Parrot Anafi Drone review - Main DJI Mavic competitor?
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.
What to look for in A camera drone
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 for camera drones should be at least 15 minutes per flight.
Take in account spare batteries!
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
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
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:
- drone case
- propellers (spare)
- USB C Cable
- 16 gb micro SD card
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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.
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
- 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
VIDEO RESOLUTION :
- 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)
DIGITAL ZOOM :
- Lossless: up to 2.8x (FHD) & 1.4x (4K)
- Standard: up to 3x (4K Cinema, 4K UHD, FHD)
PHOTO RESOLUTION :
- 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
IMAGE STABILIZATION :
- 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)
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
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):
- dolly zoom
- orbit mode
AND EVEN MORE
- 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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