When it comes to drones, there are a few brands that stand out from the rest. DJI and Autel are two of the most popular drone brands on the market. Both brands offer a variety of drone models to choose from, but how do their newest models compare? In this article, we’ll take a look at the DJI MINI 2 and the Autel NANO+ to see how they stack up against each other.
DJI Mini 2 vs Autel Nano+
These drones are well-engineered and lightweight, thanks to their foldable design.
Both drones are lightweight and small, making them an ideal choice to transport around.
Nano Plus is slightly heavier because it has a heavier battery and more sensors.
The Nano drone is available in four colors, including Autel’s distinctive bright orange, unlike previous Autel drones.
The drones are level 5 wind resistant, which means they can be used in windy conditions (around 19 mph).
Both controllers have vastly different looks. The Mini 2 has a larger and more boxy controller, while the Nano Plus has one that is more like a video game controller.
Both drones have long-range transmission technology, which allows users to control them from approximately 10 km in good weather without obstruction.
The range of the drone may not be as important as it seems, as many countries require that you keep it within your visual line.
The camera is the most important feature of any drone. This is what most people will compare when they are comparing the two drones.
The Autel Nano Plus (and Nano) has a superior camera and is the best drone for photography.
The Nano Plus camera is a great choice for photographers.
According to Digital Photography School, a large image sensor is essential in photography because it will enhance the overall quality of the image.
Nano Plus features a 1/1.35 CMOS Sensor with a 23mm Lens, f/1.9 fixed aperture, and an 85deg FOV. The Nano Plus’s larger sensor, along with its wider aperture range and ISO high ISO, allows it to capture higher quality images even in low light environments.
Autel’s camera comes with an RYYB filter, which is a major selling point.
RB filters claim to capture more light, which in turn means that the camera can produce better images with more detail, especially in low-light situations. However, Asmara says this claim has yet to be independently confirmed.
The Nano Plus’ 50MP sensor can take higher resolution images, but there is no doubt about that.
The camera can capture images in JPEG and DNG RAW formats. It also has HDR support.
Dual focus technology makes it possible to capture moving subjects. The camera also features 16x digital zoom.
You can capture video footage in 4k at 30fps or 2.7k at 30fps and 1080p at sixty fps. There is also the option to record in HDR, but it doesn’t have as much dynamic range as a 10-bit log video.
It can encode videos in H.264 or H.265 and has a maximum bitrate of 100Mbps.
Although there is no internal storage, the memory card slot can hold up to 256GB.
The Mini 2 is still a great camera, even though its specs aren’t as impressive.
It features a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor and a fixed aperture. The FOV is 83deg.
This camera is capable of capturing 12MP images. It also has multiple photography modes, including AEB, that will enable you to capture HDR images.
There are many photography modes, including interval, burst and panorama.
Videos can be recorded at 4k at 30fps or 2.7k at 60fps, or 1080p at 60fps. The maximum bitrate is 100Mbps.
The drone comes with 8GB of internal storage. However, it can expand this to 256GB using its memory card slot.
The Nano Plus and Mini 2 have three flight modes: positional, sports, and tripod. (The Nano drone is known by different names).
The default mode is the positional mode (or standard on the Nano), and all features, including intelligent flight modes, are available in this mode. The tripod mode works exactly like the positional mode, except that the drone’s speed is restricted to 13 mph for the Mini 2 and 11 on the Nano Plus.
The controls in sports mode are more sensitive, and intelligent flight modes are available. In sport mode, drones can reach maximum speeds of 35 mph on the Mini 2 and 29 at the Nano Plus.
If there is no GPS signal, the drones will go into altitude mode and disable their vision systems. This mode is the most difficult to use and should be avoided by beginners.
QuickShot mode is available on both drones. These are pre-programmed flight modes that allow users to quickly capture cinematic video footage hands-free.
You can activate the automatic return to home feature by using the app or controller. This feature is activated when the drone is out of range.
Autel Nano also includes intelligent features such as active track, orbit mode, and obstacle avoidance system.
Although the obstacle avoidance system is a great addition, it can only stop a few meters from any obstacle. It also does not have the ability to maneuver around obstacles. This is similar to the Hubsan Zio Mini’s obstacle-avoidance system. While it is a great feature, many people wish it had an active track. The active track allows the drone to automatically follow you or another object and avoids any obstacles.
The flight time is where the Mini 2 holds an advantage. It has a flight time of 31 minutes and the Nano takes 28 minutes. Both drones will give you less flight time than stated because they were flight times that were achieved under perfect conditions.
Avoiding obstacles can be a sensitive topic in the drone community. Some say that if you’re a competent pilot, it shouldn’t matter if it’s there.
The Autel Evo Nano, which is the only drone in its weight category, includes obstacle avoidance. The Nano uses front, back, and down sensors to automatically brake when it detects an obstacle. This will save you from potential heart-brake (and drone brake) in the future.
The aperture of your lens is important for night shots, sunsets, and shady forest photos. The Nano+’s f1.9 aperture is superior to the Mini 2 and Mini 2 which have decent f2.8 apertures. The Nano+’s f1.9 aperture will allow in significant amounts of light and improve low-light performance.
It’s an even split when it comes to image transmission systems, with a range between 6.2 and 6.3 miles. This long-range, combined with the approximately half-hour flight time, opens up the possibility for exploration and experimentation.
The image quality is one of the biggest differences between these drones. The Mini 2 is blown away by the Autel Evo Nano (plus and regular). The Nano Plus’s 50MP image resolution is more than four times that of the DJI Mini 2’s 12MP sensor. Autel has chosen DNG file formats instead of RAW, which can be a difference depending on the software you use to edit images.
Each drone has its own smart features, such as Smart Return Home (DJI) and One-Key Return(Autel) which bring the drones back safely at the touch of one button.
The DJI mini two also features wide panorama shots (180o, sphere), auto-editing, hovering precision, and automatic takeoff.