If you are searching to buy your first drone, keep this in mind.
The cameras of both drones sport potent cameras, but there are some differences between them.
Parrot Anafi ($699)
- film in 4K Cinema mode (4,096 x 2,160) with only up to 24 FPS
- hybrid, roll, and tilt are mechanically controlled
- incredible vertical tilt range, it can point straight downwards (-90º) and straight upwards (90º)
- comes with a 16GB microSD (20 minutes of 4k filming)
DJI Mavic Air ($799)
- film in 4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) at up to 30 FPS
- slightly steadier camera support for non-shaky filmmaking
- comes with internal storage of 8 GB
- supports up to a 128GB card
- powerful cameras that sit on maneuverable 3-axis gimbals
- sport the same max bitrate – 100Mbps
Design and portability
They are both lightweight, portable and can be carried easily.
- weighs a mere 320g (11.3oz)
- measures at 9.6 x 2.6 x 2.5 in (244 x 66 x 63.5 mm)
- all of the arms flatten outwards, and can be pulled out or pushed in independent of one another
DJI Mavic Air
- weights 430g (15.2oz)
- measures 6.61 x 3.26 x 1.92 inches (168 x 83 x 49 mm)
- fold the front arms back alongside the drone body; then the back arms fold forward on top of the front arms
Flight and control
Options such as a return home feature, “follow-me” tracking and smart shot modes are found in both drones along with boomerangs or dramatic pans upward.
When we said, Parrot Anafi is strong enough to challenge DJI Mavic Air’s dominance we were not wrong. Its comparable tight design, superior camera, and battery, speed and price, make it an excellent choice for a first drone.
Nicole Hicks a graduate of UFT. She’s based in Toronto but travels much of the year. Nicole has written for NPR, Motherboard, MSN Money, and the Huffington Post. Nicole is a financial reporter, focusing on technology, national security, and policing.