Mavic Mini vs Mavic 2 Pro vs Mavic Air 2: Which Mavic Is Best for You?

What truly are the differences between these three DJI drones?

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Main Specs

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DJI Mavic Mini, CP.MA.00000120.01
DJI Mavic 2 Pro - Drone Quadcopter UAV with Hasselblad Camera 3-Axis Gimbal HDR 4K Video Adjustable Aperture 20MP 1" CMOS Sensor, up to 48mph, Gray
DJI Mavic Air 2 - Drone Quadcopter UAV with 48MP Camera 4K Video 8K Hyperlapse 1/2" CMOS Sensor 3-Axis Gimbal 34min Flight Time ActiveTrack 3.0 Ocusync 2.0, Gray (CP.MA.00000176)
Title
DJI Mavic Mini
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
DJI Mavic Air 2
Weight
249 grams
907 grams
570 grams
Max. Flight Time*
30 Minutes
31 Minutes
34 Minutes
Prime
-
Price
$359.00
$1,314.68
$735.08
Preview
DJI Mavic Mini, CP.MA.00000120.01
Title
DJI Mavic Mini
Weight
249 grams
Max. Flight Time*
30 Minutes
Prime
-
Price
$359.00
Details
Preview
DJI Mavic 2 Pro - Drone Quadcopter UAV with Hasselblad Camera 3-Axis Gimbal HDR 4K Video Adjustable Aperture 20MP 1" CMOS Sensor, up to 48mph, Gray
Title
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
Weight
907 grams
Max. Flight Time*
31 Minutes
Prime
Price
$1,314.68
Details
Preview
DJI Mavic Air 2 - Drone Quadcopter UAV with 48MP Camera 4K Video 8K Hyperlapse 1/2" CMOS Sensor 3-Axis Gimbal 34min Flight Time ActiveTrack 3.0 Ocusync 2.0, Gray (CP.MA.00000176)
Title
DJI Mavic Air 2
Weight
570 grams
Max. Flight Time*
34 Minutes
Prime
Price
$735.08
Details

*in windless conditions

Mavic Air 2 is the new flight-time master at 34-minutes!

The Mavic Mini is fantastic with 30-minute max. flight time. It’s the drone I absolutely recommend to anyone who wants to get into this niche and doesn’t want to spend too much money to get started.

Camera Specs

Preview
DJI Mavic Mini, CP.MA.00000120.01
DJI Mavic 2 Pro - Drone Quadcopter UAV with Hasselblad Camera 3-Axis Gimbal HDR 4K Video Adjustable Aperture 20MP 1" CMOS Sensor, up to 48mph, Gray
DJI Mavic Air 2 - Drone Quadcopter UAV with 48MP Camera 4K Video 8K Hyperlapse 1/2" CMOS Sensor 3-Axis Gimbal 34min Flight Time ActiveTrack 3.0 Ocusync 2.0, Gray (CP.MA.00000176)
Title
DJI Mavic Mini
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
DJI Mavic Air 2
4K Camera?
2.7K Camera?
3-Axis Gimbal
1” CMOS: 20MP
1/2" CMOS: 12MP/48MP
1/2.3” CMOS: 12MP
Preview
DJI Mavic Mini, CP.MA.00000120.01
Title
DJI Mavic Mini
4K Camera?
2.7K Camera?
3-Axis Gimbal
1” CMOS: 20MP
1/2" CMOS: 12MP/48MP
1/2.3” CMOS: 12MP
Preview
DJI Mavic 2 Pro - Drone Quadcopter UAV with Hasselblad Camera 3-Axis Gimbal HDR 4K Video Adjustable Aperture 20MP 1" CMOS Sensor, up to 48mph, Gray
Title
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
4K Camera?
2.7K Camera?
3-Axis Gimbal
1” CMOS: 20MP
1/2" CMOS: 12MP/48MP
1/2.3” CMOS: 12MP
Preview
DJI Mavic Air 2 - Drone Quadcopter UAV with 48MP Camera 4K Video 8K Hyperlapse 1/2" CMOS Sensor 3-Axis Gimbal 34min Flight Time ActiveTrack 3.0 Ocusync 2.0, Gray (CP.MA.00000176)
Title
DJI Mavic Air 2
4K Camera?
2.7K Camera?
3-Axis Gimbal
1” CMOS: 20MP
1/2" CMOS: 12MP/48MP
1/2.3” CMOS: 12MP

The Mavic 2 Pro is the winner for the best camera because it has the largest sensor size which will give you better quality photos overall, especially while it gets darker outside.

  • Mavic 2 Pro > Mavic Air 2 > Mavic Mini

2nd: Mavic Air 2 with it’s 1/2-inch sensor, followed by the Mavic Mini with it’s 1/2.3-inch sensor.

Mavic Air 2:

Side note about the Mavic Air 2: featuring a 48MP Quad Bayer image sensor for full-size photos, which is like some smart phones out on the market OR you have the option for a 12MP output. Keep in mind the photos taken at 48MP will be a bit grainer, but have additional detail when you take the time to zoom all the way in.
Also, at 48 megapixels you are looking at 20MB JPEG OR 100MB DNG (raw file output) for file sizes.

You’re going to be looking at wanting to invest in larger memory cards for this one:

Checkout My Blog Post: DJI Mavic Air 2: Best MicroSD Cards

Flight Modes

Preview
DJI Mavic Mini, CP.MA.00000120.01
DJI Mavic 2 Pro - Drone Quadcopter UAV with Hasselblad Camera 3-Axis Gimbal HDR 4K Video Adjustable Aperture 20MP 1" CMOS Sensor, up to 48mph, Gray
DJI Mavic Air 2 - Drone Quadcopter UAV with 48MP Camera 4K Video 8K Hyperlapse 1/2" CMOS Sensor 3-Axis Gimbal 34min Flight Time ActiveTrack 3.0 Ocusync 2.0, Gray (CP.MA.00000176)
Title
DJI Mavic Mini
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
DJI Mavic Air 2
Tripod Mode
Sport Mode?
Max Speed (near sea level, no wind)
46.8 kph (S Mode)
72 kph (S-mode)
68.4 kph (S Mode)
Quickshots: Dronie
Quickshots: Circle
Quickshots: Helix
Quickshots: Rocket
Quickshots: Boomerang
Quickshots: Asteroid
ActiveTrack 3.0
ActiveTrack 2.0
Hyperlapse
FocusTrack
Preview
DJI Mavic Mini, CP.MA.00000120.01
Title
DJI Mavic Mini
Tripod Mode
Sport Mode?
Max Speed (near sea level, no wind)
46.8 kph (S Mode)
Quickshots: Dronie
Quickshots: Circle
Quickshots: Helix
Quickshots: Rocket
Quickshots: Boomerang
Quickshots: Asteroid
ActiveTrack 3.0
ActiveTrack 2.0
Hyperlapse
FocusTrack
Preview
DJI Mavic 2 Pro - Drone Quadcopter UAV with Hasselblad Camera 3-Axis Gimbal HDR 4K Video Adjustable Aperture 20MP 1" CMOS Sensor, up to 48mph, Gray
Title
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
Tripod Mode
Sport Mode?
Max Speed (near sea level, no wind)
72 kph (S-mode)
Quickshots: Dronie
Quickshots: Circle
Quickshots: Helix
Quickshots: Rocket
Quickshots: Boomerang
Quickshots: Asteroid
ActiveTrack 3.0
ActiveTrack 2.0
Hyperlapse
FocusTrack
Preview
DJI Mavic Air 2 - Drone Quadcopter UAV with 48MP Camera 4K Video 8K Hyperlapse 1/2" CMOS Sensor 3-Axis Gimbal 34min Flight Time ActiveTrack 3.0 Ocusync 2.0, Gray (CP.MA.00000176)
Title
DJI Mavic Air 2
Tripod Mode
Sport Mode?
Max Speed (near sea level, no wind)
68.4 kph (S Mode)
Quickshots: Dronie
Quickshots: Circle
Quickshots: Helix
Quickshots: Rocket
Quickshots: Boomerang
Quickshots: Asteroid
ActiveTrack 3.0
ActiveTrack 2.0
Hyperlapse
FocusTrack

Learn more about Tripod Mode on the DJI Mavic 2 Pro at this blog post.

Ease of Use

Again, the Mavic Mini is a really great drone if you’re just getting started with flying. They have an easier to use app for first time pilots called DJI Fly, instead of the DJI GO 4 app.

DJI Fly is also available for Mavic Air 2! It has a slick user interface, displays popular spots near you to fly, edit within the app and share your content with your friends and family. It’s available in the iOS App Store and on Google Play.