There’s nothing to elevate travel footage like taking along a drone – whether you’re going to a big city or a natural oasis, there’s always a stunning aerial view to capture. If you’ve seen those cinematic tracking shots of a single car speeding down a desert road, or a sweeping glimpse of a cityscape at night, or a zoomed-out clip of waves crashing against a beach, then you will know what we mean. Drone shots are unlike anything else and will allow you to both appreciate the scope of the new place you are visiting and show it off to your friends later.

And when it comes to drones, there’s almost no competition for DJI. The central brand manufactures drones for home and industrial use, so they really know what they are doing. While all of their consumer units come with great cameras, the Mini 2 stands out for its portability. It’s specifically designed to weigh less than 250g, which is the threshold for requiring FAA registration (a pain at best). This means that depending on where you are traveling, you probably won’t need a license to fly your drone. Most countries adhere to this 250g limit, including the US, Canada and the UK, but be sure to check your destination’s regulations. Some destinations, such as US national parks, for example, do not allow drone flights without prior permission.

Despite its lightweight build, the Mini 2’s specs are still very impressive. It will take high quality 4k videos and stills with built-in photo optimization for vivid colors and clear angles. Video is where it shines, like most drones: with three panning modes (wide angle, 180° and sphere), you’ll be able to choose what kind of a cinematic shot you want.

Plus, the DJI app gives you access to all the features that make it the dominant drone manufacturer in the market. FlySafe will prevent you from accidentally taking off or flying into restricted areas which could get you in trouble, which is definitely helpful when exploring a new place.

For all its selling points, the Mini 2 has some shortcomings – unlike other DJI models, it lacks obstacle avoidance, so you have to be careful in flight, especially in bad weather because it’s so light. Other than that, its potential downsides are the same as any other drone – the battery won’t last all day (at over half an hour it already has quite an impressive battery life for a drone) , and it’s really especially suitable for aerial videography.

Still, nothing captures the magnitude of a moment like a drone shot, so in our opinion, it’s worth taking one on a trip, when you can.

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