Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec this week launched an all-new consumer drone, the Mantis Q.
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?
|DJI MAVIC AIR||DJI MAVIC PRO||DJI SPARK||
YUNEEC MANTIS Q
|Flight Time||21 minutes||27 minutes||16 minutes||33 minutes|
|Max Video Resolution||4K @30 fps||4K @30 fps||1080p||4K @30fps|
|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.
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.
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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.
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!