DJI Mavic Mini vs Parrot Anafi Camera Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Mini vs Parrot Anafi Camera Drone Comparison

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

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Spec Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the Parrot Anafi Camera Drones

The Mavic Mini and Parrot Anafi are two similarly priced camera drones, here we look in to the specs they offer and compare them side by side.

The DJI Mavic Mini can be had for $499 whilst the Parrot Anafi goes for a little more at about $699 depending on what model or offer you go for.

Their release dates are quite far apart, with the Parrot Anafi being released to the public almost 2 years ago in mid 2018 and the DJI Mavic Mini being released in late 2019.

The DJI Mavic Mini is just 213mm diagonally when folded up and the Parrot Anafi, with its longer but slender form when folded is 253mm in length diagonally.

The Parrot Anafi does look like a small portable camera drone, but because of it's length when folded, which is nearly 10cm longer than the Mavic Mini, it makes it volume add up.

The Mavic Mini is the smallest at 654cm³ and the Parrot Anafi's volume when folded up is 1062cm³. Although it is narrower at just 67 x 65mm when looking at it from the side, when the Mavic Mini is 82 x 57mm, so those dimensions are a give away as to how long it is when the volume is taken in to consideration.

They are both extremely light camera drones, with the Parrot Anafi weighing 320 grams take off weight and the Mavic Mini at 249 grams.

Although the Anafi can move it's camera up as well as down, unlike many other drones, it only has a field of view of 69° which is beaten dramatically by the Mavic Mini which has a FOV of 83°, some 14 degrees wider field of view.

This is a big difference and if you were to put them side by side at the same elevation you would see a much bigger picture and more of the land below with the Mini.

The Anafi does make up though with it's top speed of 55kmh which is nearly 10kmh faster than the Mavic Mini at 46kmh.

The ascent and descent speeds are identical other than the 1m/s difference for the descent on the Mini which is 3m/s compared to the Anafi 4m/s descent speed.

The Parrot can also take on bigger winds, of up to 50kmh, whilst the Mini will struggle in anything over 28kmh.

They have the same transmission distance of 4km which isn't too bad.

Also have similar flying times of 30 minutes for the Mini and 25 minutes for the Parrot Anafi, is that enough for your flying objectives?

One major difference between the two is that of noise level, the Parrot Anafi is almost silent at 64 decibels, compared to the 74 decibels of the Mavic Mini.

Photo and Video Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the Parrot Anafi

The Parrot Anafi uses a slightly smaller image sensor, a Sony IMX 230 which is 1/2.4" in size, whilst the Mavic Mini uses a more often used sensor size of 1/2.3", we are unaware of what sensor it currently has.

The Parrot Anafi can take 21MP photos and 4K video with this sensor and also shoot in RAW which the Mavic Mini can not.

The Mavic Mini can take 12MP photos and 2.7K video at it's max and only save JPEG images and photos.

They do both share the same slow motion frame rate of 60 fps at 1080p video resolution.

You can manually change a few video and photo settings to control your cameras exposure which is handy and they both save videos to MP4 files.

Summary

Both lightweight camera drones, the Parrot packs a punch for a smaller brand and is only let down in it's flight time and size compared to that of the Mavic Mini.

It could still fit in a long jacket pocket if need be, but isn't as pocketable as the DJI Mavic Mini.

The Mini is smaller and has some similar video features but lacks the RAW photography of the Parrot Anafi.

They are both fantastic drones and it would be hard to choose between the two.

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Title DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs Parrot Anafi Drone Specs
Buy
Price $499 $699
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Release Date 6 months 4 weeks ago 1 year 11 months ago
Manufacturer DJI Parrot
Diagonal Distance 213mm 253mm
Dimensions (smallest) 140 × 82 × 57 mm 244 × 67 × 65 mm
Volume Size 654cm³ 1062cm³
Weight 249grams 320grams
Size small medium
Field of View 83° 69°
Focal Length 24mm 23mm
Max Speed 46kmh 55kmh
Max Ascent Speed 4m/s 4m/s
Max Descent Speed 3m/s 4m/s
Max Wind Speed 28kmh 50kmh
Max Flight Altitude 3000m 4500m
Transmission Distance 4 km 4 km
Flight Time 30 minutes 25 minutes
Charge Time 90 minutes 90 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 25/100 22/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 23.00km 22.90km
Max Bitrate 40 Mbps 100 Mbps
Image Sensor sony imx230
Image Sensor Size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 7.66mm
Noise Level 74 decibels 64 decibels
Photo Resolution 12mp 21mp
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 sport mode
Image Format JPEG DNG, JPEG, raw
Image Processor
Obstacle Avoidance none none
Photo Modes auto, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, single shot auto exposure bracketing, burst photos, HDR, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, panorama, single shot, timed photos
Physical Features folding arms folding arms
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 boomerang, circle, orbit, return to home, waypoint
Tracking Modes none active track
Video Format H.264, MP4 H.264, MP4
Zoom none digital
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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