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Yuneec Mantis Q vs. DJI Spark, Mavic Pro and Mavic Air: which is the best for the money?

Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec this week launched an all-new consumer drone, the Mantis Q.

The $499 drone resembles the DJI Mavic and Spark drones with its small, foldable design. But it has one feature that DJI’s drones don’t have: voice-control.

While DJI dominates the drone market on all fronts, Yuneec has remained the most notable competitor in disrupting DJI’s monopoly over the past few years. So does the Mantis Q stand a chance against DJI’s large lineup of consumer drones?

Here’s a detailed breakdown on how the Yuneec Mantis Q stacks up v.s the DJI Mavic Pro, Mavic Air and Spark drones.

DJI MAVIC AIR DJI MAVIC PRO DJI SPARK
YUNEEC MANTIS Q
Price $799 $999 $399 $499
Flight Time 21 minutes 27 minutes 16 minutes 33 minutes
Max Video Resolution 4K @30 fps 4K @30 fps 1080p 4K @30fps
Design Foldable Foldable Small Foldable
Longest side (folded) 6.6 inches 7.8 inches 5.6 inches 6.6 inches
Longest side (unfolded) 7.2 inches 12 inches 5.6 inches 9.8 inches
Weight 0.9 pounds 1.6 pounds 0.6 pounds 1.05 pounds
Obstacle Sensing Forward and backward Forward Forward None
Control modes Gesture, Mobile Device and Remote Controller Mobile Device and Remote Controller Gesture, Mobile Device and Remote Controller
Gesture, Mobile Device, Remote Controller and Voice Control
Interal Storage 8 GB None None None
ISO range 100 – 1600 100 – 3200 100 – 3200 100 – 3200

The most standout difference with the Yuneec Mantis Q is the flight time — a whopping 33 minutes — twice the DJI Spark’s 16 minutes and still more than even the DJI Mavic Pro’s 27 minutes. That alone could make the Mantis Q worth it for some drone shoppers.

yuneec mantis q battery 33 minutes life

This little battery supplies the Yuneec Mantis Q with a whopping 33 minutes of flight time.

As far as size and portability, the Yuneec Mantis Q looks to be larger similar to DJI’s competitors — with its size mostly comparable to the DJI Mavic Air. I do love how much smaller the Mavic Air (and Mantis Q) is than the Mavic Pro, but since all of them are so small and portable, I don’t find one to be more of a dealbreaker than the other.

The Mantis Q costs $499 — making it more than the DJI Spark, but less than the Mavic line of drones. So is it worth it?

Mantis Q vs. DJI: how its features do (and don’t) stack up

The Mantis Q doesn’t have any obstacle avoidance. Sensors are expensive, which makes sense why the Mantis Q is so much cheaper than the Mavic drones. But the Spark does have one sensor on the front, which may make it tough to justify paying more for the Mantis Q.

The Mantis Q does have one feature that none of DJI’s drones to date have: voice control. Personally, I’m not too excited about this feature. I’m not sure it actually solves any real issues, and it just adds a further layer of complication to already complicated software.

Mantis Q vs DJI: camera

Out of these 4 drones, the Mantis Q is the cheapest of the drones to have 4K. The DJI Spark only has a 1080p max video resolution; for videographers on a budget where 4K is imperative, the Mantis Q could prove to be the best bet.

DJI Mavic Air vs. Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic Pro vs. Mavic Air

Mantis Q vs DJI: which should I buy?

If you are simply looking for the best drone for the money, based on specs alone, the DJI Mavic Air still seems to be the best bet. It’s more affordable than the Mavic Pro, but offers many legitimately useful features , like internal storage (so the drone records your video footage in case you don’t have a memory card), and forward and backward obstacle avoidance.

However, it is still significantly more expensive than the Yuneec Mantis Q. For the frugal dronie, the Yuneec Mantis Q could be an enticing proposition.

Which drone do YOU think is best? Leave a comment below!

 

One Comment

  • Chad McFadden says:

    Own both a Yuneec Typhoon 4k and DJI Spark. The Mantis Q interests me if it is not as tied into DJI’s network linked backend potential, particularly geolocation autodefeat.

    I fly in a region with truly massive NFZ overlays (national and regional such as local airports) and using apps locals obey the restrictions – which do not always correspond with DJI’s automatic no fly shutdowns. And as per US Army, am still leery of DJI data reach back to Chinese servers.

    By all means fly responsibly and obey restrictions. I don’t care for DJI’s parentalism and potential reporting back to Chinese servers if I can avoid it. If the Mantis Q is close spec-wise and is less invasive, interested.

    A shame Yuneec laid off so many US workers. Their customer service in the past was truly outstanding and a major selling point as well.

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