DJI Mavic Pro – Wherever You Go
DJI Mavic Pro – Wherever You Go
The DJI Mavic Pro is the latest addition to the foldable quadcopter market. Manufactured by DJI, it can fit in a pocket when folded. It can be flown with the remote control or with a smartphone. What is great about it is that it can be set to follow you or hover for selfies. This is a serious contender in terms or portability, ease of use, as well as video quality.
Although it is small and foldable, it offers a lot of features which larger drones lack. This alone means that it can be brought along conveniently even to remote places. This is a quad which should define the foldable drone market.
The DJI Mavic Pro was introduced right at the heels of the GoPro Karma. These two are in the same price point and have the same feature set. However, there are a lot of things that the DJI has to offer. First off, DJI has been making great quadcopters with cameras for some time now. Their Phantom series is the standard for drones at the moment. This may even rival the Phantom series of drones. Drone buyers would have to decide whether to get the Mavic Pro, or the larger Phantom. The Mavic Pro has some serious features which the Phantom 4 lacks.
DJI Mavic Pro is a smaller model, foldable, and has almost the same camera specs as the larger Phantom 4. When folded, this model can be very foldable, and can be stored in a user’s (large) pocket. It can take 4K and 1080p videos, as well as 12MP still images. Like every other sports camera, the pictures may not be the best. However, the videos are another matter altogether.
You can fly the drone out of the box. There is no steep learning curve to start flying this drone. With all the presets on the app, the only thing you need to do is to choose one which fits the video you want to record. You can have precision flying, sports mode, follow, and others. It also has the flexibility to use a remote control, remote with video on the smartphone, or fly it with the smartphone app.
• Follow mode
• Pre-sets on app control
• Tap to focus
• 4K video at 30 fps, 1080p at 96 fps
• 12MP pictures in JPEG or RAW
• Obstacle avoidance feature
• Gesture mode
• Fixed camera
DJI Mavic Pro Specification
DJI Mavic Pro is not just a smaller drone from DJI. It aims to set the standard for foldable small quads. The feature set is impressive. This is an aggressive product which also offers insight on where the industry might be heading, or at least what the next generation of DJI products will bring.
Letting this drone fly is almost too easy. You can fly it via your smartphone, or you can have it fly with presets. It can hover, as well as follow you. It also has a optical stabilization, on top of a 3-axis mechanical gimbal. This makes for a steadier video recording. Obstacle avoidance is also a included, and would be very much needed as it follows and records you. It also has a Terrain Follow mode where it stays at the same height as it follows you.
The drone can be controlled with the use of the small remote control. The remote has a monochrome screen to display flight data. If you want to see what the camera is recording, you can pair the remote to a smartphone. Alternatively, you can fly the drone with the smartphone. It has several presets which allow for hands free flying. It also has a gesture mode, which allows selfie images by just showing your hand gestures.
The app also allows the video to be streamed directly to YouTube, Periscope and Facebook Live. Of course, this requires a wifi connection during flight.
Although the specs say that it can fly for 27 minutes, there are still a lot of things is can do in that short time. It can fly at 26 mph (40kph), but with Sports Mode, it can fly at 40mph. This is for those who are interested in drone racing. It can fly as far as 4.3 miles from the remote control. The GPS and GLONASS capabilities allow it to fly back and land inches away from where it started. Note that when on Sport Mode, the obstacle avoidance feature is turned off. This keeps drone racing on an even playing field, until a faster processor comes along which can handle those speeds.
As impressive as the obstacle avoidance feature is, the tripod mode is just as impressive. It can fly in a slow and precise manner which would be a good feature if you were controlling it indoors.
As with any camera drone, the quality of the video is the main selling point. It is capable of 12MP pictures, it supports JPEG and RAW. It may sound odd that this camera supports RAW files. However, considering that it has great sharp images for 4K video, you would have to rethink whether the RAW option. The video quality was an issue for some reviewers. However, once it was understood that the camera can be focused using controller, these turned out to good after all.
The only real limitation for the Mavic Pro is the flying time. 27 minutes flying time is almost too short. However, if you were shooting videos, 2 minutes for a single video might be more than enough for a retake.
Priced at $999 with the controller, and $799 without. DJI also offers a “Fly More” package of $1,299 which includes the Mavic Pro, two extra batteries, extra propellers, charger, car adapter, a charging hub, and a shoulder bag.
This drone is aimed at a specific niche. The foldable drone market is still in its infancy but the Mavic Pro might be barging into it in a big way. Considering everything, the feature set makes this a compelling, if relatively expensive, buy. With the Mavic Pro, DJI has set the standard for small, portable drones.