The DJI Mavic Pro hit the right vibes with the consumers immediately after its release. It boasts a simplistic design while the marvelous technology, intelligence and portability aspects of the gizmo made it a super hit among drone enthusiasts.
Moreover, it cost less than $1K and considering the technology that it incorporated, it was a sure thing. DJI integrated all the cool features of the heralded Phantom series in this fabulous device without raising the price too high. As a matter of fact, a large number of professional aerial photographers and cinematographers prefer the DJI Mavic Pro to all the other drones in its category including the DJI Phantom 4 Pro which costs almost double. However, if you believe that the DJI Mavic Pro is not meant for you, then these 10 drones mentioned below could be the ones for you as they incorporate almost similar technology and design.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
One of the most famous drones out there, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is an absolute marvel of the modern technological prowess of man. If offers omnidirectional obstacle avoidance, a sports mode of flight that enables the drone to attain speeds in excess of 50mph, tap-to-focus mode, draw mode wherein the user draws a line on the controller screen and the device follows that trajectory and plenty of other exciting features. All the amazing aspects of the DJI Phantom 4 were included in this exquisite drone. Rather than being an extension of Phantom 4, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is a totally different beast that can capture 4K UHD video footages and broadcast real-time video streams FPV via Lightbridge technology at 1080p. Remember that the FPV video streaming of the DJI Phantom 4 is viewed at 720p. In contrast to the DJI Mavic Pro, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is larger in size and offers enhanced stability and an improved camera system. Phantom 4 Pro is the way to go if you are looking for a top-quality drone that can withstand harsh weather conditions, capture stunning aerial imagery and offer autonomous flight features.
DJI Mavic Pro Phantom 4
This list is brimming with plenty of DJI models since the drones that are going to be similar to the DJI Mavic Pro are naturally going to come from the same manufacturer. One of the most exciting aspects about the Phantom 4 is that after the release of its subsequent models such as DJI Phantom 4 Pro and DJI Phantom 4 Advanced, its priced plummeted nicely. The drone is equipped with intelligent flight features and has the ability to capture 4K UHD videos. It offers obstacle avoidance and a sports mode of flight that lets the drone zip through the air at speeds in excess of 40mph. It may seem a cliché but the DJI Phantom 4 started it all off and the mind-blowing technology that we see in modern-day drones owes its existence to this beast of a machine. It is loaded with smart flight features such as ActiveTrack, Return to Home, Hover, Follow Me mode, etc. It broadcasts a real-time video feed at 720p and a control range of about 3miles. It lacks omnidirectional collision detection, a more lively camera, and some intelligent flight features but on the whole, it is one of the best drones around.
Autel Robotics X-Star Premium
This drone is generally referred to as a Phantom Knock-off which in no way is considered as a demeaning comment. It is an affordable option in contrast to the DJI Mavic Pro and offers similar features as those included in the Mavic. It captures videos at 4K UHD, offers a flight time of 25 minutes, it is comparatively slower in speed, boasts tons of smart flight features, and broadcasts real-time video streams FPV at 720p. This is not a hobby-grade drone by any stretch of the imagination. As a matter of fact, it is capable of recording professional-quality aerial imagery. It is equipped with a GLONASS/GPS system which ensures extreme precision while the triple-axis gimbal ensures greater stability. The radio controller is integrated with an LCD screen that acts as the FPV display screen as well. The drone’s radio controller operates at a 5.8GHz frequency band so there is no interference at the transmission stage. On the whole, it is a fabulous gizmo.
DJI Phantom 3 Advanced
The DJI Phantom 3 series is probably the most reasonably priced on you would come across in the market. It is a tremendous device that is capable of recording 4K UHD video footage and boasts a low price thanks to the release of the more advanced versions of the series. It does not incorporate obstacle avoidance but it is loaded with other smart flight features and a triple axis camera gimbal. It offers a flight time of 25 minutes, boasts speeds in excess of 40mph and broadcasts real time video feed at 720p. It is equipped with stunning features such as Return to Home, hover, waypoint following, ActiveTrack, and many others. If you think that the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced has grown old, you are wrong. In its own right, it is a hell of a machine.
The Karma is the first model engineered by GoPro to support its wide array of action cameras. If you own a GoPro Hero 3 or some other advanced action camera model, then you can reap rich dividends since the drone costs almost the same amount of money as the X-Star Premium and offers plenty of advanced features. It boasts a sleek design that allows the gadget to attain speeds of about 35mph and withstand winds of up to 22mph ferocity. It is equipped with a single touch takeoff and landing, hover and return to home features. It is compatible with GoPro cameras and can also broadcast a real-time FPV video feed. The radio controller boasts an inbuilt display screen that supports a 720p downlink so the pilot does not need an additional handheld mobile device to view the live video feed. If you own a GoPro action camera, this is a wonderful choice and even if you do not own one and are desirous of purchasing a drone equipped with advanced aerial imagery technology, then the GoPro Karma is a magnificent choice.
3DR collaborated with GoPro to engineer this fabulous drone that has the enviable ability to broadcast a real-time GoPro FPV video stream. The drone is not loaded with an onboard camera and so the manufacturer has basically focused on optimizing the flight of the gizmo. A drone is an incredible machine that offers a flight time of 25 minutes while being able to attain speeds in excess of 55mph. With the gimbal-mounted on the drone, the user gets a stabilized video footage even at higher speeds. The drone is loaded with tons of autonomous flight features such as cable cam, waypoint following, orbit, follow me and return to home. Its fast pace enables it to withstand harsh weather conditions way better than some of the other beasts enlisted here. Looks-wise, it is similar to the DJI Mavic Pro and almost as sleek as the Mavic.
DJI Mavic Pro Phantom 3 Standard
This is most affordable drone enlisted in this post and is considered an ideal drone for drone enthusiasts of intermediate expertise. It used to be a giant of its own era but now it has been reduced to a mere relic. Despite being an older version of the Phantom series, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard boasts astonishing features and capabilities. It can capture video footage at 2.7K UHD and makes use of a triple axis gimbal. It offers a flight time of 20 minutes and has the ability to broadcast a real time FPV video stream. It is equipped with DJI Intelligence such as return to home, position locker, hover and plenty of other astonishing stuff. It is loaded with the VPS system which means that you might face some difficulty in a region with poor reception with regard to the positional precision. But keep in mind that you are getting such exquisite features for less than $500. It is quite bewildering that people have forgotten it a bit despite it being a great machine for beginners. It is the Mavic’ ancestor.
DJI Mavic Pro Phantom 3 SE
The DJI Phantom 3 SE is an ideal gizmo for novices as well as seasoned pilots who are looking for reliability, user-friendly controls, top quality aerial imagery and astounding flight capabilities. The DJI Phantom 3 SE has enhanced the trademark features of the heralded Phantom series and improved upon them. The transmission range has been optimized by 400 percent while there has been tremendous enhancement in the frame rate and picture quality of the camera. The downward vision system has been improved which has rendered this device reliable and more durable. The intuitive flight system makes this device user-friendly and the stabilized camera ensures that you are able to capture stunning aerial images and video footages.
Yuneec Typhoon H 4K
The Yuneec Typhoon H 4K boasts the same price as the DJI Mavic Pro, and boasts almost the similar set of features. Essentially, it’s a hexacopter which means that it is more power and portrays tons of failsafe features. It can shoot in 4k with a 360 degree 3-axis gimbal and fly for up to 25 minutes per charge. The autonomous features include orbit, tracking, return home, and more. It sports multiple modes of flight and is incorporated with collision avoidance. It’s not nearly as sleek as the Mavic, but offers a lot in terms of size and power.
Parrot Disco FPV
Apparently this is not similar to the Mavic Pro since it is a fixed-wing machine rather than a quadcopter. It boasts a Ready to Fly (RTF) design that can attain speeds in excess of 50mph, live stream FPV in HD, and take 1080p camera footage. Keep in mind that fixed-wings aren’t as easy to fly as quadcopters, but the Parrot Disco makes it easy with the manufacturer’s own autonomous flight features. Hey, it offers almost half an hour of flight duration.
Mavic Pro is probably one of the best drones to have been introduced in the market for a long time. But ever since its release, there has been a massive increase in competition across the drone industry. Is there any other manufacturer that has the guts to come up with another Mavic Pro like drone? The answer is probably DJI but time will tell whether DJI has to face some serious competitors or not.