Both the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 and DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise are capable mapping drones, but when it comes to aerial mapping applications, there are some key factors to consider. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and the choice between them depends on your specific needs and budget.
Here’s a comparison of various important factors to consider:
- DJI Phantom 4 Pro: The P4Pv2 is equipped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor, which is excellent for capturing high-resolution images and detailed maps.
- DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise: The Mavic 3 has a Hasselblad camera with a 4/3-inch sensor, which is even better in terms of image quality. It can capture more detail and is especially useful in challenging lighting conditions.
- Another factor to consider is the mapping speed which the M3E can conduct data collection of the same area in half the time it takes the P4Pv2. For example on a 100 acre area, if flying at 200ft AGL with 70/70 overlaps, flight time estimates for the M3E are XYZ, whereas for the P4P they are ABC.
- The Phantom 4 Pro V2 typically has a flight time of around 27-30 minutes.
- The Mavic 3 Enterprise has an advertised flight time of up to 46 minutes. Longer flight times can be advantageous for covering larger areas with less battery swaps and downtime.
- The M3E does have the flexibility to be flown with or without RTK via the purchase of an external RTK module. The P4P v2 does not have this capability and instead you would need to purchase the P4RTK drone separately.
- DJI Phantom 4 Pro: It is bulkier and less portable compared to the Mavic 3.
- DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise: The Mavic 3 is more compact and easier to transport, which can be an advantage if you need to travel to different mapping locations.
- DJI Phantom 4 Pro is more affordable than the Mavic 3 Enterprise. The M3E is a premium drone and comes with a higher price tag. The M3E comes in over $3000 with the P4P under $1300
In general, the DJI Mavic 3 is a more advanced and capable drone with a better camera and longer flight time. If you’re willing to and have the budget to invest in a higher-end drone and need top-tier image quality for mapping applications, it may be the better choice. However, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is still a solid option if you want a more budget-friendly solution with the flexibility of interchangeable cameras.
Consider your specific mapping requirements, budget, and whether you prioritize portability or camera quality to make the best choice for your needs.