Best DJI Drones for Beginners [2022]

A lot has changed since 2021, we’ve seen the release of several new products to major product lines, which means it’s time to do a new drone review to reflect which drone advancements have since been added to make flying easier for new time pilots.

Since our last article DJI has been busy reimagining what’s possible. With a history of constant technological breakthroughs, 2022 was definitely no exception. Since mid 2021, DJI have released impressive new drones in the Mavic Series, Mini Series and FPV series. Let’s take a look at each new member to see how user friendly and supportive they are for beginners looking to purchase their first drone.

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Mini SE

For completely new flyers, the Mini SE would be my very first recommendation. Despite being an older model, it sits at a lower price point compared to other models making it perfect for those wishing to get their foot in the drone world but not ready to invest in anything too advanced.

The Mini SE’s sub-250g weight makes it small, light and ideal for transportation while the compatibility with the DJI Fly app makes it super simple and straightforward to use. Due to the aircraft weighing under the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) threshold, registration is not required to fly recreationally. With most of DJI’s innovations still incorporated in this drone, such as Enhanced WiFi Transmission and obstacle avoidance technology and Return To Home features, first time users are supported with more than sufficient safety features to encourage confidence in flying.

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Mini 3 Pro

The Mini 3 Pro, the newest member to the Mini Series has become known as the no.1 drone on the market; superior in quality, functionality and size. First to be seen in this series the mini 3 pro features a larger sensor that delivers breathtaking 4k HDR video as well as a rotating camera enabling vertical shooting mode for capturing vertical video without loss of resolution.

The pocket sized drone also incorporates all of the well loved safety features like Return to Home and APAS along with two sensors at the front, two sensors at the back and 2 sensors under the aircraft to optimise crash prevention. It also was the first drone to introduce ActiveTracking to a Mini Drone, making it a real stand out against the competition.

Weighing at just under 250 grams (standard batteries only) this super-versatile drone is also another of the few models that meet the weight threshold. While there is a convenient reduction in body size, the aircraft still withholds exceptional quality and functionality without compromise. Because of this, the Mini 3 Pro is perfect for new time flyers who require all of the latest and greatest features.

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Mini 3

Recently released, the Mini 3 drone is also great for new learners. DJI Mini 3 slots right between the DJI Mini 2 and DJI Mini 3 Pro in the DJI Mini family. Mini 3 features improved flight and camera features compared to the DJI Mini 2.

Key differences between the Pro and new standard comes down to the feature it encompasses. The Mini 3 lacks some of the PRO features exclusive to the DJI Mini 3 Pro including tri-directional obstacle avoidance and FocusTrack but makes up with increased battery life and thus flying time.

The Mini 3 ends up sitting at a lower price point for those who prioritise budget over extensive features.

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FPV Avata

Another great beginner friendly drone is the new Cinewhoop designed FPV Avata. This First Person View drone provides a more immersive flying experience through the use of projective Goggles and the DJI Motion Controllers which enables intuitive controls with simple hand gestures. The Avata sports a new 1/1.7” CMOS camera enabling you to capture cinematic footage and a 155 degree FOV for dynamic views. RockSteady 2.0 and HorizonSteady features are also embedded into the aircraft for stabilisation and safety features introducing new Halt and Hover and Turtle Mode assist in avoidance and recovery from crashes.

Flying this drone is undeniably thrill evoking and purely intuitive, thus is perfect for all pilots of all skill levels.

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Air 2S

In the Mavic air series the Air 2S still holds its status as being the most advanced yet simple drone to operate. This model drone features groundbreaking technology that's perfect for high level pilots to experiment with but also maintains an easy operating system for pilots at the beginner level. The Air 2S embodies a 1” sensor capable of capturing 5.4K/30fps and 4K/60fps videos while the latest advanced safety features APAS 4.0 and ADS-B automate obstacle avoidance and alert you of aircrafts that are nearby. Thanks to the leading-edge camera features, the Air 2S is an absolute gem particularly for beginner aerial photographers.

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How Hard Is Flying A Drone?

To determine the difficulty of flying we should look at how the control functions work. Most drone models operate through a remote controller that’s designed with two stick controls whereby the up/down and rotation functions are controlled by the left stick and the right stick controls direction of flight. For simply understanding the controls to fly, that’s about it. It’s overall quite straightforward and it only takes a bit of practice to really get the hang of how to operate.

While learning to fly might not be the biggest concern, it is important however, to remember to follow regulations within your area regarding operation of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle). Abide by CASA to ensure permissible operation and you’re sweet to go.

Care Refresh

Now if you think you might not get the hang of it as quickly, for first-time flyers it is highly recommended to add on Care Refresh to insure your drone. Care Refresh is a comprehensive service enabling repair or replacements to your drone in the case of damage or if your aircraft goes missing. This added protection towards your drone means that you can fly with more peace of mind knowing you can get back to flying faster than ever if something unfortunate does occur.

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Which Drone Is For Me?

The drone most suited to you will be based on what you want to use the drone for. If you're after photographic or video graphic content, chances are it is more suitable to invest in a drone that is more steady and smooth. Whereas, if you aim to use your drone for adventurous purposes such as racing, the FPV Avata is better built for swift and speedy movements. Ultimately what you spend will reflect in the quality of content you obtain and the quality of functionality and operation. Such features you should consider before purchasing are build, advanced technology, battery life and camera and sensor quality.

Where Can I Buy My First Drone?

Beginners, get your first ever drone in-store or online with D1 Store, Australia’s first and only DJI Authorised Retailer. Purchase online and receive free shipping in Australia for all orders over $99!

Shop with D1 Store and experience local support, service and the best prices. We've got convenient locations around Australia where you can see and experience the products first hand.

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  • DJI Mini SE

DJI Mini SE | $459

The DJI Mini SE, Standard Edition, is the latest addition to the DJI Mavic Mini series family where it combines the original Mavic Mini and the DJI Mini 2 together to create a budget friendly drone that handles stronger winds and has an excellent camera to capture the every day moments.

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  • DJI Mini 3 Pro
    With DJI RC

DJI Mini 3 Pro with DJI RC | $1299

The Mini 3 Pro packs an incredible number of features into its small, sub-249 gram form factor1 with tri-direction obstacle sensors and APAS 4.0 for advanced safety, plus, a variety of innovative creative features including FocusTrack and MasterShots. If you want an easy-to-use aerial imaging solution that’s also buckets of fun, you can’t go wrong with DJI Mini 3 Pro from D1!

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  • DJI Avata 
    Pro-View Combo

DJI Avata Pro-View Combo  | $1989

Prepare yourself for a flight experience like never before with the DJI Avata, a brand new FPV drone experience from DJI. Sporting a 4K/60fps camera on a brand–new Cinewhoop drone design, the DJI Avata’s compact, lightweight design makes it easy to manoeuvre and capture exciting new perspectives. Plus, with advanced safety features, Avata remains safe and sound even when flying at top speed.

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  • DJI Air 2S

DJI Air 2S | $1699

The DJI Air 2S embodies the best of the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic Air 2 to create this ultimate all in one drone that allows you to capture it all. The Air 2s features a brand new 1-inch CMOS sensor, powerful autonomous functions all in a compact body that weights just under 600 grams. This all in one powerhouse of a drone introduces 5.4K/30 fps, ActiveTrack 4.0, up to 12km Transmission range and obstacle sensing in 4 directions.

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