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DJI Mavic Pro Review
It seems that just a couple of weeks prior to this DJI Mavic Pro review, drone enthusiasts around the world were buzzing about the new GoPro Karma. The revolutionary foldable design allowed for maximum portability without the need to sacrifice performance. Just when we thought GoPro might actually have DJI sweating, DJI hit the world with a bombshell. Just a couple of days ago DJI announced their brand new foldable, super compact, DJI Mavic Pro! This relatively small, incredibly compact, and super powerful drone packs full 4k video capability, 12mp stills, 27 minutes of flight time, and wait for… a 7km transmission range! That’s right, you read that correctly, this little drone not only stacks up the Phantom 4, in many aspects it far exceeds it. As for the GoPro Karma, the new DJI Mavic Pro blows it right out of the water. As I dive into the review, you will soon realize why the DJI Mavic Pro is the most innovative drone of all time, and is quite possibly the best drone to ever be made available on the consumer market. So without further delay, lets get started with this DJI Mavic Pro review!
The Complete Package
The DJI Mavic when available in mid October, will include a few things. The drone itself (The Body), A 3830 mAH 11.4V LiPo Battery, two sets of foldable props, A 2.4ghz remote controller with an integrated display screen, and a case that looks to be the size of football! In addition, you’ll receive the regular accessories and cables standard with most DJI Products. Now what’s great about this, is every single component can be packed up and stored in a tiny football sized case. Making this literally the most portable drone ever conceived with this level of sophistication and performance.
We all know that since their entry into the drone market, DJI has been widely regarded as the leader in consumer drone technology & design. The DJI Mavic Pro is no exception, it truly is an incredible sight, and is as visually impressive as it is mechanically sound. The DJI Mavic Pro features 4 foldable arms, that fold into the body for compact storage, and fold out in seconds when ready for flight. It also features a front mounted 4k gimbal stabilized camera, and as such the Mavic has no need for the large landing gear setup typical of DJI’s Phantom series. This aids in the Mavic’s overall effort to maintain as small of a footprint as possible. In addition, the front mounted camera provides an added bonus of nearly eliminating propeller interference during video recording, a problem that plagued every DJI Phantom series drone. No longer will the propellers get in frame during forward flight or in high winds.
Intelligent Flight Features
Of course it wouldn’t quite be a DJI drone if it didn’t feature a suite of intelligent flight modes and features. You might think that because of the Mavic’s tiny footprint in comparison to the Phantom 4, it would lack some key features. On the contrary, the DJI Mavic Pro features pretty well every single intelligent feature found in the Phantom 4, and more. For example, the Mavic features “FlightAutonomy” Technology. FlightAutonomy uses 5 cameras, duel-band satellite positioning, 2 ultrasonic rangefinders, and a group of 24 high power computer cores, to constantly scan the environment and build a 3D map of your surroundings. It then uses this data to locate and avoid obstacles in nearly every flight mode, in real-time. Clearly this is way beyond the technology of anything else on the market. This is in addition to regular intelligent flight modes such as return to home, Active Track, TapFly, Terrain, Follow and more. But even though DJI puts a tremendous effort into developing extremely complex systems and hardware, they never forget about the human aspect of their drones, case and point their new ultimate selfie function. The Mavic features an intelligent photo mode which allows you to simply wave at your drone to take a photo, incredible right!
The new remote control for the DJI Mavic Pro is one of the biggest changes DJI has made in years. Not only does it offer all the same controls as the last generation of DJI remote, but it now includes a built in display screen. Gone are the days of fumbling with a smartphone cable and carrying around a bulky remote & smart phone/tablet combo. The screen actually displays in 1080p and looks beautiful! But maybe you want to put the remote away all together? No problem, the new DJI Mavic Pro is fully controllable from your smart phone or tablet alone. Not to mention it is fully compatible with the new DJI FPV goggles, a truly incredible experience and something everyone should consider purchasing with the new Mavic.
Now a camera drone isn’t much of a camera drone without it’s camera, so now that we’ve covered pretty much everything else let’s get into the camera. To start, the camera is visibly smaller than that of the Phantom 4, and it’s clearly an all new design just for the Mavic. It features 4k video recording at 24p and 12mp jpeg or DNG stills. However, those who have already flown the DJI Mavic agree that although the specs on paper are nearly identical to the Phantom 4, the image is not. The Mavic has been accused of having a much softer image that is less visually dynamic. However, after some experimentation it seems that after some color correction and a small sharpness boost in post, the footage looks just as incredible as the Phantom 4. Typically, from a creative perspective, a softer image is preferred as apposed to one that is artificially sharpened by the cameras software. Sharpening is much more effective in post, and a soft image gives you that flexibility.
In conclusion the DJI Mavic is an absolutely incredible drone, it’s smarter, more powerful, and more compact than any other drone it’s class. Not by a small margin either, by literally leaps and bounds, years ahead of the competition. This may very will be the tool that brings drones to the masses. Karma… what karma? Thanks for reading this DJI Mavic Pro review and as always, happy flying!