DJI Mavic Mini vs DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Mini vs DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the DJI Mavic Mini and the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom 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 of the DJI Mavic Mini and the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

There is quite a price difference between the DJI Mavic Mini and the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom, the Mini coming in at $499 and the Zoom at $1249 depending on sales.

It isn't where the spec differences stop as well with the two camera drones only sharing a couple of similar features.

The Mini is the newer of the two film making drones, at just over 6 months old and the Zoom being released nearly 2 years ago.

The size difference between these two folding arm camera drones is huge, with the mini coming in at 213mm diagonally when folded and the Mavic 2 Zoom at 354mm in length.

This shows in the volume size of the two drones, with the Mavic 2 Zoom being almost three times as big. The Mavic Mini is similar to 2 cans of fizzy pop in volume at 654cm³ and the Mavic 2 Zoom is just shy of being the size of a 2 Litre bottle of pop.

There is a large difference in weight, from 249grams with the Mini to almost a kilo with the zoom, at 905grams take off weight.

One of the similarities is that the both share an 83° field of view. The difference here though is that the Zoom has optical zoom capabilities, allowing it to optically zoom in to around 43° field of view.

The Mavic 2 Zoom is one of only a few which can zoom in optically, others are usually micro four thirds based camera system film drones.

The drones have different max speeds as well, with 72kmh for the Mavic 2 Zoom and a top speed of 46kmh for the DJI Mavic Mini.

Ascent and descent speeds are similar with the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom having 1m/s faster ascent speed than that of the Mini, at 5m/s max ascent speed.

Wind speeds are different too, with the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom having a max wind tolerance of 38kmh, but we're guessing this can be flown in higher wind conditions compared to the Mini which is a much smaller drone so will take gusts more abruptly and struggle with it's lower top speed.

You get double the transmission distance of 8km, compared to the 4km with the Mavic Mini but similar flight times of 30 minutes and 31 minutes.

They both share a similar noise level of 75 and 76 decibels which probably can't be heard when taking off.

They both share a 3-axis gimbal to help stabilize the camera when filming up in the air.

Photo and Video Spec Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

There is a huge difference in bitrate, of 60 mbps. The Mavic Mini has a 40 mbps bitrate and the Mavic 2 Zoom has a bitrate of 100 mbps, which means bigger video files and potentially much better footage quality.

What is surprising is that the two camera drones both share a 1/2.3" image sensor size, unlike the Mavic 2 Pro which comes with a 1" sensor, this shouldn't be mistaken with that as it has an image sensor, like the Mavic Mini of about half the size.

There image sensor size in millimetres is 7.66mm diagonally across the sensor.

But as far as photography and video features go, that is where they draw the line with similarities.

The Mavic 2 Zoom has many better features:

  • 4x slow motion at 1080p with 120fps compared to the 60fps of the Mavic Mini
  • Raw photo options saving both JPEG and DNG files, where as the Mavic Mini only saves JPEGs
  • There are more video resolutions and frame rates to choose from depending on your shot from the Mavic 2 Zoom
  • There are more photo and video modes to shoot from, including auto shots done by the drone itself, where the Mavic Mini onlyh as QuickShots and some recent manual updates for shutter speed, iso and white balance which came in a recent firmware release
  • You get D-Cinelike, h.264, h.265, MOV and MP4 options for video and film on the Mavic 2 Zoom but only MP4 with the Mavic Mini

Summary

If you require a film making drone with optical zoom, you have to choose the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom, even comparing it to many other options out there in the industry. 

It is hands down a better drone to fly and photograph and film shots.

If you're looking for a simpler introduction to the world of aerial photography and want something you can literally put in your pocket, the Mavic Mini has to be taken as it's still a fantastic film drone in certain circumstances.

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Title DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Drone Specs
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Price $499 $1249
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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
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone remote controller and smart phone
Controller Dimensions 145 × 80 × 45 mm
Controller Volume Size 522cm³
Weight 249grams 905grams
Controller Weight 244 grams
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 1176cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight 493 grams
Size small medium
Focal Length 24mm 24mm
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
Noise Level 74 decibels 75 decibels
Charge Time 90 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 25/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 23.00km 37.20km
Physical Features folding arms folding arms
Positioning Sensor GPS GPS, GLONASS
Field of View 83° 83°
Max Bitrate 40 Mbps 100 Mbps
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 7.66mm 7.66mm
Photo Resolution 12mp 12mp
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, sport mode
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, single shot
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 asteroid, boomerang, dronie, follow, helix, orbit, return to home, rocket, tap to fly
Tracking Modes none active track, point of interest
Video Format H.264, MP4 D-Cinelike, H.264, H.265, MOV, MP4
Zoom none digital, optical
Video Modes manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, video video
Image Stabilization 3 axis gimbal 3 axis gimbal
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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