxiliary Light
The Mini 4 Pro features an LED auxiliary light on the bottom, aiding nighttime landings and improving visibility during low-level flight.
While the core camera remains similar to the Mini 3 Pro, the Mini 4 Pro boasts new slow-motion options, including 4K at 100 frames per second and 1080p at 200 frames per second. HDR now comes standard, automatically enhancing dynamic range. Night mode makes nighttime shots a breeze.
The Mini 4 Pro is compatible with the DJI Mini 3 Series batteries, offering flexibility to those upgrading from the previous model.
Design and Stability
The Mini 4 Pro retains a similar footprint to its predecessor, with added front arms for improved stability during takeoff. Though it's more compact, it doesn't compromise on features.
With omnidirectional obstacle avoidance, DJI introduces a dynamic tracking system, called Touch Trace. Users can position the drone anywhere around them, enhancing tracking capabilities significantly. The new tracking system works seamlessly and adds a layer of safety.
Intelligent Flight Modes
In addition to Waypoint missions, the Mini 4 Pro supports Master shots and quick shots, simplifying the process of capturing cinematic content.
DJI Care Refresh
For peace of mind, especially for newcomers, DJI Care Refresh is a must. It covers a variety of mishaps, offering replacements at reduced fees. Recently updated, it now allows up to four replacement aircraft within two years.
LightCut Editing App
DJI's free video editing software, LightCut, simplifies the editing process with AI-powered features. It's perfect for both beginners and experienced editors.
Concluding thoughts on the DJI Mini 4 Pro
In summary, the DJI Mini 4 Pro is an incredible feat of technology, offering an impressive array of features in a sub-250-gram package. It's a perfect choice for those upgrading from earlier Mini models, or even experienced drone pilots seeking a compact and capable companion.
With its advanced capabilities, intuitive features, and improved camera options, it's a remarkable addition to DJI's drone lineup.
So, if you're eager to capture stunning aerial footage and explore creative possibilities, the Mini 4 Pro deserves a spot on your tech wishlist. Get ready to embark on breathtaking drone adventures with DJI's latest masterpiece.
That's all for today, folks! Thanks for tuning in, and as always, happy flying!
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