DJI Mavic Mini vs Yuneec Mantis Q Camera Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Mini vs Yuneec Mantis Q Camera Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the DJI Mavic Mini and the Yuneec Mantis Q camera drones.

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Spec Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the Yuneec Mantis Q

Two sub $500 camera drones by DJI and Yuneec are compared side by side in this article.

The Yuneec is nearly 2 years old being released in mid 2018 and the DJI Mavic Mini was released over a year after in after in late 2019.

The surprising first difference is that the Yuneec has a diagonal distance of 193mm when folded up with its arms in.

The DJI Mavic Mini is renowned for it's small size and comes in at 213mm diagonally which is 20mm/2cm longer.

The Yuneec makes up for this elsewhere as it's dimensions overall are bigger, giving it a volume size of 935cm³ as it has a bigger height of 96mm.

The DJI Mavic Mini has a volume of 654cm³ which is miniscule when folded up, it definitely is pocketable.

The Mini weighs in at a tiny 249grams and the Yuneec is almost double that at 480grams in total weight, ready for take-off.

One huge difference is that of field of view, the Mini has a regular FOV of 83° and the Yuneec comes in at 117°. From the same spot the Yuneec would see a lot more of the area and land below it.

It also has one of the fastest top speeds of many aerial photography drones, at 72kmh, whilst the Mini is capable of 46kmh.

The ascent and descent speeds are identical at 4m/s acent and 3m/s descent speeds.

Yuneec has a tiny transmission distance of just 1km, which is a big let down, the Mini has 4km distance.

But the Yuneec can fly for longer, with a total flight time of 33 minutes, compared to 30 minutes for the Mini, which isn't anything bad either.

Photo and Camera Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the Yuneec Mantis Q

They differ straight away in this department, both utilising different image sensor sizes.

The Mini uses a 1/2.3" image sensor and the Yuneec has a 1/3" image sensor which is slightly smaller at 6mm diagonally.

They both take 12MP photos but the Yuneec can take RAW photos and save in DNG format.

The Yuneec Mantis Q can also take 4K video and has more video resolution options, whilst both can do 2x slow mo videos at 1080p at 60fps.

Although the Yuneec is better on paper in the photo and video department, it is let down by its 2-axis gimbal which is what is used to stabilize the footage, it's just not as good as the 3-axis of the DJI Mavic Mini.

It uses electronic image stabilization to compensate for this but when YAWing you'll see issues, especially when moving fast.

This means you'll have to fly more carefully to get the cinematic footage you are after.

Summary

The Yuneec is just a fantastic drone, much better than the Mini in a lot of departments but let down by it's 2-axis gimbal.

If you want a known brand and the absolutely smallest camera drone without RAW photos of 4K video, the Mini winds this one.

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Title DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs Yuneec Mantis Q Drone Specs
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Price $499 $399
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Release Date 6 months 4 weeks ago 1 year 11 months ago
Manufacturer DJI
Diagonal Distance 213mm 193mm
Dimensions (smallest) 140 × 82 × 57 mm 168 × 96 × 58 mm
Volume Size 654cm³ 935cm³
Weight 249grams 480grams
Size small small
Field of View 83° 117°
Focal Length 24mm 21mm
Max Speed 46kmh 72kmh
Max Ascent Speed 4m/s 4m/s
Max Descent Speed 3m/s 3m/s
Max Wind Speed 28kmh
Max Flight Altitude 3000m 800m
Transmission Distance 4 km 1 km
Flight Time 30 minutes 33 minutes
Charge Time 90 minutes 60 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 25/100 35/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 23.00km 39.60km
Max Bitrate 40 Mbps 100 Mbps
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size 1/2.3" 1/3"
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 7.66mm 6.00mm
Noise Level 74 decibels
Photo Resolution 12mp 12mp
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 single shot
Physical Features folding arms folding arms
Resolution and FPS Pairings 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps 1080p 30fps, 4k 30fps
Auto Shot Modes circle, dronie, helix, rocket dronie
Tracking Modes none
Video Format H.264, MP4 MOV, MP4
Zoom none none
Video Modes manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, video video
Image Stabilization 3 axis gimbal 2 axis gimbal, electronic image stabilization
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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