Parrot Anafi Drone review

Parrot Anafi Drone review - Main DJI Mavic competitor?

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Parrot Anafi is a drone made one of the main DJI competitors with a lot of experience in making high quality quadcopters.

What makes it one of my favorites in 2019 is the fact that its price has dropped and now almost competes with the likes of the DJI Spark, that is under the $500 category.

Considering this drone has some features like 4k recording and even lossless zoom, that you can only find in the Mavic 2 Zoom it's quite a star in it's price category.

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What to look for in A camera drone

Drone stability

Usually, when it comes to more advanced camera drones, they come with a way to stabilize the drone on the spot. I'm talking about GPS or optical flow cameras.

Anafi: GPS + GLONASS + optical sensors

Battery life

Battery life for camera drones should be at least 15 minutes per flight.

Take in account spare batteries!

Anafi:25 min


Flight range can really change what sorts of images you can capture.




Camera resolution isn't everything. Colors, sharpness and bitrate are very important for the overall image.

Anafi: 4k 30p, 1080, 60p at 100mbs

Image Stabilization

If I had to pinpoint the most important factor in a camera drone, it would be Image Stabilization. A 4k unstable camera has worse results than a gimbal stabilized 720p one.

Anafi: 2 axis gimbal + EIS

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Parrot Anafi Price and specs

As mentioned before, the price has dropped lately, so it's well under the competition requirement to compare it with something like the Mavic Air.

Even so, considering these specs, I'd say it's right there with it in quality.

Here are the box contents for the standard package:

  • quadcopter
  • drone case
  • controller
  • propellers (spare)
  • USB C Cable
  • Battery
  • 16 gb micro SD card


Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: 4k
Phone Controlled
Motor Type: Brushless
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 25
Flight Range: 4000
Micro SD Card
Under 250g
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Here's a daily price history, so you know if now is the right time to buy it.

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  • $699.99 - March 3, 2020
  • $699.00 - February 29, 2020
  • $499.99 - February 28, 2020
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Anafi Video Review

Ben reviews the Parrot Anafi here in all its splendor, a true DJI drone killer that might actually be the best in its category.

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Camera quality (anafi vs Mavic air)

On its release, the Mavic Air and Anafi were all the rage and people really wanted to compare these two drones. It does make a lot of sense, since they were both at similar price ranges and had similar specs.

However, now, with the decrease of the price for the Parrot drone, it holds itself in another category that almost competes with the DJI Spark.

Yet, when it comes to camera, as you can see, there's no much difference compared to the Mavic Air itself.

I do agree, the 2 axis gimbal is a bit of a downside when it comes to sideways rotation. The Anafi, just like the spark, has sideways Electronic Image stabilization, which is a bit inferior to having a full fledged 3 axis gimbal.


The drone camera does come with quite a few unique functions. One of them being the Lossless Zoom Option, which is quite unique and very useful for creating interesting cinematic effects like the dolly zoom.

You can also take footage that looks closer to the subject, instead of actually getting closer. This goes hand in had with the fact that the Anafi is considerably more silent than the Mavic series.

The gimbal style for this quadcopter is also very unique in the sense that it can move 90 degrees upward to take some very cool shots that you couldn't take before with any drone.

Here are all the camera specs for the Anafi

      • Sensor: 1/2.4’’ CMOS
    • LENS :

      • ASPH (Low-dispersion aspherical lens)
      • Aperture: f/2.4
      • Focal length (35mm format equivalent): 23-69mm (photo), 26-78mm (video)
      • Depth of field: 1.5m – ∞
      • Shutter speed: electronic shutter 1 to 1/10000s
      • ISO range: 100-3200

      • 4K Cinema 4096×2160 24fps
      • 4K UHD 3840×2160 24/25/30fps
      • FHD 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60fps
      • Video HFOV: 69°
      • Max video bitrate: 100 Mbps
      • Video format: MP4 (H264)

      • Lossless: up to 2.8x (FHD) & 1.4x (4K)
      • Standard: up to 3x (4K Cinema, 4K UHD, FHD)

      • Wide: 21MP (5344×4016) / 4:3 / 84° HFOV
      • Rectilinear: 16MP (4608×3456) / 4:3 / 75.5° HFOV
      • Photo formats: JPEG, Adobe DNG (RAW)
      • HDR: 4K UHD video

      • Stabilization: 3-axis hybrid
      • Mechanical: 2-axis Roll/Tilt angles
      • Electronic (EIS): 3-axis Roll/Pan/Tilt angles
      • Controllable tilt range: – 90° to +90° (180° total)
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Parrot Anafi

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The transmitter is very high quality, but I find the design to be a bit fat and the phone holder to be a little to easy to slip on the phone.

The big antenna at the top looks a bit funny, but overall it works great and gives a big range of 4km maximum.

The controller can also help you zoom in from a single button or change the the camera angle smoothly


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App and flight modes

Parrot always did a great job with their apps, and this time is no exception, it's even better.

The drone comes with a lot of basic flight modes along with some more unique ones that we haven't seen before.

Here are the Manual flight modes that Anafi comes with:

  • camera man -Frames subject while you control the drone movement or leave it hovering
  • Smart Dronies
  • Follow me mode (you need to buy it, feels a lot like a DLC from EA)
  • Waypoints (these will be realy good for hyperlapse, which is also another flight mode)
  • Point of interest (you can actually set a point of interest on a certain spot on the map)

And there are some other flight features (pretty similar to the DJI quickshots):

  • boomerang
  • tornado
  • dolly zoom
  • orbit mode
  • parabola


  • 360 degree mode ( simply turns around slowly while recording)
  • reveal ( probably my favorite, makes an automatic reveal while going forward)
  • Ryze (a very complex cinematic movement that raises the camera and combines it with a slight panorama shot at the end)
  • Slow motion ( makes automatic slow motion videos in 1080p)
  • Hyperlapse ( makes the video speed up)

Overall, I'd consider these flight modes to be superior to those dji has, at least when it comes to style. I must admit it's a bit disappointing you have to pay for the tracking option.

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Anafi alternatives (similar price)

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Parrot Anafi - Probably the best buy in this price category

Coming with some insane new features and solid drone base, the Parrot Anafi is definitely one of the best choices under the $500 range even!

Flight stability
Build quality
Flight functions
  • Really Quiet
  • big battery life
  • 4k camera
  • can film 90 degrees up
  • lossless zoom
  • 21mp photos
  • a lot of flight modes
  • card slot must be handled carefully
  • only 2 axis stabilization+EIS

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:


1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

types of drones

2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.


How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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