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Best DJI Mini 2 SD Cards (And Complete Guide to Using Them)

Updated in 2022 by Paul Posea
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The DJI mini 2, being a sub-250g drone, is a very popular choice for many drone pilots. That small weight comes at the sacrifice of an internal storage drive though.

That’s right, the DJI mini 2 can’t store data. Though it supports flying with an SD card, all of your footage will be stored in your phone and it won’t be in 4K. The max quality you can expect is 720p. If you want to record high quality videos, you’ll definitely have to get yourself an external SD card.

Which brings us to the topic of this article, which SD cards are best for the mini 2 and which ones are absolute scams? Well if you’re tight on time I’ll just tell you straight up my top 3 SD cards for the DJI Mini 2.

If you’re someone who likes to dig further, stick around because I’ll mostly cover everything that has to do with SD cards for the DJI Mini 2.

What storage size to use for DJI Mini 2?

A very subjective question to answer as it highly depends on what you’re trying to do with the drone. 

Generally, for beginners a 32gb SD card is enough for the DJI Mini 2. The more advanced users may need 64gb while professional cinematographers will find the 128gb works best for them.

To give you an idea. A 64gb can allow you to shoot a continuous 1h20m 4K video. Chances are you don’t need that so I’d say 32gb is enough.

What are the requirements for DJI Mini 2 SD cards?

DJI drones are always picky when it comes to SD cards. It’s why they have an official SD card list for drone pilots looking to get an SD card.

The Mini 2 is no exception. You’re going to have to be careful about which SD card to get as it might not work. As a rule of thumb, there’ll be two things you’ll be looking for:

  • The SD card should be UHS-I U3 (Meaning Speed Class 3) and should have a minimum write speed of 30MB/s or above.
  • The maximum storage of the SD card can’t exceed 256gb as that’s the maximum supported by DJI Mini 2.

How to read the speed of an SD card?

Being able to understand what the symbols on an SD card mean and how to read them will be a huge help to you as it’ll prevent you from getting scammed… most of the time.

Below is an explanation of every symbol on an SD card:

Storage capacity is obvious. Select one that has enough storage for your needs. Generally for the Mini 2 you won’t need more than 32Gb. 64Gb tops if you really want to push it.

Card type can either be XC or HC, HC stands for high capacity and they come from 4Gb to 32Gb. XC means extra capacity and can go all the way to 4Tb. Remember though, any card above 256Gb in storage won’t work for the DJI Mini 2.

UHS Speed Class, the most important factor after storage when it comes to drones. Any SD card that’s under Class 3 is too slow for the DJI Mini 2 and won’t work for it.

The video speed class means the minimum sustained write speed of the video to the card. An indicator that filmmakers are usually the most interested in.

Then lastly we have the application performance class. It’s usually either A1 or A2 (with A2 being the newer and better models) and it indicates the speed at which the SD card can perform random read and write tasks.

More recommended SD cards for DJI Mini 2

So we’ve looked at which cards are compatible with the DJI mini 2, and what kind of cards won’t work. Besides the top 3 SD cards recommendations, here is a table with several other cards that I think are great for your DJI Mini 2.

SD Card Storage Capacity Write Speed (Mb/s)
Samsung Pro Endurance 32Gb 100 Mb/s
SanDisk Extreme Pro V30 A1 32Gb 100 Mb/s
Lexar 667x 32Gb 100 Mb/s
Samsung Evo Plus 64Gb 100 Mb/s
Toshiba EXCERIA M303 V30 A1 64Gb 65 Mb/s
Netac Pro V30 A1 64Gb  100 Mb/s

Keep in mind that these SD cards come in 128 & 256 GB storages as well. They’re all above class U3 as you can see by the speed and perform well for videographers and hobbyists alike when it comes to the DJI Mini 2.

Frequently Asked Questions About DJI Mini 2 SD Cards

We pretty much covered the important stuff, if you’re someone who skips to the end of the article though or you’re just looking for straight answers, this section is for you.

What is the max storage size of the DJI Mini 2 SD card?

More isn’t always better when it comes to SD cards as well as the readers of these SD cards. The max storage for a DJI Mini 2 SD card is 256Gb. Any more and the card won’t work.

Does the DJI Mini 2 come with an SD Card?

Many drones come with an SD card so it’s only natural you’d assume the Mini 2 does as well. Unfortunately the DJI Mini 2 doesn’t come with an SD card, you’d have to buy it yourself.

Does the DJI Mini 2 have internal storage?

Since they don’t come with an SD card you’d assume they have internal storage… Unfortunately the Mini 2 drones don’t have internal storage. They don’t have an internal drive to keep their weight under 250 grams.

What’s the minimum SD card speed when it comes to the DJI Mini 2?

Speed is an important factor when looking at which cards to get. DJI mini 2 requires the SD card to have a speed class of U3, meaning a minimum speed of 30MB/s.

How to install an SD Card on DJI Mini 2?

It’s fairly simple. Find the SD card slot at the bottom of the Mini 2. Insert the sd card in the slot until you hear a click sound. Make sure the side with the logo is upward.

What type of formatting does DJI Mini 2 use for its SD cards?

SD card formatting is basically the way an SD card (or any other storage device) organizes information. The type of formatting DJI Mini 2 uses is FAT32 (also supports exFAT). Same as every other DJI drone.

Have to format a DJI Mini 2 SD card?

The process is simple, you can either format your SD card through your computer or through your drone’s Fly App. I recommend you do it through the Fly App since the formatting type of computers isn’t the same as that of drones and will give you an error in turn (usually it’ll prompt a “card unavailable” error).

To format your DJI Mini 2 sd card, follow these steps:

  1. Turn your drone and controller on
  2. Make sure your Fly App is already set up with the drone and ready to go
  3. On the top right corner, click the three dots (settings)
  4. Scroll down to the bottom and in the sd card section click on “format”
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How to fix the Card Unavailable error on DJI Mini 2?

This is an error that comes up for various reasons. The most common cause of it is formatting. Simply open up your Fly App and in the settings scroll to the SD card section then hit “format”. That should format the card and make it work.

Make sure you have a backup before you format your card. Other times this fix might now work, in which case you should make sure the card speed is above 30MB/s (meaning the card is U3). Also make sure that the card isn’t physically damaged before deciding your drone is malfunctioning.

There are also various other problems that may cause an SD card to not be read by your Mini 2 drone, I've covered that topic in-depth in this article.

Can you record on DJI Mini 2 without an SD card?

Well, yes and no. You can’t record on DJI Mini 2 without an SD card because Mini 2 drones don’t have internal storage, this is to keep their weight below 250 grams.

You can however record the footage using your phone. The only drawback is that it won’t be 4K, the max quality is 720p and you’ll be actually recording your phone’s screen during flight as opposed to the actual drone footage.

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Hi, I'm Paul.
A big drone enthusiast, reviewing, comparing and writing about drones since 2015. I'm all about helping people enjoy and even monetize their hobby.
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Paul Posea
Hi, I'm a long-time drone reviewer and I hope my articles and comparisons on this site as well as Dronesgator's youtube channel are of as much help as possible.

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