Yesterday DJI released the DJI Mavic Pro at a press conference in New York.
The press conference doesn’t really start till half way through the 28th minute mark so go there unless you have half an hour to stare at nothing.
My first impression, it’s amazing! All the rumors said it was going to be small but I didn’t expect it to be this small. I don’t think you can put it in your back pocket but it looks like it comes close.
DJI has definitely taken the camera drone to a new level of portability with the DJI Mavic Pro.
And they’ve even designed it so size doesn’t come at the expense of quality. At least not much but I’ll get to that later.
First, let me take a look at what the DJI Mavic Pro offers.
- 4K camera – 1/2.3” (CMOS) sensor
- 3-axis gimbal
- Video recording modes: C4K: 4096×2160 24p
4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
2.7K: 2704×1520 24/25/30p
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p
HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
- Top speed – 40 mph (65 kph) (in Sport mode)
- Flight time – Up to 27 min
- GPS and GLONASS
- Maximum distance: FCC Compliant: 4.3 mi (7 km); CE Compliant: 2.5 mi (4 km)
- Weight – 1.62 lbs (734 g)
- Size folded – H83mm x W83mm x L198mm
- Diagonal size – 335mm
- Can be controlled with an RC or just with a mobile device
- Obstacle Avoidance
- Visual Positioning
And here is what the DJI Mavic offers for intelligent flight modes:
- Trace – Follow behind or in front of your subject, or circle it as it moves
- Profile – Fly alongside your subject
- Spotlight – Keep the camera trained on your subject while you fly almost anywhere
- Gestures – Raise your arms or wave to it and the Mavic will follow you or take selfies for you
- Terrain Follow – keep flying at the same height above the ground even as the ground moves up or down
- TapFly – Tap on your screen to have the Mavic fly to that position
So in short, DJI has taken everything people like about the Phantom 4 and stuck it in a smaller package. And yes, that of course includes live streaming to Facebook and Youtube as well.
Not only that but they’ve even added new features to make it easier to use the DJI Mavic Pro. It looks like the DJI Mavic is DJI’s best drone so far.
But that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.
For now, I’ll leave the good for a bit and focus on the things that are not as good.
First of all, the DJI Mavic is very light. This obviously helps it fly longer but it also makes the DJI Mavic Pro more sensitive to wind. Don’t expect it to perfrom as well as the DJI Phantom 4 or the Yuneec Typhoon H when it gets more windy.
Second, image quality. It’s not as good as you are used to from the Phantom 4. You can see for yourself at the end of the Digital Rev TV Hands on video below:
Finally, the price. Like other DJI Products it’s not cheap. A lot of people were expecting something around the Yuneec Breeze price point but instead the DJI Mavic Pro is 50% more expensive. It starts at $749 without the remote controller and costs $999 with the remote controller.
That said, those are minor points when looking at what the DJI Mavic Pro offers in return.
For less thatn $1000 you get a drone that you can take along with you wherever you go, that has a lot of autonomous features, still shoots 4k video and you don’t even need a remote controller when you fly short range.
That’s a whole lot of drone. Yes, it’s more expensive than the Yuneec Breeze but it also offers a lot more. And no it doesn’t have a handheld stabilizer like the GoPro Karma but then, I’ve never used one of those anyway. And if I ever decide I want one I can still get one from DJI or another manufacturer. There are many stabilizers available on the market these days.
So in conclusion, the DJI Mavic Pro is a great quadcopter with a lot of advantages. But the biggest downside, to me, is the price. It’s out of my budget for now but I am putting it on my wishlist. And like many others I guess I’ll be hoping I get spoiled by somebody during the holidays as I just can’t justify spending the money.
However, if you can then you can pre-order your DJI Mavic Pro and it will be delivered in the second half of October.
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