There has been a lot of speculation and leaks about the release of DJI’s newest upcoming Mini 4 Pro personal drone. Although DJI has yet to make any official announcements with details and a release date, we already know from these leaks that the DJI mini 4 Pro comes with new features not found in the amazingly popular Mini 3 Pro. The mini 3 pro is one of the best drones we have tested, so naturally we are quite eager to test and learn more about DJI’s latest edition to their mini series lineup.
The DJI Mini 3 Pro is considered one of the best mini drones on the market. Not only is it one of the more powerful sub 250g drones, but it is also packed with amazing specs and is compact enough to fit right in your pocket or bag making it readily accessible while adventuring or spontaneous moments you may want to capture. The DJI has a successful track record with their mini drones and history proves this. From their inception these minis have been amazing and with every enhancement, these drones just get better. The DJI Mini 2 saw major improvements and even more with the Mini 3 and Mini 3 Pro. We understand as DJI brings their Mini Drones closer to perfection there will be less and less to improve, but with new features being added to some of the other new DJI drones like omnidirectional sensing in the newest DJI Air 3, we are very interested to see what’s in store for DJI’s new mini 4 pro and how the official release will compare to these leaks.
Let’s review everything we have learned so far about DJI’s upcoming new drone.
4K 100FPS Video
The DJI Mini 3’s CMOS 1/1.3 inch sensor and dual native ISO offers enriched high dynamic range and an effective pixel rate of 48MP for images. Although we don’t know if the Mini 4 Pro shares the same sensor and processor yet, we do know that the new Mini 4 Pro offers 48MP still images as well. We also know that the new Mini 4 Pro offers 4K 100fps video recording when the Mini 3 gives 4K at 60fps. Shooting 4K at 60fps is outstandingly good for a mini drone but giving about 66% more fps, the Mini 4 Pro will offer a much smoother and crisp recording. Additionally, a greater fps opens doors for videographers to slow down, edit, and transition videos for more intricate productions and presentations.
The Mini 4 Pro has HDR video but there is no way for us to know if it will be like the mini 3 which gives HDR in single shot mode and when shooting at 24/25/30fps or if there will be any enhancements which allows for HDR recording in greater frame rates.
Omnidirectional Active Obstacle Sensing
One of the best features a beginner pilot needs is obstacle avoidance. As these technologies become more advanced and microscopic in size, the more better tech can be integrated into products of compact size and help the pilot keep their drone safe from accidents.
New Omnidirectional Active Obstacle Sensing has been added to the Mini 4 Pro which is an update from the Mini 3’s tri directional obstacle avoidance system. The Mini 4 now can sense objects and obstacles in every direction, up, down, front, back, left and right, whereas the mini 3 could only sense forward, backwards, and downwards. This provides better stability during tutorials and when using automated Quickshots as well as gives the pilot a greater “cushion” or “wiggle room” for errors which is going to inevitably happen at some point, even if you’re a great pilot.
Flagship 20km FHD Video Transmission
DJI’s new OcuSync 4.0 connectivity is quite impressive and allows for Full video in HD transmission up to 12 miles or 20km. With OcuSync 4.0 you will get to enjoy the full potential of one of DJI’s amazing remotes such as the new RC controller and RC-N2 which utilize this technology. Older remote controller models like the DJI RC-N1 will still work along with your android or apple iPhone devices when using the app.
Added Intelligent Flight Features
The best drones have amazing autonomous flight features and most likely thanks to the new omnidirectional sensing system, the Mini 4 Pro comes with even more automatic flight modes with supported Waypoint flight. With the Mini 4 Pro you will be able to program a flight path for your drone and direct it exactly where and when to record video or capture images. The Mini 3 could only perform these types of functions while using hyperlapse mode (which is also included in the Mini 4 Pro along with Focus Track, True Vertical Shooting, Active Track, and all the Quickshot shooting modes such as Dronie, Helix, Rocket, Circle, Boomerang, and Asteroid).
More on the DJI Mini 4 Pro
Like the other mini drones in the series, the Mini 4 Pro weighs under 249g and features larger propellers, an aerodynamic body tilt, a powerful obstacle sensing system, and a reimagined gimbal which gives a wider rotation range for hard-angle shots and True Vertical Shooting. This design makes the Mini 4 Pro one of the lightest and versatile drones available on the market today and under the FAA weight restrictions. Its compact size folds down making it even more compact and simple to travel with or carry. From it’s unwavering ability to produce stunning image quality for stills and video even in low light settings, to its ability to record and capture with superb image quality, the Mini 4 has everything you could want from a drone. Plus, with options to choose color profiles such as normal or cinematic and photo formats in JPEG or RAW, the Mini 4 Pro is ideal for professionals seeking something smaller to work with.
The Max flight time on the DJI Mini 3 has 34 minutes battery life and we don’t expect that to change for the Mini 4 Pro. Although it’s worth noting that you can expand the flight time to 47 minutes using the DJI Mini 3 Pro intelligent Flight Battery Plus and would assume there will be something equal to if not better for the Mini 4 Pro.
More on DJI
DJI are leaders in the personal drone space. They are the ones who brought us awesome drones like the FPV series, Air 2s or the DJI Mavic series including the Mavic Mini and DJI Mavic 3 Pro. DJI knows what they’re doing and everyone who owns one of their drones is loving it. We imagine the Mini 4 Pro will be available with a fly more kit which combos all the extra bells and whistles within one package. We have done quite a bit of optical tech and drone reviews for many brands from Autel to gopro and more. DJI makes some of the best drones we have tested and we tend to lean towards the reliability in the quality of build, as well as the numerous specs which make us excited for the new Mini 4 Pro. This little flying machine wont just stand out in crowd for its incredible looks, but also for the material and content it produces.