Ruko F11 Pro vs DJI Mavic Mini – Key Features
Key Features – Ruko F11 Pro
- HD Camera
- 2.9k@25fps videos
- 4k images
- No gimbal
- Dual GNSS module
- Autonomous flight modes
- GPS return to home
- 1km range
- 25 minutes of flight time
- 1/2.3-inch sensor
- 2.7k@30fps. 1080p@60fps videos
- 12MP images
- 3-axis gimbal
- Dual GNSS module
- No intelligent flight modes
- GPS return to home
- 4km range
- 30 minutes of flight time
The Ruko F11 Pro is a very popular drone, it comes with advanced features and a good camera. However, is it a decent alternative to the even more popular DJI Mavic Mini? In this article, we shall compare these two drones and see which one comes out on top in the battle between the Ruko F11 Pro vs the DJI Mavic Mini.
Ruko F11 Pro vs DJI Mavic Mini – Camera
This is the first feature I like to compare as the camera is the main feature many people consider when looking to purchase a drone.
The Ruko F11 Pro comes with a decent camera, although for its price and when compared to the DJI Mavic Mini, it could be a little better. It has a 120° wide-angle view and is fixed in position and not stabilised by a gimbal.
The Ruko F11 Pro camera can record videos in 2.9k at 25 frames per second and despite not being stabilised by a gimbal, the video quality is pretty stable and smooth, as long as you don’t fly in windy conditions. Images are captured in 4k resolution, so that’s around 8MP and to capture the best video and photo resolution, you will need to record on a fast micro SD card of class 10 or above.
There is a micro SD card slot on the side of the drone, but you do not get one with the drone package and so you will have to purchase one separately.
The live video feed is decent and as long as the weather is good and there is no obstruction, the video feed is stable.
The Mavic Mini comes with a superior camera, the camera is equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor, has an 83° FOV and a fixed aperture of f/2.8. The camera is stabilised by a 3-axis gimbal that will eliminate distortion and shakiness from your videos, even if you record in windy conditions.
Videos are recorded in 2.7k at 30fps at 40Mbps and the camera captures 12MP still images in JPEG format. With its enhanced WiFi technology, videos can be live streamed in 720p at 30fps from a distance of around 4km (in clear weather), although, with current drone laws, you will not be able to fly it that far out.
There is a cool feature called QuickShots which will allow creators to record short cinematic videos from different angles completely hands-free, this feature can only be accessed via the DJI Fly app.
So, to no surprise, the DJI Mavic Mini comes with a better camera and it would anyone’s choice to choose this drone just based on the camera specs.
Ruko F11 Pro vs DJI Mavic Mini – Design
This one is pretty easy for me, the Mavic series of drones have always been well-designed, and the DJI Mavic Mini is no different, it is a well-engineered drone that has many fantastic design elements.
The Mavic Mini is a small and ultra-light drone that weighs less than 250g and yet despite its small structure, it still comes with many amazing features. For one thing, the fact that it comes with a 3-axis gimbal on such a small drone is a marvellous engineering feat. Its powerful brushless motors along with its dual GNSS module allow the drone to maintain a stable flight, even in windy condition.
The DJI Mavic Mini is a great drone for travelling with, its lightweight and compact design makes it easy to pack and carry around. Plus, as it is a drone that weighs less than 250g, you will not need to register it if you live in the US or Canada and plan on flying it for recreational purposes. Drone Laws in the UK have recently changed for drones that have cameras and weigh under 250g, you will need to register the drone, even if you use it for just recreational use.
As for the Ruko F11 Pro, while it too is a foldable drone like the Mavic Mini, I personally am not a huge fan of its design. It has a large lithium polymer battery that goes on top and gives it a kind of bulky look. The front of the drone is also a little large for my taste, although its large and weighty design does give it the benefit of performing well in windy conditions.
Features & Flight Performance
This is where it kind of gets interesting, the Ruko F11 Pro comes with many advanced features including autonomous flight modes like image tracking and follow me, a feature that is surprisingly not included with the Mavic Mini.
The Ruko F11 Pro also comes with point of interest and waypoint flight modes, these are autonomous flight modes that will orbit a position of your choosing or fly along a pre-planned flight path.
Both drones have dual GNSS modules and come with an automatic return to home feature. There is an optical flow sensor on the belly of each drone, this will allow you to fly in areas that have a weak GPS signal, so you could fly both of these drones indoors.
The DJI Mavic Mini has a sports mode that allows you to fly at a top speed of 46 km/h and has a cinematic flight mode that limits the drones speed so that you can capture higher quality videos.
The DJI Fly app, which is the app you will be using for FPV and to access the other features of the Mavic Mini, is one of the best drone apps. It has a nice clean user interface and is very easy to use, you can adjust the camera settings and enhance your videos via its simple video editing feature.
The app for the Ruko F11 Pro is called the SJ-GPS Pro and is an overall decent app, especially when compared to other apps from small drone brands. It’s easy to use and even has some helpful tutorials to get you started.
The DJI Mavic Mini comes with enhanced WiFi technology that gives it a control range of around 4km, although, in most countries, you will have to fly drones within your line of sight.
The control range for the Ruko F11 Pro is around 1km and to use the FPV feature, it’s around 400 – 500 meters. Not as long as the Mavic Mini, but most people will not need that kind of range to fly a drone for recreational use.
As for flight performance, both drones fly well, they are stable and hold up well even in windy conditions, this is especially true for the Ruko F11 Pro because of its size and weight. The intelligent flight modes work well for the Ruko F11 Pro and it has a good flight time of around 25 minutes (although it’s advertised as 30 minutes). The Mavic Mini does fly close to 30 minutes in good weather and its Quickshot mode allows anyone to record exceptional videos totally hands-free.
Which drone should you get? Personally, I would go with the DJI Mavic Mini, like its design and the camera, is of exceptional quality. Plus, it’s very light and makes a great drone to travel with, it’s a little more expensive and that may sway people to choose the Ruko F11 Pro. If you would like more options, click on the button below for the best drones under $400.