Eachine EX4 a good Mavic Mini alternative?

Eachine EX4

With GPS positioning system, 4K camera and foldable design, the Eachine EX4 could be a good alternative for the Mavic Mini. Besides the similar specs, the EX4 Aurora is advertised for half of the price of DJI’s most portable drone.

For stable hovering (indoor and outdoor), both drones features GPS positioning combined with optical/vision positioning. Also, for super smooth videos, both cameras have 3-axis mechanical stabilization.

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While the Eachine EX4 is powered by a 3S/2400mAh battery and has a 25 minutes flight time, the Mavic Arya has a smaller battery (2S/2600mAh), but longer flight time (30 minutes).

Eachine EX4 Aurora highlights

  • Compact size with foldable arms;
  • Stable hovering (GPS + Optical-Flow + Ultra-Sonic + Barometer positioning);
  • 4K Camera (1920×1080 video and 4096×3072 photo resolution);
  • 3-axis mechanical gimbal; 
  • Remote camera angle adjustment;
  • 5G WiFi real-time image transmission;
  • Up to 1200 meters and 1000m FPV range;
  • About 25 minutes flight time.

Eachine EX4 vs DJI Mavic Mini

  Eachine EX4 DJI Mavic Mini
Folded size (L×W×H) 177x196x70mm 140×82×57 mm
Weight 437g 249g
Satellite positioning  GPS GPS + GLONASS
Indoor Positioning Optical-Flow + Ultra-Sonic Vision Positioning (3 sensors)
Camera 4K 2.7K
Gimbal 3-axis 3-axis
Bit rate 8Mbps 40Mbps
Image sensor 1/3.2 CMOS 1/2.3” CMOS
FPV range 1KM 4KM-FCC or 2K-CE
RTH Yes Yes
Battery capacity 3S/2400mAh 2S/2600mAh
Flight time 25 minutes 30 minutes
Price $209.99 $399

Conclusions

IMHO, despite its much friendly price tag and 4K camera, the Eachine EX4 can’t be a real alternative for the MINI. It is over 250 grams so will require FAA registration while range and battery life are shorter than the MINI has.

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