With the latest Mavic Mini release, DJI now offers four drones in the Mavic line-up, ranging from entry level aircraft to professional grade quadcopter. But picking the right model might be confusing. Here is clear and comprehensive comparison based on direct, hands-on experience.
Criteria of Comparison
Price: The price point is an obvious criterion, but one must not forget all the associated costs of ownership, especially spare batteries which can run up to $159 each.
Portability: The drone size and weight will often dictate which model to buy. While the DJI Mavic Mini falls below the FAA registration threshold (250 grams), the Mavic Pro will take more space in your bag. The size also plays a role in public perception. Larger or louder drones look more intimidating to the public and attract more attention (visibility and noise).
Image quality: Larger drones tend to carry better sensors and optic. Entry-level models are often limited to lower video resolution format and can only record JPEG images.
Flight performance and features: While small aircrafts may struggle in windy conditions, larger drone can be more stable. The maximum speed may be an important feature when filming moving subjects such as racing cars and boats. The battery life is also a critical factor to consider.
Additional features: Anti-collision system, type of radio transmission technology, etc.