DJI Mini 4K: The Next Big Thing in Budget Drones?

DJI Seeks FCC Approval for Mini 2 SE Camera Upgrade

In an exciting development for drone enthusiasts, DJI has requested the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a Class II permissive change to the DJI Mini 2 SE.

DJI is seeking to upgrade the Mini 2 SE's camera capabilities by incorporating a new chip, the H22A55. This alternative chip will enable the drone to record stunning 4K videos, a significant improvement over the original H22A35 chip, which only supports 2.7K resolution.

Igor Bogdanov, a well-known figure in the drone community, recently shared a short video clip on X / Twitter showcasing the and a new DJI Mini 4K drone, further fueling speculation about the upcoming release. Is DJI getting ready for the launch of the DJI Mini 4K?

What Does 4K Mean for the Mini 2 SE?

At present, the SE, a beloved compact drone, is limited to capturing footage in 2.7K resolution. Drone enthusiasts who desire the ability to shoot in 4K must invest in the more expensive Mini 3 series or the Mini 4 Pro. The proposed camera chip upgrade for the Mini 2 SE could change this, allowing users to record sharp, detailed 4K videos.

This enhancement would provide greater flexibility in post-production and ensure that the video quality remains high even when cropped for vertical social media platforms such as TikTok or Instagram, which have become increasingly popular in recent years.

DJI Mini 2 SE's Affordable Thrill

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Discover Sky Magic: DJI Mini 2 SE's Affordable Thrill

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Discover Sky Magic: DJI Mini 2 SE's Affordable Thrill

More Than Just a Camera Upgrade

The DJI Mini 2 SE is set to receive updates to its camera chip and front-end module (FEM) chip, enhancing the drone's performance without altering its basic functions or radio parameters. These modifications demonstrate DJI's commitment to continuously improving their products, ensuring that users have access to the latest technology and the best possible user experience. Despite its compact size, the Mini 2 SE boasts an impressive array of features that make it a versatile tool for aerial photography and videography enthusiasts.

With a maximum flight time of 31 minutes and the ability to transmit HD video up to 10 km with excellent anti-interference capabilities, the DJI Mini 2 SE offers users the freedom to capture stunning footage from unique perspectives. The drone's Level 5 wind resistance, which allows it to hover steadily and capture stable images even at wind speeds of 10.7 m/s, is a testament to its advanced stabilization technology and robust design. This feature is particularly valuable for users who frequently operate in challenging weather conditions, ensuring that they can still achieve professional-quality results regardless of the environment.

DJI Mini 4K a Potential Game-Changer for Budget Drones

The Mini 2 SE already offers excellent value for money, despite lacking some features found in its higher-end siblings, such as obstacle detection sensors. With the ability to record 4K videos, the best budget drone could become even better. In anticipation of the upgrade, DJI has slashed the price of the current Mini 2 SE from $299 to $279, making it an even more attractive option for those looking to enter the world of aerial photography and videography.

What's Next for DJI?

As the drone community eagerly awaits the release of the updated Mini 2 SE, rumors are circulating about the possibility of a Cogito Mini 4K drone, as suggested by our friends at Half Chrome. With DJI continuously pushing the boundaries of what's possible in the world of consumer drones, it's clear that exciting times lie ahead for aerial enthusiasts.


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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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