The DJI Mini 2 drone’s small size, light weight and travel-friendly design are some of its strengths. It is a highly capable, high-powered, aerial camera that can be used with just a few tricks. With a few simple steps, DJI Mini 2 drone photographers can elevate their photos.

This guide will show you how to set up the DJI Mini 2 in order to capture the best images from the 12-megapixel sensor. It will be set up to capture RAW photos. The advanced photo modes such as Panorama, Auto Exposure Bracketing and Panorama (including wide, 180, spherical) will be explored. We will also talk about how to increase your saturation and reduce the glare using cheap neutral density polarizing filter.

For success, set up the DJI Mini 2 drone

To get the best shots from the DJI Mini 2’s 12-megapixel sensor you need to set your camera to take photos in JPG + Raw format. You can do this in the DJI Fly App while you are in photo mode. This will allow you to capture as much data as possible with the tiny sensor. This camera will give you the best dynamic range possible for photo editing, and allow you to access the white-balance controls during post-production.

After setting the DJI Mini 2’s camera for RAW capture, you can now use the powerful HDR mode on the Mini 2, called AEB. This mode, also known as Auto Exposure Bracketing, allows the camera to take three consecutive images. The camera will take your base exposure along with one image that is underexposed and one image that is overexposed. You will then get three images with what is known as a bracketed exposure. This gives you more options for editing your final image. This setting can be used on the DJI Mini 2 by going to the camera settings in DJI Fly and selecting AEB as the photo mode.

Maximizing its potential

To blend the AEB images together I usually take them into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Then, I use the HDR “photo merg” option to merge them. The combination of RAW images with the AEB capture mode can dramatically improve the quality of your photos.

You can also use the built-in panorama modes to enhance your DJI Mini 2’s photography capabilities. These modes allow you to capture a larger composition. These modes allow you to capture three different compositions in one image. You can take full advantage of the Mini 2’s wide panoramic shots at 180 degrees and 360 degrees. Then, choose from one of three options.

There are three modes available for DJI Mini 2 drone photos

Wide

180 degrees

Spherical

A cheap accessory for your DJI Mini 2 lens is a neutral density/polarization filter. These filters are available in a variety of densities and can help improve the quality of your DJI Mini 2’s photos.

Below is an example of the before-and-after. The ND/PL filter can reduce the glare and increase the color saturation.

Before

After

To better demonstrate the benefits of these filters, I have exported images without any additional post-production edits. I made sure to match the exposures in camera. To compensate for the lack light blocking provided by the ND/PL filter, the only difference in the base image was the shutter speed.

The DJI Mini 2 is not the first choice for creating high-quality photos for most creators. This guide shows that this would be a missed chance. The DJI Mini 2 has many advantages over its larger, more expensive counterparts. It is lightweight and compact, has high-quality features and is easy to transport.

This guide will help you capture the best photos possible from your tiny but powerful sensor. These techniques will allow you to capture the best DJI Mini 2 drone shots.