Wondering which drone is better, the Parrot ANAFI Thermal Vs DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual? Read on to find out all the key features that will help you decide.
Two remarkable drone models championed by Parrot and DJI have taken the drone market into the storm. These drone models mark a significant development in drone technology as they sport some unprecedented technical specifications that drone lovers have been waiting for so long.
In both Parrot ANAFI Thermal and DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual drone models, aerial thermal imagery is an accessible and inexpensive option.
DJI’s Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual is a development over its predecessor Mavic 2 Enterprise and in this make, the standard payload is swapped for thermal and visual cameras side-by-side.
Soon after this release, Parrot brought out its ANAFI Thermal, a portable thermal drone that caters to the needs of the same market.
Their capabilities in thermal imagery are highly sought after by search and rescue squads, first responders, inspections teams and other entities that expect to capture thermal imagery from above.
In both these drone models, we find FLIR’s Lepton 3.5 thermal imaging unit (miniature) in addition to the standard type of cameras.
Looking at their competing features, drone enthusiasts are nearly driven mad when they confront the question of choosing the right one for their unique needs. It is therefore highly necessary to understand how these drone models compare with each other.
I have approached this comparison to help you choose the right one to meet your expectations. Especially if you wish to invest in a drone for thermal imagery purposes, you will find this post very useful.
Parrot ANAFI Thermal Vs DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual
Parrot ANAFI Thermal Vs DJI Mavic 2
The table below lists some key specifications in these two drone models and compares them. Following that, you will find a breakdown of the important differences you need to understand in detail.
|Parrot ANAFI Thermal Specifications||DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Specifications|
|Equipment Weight||315 grams||899 grams|
|Flight time||26 minutes||31 Minutes (if the speed is maintained consistently at 15 mph)|
|Range Capacity||4,000m (2.5miles)||8,000 m (4.9 miles)|
|Max Speed||34 mph||44 mph (S-mode, when it is not windy)|
|Max Speed during ascent||4 m/s||5 m/s in sport mode. 4 m/s in standard mode|
|Max Speed during descent||4 m/s||3 m/s|
|Key Safety Systems||Return to home function|
|DJI’s Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS)Return to home function|
DJI AirSenseOmnidirectional Obstacle Sensing: left/right, up/down, and forward/backward.
|Price||$1,900/ €1,900||$2,699 / €2,899|
|Video Recording capabilities||Video format: MP4 (H264)|
HDR: 4K UHD, 2.7K and 1080p videos
|4K Ultra HD：3840×2160 30p. 2.7K：2688×1512 30p|
FHD: 1920×1080 30p
|Standard Camera||Sony® CMOS HDR sensor 1/2.4’’ 21MP|
ASPH wide-angle lens f/2.4
23-69mm (photo), 26-78mm (video) in 35mm equivalent focal length
Lossless zoom x2.8 (x3 in standard mode)
|Sensor: 1/2.3″ CMOS, 12 MP FOV: approx 85° Format Equivalent: 24mm Aperture: f/2.8 Autofocus at: 0.5m|
|Thermal Camera Features||FLIR’s Lepton 3.5 miniature thermal camera.Sensor resolution: 160×120HFOV: 57°Pixel pitch: 12µmSpectral band: 8-14µmThermal sensitivity: <50mK (0.050°C)Photo format: JPEGPhoto resolution: 3264×2448 (4/3)Photo modes: Single / Time-lapse / GPS LapseVideo format: MP4 (H264)Video recording resolution: 1440×1080, 9fpsPrecision: ±5% max.(High-gain) or ±10% max.(Low-gain)Scene Dynamic Range: -10° to +140°C (High-gain) or -10° to +400°C (Low-gain)Video: MP4||FLIR’s Lepton 3.5 miniature thermal camera.Sensor resolution: 160×120HFOV: 57°Pixel pitch: 12µmSpectral band: 8-14µmThermal sensitivity: <50mK (0.050°C)Photo format: JPEGPhoto resolution: 3264×2448 (4/3)Photo modes: Single / Time-lapse / GPS LapseVideo format: MP4 (H264)Video recording resolution: 1440×1080, 9fpsPrecision: ±5% max.(High-gain) or ±10% max.(Low-gain)Scene Dynamic Range: -10° to +140°C (High-gain) or -10° to +400°C (Low-gain)Video: MP4|
|Zoom Functions||Digital Zoom|
Lossless: up to x2.8 (FHD), up to x1.9 (2.7K), up to x1.4 (4K UHD)
Standard: up to x3 (all resolutions)
|Thermal Features||Three main thermal features are incorporated using FLIR’s technology:Relative: the scene is colored with a gradient color scale from the coldest temperature on the scene to the hottest. This group displays the full extent of temperature differences. Absolute: the user manually chooses the temperature range of the color gradient to highlight specific areas.Spot: this mode is useful to identify thermal anomalies instantly. The hottest or the coldest spots are only isolated.||Multispectral dynamic imaging –high-fidelity, visible light embossed in real time onto the thermal imagery to enhance the quality of visual details. Spot Meter – Displays the average temperature of the given object, and helps pilots monitor and measure hazardous or critical objects. Area Measurement – Displays the average, lowest, and highest temperature, and the locations corresponding to each areaIsotherm – Lets the pilots designate specific temperature ranges that can be displayed using a custom color palette so objects within the range relay higher contrast and better visibility.|
|Battery Charging Duration||105 minutes||90 minutes|
|Base Package Items||1 ANAFI Thermal drone|
1 Parrot Skycontroller 3
3 smart batteries
1 shoulder bag
1 multi-port USB charger
1 tablet holder
8 spare propeller blades
1 16 GB microSD card
4 USB-A/USB-C cables
| Mavic aircraft, a remote controller, one self-heating battery, Mavic 2 Enterprise Spotlight,|
Mavic 2 Enterprise Loudspeaker, Mavic 2 Enterprise Beacon and a protector case with flight tools
|Image stabilization component||3-axis gimbal||3-axis gimbal|
|Internal Storage||N/A (16GB SD Card Provided)||24 GB|
|Dimensions at flight||218x69x64 mm||322×242×84 mm|
|Dimensions when folded||241x315x64 mm||214×91×84 mm|
|Other very useful features||The camera can tilt 180 degrees horizontally during inspections of structures underneath. The battery can be charged via USB cable. Digital lossless zoom.||Accessories can be interchanged. Excellent obstacle avoidance.|
How Do Their Thermal Capabilities Compare
Both Parrot ANAFI Thermal and DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual have the same type of FLIR’s miniature thermal camera. Therefore, in terms of their thermal capability, they are fully like each other.
Therefore, the points compared between these models must now focus on how the technology is applied in these models and how easily their top features come to use.
Most pilots find Parrot’s Free flight application work intuitively and easy to navigate. More inputs are needed on this aspect from Enterprise Dual users in order to understand this.
Where The Parrot ANAFI Thermal Is The Winner
The Parrot ANAFI Thermal has quite many distinguishing features in its build.
Beginners will find its lightweight a tempting advantage. Hence, it is more portable than DJI’s Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual. Due to its lightweight, ANAFI Thermal can continue to fly for 26-minutes.
Though the thermal cameras in both these models are just the same, there is something to be said about their standard camera.
In Parrot ANAFI Thermal, the standard camera is capable of capturing more details and also has lossless zoom, which can come to the aid of rescue teams during crucial times.
One final feature in ANAFI Thermal that has commanded the inspection teams’ attention is the camera that has a highly flexible tilting angle all the way up. Therefore, the crews using it can fly the drone underneath structures and inspect the surfaces above the drone’s flight.
When it comes to price, the ANAFI Thermal is $700 cheaper than the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual. This drone also comes with two extra batteries offered as part of the base package. This is equivalent to an hour of extra flight time in total.
No commercial operator can manage to be in the field without spare batteries. Therefore, if you have to choose DJI in place of Parrot, you must add up $100+ for each extra battery you wish to buy with the drone. This will mean your spending is bound to go still up while choosing DJI.
ANAFI sports light and compact construction since it is 1.3lbs lighter than Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual. In terms of flight time, DJI can fly for a bit longer 31 minutes as against the 26 minutes flight time of Parrot.
ANAFI can easily switch between 4K HD video, RGB, and thermal imaging view enabled by the FreeFlight 6 app. Its tilt capacity of 180°, which is 60° more than that of the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual is a good advantage. When the Mavic 2 ED tilts down, it has a limited range.
Some downsides to ANAFI are it does not have collision sensors, intelligent flight options and auto-follow. Its thermal sensor is not radiometric.
Where DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Is The Winner
In quite many key areas, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual wins over the Parrot ANAFI Thermal. Enterprise Dual has 5 more minutes of flight time than that ANAFI. It has almost double the range of ANAFI and is faster too. Therefore, public safety missions find this a versatile tool to support their safety missions.
Some top features that make DJI stand out are is advanced computer vision and safety systems. When operated by a capable pilot, DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual can accomplish some crucial missions more effectively.
Parrot’s does not have obstacle avoidance technology, which is a compelling reason to choose DJI.
Some nice advantages of DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual are its collision sensors and adjustable parameters across reflective surfaces and emissivity.
One downside we can’t miss out on about Mavic 2 Enterprise is that its sensor is not radiometric. However, since the same is the case with ANAFI too, this must not worry us.
Talking of the downside with regard to price, Mavic 2 ED costs $1k more than that of ANAFI.
The thermal drone segment is still evolving. There are enough areas where both Parrot and DJI have to improve their offerings.
However, the two drone models in comparison by Parrot and DJI certainly have some amazing capabilities in these lines and hence are highly loved by their users.
ANAFI Thermal has deemed a good value for money due to its cheaper price point and more generous base package. It also has the definite additional advantage of being capable of experimenting with thermal imagery from above.
This model is also highly portable and easy to transport and take off the ground within a matter of a few seconds.
ANAFI’s quirky camera functionality and lossless zoom are a boon for niche inspection tasks. The extra batteries included in the base pack are definitely a bit attractive about this model.
However, DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual excels in quite many features. If you are ready to stretch your budget a bit higher, you find a drone that can fly for a few more minutes than Parrot’s ANAFI.
The additional safety features of DJI 2 ED like a beacon, added accessories, loudspeaker and spotlight make it a good choice for public safety operations.
Therefore, there cannot be a straightforward answer stating who the winner among the two is when you seek a better thermal drone model.
What is best for you ultimately depends on the situations in which you will use the drone, and the budget you are willing to allocate on your drone buying mission.
Jon is a passionate photographer and videographer who has been flying DJI drones for over 5 years. He loves the freedom and creativity that comes with capturing aerial footage and the unique perspective it provides. Jon is always on the lookout for new locations to explore and capture with his DJI drones. His favorite DJI drone is the Mavic 2 Pro, which he uses to capture stunning 4K footage with its Hasselblad camera. Jon is always eager to share his knowledge and experience with other drone enthusiasts and is a member of several online drone communities. When he’s not flying his DJI drone, Jon enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with his family.