The “new” DJI Mini SE isn’t a new drone. It is the DJI original Mavic Mini that DJI has rebranded as the Mini SE. The outer shell of the Mini SE is the same one as the Mini 2. That allows it to have the same battery as the Mini 2. It also has the orange-colored props that the Mini 2 is sporting. Aside from these two things it is the same drone as the original Mini.
I take that back. The biggest difference is the price. This Mini SE will only cost $299 and is an enticing option to get people into buying a drone for the first time. However, DJI claims that this drone won’t be released in the US or Europe, but is built for emerging markets. If you live in the US or Europe you can still get this drone, but it won’t be at the same low cost of $299. We found it here.
So you want a DJI drone for $299?
If you want a DJI Mini drone for $299 and you live in the US you still can get one. We found Amazon selling renewed DJI Mavic Minis for $299. This is a heck of a deal. You can even pick up a Fly More bundle for $379 and that too is a steal. You’ll get Amazon’s renewed product guarantee. I personally have had good luck buying renewed items. It’s a great way to save money and you often get unused items that people changed their minds on. Click here to check out a renewed DJI Mavic Mini.
DJI Mini SE
This sub-250 gram drone is a great option for any beginner. Its light weight means that you don’t have to register it with the FAA and it isn’t going to be subject to the new remote ID law. The camera on it is spectacular. Never mind that it “only” shoots 2.7K video, it is far superior to all 4K drones produced by ZLL, MJX, and the handful of rebrands you’ll find on Amazon.
The original Mavic Mini was an awesome drone and an engineering marvel and this is no different. It may not have the range of the Mini 2 but 4000 meters is roughly 2.5 miles. That is plenty for most people. The Mini SE flight time of 30 minutes is also fairly impressive.
Other Mini drone options
There are now a handful of different mini drone options out there. Xiaomi makes the Fimi Mini and Hubsan is making the Zino Mini. While the Fimi mini may look better on paper the DJI Mini SE is going to be a more reliable drone. Hubsan definitely has the edge on paper, but their attention to detail has been suspect in the past. Heck, they crashed the Zino Mini on its live stream premier. MJX is going to produce the Bugs 19 Mini and it likely will be less expensive than the Mini SE but it won’t be on par in terms of quality.
If you are looking for a beginner drone then the DJI Mini SE is a great place to start. That is unless you are looking to get into FPV, but that is a whole different animal.
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