DJI has officially announced the travel-friendly Mini 2 SE drone, days after it was leaked – and it promises to be a solid new option for beginners who are keen to shoot videos in 2.7K rather than 4K.

The Mini 2 SE is a very minor update to the DJI Mini SE, which is currently the cheapest drone and remains on sale (for now). The main difference between the two drones is that the Mini 2 SE has a newer controller (DJI RC-N1) and a better video transmission system called OcuSync 2.0.

This means you can fly the Mini 2 SE much farther than a standard Mini SE (subject to your region’s rules). This maximum range is up to 10 km in the US or 6 km in other regions. In contrast, the range of the Mini SE is 4 km (in the US) or 2.5 km elsewhere. However, these distances apply to low-interference areas – when flying the Mini 2 SE in an urban area, the range drops to 1.5 km to 3 km.

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Apart from this improved range and controller, the DJI Mini 2 SE is identical to its predecessor. This means you get a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor that can record 2.7K/30p video (or 1080p/60p clips) and the footage is stabilized with a three-axis gimbal. Photographers can also capture 12-megapixel photos in JPEG or raw DNG format.

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