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Drone Safety Comparison Guide

Ron Khirman
Marketing Manager
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SkyWatch

So, you’re considering buying a drone, but you’re not sure where to begin. Look no further! This guide outlines the basic safety specifications and features for the most common drones such as the:

  • DJI Mavic 2 Pro
  • DJI Mavic Air 2
  • Skydio 2
  • Autel EVO II
  • DJI Mavic Mini 2
  • DJI FPV
  • Parrot Anafi

Note that you will find some specifications missing in this list. It is recommended that you use this list as a starting point, and then further your research from there. A good starting point for your research is understanding the current drone manufacturing market trends of 2021. 

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Mavic 2 Pro has the highest max wind speed resistance of 29-38 kph

 Year released: 2018

Weight: 907 grams

Flight Time For a Full Battery: 31 minutes

Flight Distance: 18 km

Max Speed: 5 m/s

Max Wind Speed Resistance: 29–38 kph 🏆

Flight App: DJI GO 4

RTH Features: Smart, Low battery, Failsafe

Obstacle Avoidance:

  • Number of sensors: 7

Location: bottom, top, front, back, left, right

  • ToF Sensors: unspecified
  • Active protection: unspecified

Visibility Lights: No

DJI Mavic Air 2

Year released: 2020

DJI Mavic Air 2 has the longest flight distance of 18.5km

Weight: 570g

Flight Time For a Full Battery: 34 min

Flight Distance: 18.5km 🏆

Max Speed: 4m/s

Max Wind Speed Resistance: 8.5-10.5 m/s

Flight App: DJI Fly

RTH Features: Available when GPS signal strong

Obstacle Avoidance:

  • Number of sensors: 3

Location: in front, behind, and below

  • ToF Sensors: 0.1-8m
  • Active protection: unspecified

Visibility Lights: Yes

Skydio 2

Skydio 2

Year released: 2019

Weight: 775g

Flight Time For a Full Battery: 23 min

Flight Distance: no max distance

Max Speed: 16 m/s

Max Wind Speed Resistance: 11.2 m/s

Flight App: Skydio 2 app

RTH Features: available

Obstacle Avoidance:

  • Number of sensors: 200-degree field of view

Location: all directions

  • ToF Sensors: unspecified
  • Active protection: unspecified

Visibility Lights: Yes

Autel EVO II

Autel EVO II has the longest flight time of 40 min

Year Released: 2020

Weight: 1150g

Flight Time For a Full Battery: 40 min 🏆

Flight Distance: 9km 

Max Speed: 8 m/s

Max Wind Speed Resistance: force 8 wind

Flight App: Autel Explorer

RTH Features: failsafe

Obstacle Avoidance:

  • Number of sensors: Omnidirectional Binocular Sensing System

Location: all directions

  • ToF Sensors: unspecified
  • Active protection: unspecified

Lights: Yes

DJI Mavic Mini 2

DJI Mavic Mini 2

Year Released: 2020

Weight: 249g

Flight Time For a Full Battery: 31 min

Flight Distance: 10 km

Max Speed: 16 m/s

Max Wind Speed Resistance: 8.5-10.5 m/s

Flight App: DJI fly

RTH Features: available

Obstacle Avoidance:

  • Number of sensors: none

·   Location: n/a

  • ToF Sensors: unspecified
  • Active protection: unspecified

Visibility Lights: Yes

DJI FPV

DJI FPV has the fastest speed of 39 m/s

Year Released: 2021

Weight: 795g

Flight Time For a Full Battery: 20 min

Flight Distance: 16.8 km

Max Speed: 39 m/s 🏆

Max Wind Speed Resistance: 11-14 m/s

Flight App: DJI fly

RTH Features: available

Obstacle Avoidance:

  • Number of sensors: unspecified

·   Location: unspecified

  • ToF Sensors: unspecified
  • Active protection: unspecified

Visibility Lights: Yes

Parrot Anafi

Parrot Anafi

Year Released: 2018

Weight: 320g

Flight Time For a Full Battery: 25 min

Flight Distance: 4 km

Max Speed: 15 m/s

Max Wind Speed Resistance: 13.8 m/s

Flight App: FreeFlight 6

RTH Features: available

Obstacle Avoidance:

  • Number of sensors: 3

·   Location: unspecified

  • ToF Sensors: unspecified
  • Active protection: unspecified

Visibility Lights: Yes

Safety Extensions

Adding safety extensions like parachutes and propeller guards is a great practice to ensure the safety of your drone and your surroundings. Please check with your drone manufacturer if you can add safety extensions to your drone. A great company that we recommend using is ParaZero, which installs a parachute to most DJI drones. 

ParaZero's parachute at work


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