DJI Mini 3 Pro vs Mavic 2 Pro [Table comparisons]

DJI is, arguably, the best company currently producing consumer-level drones. Recently they released the DJI Mavic 3 Pro, and you may be wondering what the main differences are between this drone and other popular DJI drones. In this article, I will discuss the differences between the DJI mini 3 Pro and Mavic 2 Pro. The drone flying community and hobby flyers have received these very popular models well received.

The DJI Mini 3 Pro is the best option if you want a small, affordable drone with long flight times and portrait photos and videos. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro has a slight advantage with Gimbal controllable range and upwards obstacle sensing.

Here is a quick decision graphic if you are looking for a summary of the main pros of each drone.

Mini 3 Pro vs Mavic 2 Pro - Cheat sheet

the DJI mini 3 Pro is packed with an incredible amount of technology in a very small form factor. It brings all of the larger drones’ best aspects, such as obstacle sensing and high-resolution video, in a very small 249 g package.

The DJI mini 3 Pro camera can also turn vertically to capture mobile first images.

The Mavic 2 Pro is a fantastic older drone with a maximum flight time of 31 minutes and a Hasselblad camera. The professional camera means you can capture gorgeous 20-megapixel aerial shots in stunning colour detail. It stands up to the modern and more recent drones very well.

Here is everything you need to know about comparing the DJI mini 3 Pro versus Mavic 2 Pro. I have tabulated each important specification against each others.

Aircraft comparison

The drone’s physical size and performance are crucial when deciding on the best drone for you. If you want a smaller drone to get around some of the red tape associated with flying drones at less than 250 g, the Mini 3 Pro is certainly the best option.

However, with a much larger drone, you get stronger motors and a higher speed.

SpecMini Pro 3Mavic 2 ProTLDR
Take off weight< 249 g907 gThe mini Pro 3 is much lighter
DimensionsFolded: 145×90×62 mm Unfolded: 171×245×62 mm Unfolded (with propellers): 251×362×70 mmFolded:
214×91×84 mm (length×width×height)
Unfolded:
322×242×84 mm (length×width×height)  
The mini 3 Pro is much smaller
Max Flight Time (no wind)34 mins (with Intelligent Flight Battery and measured while flying at 21.6 kph in windless conditions) 47 mins (with Intelligent Flight Battery Plus31 minutes (at a consistent 25 kph)The mini Pro 3 has a better maximum flight time
Max Hovering Time (no wind)30 mins (with Intelligent Flight Battery) 40 mins (with Intelligent Flight Battery Plus)29 minutesThe mini Pro 3 is 10 minutes longer flight with intelligent flight battery
Max Flight Distance (no wind)18 km (with Intelligent Flight Battery) 25 km (with Intelligent Flight Battery Plus)18 km (at a consistent 50 kph)The same
Max Flight Speed (near sea level, no wind)16 m/s (S Mode) 10 m/s (N Mode) 6 m/s (C Mode)20 kph (S-mode)Higher speed with the Mavic 2 Pro
Max Wind Speed Resistance10.7 m/s10.6 m/sEqual

The mini 3 Pro can have much larger flying times because it weighs significantly less, and the batteries are lighter and can carry a significant amount of charge. However, if you want a faster drone and a more stable drone in the air, the Mavic 2 Pro is a better option.

A larger drone will result in more stable flying in windy conditions. The extra stability comes from the extra weight and motor power.

Camera

Many buy a drone to take advantage of the unique aerial vantage point to capture aerial photos and video.

You cannot hot swap the cameras of these drones; therefore, the hardware that gets carried is very important.

Here is every important feature of the camera compared.

SpecMini 3 ProMavic 2 ProTLDR
Sensor1/1.3-inch CMOS Effective Pixels: 48 MP1″ CMOS
Effective Pixels: 20 million
Mavic 2 Pro is bigger
LensFOV: 82.1° Format Equivalent: 24 mm Aperture: f/1.7 Focus Range: 1 m to ∞FOV: about 77°
35 mm Format Equivalent: 28 mm
Aperture: f/2.8–f/11
Shooting Range: 1 m to ∞
Larger aperture range with the Mavic 2 Pro.
ISO RangeVideo: 100-6400 (Auto), 100-6400 (Manual) Photo: 100-6400 (Auto), 100-6400 (Manual)Video:
100-6400
Photo:
100-3200 (auto)
100-12800 (manual)
Larger iso range with the Mavic 2 Pro
Still Image Size4:3: 8064×6048 (48 MP), 4032×3024 (12 MP) 16:9: 4032×2268 (12 MP)5472×3648More options with the mini 3 Pro
Video Resolution4K: 3840×[email protected]/25/30/48/50/60fps 2.7K: 2720×[email protected]/25/30/48/50/60fps FHD: 1920×[email protected]/25/30/48/50/60fps Slow Motion: 1920×[email protected]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
More frame rate options with the mini 3 Pro in 4K
Digital Zoom4K: 2x 2.7K: 3x FHD: 4x        NoneDigital Zoom only available in the newer drone

In terms of the camera, the newer drone (mini 3 Pro) wins in almost every regard. However, if you are doing a lot of low-light photography, the increased manual iso range of the Mavic 2 Pro may be better for you.

There are a few more options with the older Mavic 2 Pro drone camera settings. However, the digital Zoom is very impressive in the newer mini 3 Pro.

Gimbal

Ensuring that the Gimbal has 3-a stabilization xis and can handle a lot of instability during the flight means that the photos and videos will be good for professional use. There’s nothing worse than pushing the capture button and receiving a blurry video or photo.

Here is everything you need to know about the two gimbals of the mini 3 Pro versus the Mavic 2 Pro

SpecMini 3 ProMavic 2 ProTLDR
Stabilization3-axis mechanical gimbal (tilt, roll, and pan)3-axis (tilt, roll, pan)Equal
Mechanical RangeTilt: -135° to 80° Roll: -135° to 45° Pan: -30° to 30°Tilt: -135–45° Pan: -100–100°The mechanical range is better in the pan range in the Mavic 2 Pro
Max Controllable Speed (tilt)100°/s120° /sFaster maximum speed in the Mavic 2 Pro
Controllable RangeTilt: -90° to 60° Roll: -90° or 0°Tilt: -90–30° Pan: -75–75°Mini 3 Pro is better for vertical video, and the Mavic 2 Pro is better for panning shots

The biggest difference in these drones in terms of the Gimbal is that you can tilt the full camera to portrait mode in the Mini 3 Pro. This aspect is perfect if a lot of your content is on social media and consumed by people on their mobile phones.

On the other hand, the Mavic 2 Pro has a -75 to 75° pan controllable range, which is not available on the mini 3 Pro. Framing your standard (non-vertical) shots would be much easier with the Mavic 2 Pro.

Sensors

Keeping your drone as safe as possible during its flight is very important, and that is why you need to look at the sensing system that comes with a drone. I have flown my drone in various conditions, and the sensing system has saved me multiple times from colliding with trees, buildings, and people.

While you are busy looking down at the screen, you can sometimes forget that the drone is in a 3D environment, and the sensing system will give you an extra piece of mind and stop you from hitting overhanging branches or obstacles.

SpecMini Pro 3Mavic 2 Pro TLDR
ForwardPrecision Measurement Range: 0.39-25 m Effective Sensing Speed: Flight speed <10 m/s FOV: Horizontal 106°, Vertical 90°Precision Measurement Range: 0.5 – 20 m
Detectable Range: 20 – 40 m
Effective Sensing Speed: ≤ 14m/s
FOV: Horizontal: 40°, Vertical: 70°
Both will keep you safe
BackwardPrecision Measurement Range: 0.36-23.4 m Effective Sensing Speed: Flight speed <10 m/s FOV: Horizontal 58°, Vertical 73°Precision Measurement Range: 0.5 – 16 m Detectable Range: 16 – 32 m Effective Sensing Speed: ≤ 12m/s FOV: Horizontal: 60°, Vertical: 77°Both will keep you safe
DownwardPrecision Measurement Range: 0.15-9 m Precise Hovering Range: 0.5-12 m Vision Sensor Hovering Range: 0.5-30 m Effective Sensing Speed: Flight speed <3 m/s FOV: Forward/Backward 104.8°, Left/Right 87.6°Precision Measurement Range: 0.5 – 11 m Detectable Range: 11 – 22 mBoth will keep you safe
UpwardNonePrecision Measurement Range: 0.1 – 8 mUpwards available in the Mavic 2 Pro

Ultimately, the two drones will be very safe. However, if you are performing shots in many areas with overhanging obstacles that you will be getting under, the upward obstacle avoidance the DJI Mavic 2 Pro will be a better fit for your needs.

Battery

Drones achieve longer and longer flight times due to their advanced battery systems. DJI has continued to push the limits of what is capable and possible for consumer-level drones with the DJI Mini 3 Pro. It has a fantastic lifespan and even the regular intelligent battery is much more capable than previous versions of the mini.

SpecMini 3 ProMavic 2 ProTLDR
Capacity2453 mAh (3850 mAh)3850 mAhLarger capacity found in the Mavic 2 Pro
Battery TypeLi-ionLiPo 4SLithium polymer battery requires much more rigourous maintenance
Weight80.5 g297 gMavic 3 Pro battery is lighter.

Both batteries are more than capable of powering your drone efficiently and safely. However, the older technology in the Mavic 2 Pro is lithium polymer which requires more rigorous maintenance than a lithium-ion battery. I have not had any issue with my original DJI Mavic air over many years with a lithium polymer battery. Still, if you regularly expose your drone to hot temperatures, it may be worth avoiding this technology and opting for the newer drone.

Summary

Both drones are powerhouses, but the newer DJI Mini 3 Pro offers a lot more technology and capability packed into a smaller form factor.

If you are a professional photographer and need extra controllable range in your gimbal and take photographs in a lowlight setting that requires a much higher iso setting, you may find that the Mavic 2 Pro is a better fit for your use case.

The Author

Dr Andrew Stapleton is a writer and YouTuber with a PhD in science. His drone footage has been featured on TV and he has written and/or produced videos for Science Alert, COSMOS magazine, and Australia's Science Channel among others. He has been a drone pilot for many years and has flown many types of drones. His favourite is still the DJI Mavic Air for the portability and functionality packed into a small and portable drone!