DJI Mini 4K vs Mini 2 SE: which drone to choose?

DJI Mini 4K vs Mini 2 SE

With the launch of the DJI Mini 4K, DJI adds a new affordable drone to its successful Mini series, alongside the Mini 2 SE. This article compares these two entry-level drones: what are the differences between the two models? Which one to choose? Design, camera, features, battery life… All the answers in our comprehensive DJI Mini 4K vs Mini 2 SE comparison!

DJI Mini 4K vs Mini 2 SE: design and remote control

dji mini 4k vs mini 2 se design

Design

 DJI Mini 4KDJI Mini 2 SE
Weight< 249g246g
Dimensions (folded, without propellers) (L x W x H)138 x 81 x 58 mm138 x 81 x 58 mm
Dimensions (unfolded, with propellers) (L x W x H)245 x 289 x 56 mm245 x 289 x 56 mm

The DJI Mini 4K and DJI Mini 2 SE share the same dimensions and weigh less than 249 grams. Placed side by side and examined from every angle, it’s hard to discern the slightest difference between the two models, which are as similar as two drops of water.

Everything in exactly the same place These include the 1/2.3-inch camera on the front, the propellers adorned with a small orange border, the battery that sits on the back, surmounting the USB-C port used for charging and data transfer, as well as the slot for the microSD memory card, the on/off button and the positioning sensors located underneath the structure. The only distinction is the model name, inscribed on the front left arm of each drone.

Remote control

 DJI Mini 4KDJI Mini 2 SE
Compatible radio controlsDJI RC-N1CDJI RC-N1
Video transmission systemDJI O2DJI O2
Max. transmission distanceFCC : 10 km
CE : 6 km
FCC : 10 km
CE : 6 km

The Mini 4K and Mini 2 SE are compatible with a single remote control, with which they are both sold. This is the DJI RC-N1, which was originally launched with the DJI Mini 2 in 2020. Since then, it has become the manufacturer’s standard screenless remote control, included in the standard packages of many of its drone models.

The remote control supplied with the Mini 4K bears a slight change in name, being designated RC-N1C instead of RC-N1. There is no physical difference between the RC-N1 used with the Mini 2 SE and the RC-N1C of the Mini 4K; both remotes use the same DJI O2 transmission system and offer an identical range of 10 km under FCC standards and 6 km under CE standards. The reason for the addition of this letter “C” remains to be clarified.

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DJI Mini 4K vs Mini 2 SE: photos and video

 DJI Mini 4KDJI Mini 2 SE
Sensor1/2.3-inch 12 MP CMOS1/2.3-inch 12 MP CMOS
Lens24mm equivalent format F/2.8 aperture
83° FOV
24mm equivalent format F/2.8 aperture
83° FOV
Max photo resolution12 MP12 MP
Max video resolution4K up to 30 fps
2.7K up to 60 fps
1080p up to 60 fps
2.7K up to 30 fps
1080p up to 60 fps
ISO range100 à 3200100 à 3200
Max bit rate100 Mb/s40 Mb/s
Digital Zoom4K : 2x
2.7K : 3x
FHD : 4x
2.7K : 3x
FHD : 4x
Photo formatJPEG
DNG (RAW)
JPEG
DNG (RAW)
Video formatMP4 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
Color profileNormalNormal

Sensor and resolution

Both the DJI Mini 4K and DJI Mini 2 SE feature a camera with a 1/2.3-inch 12 MP CMOS sensor , 24 mm equivalent lens, f/2.8 aperture and 83° field of view.

However, the main difference between the two models lies in their video capabilities: the Mini 4K is capable of filming in 4K at up to 30 frames per second, while the Mini 2 SE is limited to 2.7K resolution at 30 fps. It’s also worth noting that the Mini 4K can achieve a higher frame rate in 2.7K, at 60 fps compared with 30 fps for the Mini 2 SE.

While the Mini 2 SE was designed to offer a cost-effective alternative to the Mini 2 by eliminating the 4K function, DJI reintroduces this feature in the new Mini 4K, which ultimately comes closer to the Mini 2 than the Mini 2 SE in terms of specifications. And as with the Mini 2, to keep pace with this higher resolution, the Mini 4K benefits from a higher video bit rate of 100 Mb/s, compared with the 40 Mb/s of the Mini 2 SE.

Finally, the last difference between the two drones in terms of imaging features: the Mini 4K will be able to zoom up to 2x in this 4K resolution, which it has more than its predecessor.

Photo and video features

As far as photo and video functions are concerned, the modes, formats and color profiles are exactly the same on the Mini 4K and Mini 2 SE.

For photos, the Mini 4K offers several options: Single Photo mode, AEB, which captures three images at different exposures, and Interval mode. Users can choose between JPG or DNG formats (raw format ideal for those who prefer to retouch colors in post-production).

For video, DJI Minis include QuickShots, automated modes such as Dronie, Spiral, Rocket, Circle and Boomerang, which allow the drone to fly a predefined course while recording video. Panoramas can also be created in 180°, Sphere (360°) and Wide-Angle modes.

As far as color profiles are concerned, only the Normal profile is available on both models. No flat profile such as D-Cinelike, which would allow more precise adjustment of color calibration during editing.

Last but not least, the QuickTransfer feature for quickly transferring photo and video files to a smartphone, present on the Mini 2 but removed from the Mini 2 SE, is also not available on the Mini 4K.

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DJI Mini 4K vs Mini 2 SE: in flight

 DJI Mini 4KDJI Mini 2 SE
Maximum speed16 m/s16 m/s
Max. ascent speed5 m/s5 m/s
Max. descent speed3.5 m/s3.5 m/s
Max. wind resistance10.7 m/s (level 5)10.7 m/s (level 5)

Flight performance

In-flight performance is strictly identical between the two models. With the same fuselage and engines, it’s logical to find the same maximum speeds in Sport mode: 16 m/s (57.6 km/h) in horizontal travel, 5 m/s (18 km/h) in ascent and 3.5 m/s (12.6 km/h) in descent.

There’s no difference either in terms of flight behaviour, with the same DJI secret of stability on both drones, and identical wind resistance up to 10.7 m/s, corresponding to level 5 winds.

And for those wondering, neither model features obstacle detection. On the Mini range, this safety function is available from the Mini 3 Pro upwards.

Autonomy

 DJI Mini 4KDJI Mini 2 SE
Batteries2250 mAh Li-ion2250 mAh Li-ion
Autonomy31 minutes31 minutes

Finally, autonomy. The DJI Mini 4K and Mini 2 SE use the same 2250 mAh battery, which, according to the manufacturer’s specifications, offers identical theoretical autonomy of 31 minutes.

It is important to note that this time is estimated under optimal flight conditions. Actual variations in autonomy can be influenced by weather conditions, piloting techniques and intensive use of the camera during flight, with effective autonomy varying between 20 and 25 minutes.

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DJI Mini 4K vs Mini 2 SE: price

 DJI Mini 4KDJI Mini 2 SE
Standard package299€279€
Fly More Pack439€419€

First of all, it’s important to note that DJI has chosen to market the Mini 4K exclusively on Amazon. The Mini 2 SE, on the other hand, is available from the manufacturer’s online store.

Both models are available in a standard package that includes the drone, remote control, battery, pod protection, spare propellers and various cables. This package is priced at €299 for the DJI Mini 4K, compared with €279 for the DJI Mini 2 SE, a difference of €20.

Both drones are also available in a Fly More pack, which contains two additional batteries, a charging station, a shoulder bag for storage and transport, and a propeller attachment. There’s the same price difference for this complete package: €439 for the Mini 4, versus €419 for the Mini 2 SE.

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Conclusion DJI Mini 4K vs Mini 2 SE: which one to choose?

In short, the DJI Mini 4K and Mini 2 SE are identical in every respect, except for the camera. Both models offer equivalent performance and autonomy, and come with the same remote control and accessories. However, as its name suggests, the Mini 4K can shoot up to 4K, while the Mini 2 SE is limited to 2.7K.

Which drone to choose? Given the small price difference between the two (just 20 euros), the choice is clear to us: opt for the Mini 4K and enjoy better image quality!

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