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.
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.
|Title||DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs||Parrot Anafi Drone Specs|
|Buy||Buy @ DJIBuy @ Amazon||Buy @ Amazon|
|Release Date||6 months 4 weeks ago||1 year 11 months ago|
|Dimensions (smallest)||140 × 82 × 57 mm||244 × 67 × 65 mm|
|Field of View||83°||69°|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Video Modes||manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, video||video|
|Image Stabilization||3 axis gimbal||3 axis gimbal|
|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|
|User Guide||DJI Mavic Mini User Guide Manual and PDF Download|