Mavic Mini vs Mavic Air – Which is right for you?
Then you've probably heard of these two, the DJI Mavic mini and the DJI Mavic air, but which one is right for you. Stay tuned and we'll check that out. So, as I said, my name is Kelly and this is Ready Set drone thanks for watching. If you haven't already subscribed, please hit that subscribe button and the alert Bell so that you can get notifications of all the content that we put out there today, we're gon na be looking at the DJI Mavic air and the DJI Matic mini and kind of discussing The pros and cons of each one how they're similar, how they're different and which one might be the best fit for you, so let's start with the similarities between these two drones. So, as I said at the beginning, they're both very portable they fold down into pretty small sizes and they are easy to throw into a backpack or a travel case when you're going somewhere and really handy to have around. If you want to get some amazing aerial footage, another big similarity between them is they both have 3 axis stabilized cameras. Now the cameras, because they're mechanically stabilized, are super smooth, even in windy conditions, even when flying fast and making turns the footage looks amazing and they both have that and that three axis gimbal is a big difference maker that they both include. So another big similarity is the cameras. They both sport, a 1 over 2.3 inch CMOS 12 megapixel camera.
That means that you're getting a decent image – it's, not quite a 1 inch sensor, but it gives you a pretty good range as far as the color goes and as far as the amount of data that they record. So those cameras are similar on both of these drones. So another thing that's pretty similar, is the range you get with these two. They both tout a 4 kilometer range in actuality, it's less than that, but that's way more than you need on either of them, but they both use the same. Enhanced Wi Fi system for the transmission from the camera. Back to your phone, which is connected to your remote control, it's, not aa, cusing it's, not light bridge it's, enhanced Wi Fi, and they both have it so there's a similarity right there and then. Finally, I have to say: they're both very well made they're both rugged. They both fold down really well, they both have brushless motors and they both have very solid GPS connections when they're out in a clear line to the sky, meaning that there's nothing blocking them, they get great GPS reception they hold in place. They both do pretty well. In the wind, so the overall build quality and fly ability and ease of flight is pretty similar with these two so that's another similarity. So now that we covered the main similarities between the Mavic mini and the Mavic air, let's talk a little bit about the differences and one of the biggest differences is the price.
If money is an important factor for you, then the Mavic mini definitely has the advantage. Being at less than half the cost you can buy, the Mavic mini fly more kit with extra batteries, a 3 way charger a little case that comes with it. All of that for quite a bit less than you pay for just the basic Mavic air. So might be worth looking at the matic mini if money is a big factor, so another big difference is the weight they're. Both lightweight don't, get me wrong, but the Mavic mini is 249 grams, which means you actually don't have to register it with the FAA. In the US, because it's under that 250 grand mark, whereas the Mavic air is 430 grams, which means you do have to actually register this and put a number on the side of it when you fly now overall, does that really make a huge difference in terms Of flight actually in some ways the Mavic air is better because it does a little better in the wind, because it's a little heavier, but the Mavic mini is so lightweight and portable, and it does do well in the wind as well. So kind of depends on what you're going for there, but in terms of weight, the Mavic mini is slightly more than half the weight of the Mavic air, both with a battery in it. So here's, where the big difference is. The Mavic air has a 4k camera that shoots 4k at 30 frames per second, whereas the Mavic mini has a 2.
7 k camera that can shoot 2.7 k at 30 frames per second. They both will shoot 1080p as well, which is great, but if 4k is important to you, the Mavic mini does not have it. The Mavic air does another big difference that some people might not realize before they buy. It is that the Mavic air uses the DJI go for app, whereas the Mavic mini uses the DJI fly app. Now, why is that important or what's the difference? The DJI go for app is kind of the standard for all the Mavic series. With the exception of this one, it is an app that allows you to do things like quick shots. It allows you to do panoramix. It has just a lot of stuff built into it and it's a bit more advanced than DJI fly. Dji fly, on the other hand, is an app designed just for this drone it's a lot simpler, there's a lot less to it, and it comes with these preset templates that you can create videos very quickly with using the app itself. So if you don't have any experience, editing videos together, you can actually take multiple shots with the Mavic mini and use the templates in DJI fly to make a quick video with it. So social media is your thing. Mavic mini is definitely has an advantage there, especially if you're not experienced with video, but if you're more experienced with video – and you want more of the features and more of the quick shots and more of those kind of things that come with the DJI go for App then Mavic air uses DJI go for another thing that the Mavic air has.
That is not that big of a deal but a nice to have is 8 gigs of internal storage, meaning that if your card is full or if you forget your SD card and you're flying, you can still record to that 8 gigs of internal storage on the Drone, whereas the Mavic mini does not have that, and yet another reason why the Mavic air is a bit more expensive is that it has more sensors. It has forward backwards and downward dual vision. Sensors that allow it to not only stay in place very accurately, with or without GPS, meaning indoors or out, but it also is gives you the ability to avoid obstacles. So this has obstacle avoidance. The Mavic mini does not have obstacle avoidance; it does have downward facing sensors that help it stay in place if you're flying without GPS, again like you're flying indoors, but it does not have any obstacle avoidance and if you're used to flying with obstacle avoidance – and you Start to fly this, you just have to keep in mind that it doesn't have it so you can't fly straight towards something, or else it will run into it. So Mavic err definitely is advantageous with the obstacle avoidance and the extra sensors, but if you're flying indoors, they both do pretty well because they both have downward sensors Mavic air has the forward and backwards as well. Another thing you can do with the Mavic air, although I've not done it.
That much is you can control it with gestures. Now this originally started with the DJI spark and it uses the sensor in front to recognize what a person looks like, but also to recognize certain hand, gestures such as take a photo or fly away and do a drone E and things like that. It'S a cool feature, the Mavic mini, does not have it. So if you're into doing something like that and want to be able to control the drone without a remote, just using your hand, the Mavic air can do that. The Mavic mini cannot now in terms of flight time. The Mavic mini actually beats the Mavic air by quite a bit. The stated flight time by DJI of the Mavic air is 21 minutes, whereas the stated flight time of the Mavic mini is 30 minutes now that's under ideal conditions, so you're not going to actually get that much flight time, but you can get pretty close. So if you think about it, that's a pretty large percentage of time that the nav ik mini can fly longer than the Mavic air and I think the big reason is because it's much lighter weight. So if you need more flight time, Mavic mini is the winner. In that case, so I've gone through a list of similarities and some of the biggest most important differences that I see between these two and what you should consider when you're gon na buy one or the other.
Ultimately they're, both really good drones. But if you are getting your first drone, you don't want to spend a lot of money on it and you want to be able to get say a fly more combinations, so you can get the extra batteries and such the Mavic mini really is the way to Go especially if you're doing social media and flying drones. Se is a new thing to you or a new hobby, that you're getting into Mavic mini is lightweight super portable and because it is so lightweight, I feel like it's, actually a little bit more designed for beginners, because it has the ability with its lightweightness to a Not have to register, but also, if you bump, into something it's not going to have as much momentum as this one has, but if you're a bit more advanced of a photographer or videographer, and you want to do professional shoots or shoot weddings or something like that. The Mavic air is a good choice being able to shoot really nice 4k video, the Mavic air, does do the trick and the video looks fantastic and amazing and it will do 4k, whereas this one won't and as far as sensors go the Mavic air has the Forward backwards and downward sensors that allow it to avoid bumping into things, whereas the Mavic only has the downward sensor. So something to keep in mind if you're gon na be flying around people or around objects that you don't want to run into this one's going to give you a little bit more reliability.
The Mavic air is in terms of not hitting stuff, whereas the Mavic mini you're, just gon na, have to make sure you don't bump into anything because there's no sensor to stop you. One of the factor I forgot to mention is the sound. The Mavic mini is significantly quieter than the Mavic air, not to say that the Mavic air is loud for a drone, but the Mavic mini is one of the quietest drones I've ever flown. So if you want it to be a quiet experience and not make a lot of noise when you're flying from the propellers Mavic mini as a way to go i'd say if you are new to drones and you're just getting into it, and you want to do Social media posts – and you want to take a lightweight drone with you and you want to be able to afford to buy all the extras that come with it. Mavic mini is a way to go if you're gon na be a bit more professional and you want to fly say you get your part 107 and fly doing weddings and stuff like that. Mavic air might be a really good choice for you because it does 4k and it has those obstacle: avoidance, sensors, so that's it. If you were considering one of these two drones and didn't know which one to get. I hope this video helped.