DJI Mavic Air 2 vs Xiaomi Fimi A3 Camera Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Air 2 vs Xiaomi Fimi A2 Camera Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the DJI Mavic Air 2 and the Xiaomi Fimi A3 camera drones.

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Spec Comparison of the DJI Mavic Air 2 and the Xiaomi Fimi A3

In this comparison we compare the first camera drone by Fimi, the A3 fixed wing camera drone and the DJI Mavic Air 2 which is DJI Mavic Air second generation.

The Fimi A3 costs $399 and the DJI Mavic Air 2 is $999 brand new with the fly more combo.

The Fimi A3 is over a year old and the DJI Mavic Air 2 is new for this year.

Physical Comparison

These two camera drones are completely different physically, with the DJI Mavic Air 2 is a folding camera drone and the Fimi A3 is a fixed wing drone in which it is always the same size when packed away.

The Mavic Air 2 is 12cm shorter than the Fimi A3 in their smallest form, at 20cm diagonal length.

Because the Fimi A3's wings are fixed it is always 32cm in length diagonally.

This makes the Mavic Air 2 total volume as 1466cm³ compared to the 4503cm³ of the Fimi A3.

The weight of the two drones is almost identical, with the Mavic Air 2 totalling 570grams, compared to 560 grams for the Fimi A3.

Performance Comparison

In terms of top flight speed, the two camera drones are very similar, with the Fimi A3 reaching speeds of up to 64kmh, just 4kmh slower than the DJI Mavic Air 2 which can reach 68kmh.

The Fimi also has a faster ascent and descent than the MA2 which is surprising considering it's price. Potentially this has something to do with the fixed wings offering more power than a folding arm camera drone?

Where the Mavic Air 2 trumps the Fimi A3 is in the flight time, as it is capable of up to 34 minute flights compared to 25 minutes for the Fimi.

Photo and Video Comparison

One of the biggest features of the DJI Mavic Air 2 is that of it's camera, its a 1/2" image sensor using the Sony IMX586.

It has a 84° degree FOV which is 4 degrees larger than the Fimi A3.

The main difference between the two is the MA2 is a 4K video drone capable of up to 48mp photos, whilst the Fimi A3 is a 1080p video camera and only capable of 8mp photos.

There are numerous other features that the DJI Mavic Air 2 has that the Fimi does not.

The Fimi is a much simpler to fly camera drone with basic photography and video settings.

Summary

For a beginner, to see if you are interested in getting in to drone film making or aerial photography you can't go wrong with this camera drone.

Although it is a 1080p camera, it creates some fantastic footage and can still be used for film making and aerial photography.

The DJI Mavic Air 2 is 3 times the price but also has 3 times the features.

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Image xiaomi fimi a3 camera drone dji mavic air 2 camera drone
Title Xiaomi Fimi A3 Drone Specs DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone Specs
Price $299 $999
Video reviews
Release Date 6 months 4 weeks ago
Manufacturer Xiaomi Fimi DJI

Physical Specs

Physical Specs

Diagonal Distance 323mm 200mm
Dimensions (smallest) 285 × 229 × 69 m 180 × 97 × 84 mm
Volume Size 4503cm³ 1466cm³
Controller Type remote controller only remote controller and smart phone
Controller Dimensions 101 × 152 × 38 mm
Controller Volume Size 583cm³
Weight 560grams 570grams
Controller Weight
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 2049cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight
Size medium small
Physical Features folding arms

Performance Specs

Performance Specs

Max Speed 64kmh 68kmh
Max Ascent Speed 6m/s 4m/s
Max Descent Speed 5m/s 4m/s
Max Wind Speed 38kmh
Wind Resistance level 4 level 5
Max Flight Altitude 500m 5000m
Transmission Distance 1 km 10 km
Flight Time 25 minutes 34 minutes
Noise Level 74 decibels
Charge Time 100 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 25/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 26.66km 38.53km
Positioning Sensor GPS

Photo and Video Specs

Photo and Video Specs

Focal Length 27mm 24mm
Field of View 80° 84°
Max Bitrate 60 Mbps 120 Mbps
Image Sensor sony imx586
Image Sensor Size 1/3.2" Inch 1/2" Inch
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 5.62mm 8.00mm
Photo Resolution 8mp 48mp
Slow mo (1080p) 1x 8x
Slowest FPS (1080p) 30fps 240fps
Best Video Resolution 1080p 4k
Flight Modes ATTI mode, sport mode cinematic mode, normal mode, sport mode
Image Format JPEG DNG, JPEG, raw
Image Processor
Obstacle Avoidance none backward, downward, forward
Photo Modes standard photo 180 degree panorama, auto exposure bracketing, burst photos, HDR, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, panorama, single shot, sphere panorama, timed photos
Resolution and FPS Pairings 1080p 30fps 1080p 120fps, 1080p 240fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 4k 30fps, 4k 60fps
Auto Shot Modes dronie, fixed wing, follow, headless, orbit asteroid, boomerang, circle, course lock, dronie, free, helix, rocket, waypoint
Tracking Modes follow rc active track, focus track, point of interest
Video Format MP4 D-Cinelike, H.264, H.265, MOV, MP4
Zoom none
Video Modes video HDR, video
Image Stabilization 2 axis gimbal 3 axis gimbal
Pros
  • It's less than $1000 brand new
  • Has a long flight time
  • Is a fast camera drone
  • Has a great 1/2" image sensor in the camera
  • One of the highest video bitrates of any film making drone at 120 mbps
  • Can shoot 48mp photos
  • Weighs just over half a kilo at 570 grams, which makes it one of the lightest portable camera drones available
  • Has many more shooting and tracking modes than other DJI drones
Cons
  • For DJI drones and their flying apps, you need specific phones on Android or iPhone 7 or later. We have tried multiple 64bit Android phones on Android 9 and still been unable to use their flying apps, so please check before purchasing.
  • Can't charge via USB straight in to the drone
  • No zoom
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