DJI MAVIC LINEUP – Which Drone is Best for You?
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DJI MAVIC LINEUP – Which Drone is Best for You?

Now that the Mavic Mini is here, which DJI
drone is best for you? Let’s skip the intro and get right into
it. I am going to start out by eliminating a few
Mavic drones from this list and explain why. Then I am going to discuss the four best DJI
Mavic drones for different budgets and situations. So first let’s take a look inside the DJI
store. The only original Mavic Pro I see is refurbished
and it’s out of stock, so let’s eliminate that drone. The Mavic Pro Platinum drone by itself is
also out of stock and the Mavic Pro Platinum Combo is $1,499. That’s not a bad deal considering it comes
with 3 batteries and a few other accessories. It is also DJI’s most quiet drone and has
up to 30 minutes of flight time. Nevertheless, I would still recommend the
Mavic 2 Zoom over the Platinum because it has Occusync 2.0, better active track, the
ability to zoom from 24-48mm, and a higher bit rate than the Mavic Pro Platinum. If we take a deeper look we can see that the
Mavic Pro Platinum Combo also comes refurbished for $1,035. I think that’s a phenomenal deal, but I
don’t think it will last long and eventually they will phase it out. And although I have bought a refurbished drone
in the past, I know it’s not for everyone, so I am going to eliminate the Mavic Pro Platinum
as well. So now we have our final four: Mavic 2 Pro,
Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic Air, and Mavic Mini. Let’s take a closer look at these drones
side by side. The advantages are highlighted in blue and
the disadvantages are highlighted in red. The Mavic 2 Pro obviously has the best camera
sensor both for video and photography. So for the absolute best image quality, you’re
going to want the Mavic 2 Pro. The Mavic Mini is the only drone that doesn’t
shoot RAW photographs. For video, you can see the Mavic Mini is a
little behind the other Mavic drones. Not shooting 4K for me is not a big deal. But shooting at 40Mbps is a significant drawback
for the Mavic Mini as the other 3 drones transfer data at a much higher rate, providing better
video quality. If you’re looking for a cheaper, more portable
drone for video, I still think the Mavic Air beats the Mavic Mini. I personally love the Mavic Air, but it has
one big drawback, and that’s a max of only 21 minutes of flight time, which in real world
flying equates to about 17-19 minutes. You can see the Mavic Mini is also behind
the other drones in speed, though I prefer slow cinematic shots, so that’s not a big
deal for me. And 29mph is still decent speed for most shots
you want to get. Moving on, if you want a drone that can fly
far, obviously you want the Mavic 2 Pro or Zoom with a much longer range than the Air
or Mini. Now I have found obstacle avoiding sensors
to be very helpful, so the fact that the Mavic Mini doesn’t have any, only using its vertical
positioning system for hovering or landing, is unfortunate. Perhaps DJI had to do this to keep it under
250g. And that’s where the Mavic Mini really shines
– it is the only Mavic you don’t have to register with the FAA in the United States
because it is only 249g. It is also the smallest folded up, and cheaper
by a long shot. It is worth noting that unfolded, the Air
and the Mini are nearly the same in size. So with all that said, someone who is on a
budget is going to love the Mavic Mini because despite its weight, the 3-axis gimbal is going
to help it achieve smooth footage like its bigger brothers. Now if you’re a filmmaker, go with the Mavic
2 Pro because of its 1-inch sensor and the ability to shoot in 10-bit color in D-Log,
adding much greater leeway for exposure and color manipulation in post production, not
to mention better image quality in low light. If you’re a photographer, I would choose
the Mavic 2 Pro again because of its 1-inch, 20MP sensor. I wouldn’t recommend the Mavic 2 Zoom as
it seems to be a one-trick pony. Sure it zooms from 24-48mm, but with a drone
it isn’t that necessary. And considering that the Mavic 2 Pro shoots
in two different 4K modes – both at 28mm and 40mm, it is easy to see why it is worth spending
the extra money for the Mavic 2 Pro. Now people are going to argue about which
small Mavic they should buy – the Air or the Mini. If you want a backup for your Mavic 2 Pro,
the Mavic Air is the way to go because its video quality can be edited and mixed well
together with Mavic 2 Pro footage. However, the Mavic Mini with its lower bit
rate of 40Mbps is going to lag behind. So I would spend the extra money for the Mavic
Air if it’s in your budget. With that said, if you’re on a tight budget
or don’t care as much about the absolute best video quality, then the Mavic Mini is
a very good choice. The biggest advantage over the Air, other
than its price, is the fact that it can fly for up to 30 minutes while the Air can only
fly up to 21 minutes in ideal situations. So there you have it. Hope this video helps you choose the best
Mavic drone. If you want more information about different
drones and accessories, I created a FREE Drone Gear Guide. You can get that FREE guide by clicking right
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