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DJI launches Mini 2 with 4K video, RAW photos, longer range

Drone maker DJI on Wednesday unveiled the Mini 2, a lightweight flying camera platform with major upgrades including 4K video support and improved flight capabilities.

Weighing in at less than 249 grams, Mini 2 packs in an impressive array of technologically advanced features. Imaging quality is taken to new heights with a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor capable of capturing 4K footage at 30 frames per second, as well as 12 megapixel still images with RAW support.

A three-axis motorized gimbal ensures solid stabilization.

New to the Mini line is a OcuSync 2.0, DJI's data transmission technology. Maximum transmission range between controller and drone is extended to 10 kilometers, a 150% increase over the original Mavic Mini. Apple's iPhone can be mounted on the controller for POV viewing, video management, system control and more.

Like its predecessor, the Mini 2 sports a foldable chassis design for ultra-compact carry. New, more efficient motors provide up to 31 minutes of flight time while at the same time increasing acceleration and speed.

"Mavic Mini was a monumental breakthrough for DJI and for drone pilots across the world, as its unprecedented combination of weight, safety, performance, and overall value became the entry point for countless new drone pilots and fans," said DJI President, Roger Luo. "DJI Mini 2 enhances those key aspects, packing larger drone performance in an approachable, small design in the safest drone category that is perfect for beginners and will also impress more experienced pilots."

The usual assortment of smart shooting modes are available, including pre-programmed flight modes like "Dronie," "Helix," "Rocket," "Circle" and "Boomerang." Panoramas allow for artistic images, while expanded shooting modes enable more control over post processing workflows.

DJI's Mini 2 sells for $449 with remote controller and one battery. The Fly More Combo, which includes three batteries, charging hub, a carrying case and remote controller, is available for $599. Orders are being taken now from Amazon, B&H Photo and DJI's website.