DJI Mavic Mini vs Skydio 2 Camera Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Mini vs Skydio 2 Camera Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the DJI Mavic Mini and the Skydio 2 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 Skydio 2 Camera Drones

Two completely different drones, starting off with a price point of $499 for the Mavic Mini and $999 for the brand new for 2020 Skydio 2.

Both could be argued are aimed for new drone owners, the DJI Mavic Mini for those wishing to learn to fly and be an aerial photographer. Whilst the Skydio 2 for the thrill seekers and looking to document their adventures with it's incredible tracking capabilities.

The DJI Mavic Mini came out in 2019 at the end of the year whilst the Skydio 2 is just being released in mid 2020, so 6 months apart.

the DJI Mavic Mini is a folding drone and capable of being collapsed to a diagonal length of 213mm, whilst the Skydio 2 is not, and has a much wider diagonal size of 352mm when ready for take off, as it's arms are stuck facing out.

This means that the volume size of these two cameras is vastly different, with the Mavic Mini being a tiny 654cm³ and the Skydio 2 taking up almost 4 litres of space at 4505cm³. That is almost 8 times bigger, but this is down to it being unable to fold it's arms in.

It's weight is a more telling feature of its size, with the Mavic Mini coming in at 249grams and the Skydio 2 weighing 775 grams ready for take-off.

Performance wise the Skydio 2 is much faster and capable of speeds up to 58kmh, nearly 60kmh and the Mavic Mini is short of that by 12kmh and capable of speeds of up to 46kmh.

The Skydio 2 is also more accepting of higher winds and capable of flying in 40kmh winds, whilst the Mini can only handle 28kmh wind speeds.

There is a 1km shorter transmission distance on the Sydio 2, it is capable of 3km, but as a follow me drone, focusing on it's tracking this isn't really an issue in our opinion and is much bigger than we'd expect on this sort of camera drone.

The Mavic Mini is capable of 4km transmission distance.

Although the flight time is only 23 mins for the Skydio 2 and 30 mins for the DJI Mavic Mini, it can charge faster, which means that it has a better uptime than the Mini. If you are utilising just one battery, this could be important for you.

They can both cover approximately and theoretically 22-23km flying distance from their top speed and battery life.

The Skydio 2 is also a little bit more quiet when flying in the air, at 70 decibels and the Mavic Mini coming in at 74 db noise level.

Where the Skydio 2 sets things apart, is in terms of it's tracking options, it has some of the best of any camera drone on the market, there are some incredible footage being created by drone users and extreme sports enthusiasts where the Skydio 2 is following them. The Mavic Mini has zero tracking or obstacle avoidance so is on the losing side in this comparison, but to be honest, most drones would be in comparison.

Photo and Video Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the Skydio 2

This is where things continue to get serious for the Skydio 2, in it's camera technology.

It uses the same size sensor as the Mavic Mini, at 1/2.3", which is a common sensor size for action camera and drones, but uses the high end Sony IMX 577 image sensor.

They are both capable of 12MP and that is where the similarities stop.

The Skydio 2 can do 4x slow motion at 1080p at 120fps were the Mini can only achieve 60fps at this frame rate.

It outputs RAW photos in DNG format as well as JPEG and also does both H.264 and H.265, so you have plenty of options in terms of file sizes and quality.

It also produces 4K video footage.

The Mini is a much simpler aerial photography camera, producing 2.7K video footage, which has a handful of manual options for ISO, shutter speed and white balance but thats about it.

It adds to its simple camera functions some auto shooting functions called QuickShots but doesn't have half as many features as the Skydio 2.

Summary

The Skydio 2 is aimed at those who wish to use a follow me tracking feature, but can be controlled with a regular drone controller as well, it has a few options there, so is a very versatile camera drone.

It also has some of the best tracking modes and software of any film making drone, check out the footage to see for yourself.

All topped with a very decent image sensor, this is a strong contender for drone of the year in 2020 as it comes in at under $999 too.

If you want something you can chuck in your pocket to maually create shots the Mavic Mini is a great choice, just don't expect the features of the Skydio 2.

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Title DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs Skydio 2 Drone Specs
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Price $499 $999
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Release Date 7 months ago 2 days 22 hours ago
Manufacturer DJI
Diagonal Distance 213mm 352mm
Dimensions (smallest) 140 × 82 × 57 mm 223 × 273 × 74 mm
Volume Size 654cm³ 4505cm³
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone remote controller and smart phone, remote controller only, smart phone only
Controller Dimensions 145 × 80 × 45 mm
Controller Volume Size 522cm³
Weight 249grams 775grams
Controller Weight 244 grams
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 1176cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight 493 grams
Size small medium
Focal Length 24mm 20mm
Max Speed 46kmh 58kmh
Max Ascent Speed 4m/s
Max Descent Speed 3m/s
Max Wind Speed 28kmh 40kmh
Max Flight Altitude 3000m
Transmission Distance 4 km 3 km
Flight Time 30 minutes 23 minutes
Noise Level 74 decibels 70 decibels
Charge Time 90 minutes 60 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 25/100 28/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 23.00km 22.20km
Physical Features folding arms
Positioning Sensor GPS
Field of View 83°
Max Bitrate 40 Mbps 100 Mbps
Image Sensor sony imx577
Image Sensor Size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 7.66mm
Photo Resolution 12mp 12mp
Slow mo (1080p) 2x 4x
Slowest FPS (1080p) 60fps 120fps
Best Video Resolution 2.7k 4k
Flight Modes cinematic mode, normal mode, position mode, sport mode
Image Format JPEG DNG, JPEG, raw
Image Processor qualcomm QCS605
Obstacle Avoidance none backward, downward, forward, forward camera, omnidirectional
Photo Modes auto, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, single shot interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, single shot
Resolution and FPS Pairings 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps 1080p 120fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 4k 30fps, 4k 60fps
Auto Shot Modes circle, dronie, helix, rocket boomerang, cable cam, dronie, rocket
Tracking Modes none active track, point of interest
Video Format H.264, MP4 H.264, H.265, MPEG-4
Zoom none none
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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