On September 25th, 2023, DJI introduced the newest member of its Mini series, the DJI Mini 4 Pro. Like DJI’s other Mini models, the Mini 4 Pro’s takeoff weight falls below the important 250g threshold once again. It thus falls into the C0 drone category in the EU, which offers many advantages:
- It can be flown without a drone operator’s license.
- It can be operated in the Open A1 category, so it may be flown in residential areas and close to people.
- It is extremely portable. A complete set with drone, remote control and 3 batteries weighs just about 1kg.
Despite all this, however, at least in the EU, a valid liability insurance and a registration of the pilot at the Federal Aviation Authority are also required for the operation of the Mini 4 Pro. The Mini 4 Pro is the first DJI drone to be officially certified in the C0 drone category, its base is decorated with an official C0 logo.
Externally, the Mini 4 Pro is only slightly different from its predecessor, the Mini 3 Pro, which I have been using for 1 1/2 years. I already posted a few articles about it on this website. Weight, flight time, sensor size, optics and flight characteristics are largely comparable, but the Mini 4 Pro has some improvements that immediately motivated me to switch:
- It has omnidirectional obstacle detection (the 3 Pro only can detect obstacles in front, behind and below it) which allows much more extensive automated movement modes and significantly reduces the risk of in-flight collisions.
- While the camera optics have remained the same, the image processing has been significantly improved.
- In video, the Mini 4 Pro now supports 4k 60p even in Active Track and POI modes, as well as HLG and 10-bit D-Log M.
- In slow motion mode, 4k 100P is now also supported.
- The Mini 4Pro also supports waypoints.
- In photo mode, the high-resolution 48-megapixel mode is now implemented significantly better, and HDR and continuous shooting are also possible.
- The range of operation and the quality of the video transmission to the remote control (now in FullHD 60P) have been significantly improved.
All in all, this pretty much makes the Mini 4 Pro like a shrunken version of my DJI Air 3 without its 3x telephoto optics.
The advantages have convinced me overall, so I ordered the DJI Mini 4 Pro Fly More Combo with DJI RC 2 remote control* already on the day of release at amazon. It already arrived the day before yesterday. A first test flight yesterday at our “home hill” was very promising. Here as a small appetizer two pictures taken:
I will post a new article when I have more experience with the new drone. I also plan to do another comparison test of the image quality of my drones with my full frame camera and also my new iPhone 15 Pro, which is supposed to have a comparable sensor. I am very curious about the result itself….
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