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Parrot Anafi Review

A well-rounded device, but fails to carve out a niche for itself
Parrot Anafi
The Anafi tries hard, but can't quite measure up.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:   $700 List | $680.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Portable, good video
Cons:  Relatively short battery life, slow
Manufacturer:   Parrot
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Dec 24, 2021
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  • Video Quality - 45% 6.2
  • Flight Performance - 35% 6.0
  • Portability - 10% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 10% 7.0

Our Verdict

The Parrot Anafi is one of the few drones we've tested that can come anywhere close to the performance of the competing DJI models. That being said, we're still not sure if we would recommend it to most people. It performs quite well and is somewhat reasonably priced, but similarly priced DJI models provide a solid jump up in video quality and offer better flight performance. So if you can afford just a bit extra, we would recommend taking that route. This puts the Anafi in a weird place, where you can get much better performance by spending just a little more or get similar performance by spending much less.

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Pros Portable, good videoLarge sensor, compact, high-quality footage, responsive controls, long flight timeConsistent color and quality, long flight time, intelligent flight featuresPortable, lightweight, budget-friendly, solid battery lifeInexpensive, simple operation, small and light
Cons Relatively short battery life, slowLacks following capabilities, some propellor intrusionGimbal overload errors, small sensor is limiting, subpar following capabilities, jittery rideSubpar gimbal stabilization, requires windless conditions, small sensor, low dynamic rangeSlightly choppy video, short range
Bottom Line A well-rounded device, but fails to carve out a niche for itselfBetween the large sensor, 5K video, and user-friendly controls, this high-quality drone is perfect for the prosumerA mostly capable drone that offers consistent color, 4K video, and intelligent flight features but requires regular gimbal calibrationA lightweight and reasonably-priced drone with decent video quality for those who want to capture their travelsGreat for kids and beginners alike, this is the best entry-level model we have ever tested
Rating Categories Parrot Anafi DJI Air 2S DJI Mavic Air 2 DJI Mini 2 Ryze Tello
Video Quality (45%)
6.2
9.6
7.8
7.8
2.6
Flight Performance (35%)
6.0
9.7
8.7
6.2
5.3
Portability (10%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
10.0
Ease of Use (10%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
Specs Parrot Anafi DJI Air 2S DJI Mavic Air 2 DJI Mini 2 Ryze Tello
Video Resolutions 4K, 1080p 5.4K, 4k, 2,7k, FHD 4k, 2.7k, FHD 4k, 2.7k, FHD 720p
Weight 0.7 lbs 1.3 lbs 1.3 lbs 0.6 lbs 0.2 lbs
Maximum Speed 33 mph 42.5 mph 42.5 mph 35.8 mph 18 mph
Maximum Claimed Flight Time 25 minutes 31 minutes 34 minutes 32 minutes 13 minutes
Diagonal Size (no props) 11.0 in 11.9 in 11.9 in 8.4 in 5.3 in
Video Format MP5 MP4, MOV MP4, MOV MP4 MP4
Maximum Video Bitrate 101 Mbps 150 Mbps 120 Mbps 100 Mbps N/A
Camera Sensor 1/2.4" CMOS 1" CMOS 1/2" CMOS 1/2.3" CMOS N/A

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Parrot Anafi aims to shake up the DJI-dominated drone world, and in our opinion, it doesn't quite succeed. While it is a compelling product that offers good overall performance, its price point means you're still probably better off getting a DJI drone. Overall, the Anafi did well in our testing but was largely lost amongst a sea of much more impressive models, failing to carve out a significant niche for itself.

Performance Comparison


Parrot Anafi drones - the anafi tries hard, but can't quite measure up.
The Anafi tries hard, but can't quite measure up.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Video Quality


We would describe the video quality from the Anafi as good, but certainly not great. The video generally looks okay but has some clear shortcomings when compared to the footage from some competing drones. Thanks to the 4K resolution, the video is fairly crisp, and the gimbal can keep that footage very stable. However, it suffers from a few flaws. First, it tends to add a slightly warm hue to everything, making things look a bit redder than they do in reality. This actually improves the looks of some things but looks odd in most situations. Also, the camera often fails to pull out the fine details in an image. For instance, flying over a field in late fall ended up making the grass look a bit grainy rather than a majestic wave of grain.



You might have noticed that most of Parrot's advertising touts the capabilities of the 2.8 times lossless zoom on the Anafi. We'd like to make it clear that this is a digital zoom, and we were able to tell a slight drop in clarity. It can't nearly match the quality of the optical zoom on the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom. That being said, it doesn't look too bad and can let you get some creative shots.

Flight Performance


While the Anafi flies reasonably well, it again just can't match the fight capabilities of the DJI models. It offers a maximum flight time of 25 minutes which isn't too shabby, but the maximum speed of 33mph pales in comparison to other top-tier models.

The Anafi offers most of the autonomous flight modes you would want, things like cable cam, return to home, and a unique geofencing feature that can keep you from flying your drone too far away. We generally found that these flight modes worked well.

One flight mode that we found to be a bit lackluster was the follow-me mode (which you must annoyingly pay for as an in-app purchase). It did a relatively good job of following subjects and keeping them in the frame, but they often drifted towards the edges. It feels like an earlier version of the comparable DJI technology and isn't nearly as sensitive as the follow-me functions of the newer Mavic drones. Notably, the Anafi also lacks any obstacle avoidance sensors, a technology that is present to varying degrees on all of DJI's current drone lineup.

Portbaility


Both the Anafi itself and its controller fold down fairly small, and the drone weighs only 0.71 pounds. It also comes with a convenient, padded carrying case. That said, the body and legs feel a bit flimsy, to the point where we were a bit reluctant to toss this drone in a backpack where a water bottle could squish it. Secondly, the Anafi's controller is thicker than other models, and its joysticks aren't removable, resulting in a less streamlined profile.

Parrot Anafi drones - the parrot anafi folds down quite small, but feels quite flimsy, so...
The Parrot Anafi folds down quite small, but feels quite flimsy, so we probably wouldn't want to chuck it into a pack.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use


We found the Anafi to be incredibly easy to set up, easy to fly, and easy to fold up. However, we had a few qualms with its user interface. We were generally able to find the settings and options we were looking for without too much fuss, but it all felt a bit clunky, especially when compared to the more intuitive DJI models. We also feel that DJI's controllers are a bit more ergonomic. Particularly if you have small hands, you may find the Anafi's controller a bit uncomfortable to hold.

Parrot Anafi drones - models like the parrot anafi do no have a gimbal so they produce...
Models like the Parrot Anafi do no have a gimbal so they produce shakier footage.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


The combination of performance and price for the Anafi leave us feeling that you can get a much better value by spending a bit extra on a DJI model.

Conclusion


Though this was one of the first compelling, non-DJI offerings to pop up in the drone market, we don't think the Parrot Anafi offers good enough performance or value to make it a top recommendation for any use.

Parrot Anafi drones - flying high with the parrot anafi.
Flying high with the Parrot Anafi.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Max Mutter and Steven Tata

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