Comparing Features on the DJI Drones
Here we look at each and every feature and compare them across the entire DJI Drone range.
DJI Drone Price Comparison
DJI have a number of drones, ranging from $399 USD all the way up to $1999 depending on the model.
At the cheaper end of the scale you have the DJI Spark which can be bought refurbished or second hand for around $399.
At the other end of the spectrum You have the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 which is just under $2000 USD.
DJI Drone Release Dates
The release dates for the latest DJI camera drones are as far back as 3 and half years ago to some that were recently released in 2020.
The DJI Mavic Air 2 was the latest release which was launched in mid 2020 around the world.
The DJI Spark is the oldest camera drone in the DJI range that we compare, being nearly 3 years old.
DJI Drone Diagonal Distance Comparison
In terms of size, diagonally, the smallest DJI drone is the DJI Spark at 170mm diagonally (with folding arms open).
With the largest, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro coming in at 354mm, twice the size diagonally compared to the smallest DJI drone.
DJI Drones Dimension Comparisons
In terms of actual size, dimension and volume, there are huge differences between the DJI drone range.
The volume and dimensions are compared when the drones are ready to fly, with their arms unfolded, measured from all four motors and in terms of length, width and height.
The smallest is the DJI Mavic Mini at 654cm³ in volume and three dimensional space, which is the smallest of the DJI camera drone range.
The largest is the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 which is 28543cm³ in size, a tremendous 40x bigger in size. You could literally fit the DJI Mavic Mini in place of the camera and gimbal on the Phantom 4 V2 alone. This shows how big this camera drone is and how small the Mavic Mini is.
DJI Drone Controller Comparison
The DJI Drone range has a number of different drone controller types, most use smart phones which attach to a controller you get with the drone. Make sure to check that yours is compatible with the DJI apps so that you can fly the drones.
You can use your smart phone which attaches to the remote controller device on most DJI drones.
The smallest comes with the Mavic Mini an one of the largest is with the DJI Mavic Air 2.
You can use a more professional controller with the Mavic 2 Pro camera drones which have an in-built screen and are much larger than the other controller devices.
DJI Drone Weight Comparison
There are huge differences in terms of weight too, with the smallest camera drone weighing in at 249 grams, obviously this is the DJI Mavic Mini.
The heaviest of the bunch is the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 at 1375grams, just over 6 times heavier than the lightest, the Mavic Mini.
DJI Drone Physical Feature Comparisons
Nearly all of the DJI Camera Drones have folding arms and can be packed away smaller for portability.
There are currently two DJI Drones which do not have this feature, they are the tiny DJI Spark and the much larger professional DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 camera drone.
Even though they don't fold their arms in, they are both entirely different types of drones, with the Spark aimed at portability due to it's tiny size and the Phantom to more professional work and higher wind speeds.
DJI Drone Max Speed Comparison
The max speed of a DJI Drone is 72kmh, which is 26kmh faster than the slowest DJI camera drone.
The camera drone with the fastest speed through the air is shared by three DJI drones, the DJI Phantom Pro 4 V2, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom can all top out at 72kmh.
The Mavic Air range come in just slightly under this at 68kmh top speeds.
The slowest, being the Mavic Mini is capable of 46kmh top speed and is considerably slower than all the other DJI drones other than the Spark which has a similar top speed at 50kmh.
DJI Drone Max Wind Speed
If you're looking for a DJI Drone which can handle high wind speeds, there are four drones you should be looking at.
The Mavic 2 and Mavic Air range all have a top wind speed tolerance of around 38kmh with the Phantom Pro 4 V2 just a little behind at 36kmh max wind speed tolerance.
If you film in windy areas, near the sea or mountainous terrain, these four have to be on your list of choices.
DJI Drone Transmission Distance Comparison
Are you planning on flying your drones really far? Or not too bothered about how far you can go? There are some big differences between the smallest and longest transmission distance between the DJI camera drones.
At the bottom of the table you have the DJI Spark which has a 2km transmission distance in perfect conditions and without any interference.
At the other end, you have the DJI Mavic Air and Mavic Air 2 which have incredible transmission distances of up to 10km.
DJI Drone Flight Time Comparison
Maybe you're looking to fly as long as you can on one battery? That is how we fly, due to the batteries being the heaviest part of a camera drone, we limit our use of them to just one or two on a trip and get the most out of them. This is especially important when travelling and bringing all your camera drone gear and equipment in a backpack with you.
With this in mind, you want to be able to fly as long as you can off of one battery and there is a huge difference in the flight time.
The lower end of flight time you get just 16 minutes with the DJI Spark and 21 minutes with the DJI Mavic Air. What this means is you get more like 10-12 minutes with the Spark and 15 minutes with the DJI Mavic Air as you have to turn the drones on, set them up, change camera settings as you take off and get the drone in the air.
At the other end, DJI now sell camera drones with incredible flight times, with all other DJI drones capable of at least 30 minutes.
The DJI Mavic Mini has a surprising 30 minute flight time considering how small it's batteries are.
The DJI Mavic Air 2 beats all other DJI drones though by 4 minutes and can fly for up to 34 minutes on one battery in ideal conditions.
DJI Drone Noise Level Comparison
This is a very important feature for us when we are flying and one that may be overlooked quite often. If taking off in busy places with people around, you want it to be as quiet as you can.
The noise level of each DJI Drone is similar, but the winner and quietest DJI camera drone is the Mavic Pro Platinum with a noise level of just 66 decibels.
Most other DJI drones are similar in their noise level when taking off at around 74 to 79 decibles, with the Mavic Mini coming in second quietest and the original Mavic Air being the loudest at 79db.
DJI Drone Image Sensor Comparison
If the image quality is of the most importance to you when flying a camera drone, there are some big differences between the DJI drones.
Not every single image sensor is known on all the DJI drones but a few are.
They range from 1/2.3" through to 1" in size which is 7.6mm diagonally for the 1/2.3" image sensors and 15.86mm for the 1" sensors.
The two largest are the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro which both have a 1 inch image sensor size which means they are hands down better for low light situations mongst other shot types.
The rest all use a 1/2.3" image sensor size other than the Mavic Air 2 which has a 1/2" (half inch) image sensor size which equates to 8mm diagonally. This is a slight improvement on the rest and the image sensor it uses is the Sony IMX586 which is a phenomenal image sensor, as seen in the Autel Evo II too.
It means the Mavic Air 2 is capable of 4k video recording at 60fps and insanely large photos in JPG format at 48mp, amongst other features.
DJI Drone Photo Feature Comparison
There are many different features in the DJI drone range, from quick shots, raw photos and more. But the camera drone with the most is the Mavic Air 2 which was released earlier this year.
It has improved hyperlapse, waypoint and timelapse photography modes, which beat all other DJI drones in terms of photography features.
You can also take huge 48mp photos if you are interested in doing large prints, this camera takes the biggest photos of any other DJI drone without stitching them together in post like you would with other camera drones.
DJI Drone Video Feature Comparison
The DJI Mavic Air 2 wins in this department too, with some incredible videography features. It is capable of slow motion at 4K with 60fps but in 1080p it is capable of 240fps video recording frame rates, some of the slowest frame rates of any camera drone in high definition 1080p.
You can also record in d-cinelike with this drone, which is also available on the Mavic 2 Pro (shoots d-log) drones and the Phantom 4 V2. If you're interested in shooting video and want to colour grade your own footage, these are the four camera drones to look at.
DJI Drone Flight Mode Comparison
The Mavic Air 2 has some of the most advanced flight modes from any DJI drone as well, capable of obstacle avoidance unlike any other DJI camera drone as well as many smart shooting modes.
It has active track which is an upgrade from the original Mavic Air and paired with obstacle avoidance can make for some great footage.
DJI Drone Obstacle Avoidance Comparison
As mentioned above, the Mavic Air 2 has the best obstacle avoidance of any DJI drone, it has more sensors and can be seen below compared to the Skydio 2.