The best drone under $500 (DJI Mini 2 review)

11 feb. 2021
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The DJI Mini 2 is the best drone under $500. DJI’s first Mavic Mini drone was clearly made for people making their first step into the drone world. But its successor, the Mini 2 which now supports OcuSync and has an improved camera makes a very strong argument for even more experienced pilots and content creators.
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  • There is always SO much to test and talk about when it comes to drones. If you want to know more about anything specific or you think I missed something, please let me know down in the comments and we can chat! - Vjeran

    The VergeThe VergeAcum 18 Zile
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      Junior ChandlerJunior ChandlerAcum 4 Zile
    • Nice video. I thought flying above cities isn't permitted or one has to apply for permissions to do so. Interesting to see you casually flying it above :)

      Kalpesh PatelKalpesh PatelAcum 15 Zile
    • @beast95117 Keeping line of site is always safer, going behind buildings is always a gamble. Keep up High enough to circle the building but still maintaining line of site or, move to position yourself to get video from the back of the building at same hight as before then edit to look continus. I hope this helps 👍 I didn't take the insurance cover so I play it safe 😬

      pa maj MARTINI VAN MANpa maj MARTINI VAN MANAcum 16 Zile
    • How get free dji drone . Dji drone my dream drone

      Anoop KnmlAnoop KnmlAcum 17 Zile
    • Great review...and amazing job of capturing SF! It's worth mentioning that the original Mavic Mini did not get an upgrade that added RAW or Cinelike. As such, I think most OG Mini owners are feeling a little abandoned by DJI considering technically speaking, the MM would support a few feature upgrades. But there's always litchi!

      Dub TaalDub TaalAcum 18 Zile
  • should i but this mini 2, mavic air 2 or just wait the new drone to launch tomorrow?

    MasJokoMasJokoAcum 23 ore
  • Go peep out some my videos shot on the mavic air 2 at McCreery187

    Tyler MccreeryTyler MccreeryAcum o Zi
  • Stimulus passed. Mini2 soon.

    Dale ADale AAcum 2 Zile
  • If your judgement on wearing masks in anyway reperesents your judgement on this product NO WAY I am interested. You are in a FOREST ... ALONE .... Man, the levels of ignorance this displays is reaching new heights.

    Publ1c OnePubl1c OneAcum 3 Zile
  • Seems that everyone on verge must sound like dieter

    Víctor H. FloresVíctor H. FloresAcum 3 Zile
  • Not Dieter did a great job on this review

    MecoMecoAcum 3 Zile
  • Thanks for the video man. Thinking about asking for this drone for my birthday as my fist real drone but I don't know I would love to have sensors so I don't crash it 😂

    BenB VlogsBenB VlogsAcum 4 Zile
  • This video reminded me how beautiful San Francisco is

    Omar AhmadOmar AhmadAcum 4 Zile
  • bi.g things come in bigg packages 66 size 18 shoe🍆🍆🍆

    alfred Gunteralfred GunterAcum 4 Zile
  • I wish it had auto tracking and a bigger sensor

    American Movie PodcastAmerican Movie PodcastAcum 4 Zile
  • I love these shots of SF. They’re so beautiful.

    Marjukka HeikkinenMarjukka HeikkinenAcum 5 Zile
  • What kinda face mask was that you had on @ 1:39?

    Murtz TMurtz TAcum 5 Zile
  • the video footage you got was all fantastic

    James PattonJames PattonAcum 6 Zile
  • If I buy now... dji will drop mini3.. reason why I haven’t bought one haha

    Abraham TarioAbraham TarioAcum 6 Zile
  • No fly zone you fly in restricted areas FAA is watching you

    arturo sanchezarturo sanchezAcum 6 Zile
  • What pack are you using in this video?

    Brian WoodBrian WoodAcum 8 Zile
  • Finally quite a disappointing drone. Is there another brand that offers better results for this range of price ?

    Daily lifeDaily lifeAcum 9 Zile
  • What software do you use to edit these videos?

    Jake RandolphJake RandolphAcum 9 Zile
  • You lost my respect when you wore a mask outside.

    Johanon ZimmermanJohanon ZimmermanAcum 9 Zile
  • The reason why I think the Mini series will never get sensors is because it will kill the Mavic air Series. If the Minis had sensors there will be no reason to get the air.

    Bian MagicBian MagicAcum 10 Zile
  • Never had a drone before, for photo to counter the noise can it be set to take a few seconds of exposure since it can be floating in the air?

    H4n MilH4n MilAcum 10 Zile
  • Was hoping the new mini would have sensors for obstacle avoidance. Guess I'm going to have to wait to buy for the next version :/

    Ryan KimRyan KimAcum 10 Zile
  • Fantastic drone, but not the best drone under $500.

    Glen SmithGlen SmithAcum 11 Zile
  • you broke my ears just for that transition?

    RadycalRadycalAcum 11 Zile
  • Is the "green chromatic aberations" a Verge signature video look? I think I've seen it before, but it looks interesting, a bit vintage. :)

    C.C.Acum 12 Zile
  • Классное видео! Респект автору!

    Сергей АнтоновСергей АнтоновAcum 12 Zile
  • I love my DJI mini 2. I have flown it in about every condition I could think of, and made a few videos to show.

  • Great review but... man! those drones shots are awesome!

    Diego TelizDiego TelizAcum 12 Zile
  • Great work! This drone sells itself, but your videography makes it even more compelling

    Andrew PollackAndrew PollackAcum 12 Zile
  • Weird question but... that sage hoodie, where's it from?

    Ben CooperBen CooperAcum 12 Zile
  • When do you think is the best time to buy the mini 2 between now and july? Do you expect any price drops anytime?

    charis antoniadescharis antoniadesAcum 12 Zile
  • In india helight limit is only 15 metre

    Pooja NivePooja NiveAcum 13 Zile
  • You guys say that is a good camera! It is seem awesome

    Aung Myint chocoAung Myint chocoAcum 14 Zile
  • This is such a great review!

    Riast UllahRiast UllahAcum 14 Zile
  • I'm a beginner. I've been studying drones for couple months now. So, is the Mavic mini 2, or mavic air 2 or mavic pro 2. Can I get another point of view for a beginner what would you buy outta these 3?

    Chill2020Chill2020Acum 14 Zile
  • 02:13 Even though OcuSync 2 standard has the capability to transmit in 1080p, DJI Mini 2 is limited to transmitting only at 720p/30fps. It was one of my main deterrents when I was looking to buy a Mini 2 vs Air 2, but I ended up going with the Mini 2 anyway. 720p on the remote I think is perfectly fine.

    Tolga BalciTolga BalciAcum 14 Zile
  • Does the DJI Mavic Mini have RAW phot's now? 7:55

    MojexMojexAcum 14 Zile
  • Where's Dieter.

    KaelKaelAcum 14 Zile
  • Delivery in india, and price

    Bheekham SinghBheekham SinghAcum 14 Zile
  • I use a mavic air 2 and honestly i hate myself for not selling it and buying the mini 2, we have new eu drone regulations and i just bought a drone exam to legally fly my ma2. That means I totally payed 1000 euros to fly it

    --Acum 15 Zile
  • This ‘not Dieter’ guy is an absolute Snacc! We need more of him for sure!

    Proper GanderProper GanderAcum 15 Zile
  • Big things come in little packages. Just ask my wife.

    Dennis MooreDennis MooreAcum 15 Zile
  • Worse camera?

    Raymond FernandoRaymond FernandoAcum 15 Zile
  • The DJI Mini 2 is my favorite drone right now. For casual flying, I prefer it even against my MA2.

    Patrick HansenPatrick HansenAcum 15 Zile
    • @Ed Fitzgerald Mine has flown in 25 MPH winds with around 30 MPH gusts and did perfectly fine...though I'm not recommending you to do that either lol

      Matthew MELMatthew MELAcum o Zi
    • @Matthew MEL it just has 15km wind speeds, so not that fast

      Ed FitzgeraldEd FitzgeraldAcum 2 Zile
    • @Ed Fitzgerald If your mini 2 struggles to hover in place, it's either way too windy or there's something wrong with it. And your gimbal will only dip down in sport mode 95% of the time. It has to do with the camera not being able to look up or rotate as much as the MA2. - An owner of both

      Matthew MELMatthew MELAcum 2 Zile
    • @Allende Djdjedk but if you have little experience in drones, the ma2 is a lot better because the sensors can help you fly, also the quickshots are a lot safer on ma2 because sensors and back and stiff

      Ed FitzgeraldEd FitzgeraldAcum 6 Zile
    • @Allende Djdjedk I wouldn’t worry about practicality if you want a good drone, you will need the air 2 not saying the mini 2 is not good, I’m just saying you get what you pay for. The air 2 is better because it didn’t have to be under 250 g so that’s why it has sensors, i can’t tell you how helpful though sensors are. On the mini, it May as well not have any because the bottom sensors do not work. Also on the air it has the downward light, which is extremely handy to have at dusk

      Ed FitzgeraldEd FitzgeraldAcum 6 Zile
  • So many good things to say about the Mini 2!

    Roy HaleRoy HaleAcum 15 Zile
  • Great video. Do you maybe have this raw videos for download to see quality more precisely, also to test how it handles color correcting? Thank you, that would be amazing :)

    marko popovicmarko popovicAcum 15 Zile
  • Walking around, wearing a diaper mask when there is nobody within 6 feet of you

    MattMattAcum 15 Zile
  • You have yourself a new subscriber my friend. many thanks for a very informative video.

    Ash StubbingsAsh StubbingsAcum 15 Zile
  • Have you experienced any issues with the gimbal kick on the mini 2? Or not being able to move back or forward if the camera is at a full 90 degrees downward?

    P-51 GlintHawKP-51 GlintHawKAcum 15 Zile
    • Great question and yes, I have. There's less room for gimbal to move around, so while flying in sport mode it'll stay around 15 degrees. Secondly, I take a lot of pano photos (the ultra-wide ones) and occasionally those will get cancelled out if the wind is stronger, thus making the drone level itself out, thus obstructing the gimbal. It was very rare and more often than not, I'd just try it a few times and cross my fingers it'll work. - Vjeran

      The VergeThe VergeAcum 15 Zile
  • I like you video because of the drone (which I have) and the SF shots. We live in Germany now but we do miss SF and the Bay Area. I subscribed for the same reasons, SF and drones.

    Peter ColichidasPeter ColichidasAcum 15 Zile
    • And I miss Germany! Thank you for the sub! :) - Vjeran

      The VergeThe VergeAcum 15 Zile
  • Christ. I feel bad for anyone with a mavic.

    Max DorseyMax DorseyAcum 15 Zile
  • 3:01 more cat please!

    VikingdescendentVikingdescendentAcum 15 Zile
  • for the price great for daylight and not as usable for night time. nice

    Zo TorresZo TorresAcum 16 Zile
  • I get that its very cheap, but obstacle avoidance should be mandatory by law.

    Ivan MatzIvan MatzAcum 16 Zile
    • Agreed, I think that at least front facing sensor are a must-have now. I do believe that with better sensors and better tech there will be a stronger argument for more lenient laws. - Vjeran

      The VergeThe VergeAcum 15 Zile
  • The verge underestimates A lot

    Deeply SuperficialDeeply SuperficialAcum 16 Zile
  • Where’s the enhanced photo mode ?

    HectorHectorAcum 16 Zile
    • When you look at the photos you have already taken there's a little magic wand icon in the bottom right corner. - Vjeran

      The VergeThe VergeAcum 16 Zile
  • You don't use AUTO....because even at MA2 Auto means a fkd up image...Always used manual WB, manual ISO, manual SS...So not "just Auto"...

    Geo DroneGeo DroneAcum 16 Zile
  • The sensor is 1/2.3 = 0.43 inch, way larger than a quarter of the Mavic 2 pro's 1 inch 😊

    Alex Ionut ComanAlex Ionut ComanAcum 16 Zile
    • Right and how many of those [0.43-inch diagonally] rectangles can you fit into a 1-inch rectangle? ;) - Vjeran

      The VergeThe VergeAcum 15 Zile
  • Hello, may I please ask how you got clearance to fly in and around Golden Gate park? Do we need authorization from FAA for that? Or is it approved? Thank you

    Rodude channelRodude channelAcum 16 Zile
  • Wtf do you mean it has the worse camera 🤣🤣🤣🤣 the camera on this hummingbird is fckn awesome

    • Worse than M2P. Sorry if that wasn't clear! - Vjeran

      The VergeThe VergeAcum 15 Zile
  • How many ads do you need?

    Daniel MaidmentDaniel MaidmentAcum 16 Zile
  • Best drone ever i love it i use it always

    Jihad MarkabawiJihad MarkabawiAcum 16 Zile
  • Smelt too much paid amount

    Nepali Short MoviesNepali Short MoviesAcum 17 Zile
  • Great review!

    TimothéeTimothéeAcum 17 Zile
    • Thank you for watching! - Vjeran

      The VergeThe VergeAcum 15 Zile
  • if mavic mini or mavic air use hassleblad camera maybe the result from the picture is more beautiful

    PakDiePakDieAcum 17 Zile
    • Yes. Little disappointed that Hasselblad name is only associated with the M2P, but I can also understand why they keep it for the flagship Mavic. - Vjeran

      The VergeThe VergeAcum 15 Zile
  • The footage looks amazing. Most people watch videos on their phone anyway (guilty!) and especially on my OLED screen phone, the sunset and night time footage looks so crisp if you darken the shadows a little. Great review 👍

    FearOfTheFutureFearOfTheFutureAcum 17 Zile
  • What is the name of your face mask??

    Steve RogersSteve RogersAcum 17 Zile
    • (not promoting) It's from Stance. - Vjeran

      The VergeThe VergeAcum 15 Zile
  • Do you notice this one takes forever to charge? Just seems so slow for such small batteries. I don’t remember my original mini taking as long. I’d argue my mavic 2 batteries charge faster.

    Kenny WilliamsKenny WilliamsAcum 17 Zile
    • @The Verge I’ll double check again. One battery took around 3-4 hours

      Kenny WilliamsKenny WilliamsAcum 15 Zile
    • Hmmm. That weren't my impressions. I though charging times were totally on par. (which also means slow) - Vjeran

      The VergeThe VergeAcum 15 Zile
  • Hello sir please help me

  • This drone is AMAZING. I just bought it a few weeks ago. My second drone and honestly, for this price, it's silly to even think about anything else. If you're looking at other drones that might be $100 less... Just spend the extra money. You will not be disappointed.

    charlie gaudinocharlie gaudinoAcum 17 Zile
  • Where can I get that jacket?

    CutemeisterCutemeisterAcum 17 Zile
  • How to buy in india??

    Dipak PuraniDipak PuraniAcum 17 Zile
  • You underistemade it because you don't know it is secretly spying on you and sending data to China

    Deepesh VermaDeepesh VermaAcum 17 Zile
  • I bought a Mavic Mini last year and kinda wish I held off for the 2. The original still takes great video (I use 1080 60fps) and photos. Range is about half a mile which is fine for my needs. I like the increased wind resistance of the 2 as the 1 gets blown around a lot. Thanks for posting this detailed review!

    alexgataricalexgataricAcum 17 Zile
    • Well I have one good news for you however -- if you ever do upgrade to the Mini 2, you can still use the same batteries. And thank you for watching :) - Vjeran

      The VergeThe VergeAcum 17 Zile
  • That footage was insane. I can’t believe it. You are a pro. I wish to buy one once we can travel again. Did you color grade most of the video, or just contrast and color?

    dr.nefariodr.nefarioAcum 17 Zile
    • Honestly I did very little to these clips. Maybe half of them have added contrast and some [very] minor grade. The rest looked good enough. - Vjeran

      The VergeThe VergeAcum 17 Zile
  • This review is sooooo negative on everthing, you would think the DJI Mini 2 was shi# by the end of the review.

    Techno HowTechno HowAcum 17 Zile
  • 3:01 Cat: what the f is that thing?

    ZaideMediaZaideMediaAcum 18 Zile
  • FYI you can’t fly your drone at the beach near golden gate bridge

    Panda HoPanda HoAcum 18 Zile
  • Is that a cat?! 3:01

    Panda HoPanda HoAcum 18 Zile
  • Appreciate the review. Could you link the review or the product you use as your backpack? Thanks in advance.

    erik dunnerik dunnAcum 18 Zile
  • All that footage looks great to me. Sounds like the drone for most people to me.

    Drew AyritDrew AyritAcum 18 Zile
  • The mini is a brillaint drone enjoy my friend 😁

    TravelForYourNeedsTravelForYourNeedsAcum 18 Zile
  • 00:02 ‘Not Dieter’ lol

    Chris KellyChris KellyAcum 18 Zile
  • 7:55: "The OG Mini received a massice upgrade last year, with RAW-support?" Really? Can recall that at all.. Anyway, I have switched from the Mavic Mini to the Mini 2 and couldn't be happier with the change (actually: upgrade). But I, and everybody I know who have the Mini 2, experience the same issue regarding the gimball calibration and not being able to keep the horizon level. I never had this issue with the Mavic Mini. I sure hope DJI is able to tackle this issue. For photo's I don't mind as that can be rectified pretty fast, but this is a real issue when shooting video.

    Jens VeraaJens VeraaAcum 18 Zile
  • I think the image quality for the price is great. It’s a big step up from my Spark.

    Július KišJúlius KišAcum 18 Zile
  • Seriously: nice footage!

    Wolfgang FleckWolfgang FleckAcum 18 Zile
  • Kind of insulting to whom ever make that music that you put it in the video just to bash it.

    Darth PlagusDarth PlagusAcum 18 Zile
  • I am still confused about whether you're allowed to fly drones within the city. Any clarifications about that?

    Aditya DevaguptapuAditya DevaguptapuAcum 18 Zile
    • @Wallem Thanks for the clarification!

      Aditya DevaguptapuAditya DevaguptapuAcum 13 Zile
    • Depends on the city and local laws, but the sub-250 gram Mini can be flown almost anywhere, only not above crowds, restricted airspace and nature reservations.

      WallemWallemAcum 16 Zile
  • I wonder if they could add the flight path feature or auto pilot modes for hyperlapse, should be achievable without sensors right ?

    First WaveFirst WaveAcum 18 Zile
  • Fantastic video, sir. Thank you!

    Andrew CampbellAndrew CampbellAcum 18 Zile
    • Thanks for watching! - Vjeran

      The VergeThe VergeAcum 18 Zile
  • I’ve been taking my Mini 2 out in minus forty celcius the last week and haven’t had any issues, I’m shocked at how well it handles the cold

    Kristian BinderKristian BinderAcum 18 Zile
    • Did the battery drain significantly faster?

      Taylor YanTaylor YanAcum 17 Zile
    • Damn… haven’t had a chance to try that out 😳 - Vjeran

      The VergeThe VergeAcum 18 Zile
  • In which city are you?

    Nazim कविNazim कविAcum 18 Zile
  • I got Mini 2 instead of Air 2 which I really wanted, but freedom of flying it almost everywhere without registering with FAA, take it to different countries without too much worries, no regrets! I still can’t believe what this little drone is cable of doing....

    V KatV KatAcum 18 Zile
  • This review jumped to a high level of directing and editing big up to you ❤✌

    Adil BTAdil BTAcum 18 Zile
    • That means a whole lot! Thank you ✌️ - Vjeran

      The VergeThe VergeAcum 18 Zile
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  • i CANNOT understand half of what this guy is saying

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  • Literally came here to write 'Not Dieter' then found a whole wave.

    Lester KanaliLester KanaliAcum 18 Zile
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  • What city was this filmed in? The sights look amazing!

    Grady YannGrady YannAcum 18 Zile
    • @Matt Baillargeon Oh wow! Didn’t realize it was such a pretty city!

      Grady YannGrady YannAcum 18 Zile
    • San Francisco

      Matt BaillargeonMatt BaillargeonAcum 18 Zile