The Mavic Mini made headlines when it launched in October 2019 due to its competitive pricing, extremely light weight, and great specs. No drone had ever packed so much into such a small form factor. Just over a year later after the Mavic Mini release, in November 2020, the Mavic Mini 2 was released. The Mavic Mini 2 has many upgrades from the original model and in this blog post we will break down how the first and second versions compare.
When it comes to buying a drone, price is often the most important things to consider. The Mavic Mini was released in October of 2019 and the Mavic Mini 2 was released in November of 2020. DJI currently sells the new Mavic Mini 2 and the older Mavic Mini on their website:
- The DJI Mavic Mini retails for $399 for just the drone and $499 for the Fly More Combo.
- The DJI Mavic Mini 2 retails for $449 for just the drone and $599 for the Fly More Combo.
The Mavic Mini was revolutionary and continues to be a solid drone, especially for new flyers. The Mavic Mini 2 is an upgraded version of the Mavic Mini with boosts in transmission, camera, safety, and extra features. Keep reading to see how the two drones compare.
The Mavic Mini’s weight is well-known for being 249 grams. There is no change with the Mavic Mini 2. The second version also clocks in at 249 grams. This makes both drones amazingly light and easy to transport.
The Mavic Mini shots video at 2.7K/30fps, while the Mavic Mini 2 is capable of 4K/30fps video. The difference between 4K and 2.7K is substantial and can be especially important for producing professional-looking content. That said, 2.7k is perfect for most recreational users!
When it comes to taking photos, both drones offer a 12-megapixel camera. Although the megapixels are the same, the Mavic Mini 2 does have some more capabilities. The Mavic Mini solely shots in JPEG format while the Mavic Mini 2 shots in both JPEG and RAW formats. Furthermore, the Mavic Mini has no zoom, but the Mavic Mini 2 offers a 4x zoom.
Battery: The Mavic Mini battery lasts 30 minutes compared to the Mavic Mini 2 battery which lasts 31 minutes. Not much of a difference here.
Connection: The Mavic Mini uses an enhanced WIFI system compared to the Mavic Mini 2 which offers an upgraded OcuSync 2.0 system to maintain a stronger connection.
Range: The Mavic Mini has a maximum range of 4km compared to the Mavic Mini 2 which has a maximum range of 10km. That means the second version can fly over twice as far away!
Speed: The Mavic Mini has a max speed of 13 m/s compared to the Mavic Mini 2 which can fly up to 16 m/s.
Operating Temperatures: The Mavic Mini can handle temperatures between 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F) compared to the Mavic Mini 2 which can handle between -10°C and 40°C.
Wind Resistance: The Mavic Mini can handle wind speeds up to 28.4 km/h compared to the Mavic Mini 2 which can handle speeds up to 29-38 km/h.
Both the Mavic Mini and Mavic Mini 2 are considered to be very safe drones. DJI is known for having the best drones on the market. The Mavic Mini and Mavic Mini 2 offer users great control and warnings to keep the flights safe.
That said, the Mavic Mini 2 is superior thanks to its upgraded max flight speed and wind resistance. Additionally, the Mavic Mini 2 has a much more robust obstacle avoidance system. The Mavic Mini only has downward-facing sensors to avoid obstacles while the Mavic Mini 2 has omnidirectional obstacle avoidance system. The Mavic Mini 2 system features two front camera sensors, two bottom facing sensors, one bottom facing infrared sensor, two rear camera sensors, one camera on the left and right side of the drone, and even one upward facing infrared sensor for safer flights in the air.
Safe and collision-free flights are always the goal. The Mavic Mini 2 is definitely the safer choice thanks to additional sensors and improved mechanics.
Extra Features 🛰
When it comes to extra features, both drones offer QuickShots which are autonomous flight modes that are carried out via a single tap. The Mavic Mini offers four QuickShots including Dronie, Circle, Helix, and Rocket. The Mavic Mini 2 offers those four along with an all-new QuickShot called Boomerang.
The Mavic Mini 2 offers three other extra features that are not offered by the Mavic Mini.
#1 Panorama – The Mavic Mini 2 is capable off shooting sphere, 180°, and wide-angle panoramas
#2 Editing – The Mavic Mini 2 is capable of downloading photos automatically and enhancing them within the DJI Fly app
#3 Downloading – The Mavic Mini 2 offers QuickTransfer which allows for content to be downloaded at 20 MB/s
#4 Trimmed Download – The Mavic Mini 2 offers the ability for content to be trimmed down videos and take out not needed footage which speeds up download time