Ever held innovation in your hands? That's exactly how I felt when I got my hands on the Mini 4 Pro from DJI. If you're thinking this is just another addition to the DJI lineup, think again. This isn't about revolutions; it's about thoughtful evolution.
DJI Mini 4 Pro: Compact Powerhouse
Though previously the mini drones from DJI felt like the little siblings with fewer features, that's history. Enter the DJI Mini 4 Pro. What caught my eye immediately? The sensors. Front-facing, backward-looking, even on the sides – giving this drone the much-needed omnidirectional obstacle avoidance. That means safer flights and fewer accidents. Adding to the mix are bottom sensors and the innovative Aux lighting, ensuring stability even when the sun dips.
And guess what? It remains under the magic weight of 250g! Fly without the bureaucratic hassles.
Upgrades That Count
A glance at the camera, and you'd mistake it for the Mini 3 Pro. But it's what's inside that counts. Sharing the same sensor as the Air 3, the camera promises 4K at 60 fps, stunning slow motion, and a night mode that turns dusky environments into illuminated art.
Smart photo, enhanced panoramas, and the ability to tweak your footage with D-log M or HLG video give creators flexibility. And for those in a hurry, there's always the normal color profile.
O4 Transmission and Control
Wave goodbye to choppy transmission. With the O4 transmission system, your drone connects smoother, flies farther, and does it all with the DJI RC 2 or the RC-N2. And with foldable antennas, adjusting to your flight trajectory is a breeze.
Putting It to the Test in Romania
Recently, I took the Mini 4 Pro to Romania's Transfăgărășan road, one of the most challenging terrains for any drone. Between unpredictable weather changes, fierce winds, and shifting visibility, the Mini 4 Pro held its own. The footage? Absolutely stable, thanks to a top-notch gimbal.
Unleashing New Features
ActiveTrack 360. Heard of it? Using the fisheye sensors, this feature allows the drone to track subjects from any direction. Couple that with a 60° upward gimbal tilt unique to this mini drone, True Vertical Shooting, and a treasure trove of intelligent flight modes trickling down from DJI's pricier models – and you're looking at a drone that's punching way above its weight.
Flight Time and Pricing
Flying for up to 34 minutes, the Mini 4 Pro might lag behind some of its siblings. But remember, it's still under 250g, packed with features. For those outside Europe, a beefier battery promises 45 minutes. As for pricing, you can check out DJI's bundles and make an informed choice.
Having flown the Mini 4 Pro for weeks, I can attest to its prowess. It's not just another drone; it's a statement by DJI, ensuring that even their entry-level models are dripping with features once exclusive to pricier drones. It's an exciting time to be a drone enthusiast. If you want to stay updated with the Mini 4 Pro and more, don't forget to hit that subscribe button. Fly safe and keep exploring!
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