Is The Mavic Mini Really All That? Read This Review.

Ah yes, as soon as competing companies announced a drone (Skydio 2), DJI as it’s known to do rolls out the Mavic Mini. This review will tell you if you should get it.

As an owner of 5 drones at this point in time (all DJI by the way), I am going to examine the most common questions and points about this model so you will know if you can confidently buy it or wait on something else (or possibly buy a better model that already exists).

Anyway, let’s get to the most obvious things about it out of the way first: The specs:

Name: DJI Mavic Mini (Get it here).dji mavic mini screenshot

Price: $399 for the drone and remote and about $599 for the extra package (extra batteries and other accessories).

Main features:

  • 3 axis gimbal.
  • 2.7k shooting capability. 
  • 249 grams in weight (I’ll address why there’s pros and cons to this).
  • 20 minute + flight time (unlikely to get to the 30 unless conditions are perfect).
  • Up to a 4 KM range, although owning a Mavic Air with the same type of connection, I’d put that to around 1KM in most cases.

Overall score: 70 out of 100 points.

This drone is definitely recommended to the following people:

  • Complete beginners who may or may have never flown a drone, but want that great beginner model. This is it.
  • Those who are avid drone collectors like myself (although at this point in time I am not buying it).
  • People who want to upgrade from the Spark (Yes I think it’s better than it). 
  • Those who wish to temporarily go around drone regulations (249 grams). But I did say temporary for a reason (coming up).

Who this drone may not be for:

Let’s get to the pros the Mavic Mini truly has:

1) Let’s start with the 249 gram weight.

Yes, this is an advantage, because you will not need to register it (until inevitable regulations say you do), but you still have to adhere to regular drone rules despite that.

If you plan on traveling to other countries, I would still be very careful and make sure you follow their guidelines to know if you need to register them or see if they are even legal to use in the country you’re traveling to.

2) The camera for the size is actually quite good.

Despite not being able to do 4k, a 2.7k capability and image quality that I would say is equal to or better than the Spark, this thing is great for beginners and even those who wish to take good photos in general.

3) Extremely portable.

Without a doubt, this drone’s size, folding capability and weight make it the current portable drone king there is.

4) Great drone for beginners.

Yes I am currently going to say that if you never owned one, get this if you’re a beginner. I’ll have to update my article on beginner drones worth getting and make this #1.

5) A really long flight time.

Considering the size of this drone, I expected it to have the same flight same as the Spark, but it does not. In fact, it’s twice as long, and even beats the Mavic Air from what I have seen. This is VERY impressive for such a small model.

6) There is pretty good range reliability.

This is a VERY important factor for me and should be for you. All these potential drone ranges should never be taken as is. You will almost always get a shorter flight range (here’s how to improve it), but in this drone’s case, it’s overall pretty good.

It’s about as strong as the Air in terms of range reliability and overall, I am happy with that drone’s range, as you will be with the Mini if you get it.

If these pros are enough for you to get the Mini, you can get it here.

Now for the Mavic Mini cons…

1) It’s just a matter of time before…

Governments force you to register the Mini. It won’t be long until someone does something very foolish and in large numbers to make governments take action. This current 249 gram advantage is temporary. Enjoy it while it’s here.

2) Sound. Why is it SO loud!?

I considered swapping my Spark for the Mini but when I heard that it’s only SLIGHTLY less noisy than the Spark, I decided against it. This thing is only a few decibals based on what I saw quieter than the Spark and consider that drone has one of the loudest and most annoying noises I’ve seen in all my drones (the Air does too), I can’t see myself getting the Mini for this reason.

3) People thinking of upgrading if they own Mavic Air or better models should think again.

Like I said and listed before, there are numerous and obviously way better drones on the market and if you already own a portable, high camera quality drone, I would not “upgrade” to this model. 

There is an argument to be made for people who have huge drone models like Yuneec or Phantoms and even in that case, I wouldn’t sell those. Just buy a regular Mini with the remote and you’ll be happy.

Oh and if you own less popular models like the Breeze and other none DJI ones that are small, yes, the Mavic Mini is absolutely going to be an upgrade in this case.

So is the Mavic Mini really all that?

Well for first time or beginner drone users it can be and I honestly think this is a very good drone model to get started with if you’re new. But as someone who earlier said he owns 5 models, I don’t really see myself getting this one anytime soon.

Certain firmware upgrades can and will be coming through to the Mini that will make it better and better overtime, and I will be sure to do comparison reviews between this model and the most obvious ones you can compare it to like the Spark, the Air, the first Mavic Pro and second, all of which I own.

So the 70 score this model gets is well deserved for this model. Again, don’t let the 249 grams this thing weights be the deciding factor for your purchase. I think any experienced drone flier knows this perk is temporary. 

But if you have questions about the Mini or currently own a specific model you’re considering swapping for it, let me know and I’ll help you make the decision.

Mavic Air vs Autel Evo. Which Drone Should You Get?

The Mavic Air came out in early 2018, and it just so happened to be released soon after the Evo was announced. The timing on DJI’s part was perfect, and the fact that it also matched the Evo in many spec areas, while also being on the market while people would still have to wait on the Evo would give DJI a bunch of new sales and more control over the drone market while they awaited for the Mavic Pro 2 to be released later in the year. 

While most people will compare the Autel Evo to the Mavic Pro, simply because of the size and spec similarity, I felt it would be cool to compare it to the Mavic Air.

While I will outright admit that as an overall drone, the Evo is way superior in just about every single regard, the gap between both models isn’t as big as it seems, especially when you compare the specs, the reality and especially the price. So let me list where exactly Autel’s drone wins and where DJI’s wins…

Just for the record, I scored both models pretty close, in spite of the big gap in many factors between both models, and the main reason why was because the gap isn’t as big as you may think and the fact that the Mavic Air is so much less expensive still makes it a worthwhile model to consider if you can’t spend a few extra $100. But anyway, let’s get to the comparison:

Where the Evo wins:

Camera. Yep, it’s better, sharper, and it can zoom, incredibly well, something the MA does not have. If better, sharper and cleaner footage is your goal, the Evo is your drone of choice here.

But on a 1-10 rating, the camera isn’t THAT much better. On the MA, I’d give it a 7 out of 10 while the Evo scores a 10 out of 10 (full review). Believe me, even if you elect to go with the MA, your footage will NOT be bad at all, it’s still a 4K camera, and add to it the 30 FPS shot in 100 mpbs is not too shabby at all.

Overall flight time. Consider the flight time to be twice as good as on the MA. Though as of now it falls short of the “30 minute” estimate it was given prior to release, it’s still going to fly way longer than the MA, 100%.

Range. Yet another prior to release spec claimed this drone could fly up to 7 KM, but it’s more like 4-5 KM considering the connection is clear. But it’s still a lot better than the MA, which while having a 4 KM will likely reach about half of that in most places.

One thing I will say is that the MA connection can be a bit flaky, but I usually get about 1 KM out of it in places with a lot of connection issues. The Evo should in similar places get twice as far, but still not near the amount it promised.

More wind resistant. Well, this should be an obvious advantage, since it is bigger after all.

Better controller with more “control”. The control on this drone is far superior to the MA which honestly seems like a bootleg version of the Mavic Pro controller. While it is decent and will give you good control, the visual aspect of the Evo remote and the information/perks it packs makes it far easier and more dependable to use. It’s like comparing a Playstation 4 to a Super Nintendo and I’m a MA owner saying this by the way…

Less flight restrictions. I mentioned this as an advantage this drone had over the MP but a lack of geo fencing makes flying this model way less of a headache. Never the less, you should absolutely know that this DOESN’T mean you can fly it anywhere, be an intelligent drone pilot and know the flight rules. 

It’s a lot quieter! Twice as big and yet its still so quiet. Almost as quiet as the Mavic 2 Pro or the Parrot ANAFI.

Note: If there’s something I missed on the advantages this model has, let me know below.

Where the Mavic Air wins…

How could I not boast about my little drone at least a little bit? The good news here is that I didn’t really have to scramble to find where it beats the Evo, because there are indeed some truly notable advantages it has. Let me go over them:

The price is several $100 cheaper. If you’re a on a budget and can’t go as far as $999, then you can settle on the MA for $799, and I suspect it’ll fall another $100 on the MP 2 is released. Sure I’d recommend you squeeze out a few more $100 for the other one, but believe me, you’re not getting a bad drone here at all. This thing flies very well, shoots footage very well and you would be pretty shocked to see how well it can film (here’s pictures).

3 sensors vs 2 and a half sensors. Wait a second, didn’t the Evo boast 3 sensors?

It did, but when it came out, it was discovered that the back sensor, aka the third wasn’t really working, it was more of a detection device, not a sensor that actually stops the drone. However, on the MA, you indeed do get 3 sensors, so it wins here. 

Fun flight modes and hand control. You just don’t get some of this stuff with the Evo and if you’re into doing Jedi type stuff and using your hand to regulate this drone, you’ll have a lot of fun with the MA.

More compact/portable. Let’s face it, at this point, we can agree that both models are quite portable, but this particular one is still twice as small as Autel’s and when you go backpacking somewhere, the size difference, makes a difference. 

I honestly wish it was more quieter. It’s so strange to think such a little drone can be so loud. It’s more loud than the Spark surprisingly. But that noise makes it tough to film in certain places (like animals).

Note: I know I probably missed some things that makes the MA better, so just like I said about the Evo above, let me know about the MA below.

How to pick which drone suites you better:

While I’m certainly not the definitive voice in the drone world, if my advice means anything (thank you by the way), I’d recommend examining each drone’s advantage over the other, your budget and to make a little check mark on each model. Whichever one gets more check marks is the winner. 

Overall, there’s 2 big points worth noting, 1 for each model:

  • You’re def getting a better drone in the Evo, hands down.
  • But you’re not exactly getting a bad drone in the MA, it still shoots amazing stuff and is itself an amazing little drone.

My opinion is that if you can afford it, get the Evo, if not, get the MA.

Overall, when I compared both these models, I gave out the following scores:

  • MA: 80 out of 100 points.
  • Autel’s model: 85 out of 100 points.

The reason there isn’t a bigger gap in points is because of the price and the fact that the MA doesn’t shoot or fly that much worse than Autel’s model. 

Phantom 4 Pro vs Autel Evo. Is The Smaller Drone Really Better?

So there’s an interesting comparison I’ve been wanting to do for awhile and that is between the Phantom 4 Pro, which I own and the Autel Evo which I’ve already compared to it’s likeliest foes:

The Mavic Pro. In this comparison (here), I basically concluded that the Evo was better in terms of camera quality, but otherwise, the Mavic Pro was still the better rated drone, so I rated it a little bit higher in points.

The Mavic Air. In this comparison (here), I believed the Autel drone was better in various functions:

Camera quality, overall flight time, overall reliability and so on and did rate it higher than the Air. It’s also A LOT quieter too.

But the air did have a few advantages such as smaller size and the fact that it’s backwards sensor actually worked as opposed to the Evo (updates to the Evo did clear this up I think).

So if you’re wondering how Autel’s new model takes on it’s DJI competition, you are welcome to check out those articles above.

But today, I want to compare it to what is currently DJI’s best CONSUMER drone: The Phantom 4 Pro, which is also the one I’ve rated highest on this site out of all the drones I’ve seen thus far.

Can Autel’s model beat the P4P? Let’s find out:

phantom 4 pro vs autel evo

Here’s some quick notes on both models:

I have a full review of the P4P here. In short, here is what’s most noteworthy on this model:

  • 20 MP camera, 4K @ 60 FPS and 100 mbps filming quality. To date this is the single best drone I’ve ever shot videos and photos with. See footage here.
  • It has a 30 minute flight time (closer to 27 minutes in most circumstances where I’ve flown).
  • The range is around 7 KM, but I usually get about 4-6 in open areas and 1-2 in areas with a lot of obstacles.
  • 5 sensors (everywhere but at the top, but they only work when it’s in tripod mode). 
  • Over 10 intelligent flight modes.
  • Strong against wind.

My rating for it is 95 out of 100 points.

Now for the Autel Evo (full review here):

  • 12 MP camera, also 4K @ 60 FPS and 100 mbps video capabilities. As of 2018, this model has the best camera on any PORTABLE drone models on the market. But in 2019, I will be saying the Mavic 2 Pro wins in that regard.
  • Also has a 30 minute flight time, although as I’ve said before, the tests I’ve seen shown it to be 20-25 minutes. 
  • Also there is a 7 KM range like the P4P, but this usually only happens in completely open areas with no signal interference. The usual range tests are between 1-4 km. 
  • This has 3 sensors, although upon release, it was noted the back sensor wasn’t really working, it just beeps to warn you, but it doesn’t stop the drone if you get too close to an obstacle (this may have been updated since).
  • Several intelligent flight modes too including a very smart return to home.

My rating for it: 85 out of 100 points.

Now if you just compare the specs based on the above things I listed, it’s pretty clear that the P4P holds more value and benefits, but this is where you have to look at both models more closely.

So this is where I want to note what happens if we compare specific things between both models such as the camera. In which case will it really be better?

Let’s do this, and we’ll begin with the camera…

In terms of video filming capabilities, both models, on paper have the same specs. However, when it comes to actual filming and picture taking, you’re looking at a 20 MP camera vs a 12 MP one, and I have to say, this isn’t a big deal because if you examine the footage, you may have mixed views.

Now I don’t own the Evo, but I have seen enough comparisons between it and the P4P. There is a difference and I honestly think the P4P shoots better and sharper (although some people would disagree).

So to showcase this, I’ve attached a YouTube video of one of my favorite drone channels (Captain Drone), where he compares these 2. You let me know in the comments which one films better:

By the way, this man has an awesome YouTube channel on this hobby so be sure to subscribe to him if you enjoy his content.

Now in spite of the fact that I believe the P4P shoots better, the Evo is right up there, so you’re not really getting that much of a different picture. While there are some noticeable differences, both these models are at the TOP of consumer drones when it comes to quality footage. If you’re OK with EITHER of these models and the way they film, but still can’t decide on which one to get, then there’s the next factor to consider which is…

Portability and I think we all know which model wins there…

Clearly the Autel model, hands down.

This is truly the kind of model you will want to have with you if you go on outdoor adventures and don’t want it to take up too much space. However, if portability isn’t a big deal to you, then go with the P4P (it’s about twice as big), because there is another factor to consider in all these comparisons…

Reliability of the actual drone (connection, range, sensors). 

In these regards, the P4P wins. I always go back to comparing how these models would work in the mountains (typically a bad connection area) and having a reliable connection is key to having a safe flight there.

I’ve seen numerous times DJI models (with the exception of the Spark and Mavic Air) connect really quickly to numerous satellites in spite of the fact my phone connection wasn’t working in the same area and this provided me with a safe flight I could rely on. Most noteworthy is the fact that the Mavic Pro and P4P are the best at this.

By the way, if you currently don’t own a P4P, do note that it’s upgraded to the P4P V2.0 (same price, same specs, but tiny extra benefits) which is the same thing, but with a more reliable connection (so it’s even better).

While I know the Evo will also do well in these areas, from what I’ve seen with the connection issues that sometimes arise, the P4P will be far more reliable in difficult connection areas and that will lead to a lot more flights being done, safely.

Do note that the P4P uses lightbridge for connection, while the P4P V2.0 uses ocusync which is even more reliable and the Evo uses advanced WiFi (least reliable). Know the difference.

One last factor…price.

If your wallet is severely affected by a few $100, then get yourself the Evo, it’s about $500 LESS expensive than the P4P. If not, get the P4P. 

2 major points for the P4P and 2 major points for the Evo:

  • Overall, the abilities both models have in terms of filming is phenomenal, but the P4P slightly wins here.
  • Also it’s overall capabilities in terms of flight, reliability also play a huge role in me recommending it in that regard.

Now as the for the Evo, it’s 2 main advantages of the P4P are…

  • The portability (whilst also filming very well).
  • And price. You’re looking at substantial savings with this one.

So in finalizing this comparison, these are the 4 factors I’d look at and see where you personally identify closest with, from that I would decide on which of these 2 models you’d buy.

I was very close to getting the Autel Model, until the Mavic 2 Pro was released in late 2018, so I got that one instead and I do think it is better overall, but will be comparing it to the Evo in later articles.

Parrot Bebop 2 Review And How it Competes With DJI Drones.

Stats and info on product:

Name: Parrot Bebop 2.parrot bebop 2 review

Company: Parrot.

Typical Flight Time: Average of up to 25 minutes.

Price: $359.99.

Size: Slightly smaller than a Mavic Pro. You can hold it in your palm and it is pretty portable, although the wings do not fold. 

Price: There’s 3 different packages, the first is for the drone itself, which is anywhere from $200-$250, the next is with an FPV and controller package, which is about $400-$500, and one with a large remote, and the drone for about $500 too. Official prices vary based on where you get it (Amazon, Best Buy, Parrot website, ect…).

My personal recommendation is to get the FPV package with the remote as it provides the most benefits. 

Camera quality: 14 MP camera that shoots at 1080p @ 30 FPS.

Rating of product: 55 out of 100 points. An ABOVE average drone, that shoots good footage and video. Very easy to fly around with if you’re a beginner, yet this is a 2016 model and in comparison to other look a likes (in the portable department) on the market, it is not as good.

I’ll do a review on the Parrot Bebop 2 first, then compare it to 3 other portable models on the market that are on that level or higher: The Spark, the Mavic Pro and finally the Mavic Air. However…

I believe the Mavic 2 Pro is the best choice in portable drones. See why.

The overall stats and pros of the Parrot Bebop 2:

1) Camera is decent (1080p @ 30 FPS with a 14 MP camera is no joke, it’s HD).

You should expect it to shoot at a level or a decent camera phone, probably not up to the level of a Samsung S8 or more present level iPhones, but still more than good enough. 

2) Flight time is awesome! 

25 minutes on average is amazing stuff. Thus far, the only model it’s size that gets that much flight time is the Mavic Pro (I compare them further below).

3) One of 2 remote options.

Depending on which package you get (I don’t recommend just getting the drone), the controller is pretty awesome. With it, the range and actual control of the flight is better. 

4) Range. About a mile with the controller.

1-2 KM I believe is the average distance you can fly this thing, that’s slightly over a mile far.

5) Camera is well protected behind another lens and can rotate sideways in addition to up and down.

One big advantage the Parrot Bebop 2 holds over DJI models is that it’s camera CAN rotate in more than just 2 directions (up and down), it can also go left and right, thus helping you have more customization in terms of shooting abilities. 

6) Sturdy.

The overall model is “hard” to break. Not that you should test this, but generally, at the speed it can fly up to, depending on what it crashes into (hopefully nothing), it has a strong chance or survival and continuing to fly after.

7) Good controls and flying ease for beginners. 

One of the things that makes this model enjoyable is that it’s easy to fly. Being that it can go at up to 30 mph and it takes some seconds to reach that, people can navigate with the drone much easier than with other, faster models. Just because certain drone models are faster doesn’t mean they are better since faster speeds inhibit the overall turns of the model. In this case, it’ll be a lot easier to fly if you’re a beginner.

The cons:

1) Wings cannot be folded.

2 years ago, this model would be considered VERY portable. Today this is not the case. Even models it’s size like the Mavic Pro are much smaller because the wings can be folded. Obviously compared to bigger models like a Phantom, the Parrot Bebop is a much easier one to carry, but in the realm of portable drones, it is not at the top, not even close (the 3 models I’ll compare it to below are more portable and also fly well).

2) Camera is good, but not exactly high level.

If you’re not really the kind of person who cares too much about “professional” level photo taking or filming, you’ll be OK here. The camera on this model is GOOD, but these day’s models are a lot better, especially the ones who shoot in 4k.

3) No sensors. 

Despite being beginner friendly in terms of set up and flying experience, you still have to be very careful, especially since this model (on it’s own) does not have safety sensors as far as I know. You can buy an additional accessory known as a “slam dunk obstacle avoidance module” which looks like a mini drone you attach to the top of the Parrot Bebop, but it’s a separate purchase. 

No sensors for me a turn off to be honest, because it inhibits a hands off type flying experience where you may want to do things like film yourself flying and have the drone follow you (which the Bebop 2 can do), but without that obstacle avoidance, you have to be really careful as to where it flies around while it follows you.

Overall thoughts on the Parrot Bebop 2: Who it’s perfect for.

As a first time drone, this is a great model.

If you’re a beginner and have never flown, this is also a good option.

If you like taking pictures but are OK with them being fine, and not too professional, this is good (again, let me stress that this drone takes good pictures and videos).

Overall, this is a good entry into the world of drones for beginners and FPV flying. You’ll have fun.

Parrot Bebop 2 (PB) vs the competition, starting with a DJI Spark.

The Spark is twice as small as the PB, but has a similar photo/video taking ability at 1080p @ 30 FPS. I rated the Spark the same, at 70 out of 100 points. While the scores are the same, it’s not because they are the same. It’s because:

  • The Spark is more portable the than PB. 
  • It’s also beginner friendly.
  • It has fun options like palm landing available.
  • It’s distance potential is similar to the PB as is it’s speed potential (in sports mode).

The only area where the PB is better is the price:

For a regular PB drone, you’re looking at $200-$250. A Spark is $399 for JUST the model.

With a remote attached to the package (and FPV), the PB is $500, while the Spark with a remote (no FPV Goggles) is about $550+. 

Overall, the 2 big things here are the price and the portability. If you are tighter on money, get the PB. If you are not and like portability, get the Spark (they shoot similarly). 

Parrot Bebop vs Mavic Pro:

Size wise, both models are the nearly the same (the Mavic Pro is slightly larger), but when folded, it’s smaller and more portable. It’s picture/video taking ability however is next level to the PB (4K @ 30 FPS with a 12 MP camera). I rated the Mavic Pro at 90 out of 10 points and here’s where it has advantages over the PB:

  • More portable when folded (easier to carry).
  • Much better camera.
  • Much more range potential (it can fly 2-3 times as far).
  • Similar flight time on both models. 

As with the Spark, the PB is superior in terms of pricing. A regular package of the Mavic Pro today will cost you $999, which comes with the remote and 1 battery, while a regular PB (just the drone) is nearly 75% less expensive, yet you SHOULD get the remote with a PB as it’ll make the flying experience easier and more fulfilling, so that’s about $500, which is still about 50% less than the MP.

If you value a higher level model and don’t mind the extra price, get the Mavic Pro, it’s an awesome model and frankly the best one out of the choices here. But there’s still one choice left…

And finally, my preferred alternative: The Mavic Air.

If you wanted to get the Mavic Pro because of it’s abilities, but the price was holding you back, you will likely find the Mavic Air to the best option for you, out of all 3 alternatives. I rate it 95 out of 100 points.

The Mavic Air has a nearly identical camera to the Mavic Pro, but my test indicate it shoots slightly better, so my opinion is that you get a better camera with the Mavic Air. It’s also twice as small as the PB and the Mavic Pro, so you really get amazing portability with this model. 

Overall, the Mavic Air has the following advantages:

3 safety sensors on the Mavic Air vs no sensors on the PB.

  • Way better camera than the PB and slightly better than the Mavic Pro (12 MP camera with 4k footage at up to 30 FPS).
  • Palm control abilities (like on the Spark, no remote needed).
  • More intelligent flight models.
  • It can fly 2x as far.

Update: I’ve reduced the rating of the Mavic Air to 85 out of 100. But still the PB has 2 main advantages to the Mavic Air:

1) The price. The regular package for the Mavic Air is $799 and being that I recommended you get the PB with the remote ($500), you’re looking at a 30% higher price point. If you’re OK with that, get the Mavic Air, no questions there!

2) The flight time is about 5-10 min more on the PB. If this is important to you, as is a tighter budget, get the PB. If not, get the Mavic Air, I am certain you’ll love it more and it is next level.

Why I compared the Parrot Bebop 2 to these 3 models:

The PB is a portable drone, and naturally with this whole market having numerous portable options, if you have the question on alternatives, the 3 I showed you are the likeliest ones to compete with it. I have given you their stats and explained my rating for each. 

I have also provided separate reviews on each model in case you wish to learn more, including pictures of how good the cameras are.

Again, I like the PB and I would have rated it higher had I done this review 2 years ago when it came out, but technology and the quality of the models coming out recently (and moving forward) has risen drastically and this has actually pushed the PB further down on the rating because the bar has risen.

My personal choice? Get the Mavic Pro if you can afford it!

Update: Parrot ANAFI.

I think the ANAFI is also a great choice and is in every way better than the Bebop 2. It’s another drone you should consider, especially if you’re already a fan of Parrot’s drone models.

Parrot ANAFI Review. 5 Reasons to Get it And 5 Reasons Not to.

Ok guys, time for a review of a NONE DJI product (yay!) and this time it comes in the form of one of DJI’s main compeititors: Parrot. The drone I’m going to be reviewing will be the ANAFI model that was released a few months back.

There’s a lot of good things to say about it, but just as much, there are negatives which I am surprised other videos/sites aren’t talking about.

Anyway, I’ve narrowed down the 5 main pros and 5 main cons for this drone and if it may be better to wait for the next generation models to come out soon (I’m talking the Mavic Pro 2 or possibly a second generation Parrot ANAFI product).

Anyway, let’s begin:

Stats and info on the ANAFI drone:

Name: ANAFI.parrot anafi review

Company: Parrot.

Size: Very small, portable drone. it’s slimmer in width than a cell phone, but longer in size. 

Price: $699.

Camera quality: 4K @ 30 FPS with a 100 MBPS, also a 21 megapixel camera lens.

Max range: 2.5 miles.

Speed: A little over 30 mph.

Flight time per battery: 25 minutes.

Rating of product: 70 out of 100 points.

This is honestly a good drone model, not great though and if you’ve never owned a portable one and/or fly well, I’d consider getting this particular model. However, read about the 5 pros and 5 cons in this review to decide if this is the model you want to get.

Here’s my recommended model for portable drones, the Mavic Pro 2.

The 5 pros of the ANAFI:

1) The portability. 

Any small, good drone model is going to have this perk but when it comes to the ANAFI, this has it’s own perks worth noting. For one, the case in which this drone comes in is very nice looking. If you own a Mavic Air like me, think of that case, but just more slim to fit that. And it’s actually a lot quieter than the Mavic Air, a major plus.

Now let’s get back to the drone itself.

As a whole, this thing is light, easy to carry within the case, easy to set up and it’s straight forward to fly with. Head out to mountains or any other places where traveling on feet is necessary and this is a good drone to take with you as it won’t really get in the way and because it’s very light, you probably won’t even feel it.

2) It’s quiet. Very quiet.

As of now, I think this model is as quiet as the Mavic Pro with the quiet propellers (or Mavic Pro platinum which comes with it). In this case though, the default propellers which come with the ANAFI are extremely light and wide, making them a lot more quieter to work with.

I’ve always liked quieter drones because they bother people and animals less and I can get a much more good light going without being bothered by that annoying buzzing noise most models make these days, even the portable ones. 

I think as the evolution of drones continues, the next generation models will get quieter and quieter and ANAFI is certainly at the top as of now in that regard.

3) Good camera with an obvious, yet unique feature…

Ok, so overall, the camera quality is great, on par with or possibly even SLIGHTLY better than the Mavic Air and Mavic Pro, but I’ll make the conclusion at a later post. What I can definitely tell you is that the difference in camera quality between these models is negligible at best, meaning, you will get great footage no matter which one you use and yes, I do know that there is a 21 megapixel camera on the ANAFI, but honestly, looking at preliminary footage, I hardly see any major difference with the competition.

But the ace in the hole in favor of the ANAFI is actually the fact that it’s the ONLY portable drone on the market today which has a 180 degree camera which can actually point up. It’s such an obvious, yet awesome perk that I really wish I saw on my portable models.

With the fact that you can actually AIM the camera up now, you have so many more flying possibilities. You can fly up a hill an film the footage as it’s going up (instead of only being able to aim forward and down on other models) as well as many other new possibilities.

If Parrot got something truly right, it’s this awesome perk and I absolutely know future models will mimic this in some way. They have to, there’s just so much more marketing success if they do.

4) If you’re a first time buyer of portable drones and can fly well, consider it.

Now let me make something clear from the above point:

The people who NEVER owned a portable drone but have flown bigger ones are the people for whom this pro refers to. Think of people who flew Inspire, Phantom or Yuneec models. If they’ve never owned a portable model, but are in the market for one, their experience may make them want to consider the ANAFI. 

With portability and a decent camera, mixed in with good flight experience, the pilot may not even need the safety sensors which this drone does not have by the way.

5) The controller is good.

At least better than the remote for the Mavic Air and Spark, that’s my opinion (the Mavic Pro controller is still better in my opinion because it displays more). In any case, this controller is comfortable, easy to set up and is great for beginners. 

Now the 5 cons:

1) Back to the negligible camera quality when compared to other drones.

I honestly see very little difference in the quality I’ve researched so far. As an owner of the Mavic Pro and Air, I have to say comparing the footage to the ANAFI shows me more sharpness in the Mavics. 

While the ANAFI shoots well, to consider spending $700+ on this drone would require that this camera be significantly better, and I don’t think it is. So if you already own a portable drone such as the ones I mentioned, I don’t see any reason to get another drone which shoots similarly, but lacks sensors. And on the sensor note…

2) I don’t get why they couldn’t put in a single safety sensor.

Even the Spark which runs at $400 these days has 2 of them. Why couldn’t Parrot do this? Now look, it is well known to experienced drone pilots that sometimes safety sensors can actually be a hassle to have and in some circumstances can actually increase the odds of a crash happening, BUT it is still important to keep them around to turn them on when necessary.

I’m an experienced drone pilot and let me tell you that I still make flying mistakes, for which I’ve either gotten lucky out of straight luck or the sensors saved me. Trust me, they are good to keep around.

While the ANAFI drone is durable, why risk a crash with this mind? I’d rather have safety sensors just in case to insure the safety of my drone…

3) $699 is a bit high.

All you’re really looking at in terms of unique pros is the 180 degree camera as far as I see it. There’s nothing else about this drone which makes it so unique to justify the buy, especially if you already own one of the competitors in this field of portable drone. 

If this was priced at $599, then I’d probably raise the point rating. But at $699, this thing needs more safety sensors. Oh and there’s another, not often talked about con…

4) You actually need to purchase the intelligent flight capabilities separately…

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of any drone company doing this until Parrot. There are intelligent flight modes on this thing, but they aren’t accessible/downloadable unless you make a purchase for each one as far as I know and this is a huge deal breaker for me.

5) It tends to drift, especially in wind.

While it can take on decent wind speeds, the ANAFI tends to drift a little bit when it’s hovering in the air. Such a thing may cause issues for when people are trying to fly in the woods and the lack of stability when hovering may cause the drone to fly into a tree branch or rock. This is something I see as a potential issue for me personally since I love to fly in these types of areas.

The overall conclusion: Should you get the ANAFI?

My go to advice here would be to compare the pros and cons and make a little tally of which ones apply to you, then see if the pros win out or if the cons do.

Either way, I am absolutely certain that as 2018 progresses, that there will be better models coming out of not just DJI but Autel as well as Yuneec. Who knows, perhaps Parrot will release a 2.0 model of the ANAFI with the improvements I hope to see to conquer those cons I listed.

I can confidently say that other than the 90 degree camera being able to point up, I see nothing special about this model that warrants buying it when I already have good portable models as it is. And I know that we’re on the precipitous of seeing next generation models come out soon and that I know for a fact will be better than the ANAFI as well as any other existing portable drones on the market, though I still admit, I love my Mavics!