Versus the Spark
has been the king of mini drones until now.
The Mavic Mini does come with a smaller frame, less weight, better gimbal and more battery life.
It's also a better phone connection as it comes with a cable to connect to the phone, unlike the Spark.
All for $100 cheaper...
The spark still has some advantages, don't get me wrong!
It comes with forward obstacle sensor and has a more solid build, perfect for offroad situations.
Versus the Fimi X8
Another drone in the $500 range is the Xiaomi Fimi x8
, that although competes with the Mavic Pro series, has the price of the lowest priced drones from DJI.
One fact is straight: This is not a lightweight drone, as it comes at 790 grams.
But otherwise, it does come with a solid 3 axis camera gimbal, better bitrate (100mbits vs 40 mbits On the Mavic) and 33 min battery life.
It is foldable, so it's quite compact, but definitely considerably bigger than the Mavic Mini, and that is quie a big difference.
Versus Parrot Anafi
At 385 grams, the Parrot Anafi
is also a very light-weight drone that's also foldable and comes with some really impressive specs.
The camera can turn upwards 90 degrees and zoom in digitally without quality loss.
The battery life is pretty good and it has more complex app functions for more professional use. But it;s still not under 250 grams.