DJI Mavic Mini vs DJI Spark Camera Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Mini vs DJI Spark Camera Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the DJI Mavic Mini and the DJI Spark 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 Spark Camera Drones

Two very similar sized camera drones at very affordable prices, here we break down two of what we believe are the most similar mini film making drones on the market.

The DJI Mavic Mini can be had for around $499 and the DJI Spark for $399 at the moment, depending on sales online or in your area.

One of the biggest differences is the release dates, with the Mavic Mini being released late 2019 and the Spark coming out early 2017, so 2.5 years between their releases.

In their smallest form you will find the Spark actually outdoes the Mini with a 170mm diagonal distance and the Mavic Mini having a 213mm diagonal distance when its arms are folded in. This also makes the Mini bigger when it's arms are outstretched and ready for take off.

Although it is diagonally smaller, the Spark is actually much bigger when you take it's three dimensions in to account, having 143 x 143 x 55mm dimensions.

Making it's volume 1124cm³ compared to 654cm³ for the Mavic Mini, which is nearly half the size. This is purely down to it's width being nearly half the size when it's arms are folded in.

The weight is one of the closest in the comparisons we have ever done, with 249grams for the Mavic Mini and 300grams for the Spark. Easy enough to get out and take up mountains or to more remote areas without worrying too much about carrying extra weight.

They have similar field of views of 83 degrees for the Mini and 82° for the Spark.

There max speed is almost identical too, specs showing 46kmh for the Mavic Mini and 50kmh for the Spark.

Although similar, the ascent speed is 1m/s more on the DJI Mavic Mini at 4m/s with both having a 3m/s descent speed.

This follows through on their max wind speed they can handle, with both camera drones having 28kmh as their tolerance.

The flight times and transmission distance are much better on the Mavic Mini, with a 4km compared to 2km on the Spark transmission distance and nearly double the flight time. 30 mins max for the Mini and 16 minutes for the DJI Spark.

Given their size, they are also very similar in terms of noise level, both producing around 74 decibels at take off and head height.

Where the camera improves on the Mavic Mini is that in the gimbal department and better stabilization. It offers a 3-axis gimbal compared to just a 2-axis gimbal for the DJI Spark.

Photo and Video Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the DJI Spark

This is where the newer Mavic Mini starts to run away a little, with a 40mbps video bitrate compared to 24mbps of the Spark.

They both share the same size image sensor of 1/2.3" which is a 7.6mm diagonal length image sensor.

This gives them both 12MP photo resolution and JPEG photo files.

The Mavic Mini does one better in the video category and can record 60fps at 1080p compared to just the 1080p at 30fps for the Spark.

It also improves on this with being able to record 2.7k video resolution and has manual ISO, manual shutter speed and manual white balance when recording videos.

They both record in H.264 and MP4 video formats.

Summary

There is very little difference when you shake them both down, from price, to size and features.

But because the DJI Mavic Mini is newer and takes advantage of the 249 grams rule with many countries and drone registration, it is definitely the drone to buy as it continues to get firmware updates too.

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Title DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs DJI Spark Drone Specs
Buy
Price $499 $399
Video reviews
Release Date 6 months 4 weeks ago 3 years ago
Manufacturer DJI DJI
Diagonal Distance 213mm 170mm
Dimensions (smallest) 140 × 82 × 57 mm 143 × 143 × 55 mm
Volume Size 654cm³ 1124cm³
Weight 249grams 300grams
Size small small
Field of View 83° 82°
Focal Length 24mm 25mm
Max Speed 46kmh 50kmh
Max Ascent Speed 4m/s 3m/s
Max Descent Speed 3m/s 3m/s
Max Wind Speed 28kmh 28kmh
Max Flight Altitude 3000m 4000m
Transmission Distance 4 km 2 km
Flight Time 30 minutes 16 minutes
Charge Time 90 minutes 80 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 25/100 16/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 23.00km 13.30km
Max Bitrate 40 Mbps 24 Mbps
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 7.66mm 7.66mm
Noise Level 74 decibels 74 decibels
Photo Resolution 12mp 12mp
Slow mo (1080p) 2x 1x
Slowest FPS (1080p) 60fps 30fps
Best Video Resolution 2.7k 1080p
Flight Modes cinematic mode, normal mode, position mode, sport mode normal mode, sport mode, tripod
Image Format JPEG JPEG
Image Processor
Obstacle Avoidance none forward
Photo Modes auto, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, single shot auto exposure bracketing, burst photos, interval, single shot
Physical Features folding arms
Resolution and FPS Pairings 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps 1080p 30fps
Auto Shot Modes circle, dronie, helix, rocket active track, circle, dronie, hand gestures, helix, return to home, rocket, tap to fly
Tracking Modes none active track
Video Format H.264, MP4 H.264, MP4
Zoom none none
Video Modes manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, video video
Image Stabilization 3 axis gimbal 2 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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