DJI, the global leader in drone technology, is reportedly preparing to launch a new model in its popular Mini series. The DJI Mini 4 Pro is expected to be the ultimate sub-250g drone with omnidirectional obstacle sensing, 4K/100 fps video recording, and 20km video transmission range. Here is everything we know so far about this highly anticipated drone.
DJI Mini 4 Pro vs. Mini 3 Pro: What are the differences?
The DJI Mini 3 Pro, which was released in May 2023, impressed us with its compact size, intelligent obstacle avoidance, and low-light performance of its 4K camera. It earned the accolade of being the best compact drone for most people, as it fit neatly into the sub-250g drone category, meaning it could be flown almost anywhere without restriction.
The DJI Mini 4 Pro is set to continue DJI’s tradition of redefining what a sub-250g drone can accomplish. Specifically, it is expected to bring omnidirectional obstacle sensing to the Mini series for the first time. The current flagship Mini 3 Pro is equipped with only forward, backward, and downward vision systems that support tri-directional obstacle avoidance. The new Mini drone would likely offer omnidirectional sensing for even more safe flights.
Next, you can expect more cinematic videos from the Mini 4 Pro since it appears to be capable of shooting 4K/100 fps. The leaked box further suggests that the drone’s video transmission tech has improved considerably from Mini 3 Pro’s 12km range with a standard battery. The new Mini drone would likely allow Full HD video transmission from as far as 20km away.
Additionally, the tech giant could bring native Waypoint Flight support to Mini 4 Pro, enabling the drone to follow a specified flight path over and over again. With this intelligent feature, you can define Points of Interest (POI) along the flight route, essentially telling the drone where it needs to focus while capturing images. Parameters such as camera action, altitude, speed, heading, gimbal tilt, zoom, and hovering time can also be defined for individual waypoints, which makes this feature incredibly useful for jobs such as filming real estate, mapping, or assessing the changes in an area over time.
DJI Mini 4 Pro: How did the leak happen?
The rumors about the DJI Mini 4 Pro have been circulating for a while, but they gained more credibility when photos of a DJI Mini 4 Pro retail box were leaked online on September 4th. The photos showed the front and back of the box, revealing the purported drone’s biggest features and specs.
The photo of the back of the box is especially interesting because it shows us all the important specifications and features of the yet-to-be-released DJI 4 Mini Pro drone. The camera on the DJI Mini 4 Pro features a 24mm lens with an aperture of F/1.7. It also has a 1/2-inch CMOS sensor that can capture 12-megapixel stills and 4K/100 fps videos. The maximum flight time is 31 minutes with a standard battery and 47 minutes with an Intelligent Flight Battery Plus. The maximum speed is 16 m/s and the maximum wind resistance is 8 m/s. The drone also supports OcuSync 3.0, which enables 20km video transmission range and dual-frequency switching.
The leaker also shared some photos of the actual drone and its remote controller. The drone looks very similar to the Mini 3 Pro, with a folding design and a gray color scheme. The remote controller also resembles the one that comes with the Air 3, with a detachable phone holder and an integrated screen.
DJI Mini 4 Pro: When will it be released and how much will it cost?
The official launch date of the DJI Mini 4 Pro is not yet confirmed, but some tipsters are suggesting that it could be as soon as late September. This would be perfect timing from DJI, since new US legislation coming into effect on September 16 requires drones weighing more than 250g to constantly broadcast the location of both the pilot and the aircraft itself. If the successor to the Mini 3 Pro remains below that crucial 250g limit, then owners will be free to fly their drone without the need for registration or identification.
The price of the DJI Mini 4 Pro is also unknown for now, but it is likely to be similar to or slightly higher than the DJI Mini 3 Pro, which is currently priced from $759 / £709 / AU$1,119. The drone would be available in four configurations, according to leaker @Quadro_News:
- DJI Mini 4 Pro (RC-N2)
- DJI Mini 4 Pro (RC 2)
- DJI Mini 4 Pro Fly More Combo (RC 2)
- DJI Mini 4 Pro Fly More Combo Plus (RC 2)
The last combo likely carries Intelligent Flight Battery Plus which increases the maximum flight time to 47 minutes for the Mini 3 series but at the same time tips the drone’s weight over the 250-gram mark.
The DJI Mini 4 Pro is shaping up to be an exciting addition to the Mini series, offering unprecedented performance and features for a sub-250g drone. We will keep you updated as more details emerge about this highly anticipated drone.