List of DJI Drones
DJI is one of the most popular names in the drones industry. The Chinese company was founded in 2006 and has since grown into a consumer tech giant. It sells drones that cover the entire spectrum of applications, from consumer drones to professional drones to even agriculture drones. The company sells drone cameras, gimbals, and all other supporting drone accessories as well.
Whether you are a professional photographer, a hobbyist, or even a teenager, DJI has a drone for you. People of all budgets, experience levels, and intended use cases can find a DJI drone that fits their preference and purpose. DJI drones cover a wide variety of price levels as well.
Since there are so many DJI drones available in the market, it can be quite overwhelming for someone to pick one. Some drones are new or current models while some have been discontinued. To help prospective buyers get familiarized with DJI’s drone lineup, we decided to create a list of the current most popular DJI drones.
We hope that this list will give you a glimpse into what each drone is about and how it is priced. It will help you shortlist a few drones for your specific needs and enable you to evaluate the value that each drone offers you.
The DJI Spark is a mini drone that can literally fit in your palm. You can take-off and land the drone from your palm. The DJI Spark weighs only 300 grams and measures 143X143X55 mm. It has some interesting flight modes which can take selfies, circle around objects, and create cinematic effects. This drone is no longer in production according to DJI’s website but you can buy one on Amazon for less than $400. It is one of the cheapest DJI drones available.
If you like compact drones, then the DJI Mavic Mini is another great option. It is in production and costs $399. It weighs only 249 grams, which is less than the weight of the DJI Spark. The Mavic Mini has a flight time of 30 minutes, 4km of video transmission range, and 2.7k video resolution capability. The maximum flight speed is about 44.7 mph.
There are no collision sensors as the DJI Mavic Mini is an entry-level drone. However, its sub-250g weight means that it gets exempted from registration fees that are to be paid otherwise. The casual user will find the features of the DJI Mavic Mini to be fairly adequate.
One of the best-selling DJI drones is the Mavic 2 Pro. It has a good set of features which meets the requirements of a wide range of users. The Mavic 2 Pro can record 4K video, has a 20MP camera, and omni-directional obstacle sensing. It weighs 907 grams and measures 214×91×84 mm.
A 31 minute flight time is in line with the best consumer drones available in the market. The maximum flight speed is 44.7 mph and the price is $1400. The Mavic 2 Pro is for travelers, semi-professional users, and anyone who is serious enough about photography to invest more than a grand on a drone.
The Mavic 2 Zoom is quite similar to the Mavic 2 Pro. The maximum speed and the flight time are the same as the Mavic 2 Pro. The Mavic 2 Zoom can also film 4K video and has an omni-directional obstacle sensing system, just like the Mavic 2 Pro.
The big difference in the Mavic 2 Zoom is its camera. It has 2X optical zoom, a Dolly Zoom feature in which the subject stays the same but the background can become narrower or wider, and a SuperRes feature which stitches together 9 pictures to create a 48 MP picture. All the other camera parameters as well as the image sensor are slightly below the level of the parameters found in the Mavic 2 Pro. The Mavic 2 Zoom is priced at $1169 which is lower than the price of the Mavic 2 Pro.
The DJI Mavic Air 2 is the second-generation version of the Mavic Air. This series consists of drones that are compact, foldable, and yet have a solid set of performance metrics. The Mavic Air 2 can fly for a maximum of 34 minutes, take 48 MP photos, shoot 4K video, and has a 10km video transmission range.
The drone weighs 570 grams and measures 180X97X84 mm. It has forward, backward, and downward sensing. The maximum speed is a bit on the lower side at 42.5 mph. Best of all, the price is only $799. It is a sub-1000 dollar drone with some impressive specifications.
Though not in production, the DJI Mavic Pro can be bought online for around $900. It is the older version of the Mavic 2 Pro. It is, in fact, the very first drone of the Mavic series. It can capture 4K video and has a flight time of 27 minutes. It weighs 734 grams and has dimensions of 198X83X83 mm.
The camera can take 12 MP pictures and has 7km of video transmission range. The top flight speed is 40.38 mph and there is only a forward obstacle sensing sensor. The specifications are obviously inferior to the newer drones. But, because the Mavic Pro is an older model, its price is lower and you can save some money if you do not want to spend more than a thousand dollars on a new performance drone.
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is an advanced model of the 4th generation Phantom 4 series. It has all the signature technologies of DJI such as obstacle sensors, Lightbridge connectivity (Pro V2 has the newer OcuSync system), 4K video, and a 3-axis gimbal.
The Phantom 4 Pro has a maximum flight speed of 45 mph and a flight time of 30 minutes. It weighs about 1388 grams and measures 289.5×289.5×196 mm. The drone also has forward, backward, and side sensors. And yes, you can film 4K video on the Phantom 4 Pro. You can buy the Phantom 4 Pro online for about $1400.
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is very similar to the DJI Phantom 4 Pro. It weighs slightly less at 1375 grams. Its video transmission range is 8km rather than the Phantom 4’s 7km. The one big difference is the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0’s OcuSync transmission technology that allows DJI Googles to link up with the drone.
The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is also much quieter than its predecessor. The forward and backward sensors have an enhanced range of 30 meters rather than 10 meters. The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is priced at $1419.
DJI Phantom 4 Advanced
The DJI Phantom 4 Advanced is similar to the Phantom 4 Pro. It has a 20 MP camera and can film 4K videos. The Phantom 4 Advanced does not have the back and side sensors that the Phantom 4 Pro has. The Phantom 4 Advanced is the lightest among the 3 Phantom 4 drones that we have listed here. It weighs 1368 grams. The price is the biggest difference. The Phantom 4 Advanced costs $1199 while the Phantom 4 Pro costs $1400.
The Inspire series is DJI’s professional drone series. Its most recognizable feature is the removable camera assembly. That effectively allows the user to choose between the Zenmuse X5S and X7. The Inspire 2 is fast and can hit a top speed of 58 mph.
Being heavy on performance hardware, the drone weighs 4250 grams. It measures 530X470X210 mm. To carry its bulky body, the drone uses 2 batteries that deliver 27 minutes of maximum flight time. The Inspire 2 can film 6K (or 5.2K depending on the format chosen) video and has the ability to record in Cinema DNG and Apple ProRes formats.
Interestingly, the Inspire 2 has forward, downward, and upward obstacle sensing sensors. So, you can use this drone indoors and outdoors with reasonable confidence. Intelligent filming modes like TapFly and Active Track can aid in delivering professional-grade cinematography. The Inspire 2 will cost you $3299, which isn’t cheap because of the professional-level specifications.