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.
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|
|Satellite positioning||GPS||GPS + GLONASS|
|Indoor Positioning||Optical-Flow + Ultra-Sonic||Vision Positioning (3 sensors)|
|Image sensor||1/3.2 CMOS||1/2.3” CMOS|
|FPV range||1KM||4KM-FCC or 2K-CE|
|Flight time||25 minutes||30 minutes|
Price & availability
Now, during Black Friday sales you can get this GPS enabled 4K drone for only $209.99 (with 20% off) from Banggood. This price includes all you need to fly right out the box (remote controller, 2 spare props, flight battery and charger). Furthermore, you will get a nice storage bag. There is also “fly-more” combo pack with 3 flight batteries for $279.99. Using this BGEX412 coupon code you can have 12% additional discount!
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.