DJI launches a compact drone that doesn’t skimp on image quality

DJI has renewed its range of drones weighing less than 250 grams by unveiling its new DJI Mini 4 Pro.

DJI is in great shape in this second half of 2023. The Chinese manufacturer continues to unveil new products and after its DJI Osmo Action 4 camera and its DJI Air 3 drone, the firm has just lifted the veil on its new compact drone, the DJI Mini 4 Pro.

Like all drones in the manufacturer’s “Mini” range, and like the DJI Mini 3 Pro before it, the DJI Mini 4 Pro stands out for its weight of less than 249 grams, which allows it to fall into the drone category. C0 and does not require registration or a patent of aptitude to use it. Concretely, we are dealing here with a drone which, once unfolded, will display dimensions of 298 x 373 x 101 mm, for a size of 148 x 94 x 64 mm when folded.

A better sensor in low light

Concerning shooting performance, weight constraints make it difficult for the manufacturer to add an additional camera, as on its Mavic 3 Pro or Air 3. However, this does not mean that DJI has not made improvements. ‘effort. Concretely, we are dealing here with a 1/1.3″ CMOS sensor. On paper, it is a smaller format than that of the DJI Air 2S (1 inch), but, in fact, it is the same format as the DJI Air 3 or the DJI Mavic 3 Pro for its equivalent lens 70mm. The DJI Mini 4 Pro camera is thus equipped with a 1/1.3 inch 48 megapixel sensor which has the particularity of being stacked – with RAM memory at the sensor level – allowing on paper a better increase in sensitivity and increased dynamic range. On the camera lens side, we will find a very classic 24mm equivalent opening at f/1.7.

The DJI Mini 4 Pro

For video, the DJI Mini 4 Pro will allow you to record sequences in 4K 60p in classic mode, but also in slow motion mode in 4K 100p. The nacelle will also be able to rotate to allow vertical recording of video sequences. Note also the presence of a night shooting mode and the flat D-Log M image profile with better dynamic range, particularly suitable for professional or semi-pro use.

Advanced obstacle detection

Obviously, the DJI Mini 4 Pro also benefits from DJI’s different shooting and autopilot modes – ActiveTrack 360°, Spotlight or Point of Interest – but also omnidirectional obstacle detection thanks to two cameras and a 3D sensor. In terms of flight performance, the DJI mini 4 Pro is announced as being able to climb up to 5 meters per second and 16 meters per second in horizontal flight speed. Finally, the Chinese manufacturer indicates that its drone is capable of flying for 34 minutes with its 2590 mAh Intelligent Flight Battery.

The DJI Mini 4 Pro

The DJI Mini 4 Pro is available today in France. It is priced at 799 euros with a DJI RC-N2 remote control. A version at 999 euros is also offered with the DJI RC 2 remote control. Finally, the “Fly More Combo” kit with RC 2 remote control, three batteries, three pairs of additional propellers and a storage bag will be priced at 1,129 euros.

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