DJI Mavic Mini vs DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Mini vs DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the DJI Mavic Mini and the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 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 Phantom 4 Pro V2

Here we breakdown the specs of these two drones side by side to see which film making drone has what to offer.

From the off, you can see there is a huge difference in size and in price, the Mavic Mini can be had for around $499 and the Phantom 4 Pro V2 is three times that at $1999.

These prices may differ depending on sales you find.

The diagonal distance in their smallest form is 213mm for the Mavic Mini and 350mm for the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2, this is a considerable size difference and is shown even more so when you compare the volume of both of the camera drones.

The Mavic Mini has a volume of 654cm³ whilst the Phantom 4 Pro V2 is nearly five times bigger at 2854cm³, which is equivalent to a 2 litre bottle of pop and nearly another litre on top of that.

This is represented in the weight differences too, with the Mavic Mini being just 249grams and the Phantom 4 Pro V2 having a weight of 1375grams which is well over a kilogram and without it's controller too.

They have very similar field of views of 83° and 84°, which makes the Phantom 4 Pro V2 1 degree better and can see a wider field of view when filming.

There is a large difference in max speed, with the Mavic Mini capable of 46kmh and the Phantom 4 Pro V2 capable of 72kmh top speed.

The same continues on for the ascent and descent speed, with the Phantom Pro 4 V2 having a 2m/s faster ascent speed of 6m/s and 1m/s faster descent speed of 4m/s compared to that of 4 and 3m/s for the Mavic Mini.

In terms of max wind speed they can fly in, they are surprisingly similar, with the Mavic Mini showing 28kmh and the Phantom 4 Pro V2 showing 36kmh.

There is a larger difference in flight altitude, of 6000m for the Phantom 4 Pro V2 and 3000m for the Mavic Mini.

They have similar noise levels when taking off, of 74 decibels for the Mavic Mini and 77 decibels for the Phantom Pro 4 V2.

Photo and Camera Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the Phantom 4 Pro V2

It is literally night and day when comparing these two camera setups for photography and videography work. The camera itself and it's gimbal is actually a similar size to that of the Mavic Mini, which you could probably fit underneath the Phantom Pro 4 V2 with its arms folded in.

You get 100 mbps with the Phantom 4 Pro V2 video bitrate and only 40 mbps with the Mavic Mini.

What really shines is the 1" sensor size on the Phantom 4 Pro V2 which is 16mm diagonally whilst the 1/2.3" sensor on the Mavic Mini is just under half that at 7.66mm diagonally.

Without comparing anything else, this will be much better in low light conditions than the Mavic Mini, based purely on the sensor size and that means better noise reduction too.

You get 20 MP photos with the Phantom and 12MP photos with the Mavic Mini. This gives better opportunities to crop in to the photo with the larger resolution too.

These photos are also saved as RAW files with the DNG file type whilst the Mavic Mini can only save in JPEG.

In terms of video you get many more video options, frame rates and resolutions on the Phantom 4 Pro V2, with 4K video resolutions compared to 2.7K on the Mavic Mini.

You also get 120fps frame rate at 1080p on the Phantom but only 1080p 60fps on the Mavic Mini.

When saving videos you get H.265, H.264, MOV and MP4 video file formats compared to just H.264 and MP4 with the Mavic Mini

Summary

If you want a pocket film making drone, it is hard to beat the Mavic Mini, it can literally be placed in a pocket and taken anywhere. It's size has downsides when comparing it to much larger film making drones such as the Phantom 4 Pro V2.

You do get a much higher quality film making camera drone with the Phantom 4 Pro V2, but it costs up to four times as much and it's size is much larger too.

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Title DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 Specs
Buy
Price $499 $1999
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Release Date 7 months ago
Manufacturer DJI DJI
Diagonal Distance 213mm 350mm
Dimensions (smallest) 140 × 82 × 57 mm 392 × 328 × 222 mm
Volume Size 654cm³ 2854cm³
Weight 249grams 1375grams
Size small large
Field of View 83° 84°
Focal Length 24mm 24mm
Max Speed 46kmh 72kmh
Max Ascent Speed 4m/s 6m/s
Max Descent Speed 3m/s 4m/s
Max Wind Speed 28kmh 36kmh
Max Flight Altitude 3000m 6000m
Transmission Distance 4 km 7 km
Flight Time 30 minutes 30 minutes
Charge Time 90 minutes 70 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 25/100 30/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 23.00km 36.00km
Max Bitrate 40 Mbps 100 Mbps
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size 1/2.3" 1"
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 7.66mm
Noise Level 74 decibels 77 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
Image Format JPEG DNG, JPEG, raw
Image Processor
Obstacle Avoidance none
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
Physical Features 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
Tracking Modes none
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
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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