Spec Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
Two camera drones with large differences in size, features and price, here we break them down to see which is the best and at what.
The DJI Mavic Mini comes in at $499 brand new and the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum is around $999 depending on which site you use to purchase or if you can find a sale.
There are nearly 2 years between the release dates, late 2017 for the Mavic Pro and late 2019 for the Mavic Mini. With these two years, DJI have managed to get a camera drone under the 249 gram weight, with a decent camera and for half the size of the Mavic Pro camera drone by DJI.
The size difference is quite big when they are both folded up, with 213mm for the Mavic Mini and 335mm diagonal length for the Mavic Pro Platinum.
That is an extra 12cm, nearly half a foot in added length when packed up, arms folded in.
The weight is even more and nearly three times the weight of the Mavic Mini, with the Mavic Pro Platinum weighing 734 grams.
It does though lose out on field of view, having 5 degrees smaller FOV. With the MM having 83° and the MPP 78° field of view.
The differences soon return with a top speed difference of nearly 20kmh. The Mavic Mini is capable of 46kmh whilst the Mavic Pro Platinum can reach speeds of up to 65kmh. This is a huge advantage if you want to follow anything faster than someone running, such as mountain biking, skiing and vehicles on dirt roads and going through beautiful landscapes.
The MPP has a 1m/s faster ascent speed than the MM at 5m/s.
You can fly the Mavic Pro Platinum higher and further with an elevation of 5000m, compared to the Mavic Mini at 3000m and a transmission distance 3km further, with max distance of 7km. The Mavic Mini is only capable of 4km which is quite short compared to most camera drones on the market today.
They both have the exact same max flight time of 30 minutes which is great.
The Mavic Pro Platinum is considerably quieter on take-off and at head height level than the Mavic Mini, so if stealth is a feature you require, this drone is highly recommended for quieter flying.
You get obstacle avoidance and tracking modes on the Mavic Pro Platinum (MPP) which is a big advantage if you want to take your eyes off of the drone and still record footage.
Whilst both drones are fitted with a 3-axis gimbal which does most of the work in stabilizing the video footage.
Photo and Video Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
Even though it has the name Mavic Pro Platinum, it's charge time, battery life and uptime are very similar to the Mavic Mini, as is it's video bitrate of 40 mbps for the Mavic Mini and 69 mbps for the Mavic Pro Platinum.
They both share the same image sensor size of 1/2.3" which is 7.66mm in diagonal length and common on most camera and aerial photography drones with folding arms.
Other than 4K video resolution available on the Mavic Pro Platinum, the camera drones are very similar in terms of photo and video capabilities. Both having 1080p at 60fps for slow motion video footage.
Both drones take 12MP photos but the MPP takes RAW photos too and saves DNG files as well as JPEGs.
They have similar flying modes and both take great quality video.
If you want a new drone which is still being upgraded via firmware updates, check out the Mavic Mini.
It has pocketable and takes stunning videos with manual settings.
It is let down by lack of 4K and RAW photos which the Mavic Pro Platinum is capable of. As well as having tracking and obstacle avoidance in 2 directions.
The MPP has a few extra features but is it worth it for the extra $500?
|Title||DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs||DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Drone|
|Buy||Buy @ DJIBuy @ Amazon||Buy @ DJIBuy @ Amazon|
|Release Date||7 months ago||2 years 6 months ago|
|Dimensions (smallest)||140 × 82 × 57 mm||198 × 83 × 83 mm|
|Controller Type||remote controller and smart phone||remote controller and smart phone|
|Controller Dimensions||145 × 80 × 45 mm|
|Controller Volume Size||522cm³|
|Controller Weight||244 grams|
|Drone & Controller Combined Volume||1176cm³|
|Drone & Controller Combined Weight||493 grams|
|Max Ascent Speed||4m/s||5m/s|
|Max Descent Speed||3m/s||3m/s|
|Max Wind Speed||28kmh||35kmh|
|Max Flight Altitude||3000m||5000m|
|Transmission Distance||4 km||7 km|
|Flight Time||30 minutes||30 minutes|
|Noise Level||74 decibels||66 decibels|
|Charge Time||90 minutes||80 minutes|
|Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life)||25/100||27/100|
|Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time)||23.00km||32.50km|
|Physical Features||folding arms||folding arms|
|Positioning Sensor||GPS||GPS, GLONASS|
|Field of View||83°||78°|
|Max Bitrate||40 Mbps||60 Mbps|
|Image Sensor Size||1/2.3"||1/2.3"|
|Image Sensor Size Diagonal||7.66mm||7.66mm|
|Slow mo (1080p)||2x||2x|
|Slowest FPS (1080p)||60fps||60fps|
|Best Video Resolution||2.7k||4k|
|Flight Modes||cinematic mode, normal mode, position mode, sport mode||cinematic mode, gesture mode, normal mode|
|Image Format||JPEG||DNG, JPEG, raw|
|Obstacle Avoidance||none||downward, forward|
|Photo Modes||auto, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, single shot||auto exposure bracketing, burst photos, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, single shot|
|Resolution and FPS Pairings||1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps||1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 4k 30fps|
|Auto Shot Modes||circle, dronie, helix, rocket|
|Tracking Modes||none||active track, point of interest, spotlight|
|Video Format||H.264, MP4||H.264, H.265, MOV, MP4|
|Video Modes||manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, video||video|
|Image Stabilization||3 axis gimbal||3 axis gimbal|
|User Guide||DJI Mavic Mini User Guide Manual and PDF Download|