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.
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.
|Title||DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs||DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone Specs|
|Buy||Buy @ DJIBuy @ Amazon||Buy @ DJIBuy @ Amazon|
|Release Date||7 months ago||1 year 9 months ago|
|Dimensions (smallest)||140 × 82 × 57 mm||214 × 91 × 84 mm|
|Field of View||83°||77°|
|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 Size||1/2.3"||1"|
|Image Sensor Size Diagonal||7.66mm||15.86mm|
|Noise Level||74 decibels||75 decibels|
|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|
|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|
|Video Modes||manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, video||HDR, video|
|Image Stabilization||3 axis gimbal||3 axis gimbal|
|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|
|User Guide||DJI Mavic Mini User Guide Manual and PDF Download|