You want a drone but don’t want to put down more money for one? That’s where the DJI Mini 2 SE could be worth flying almost anywhere. It’s among the smallest drones available, especially from DJI, owing to its palm-sized body and lightweight frame making it easier to fly.

It looks like a clone of the Mini 2, which you could easily expect given the SE is modeled after the original anyway. The premise here is also similar, which is to fly it around with fewer concerns because of its smaller size. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re very comfortable piloting a drone like this, it could feel just right.

What you get with the DJI Mini 2 SE

The Mini 2 SE weighs a mere 246 grams, meaning you don’t have to register it to fly in Canada under current drone rules. You still have to be careful and abide by flight restrictions, of course, but you don’t need to get the OK first to put this in the air.

It comes with a 1/2.3-inch CMOS camera mounted on a 3-axis gimbal that can take 2.7K video and 12-megapixel photos. This is one of the first differences with the Mini 2, which can record video in 4K. It also differs from the Mini 3 whose camera can rotate 90-degrees to capture footage directly below it as well. With DJI’s O2 transmission signal technology, you could theoretically control the Mini 2 SE up to 10 km away. This runs through the same RC-N1 controller that came with the Mini 2, which also requires you use a smartphone for the screen.

DJI’s Quickshots shooting modes also come into play, like Dronie, Circle, Helix, Rocket and Boomerang, helping you take cinematic-style shots with automated flight paths. That, along with the lighter weight, makes it easy to take interesting video or photos in varying locales. You can also rest a little easier with the smart Return to Home feature that also applies when the battery runs low.

Extra details about the Mini 2 SE

The Mini 2 SE can stay in the air for up to 31 minutes, which is pretty good for something this size. DJI says it also engineered the drone to withstand wind gusts and maintain stability, particularly when staying idle in the air. Still, like other drones, the more it fights off the wind, the more it affects overall battery life.

Beyond the DJI Mimo app, it’s also compatible with LightCut, a separate app that can take recorded footage and photos and put together an edited package you can share with others. There are shooting tutorials to improve your craft, as well as templates you can choose from to put it all together. Moreover, you can take footage from your phone or other cameras and bring that into the final package as well.

The DJI Mini 2 SE is available, and you can get it on its own with the RC-N1 controller, or go for the SE Quadcopter Drone Combo. Check out the latest drones available now.

Ted Kritsonis
Editor Cellular/Mobile Technology
I’m a fortunate man in being able to do the fun job of following and reporting on one of the most exciting industries in the world today. In my time covering consumer tech, I’ve written for a number of publications, including the Globe and Mail, Yahoo! Canada,, Canoe, Digital Trends, MobileSyrup, G4 Tech, PC World, Faze and AppStorm. I’ve also appeared on TV as a tech expert for Global, CTV and the Shopping Channel.