DJI Mavic Mini Vs DJI Spark Vs Mavic Air (Ultimate comparison)
I made a review on the newly released Mavic Mini already…
But I was curious how it differs from the rest of the DJI Drones.
So, this article is going to compare every single spec and feature between them in depth!
The price of the Mavic Mini and the Spark are in the same category of under $500.
The Mavic air isn't much more expensive than these two and you can also get it on Amazon quite cheap.
If you want a similarly priced drone as the Mavic Mini but 4k and manual video settings, you should check my review of the Xiaomi Fimi X8.
These drones are all long distance quadcopters, so you might be interesting in seeing some alternatives in my top long range drones list (one goes up to 9km).
Battery life ( Why the Mavic Mini Destroys competition)
Noise test( Mavic mini vs Spark vs Air vs Xiaomi vs Mavic 2)
How many decibels does the Mavic Mini have?
I have measured the Mavic mini to have 64 decibels on average when nearby.
I have noticed that the pitch of the sound changes a bit the smaller the drone is, so the DJI Spark for example or the Mavic Air are more annoying than the Mavic 2 pro for example.
Good thing I measured the decibels of each drone and compared them side by side in this noise video comparison of all DJI drones (including the Xiaomi Fimi x8).
If you're too lazy to watch that or simply want a quick answer, in the table nearby you'll find the average values for each of the drones: Mavic Mini vs Mavic Air vs Mavic 2 pro vs Spark vs Xiaomi Fimi x8.
Range (Did the Spark fall behind?)
FCC mode is made only for the US, but it's illegal in the EU (although there are some workarounds).
How fast are they?
Is the weight difference that important?
Optical sensors( is obstacle avoidance useful?)
- When you're using things like follow me or other flight modes.
- Flying backwards for a shot
- Return to home ( it's better for the drone to stop there and you get it later than simply crashing into something)
- Cables ( these are harder to see sometimes but the obstacle sensors detect them)
- flying while looking down ( this means you can't see what's in front of you so it makes it a little more dangerous
Can the Mavic Mini be flown inside?
Footage And Photos compared (download)
Download the original photos
What is bitrate and why it's important?
Mavic Mini vs Fimi X8 ( Zoomed in photo comparison)
The comparison bellow is zoomed in 2.5 times, and even though the lighting differs a bit (the sun was in a slightly different position), you can still tell some difference.
They both shoot in 4k(photos) so the comparison is quite fair.
Mavic Mini vs Mavic Air Zoomed in comparison
Camera Settings(Which is better for professionals?)
Does the Mavic Mini Shoot RAW?
Transmitters and mobile apps
- no LCD display
- no back custom buttons
- just RTH button
- camera and photo button
- scroll wheel for the camera