Parrot Launches Anafi Drone, Draws Comparison’s with DJI’s Mavic Air

BY Zacc Dukowitz
6 June 2018

Today Parrot announced the launch of the Anafi, a portable drone that seems designed to take on DJI’s Mavic Air.

The Anafi is foldable, like the Mavic, and super lightweight. It’s only .7 pounds (or 320 grams)—compare that to Parrot’s Bebop, which weighs 1.1 pounds (or 500 grams)—and Parrot claims it can be unfolded in under three seconds, and in the air shortly after.

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Parrot’s new drone has all the features you’d expect to find on a selfie drone, which means it can follow you around and take your photo using gestures and body recognition technology.

Parrot Anafi drone

It comes with a camera that boasts 4K HD video at 100Mbps, 21-megapixels, and 2.8X lossless zoom. Also, according to Parrot, the Anafi’s camera is the first ever that tilts vertically at an angle of 180°.

Parrot ANAFI – The flying 4K HDR camera- Official video

Full Camera Specs for the Anafi

  • 1/2.4-inch 21-megapixel sensor
  • f2.4 23mm lens (26mm for video)
  • ISO 100 to 3200
  • 1 to 1/10,000 shutter speed (electronic)
  • 4K Cinema (4,096×2,160) at 24fps; 4K UHD (3,840×2,160) at 24/25/30fps; FHD (1,920×1,080) 24/25/30/48/50/60fps
  • 100Mbps max bit rate
  • Raw (DNG) and P-Log post-production formats

The Anafi has a respectable—but not mind blowing—25 minute battery life, can go up to 32 mph, and Parrot is touting it as “ultra quiet” (one of the key features of the Mavic Pro Platinum was that it was “60% quieter than the Mavic Pro”).

Users flying the Anafi with Parrot’s new app, the FreeFlight 6, can adjust video modes and choose between taking a 21- or 12-megapixel photo.

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The Anafi also supports slo-mo, hyper-lapse shooting (which will speed footage up to 240 times), and a high frame rate where users can choose to film up to 60 fps.

In a head-to-head comparison with the Mavic Air, one stand out fact is the Anafi’s pricetag. Parrot is selling the Anafi for $699, while the Mavic Air currently retails for $799.

The Anafi is on sale for pre-order right now, and is expected to be in stock at Parrot starting July 2.

Here’s what you get with your order:

  • 1 ANAFI drone
  • 1 Parrot Skycontroller 3
  • 1 Carry case
  • 16 GB Micro-SD card
  • 1 USB-A to USB-C cable
  • 8 Additional propeller blades
  • 1 Mounting tool

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Want to pre-order the Anafi? You can do that right here.

 

Zacc Dukowitz

Contributing Writer

Zacc Dukowitz is a contributing writer, and the former Director of Marketing for UAV Coach. A writer with professional experience in education technology and digital marketing, Zacc is passionate about reporting on the drone industry at a time when UAVs can help us live better lives. Zacc also holds the rank of nidan in Aikido, a Japanese martial art, and is a widely published fiction writer. Zacc has an MFA from the University of Florida and a BA from St. John's College. Follow @zaccdukowitz or check out zaccdukowitz.com to read his work.

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