DJI Mini 4 PRO

We have a new “mini” at home: the new DJI Mini 4 PRO has been released, and for the first time I am seriously thinking about adding a “Mini” to my work team at Javier Gómiz.

This drone promises to be the total drone for drones under 250 grams, which, as we already know, have the quality of being drones that can be flown without a licence.

The new features of the DJI Mini 4 PRO are very interesting and very useful. Just when we thought that the previous model could not be improved upon, the DJI Mini 3 PRO, this new drone surprises us with utilities applicable to both recreational and professional use, the device is thus a precision device that can be used in the photogrammetry with drones by the incorporation of the possibility to make waypoints.

I will now take a closer look at its features, compare it with the previous MIni 3 PRO and discuss it in more general depth.

Differences between Mini 3 PRO and Mini 4 PRO

At a quick glance we can tell that they look like the same drone, clearly, this DJI Mini 4 PRO is an evolution of the DJI Mini 3 PRO, although modified to the maximum to push it to the limit and thus offer a greater amount of possibilities.

I wanted to tell you about a difference between the Mini 4 and the Mini 3, which is causing a lot of commotion: the limitation of flight altitude to 120m.

This is not DJI’s doing, and according to the European regulation EU 945/2019 in annex part 1 point 3, it specifies that in order to obtain the C0 class marking, drones must have a maximum achievable height from the take-off point limited to 120 metres.

However, the same European regulation allows the 120 metres to be exceeded, for example to climb a slope by keeping parallel to the ground at 120 metres from the closest point to the slope.

I will now comment on the other differences:

  • It brings back the front legs that were removed from the DJI Mini3 PRO and that were present on the previous models: Mini 3 and Mini 2.
    Beyond the fact that they can be used for landing or take-off, DJI has realised that they can be a good place to place antennas.
  • Installation of omnidirectional sensors, i.e. we will have 360º protection from both above and below, just like its big brothers, the DJI Air 3 and the DJI MAVIC 3.
  • This drone comes with more sensors and a light (for the first time on a mini) on the bottom. Very useful in low light conditions for both take-off and landing.
  • The DJI Mini 4 PRO is the first “mini drone” with C0 class marking for Europe.
  • Larger breathing vents to optimise interior cooling.
  • Propeller holster which protects the propellers during the transport of the drone.
  • A new gimbal that protects both the camera and the omni-directional sensors that are placed on the front, just like the DJI Air 3.
  • The positioning lights (green) have been moved to the rear legs.
  • The DJI Mini 4’s camera is slightly larger, as its camera sensor is the same as that of the DJI Air 3. This will translate into light improvements in dark scenarios.
  • Neutral density (ND) filters are not compatible between these two drones.
  • It maintains the 34′ flight time (on paper) with normal batteries, although in practice it becomes 24-25′ with 10-15% battery remaining.
    We can fly up to 45′ with PLUS batteries (not sold in Europe). That’s about 31-32′ of real flight time. However, be warned, this drone would weigh more than 249grs.
  • You will be able to use all these tracking modes on the DJI Mini 4 in 4K at 60 and 100 fps.

Similarities between the DJI Mini 3 PRO and the DJI Mini 4 PRO

There are differences but also similarities between the DJI Mini 4 and 3, these become functional and allow us to take advantage of things that previous models already have.

  • 4-axis camera. This camera has been a revolution since its launch in the Mini 3 PRO model as it can rotate 90º and position itself vertically, and of course, the DJI Mini 4 also comes with it. The special feature of this model is that it can be tilted upwards by 60°, which makes for very interesting shots.
  • The batteries are also inserted from the back of the drone and are interchangeable between the two drones.
  • It has exactly the same propellers.
  • This new drone is still as quiet as the previous Mini 3, allowing us to keep a low profile while flying it, which is an advantage when flying a drone at events.
    The drone weddings in Mallorca that I go to for work, most of them are held in beautiful old estates, so to take advantage of the scenery the ceremony is usually held outdoors.
    So using a drone that is silent and can fly over people is a real luxury. Do you want to fly drones in Mallorca? In my article I tell you all about it.

DJI Mini 4 PRO Camera

The camera on the DJI Mini 4 is, without a doubt, the star of all the technology that this drone brings and that makes it one of the best drones of 2023.

As I mentioned earlier, the camera that comes with this drone is the same camera that comes with the DJI Air 3, so DJI has given this new drone the features of a higher-end drone worth around €500 more. A real luxury.

The main novelty of the camera is that it can record in 4K at 100 fps and thus achieve fantastic slow motion.

Colour profile

The colour profile D-Cinelike has also been left behind and the DJI Mini 4 is now one of the chosen ones using the colour profile D-Log M with 10 bits, again another great feature that makes it stand out from the rest. at the same level than the larger Air 3 and Mavic 3.

A professional profile that will allow us a greater margin and dynamic range in photographic and video retouching. This will make colour grading easier, resulting in much higher quality images.

This makes it the perfect ally for “the Mavic and the Air”, as by sharing the same colour profile, the files we process will not need many modifications to match each other.

Night Mode

Also inherited from the DJI Air 3, it allows us to get very good results in effortless night shots. With an ISO of more than 12000 and a very good noise reduction we can achieve better results than with the previous “minis”.

Photography

It appears that SMART HDR photography has been improved over the DJI Mini 3:

  • 12MP, 48MP JPGE and RAW photographs
  • Enhanced SMART HDR photography
  • Bracketing of up to 7 photos
  • Panoramic photography
  • Hyperlapses
  • Cruise control mode
  • Quickshots y Mastershots

Waypoints on the DJI Mini 4

Yes! It is not a dream, it is a reality. DJI has integrated the waypoints from the MAVIC 3 and Air 3 into the DJI Mini 4 PRO. Don’t know what waypoints are? This option allows you to schedule and record flights.

You will be able to plot routes and record them for future flights, allowing you, after a good video editing, to obtain very attractive results such as day/night transitions.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, this feature makes it a drone suitable for precision work.

New DJI Mini 4 with old controller now for 799€.

Focus-tracking functions

There are new developments.

The DJI Mini 4 still comes with the same three focus-track options: Points of Interest (POI), Spotlight, but now this drone incorporates a new version of active-track: Active-track 360.

Active-track 360

When you are using this Active-track 360, a new option will appear in the bottom left corner of the drone interface, where the maps and geo-locator are located during normal flight,

It consists of two circles, an inner and an outer circle surrounding a person and simulating the object to be tracked. You can choose between a person or a vehicle for greater precision of the selected object to be tracked.

With your finger you can describe the trajectory you want the drone to take by “jumping” from one circle to another. You can also select the indoor and outdoor height from o to 15 metres.

You can also select how hard the camera moves when overcoming obstacles.

In tracking people, this drone has made a remarkable change for the better, and in tracking people it performs very well following vehicles travelling at speeds of between 40 km/h. However, it is limited by European regulations that do not allow it to move more than 50 metres away from the object it is tracking and when this happens the drone stops automatically.

Spotlight

This option still maintains the quality of usability and can maintain higher tracking speeds if the drone is set to SPORT MODE as the obstacle detectors are disabled in this mode. This is a risky practice that I do not recommend, but it is there for those who want it according to their experience and needs.

Obstacle sensors

It uses the APAS 5.0 system that will allow your drone to avoid obstacles head-on, backwards and even sideways. However, you should be careful as this system does not detect wires and very thin branches.

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Interface

As with the DJI Mavic 3, you can enjoy a framing guide and augmented reality that allows you to predict the trajectory your drone will take when RTH (return to home) is activated. You will also have a landing aid indicating (with a black cross) the exact spot where the drone will land.

The visual assistant that is already included in the MAVIC 3 is missing. Understandable as it can’t all fit.

Transmission system

As expected, the DJI Mini 4 PRO changes transmission system and brings, like the AIR 3, the ’04’ transmission system. This system greatly improves the signal quality for those of us flying in Europe with EC regulations, thus compensating for the better transmission signal enjoyed by those flying outside Europe (FCC).

This drone adds 4 new additional transmission bands that improve the transmission quality and in total transmits a signal at 1080P and 60 fps.

DJI Mini 4 PRO Price

The new DJI Mini 4 PRO has maintained more or less the same prices as its predecessor, the Mini 3 PRO. There is no significant increase, which is to be welcomed as the prices of these devices are skyrocketing, although it is true that the features offered by drones today are also on the rise.

The DJI Mini 4 PRO changes price depending on the lot you choose:

My conclusion is that DJI has broken the mould with this drone (for now) by fitting some of the most remarkable, interesting and important features of high-end drones into a 249g drone.

It’s true that it lacks the camera of a Mavic 3 or high wind resistance (for obvious reasons), but having a logarithmic profile in a 249g drone plus all the new features of the DJI Mini 4 PRO mentioned above is a real treat.

Not to mention the advantages of flying a drone weighing less than 250 grams in terms of regulations.

So much for the review of DJI’s latest “mini” drone to date. I hope I have shown you and introduced you to this little beast in the right way so that you can get to know it well.

If you already have the DJI Mini 3 PRO and you are thinking of buying the DJI Mini 4 PRO to upgrade, this article gives you all the keys to find out if you need it or not.

I am here for any doubts or questions you may have. I’ll read you in the comments!

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