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In DJI’s latest offering, the Mini 4 Pro, the world of drones has witnessed a remarkable evolution. Branded as the “ultimate mini drone,” this compact wonder manages to squeeze the most impressive specifications into an incredibly lightweight and portable design. Weighing just under 250 grams, it ingeniously skirts the FAA guidelines, saving you from the hassle of registering drones exceeding that weight threshold.
However, don’t let its diminutive size deceive you – the Mini 4 Pro boasts colossal capabilities. At its core lies a main camera housing a 1/1.3-inch CMOS sensor, capable of capturing stunning 4K video at 60 frames per second with High Dynamic Range (HDR). Complementing this powerhouse are an array of additional cameras that endow it with situational awareness and advanced object avoidance capabilities. Moreover, this drone doesn’t confine you to a single mode – it effortlessly transitions between landscape and portrait orientations, enhancing your creative options.
Drawing inspiration from its flagship Mavic series, the Mini 4 Pro now supports 10-bit D-Log M and HLG color profiles, giving your footage a professional edge. Furthermore, it introduces the convenience of setting waypoints and activating cruise control during flight, a feature previously reserved for high-end models. Astonishingly, all of this comes at a starting price of just $759, offering flagship-grade features at less than half the cost.
In the realm of drones, the Mini 3 Pro was already a formidable contender. With the Mini 4 Pro, DJI leaves no room for improvement unexplored. This iteration focuses extensively on enhancing its camera and processing capabilities. Notably, it now supports slow-motion recording at up to 4K@100fps, a significant leap from the previous generation’s 1080p@120fps. For those seeking a higher dynamic range, the Mini 4 Pro delivers HDR videos at 4K/60fps, ensuring your footage boasts crisp details and vibrant colors.
Switching from cinematic to social content creation is effortless as the camera can pivot 90 degrees to capture content in portrait mode, utilizing every pixel on its 1/1.3″ sensor for maximum quality.
Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director at DJI, aptly sums it up: “The Mini 4 Pro perfectly marries professional-grade capabilities while keeping its hallmark lightweight design, offering unmatched freedom and adaptability.”
Low-light performance receives a significant boost with a new sensor featuring dual native ISO, enabling the use of a secondary (higher) ISO setting to minimize noise. DJI has also integrated an upgraded noise reduction algorithm within the Night Shots video mode, enhancing footage quality in low-light conditions. Additionally, an optional wide-angle accessory lens, with a broad 100° field of view, is available for separate purchase, further expanding your creative possibilities.
For drone enthusiasts seeking extended range, the Mini 4 Pro introduces the O4 video transmission system, supporting up to 1080p/60fps FHD at staggering distances of up to 20 km. While keeping the drone within visual range remains crucial, this upgrade bolsters signal strength against interference and unexpected obstacles. On the software front, DJI has introduced the Waypoints and Cruise Control features, previously exclusive to the professional-grade Mavic line. This empowers users to program their drones to follow predefined paths or maintain a direct flight trajectory with minimal manual input, enhancing the drone’s usability and versatility.
However, in the battery department, the Mini 4 Pro exhibits some restraint. It ships with a standard battery providing 34 minutes of flight time. While an Intelligent Flight Battery Plus upgrade is available, offering 45 minutes of flight time, it pushes the drone’s weight over the 250-gram mark, necessitating FAA registration. Notably, the upgraded battery provides 2 minutes less flight time than the Mini 3 Pro, which could achieve 47 minutes.
For potential buyers, the base package of the Mini 4 Pro retails at $759 and includes the DJI RC-N2 Remote Controller (requiring a smartphone), Intelligent Flight Battery, a pair of propellers, and a standard assortment of cables and accessories. An alternative package with the RC 2 controller is available for $959, offering the same contents. For the ultimate drone experience, the Fly More Combo (featuring the RC 2 controller) is priced at $1,099 and includes three batteries, three pairs of propellers, a DJI Mini Shoulder Bag, and a Two-Way Charging Hub. Enthusiasts seeking extended flight times can opt for the Fly More Combo Plus, which includes the upgraded batteries, priced at $1,159. In a world where drones continue to redefine possibilities, the DJI Mini 4 Pro stands as a testament to innovation and excellence, offering unparalleled creative freedom and professional-grade capabilities in a compact, accessible package.
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