DJI Mavic Mini vs DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Mini vs DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the DJI Mavic Mini and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro camera drones.

You can compare these two drones in more depth at our one of a kind drone comparisons tool, filter film making drones to narrow down features you want in an aerial photography drone and much more.

Spec Comparison for the DJI Mavic Mini and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro Camera Drones

Are these two drones worlds apart or are there any similarities to be found, here we compare their specs against each other.

You can find the DJI Mavic Mini for $499 and the Mavic 2 Pro for around $1499 or less depending on sales and current offers.

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro was released nearly 2 years ago in early 2018 whilst the Mavic Mini was released just 6 months ago.

When folded there is a considerable size difference of over 15cm diagonal length added on to the Mavic Mini. Considering the Mavic 2 Pro is a portable camera drone, it shows how small the Mavic Mini is in comparison.

The dimensions tell a bigger story, with no side being smaller than any of the Mavic Mini, with a volume of nearly 3 times the size.

The Mavic Mini having a volume of 2 coke cans at 654cm³ and the Mavic 2 Pro coming in at 1635cm³ when folded away.

This is also represented in the weight, the Mavic 2 Pro is nearly four times heavier at 907 grams, compared to the 249 grams of the Mavic Mini.

You get 83° field of view compared to 77° of the Mavic 2 Pro, so that wins here. If you are looking at seeing as much as you can then the Mavic Mini is the better drone from the same distance away from the subject.

The speed differs in a large way, with a top speed of 72kmh for the Mavic 2 Pro and only 46 kmh for the Mavic Mini. If you want to chase or track something, the Mavic 2 Pro is a must in this situation. The ascent speed is also an improvement at 5m/s compared to 4m/s over the Mavic Mini.

If wind is an issue, the specs suggest a max wind speed of 28kmh for the Mavic Mini and 10kmh more for the Mavic 2 Pro, but we understand that it can handle winds much faster than this, or gust more quickly.

What about altitude? If you're on top of some very high mountains, the Mavic 2 Pro should be able to fly at least 6000m above sea level whilst the Mavic Mini is capable of 3000m elevation. Obviously you should be staying within 400feet in elevation of where you are flying your drone from.

You get double the transmission distance of 8km with the Mavic 2 Pro and 4k with the Mavic Mini.

To help aid this extra distance, you also get 1 more minute extra flight time with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro over the Mavic Mini.

Noise level are about on par, with 74 decibels for the Mavic Mini and 75 decibels for the Mavic 2 Pro, although they do sound different because of their prop sizes.

There is no obstacle avoidance with the mavic mini and you get full omnidirectional obstacle avoidance with the Mavic 2 Pro, a major improvement over the smaller drone.

The same can be said with tracking, you get none with the mini and a number of tracking options with the Mavic 2 Pro, from active track, through to parallel and spotlight tracking.

They both use a 3-axis gimbal to stabilize their footage and both do a tremendous job.

Photo and Video Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Without even looking at the spec sheet, guessing off of price and even the name, you'd find it hard to believe that the Mavic 2 Pro isn't the better camera drone for film making and aerial photography, and you'd be right.

You get a 100 Mbps video bitrate compared to the 40 with the Mavic Mini camera drone.

You get a whopping 1" image sensor which is over double the size of the Mavic Mini, at 7.66mm diagonal length compared to 15.86mm of the 1" sized sensor.

Without looking in to anything else, right there you know you'll get better low light quality in the camera.

You get 20mp photo image resolution with this 1" sensor and RAW photos with files being saved as JPEG and DNG.

In terms of video, as mentioned, the bitrates are bigger on the Mavic 2 Pro and you also get much better slowmotion capabilities if that is what you are after.

1080p 60fps for the Mavic Mini and 120fps is available for the Mavic 2 Pro, offering amazing 4x slow mo footage from the camera drone.

As well as the hardware, you get many more photo and video auto shots, the Mavic Mini having just a handful of Quick Shots.

The Mavic 2 Pro has many many more, including waypoints, hyperlapse functionality, point of interest, the same Quick Shots as the mini and others to choose from, all helping in making better films and movies.

Summary

If you want a pocket film making drone, it's hard to beat the Mavic Mini.

If you have the extra cash and are more serious about your photography and videography, then the Mavic 2 Pro has the features and camera hardware to get you the best shots possible, the downside is that it's just 3 times bigger, so only helpful if you don't mind carrying this extra weight around.

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Title DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone Specs
Buy
Price $499 $1499
Video reviews
Release Date 7 months ago 1 year 9 months ago
Manufacturer DJI DJI
Diagonal Distance 213mm 354mm
Dimensions (smallest) 140 × 82 × 57 mm 214 × 91 × 84 mm
Volume Size 654cm³ 1635cm³
Weight 249grams 907grams
Size small medium
Field of View 83° 77°
Focal Length 24mm 28mm
Max Speed 46kmh 72kmh
Max Ascent Speed 4m/s 5m/s
Max Descent Speed 3m/s 3m/s
Max Wind Speed 28kmh 38kmh
Max Flight Altitude 3000m 6000m
Transmission Distance 4 km 8 km
Flight Time 30 minutes 31 minutes
Charge Time 90 minutes 90 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 25/100 25/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 23.00km 37.20km
Max Bitrate 40 Mbps 100 Mbps
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size 1/2.3" 1"
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 7.66mm 15.86mm
Noise Level 74 decibels 75 decibels
Photo Resolution 12mp 20mp
Slow mo (1080p) 2x 4x
Slowest FPS (1080p) 60fps 120fps
Best Video Resolution 2.7k 4k
Flight Modes cinematic mode, normal mode, position mode, sport mode cinematic mode, normal mode, tripod
Image Format JPEG DNG, JPEG, raw
Image Processor
Obstacle Avoidance none backward, downward, forward, omnidirectional, upward
Photo Modes auto, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, single shot auto exposure bracketing, burst photos, interval, manual aperture, single shot
Physical Features folding arms folding arms
Resolution and FPS Pairings 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps 1080p 120fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 4k 30fps
Auto Shot Modes circle, dronie, helix, rocket active track, active track parallel, active track spotlight, asteroid, boomerang, circle, dronie, helix, hyperlapse circle, hyperlapse course lock, hyperlapse free, hyperlapse waypoint, orbit, point of interest GPS, point of interest vision, return to home, rocket, tap to fly, tapfly backward, tapfly forward, tapfly free
Tracking Modes none active track, active track parallel, spotlight
Video Format H.264, MP4 Dlog-M, H.264, H.265, MOV, MP4
Zoom none none
Video Modes manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, video HDR, video
Image Stabilization 3 axis gimbal 3 axis gimbal
Positioning Sensor GPS
Controller Volume Size 522cm³
Controller Dimensions 145 × 80 × 45 mm
Controller Weight 244 grams
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 1176cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight 493 grams
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone remote controller and smart phone
Pros
  • One of the smallest camera drones on the market
  • Under 250 grams 
  • Has manual ISO, manual shutter speed and white balance settings for recording videos
Cons
  • No RAW image support for photos
  • Unstable in medium to strong winds
  • 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.
User Guide DJI Mavic Mini User Guide Manual and PDF Download

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