Spec Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the UPair 2 Ultrasonic 3D Camera Drones
At first glance these drones are two different beasts, the UPair is a large phantom esque drone and the DJI Mavic Mini is a tiny pocket option.
In this article we compare these two drones to see what they are like side by side.
They are both at the same price point of $499, so a contender in terms of price.
The UPair 2 was released in early 2019 and the DJI Mavic Mini released end of 2019 so both a 2019 camera drone and ready for film making.
Diagonally, the Mini is 213mm when folded up and the UPair is 335mm, so much larger, from corner to corner, but it also doesn't pack away.
The UPair 2 is a not a folding drone and looks just like a DJI Phantom.
Because of this, its volume size is insane compared to the mini which comes in at 654cm³, the UPair has a volume of 39619cm³ which is nearly 4 Litres in size.
The weights are also much different, 249grams for the Mini and 1350grams for the UPair 2. Looking at the two drones you could probably fit the Mavic Mini in place of the camera and gimbal on the UPair 2, it is that small.
Considering their size difference they are pretty similar in terms of top speed, with the Mavic Mini having a max speed of 46kmh and the UPair 2 topping out at 50kmh, just 4kmh faster.
They're ascent and descent speeds are very similar too.
The UPair 2 has a much smaller transmission distance of just 2km, but we have seen in reviews that this can go much further and might even be on par with the DJI Mavic Minis transmission of 4km.
You also get a basic tracking in the UPair 2 Ultrasonic camera drone.
Photo and Video Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the UPair 2 Ultrasonic 3D
We have to start off with the fact that the UPair can take 3d photos and videos as it has multi image sensors on the front of it's camera and under the gimbal.
This is the main difference between the two camera drones.
They both do 2x slow mo of 60fps at 1080p and have a 1/2.3" image sensor size which is pretty typical of camera drones.
They both take JPEG photos and neither have raw or flat file photos or videos.
The UPair can take 4k videos which is one resolution better than the 2.7k of the Mini.
If size is no issue, th UPair 2 is an amazing sub $500 camera drone for photography and 4k video making.
It is larger by a lot, but if you're using it not far from a car or vehicle, this isn't an issue and reviews and footage from it look fantastic.
It's a strong and well balanced camera drone which should get you in to the film making side of things with no issues.
If size is an issue and you don't need 4k, the Mavic Mini is the drone for you, as it's the same price as the UPair 2.
|Title||DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs||Upair 2 Ultrasonic 4K and 3D Drone Specs|
|Buy||Buy @ DJIBuy @ Amazon||Buy @ BanggoodBuy @ Amazon|
|Release Date||7 months ago||1 year 4 months ago|
|Dimensions (smallest)||140 × 82 × 57 mm||435 × 360 × 253 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||4m/s|
|Max Descent Speed||3m/s||2m/s|
|Max Wind Speed||28kmh|
|Max Flight Altitude||3000m||1500m|
|Transmission Distance||4 km||2 km|
|Flight Time||30 minutes||24 minutes|
|Noise Level||74 decibels|
|Charge Time||90 minutes|
|Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life)||25/100|
|Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time)||23.00km||20.00km|
|Physical Features||folding arms|
|Field of View||83°|
|Max Bitrate||40 Mbps|
|Image Sensor Size||1/2.3"||1/2.3"|
|Image Sensor Size Diagonal||7.66mm||7.66mm|
|Slow mo (1080p)||2x||2x|
|Slowest FPS (1080p)||60fps||60fps|
|Best Video Resolution||2.7k|
|Flight Modes||cinematic mode, normal mode, position mode, sport mode||ATTI 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||4k 30fps|
|Auto Shot Modes||circle, dronie, helix, rocket||active track, return to home|
|Tracking Modes||none||active track|
|Video Format||H.264, 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|