Best Drone for Travel? Mini, Air 2 & 2 Pro

Mavic Mini, Mavic Air 2 and the Mavic 2 Pro. Which Drone is best for holidays or vacation? I go through the pros and cons of each model for travel. Which is best for hiking. Which charges the quickest and which drone will help you capture those aerial cinematic videos you’re trying to film.
Closing off with 2 1/2 minutes of cinematic Scotland; Isle of Skye and the West Coast. That starts at 9:35 on the video.

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50 Comments

  1. Massimo Ginesio on December 26, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    wow, this is amazing

  2. Paul T's World on December 26, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Is it true the air is the noisiest?

  3. Ian in London on December 26, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    How do you find travelling with your drone? Is it part of your luggage or all of your luggage? Jump to 9:35 for some nice views of the Isle of Skye and the West Coast of Scotland! Cheers everyone, Ian

  4. John Hutchinson on December 26, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Hello Ian. I have just ordered my first drone a Mavic air 2. Could you tell me if there is a dji store in uk? As I would like to take out the refresh. Thanks

  5. Mister Franz on December 26, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Let me be just honest. Your comments, your recommendations, your warnings , your pros and contras – all comes over very serious. You are the most serious tester for DJI on YouTube. Thank you for each video. And with the time I understand your high speed of speaking English. Thank you very much again.

  6. Paul Maund on December 26, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    HI Ian! do you think DJI will certify the new mavic Pro 3 when it comes out? so it doesnt become a legacy product? Im not sure whether to hold out or buy the Air 2?

  7. Richart Asia on December 26, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    3 drones on your trip must be a huge backpack ; )

  8. Mister Franz on December 26, 2020 at 10:29 pm

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  9. Tasty Drone on December 26, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Awesome drone shots, love it. Well done ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  10. Pompelaify on December 26, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Hello, could you please leave your honest feedback on mavic mini + litchi. Best regards.

  11. wilted on December 26, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    The Mavic Air 2 is awesome, but as a photographer I’d love it to have a better sensor for stills. Looking forward to the Mavic 3 Pro.

  12. Soarific on December 26, 2020 at 10:35 pm

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  14. Franรงois Le Clerten on December 26, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    best video ever

  15. TVP - The Van Project on December 26, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    You might get some people mention about Castle stalker is a no fly zone. There are signs up across from the castle (at the tree as you come entrance of the beach). Saw it last time I was there but not sure how they think they can enforce it if you take off anywhere else you won’t know of the signs. I took my drone but one I saw it I didn’t use it.

  16. M H on December 26, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Ian – id love on the video at the end with your shots if you could add which drones each of these were filmed with! But another great video – thank you!

  17. Wayne Hallee on December 26, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    If you are flying with it, size is everything. Mavic mini. My wife and I flew from the US to England for a 10 day road trip in 2018. We spent a few days in Isle of Skye in 2018. We loved it there. It was our favorite part of the trip. Wish we had our Mavic Mini for that trip…

  18. Adventures Unfold on December 26, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Ian, we too took a trip to the Highlands this summer, with my M2P, mobile clamping, and sightseeing, however not as adventurous as you. Love the clips of your visit, awesome views. Thank you for sharing. Stay safe Marc

  19. ColSam458 on December 26, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Great comparison video Ian, loving the cinematic footage at the end. Stunning part of the world!

  20. Mavric Faldo88 on December 26, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    My country is beautiful right enough ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ๐Ÿ˜

  21. Bob Owen on December 26, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Hi Ian was woundering how do you capture the video showing the video from drone with the flight information showing as you see on you phone when flying. Love your channel

  22. AirScape on December 26, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    I have a Mavic Mini but i think i will am about to grab an Air 2. I have just started uploading a few videos of Ireland. In time i hope to make look this good. keep up the great work.

  23. nobby styles on December 26, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    and in next weeks video, ian chooses from three items he owns…. in "whats better for eating with, a knife, a fork or a spoon".

  24. Nick Sims on December 26, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    HI IAN IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE 2 DRONES OUT OF THE AIR 2 MAVIC ZOOM AND MAVIC PRO 2 WHICH WOULD IT BE

  25. Mister Franz on December 26, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    My question is regarding the Mavic mini and the Mavic air 2,: Is it very important which telephone android or iPhone are use for one of these two drones. Does the telephone has influence on the quality of the flight in connection with being good connected during the flight or not?

  26. Harrison Brown on December 26, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Scotland must be the best landscape to drone! If only drones could fly in the rain haha. I managed to get mine out in the Isle of Skye and got some incredible shots.

  27. Geekgirl87 on December 26, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    I’ve been to Scotland twice with my drone and have never regretted it. My biggest problem is coming from down under so for me two big issues. First is being able to take it on the plane which is not really a problem but does impact on the amount of luggage I can take even in business class. Second is, I don’t get to spend a lot of time in any one place so I need to make sure the mission I take is a good one. Well planned and well executed, otherwise I have to enjoy yours. Nevertheless, I’m coming back as soon as this covid crap is over. I’ll be on the first plane. My previous one was a Mavic Pro, I’m coming back with a Mavic 2 Pro. I just hope mine turn out to be as good as yours.

  28. Wirral Drone Filming on December 26, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Hi Ian… new to your channel and I am finding it very useful as I have not long upgraded to a Mavic Air 2 from a Phantom 3 Standard. I am learning so much from you so just wanted to say thanks… Ian from the Wirral.

  29. Ken P. on December 26, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Ian, if I were to bring a drone to the UK ( I am from the US) would I legally be able to fly it?
    Would it depend on which drone it was say the mini versus the air 2?
    How about in the rest of Europe any knowledge of those rules?

  30. Black Lablover on December 26, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    What a great video and very helpful for someone such as I who is considering purchasing their 1st drone. Really evocative film at the end. Thank you very much and just to add very well present.

  31. carol diaz on December 26, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    i wanna be abile to do the same

  32. Drone Guy NH on December 26, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Sold! Thank you Ian

  33. cincyfan987 on December 26, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    The fact the mini is under 250g and avoids restricting drone laws in most countries is a huge win.

  34. DIV AND BENNY on December 26, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    we’re going to Skye for the first time next week.
    so excited
    it looks beautiful!

  35. thevideoark on December 26, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    No surprise which you chose.

  36. Superbracey on December 26, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    On a rainy, windy day, I can’t help watching more of your reviews of something (MA2) I already own compared with something (MM) I used to own. As somebody who can only really justify owning one drone, the MA2 really does feel as though it sports the best qualities of my old Phantom 3 Pro (range, power, video quality) and my Mavic Mini (packaging, portability).

    I just wish the weather would improve here because I take it everywhere with me.

  37. SLOPPY1001 on December 26, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Jaw dropping views Ian. Didn’t know Scotland was so beautiful. You always put great backing music to the scenery stirring the emotions. I bet you could do a fantastic video complication of your best work. Thanks for the info ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

  38. M Travel Vlog on December 26, 2020 at 11:05 pm

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  39. David Adams on December 26, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Beautiful scenery and camera work. I loved the last scene in particular where you ended up on the sun’s long reflection after that wonderfully controlled pan. Lovely work.

  40. Marian nicolleti on December 26, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    best video ever

  41. Steve DJI Mavic Pilot on December 26, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Ian once again you have pulled a great review out of the bag,
    the cinematic footage is first class and your overall review
    spot on, question while i was in Cumbria i used the Air2 but was a bit
    disapointed with the result, so then did the same footage with
    the DJI Mavic Mini and it won hands down, the settings were
    in auto except for the Air2 in 4k hd and the Mini in 2.7 hd
    but the differance was a mile apart, then took the Air2 to Windermere
    and this time the Air footage was perfect i just don’t understaned,
    any advice on that one Ian, oh forgot to ask which footage was from
    Mini, bring on the next review.

  42. muzikmon2267 on December 26, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    The variable aperture on the mavic 2 pro is very limited.

    You’ll still need ND filters.

    And the hdr on the mavic Air 2 blows away any of the other DJI drones. It’s so good that lots of the time you don’t even need to do any post-processing

    and with AB comparisons nobody could tell the difference between the mavic 2 pro and the mavic Air 2..

    Most people actually think that the mavic Air 2 overall has better dynamic range and gets the pictures right more often than the mavic 2 pro..

  43. ed ton on December 26, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Loved the footage at the end,Love Scotland,for the last 15yrs have been going 3+ time a year but due to "Queen Nichola"’s attitude to the English its now off my list,shame really cos I have some great friends up there.

  44. marcandsebe on December 26, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    I have the MP2 and MM. I just take both in my campervan. I have the Smart Controller for the MP2 and it’s super quick to put up. But the little MM is such a capable drone too.

  45. Mister Franz on December 26, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    great, great , great, you do it fantastic.hopefully in future I wish you talk sometimes a bit slower. you speak sooooooooo fast. but all in general is great and I hope your make more videos in mini and air 2

  46. hayabusaTravels on December 26, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    More important to me are the drone regulation laws, especially when traveling abroad. Of course, the drone stability is also important.
    I held off buying a drone untill now, but I’m leaning towards the Mavic Mini.
    Still, I’ll wait for next spring as traveling now it’s a bit tricky. Maybe we’ll get a improved Mini soon.
    Rumors are that the new EU drone regulations will cause issues with flying the Mavic 2 as this drone isn’t compliant. The new EU drone regulations will get "activated" in 20121, maybe spring.

  47. MOCKINGBIRD MEDIA on December 26, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    As always ian very informative video

  48. Lyn Smith on December 26, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    Great video and sceenery shots Ian

  49. JonnieMess on December 26, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Has your view on this changed since the Mini 2 has come out with Occusync as well?

  50. Kirby Bradley on December 26, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    We have an Arisaig here in NS Canada as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaMf0lWzfGE&t=8s

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