Drone technology has advanced a lot over the past couple of years making high-quality drones available to the general public. So, if you are looking for the best drone to buy, then there are many great choices out there including the DJI Mini 3 and the Parrot ANAFI.

Review of the DJI Mini 3 and the Parrot ANAFI

Both the DJI and Parrot are relatively similar, but they do each have their differences that may determine which one is best for you.

User Interface

When it comes to the user interface, the DJI Mini has a dedicated device/controller with a preinstalled flight app on it. On the other hand, the Parrot ANAFI uses a smartphone plus controller combo with a flight app that needs to be downloaded on your smartphone.

Both controllers have a simple two-joystick design along with a touch interface for additional commands. Though both have an intuitive user interface, the DJI Mini 3 is more convenient to use due to having a built-in device and app ready to go.


The camera is often the most important part of a drone. The DJI is equipped with a 4K camera with a resolution of 12 MP. The Parrot drone is similar with it also shooting in 4K but with a 21 MP resolution.

Both cameras are on a gimbal allowing for the camera to be tilted upward or downward for vertical image shooting.

Flight Time/Power

Drones are known for not having the best flight time. However, both the DJI and Parrot have impressive flight times. The DJI has 38 minutes of battery life with the option to buy a more powerful battery that lasts for 51 minutes.

On the other hand, the Parrot has a 25-minute battery life. Both are somewhat resistant to wind speeds with the DJI being able to withstand 38 kph (approx. 24 mph) wind speeds and the Parrot being able to withstand a bit more at 50 kph (approx. 31 mph).


It can be difficult to transport drones, but the DJI and Parrot drones are designed with collapsible “wings” for easy transportation. The Parrot controller is also designed to collapse to take up a little less space.

Other Notable Features

Both drones have their own set of notable features including:

DJI Mini 3

       1/1.3-inch sensor and dual native ISO for quality pictures and videos

       10 km (approx. 6 mi) video transmission

       QuickShots (dynamic flight patterns and multiple camera modes)

Parrot ANAFI

       Dolly Zoom (video and picture zoom) and Smart Dronies (automatic aerial selfies)

       Geofence (virtual perimeter)

       Multiple Camera Modes (timer, burst, and wizard modes)


When it comes to pricing, the DJI Mini 3 is significantly more expensive at around $700. On the other hand, the Parrot ANAFI costs around $370.

The cost difference is mainly due to DJI’s 66% longer flight time along with the built-in smart device in the controller as opposed to Parrot relying on an external smart device such as a phone.

Final Thoughts

Overall, if you are looking for the best drone on a budget, then the Parrot ANAFI is a great option especially if you already own a smartphone that can be used to control the drone.

On the other hand, if you are looking for the best drone with a camera, then the DJI Mini 3 is a solid choice with many camera modes, features, and a long transmission range.