DJI Mini SE is a $300 drone that weighs 249 grams and can stay in the air for 30 minutes

Aug 10, 2021

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

DJI Mini SE is a $300 drone that weighs 249 grams and can stay in the air for 30 minutes

Aug 10, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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DJI has just announced the Mini SE, a tiny, lightweight drone that’s only one gram under the commercial limit. This means that you don’t need to register it, yet you can still take some beautiful photos and videos 30 minutes at a time.

The DJI Mini SE is advertised as a perfect drone for entry-level pilots, and I sure know I’d like to try it out since I’ve never used a drone before. But as I mentioned above, it can also be perfect if you don’t wish to register your drone. According to FAA, “all drones must be registered, except those that weigh 0.55 pounds or less (less than 250 grams) and are flown exclusively under the Exception for Recreational Flyers.” Well, DJI’s new drone is one gram under the limit, so you can fly it without having it registered. But remember, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t follow the safety rules.

As for the features, the DJI Mini SE packs a 3-axis stabilized gimbal with a 2.7K/12MP camera. There are four QuickShot modes: Dronie, Rocket, Circle, and Helix, and the CineSmooth mode that slows down flight speed and movements for higher precision and stability. You can squeeze up to 30 minutes of flight time out of it, which is pretty good for a tiny drone like this.

Here are the full specs:

Performance
Maximum Takeoff Weight0.5 lb / 249 g
Maximum Horizontal Speed29.1 mph / 13 m/s
Maximum Ascent Speed8.9 mph / 4 m/s
Maximum Descent Speed6.7 mph / 3 m/s
Maximum Wind Resistance23.5 mph / 10.5 m/s
Flight Ceiling1.9 Miles / 3000 m
Maximum Flight Time30 Minutes
Maximum Tilt Angle30°
Hovering Accuracy±1.6′ / 0.5 m Vertical with GPS
±0.3′ / 0.1 m Vertical with Vision Positioning
±4.9′ / 1.5 m Horizontal with GPS
±1.0′ / 0.3 m Horizontal with Vision Positioning
Flight Control System
GNSS SupportGPS, GLONASS
Vision System
Vision SystemDownward
Operating Range1.6 to 32.8′ / 0.5 to 10.0 m
Operating EnvironmentSurface with Clear Patterns at >15 lux
Remote Controller / Transmitter
Operating Frequency2.4 GHz (2.400 – 2.484)
5.8 GHz (5.725 – 5.850)
Maximum Operating Distance1.2 Miles / 2000 m at 2.4 G
2.5 Miles / 4000 m at 5.8 G
Transmitter Power19 dBm (2.4 G)
30 dBm (5.8 G)
Connectivity1 x Micro-USB
1 x Lightning
1 x USB Type-C
Battery Capacity2600 mAh
Mobile Device CompatibilityDevices up to 6.3″ / 160 mm Wide and 0.33″ / 8.38 mm Thick
App Operating System RequirementsAndroid 6.0 and later
iOS 10.0 and later
Display Resolution1280 x 720
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Camera
Sensor Type1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 12 Megapixel
Focal Length24mm (35mm Equivalent)
Field of View83°
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
ISO SensitivityVideo: 100 to 3200 (Auto)
Video: 100 to 3200 (Manual)
Photo: 100 to 1600 (Auto)
Photo: 100 to 3200 (Manual)
Shutter SpeedElectronic Shutter
4 to 1/8000 Seconds
Video Format2720 x 1530p at 24/25/30 fps (40 Mb/s MP4 via H.264/AVC, MPEG-4)
1920 x 1080p at 24/25/30/48/50/60 fps (40 Mb/s MP4 via H.264/AVC, MPEG-4)
Still Image SupportJPEG
12 MP (4000 x 3000)
12 MP (4000 x 2250)
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC [256 GB Maximum]
Photo ModesInterval, Single Shot
Gimbal
Number of Axes3 (Pitch, Roll, Yaw)
Control RangePitch: -110 to 35°
Roll: -35 to 35°
Yaw: -20 to 20°
Angular SpeedPitch: 120°/s
Control Accuracy±0.01°
Flight Battery
Battery ChemistryLithium-Ion Polymer (LiPo)
Capacity2250 mAh / 17.32 Wh
Battery Configuration2 S / 8.8 V
Maximum Charging Power29 W
Charging Temperature41 to 104°F / 5 to 40°C
Weight2.9 oz / 82.5 g
Charger
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz at 0.5 A
Output Voltage12 V, 1.5 A
9 V, 2 A
5 V, 3 A
Power Rating18 W
General
Number of Rotors4
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Diagonal Size8.4″ / 213 mm
Overall Dimensions3.2 x 2.3 x 5.4″ / 81.0 x 58.0 x 138.0 mm (Folded)
11.4 x 2.2 x 9.6″ / 289.0 x 56.0 x 245.0 mm (Unfolded)
Weight8.5 oz / 242 g (Including Propellers, Battery, Gimbal, Camera)

The DJI Mini SE retails for only $299, it’s already in stock and available for orders.

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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4 responses to “DJI Mini SE is a $300 drone that weighs 249 grams and can stay in the air for 30 minutes”

  1. Massimiliano Schilliro Avatar
    Massimiliano Schilliro

    Isn’t the same as the mini? What is different?

    1. Simon David Kowalewski Avatar
      Simon David Kowalewski

      Massimiliano Schilliro uses the motor and battery tech from the Mini 2, same controller and 2.7k camera from the Mini 1 so likely will take its place in Mavics lineup.

  2. Ricardo Armas Regidor Avatar
    Ricardo Armas Regidor

    not in spain

  3. Kevin La Rue Avatar
    Kevin La Rue

    Will this have “follow-me” capability? Seems ideal for adventure motorcyclists!