The Best micro SD Card for DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini

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Our Recommendation:

32G: Samsung Evo Plus,  SanDisk Extreme V30 A1, Lexar 633x

64G: Samsung Evo PlusSanDisk Extreme V30 A1Lexar 633x

128G: Lexar 633x SanDisk Extreme Plus V30 A1Samsung Evo Plus

256G: SanDisk Extreme V30 A1


You may have already known that both the DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini has no internal storage and doesn’t come with a micro SD card. DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini support flying without an SD card, but all your footage and photos will be stored on your mobile device in a lower 720p resolution.

If you want to take high-quality aerial videos and photos, you will need to use a compatible microSD card. This article will explain everything you need to know and help you choose the best SD card for DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini.

The easiest way to solve this is to check whether any of your existing SD cards used for DSLR, action camera or other devices are in the DJI Recommended List. If so, you can insert the SD card and get your drone up in the air to start shooting, if not, you’d better get a new one or you may have compatibility issues.

 

Why you should trust me?

As the founder of Cutofdrone, I have nearly 5 years of experience working with DJI. During my time there, I was in charge of the DJI Online Store operation and participated in every major new product launch. I also initiated the introduction of the microSD cards that are now selling on the DJI Store.

I am an experienced drone pilot, and I own a Phantom 3 Advanced, a Mavic Pro, a Mavic 2 Pro, and a Mavic Mini. I have more than 10 micro SD cards for my drones.

 

Things you should know when buying an SD Card for DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini.

SD memory cards are really easy to get, and there are so many you can choose from, as we are talking about specific ones for Mavic Mini, there are three things I would like to specify here:

1. It’s better to not use any micro sd cards that are outside the recommended list. They may work at the beginning, but there might be issues after. According to my experience working with DJI, the R&D team has tested every single one for quite many hours before they put it into the list.

2. DJI Mini 2 is capable of 4K videos, a 64 GB micro SD card can hold around 1 hour and 20 minutes 4K videos.

3. Mavic Mini supports shooting 2.7k videos at 30fps, a 64G card can hold around 3h videos, a 32G one can hold nearly 1.5h.

4. For most new pilots, there is no need to choose a large one like 128G or 256G. The 32G or 64G ones will do the trick. If you worry that the storage may not enough, you can buy two 64G cards instead of one 128G.  Also, the 16G version is not recommended because is too small.

Based on these, we think the following ones are the best Mavic Mini SD memory cards.

 

Best micro SD Card for DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini

If you take a look at the DJI Recommended sd cards List, you will find that there are 27 kinds of SD cards that are compatible with your Mavic Mini. You can choose whichever you like according to your brand preference.

32G: 

SamSung Evo Plus

 

SanDisk Extreme V30 A1

Lexar 633x


64G: 

SamSung Evo Plus 64G

SanDisk Extreme V30 A1 64G

Lexar 633x


128G: 

Lexar 633x 128G

SanDisk Extreme Plus V30 A1 128G

SamSung Evo Plus 128G


256G: 

SanDisk Extreme V30 A1

 

SanDisk Extreme V30 A2 (DJI Mini 2 ONLY)


 

The Full List of DJI Recommended microSD Cards for DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini

16 GB:

SanDisk Extreme

Lexar 633x (Mavic Mini ONLY)

 

32 GB:

Samsung Pro Endurance

Samsung Evo Plus

SanDisk Industrial

SanDisk Extreme V30 A1

SanDisk Extreme V30 A2 (DJI Mini 2 ONLY)

SanDisk Extreme Pro V30 A1

SanDisk Extreme Pro V30 A2 (DJI Mini 2 ONLY)

Lexar 633x

Lexar 667x

64 GB:

Samsung Pro Endurance

Samsung Evo Plus

SanDisk Extreme V30 A1

SanDisk Extreme V30 A2 (DJI Mini 2 ONLY)

Lexar 633x

Lexar 667x

Lexar 1000x

Lexar High Endurance (DJI Mini 2 ONLY)

Toshiba EXCERIA M303 V30 A1

Netac Pro V30 A1

 

128 GB:

Samsung Pro Plus

Samsung Evo Plus

SanDisk Extreme V30 A1

SanDisk Extreme V30 A2  (DJI Mini 2 ONLY)

SanDisk Extreme Plus V30 A1

SanDisk Extreme Plus V30 A2 (DJI Mini 2 ONLY)

Lexar 633x

Lexar 667x

Lexar 1000x

Lexar High Endurance (DJI Mini 2 ONLY)

Toshiba EXCERIA M303 V30 A1

Netac Pro V30 A1

 

256 GB:

SanDisk Extreme V30 A1

SanDisk Extreme V30 A2 (DJI Mini 2 ONLY)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Max SD card size of DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini?

The Max SD card size is 256G.

2. Do DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini come with an SD Card?

No, Mavic Mini doesn’t come with any Micro Sd Card and has no internal storage.

3. What is the DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini SD card compatibility like?

The Mavic Mini requires SD cards that are UHS-I Speed Class 3 or above. The writing speed of a UHS Speed Class 3 SD card is at least 30MB/s, that is to say, you will need to make sure the write speed of the Micro SD card you use must meet this standard.

3. What to do if your DJI Mini 2 or Mavic Mini SD Card is unavailable?

When you get an error of ‘sd card unavailable‘ after installing it on your Mavic Mini, you can try the following methods to fix it:

1) Make sure the sd cards you use are compatible. The write speed of a compatible sd card should at least be 30 MB/s. It’s recommended to only choose from DJI’s list. 

2) If your sd card is in the list and still doesn’t work, you can try to format it using the DJI Fly app. If you do the formatting on your computer, make sure you choose the FAT32 format type.

Most of the pilots who have this error solved the problem by using sd cards in the recommended list.

4. How to install the sd card on DJI Mini 2 or Mavic Mini?

To install an sd card on Mavic Mini, you need to find the sd card slot first. It is at the bottom of the aircraft. Get your sd card ready, then insert it in the sd card slot until you hear a click sound. Make sure the side with the logo is upward.

5. What is the SD card format type for DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini?

The formate type for a Mavic Mini compatible sd card is FAT32. If you need to format your sd card on your PC or Mac, make sure you choose the right format.

6. How to format the DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini SD card?

There are 2 ways you can format your SD card, one is format within the DJI Fly App, the other is to use your computer. I guess everyone knows how to format an SD card using a computer, so I will clarify a little bit on how to do it in the App.

Step 1. After you connect your drone with the remote controller, you will enter the main flight page, click the drone status check icon (as you can see below).

format mavic mini sd card

Step 2. When you see the following screen, scroll down to the bottom, and find the SD Card section, you will see the Format button in the right side, tap on it to start formating.

how to format mavic mini sd card

please note that you will lose all the photos and videos stored on your SD card, make sure you have a backup.

 

 

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57 thoughts on “The Best micro SD Card for DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini”

  1. Hello, why Lexar 633 is only recommend as 128Gb and not in list for 256Gb ?

    Anybody tried 512GB or more? Very important question

  2. I just want to confirm something. The DJI website says, “UHS-I Speed Class 3 or above is required.” However, in their recommended list, as well as yours, the 32 GB Samsung Evo Plus is listed. Based on my research that is a UHS-I Speed Class 1 card; only the 64 GB and above are Class 3. So was this card tested and works fine even though it’s a Class 1 not 3?

    1. Hi Daniel, no worries, the 32G sd card works perfect, I also got one for my mini. It’s a UHS-1 Grade 1 Class 10 card.

      1. Hi Steve, I bought the 32G Samsung Evo Plus based on your recommendation, during flying it says the SD card is too slow and to change it. You owe me £10 Steve

        1. Hi Mark, sorry to hear that. Could you share the product link with me? I am sure that the Samsung EVO Plus 32G is compatible because it’s in DJI’s Recommendation List.

  3. Hi Steve, nice article here. very helpful. Btw planning to get a “SanDisk Extreme PRO Series 64GB Micro SDXC A2 UHS-I Class 10 U3 V30 up to 170MB/s”. However, I don’t see any A2 from the list above. Any idea if this works fine?

    1. Hi Gerard, thanks. I think the one you mention is no problem, it’s 4K supportive and Mavic Mini only supports 2.7K.

  4. Does The Samsung EVO 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card work? I tested it once with the mavic mini, but one file of the four i recorded was larger than 2GBs and the file wouldn’t play either on Windows 10 or on an older version of MacOS. The card uses the format exFat (does that make a differense?). sry for bad english 🙁

      1. Thank you very much. One more thing. This “SanDisk Ultra Micro SDXC A1 Series UHS-I Class 10 up to 100MB/s 128GB” are currently on Sale. Though Ultra is not part of the list above, any idea if this too is fine to use in Mavic Mini?

    1. Hi Doug, I don’t think so. It’s a C10 card which means its write speed is not fast enough for recording 2.7K or 4K videos.

  5. Hi Steve,
    Do I need a SD card to utilize the dronie features? Because I can’t find the options to use those features? I have a new Mavic Mini using the DJI Fly app.

  6. Does anyone know why my pan shots are jerky? i’ve set my video to the highest frame rate and still no better results than the 24fps. i’ve seen other Mavic Mini and they are smooth. I wonder if it has to do with my micro SD card.
    Im using the SanDisk Extreme PLUS 64GB V30, XC 1, U3, A2 model

  7. I didn’t do enough research I guess..I got the sandisk ultra plus 64gb 130mb/S v 10 . will it not do me any good?

  8. Hi Steve. It says on my sd card i bought is, Sandisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-1
    64G A1 and 10inside the circle. Is this ok with mavic mini? Thanks

    1. Hi Archie, a c10 card is a little bit too slow because Mini is capable of shooting 2.7k videos. I mean the write speed of the sd card.

  9. Hi Steve

    I’m using a SanDisc Extreme 128gb V30 A2 and sometimes on downloading on my PC get the error message, “Cannot render the file.” This is so frustrating. I haven’t tried any other card. Could this be the Mini?

    Cheers, Phil

    1. Hi Philip, I think this card should be no problem with the mini. Can you download the files to your phone and then format it via the aircraft to see if it can solve the problem.

  10. Hi Steve, why do you recommend two of the same SD Cards if worrying about storage problems as opposed to buying a single big one, wouldn’t that be more expensive?

    1. Hi Jason, sometimes, it’s better to have a backup. According to my experience, you won’t be able to shoot any videos if you forget to insert the sd card back into the drone after copying files to your computer. Also, when flying we don’t know when a crash will happen. If you use a big one, we may lose not only the drone but also the files.

  11. Both my Mavic Mini and my P3S have jittery video only when panning. I can raise, lower, travers left or right and the video is smooth, but when I pan, even slowly, the video tends to get jittery. I thought that it was associated with my old iMac, but I took the videos to the Apple store and tried them on a new Mac and they did the same thing. Is it associated with my craft or my SD card…or is it natural. My SD card is a Sandisk Ultra, 64GB Micro SC XC I with a 10 inside a circle. If it is the SD card what card will eliminate the jumpiness?

    1. Hi John, I think it might be the SD card problem if it’s a class 10 card which might be a little bit slow for recording 2.7K videos.

  12. Hi there,
    Im reading all these SD card articles now im confused lol.
    I have this new in the package SanDisk card , ImageMate, microSDXC UHS-1 Card with Adapter. Its full HD there’s a 1 inside of a U , A1. 64GB. Speed up to 100 MB/s** Read .
    Can i use that in the mavic mini ?.
    I didn’t see this card on any of the listings that you showed.
    Anyway thank you.

    1. Hi Les, the key is the writing speed. The Mavic Mini requires SD cards that are UHS-I Speed Class 3 or above. if it meets the requirements (at least 30MB/S), then it should be no problem. As I can’t see the picture so I am not sure if it works. I guess you just need to have a try.

  13. Is the Mavic Mini able to capture the coordinates of where it is for referencing later or can you enter coordinates and have the drone fly there?

  14. Hi. When I format the SD card in the DJI App, it records fine, but when I take out the card and try to import the files to a PC using an adapter, it says it must format the card. How do you resolve the apparent imcompatibility? Thanks

    1. Hi Will, to be honest, I don’t have this kind of incompatibility issues. Maybe you can try another adapter, or download your files to your phones first and then format your SD card with your PC. Hope this will help you out.

    1. Hi Kaesten, A2 (The Application Performance Class 2) is defined by SD Physical 6.0 specification. It makes SD memory cards much higher performance than A1 performance by using functions of Command Queuing and Cache. Actually, there is no need for using a faster card. Its kind of like the max speed of your car is 400km/h, but you are only allowed to go 270km/h.

      There is no such list but any sd card must meet the requirement: UHS-I Speed Class 3 or above.

  15. I got my new Mavic Mini and went out to fly as soon as the battery charged. I didn’t have an SD card so I just ignored the pre-flight warning and went ahead anyway. I started recording and when I finished had the video saved on my phone. If you can record direct to the phone why do you need an SD card?

    1. Hi Tracey, this card works for your Mavic Mini, it’s better than the recommended ones cz it’s 4K supportive. No worries.

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