DJI Mini 3 Pro vs Mini 2 Video Quality

The Mini 3 Pro has an array of useful functionalities for video and surprisingly good footage quality, especially in low light. It was released one and a half years later than the Mini 2 and the advance in technology is evident. The Mini 2 is suggested only to users on a budget starting with drones

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If you prefer to watch this as a video, you will find my YouTube version at the end of this article

Video Specs and Features

Mini 3 ProMini 2
Weight249 grams249 grams
Sensor size1/1.3″1/2.3″
Aperturef 1.7f 2.8
Field of view82.1° (24 mm)83° (24mm)
Video resolution4k at 60 fps4k at 30 fps
Video bitrate150 Mbps100 Mbps
Color profilesNormal, D CinelikeNormal
Sensing systemTridirectionalNone
Max flight time34 minutes
(47 with Plus battery)
31 minutes
Mini 3 Pro vs Mini 2 video specs (source: DJI website)
Mini 3 Pro and Mini 2 side view (Photo by Vicvideopic)
(Photo by Vicvideopic)

Mini 2

The Mini 2 was released in November 2020

The sensor is way too small for today’s standards and this is not a good omen for dynamic range and low-light footage

It was a considerable effort at the time to squeeze a drone below 250 grams, thus this model has limited functionalities: it only offers Quick Shots and a basic Panorama mode

It also lacks obstacle sensors and tracking capabilities

There is only one color mode, the 8-bits Normal

Being the cheapest model of the line offering 4k video, it is often considered the drone for beginners, although the lack of obstacle avoidance requires a lot of care by inexperienced users

Mini 3 Pro and Mini 2 front view (Photo by Vicvideopic)
(Photo by Vicvideopic)

Mini 3 Pro

The Mini 3 Pro is a powerhouse with practically the same features as the excellent Air 2S, plus vertical video and photo mode, a big selling point for users who are active on social media platforms

It offers tridirectional obstacle sensors at the front, back, and bottom with tracking capabilities and useful intelligent features like:

It is considerably more expensive, but it is in a different league in terms of video functionalities

The Mini 3 Pro has a much bigger sensor, a very wide fixed aperture of f1.7, and a video resolution of 4k with a frequency of up to 60 fps, which is useful for slow-motion

Besides Normal, there is also a flat 10-bit color profile, D Cinelike, suitable for serious post-processing

Footage Quality


Video by Vicvideopic

Let’s start with some shots with the camera tilted down.  The sky is not on the frame, therefore the dynamic range is low and we can concentrate on detail and color rendition

In this first scene of a garden, both clips have good detail and pleasant colors.

I can spot a touch of extra detail in the vegetation with the Mini 3 Pro

In the architectural features, the Mini 3 Pro has more detail, especially in the darker areas

I also prefer the color rendition of the Mini 3 Pro

Normal Mode

Video by Vicvideopic

Let’s start with some images containing the sky

The light is far from ideal, we are in summer, there is plenty of dampness in the air and it is hard to tell the difference between the sea and the sky

But this is good for comparison because in a bad light is easier to spot the difference in quality between two models

The Mini 2 performs decently in easy light. The technology has moved very fast in drone footage, but it can still be considered acceptable

The Mini 3 Pro is in a different dimension. After some post-processing and shadow lifting, the detail is excellent and the colors very rich, an astonishing performance

All clips have been taken one right after the other, at about 3 minutes of difference. Exposure and white balance are manual. The value for White Balance is 5500 Kelvins for both models

I have also compared the Mini 3 Pro vs the Mini 2 for photography in this specific article

DJI Mini 3 Pro in D Cinelike Mode

Video by Vicvideopic

The Mini 3 has a second profile, the flatter D Cinelike

It performs better in high dynamic situations and can stand heavier post-processing

It is especially useful to adapt footage to the color scheme and the mood of a specific project

After several updates, D Cinelike is now a respectable 10-bit mode

Low Light

Video by Vicvideopic

Low-light footage is a strong point of the Mini 3 Pro

Due to the larger sensor and the very wide aperture of the lens, it can gather plenty of light even at low ISO values and maintain plenty of detail in the shadows without any noise

The Mini 2 with its small sensor and older technology cannot compete under the same conditions

Even in the darkest scenes, the level of noise of the Mini 3 Pro is acceptable and can be perfectly managed using Neat Video, the excellent denoiser that I use constantly, more details about Neat Video in my specific article 

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I am Vittorio Caramazza, aka Vicvideopic, the founder of this website and author of all the posts. I am a videographer and photographer contributing to several stock agencies. I am an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Lightroom. I have 10 years of experience with dron videography and photography. I was struck by drone syndrome in 2013. I have owned and tested in depth the following drones: Phantom 3, Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic Mini, Mini 2, Air 2, Air 2s, Autel Evo Nano Plus, Mavic 3, Mini 3 Pro, Mini 3. My home has turned into a breeding ground for drones. I am the owner of two YouTube channels specializing in Videography and Photography, with a focus on drones My main channel is VicVideopic (in English): My other channel is Drone Mitico, the Italian version.: I am currently based in Sicily (Southern Italy), but I tend to move quite often. After all, this is one of the main benefits of being a digital nomad…

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