DJI Mavic Mini vs JJRC X12 Aurora Camera Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Mini vs JJRC X12 Aurora Camera Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the DJI Mavic Mini and the JJRC X12 Aurora camera drones.

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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.

Summary

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.

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Title DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs JJRC X12 Aurora Drone Specs
Buy
Price $499 $250
Video reviews
Release Date 7 months ago 1 year ago
Manufacturer DJI JJRC
Diagonal Distance 213mm 200mm
Dimensions (smallest) 140 × 82 × 57 mm 177 × 95 × 55 mm
Volume Size 654cm³ 924cm³
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone remote controller and smart phone
Controller Dimensions 145 × 80 × 45 mm
Controller Volume Size 522cm³
Weight 249grams 437grams
Controller Weight 244 grams
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 1176cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight 493 grams
Size small small
Focal Length 24mm
Max Speed 46kmh 21kmh
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
Image Sensor Size 1/2.3" 1/3.2"
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 7.66mm 5.94mm
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 normal mode
Image Format JPEG JPEG
Image Processor
Obstacle Avoidance none downward
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
Zoom none digital
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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