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DJI Mavic mini vs DJI Mavic air vs DJI spark: specification comparison

ByAdan Flannigan 2019-08-19 15604

Before DJI new product - DJI Osmo Mobile 3 release, we all expected the new drone will launch. After all, DJI is the lead of drone manufacture in Chinese, even in the world. Rumors that DJI will combine the DJI Mavic series and DJI spark series. So the DJI Mavic Mini is probably the combination of DJI Mavic air 2 and DJI Spark 2. As the specifications of new DJI drone, let’s make a caparison with these three drones, DJI mavic Mini, DJI Mavic air and DJI Spark

DJI Mavic mini vs DJI Mavic air vs DJI spark

DJI Mavic mini vs DJI Mavic air vs DJI spark: Drone

 

Aircraft

DJI Mavic Mini

DJI Mavic air

DJI Spark

Takeoff Weight

249 g

430 g

300 g

Dimension

Folding:140 × 82 × 57

Unfolding:160 × 202× 55

Folding:214 × 91 × 84

Unfolding:322 × 242 × 84

143 × 143 × 55 mm

Diagonal Distance (propellers excluded)

213mm

213 mm

170 mm

Max Ascent Speed

4 m/s (S mode )

4 m/s (S mode )

3 m/s (S mode )

Max Descent Speed

3 m/s ( S Mode)

3 m/s (S mode)

3 m/s (S mode )

Max Speed

46.8km/h (S mode)

68.4km/h (S mode)

50 km/h(S mode )

Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level

3,000 m

5,000 m

4,000 m

Max Flight Time

30 minutes

21 minutes

16 minutes

Max Hovering Time

/

20 minutes

15 minutes

Operating Temperature Range

0°C to 40°C

0°C - 40°C

0°C - 40°C

Satellite Positioning Systems

GPS+GLOSNASS

GPS+GLONASS

GPS+GLONASS

Hovering Accuracy Range

Vertical: +/- 0.1m (when Vision Positioning is active

Horizontal: +/- 0.1m (when Vision Positioning is active or +/1.5m

Vertical: ± 0.1 m (when visual positioning is working normally)

Horizontal:  ± 0.1 m (when visual positioning is working normally)

 

Vertical: ± 0.1 m (when visual positioning is working normally)

Horizontal: ± 0.3 m (for normal positioning during visual positioning)

Transmitter Power (EIRP)

2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz

 

2.4 - 2.4835 GHz

Operating Frequency

2.400 – 2.483 GHz; 5.725 – 5.825 GHz

2.400 - 2.4835 GHz;5.725 - 5.850 GHz

2.412 - 2.462 GHz;5.745 - 5.825 GHz

 

 

In this table we can see, there is no difference in operating temperature range, satellite positioning systems. While on the size, the DJI Mavic mini size is smaller than DJI Mavic Air and Spark. Though the diagonal distance, max speed and maximum takeoff altitude are the same as DJI Mavic Air. The speed time has improve to 9 minutes, compare to Mavic Air’ 21 minutes.

DJI Mavic mini vs DJI Mavic air vs DJI spark: Gimbal

 

Gimbal

DJI Mavic Mini

DJI Mavic air

DJI Spark

Controllable Range

–90° to 0°

-90° to 0°

85° to 0° 

Stabilization

3-axis mechanical (pitch, roll, yaw)

3-axis mechanical head (pitch, roll, pan)

2-axis mechanical head (pitch, roll)

Obstacle Sensing Range

0.2–10m

 0.5 to 12 m

0.2 to 5 m 

Operating Environment

/

rich surface texture, sufficient lighting conditions 

size > 20 × 20 cm 

reflectivity of> 20% (e.g., walls, trees, people, etc.) 

surface is diffuse material 

Size > 20×20 cm 

Reflectivity > 20% (such as wall, trees, people, etc.) 

 

In terms of the gimbal, the parameters of DJI Mavic mini is more close to DJI Mavic. While the stabilization is 3-axis mechanical. It seems this new drone will be more stable when flying. In the Obatance Sensing Range, DJI Mavic Mini has large improvement.

DJI Mavic mini vs DJI Mavic air vs DJI spark: Camera

 

Camera

DJI Mavic Mini

DJI Mavic air

DJI Spark

Sensor

1/2.3″ CMOS, Effective pixels 12MP

1/2.3″ CMOS, Effective pixels 12MP

1/2.3″ CMOS, Effective pixels 12MP

Lens

FOV 83°  (35mm format equivalent) f/2.8

FOV 85° (24mm format equivalent) f/2.8

FOV 81.9° (25mm format equivalent) f/2.6

ISO Range

Video:100–3200 (Auto)

Photo:100–1600(Auto)

100 -3200 (Manual)

Video: 100-1600

Photo: 100–1600

Video: 100–3200

Photo: 100 - 3200

Electronic Shutter Speed

4–1/8000s

8 - 1/8000 s

2 - 1/8000 s

Image Size

4:3:4000×3000

16:9: 4000 x 2250

4:3: 4056×3040

16:9: 4056×2280

3968×2976

Still Photography Modes

Single Shot

Interval 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60s

Single shot ,multi-shot (BURST): 3/5/7 sheets 

Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV bias,

Interval 2/3/5/7/10/15/20 /30/60s

Single Shot, Burst Shooting: 3 frames

Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV bias, Interval 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60s

Video Resolution

2.7K: 2720×1530 25/30p, FHD: 1920×1080 25/30/50/60P

4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p

2.7K: 2720×1530 24/25/30/48/50/60p

FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p

1920×1080 30p

Max Video Bitrate

40Mpbs

100Mbps

24 Mbps

Supported File Systems

FAT32 (≤32GB)

exFAT(32GB)

FAT32

FAT32

Photo Format

JPEG

JPEG / DNG (RAW)

JPEG

Video Format

MP4 (MPEG–4 AVC/H.264)

MP4 / MOV(H.264/MPEG-4 AVC)

MP4(MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

 

The cameras of the three drones are all equipped with 1/2.3″ 12Mpx sensors. A few technical elements differentiate the three models, but what will interest us most are the maximum video resolution. The DJI Mavic Mini offers 2.7K at 30 frames per second or 1080p at 60 frames per second.

On the other hand, DJI Mavic Air offers 4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 at 30 frames per second. The image quality will certainly be better on the DJI Mavic Air. Mavic Air has 100Mb/s compared to the DJI Mavic Mini which is limited to 40Mb/s. To finish on the video, the Mavic Mini is limited to the MP4 format while the Mavic Air offers MP4 or MOV.

Verdict

Above all, the main specification of three DJI drones comparison. The new DJI drone - DJI Mavic mini didn’t has the same features as DJI Mavic mini. It is more like the improvement version of DJI Spark. While Mavic mini is smaller and lighter. And most important is that the price of DJI Mavic mini is $399, which is the same as DJI Spark, but cheaper than DJI Mavic air.


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