DJI Mavic Mini vs DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Mini vs DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Drone Comparison

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

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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.

Summary

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?

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Title DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Drone
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Price $499 $999
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Release Date 7 months ago 2 years 6 months ago
Manufacturer DJI DJI
Diagonal Distance 213mm 335mm
Dimensions (smallest) 140 × 82 × 57 mm 198 × 83 × 83 mm
Volume Size 654cm³ 1364cm³
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone remote controller and smart phone
Controller Dimensions 145 × 80 × 45 mm
Controller Volume Size 522cm³
Weight 249grams 734grams
Controller Weight 244 grams
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 1176cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight 493 grams
Size small medium
Focal Length 24mm 26mm
Max Speed 46kmh 65kmh
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
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 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
Image Processor
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
Zoom none none
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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