DJI Mavic Pro Review

DJI, which is famous for its state-of-the-art Phantom series, has once again challenged its competitors and upped the ante by introducing this magnificent drone, The Mavic Pro. The Mavic Pro has been able to catch the attention of millions of dronies because of its portability, durability and affordability all over the world. Will it be able to enthrall us all here? Let’s decide it for ourselves!

This article features:
– Brief Introduction about DJI Mavic Pro and its Specifications
– Top Reasons Why to Buy DJI Mavic Pro
– Main Features of DJI Mavic Pro
– Conclusion

Specifications

 

 

 

  • 4K video at 30fps and full 1080p HD at 96fps
  • 12-megapixel camera with Adobe DNG RAW support
  • iOS and Android compatible
  • 27 minute flight time per charge
  • Obstacle Avoidance combined with Sensor Redundancy
  • 4.3 miles (7 km) range
  • Sport Mode (for Drone Racing)
  • Updated version of DJI’s Active Track
  • Terrain Follow Mode and Tripod Mode
  • Vision positioning paired with Global Positioning System and GLONASS
  • 1.64 pounds in weight

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DJI Mavic Pro Test from Rey on Vimeo.

 

Top Reasons to Buy DJI Mavic Pro

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 Ready to Fly

When the drone’s original package is being opened for the first time, the pilot does not have to indulge himself/herself in a lot of assembling procedures. It comes in the ready-to-takeoff packaging. Just fold it by getting to arms from the front-end and two arms at the rear-end would be equivalent to having completed half of the job while subsequently pressing the power button twice would make the drone ready to be set whizzing into the air. You don’t have to do anything extra now and your drone is absolutely ready to go high into the skies beyond your reach!

Responsive Remote Controller

The controller that is accompanied with the Mavic Pro is highly sensitive to the pilot’s touch which is a great news for the dronies who know that the enhanced responsiveness of the controller can render the flying process immensely easily. Moreover, the controller can be folded at will which further simplifies the flying process.You can also use the DJI app to control the device but the controller being easily foldable can be comfortably put into the pocket and is a pretty convenient option. The pilot can stay updated with the important flight parameters such as speed and height which are displayed on the integrated LCD display mounted on the controller. If you want to access the First Person View feature, you ought to ensure that the controller is connected to your mobile handheld device.

 Design

The size of the Mavic Pro is incredibly small in contrast to the features that it boasts. Because of its miniature size, the drone can be easily packed into your small sized backpack just like a bottle of water. You can quite comfortably fold the propellers of the drone without requiring any complex tools. The drone can be easily folded by getting the two arms at the front-end and the limbs at the rear-end flipped towards the main structure of the drone. The propellers can be brought back to their original position which does not affect the durability of the device.

This is a cool device for the dronies who are interested in getting their hands on drones that can be ported easily. Besides, you need not to purchase a dedicated carrying case for Mavic Pro since it fits easily into any decent sized bag. A simplistic design is another great attribute that makes this drone unique from its competitors. The aptly shaped grey colored outer covering further adds beauty and vigor to the design.

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Flying Time

One would imagine that the DJI Mavic Pro would be able to cut corners because of a small size but what is really astonishing about this fabulous device is that it is able to give a flight duration of 27 minutes. However, once you switch on the Sports mode on, the battery is consumed at a rapid pace. As a matter of fact, the more features you trigger on, the more battery is consumed and the shorter is the flight duration. Taking the above mentioned information into account, a flight time of 27 minutes is quite impressive as opposed to the other drones in the market.

Ease of Use

The DJI Mavic Pro is a device that has been designed for both the professional level dronies as well as those who are just starting with the hobby of flying drones. If you are a rookie dronie, you can start off with the Terrain Follow mode, which allows you to fly the drone without worrying too much about the crash. In this mode, the Mavic Pro is able to gauge the presence of obstacles in the way and avoids them using its intricate sensors, hence maintaining a safe height above the earth’s surface.

For the pro dronies as well as the novice ones, the Tripod mode can be very effective if they are interested in capturing photographs and videos. This mode enables the pilot to capture some high quality images and video footages by lending sufficient stability to the drone, as if the machine was present on a flat surface.

This machine is fantastic for you to take some scintillating images and record awesome videos without being hampered by difficult terrain and inclement weather. The drone is able to sway away from any hindrances by utilizing its unique technologies of obstacle avoidance and sensor redundancy.

These amazing technologies enable the pilot to focus more on the cinematography and photography aspects rather than on the flying aspect. If you happen to lose track of your beloved drone, it can be located by virtue of the Global Positioning System and GLONASS technologies. What’s really outstanding is that the drone offers a range of standby features that can be brought into the act once the primary security attributes fail.

Controls

You can maneuver Mavic Pro without facing any difficulty. If you have bought the complete package, then the drone is accompanied with a controller that is similar in size and layout to a common game console controller. The pilot can connect his/her iOS or Android mobile handheld device to the controller to get a live streaming of the drone’s view.

You can also go for the basic package at a slightly lesser price which does not include a controller. However, you can control your drone using your smartphone or tablet but in that case the control range is significantly lowered. The control range is reduced to as low as 0.6 miles (1 Km) while simultaneously reducing the speed to 9 mph. We would highly recommend you to get your hands on the complete package that comes with the controller since it will allow you to control the drone with the help of the joysticks mounted on the controller, giving you the feel as if you were an actual pilot flying an actual airplane.

Usability

The Mavic Pro boasts features that are available in average-size devices in spite of its small size. A pilot can capture videos in 4K at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 96 frames per second and 720p at 180 frames per second. Hence, if you are covering a natural scenario or your friend’s wedding event, you are definitely going to get some top quality video stuff. As far as the photographs are concerned, the camera is 12 megapixels and produces raw images that are compatible with the Adobe DNG format.

Terrain Follow Mode and Obstacle Avoidance are a couple of security oriented attributes that can keep your drone at an arm’s length from being at the receiving end of crashes. With the help of the controller that is manufactured by DJI, you can control the Mavic Pro up to 4.3 miles (7 Km) and up to 0.6 miles or 1 Km with the help of your mobile handheld device. If you are interested in taking part in drone racing, then you may well try the sports mode. This superb device is very easy to use and can be comfortably carried from one place to another. So, there aren’t many areas where you could go wrong with this amazing machine.

Intelligent Flight Modes

The Mavic Pro includes autonomous flight modes without having to be maneuvered by the pilot. It is a ready to takeoff device that does not even require you to adjust your propellers. The DJI app allows you to control your drone right from the app while you can also switch to manual controls by using the joysticks on the controller. The Mavic pro offers endless possibilities.

Active Track Functionality

The Active Track Functionality is a feature that distinguishes the Mavic Pro from its contemporary drones. It transforms this device into the most reliable machines in the drone world. The pilots might fret with their drones crashing but when it comes to the Mavic Pro, everything has been taken into account to ensure its safety during flight.

Once you switch the active tracking functionality on, you just have to lock the target that you wish to be tracked and then select one option out of Track, Profile or Spotlight. With this options, you can follow the object from the front or rear (track), alongside the target object (profile) or you can make the camera follow the target object wherever it goes. Such a feature is pretty hard to find in other drones.

Other Notable Features

You can also use this fantastic device with the newly released Goggles by DJI. It’s a same sort of experience as using the Virtual Reality based headset. The pilot can view the live feed of the drone’s flight using the two 1080p monitors glued to both the eyes. Videos and photographs can also be viewed through these monitors. This feature makes the experience far more interesting during drone races while the Goggles present high quality displays which will blow anyone’s mind away.

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Did you ever dream of taking selfies with your drone? With the Mavic Pro, the dream has been turned into a reality. The Mavic Pro can identify your hand gestures and hence recognize your movements without even requiring a controller or mobile handheld device. The pilot can also make the superb device follow him/her by using the gesture recognition feature – an attribute than can prove to be extremely suitable for situations when you are not able to access your controller.

Lightbridge is not supported by the Mavic Pro. Instead, it offers support for Ocusync which promises far greater reliability with regard to the camera quality. It is the Ocusync feature that enables the live feed of the drone’s flight at 1080p resolution up to 4.3 miles. iOS and Android powered mobile handheld devices can also be used to maneuver this drone which also can set up waypoints for the Mavic Pro to fly to.

The Good

  • Arms can be tucked in while the device is portable
  • Light in weight
  • Extended flight time
  • Use the accompanied controller or your mobile handheld device to control the drone
  • Capture photographs or record 4K videos using the 12 MP camera
  • Security features to cater to the needs of both experienced and novice pilots

The Bad

  • Boasts a material similar to toys
  • No fixed focus
  • Camera cannot be detached
  • The control range is reduced to 1 Km when maneuvered by a smartphone
  • Quite expensive than large sized drones

Key Takeaways

The Mavic Pro is a ready to takeoff drone as you do not even have to attach the propellers to the device before setting it into the air. Just think of a drone that is foldable and can tucked into your backpack similar to a bottle of water. It defies the boundaries of innovation!

Portability, despite being its biggest strength, is not the only feature that makes this drone such an amazing contraption. The drone’s structure is very light in weight and is highly durable. The battery and unique specifications of the Mavic Pro enable the pilot to experience a flight time of around 27 minutes.

The device is very easy to use and can be maneuvered either by a long range controller or by a short ranged mobile handheld device powered by iOS or Android. Moreover, the Mavic Pro is able to contend with the intricate three dimensional scenarios with the help of the New Flight Autonomy System. Active Track and TapFly are a couple of smart features that enable the dronies to capture some professional grade photographs and videos even if they are newbies. Hence, if you are always on the move and want a drone that is small in size and is tremendously powerful, you just should get your hands on this fabulous machine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is DJI Mavic Pro heavier in weight similar to other drone manufactured by DJI?

It is very light in weight and extremely small in size as compared to DJI Phantom 4. The foldable design allows it to be ported easily from one place to another.

Do we need to replace the folding arrangement somehow?

No, the folding mechanism has been tested minutely by DJI and it is quite reliable.

Can a pilot zoom in while flying the drone?

Yes, you can zoom in while flying. As a matter of fact, the Mavic Pro supports up to 2X zoom.

When carrying the drone from one place to another, do we need to take off the propellers?

No, there is no need for that. You can simply fold your propellers up and be on your way!

DJI Mavic Pro Review – Quality Compared to Phantom 4 & Inspire 1 from cinema5D on Vimeo.

The Final Verdict

Have you been looking out for a drone that can be carried from one place to another without any fuss? Then Mavic Pro is your machine! It is very light in weight, it boasts a powerful battery and a camera that lets you capture top quality images and videos.

For $999 USD (retail price with the controller), the Mavic Pro is an amazing device that packs a power punch. It is a feature-rich drone which can be controlled either with a controller or by using an iOS or Android powered mobile handheld device.

This drone is a tremendous machine for you if you are a pro and even if you are new to drones, you can have this wonderful device. This superb device was launched on October 31, 2016.

 

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