Last Wednesday, French drone maker Parrot, introduced their latest drone the Anafi. It is a very lightweight, portable, foldable drone that shoots 4K HDR videos and 21MP photos with its Sony CMOS sensor. It is also priced very aggressively at $699.99, competing head-on with the likes of the Mavic Air and Mavic Pro from Chinese drone manufacturer, DJI. So how do these drones compare? We’ve put the most important specifications next to each other to provide you with an overview.

DJI Inspire 2

Drone specs compared

In the table below, you will find the most important specs. We have colored the cell green when that drone scored best on that particular item. In some cases two drone score equally well, so we highlighted both. In case, where there is no difference between the drones, we did not high light any. This overview is meant to simply provide an overview and to help you make an informed decision when purchasing your next drone. Keep in mind that specs are not everything when it comes to deciding which drone to go with. If you have the chance to try one out yourself, that would be highly recommended. Different drones from different companies all fly… different to try before you buy.

Furthermore, DJI offers DJI Care, a program under which you can have your drone replaced in case of an accident or user error. Parrot does not offer a similar program but does offer a two-year warranty on the Anafi drone.

Lastly, DJI regularly offers discounts on their products, bringing it closer to the price of the Anafi. Keep your eye out for promotions, like the Father’s Day special, here on DroneDJ for new and/or refurbished drones.

Parrot Anafi DJI Mavic Air DJI Mavic Pro
Price $699 $799 $899
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Drone
Weight 11.3oz / 320 grams 15.2oz / 430 grams 1.62 lbs / 734 grams
Dimensions folded: 244x66x63.5mm or 9.6×2.6×2.5in 168×83×49 mm (L×W×H) H83mm x W83mm x L198mm
Dimensions unfolded: 175x239x63.5mm or 6.9×9.4×2.5in 168×184×64 mm (L×W×H)
Flight-time 25 minutes 20 minutes 27 minutes
Speed 33 mph 17.9 mph / 28.8 kph (Normal mode) 42.5 mph / 68.4 kph (Sport mode) 40 mph (65 kph) in Sport mode without wind
Maximum range 2.5 miles with controller 2.5 miles 4.3 miles
Satellite Positioning Systems GPS & GLONASS GPS & GLONASS GPS & GLONASS
Obstacle avoidance No Yes, forward, backward, downward Yes, forward, downward
Noise levels 63.6dB 73.8dB
Internal storage 16GB MicroSD card included, exchangable 8GB MicroSD card included, and extra slot MicroSD card slot
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Controller
Weight: 13.6oz
Transmission system Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n OcuSync and Wi-Fi
Operating frequencies: Wi-Fi at 2.4 Ghz and 5.8 Ghz Wi-Fi at 2.4 Ghz and 5.8 Ghz Wi-Fi at 2.4 Ghz and 5.8 Ghz
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Imaging system
Camera sensor Sony 1/2.4″ CMOS 21MP Sony 1/2.3″ CMOS 12MP 1/2.3” (CMOS), Effective pixels:12.35 M (Total pixels:12.71M)
Lens (35mm) 23mm at F/2.4 24mm at F2.8 26mm at F2.2
Lossless digital zoom Yes, 23-69mm photo, 26-78mm video No No
Shutter speed Electronic shutter 1 to 1/10000s Electronic shutter 8 – 1/8000s  Electronic shutter 8s -1/8000 s
ISO range 100-3200 100-3200 video: 100-3200 photo: 100-1600
HDR Yes Yes No
Still photos 4:3 Wide: 21MP (5344×4016) 4:3 Rectilinear: 16MP (4608×3456) 4:3: 4056×3040 16:9: 4056×2280 4:3: 4000×3000
Photo format JPEG & DNG (RAW) JPEG & DNG (RAW) JPEG & DNG (RAW)
Video 4K DCI (17:9) 4096×2160 @ 24fps 4K UHD 3840×2160 @ 24, 25, 30fps FHD 1920×1080 @ 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, 60fps 4K Ultra HD: 3840×2160 24/25/30p 2.7K: 2720×1530 24/25/30/48/50/60p FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p C4K: 4096×2160 24p 4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p 2.7K: 2720×1530 24/25/30p FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
Max bitrate 100Mbps 100Mbps 60Mbps
Video format MP4 (H.264) MP4/MOV (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC) MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
Image stabilization 3-axis hybrid gimbal (2-axis mechanical roll/tilt and 1-axis digital yaw), protected 3-axis gimbal, protected 3-axis gimbal (pitch/tilt, roll, yaw), not-protected
Max tilt range – 90° to +90° (180° total) -90° to 0° (default setting) -90° to +17° (extended) Pitch: -90° to +30° Roll: 0° or 90° (Horizontally and vertically)
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Intelligent Flight Modes
Smart Shots SmartDronies, HyperLapse, Orbit, DollyZoom Rocket, Dronie, Circle, Helix, Asteroid, and Boomerang Dronie, Helix, Rocket
Sphere Panoramas No 32MP Sphere Panoramas No
3D Mapping Yes No No
Hand gestures No Yes Yes for Dronie
Slow Motion Yes, FHD @ 60fps Yes: 2.7K @ 60fps or FHD @ 120fps Yes: FHD @ 96fps or HD @ 120fps
Follow Me Yes ActiveTrack ActiveTrack
WayPoints Yes, Flight Plan Yes, only with third-party app Litchi Yes, and with third-party app Litchi
Return Home Yes Yes Yes

Which drone would you pick?

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