We referred to as the DJI Mini 2 the best drone you can buy under $500, however what should you don’t have $449 to spend? Walmart has leaked a brand new entry in DJI’s Mavic Mini line that may begin at simply $299, which ought to make it the corporate’s most reasonably priced drone ever.
Right here’s the factor, although: so far as we are able to inform, this isn’t really a less-expensive DJI Mini 2 — it seems to be a less-expensive first-gen DJI Mavic Mini, a drone from 2019. As DroneDJ points out, all of the specs appear to line up with the unique Mavic Mini, together with its lower-res 2.7K-resolution digital camera (examine to 4K) and its inferior 2.5-mile wi-fi vary, which strongly suggests the Mini SE doesn’t have Ocusync.
As Vjeran discusses in our Mini 2 review, the Ocusync wi-fi hyperlink is probably the largest purpose to select it over the Mavic Mini. It’s not simply vary: Ocusync is much extra dependable and responsive, too. And although Walmart’s on-line photographs appear to counsel the DJI Mini SE would possibly include the Mini 2’s new-and-improved controller, the again of Walmart’s in-store reservation card makes it appear to be you’re nonetheless getting the unique folding pad:
As internet sleuths are pointing out, it seems to be like the first variations listed here are merely a $100 lower cost and a barely improved plastic chassis, which can or could not make it suitable with the Mini 2’s batteries.
Cut price hunters will know that $299 isn’t utterly extraordinary for a DJI drone — I’ve seen refurbished and closeout Phantom 3 Normal kits for $299, and I imagine there was a one-time $299 deal on the Mavic Mini. But when the DJI Mini SE really retails for $299, that’d be a deal proper out of the gate and intensely tempting to would-be drone patrons on the lookout for one thing they will simply stuff in a bag and (at sub-249g) one they gained’t have to register with the FAA.
It’s not clear when the Mini SE would possibly go on sale. DJI declined to remark.