DJI Mini 2 vs DJI Mavic Air 2 Camera Drone Spec Comparison

DJI Mini 2 vs DJI Mavic Air 2 Camera Drone Spec Comparison

In this article, we compare the specs and features of the DJI Mini 2 and the DJI Mavic Air 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 Mini 2 and the DJI Mavic Air 2

In this comparison table, we have each camera drone side by side with all of their specs and features so we can compare them and share individual features that you may be interested in to see which camera drone is best for you and your photography and film making.

The Mini 2 has launched at $449 and the Mavic Air 2 is double that price, so depending on what you have to spend on a camera drone, the answer may already be made for you as these are two very different priced camera drones.

Physical Differences Between the DJI Mini 2 and the DJI Mavic Air 2

Below you can see the comparison table of the two camera drones and their features, here we look at their physical differences between the two.

The diagonal difference between the two when both in their smallest form is not that much, they are both small drones with the Mini 2 being one of the smallest on the market.

The DJI Mini 2 is 160mm diagonally folded and the DJI Mavic Air 2 is 200mm, which is 4cm longer diagonally.

When you work out the volume size of each camera drone you really see the size comparison.

The DJI Mini 2 is 648cm cubed and the DJI Mavic Air 2 is just over double that, at 1466cm cubed when both are folded up.

This is represented in their weights, the DJI Mini 2 weighing in at 249grams and the Mavic Air 2 weighs 570grams, which is also just over double the weight.

Performance Differences Between the DJI Mini 2 and the DJI Mavic Air 2

With these size differences, we'll look at the performance differences as well between the two camera drones by DJI.

Ther DJI Mavic Air 2 is the fastest of the two camera drones with a top speed of 68kmh.

This is an 11kmh faster speed than the DJI Mini 2 which has a top speed of 57kmh.

The DJI Mavic Air 2 has an ascent and descent speed of 4m/s and what is surprising is the DJI Mini 2 has an ascent speed of 5m/s which is actually quicker than the Mavic air 2.

Whats most surprising between the two camera drones is that the the max wind speed tolerance is pretty identical, 38kmh wind speeds for the Mavic Air 2 and 37kmh max wind speeds for the Mini 2.

If you're basing your decision on which camera drone can tolerate the highest wind speeds, these are evenly matched and we'd go for the Mini 2 because its almost half the price.

They both have a 10km transmission distance as they both use OccuSync 2.0 and this means super long and far flights.

The Mavic Air 2 has a 34 minute flight time compared to the 31 minutes for the Mini 2.

In terms of charging, the Mini 2 is capable of fully charging its batteries in 82 minutes, which is 18 minutes faster than the Mavic Air 2 which takes 100 minutes to fully charge its batteries.

Although you have a longer flight time with the Mavic Air 2, the uptime score is worse than the Mini 2. This is worked out by taking their charge time and battery life.

Photo and Video Differences Between the DJI Mini 2 and the DJI Mavi Air 2

This may be the most important thing to you, the photo and video features of the two camera drones.

They both have similar focal lengths and field of views, with just 1 degree difference.

The Mavic Air 2 has a FOV of 84degrees and the DJI Mini 2 has a field of view of 83 degrees.

If image quality is your thing, the Mavic Air 2 has the biggest bitrate video files of 120mbps compared to the 100mbps offered by the DJI Mini 2.

This means you get more information for each video so if you're wanting to edit and colour grade, then you'll have a better video to work with from the DJI Mavic Air 2.

It also films in a flat profile where as the DJI Mini 2 does not have any flat profiles and films in MP4.

You also get a larger image sensor on the DJI Mavic Air 2 which is a 1/2" image sensor and 8mm diagonally.

Compared to the 1/2.3" image sensor that is used by the DJI Mini 2 camera drone.

If drone photography is your thing and aerial photos, you can take up to 48mp with the Mavic Air 2.

You can take RAW photos with the Mavic Air 2 and now also with the DJI Mini 2. The original DJI Mavic Mini was not capable of this feature and only took JPEG photos.

The photo megapixels and resolution is still the same as the original DJI Mavic Mini, giving the Mini 2 a 12mp photo resolution.

In terms of video, you get 4K video in both camera drones, but you also get slow motion frame rates with the Mavic Air 2, at 180p and 240fps.

The max framerate for slow motion videos you get with the Mini 2 is 60fps.

You also get many more shooting modes, obstacle avoidance and HDR photos and videos with the Mavic Air 2.

Summary of Differences Between the DJI Mini 2 and the DJI Mavic Air 2

There are some very similar features between these two camera drones and some huge differences as well.

If you're after a pocket camera drone, you have to go with the DJI Mini 2, you're going to get 4K video and even RAW photography options. This camera drone really has come a long way and is easily becoming a pocketable consumer drone.

The Mavic Air 2 has some incredible shooting modes that we haven't even mentioned, like timelapses and obstacle avoidance.

If you need slower shutter speeds, larger image resolutions and better low light feature for shooting, this will be the drone for you.

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Image dji mavic air 2 camera drone DJI Mini 2 camera drone
Title DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone Specs DJI Mini 2 Camera Drone Specs
Price $999 $449
Video reviews
Release Date 6 months 4 weeks ago 3 weeks 1 day ago
Manufacturer DJI DJI

Physical Specs

Physical Specs

Diagonal Distance 200mm 160mm
Dimensions (smallest) 180 × 97 × 84 mm 138 × 81 × 58 mm
Volume Size 1466cm³ 648cm³
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone remote controller and smart phone
Controller Dimensions 101 × 152 × 38 mm
Controller Volume Size 583cm³
Weight 570grams 249grams
Controller Weight
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 2049cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight
Size small small
Physical Features folding arms folding arms

Performance Specs

Performance Specs

Max Speed 68kmh 57kmh
Max Ascent Speed 4m/s 5m/s
Max Descent Speed 4m/s 3m/s
Max Wind Speed 38kmh 37kmh
Wind Resistance level 5 level 5
Max Flight Altitude 5000m 4000m
Transmission Distance 10 km 10 km
Flight Time 34 minutes 31 minutes
Noise Level 74 decibels
Charge Time 100 minutes 82 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 25/100 27/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 38.53km 47.00km
Positioning Sensor GPS GLONASS, GPS, GALILEO

Photo and Video Specs

Photo and Video Specs

Focal Length 24mm 24mm
Field of View 84° 83°
Max Bitrate 120 Mbps 100 Mbps
Image Sensor sony imx586
Image Sensor Size 1/2" Inch 1/2.3" Inch
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 8.00mm 7.66mm
Photo Resolution 48mp 12mp
Slow mo (1080p) 8x 2x
Slowest FPS (1080p) 240fps 60fps
Best Video Resolution 4k 4k
Flight Modes cinematic mode, normal mode, sport mode normal mode, sport mode
Image Format DNG, JPEG, raw DNG, JPEG, raw
Image Processor
Obstacle Avoidance backward, downward, forward downward
Photo Modes 180 degree panorama, auto exposure bracketing, burst photos, HDR, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, panorama, single shot, sphere panorama, timed photos auto exposure bracketing, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, panorama, single shot, sphere panorama, standard photo
Resolution and FPS Pairings 1080p 120fps, 1080p 240fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 4k 30fps, 4k 60fps 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 4k 24fps, 4k 30fps
Auto Shot Modes asteroid, boomerang, circle, course lock, dronie, free, helix, rocket, waypoint boomerang, circle, dronie, helix, rocket
Tracking Modes active track, focus track, point of interest
Video Format D-Cinelike, H.264, H.265, MOV, MP4 MP4
Zoom none digital
Video Modes HDR, video manual ISO, manual shutter speed
Image Stabilization 3 axis gimbal 3 axis gimbal
Pros
  • It's less than $1000 brand new
  • Has a long flight time
  • Is a fast camera drone
  • Has a great 1/2" image sensor in the camera
  • One of the highest video bitrates of any film making drone at 120 mbps
  • Can shoot 48mp photos
  • Weighs just over half a kilo at 570 grams, which makes it one of the lightest portable camera drones available
  • Has many more shooting and tracking modes than other DJI drones
Cons
  • 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.
  • Can't charge via USB straight in to the drone
  • No zoom
User Guide DJI Mini 2 Camera Drone User Guide and PDF How To Manual for Download

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