DJI launches new Mini 4K entry-level drone

DJI has launched a new entry-level drone, the DJI Mini 4K. Designed for beginners, the Mini 4K also has a budget price ideal for first-time fliers.

No FAA registration

On first inspection, the Mini 4K looks very similar to DJI’s previous entry-level drone, the Mini 2 SE. As such, the Mini 4K is very compact and lightweight, weighing under 249 g. This is important because it means that DJI’s newest drone doesn’t need a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registration or a remote ID in the US. However, this only applies if you are using the Mini 4K for recreational purposes.

4K video

DJI Mini 4K folded
Image courtesy: DJI

One big difference between the DJI Mini 2 SE and the DJI Mini 4K is the resolution of the video you can record. The Mini SE was limited to 2.7K but the Mini 4K can shoot in 4K as the name suggests. You can record in 4K at 24 fps, 25 fps and 30 fps. In addition, if you drop the resolution to 2.7K, then you can shoot up to 60 fps. The camera also features a 1/2.3-inch CMPS sensor and a three-axis gimbal for smooth shots. There’s even a 2X digital zoom in 4K mode to get a little closer to the action.


Even if this is your first drone, the Mini 4K has some features to help you get great video. DJI’s QuickShots are pre-programmed flight moves that deliver cinematic movement. These include Dronie, where the camera centers on your subject as the drone flies away backward and upwards. There is also Helix, where the drone ascends in a spiral, and Rocket where it rises rapidly while looking down. In addition, Circle and Boomerang use curved flight paths. The Mini 4K can even automatically take sphere, wide angle and 180° panoramic photographs.

Other features

DJI Mini 4K
Image courtesy: DJI

DJI says that the Mini 4K supports a maximum HD video transmission range of 32,800 feet (10 kilometers) with anti-interference capabilities. The drone also offers one-tap take-off and landing, as well as a range of automatic return-to-home features. In addition, the flight time is quoted as up to 31 minutes per battery. For brand new drone pilots, the DJI Fly app gives you clear instructions and easy-to-follow tutorials to get started.

What we think

The DJI Mini 4K is excellent for anyone looking to take their first flight. It’s under the 250 g FAA limit so you don’t need to worry about registrations and remote IDs. It also takes care of take-off and landing, as well as offering automatic return to home features to give you more confidence. In addition, the 4K video and QuickShots options mean that you can quickly and easily get cinematic video once you are in the air. The DJI Mini 4K looks to be a great way to take your video to new heights.

Pricing and availability

The DJI Mini 4K is available now with the RC-N1C remote controller for $269. You can also pick up the Mini 4K Fly More combo for $449. This pack adds a case and two more batteries to extend your flight time.

Pete Tomkies
Pete Tomkies
Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.

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