The best drone under $500 (DJI Mini 2 review)

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The DJI Mini 2 is the best drone under $500. DJI’s first Mavic Mini drone was clearly made for people making their first step into the drone world. But its successor, the Mini 2 which now supports OcuSync and has an improved camera makes a very strong argument for even more experienced pilots and content creators.
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  • The Verge

    The Verge

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    There is always SO much to test and talk about when it comes to drones. If you want to know more about anything specific or you think I missed something, please let me know down in the comments and we can chat! — Vjeran

    • Skyviews 4K

      Skyviews 4K

      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      Hey what a useful video..I also have dji mini 2 and i get some really good footage with it for my channel...the only problem is that I ve never reached a range higher than 1km 🤔

    • Kalpesh Patel

      Kalpesh Patel

      2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      Nice video. I thought flying above cities isn't permitted or one has to apply for permissions to do so. Interesting to see you casually flying it above :)

    • pa maj MARTINI VAN MAN

      pa maj MARTINI VAN MAN

      2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      @beast95117 Keeping line of site is always safer, going behind buildings is always a gamble. Keep up High enough to circle the building but still maintaining line of site or, move to position yourself to get video from the back of the building at same hight as before then edit to look continus. I hope this helps 👍 I didn't take the insurance cover so I play it safe 😬

    • Anoop k

      Anoop k

      2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      How get free dji drone . Dji drone my dream drone

    • Dub Taal

      Dub Taal

      2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      Great review...and amazing job of capturing SF! It's worth mentioning that the original Mavic Mini did not get an upgrade that added RAW or Cinelike. As such, I think most OG Mini owners are feeling a little abandoned by DJI considering technically speaking, the MM would support a few feature upgrades. But there's always litchi!

  • Mark Gaucher

    Mark Gaucher

    ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Great review, very informative, I enjoyed every minute of this video. Thank you.

  • kisuke urahara

    kisuke urahara

    2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Not Dieter 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Trey Rahman

    Trey Rahman

    7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    "Womp womp" 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤙🏼

  • 4K Hong Kong

    4K Hong Kong

    7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Very informative. It’s been 3 months and I have zero regrets with my purchase of the Mavic Mini 2.

  • Naviss


    13 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Nice review, & and such a powerful drone in a small package ! Anyone know what backpack he uses?

  • Canaan Whitston

    Canaan Whitston

    14 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    where are you finding this for under $500??

  • Jacob Van der Vorst

    Jacob Van der Vorst

    14 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    But is it only for apple?



    15 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I will maximize the use of the Dji Mini 2 before I upgrade.

  • Harry M

    Harry M

    17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    How loud it is compared to a Mavic Air? I have a Mavic Air but I don't like it because of the noise.

  • Phasefella tv

    Phasefella tv

    20 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Does mavic mini 2 have active track ??? Where it follows you

    • The Verge

      The Verge

      20 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      It does not since it doesn’t have sensors. Protip: you can control the camera while the drone is “returning to home”. So you can try to cheat it. - Vjeran

  • Duncan73


    20 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  • John Froschauer

    John Froschauer

    23 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I really liked your review. I loved your shots of SF. I always seemed to find trouble when I would fly in GG Park, Ocean Beach, or anywhere in the city.

  • Evan Wiger

    Evan Wiger

    26 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    noise isn't an issue if you have Topaz AI Denoise. i don't use anything over iso 200 anyway.

  • Marcos Armendariz

    Marcos Armendariz

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Ok so the camera is the worst but also it'll satisfy experienced users, etc!? Which one is it!?

  • hateyouwithapassion1


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    It was the cat on the leash for me

  • J Rob

    J Rob

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Why the mask when you are by yourself, or at least 6 feet from anyone else? Makes no sense, unless you are just woke flexing or hopefully, being ironic. By the way, I really liked your review otherwise.

  • jManraM


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Best automatic drone for superb shots. If you're trying to go insane mode and freestyle then FPV race drones is what u need 🔥🔥

  • orlando camejo

    orlando camejo

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  • brandnaqua


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    i like it!

  • H B

    H B

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Do I still need a permit for it in the us? In Canada, we need a permit for everything over 0.25 kilograms

  • Raul Hernandez

    Raul Hernandez

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Great review! Thank you

  • Miku


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    What editing app do you use?

  • Speaker Subject

    Speaker Subject

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Umm I think you forgot the Battery life of one flight... That's the important one too.



    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I just purchased this drone and the DJI refresh. I managed to clip some low lying branches and cracked the housing where the rear leg folds up to. Now there is extra flex where there should not be. Can I purchase that plastic piece, or must I use my "insurance" and send it in?
    😢 FML

  • Stacy Moore

    Stacy Moore

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    seriously, the mask in the woods? he must follow that famous tennis player Labron James i think his name is; driving a convertible alone with a mask on.

  • doug riter

    doug riter

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Cool review.

  • W H

    W H

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Why are you wearing a mask outside?

  • Don Engel

    Don Engel

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Could this be paired with the headset used by the FPV, since it uses Ocusync?

  • Im 12

    Im 12

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    cries in 1k Ausralian for the combo

  • Gold Formation

    Gold Formation

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  • Wesley Chapman

    Wesley Chapman

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    where's 3:32 called?

  • just for fun

    just for fun

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    average Joe does not know how to edit and make it look cinematic .... was expecting that row footage and review about that

  • JD Velez

    JD Velez

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Been researching which drone to buy for a while!! Just purchased the mavic mini 2 on amazon!! Crossing my fingers!! Thanks for the review!!

  • G Star

    G Star

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    LOL. This fool wearing a mask outdoors with no one else around. Are people really that stupid?

  • Jun


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Very nice drone. Indeed, very user-friendly for beginners.

  • Democrat Pro

    Democrat Pro

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    stupid mask

  • Toby and James Goldsmith

    Toby and James Goldsmith

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    3:00 is that a…..CAT?!?

  • MasJoko


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    should i but this mini 2, mavic air 2 or just wait the new drone to launch tomorrow?

  • Tyler Mccreery

    Tyler Mccreery

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Go peep out some my videos shot on the mavic air 2 at McCreery187

  • Dale A

    Dale A

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Stimulus passed. Mini2 soon.

  • Publ1c One

    Publ1c One

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    If your judgement on wearing masks in anyway reperesents your judgement on this product NO WAY I am interested. You are in a FOREST ... ALONE .... Man, the levels of ignorance this displays is reaching new heights.

  • Víctor H. Flores

    Víctor H. Flores

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Seems that everyone on verge must sound like dieter

  • Meco


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Not Dieter did a great job on this review

  • BB Creations

    BB Creations

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Thanks for the video man. Thinking about asking for this drone for my birthday as my fist real drone but I don't know I would love to have sensors so I don't crash it 😂

  • Omar Ahmad

    Omar Ahmad

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    This video reminded me how beautiful San Francisco is

  • alfred Gunter

    alfred Gunter

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    bi.g things come in bigg packages 66 size 18 shoe🍆🍆🍆

  • American Movie Podcast

    American Movie Podcast

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I wish it had auto tracking and a bigger sensor

  • Marjukka Heikkinen

    Marjukka Heikkinen

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I love these shots of SF. They’re so beautiful.

  • Murtz T

    Murtz T

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    What kinda face mask was that you had on @ 1:39?

  • James Patton

    James Patton

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    the video footage you got was all fantastic

  • Abraham Tario

    Abraham Tario

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    If I buy now... dji will drop mini3.. reason why I haven’t bought one haha

    • CG XIII

      CG XIII

      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      I just ordered mine 😅 hoping.a new one doesn’t come out soon!

  • arturo sanchez

    arturo sanchez

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    No fly zone you fly in restricted areas FAA is watching you

  • Brian Wood

    Brian Wood

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    What pack are you using in this video?

  • Daily life

    Daily life

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Finally quite a disappointing drone. Is there another brand that offers better results for this range of price ?

  • Jake Randolph

    Jake Randolph

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    What software do you use to edit these videos?

  • Johanon Zimmerman

    Johanon Zimmerman

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    You lost my respect when you wore a mask outside.

  • Bian Magic

    Bian Magic

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The reason why I think the Mini series will never get sensors is because it will kill the Mavic air Series. If the Minis had sensors there will be no reason to get the air.

  • H4n Mil

    H4n Mil

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Never had a drone before, for photo to counter the noise can it be set to take a few seconds of exposure since it can be floating in the air?

  • Ryan Kim

    Ryan Kim

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Was hoping the new mini would have sensors for obstacle avoidance. Guess I'm going to have to wait to buy for the next version :/

  • Glen Smith

    Glen Smith

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Fantastic drone, but not the best drone under $500.

  • Radycal


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    you broke my ears just for that transition?

  • C.


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Is the "green chromatic aberations" a Verge signature video look? I think I've seen it before, but it looks interesting, a bit vintage. :)

  • Сергей Антонов

    Сергей Антонов

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Классное видео! Респект автору!



    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I love my DJI mini 2. I have flown it in about every condition I could think of, and made a few videos to show.

    • xBlockhead


      26 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      No problems flying in the rain?

  • Diego Teliz

    Diego Teliz

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Great review but... man! those drones shots are awesome!

  • Andrew Pollack

    Andrew Pollack

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Great work! This drone sells itself, but your videography makes it even more compelling

  • Ben Cooper

    Ben Cooper

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Weird question but... that sage hoodie, where's it from?

  • charis antoniades

    charis antoniades

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    When do you think is the best time to buy the mini 2 between now and july?
    Do you expect any price drops anytime?

  • Pooja Nive

    Pooja Nive

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    In india helight limit is only 15 metre

  • Aung Myint choco

    Aung Myint choco

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    You guys say that is a good camera! It is seem awesome

  • Riast Ullah

    Riast Ullah

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    This is such a great review!

  • Chill2020


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I'm a beginner. I've been studying drones for couple months now. So, is the Mavic mini 2, or mavic air 2 or mavic pro 2. Can I get another point of view for a beginner what would you buy outta these 3?

  • Tolga Balci

    Tolga Balci

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    02:13 Even though OcuSync 2 standard has the capability to transmit in 1080p, DJI Mini 2 is limited to transmitting only at 720p/30fps. It was one of my main deterrents when I was looking to buy a Mini 2 vs Air 2, but I ended up going with the Mini 2 anyway. 720p on the remote I think is perfectly fine.

  • Mojex


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Does the DJI Mavic Mini have RAW phot's now? 7:55

  • Kael


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Where's Dieter.

  • Bheekham Singh

    Bheekham Singh

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Delivery in india, and price

  • -


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I use a mavic air 2 and honestly i hate myself for not selling it and buying the mini 2, we have new eu drone regulations and i just bought a drone exam to legally fly my ma2. That means I totally payed 1000 euros to fly it

  • Proper Gander

    Proper Gander

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    This ‘not Dieter’ guy is an absolute Snacc!
    We need more of him for sure!

  • Dennis Moore

    Dennis Moore

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Big things come in little packages. Just ask my wife.

    • Jake Riffle

      Jake Riffle

      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      How little is your wife??😜😜

    • l'Empereur


      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      She agreed. Told me to come back next week.

    • Bowen Supple

      Bowen Supple

      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


    • Grïffīñ Døräń

      Grïffīñ Døräń

      2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  • Raymond Fernando

    Raymond Fernando

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Worse camera?

  • Patrick Hansen

    Patrick Hansen

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The DJI Mini 2 is my favorite drone right now. For casual flying, I prefer it even against my MA2.

    • NIkola Radunovic

      NIkola Radunovic

      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      @Ed Fitzgerald definitely doesn't feel cheap and flimsy, it's plastic and it was made to be light, but the plastic is very sturdy and blades too, don't crash it tho as it will probably break something.

    • Ed Fitzgerald

      Ed Fitzgerald

      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      @Message In the Bottle I haven’t really gotten to test out the mavic air 2 but you get what you pay for, you know?

    • Message In the Bottle

      Message In the Bottle

      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      @Ed Fitzgerald got it 👍, I'll do more research about it

    • Ed Fitzgerald

      Ed Fitzgerald

      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      @Message In the Bottle the recording on the mini 2 is ok, but the gimbal dips in sport mode and also sadly no time lapse

    • Message In the Bottle

      Message In the Bottle

      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      @Ed Fitzgerald definitely want a "video" recording/broadcast flying drone, however definitely want below 500 bucks.

  • Roy Hale

    Roy Hale

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    So many good things to say about the Mini 2!

  • marko popovic

    marko popovic

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Great video. Do you maybe have this raw videos for download to see quality more precisely, also to test how it handles color correcting? Thank you, that would be amazing :)

  • Matt


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Walking around, wearing a diaper mask when there is nobody within 6 feet of you

  • Ash Stubbings

    Ash Stubbings

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    You have yourself a new subscriber my friend. many thanks for a very informative video.

  • P-51 GlintHawK

    P-51 GlintHawK

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Have you experienced any issues with the gimbal kick on the mini 2? Or not being able to move back or forward if the camera is at a full 90 degrees downward?

    • The Verge

      The Verge

      2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      Great question and yes, I have. There's less room for gimbal to move around, so while flying in sport mode it'll stay around 15 degrees. Secondly, I take a lot of pano photos (the ultra-wide ones) and occasionally those will get cancelled out if the wind is stronger, thus making the drone level itself out, thus obstructing the gimbal. It was very rare and more often than not, I'd just try it a few times and cross my fingers it'll work. - Vjeran

  • Peter Colichidas

    Peter Colichidas

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I like you video because of the drone (which I have) and the SF shots. We live in Germany now but we do miss SF and the Bay Area. I subscribed for the same reasons, SF and drones.

    • The Verge

      The Verge

      2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      And I miss Germany! Thank you for the sub! :) - Vjeran

  • Max Dorsey

    Max Dorsey

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Christ. I feel bad for anyone with a mavic.

  • Vikingdescendent


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    3:01 more cat please!

  • Zo Torres

    Zo Torres

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    for the price great for daylight and not as usable for night time. nice

  • Ivan Matz

    Ivan Matz

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I get that its very cheap, but obstacle avoidance should be mandatory by law.

    • The Verge

      The Verge

      2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      Agreed, I think that at least front facing sensor are a must-have now. I do believe that with better sensors and better tech there will be a stronger argument for more lenient laws. - Vjeran

  • Mangled Moccasins

    Mangled Moccasins

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The verge underestimates A lot

  • Hector


    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Where’s the enhanced photo mode ?

    • The Verge

      The Verge

      2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      When you look at the photos you have already taken there's a little magic wand icon in the bottom right corner. - Vjeran

  • Geo Drone

    Geo Drone

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    You don't use AUTO....because even at MA2 Auto means a fkd up image...Always used manual WB, manual ISO, manual SS...So not "just Auto"...

  • Alex Ionut Coman

    Alex Ionut Coman

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The sensor is 1/2.3 = 0.43 inch, way larger than a quarter of the Mavic 2 pro's 1 inch 😊

    • The Verge

      The Verge

      2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      Right and how many of those [0.43-inch diagonally] rectangles can you fit into a 1-inch rectangle? ;) - Vjeran

  • Rohit S

    Rohit S

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Hello, may I please ask how you got clearance to fly in and around Golden Gate park? Do we need authorization from FAA for that? Or is it approved? Thank you



    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Wtf do you mean it has the worse camera 🤣🤣🤣🤣 the camera on this hummingbird is fckn awesome

    • The Verge

      The Verge

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      Worse than M2P. Sorry if that wasn't clear! - Vjeran

  • Daniel Maidment

    Daniel Maidment

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    How many ads do you need?

  • Jihad Markabawi

    Jihad Markabawi

    2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Best drone ever i love it i use it always