DJI Mavic Mini vs Xiaomi Fimi A3 Camera Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Mini vs Xiaomi Fimi A3 Camera Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the DJI Mavic Mini and the Xiaomi Fimi A3 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 Xiaomi Fimi A3 Camera Drones

One of the cheapest camera drones on the market, the Xiaomi Fimi A3 and the sub $500 DJI Mavic Mini, how do they compare.

Below you can see a table of their specs and features and compare them side by side and here we do a bit of a breakdown to see which is the best for you and your needs.

The Fimi A3 is not a folding drone so already it is going to be bigger and it is also double the weight.

The DJI mavic Mini weighs just 249grams and the Fimi A3 double that at 560 grams. This is both ready to take off with batteries and propellers.

They Mini can see a bit more with a wider FOV at 83° compared to the 80° of the Fimi A3.

In terms of performance, the A3 can fly much faster in the sky with a top speed of 64kmh and ascend and descend more quickly too.

it is let down with its transmission distance of just 1km, as the Mini can cover over 4km and it has a shorter flight time of just 25 minutes, which isn't too bad.

The Mavic Mini can fly for up to 30 minutes which is incredible considering it's size.

Photo and Camera Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the Fimi A3

They both use different image sensors of 1/2.3" for the Mavic Mini and 1/3.2" for the Fimi A3 which is much smaller, actually 2mm diagonally smaller, so don't expect as good a shot with the A3 in comparison, especially in darker environments.

The Mavic Mini can also take 12MP photos, compared to just 8MP for the Fimi A3 and is the same with video resolutions.

The Mini can do up to 2.7k whilst the Fimi A3 is limited to 1080p.

You only get a 2-axis gimbal with the Xiaomi Fimi A3 compared to 3-axis on the DJI, which means smoother shots for the DJI Mavic Mini.

Both take MP4 videos and save photos as JPEGs.

Summary

The Fimi A3, although not small, is light and a decent entry to drone flying and film making in the air. It doesn't outshine the Mavic Mini, but also costs much less too.

Both interesting little entry drones to aerial photography that we're sure you love both of depending on your circumstances.

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Title DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs Xiaomi Fimi A3 Drone Specs
Buy
Price $499 $299
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Release Date 6 months 4 weeks ago
Manufacturer DJI Xiaomi Fimi
Diagonal Distance 213mm 323mm
Dimensions (smallest) 140 × 82 × 57 mm 285 × 229 × 69 m
Volume Size 654cm³ 4503cm³
Weight 249grams 560grams
Size small medium
Field of View 83° 80°
Focal Length 24mm 27mm
Max Speed 46kmh 64kmh
Max Ascent Speed 4m/s 6m/s
Max Descent Speed 3m/s 5m/s
Max Wind Speed 28kmh
Max Flight Altitude 3000m 500m
Transmission Distance 4 km 1 km
Flight Time 30 minutes 25 minutes
Charge Time 90 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 25/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 23.00km 26.66km
Max Bitrate 40 Mbps 60 Mbps
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size 1/2.3" 1/3.2"
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 7.66mm 5.62mm
Noise Level 74 decibels
Photo Resolution 12mp 8mp
Slow mo (1080p) 2x 1x
Slowest FPS (1080p) 60fps 30fps
Best Video Resolution 2.7k 1080p
Flight Modes cinematic mode, normal mode, position mode, sport mode ATTI mode, sport mode
Image Format JPEG JPEG
Image Processor
Obstacle Avoidance none none
Photo Modes auto, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, single shot standard photo
Physical Features folding arms
Resolution and FPS Pairings 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps 1080p 30fps
Auto Shot Modes circle, dronie, helix, rocket dronie, fixed wing, follow, headless, orbit
Tracking Modes none follow rc
Video Format H.264, MP4 MP4
Zoom none
Video Modes manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, video video
Image Stabilization 3 axis gimbal 2 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 only
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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