Spec Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the JJRC X12 Auroro Camera Drones
Here is the comparison of two drones which came out in 2019, the JJRC X12 came out in early 2019 and the DJI Mavic Mini came out later in the year.
We would like to point out that the JJRC X12 is also the same drone as the Eachine EX4.
If you're looking for a similar sized drone to the Mavic Mini, the JJRC X12 could be the one for you.
Diagonally it is actually smaller than the Mavic Mini when both their arms are folded in, with a length of 200mm, compared to the 213mm of the Mini.
You can see how small it is when you look at it's dimensions of 177 × 95 × 55 mm which gives it a volume of 924cm³, which is less than 1Litre in size. Because of one of it's lengths, it's width, it actually is overall slightly bigger than the mavic mini which has a volume of 654cm³.
This makes the DJI Mavic Mini one can of soda smaller than the JJRC X12 in their smallest form.
You can see this in the weight of the two camera drones, with the JJRC X12 coming in at 437grams and the Mavic Mini being much lighter at 249 grams.
They are both small drones but one if much faster than the other in the air, that drone is the DJI Mavic Mini, with a top speed of 46kmh.
The JJRC can only top out at just over 21kmh and it's ascent and descent speeds are lower than that of the Mini too.
An impressive feature of the JJRC X12 though is it's transmission distance, with a 9km max transmission distance, compared to just 4km with the Mavic Mini.
Not lagging too far behind in terms of flight time too, is the X12 which has 25 minutes, but coming out on top is the Mavic Mini which has 30 minute total flight time.
The top speed and flight time equate to a much better flight distance with the Mavic Mini of 23km, compared to just 8.75km capable with the JJRC X12 Aurora.
Photo and Video Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the JJRC X12 Aurora
From the off, the cameras are completely different on the DJI Mavic Mini compared with the JJRC X12 as the latter uses a 1/3.2" sized image sensor, which is just shy of 6mm diagonally.
The Mavic Mini uses a larger image sensor, the well used 1/2.3" image sized sensor which is 7.66mm in size diagonally.
Although they both shoot 12 MP photos and save them as JPEG.
Other than the JJRC X12 creating 4K video files, they are very similar in what they output.
1080p at 60fps for both drones in which they both save them in MP4 format.
You do get some manual modes in the DJI Mavic Mini, such as manual ISO, shutter speed and white balance and a 3-axis gimbal keeps both of their cameras stable when shooting from the skies.
The JJRC X12, also known as the Eachine EX4 is a fantastic entry level and beginner camera drone, it seems as though most of it's expense has gone in to the camera and you can actually create some fantastic cinematic and pretty shots for such a low price.
It is also very stable in the air and portable, like the Mavic Mini.
If you have more money to spend are are interested in the DJI range, make sure your phone works first, we had to buy a separate phone just to be able to play with the Mini.
It's a solid little performer and ticks all the boxes for starting on your film making journey in the skies.
|Title||DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs||JJRC X12 Aurora Drone Specs|
|Buy||Buy @ DJIBuy @ Amazon||Buy @ Gearbest|
|Release Date||7 months ago||1 year ago|
|Dimensions (smallest)||140 × 82 × 57 mm||177 × 95 × 55 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||2m/s|
|Max Descent Speed||3m/s||1m/s|
|Max Wind Speed||28kmh|
|Max Flight Altitude||3000m||1500m|
|Transmission Distance||4 km||9 km|
|Flight Time||30 minutes||25 minutes|
|Noise Level||74 decibels|
|Charge Time||90 minutes||180 minutes|
|Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life)||25/100||12/100|
|Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time)||23.00km||8.75km|
|Physical Features||folding arms||folding arms|
|Positioning Sensor||GPS||GPS, GLONASS|
|Field of View||83°||80°|
|Max Bitrate||40 Mbps||60 Mbps|
|Image Sensor Size||1/2.3"||1/3.2"|
|Image Sensor Size Diagonal||7.66mm||5.94mm|
|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||normal mode|
|Photo Modes||auto, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, single shot||single shot|
|Resolution and FPS Pairings||1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps||1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps|
|Auto Shot Modes||circle, dronie, helix, rocket||active track, orbit, return to home, waypoint|
|Tracking Modes||none||active track|
|Video Format||H.264, MP4||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|