DJI Mavic Mini Vs Mavic Air Vs Xiaomi Fimi X8 (Ultimate comparison)
The Mavic air is more expensive, but it is still frequently compared to these two.
What are you going to learn in this article?
- A detailed table spec comparison that I made
- Where it's cheapest to buy these
- Battery life, range and weight differences(check my top long range drones)
- Fotage samples
- Settings (which one is better for professionals)
- What accessories to get
This being said, let's get into the article itself!
You can check my individual reviews of each drone by using the search function on the site or clicking here for the Mavic Mini Review, Here for the Mavic Air Review and here for the Xiaomi Fimi x8 one.
Noise levels compared( How silent is the Mavic Mini?)
How many decibels does the Mavic Mini have?
I have measured the Mavic mini to have 64 decibels on average when nearby.
I have expected the Mavic Mini to have an annoying high pitched noise like the Mavic Air or the Spark, since it's a smaller drone and the motors spin faster, but it wasn't so at all. Of course it's not close to the low pitched sound of Mavic 2, but it's way less annoying than most.
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 ( Can the Fimi X8 actually fly that far?)
What is the Range in Europe for the Air, Mini and Xiaomi Fimi x8?
Why the weight difference is important
How fast can they fly?
- 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 they be flown inside?
Footage and Photos Compared
What is bitrate and why it's important?
Images compared side by side ( Mavic Mini vs Xiaomi FImi x8)
Drag the slider from side to side, and remember that it's normal for things to differ (in this case, the sun position). Try to look at the quality, and if you want to compare the full images download the original samples from the buttons bellow.
These images are zoomed in quite a lot for you to see the differences and are shot in standard modes, without any color changes.
Images compared side by side ( Mavic Mini vs Mavic Air Photos)
Camera Settings(Which is better for professionals?)
Why is shutter speed important for drone cameras?
Why is the white balance important?
Does the Mavic Mini and Xiaomi Fimi x8 Shoot RAW?
Transmitters and mobile apps
Flight modes ( The main drawback of the Mavic Mini)
Does the Mavic Mini come with Follow me?
Do they return home on loss of signal or low battery?
Which one do I recommend and for who?
I personally think that for this budget you should go for the Mavic Mini if you're not a professional that uses ND filters.
It's a great choice since you don't have to register it and it's really portable. It's also slightly cheaper than the Xiaomi (with about $100).
The Xiaomi Fimi x8 is the better choice for people who want a bit more out of their drone, but aren't that concerned about registering their drone or the weight.
It is suitable to be used in more professional settings thanks to the RAW photos and adjustable camera settings.
What's with the black version of the Xiaomi fimi?
What are the best accessories for the Mini, the Mavic Air and the FImi x8?
The Mavic Mini is the only one who doesn't have them OR have any use for them curently.