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Today DJI announced the Mini 4 Pro, the latest model in its Mini series of compact and foldable sub-250g drones. The Mini 4 Pro is the first in the series with omnidirectional obstacle detection and avoidance and Waypoints. It also features True Vertical Shooting, perfect for platforms that use vertical video. On a single charge, the DJI Mini 4 Pro can remain airborne for up to 45 minutes with the right battery.
The single camera on the Mini 4 Pro has a Type 1/1.3 CMOS sensor with dual native ISO, a 24mm (equiv.) lens, and a fixed F1.7 aperture. It can capture 48MP images and rests on a 3-axis gimbal that can tilt 60º upward. The camera is capable of cropping in up to 2X for photos and up to 4X when capturing video.
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Video can be recorded at resolutions up to 4K/60p and 4K/100p for Slo-Mo shots in 10-bit D-Log M – DJI’s log profile that offers over 1 billion colors. Night Shots video mode, which allows you to increase the ISO to 12800, is also selectable.
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The Mini 4 Pro offers a variety of creative features. The ability to capture 180°, Wide Angle, and Vertical panoramas, hyperlapse clips, automated Quickshots (Dronie, Circle, Helix, Rocket, Boomerang, and Asteroid modes) plus MasterShots, which shoots a variety of automated modes and stitches the clips together, are all included.
FocusTrack, which allows you to designate a subject and track it, is available in three modes – Spotlight, Point of Interest, and ActiveTrack 360°. The Mini 4 Pro’s body is equipped with six fisheye vision sensors on the front, top, and bottom of the aircraft for omnidirectional obstacle detection and avoidance. You can either brake in front of or bypass an obstruction.
The Mini 4 Pro is the first drone in the Mini series to offer the Waypoints Flight function. This feature allows you to pre-plan flights and repeat them. Cruise Control is also available and gives you the ability to automatically operate at a consistent speed and avoid potential flight fatigue while recording footage.
|An ND16/64/256 filter set is available for the Mini 4 Pro. Image credit: DJI|
DJI equipped the Mini 4 Pro with its OcuSync 4 (O4) transmission system, giving it a range of up to 20km (12.4 miles). While you may never fly that far, this gives you 1080p/60p FHD video transmission while operating the drone. It can also remain airborne for 34 minutes with a standard Intelligent Flight battery and up to 45 minutes with the Intelligent Flight Plus battery. Using the latter power supply will place the drone at a takeoff weight above 250g, removing some of the benefits of flying below that threshold, like not requiring registration.
|A propeller cage adds an extra layer of protection. Image credit: DJI|
A super-wide 100° FOV wide-angle lens and ND16/64/256 filter set can be purchased separately for the Mini 4 Pro. DJI also created a 360º propeller guard set for comprehensive physical coverage.
|Each Fly More Combo includes three batteries and an RC 2 Remote Controller.|
The Mini 4 Pro with DJI RC-N2 Remote Controller and one Intelligent Flight battery starts at $759. This same package, with the RC 2 Remote Controller, is $959. The DJI Mini 4 Pro Fly More Combo, which includes the RC 2, three Intelligent Flight batteries, a two-way charging hub, and a carrying bag costs $1,099 while the Fly More Combo Plus, with Intelligent Flight Plus batteries that power the drone up to 45 minutes, comes out to $1,159.
For complete product information, and to order a Mini 4 Pro, please visit DJI’s official site.