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

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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  1. The Verge

    The Verge2 months ago

    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

  2. Skyviews 4K

    Skyviews 4K23 days ago

    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 🤔

  3. Kalpesh Patel

    Kalpesh Patel2 months ago

    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 :)

  4. pa maj MARTINI VAN MAN

    pa maj MARTINI VAN MAN2 months ago

    @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 😬

  5. Anoop k

    Anoop k2 months ago

    How get free dji drone . Dji drone my dream drone

  6. Dub Taal

    Dub Taal2 months ago

    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!

  7. Phasefella tv

    Phasefella tv11 hours ago

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

  8. The Verge

    The Verge10 hours ago

    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

  9. Duncan73

    Duncan7312 hours ago


  10. John Froschauer

    John Froschauer3 days ago

    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.

  11. Evan Wiger

    Evan Wiger6 days ago

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

  12. Marcos Armendariz

    Marcos Armendariz14 days ago

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

  13. hateyouwithapassion1

    hateyouwithapassion118 days ago

    It was the cat on the leash for me

  14. J Rob

    J Rob20 days ago

    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.

  15. jManraM

    jManraM20 days ago

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

  16. orlando camejo

    orlando camejo22 days ago


  17. brandnaqua

    brandnaqua22 days ago

    i like it!

  18. H B

    H B23 days ago

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

  19. Raul Hernandez

    Raul Hernandez23 days ago

    Great review! Thank you

  20. Miku

    Miku24 days ago

    What editing app do you use?

  21. Speaker Subject

    Speaker Subject24 days ago

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


    AJ PARKER25 days ago

    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

  23. Stacy Moore

    Stacy Moore27 days ago

    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.

  24. doug riter

    doug riterMonth ago

    Cool review.

  25. W H

    W HMonth ago

    Why are you wearing a mask outside?

  26. Don Engel

    Don EngelMonth ago

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

  27. Im 12

    Im 12Month ago

    cries in 1k Ausralian for the combo

  28. Gold Formation

    Gold FormationMonth ago


  29. Wesley Chapman

    Wesley ChapmanMonth ago

    where's 3:32 called?

  30. just for fun

    just for funMonth ago

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

  31. JD Velez

    JD VelezMonth ago

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

  32. G Star

    G StarMonth ago

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

  33. Jun

    JunMonth ago

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

  34. Democrat Pro

    Democrat ProMonth ago

    stupid mask

  35. Toby and James Goldsmith

    Toby and James GoldsmithMonth ago

    3:00 is that a…..CAT?!?

  36. MasJoko

    MasJokoMonth ago

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

  37. Tyler Mccreery

    Tyler MccreeryMonth ago

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

  38. Dale A

    Dale AMonth ago

    Stimulus passed. Mini2 soon.

  39. Publ1c One

    Publ1c OneMonth ago

    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.

  40. Víctor H. Flores

    Víctor H. FloresMonth ago

    Seems that everyone on verge must sound like dieter

  41. Meco

    MecoMonth ago

    Not Dieter did a great job on this review

  42. BB Creations

    BB CreationsMonth ago

    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 😂

  43. Omar Ahmad

    Omar AhmadMonth ago

    This video reminded me how beautiful San Francisco is

  44. alfred Gunter

    alfred GunterMonth ago

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

  45. American Movie Podcast

    American Movie PodcastMonth ago

    I wish it had auto tracking and a bigger sensor

  46. Marjukka Heikkinen

    Marjukka HeikkinenMonth ago

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

  47. Murtz T

    Murtz TMonth ago

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

  48. James Patton

    James PattonMonth ago

    the video footage you got was all fantastic

  49. Abraham Tario

    Abraham TarioMonth ago

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

  50. CG XIII

    CG XIII19 days ago

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

  51. arturo sanchez

    arturo sanchezMonth ago

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

  52. Brian Wood

    Brian WoodMonth ago

    What pack are you using in this video?

  53. Daily life

    Daily lifeMonth ago

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

  54. Jake Randolph

    Jake RandolphMonth ago

    What software do you use to edit these videos?

  55. Johanon Zimmerman

    Johanon ZimmermanMonth ago

    You lost my respect when you wore a mask outside.

  56. Bian Magic

    Bian MagicMonth ago

    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.

  57. H4n Mil

    H4n MilMonth ago

    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?

  58. Ryan Kim

    Ryan KimMonth ago

    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 :/

  59. Glen Smith

    Glen SmithMonth ago

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

  60. Radycal

    RadycalMonth ago

    you broke my ears just for that transition?

  61. C.

    C.Month ago

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

  62. Сергей Антонов

    Сергей АнтоновMonth ago

    Классное видео! Респект автору!



    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.

  64. xBlockhead

    xBlockhead6 days ago

    No problems flying in the rain?

  65. Diego Teliz

    Diego TelizMonth ago

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

  66. Andrew Pollack

    Andrew PollackMonth ago

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

  67. Ben Cooper

    Ben CooperMonth ago

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

  68. charis antoniades

    charis antoniadesMonth ago

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

  69. Pooja Nive

    Pooja NiveMonth ago

    In india helight limit is only 15 metre

  70. Aung Myint choco

    Aung Myint chocoMonth ago

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

  71. Riast Ullah

    Riast UllahMonth ago

    This is such a great review!

  72. Chill2020

    Chill2020Month ago

    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?

  73. Tolga Balci

    Tolga BalciMonth ago

    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.

  74. Mojex

    MojexMonth ago

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

  75. Kael

    KaelMonth ago

    Where's Dieter.

  76. Bheekham Singh

    Bheekham SinghMonth ago

    Delivery in india, and price

  77. -

    -Month ago

    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

  78. Proper Gander

    Proper GanderMonth ago

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

  79. Dennis Moore

    Dennis MooreMonth ago

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

  80. Jake Riffle

    Jake Riffle19 days ago

    How little is your wife??😜😜

  81. l'Empereur

    l'EmpereurMonth ago

    She agreed. Told me to come back next week.

  82. Bowen Supple

    Bowen SuppleMonth ago


  83. Grïffīñ Døräń

    Grïffīñ DøräńMonth ago


  84. Raymond Fernando

    Raymond Fernando2 months ago

    Worse camera?

  85. Patrick Hansen

    Patrick Hansen2 months ago

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

  86. NIkola Radunovic

    NIkola RadunovicMonth ago

    @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.

  87. Ed Fitzgerald

    Ed FitzgeraldMonth ago

    @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?

  88. Message In the Bottle

    Message In the BottleMonth ago

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

  89. Ed Fitzgerald

    Ed FitzgeraldMonth ago

    @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

  90. Message In the Bottle

    Message In the BottleMonth ago

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

  91. Roy Hale

    Roy Hale2 months ago

    So many good things to say about the Mini 2!

  92. marko popovic

    marko popovic2 months ago

    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 :)

  93. Matt

    Matt2 months ago

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

  94. Ash Stubbings

    Ash Stubbings2 months ago

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

  95. P-51 GlintHawK

    P-51 GlintHawK2 months ago

    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?

  96. The Verge

    The Verge2 months ago

    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

  97. Peter Colichidas

    Peter Colichidas2 months ago

    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.

  98. The Verge

    The Verge2 months ago

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

  99. Max Dorsey

    Max Dorsey2 months ago

    Christ. I feel bad for anyone with a mavic.

  100. Vikingdescendent

    Vikingdescendent2 months ago

    3:01 more cat please!

  101. Zo Torres

    Zo Torres2 months ago

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

  102. Ivan Matz

    Ivan Matz2 months ago

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

  103. The Verge

    The Verge2 months ago

    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

  104. Deeply Superficial

    Deeply Superficial2 months ago

    The verge underestimates A lot

  105. Hector

    Hector2 months ago

    Where’s the enhanced photo mode ?

  106. The Verge

    The Verge2 months ago

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

  107. Geo Drone

    Geo Drone2 months ago

    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"...

  108. Alex Ionut Coman

    Alex Ionut Coman2 months ago

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

  109. The Verge

    The Verge2 months ago

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

  110. Rohit S

    Rohit S2 months ago

    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


    L318BLACKSHEEP2 months ago

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

  112. The Verge

    The Verge2 months ago

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

  113. Daniel Maidment

    Daniel Maidment2 months ago

    How many ads do you need?

  114. Jihad Markabawi

    Jihad Markabawi2 months ago

    Best drone ever i love it i use it always

  115. Nepali Short Movies

    Nepali Short Movies2 months ago

    Smelt too much paid amount

  116. Timothée

    Timothée2 months ago

    Great review!

  117. The Verge

    The Verge2 months ago

    Thank you for watching! - Vjeran

  118. PakDie

    PakDie2 months ago

    if mavic mini or mavic air use hassleblad camera maybe the result from the picture is more beautiful

  119. The Verge

    The Verge2 months ago

    Yes. Little disappointed that Hasselblad name is only associated with the M2P, but I can also understand why they keep it for the flagship Mavic. - Vjeran

  120. FearOfTheFuture

    FearOfTheFuture2 months ago

    The footage looks amazing. Most people watch videos on their phone anyway (guilty!) and especially on my OLED screen phone, the sunset and night time footage looks so crisp if you darken the shadows a little. Great review 👍

  121. Steve Rogers

    Steve Rogers2 months ago

    What is the name of your face mask??

  122. The Verge

    The Verge2 months ago

    (not promoting) It's from Stance. - Vjeran

  123. Kenny Williams

    Kenny Williams2 months ago

    Do you notice this one takes forever to charge? Just seems so slow for such small batteries. I don’t remember my original mini taking as long. I’d argue my mavic 2 batteries charge faster.

  124. Kenny Williams

    Kenny Williams2 months ago

    @The Verge I’ll double check again. One battery took around 3-4 hours

  125. The Verge

    The Verge2 months ago

    Hmmm. That weren't my impressions. I though charging times were totally on par. (which also means slow) - Vjeran


    SAB TV INDIA2 months ago

    Hello sir please help me

  127. charlie gaudino

    charlie gaudino2 months ago

    This drone is AMAZING. I just bought it a few weeks ago. My second drone and honestly, for this price, it's silly to even think about anything else. If you're looking at other drones that might be $100 less... Just spend the extra money. You will not be disappointed.

  128. Cutemeister

    Cutemeister2 months ago

    Where can I get that jacket?