DJI has now released seven different Mavic models. Understanding the difference among them is important in choosing which one is best for you. We will take a closer look at their specifications as well as the pros and cons of each model. We created the ultimate mavic comparison guide to help you decide which model best suits your needs.

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Which DJI Mavic is best for you?

The original Mavic was a game-changer for the industry. According to sources at DJI, the Mavic Pro it is the best selling drone of all time. So it’s obvious why DJI has turned this original success into a full lineup of compact consumer drones. Let’s take a closer comparison of these seven DJI Mavics.

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Use the charts and the descriptions below to learn more about the different DJI Mavic models.

From the pint-sized Mavic Air ($699) to the modular Mavic 2 Enterprise ($1999), there are some important differences between the models. Take a look at the charts below to get a quick understanding. Then we will dive into each model so you can decide which one is best for you.

Mavic Air vs Mavic Pro vs Mavic Pro Platinum Comparison

Mavic Air Mavic Pro Mavic Pro Platinum
Price $699 $799-999 $999
Weight 0.66 lbs/ 299 grams 1.62 lbs / 734 grams 1.62 lbs / 734 grams
Dimensions (folded) H49 x W83 x L168mm H83 x W83 x L198mm H83 x W83 x L198mm
Flight Time 20 min 27 min 30 min
Speed 42 mph (68 kph) 40 mph (65 kph) 40 mph (65 kph)
Range 2.5 miles               (4000 meters) 4.3 miles                (7000 meters) 4.3 miles               (7000 meters)
Obstacle Avoidance frontward, backward, downward Forward, Downward Forward, Downward
Internal Storage Micro SD, 8FB Onboard MicroSD MicroSD
Camera 12 MP 12 MP 12 MP
Sensor Sony 1/2.3″ Sony 1/2.3″ Sony 1/2.3″
Lens f/2.8 f/2.2 f/2.2
Zoom No No No
Shutter Speed Electronic Shutter 8-1/8000s Electronic Shutter 8-1/8000s Electronic Shutter 8-1/8000s
ISO Range Video: 100-3200 Photo:100-3200 (manual) Video: 100-3200 Photo:100-1600 Video: 100-3200 Photo:100-1600
Video 4K Ultra HD: 3840×2160 24/25/30p 2.7K: 2720×1530 24/25/30/48/50/60p  FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/50/60/120p HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/50/60/120p 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 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
Video Format MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
Color Mode Standard Standard Standard
Max Bitrate 100 Mbps 60 Mbps 60 Mbps
Battery 2970 mAh 3830 mAh 3830 mAh
Password Protected No No No
DJI AirSense No No No
Transmission System WiFi OcuSync OcuSync
Module-Ready No No No

The Mavic Air the original Mavic and the Mavic Pro Platinum are all excellent lower cost options. We would recommend looking at these models for beginner pilots.

Our ultimate Mavic comparison guide will help you choose the right Mavic for you.

Mavic 2 Pro vs Mavic 2 Zoom vs Mavic 2 Enterprise Comparison

Mavic 2 Pro Mavic 2 Zoom Mavic 2 Enterprise
Price $1,499 $1,249 $1,999
Weight 1.99 lbs/907 grams 1.99 lbs/905 grams 1.99 lbs/905 grams
Dimensions (folded) H84 x W91 x L214mm H84 x W91 x L214mm H84 x W91 x L214mm
Flight Time 31 min 31 min 31 min
Speed 45 mph (72 kph) 45 mph (72 kph) 45 mph (72 kph)
Range 5 miles (8000 meters) 5 miles (8000 meters) 5 miles (8000 meters)
Obstacle Avoidance Forward, Downward, Backward, Sides Forward, Downward, Backward, Sides Forward, Downward, Backward, Sides
Internal Storage Micro SD, 8GB Onboard Micro SD, 8GB Onboard Micro SD, 24GB Onboard
Camera 20 MP 12 MP 12 MP
Sensor Sony 1″ Sony 1/2.3″ Sony 1/2.3″
Lens f/2.8-f-11 f/2.8-f/3.8 f/2.8-f/3.8
Zoom No Yes 2x Digital 2x Electronic Yes 2x Digital 3x Electronic
Shutter Speed Electronic Shutter 8-1/8000s Electronic Shutter 8-1/8000s Electronic Shutter 8-1/8000s
ISO Range Video: 100-3200 Photo:100-3200 (manual) Video: 100-3200 Photo:100-3200 (manual) Video: 100-3200 Photo:100-3200 (manual)
Video 4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p,  2.7K: 2688×1512 24/25/30/48/50/60p, FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p 4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p,  2.7K: 2688×1512 24/25/30/48/50/60p, FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p 4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p,  2.7K: 2688×1512 24/25/30/48/50/60p, FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
Video Format MP4 / MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265) MP4 / MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265) MP4 / MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265)
Color Mode Dlog-M (10bit), support HDR video (HLG 10 bit) D-Cinelike D-Cinelike
Max Bitrate 100 Mbps 100 Mbps 100 Mbps
Battery 3850 mAh 3850 mAh 3850 mAh (heated)
Password Protected No No Yes
DJI AirSense No No Yes
Transmission System OcuSync 2.0 OcuSync 2.0 OcuSync 2.0
Module-Ready No No Yes

The Mavic 2 series of drones are much more advanced than the original versions. They offer greater range and battery life as well as upgraded camera options. These three drones have very similar specs but have some important differences.

Mavic Air ($699)

The DJI Mavic Air is almost perfect (6 month review)

The smallest Mavic in our comparison is still an excellent option.

The Mavic Air is the smallest and most affordable Mavic ever produced. Like all of the other Mavics, the Mavic Air has a foldable design, but the styling on the Air is quite different than every other model. It is arguably the best-looking of the Mavics (although maybe only the black version).

The Mavic Air has the shortest flight time (20 minutes) and range (4000 meters), but is easily the most portable. The camera is good and the full three-axis gimbal does a nice job of stabilizing video. If you want an ultraportable drone and have a limited budget then the Mavic Air is the best drone for you. The Mavic Air is the best Mavic for beginners on a fixed budget.

Mavic Pro ($799-999)

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The original Mavic Pro is a still an excellent drone.

The original Mavic Pro is currently the best selling drone to date. Its unique folding design was a game-changer in the industry. With it’s impressive flight time (27 minutes) and range (7000 meters), the Mavic Pro was the first portable drone that had Phantom-like capabilities. Its 4K camera is very good, but the biggest limitation is the camera’s 60 Mbps max bitrate. The lower bitrate can produce some noticeable artifacts when recording video, particularly 4K video.

With the new discounted price of the Mavic, it is now an excellent choice for anyone on a budget. DJI also released a Mavic Alpine Edition. This is simply a white version of the Mavic Pro. As the price continues to fall on this fantastic drone it is becoming more and more attractive for first-time-pilots.

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The Alpine white Mavic looks good but is hard to find.

The Mavic Pro can typically be found on Amazon for under $800. In fact, a certified refurbished version can be purchased for only $699. The Mavic Pro is still a great choice for anyone looking to get into aerial photography for the first time but needs to save money. Its range, power, and gimbal travel set it apart from the Mavic Air, but I prefer the Mavic Air’s camera over the original Mavic Pro.

Mavic Pro Platinum

mavic pro platinum

The Mavic Pro Platinum is a small upgrade from the Mavic Pro.

The Mavic Pro Platinum is a slight upgrade to the original Mavic Pro. The Platinum version has upgraded propellers and ESCs. Those two upgrades make the Mavic Pro Platinum quieter and more efficient than the original version. The most important difference is the increased flight time of to up to 30 minutes.

If you can find a good deal on a Platinum it is worth picking up over the original. However, they are largely the same drone. In fact, you can even put the Platinum propellers on the original Mavic Pro. While it won’t add the three minutes of flight time, it will make your Mavic Pro slightly more efficient and quieter.

mavic pro platinum propeller

The biggest difference between the Mavic Pro and Pro Platinum is the quiet swept-tip propellers.

The Mavic Pro Platinum is still an excellent drone and worth picking up at its discounted price. The Mavic Pro Platinum is the best drone you can find for under $1000. If that is your budget and you want something to take excellent photos and videos, this might be the best drone for you.

Mavic 2 Zoom ($1249)

mavic 2 zoom

 

The Mavic 2 Zoom is probably the best Mavic for most people. The Mavic 2 series of drones are slightly larger than the originals and they offer longer flight times (33 minutes) and range (8000 meters). The Zoom is the least expensive of the new models, and the first consumer drone to offer optical zoom.

The camera on the Mavic 2 Zoom is a major upgrade over the original, with 100 Mbps bitrate and great performance throughout the zoom range. The ability to zoom up to 4X when recording video adds an element of creativity that you cannot find on other drones. The Mavic 2 Zoom is the best drone for most people.

Mavic 2 Pro ($1449)

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The Mavic 2 Pro has the best camera of all of the Mavic models.

The Mavic 2 Pro is identical to the Mavic 2 Zoom with the exception of the camera. DJI developed the Mavic 2 Pro camera with famous camera maker Hasselblad. It carries an impressive 1-inch sensor that is capable of incredible 10-bit color. This camera is spectacular and is the best option for any professional photographer that needs a portable drone. While the DJI Phantom 4 camera is still the best we have tested, the Mavic 2 Pro camera is still something special. The colors, dynamic range, and gimbal stability are second-to-none.

Mavic 2 Enterprise ($1999)

dji mavic 2 vs mavic 1

This Mavic 2 Enterprise is utilizing the spotlight module.

The Mavic 2 Enterprise is a Mavic 2 Zoom with the ability to carry small modules for very specific purposes. This is the Swiss Army knife of compact enterprise drones. The Mavic 2 Enterprise currently comes with three modules: a beacon, flashlight, and a speaker. The Mavic 2 Enterprise is the most versatile Mavic DJI has ever created.

DJI and its partners are developing other modules to use with it and increase its capabilities. It is best utilized by first responders, search and rescue teams, and for other specialized applications. If you need a Mavic that needs to fly day or night or you have very specific needs then the Mavic 2 Enterprise is your best option.

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