DJI Mavic Pro – Probably the best consumer drone on the market

DJI Mavic Pro

The DJI Mavic Pro is here and we want it!

DJI just released the new DJI Mavic Pro and it proofs,  without a doubt,  that sometimes smaller is better.

DJI Mavic Pro Side ViewAs you probably gathered from that, the DJI Mavic is small, very small! A decent loaf of bread is bigger.

It’s also foldable and just all-round amazing!

Yes, we’re impressed.

We think the DJI Mavic Pro might be DJI’s best consumer drone yet! And we’re much more excited than we were after the Phantom 4 launch.

We’re not even sure where to begin about the DJI Mavic.

Portability, special modes, ease of use…

Let’s start with that one, the DJI Mavic Pro’s ease of use.

DJI Mavic Ease of use

DJI Mavic Pro ControllerOperating the DJI Mavic has been made so easy that anybody should be able to fly the DJI Mavic, including people that have never flown a quadcopter before.

You can control the DJI Mavic using a remote control or, like the Yuneec Breeze and the Parrot Bebop, with your mobile device.

So even though the remote controller is very small and portable, you could save some space (and money) by not using a remote controller at all.

DJI Mavic Special modes

It has all the features you’d expect a drone to have these days.

Automatic take-off and landing, Tap Fly, ActiveTrack and special modes. The DJI Mavic has it all.

Just tap to get the DJI Mavic in the air and you’re good to go.

Want to take a selfie? Just gesture at the DJI Mavic and 3 seconds later it’ll take your selfie.

Yes, you read that right, gesture. You don’t even need to touch the remote or your mobile device. The DJI Mavic understands gestures. How cool is that?

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Don’t want a selfie but want the DJI Mavic to follow you? Sure, no problem. How exactly would you like it to follow?

The DJI Mavic can “Trace” which means it follows you while you do your thing. Just keep going knowing your DJI Mavic will be right there, behind you.

Or if you prefer, the DJI Mavic Pro can switch to “Profile” mode. It now follows you at your side to give you those awesome profile tracking shots.

Would you prefer the DJI Mavic to circle you? Sure, no problem. It can obviously do that as well.

But maybe you prefer to have a bit more control? If so, just turn the DJI Mavic to “Spotlight” mode. Once in Spotlight mode, the DJI Mavic will keep the camera pointed at a subject while you can control the DJI Mavic as you normally would.

If so, just turn the DJI Mavic Pro to “Spotlight” mode. Once in Spotlight mode, the DJI Mavic will keep the camera pointed at a subject while you can control the DJI Mavic as you normally would.

And while we’re on the subject of tracking, the DJI Mavic can distinguish between cars, people, bicycles and even animals making the tracking better than anything we’re used to.

So you get to be the pilot while the Mavic is its own camera operator!

So think about those shots that need 2 people on the DJI inspire. You can now do those by yourself, with a drone that you can always have with you anyway.

DJI Mavic Pro Side ViewDJI Mavic Portability / Size

Always have with you? Can you really take the DJI Mavic along all the time?

Pretty much. The DJI Mavic is actually that small and that light. You don’t even need a special backpack for it. Ladies, it’ll fit in a lot of your purses. Guys, any bag/backpack you already have is big enough to carry the DJI Mavic and its accessories.

DJI Mavic Flight time

But if it’s that small then the battery must be small as well. And that means flight time will be disappointing, right?

Wrong!

Incredibly, the DJI Mavic gets up to 27 minutes of flight time per battery.

That puts the DJI Mavic pretty much on par with the DJI Phantom 4. And as you probably know, that also makes it a lot better than many other drones on the market.

DJI Mavic Camera and Stabilizer

Ok, if it’s that light and gets that much flight time, does that mean the camera isn’t all that great?

Not at all! The DJI Mavic comes with a 4K (12mp) camera that and a 3-axis stabilizer. So, again, the DJI Mavic is on par with the Phantom 4 and beats a lot of the competition.

DJI Mavic Obstacle Avoidance

And as we keep saying “the DJI Mavic Pro is on par with the Phantom 4” we know some of you are already sitting there thinking: “Whatever. The Phantom 4 has obstacle avoidance”.

And obviously you’re right but guess what? So does the DJI Mavic Pro!

The DJI Mavic Pro has 5 Vision System cameras that it uses to avoid obstacles. That’s right 5 of them to sense what’s below and in front of the Mavic and to avoid all hazards.

But not only that, the DJI Mavic Pro also knows what its altitude is compared to the ground and it can stay at that relative altitude.

So if you’re walking (or cycling, or etc) uphill, or you’re skiing/boarding downhill, and you start the DJI Mavic Pro off at 10 feet (about 3m) above the ground,  it can keep that altitude relative to the ground. So it can really follow you around properly like a real life camera operator can.

DJI Mavic Extreme Sports / Action Sports

And these 2 features combined make it the perfect drone for anybody who likes skiing, hiking, cycling or anything else that involves going along terrain that changes in altitude. It even makes it the best drone on the market for action sports enthusiasts in our opinion.

DJI Mavic Price

Ok, so we’ve got this tiny drone that does everything we want it to do, and more.

DJI Mavic Pro BundleBut if the Phantom 4 costs over $1000 already, the DJI Mavic Pro must be unaffordable. So what exactly is the DJI Mavic price tag?

That’s exactly what we expected as well while we were listening to the press conference. After hearing all about the DJI Mavic’s features we thought the DJI Mavic price might actually be higher than the DJI Phantom 4’s price.

But we were pleasantly surprised, the DJI Mavic price for the version without the controller is $749. And even with the remote controller, the DJI Mavic price stays under $1000 . Ok, barely at $999 but still, under $1000.

And for that price, you get what may very well be the best consumer camera drone on the market. The DJI Mavic Pro is definitely the best quadcopter in its size segment.

And you can get it in a bundle as well. For $1299 you’ll get the DJI Mavic Pro, a car charger, 2 extra batteries and extra propellers. So everything you need to get you up in the air and keep you there for quite a while.

So, as surprising as it is, this tiny drone that can do everything is actually cheaper than the DJI Phantom 4. In our opinion, this makes the DJI Mavic Pro biggest competitor the DJI Phantom 4 will see this year.

DJI Mavic Pro compared to Parrot Bebop and Yuneec Breeze

Time will tell whether it was a smart decision by DJI to compete with itself. But then, the other drones in this size segment don’t really compare so DJI couldn’t compete with any other drone than the Phantom 4.

The GoPro Karma falls short on special modes and size. And although it does have the handheld stabilizer we think the DJI Mavic is actually the better action sports drone. Something we expected GoPro to excel at. So the GoPro Karma even falls short at what was supposed to be its strongest point.

The Parrot Bebop doesn’t even come close to any of the specs so we’ll quickly skip that one. And the Yuneec Breeze doesn’t really compete either. It doesn’t have anything on the DJI Mavic’s range.  Not only that but it uses digital stabilization rather than a gimbal. So although they both offer 4k video the Yuneec Breeze loses here as well.

DJI Mavic doesn’t have LightBridge, it has Ocusync

dji-mavic-pro-4-3-miles-7-kilometerThe DJI Mavic doesn’t come with LightBridge. But, before you get disappointed, it comes with Ocusync instead.

And rather than being disappointed about it not having LightBridge, you should be very excited about Ocusync on the DJI Mavic Pro.

Thanks to Ocusync the DJI Mavic can stream a 1080p feed from the DJI Mavic Pro and it can stream it up until 4.3 miles (7KM).

It can even stream it directly to the soon to be released DJI goggles. That means you can fly your DJI Mavic FPV up over 4 miles away.

obWe can only come to one conclusion, DJI definitely ups the stakes once again with the DJI Mavi Proc and we suspect it will be very high on a lot of people’s wishlist. From what we’ve heard so far it’s going to be really hard not to like the new DJI Mavic Pro

You can order the DJI Mavic from DJI or from Amazon.

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Below you can see the launch conference. The event begins at 28:30 so we suggest that’s where you go straightaway.

 

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