DJI Mavic Pro – Blog, News, Reviews, Tips, Pros & Cons

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  • Headless Mode: Yes
  • This UAS is equipped with a GoPro Video/Camera: Yes
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  • Hover shooting: Yes
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DJI Mavic Pro – Blog, News, Reviews, Tips, Pros & Cons

To summarize my DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter blog below: DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters are weapons.  The DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters for sale offered on this site, and every other site, are rc helicopters with cameras, not real DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters.  It seems like the word “DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter” is turning out to be one of the best marketing gimmicks of all times! RC mini helicopters, tiny rc helicopters and palm size rc helicopters are usually too small to carry cameras or video cameras. But all other kinds of remote control helicopters, regardless if they are indoor rc helicopters or outdoor remote controlled helicopters usually have the ability to carry a camera or a video camera.  Once an rc helicopter for sale has a camera attached to it, it becomes a “DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter“. Some of these “DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters” are just rc toys for sale, and some are a more sophisticated hobby model flying rc helicopter for sale with a better overall quality, but do not confuse rc helicopters for sale with real DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters for sale.  Every “DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter for sale” on this page and on the market is just an rc helicopter for sale, real DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters are not for sale on consumer websites!

Originally the only kind of DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters were military DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters. But these days DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters have become very popular, and include multiple kinds and categories of DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters, like: rc DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters, toy DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters, hobby DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters, commercial DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters and professional DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters, and they vary in quality and equipment from DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters that are just toys, to real aircraft quality. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter and referred to as a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. If a DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter does not have a camera or video capabilities it is not considered to be a real DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle. The typical launch and recovery method of an unmanned aircraft (DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter) is by the function of an automatic system or an external operator on the ground. Historically, DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters were simple remotely piloted aircraft, but autonomous control is increasingly being employed. DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters are usually deployed for military and special operation applications, but also used in a small but growing number of civil applications, such as search and rescue, policing and firefighting, and nonmilitary security work, such as surveillance of pipelines or bridges. DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters are often preferred for missions that are too “dull, dirty or dangerous” for manned aircraft.  The toy and hobby industries went through an “earthquake” in 2005 when the first rc helicopters came on the market.  Once the action moved up into the air, it was obvious that rc helicopters were the most exciting and most fun kind of toys, and the mini rc helicopters became hot and popular toys.  From that moment onward, rc helicopters continued to EVOLVE in quality, precision and equipment.  Moving from a remote control helicopter to a DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter was a natural step.  Take a radio controlled helicopter, put a camera on it, and now it is a…DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter.  The line between rc helicopters and DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters is a thin line.  Any rc helicopter with a camera or a video is in fact a DJI Mavic Pro QuadcopterDJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters appeal to the mass market as rc toys, and will no doubt continue to be the hottest toys forever, as nothing beats a flying helicopter with a video camera.  What makes the DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters so unique is the fact they come in so many shapes and sizes, and vary in quality from rc toys all the way to aircraft quality….real airplanes!  And besides being very exciting and fun to fly toys, DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters have so many useful practices.  DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters are and will be a very hot selling product forever!

I was in the toy manufacturing business for about 25 years.  At a certain point it became obvious that the best selling category of toys is the rc toys, also known as remote control toys or radio control toys. Kids love rc cars, particularly rc stunt cars, but also rc boats, rc trucks, and of course rc airplanes.  Flying an rc airplane is a lot more exciting than playing on the ground with an rc toy, but, it is still somewhat boring, similar to flying a kite that just sits there.  When the rc helicopters came out in 2005, they came as a tsunami….The factories in China were not able to produce enough to supply the demand: mini rc helicopters, tiny rc helicopters, palm size rc helicopters, indoor rc helicopters and outdoor rc helicopters….it just went on and on. It was crystal clear that remote control helicopters and radio controlled helicopters are the next big thing…for a very long time.  But who could imagine that the craze of flying rc toys, would turn into the “DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter craze”?  All the toy factories in China need to do is attach a camera or a video camera to an rc helicopter, and this helicopter now becomes a DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter.  The number of uses for DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters is unimaginable and unlimited. First, just like the rc helicopters, the DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters come in multiple sizes and shapes.  Large DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters, mini DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters, outdoor DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters, indoor DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters, expensive DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters, cheap DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters, it just goes on and on.  Now I tell my dog to fetch the newspaper, it is just a question of time before indoor tiny DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters will be able to fetch and move things from one place to another inside a house.  Just think of all the aerial photography opportunities the DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters offer! Land surveys, agriculture use, search and rescue, spying and tracking movements, delivery of goods, and last but not least, just fun….As time goes by, the DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters will be put to use more and more for commercial and professional use, but the largest sector using DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters will always be the consumer market, DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopters are the ultimate toys!

DJI Mavic Pro Drone Preview: So Small So Versatile So Just Killed the GoPro Karma For Me

The DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that turns the sky into your creative canvas easily and without worry,helping you make every moment an aerial moment. Its compact size hides a high degree of complexity that makes it one of DJI’s mostsophisticated flying cameras ever. 24 high-performance computing cores, an all-new transmission system with a 4.3mi (7km) *range,5 vision sensors, and a 4K camera stabilized by a 3-axis mechanical gimbal, are at your commandwith just a push of your thumb or a tap of your finger.*Unobstructed, free of interference, when FCC compliant.

The Mavic Pro’s camera has the same sensor as DJI’s Phantom 4, meaning it can shoot 4K video at 30fps and 1080p HD at 96 fps. That’s despite being about half the size of the Phantom. It also has a 12-megapixel camera with support for Adobe DNG RAW, though the field of view is a little smaller, decreasing from 94 degrees down to 78.

Users should be able to get 27 minutes of battery life at a top speed of 40 mph in Sport Mode, only slightly smaller than the 45mph you get on the larger Phantom 4. This shows that though DJI’s new drone is smaller and more compact, its performance is similar to some of the company’s more powerful devices.

Expensive and underwhelming: hands-on with GoPro’s Karma drone
Like DJI’s previous drones, the Mavic Pro will automatically return to its launch location if it loses contact with the controller or reaches critically low battery levels. The new Precision Landing feature on the drone means it records bursts of video when the Pro launches, and uses both video and satellite information when it returns to land within an inch of where it took off. And if you let go of the controls, the drone should simply hover in place.

5 Steps For Getting Started With The DJI Mavic Pro

The DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that turns the sky into your creative canvas easily and without worry, helping you make every moment an aerial moment. Its compact size hides a high degree of complexity that makes it one of DJI’s most sophisticated flying cameras ever. 24 high-performance computing cores, an all-new transmission system with a 4.3mi (7km) range, 5 vision sensors, and a 4K camera stabilized by a 3-axis mechanical gimbal, are at your command with just a push of your thumb or a tap of your finger.

Fly Further
Inside the Mavic’s pocket-sized remote controller is DJI’s brand new OcuSync transmission technology, with a range of 4.3mi (7km) and Full HD 1080p video streaming. OcuSync uses a more effective digital compression technology and channel transmission technology, allowing it to transmit HD video reliably even in environment environments with strong radio interference. Compared to the traditional Analog Transmission, OcuSync can transmit video at 720p and 1080p, equal to an image quality increase of 4-10 times without colour casts, static interference, flickering or other problems associate with analog transmission. Even when using the same amount of radio transmission power, OcuSync’s transmission distance is further than analog at 4.1mi (7km).

No Bumps and Scrapes
Detecting obstacles requires getting information about the obstacle to the Mavic. Ultrasonic and TOF sensors measure distance by detecting the first reflected wave. In other words, they can only measure the distance from a single point, instead of getting a 3D depth image of an obstacle. Another method of creating a depth image is structured light projection. In this, a structured light sensor projects infrared in a specific shape onto an obstacle in front of it. The infrared reflects back and the sensor then calculates the strength of the reflected signal so that it can create a 3D depth image of the obstacle. However, due to the limited strength of infrared and interference from visible light, the maximum sensing distance for a structured light sensor is only 3 to 5 meters. It is also ineffective in bright light significantly reducing its reliability and effectiveness on a sunny day.

As the Mavic flies, dual forward and downward vision sensors measure the distance between itself and obstacles by taking photos from all four cameras and using the information to create a 3D map that tells it exactly where obstacles are. The dual forward and downward vision sensors require visible light to function, and can see as far as 49ft (15m) in front in bright light.

Precision Hover
Satellite positioning can only help a drone hover in an unobstructed outdoor area free of interference. Without satellites, the drone will not be able to position and become susceptible to drifting. However, with forward and downward vision sensors, the Mavic can hover precisely indoors or in places without GPS.


Gimbal-Stabilized 12MP / 4K Camera
OcuSync Transmission Technology
Up to 4.3 Mile Control Range
Up to 27 Minutes Flight Time
GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection
DJI GO App-Based Control and Monitoring
Top Speed of 40 mph in Sport Mode
ActiveTrack Subject Tracking Modes
Tap- and Gesture-Based Commands

DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo

We’re just one day away from the official release of the DJI Mavic Pro and just over a week away from the GoPro Karma release. But if you’re still having trouble deciding between the two foldable drones, this info graphic might help.

We already did a similar comparison of the two drones but if you’re a more visual type of person, you might benefit from this helpful info graphic put together by the folks at Dronelife.

They break down all the basic specs, camera specs, flight details, remote control features, and even the difference between the included cases. Everything is there, down to the different pricing and packages available to you.

DJI also announced the debut of a brand new product that will allow for in flight viewing experiences called DJI Goggles. The goggles were specially designed for aerial first-person view (FPV) applications but the DJI Goggles also allow you to flick between third person view and FPV in under a second. You can comfortably wear your glasses while wearing the goggles and quit FPV mode instantly by flipping the mask up. The goggles display an 85-degree view from the drone in full 1080p for a true bird’s-eye view perspective of the world below. With built-in OcuSync, the goggles receive video directly from Mavic Pro in the air and not through the controller which reduces lag and allows you to share the in-flight view with a friend.

GoPro Karma vs DJI Mavic: This Graphic Compares All the Most Important Bits

The DJI Mavic Pro folds down as small as a bottle of water, making it small enough to bring with you everywhere.
New OcuSync transmission system offers up to 4.3 miles (7km) of transmission range. Fly at up to 40mph (64kmh) or for as long as 27-minutes.
ActiveTrack, TapFly and other smart features make professional looking video effortless. True 4K, fully stabilized ensures smooth footage
Obstacle Avoidance combined with sensor redundancy increases flight safety and reliability.
Vision positioning paired with GPS and GLONASS ensures precise positioning indoor and outdoors.

DJI Mavic PRO FLY MORE COMBO w/ Remote, 3 Batteries, 16gb MicroSD, Charging Hub, Power Bank Adapter & Car Charger Bundle

The DJI Mavic Pro may be the first prosumer camera drone with true mass appeal.

While there have been several kinder, gentler quadcopters this year — from the large PowerVision PowerEgg to the compact Yuneec Breeze — the Mavic Pro is really the only one to combine high performance in an ultracompact body. Add in DJI’s full assortment of safety and ease-of-use features and you’ve got a drone that anyone can take anywhere.

Despite the small size, you’ll get nearly the same or better performance as from the company’s top-of-the-line Phantom 4. The new OcuSync encrypted transmission system, for example, gives you control up to 4.3 miles (7 km) away with 1080p live streaming to Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube through the DJI Go app. The Phantom 4 has a max range of 3.1 miles (5 km) and streams at 720p.

DJI Mavic Pro $999 foldable camera drone is crazy-small and powerful

DJI Mavic Pro hands-on review

Drones are getting smaller and smarter all the time, but the Mavic Pro is no simple step change – it’s like DJI’s development team has jumped to Warp speed nine.

This tiny quadcopter is jam-packed with tech, squeezing everything we love about the Phantom 4 into a smaller shell – then leaving it in the dust with some truly fantastic new features. And that’s before you fold the rotors away and sling it into a bag.

It’s so small you can hold it in one hand, but it’s faster, more intelligent and less likely to crash than anything that’s come before it. Throw in an excellent, gimbal-stabilised 4K camera and it’s easy to see why a whopping 560 million aerial photos and videos have been taken with DJI drones in the company’s short 10 year lifetime.

After getting some early flight time with the Mavic Pro this week, it’s clear other drone companies are going to have to step up their game – DJI just left everything else on the launchpad.

Foldable Drone Wars: DJI Goes For GoPro’s Jugular With The Mavic Pro

The drone wars between industry leader DJI and rival GoPro are not only heating up, they’re folding in on themselves.

Just eight days after GoPro finally pulled back the wraps on Karma, its foldable drone, DJI unveiled a foldable drone of its own, the Mavic Pro.

At first glimpse, these seem like very similar products, each capable of being folded into a small package that’s meant for easy transport. The two drones also have similar price tags. Although Karma’s base price is only $799, that doesn’t include a camera. A bundle including a new Hero5 Black runs $1,099, and with a new Hero5 Session, it’s $999.

DJI just announced the release of their ultra portable consumer drone: the Mavic Pro. The Mavic offers a number of interesting features including the ability to track and follow its user, which is something that the GoPro Karma that was just released last week cannot do. It also has the same obstacle avoidance and tracking modes that can be found on the DJI Phantom 4 – features the Karma lacks.

The Mavic can fly at speeds up to 40MPH in ‘sport’ mode and can remain stable flying in winds up to 24MPH. The Mavic films in 4K/30p or 1080p at 96fps, and has a battery life of around 27 minutes of continuous flight time. On board the drone is a 12MP camera on a three-axis gimbal that can focus as close as 48cm/19in. The Mavic Pro offers DNG Raw shooting, and DJI claims that thanks to its gimbal design, it’s possible to shoot 2-second-long exposures from the air. A Tripod Mode is included that enables finer camera angle and position adjustments so you can frame your selfie just right.

Also of note is the Mavic Pro’s updated ActiveTrack mode that is trained to identify objects like people, cars and animals and can follow, circle or lead in front of its subject.

DJI Mavic Pro Review – Quality Compared to Phantom 4 & Inspire 1

Several early Mavic Pro review videos currently circle the web, where testers claim that the Mavic Pro image is much softer than previous drone generations. In light of the already limited 4K quality of drones like the Phantom 4 or Inspire 1, this claim made little sense, so we set out to get our hands on our own early DJI Mavic Pro review sample to check and here is our observation.

You can control the Mavic Pro using its new compact remote controller, which weighs about half a pound and includes a built-in LCD display and dedicated function buttons. And you can control it from your smartphone’s touchscreen.

Like other DJI products, the Mavic will also be able to live stream the video to Facebook Live, Periscope, and YouTube Live through the DJI GO app. The app also allows you to edit and share saved videos, adding a soundtrack with the music automatically synced to the video before uploading to social media sites.

As the Mavic flies, it scans the world around it, creating a 3D map that tells it exactly where it can fly and what it needs to avoid. Because it uses vision processing, it can see up to 98′ in front and can accurately measure distance up to 49′ in front, making it significantly more accurate than sonar based avoidance technologies. When the Mavic detects an obstacle and sees a way around it, it will simply adjust its route to fly around it. If it can’t see a way around, it will slow to a stop gently and hover until you tell it what to do next.

This obstacle avoidance system is activated in every Intelligent Flight Mode, including all ActiveTrack modes, TapFly, and Terrain Follow. If you use Automatic Return to Home, it switches on too, so that as the Mavic makes its way back to you, it won’t bump into anything in its path. Avoidance is effective when flying at speeds up to 22 mph

Sport Mode

Sport Mode was designed for fun, giving the Mavic a top speed of 40 mph, all the while ramping up agility and responsiveness, to give you a taste of drone racing. You can also use it to film something fast, or zip out to catch a shot before the moment passes. Even in Sport Mode, the Mavic will stop immediately if you let go of the controls.

We Flew DJI’s Incredible New Foldable Drone

The Mavic Pro is surprisingly tiny. With the legs and propellers folded in, it collapses down to “the size of a bottle”, which is very, very small by drone standards. It makes transportation infinitely easier relative to some of the larger, more cumbersome drones out there. It weighs less than 800g, which will be important for regulatory reasons.

Folded up, it looks rather bug-like to my eyes. A bit like a grasshopper. The propellers are user-replaceable and there’s a “Fly More Combo” pack that includes some extra blades, batteries and a charging hub. The drone will fit inside a dedicated – albeit optional – backpack, meaning less worries taking the drone “on location”. This also comes with the combo pack.

Even the remote control collapses down to a more transportable size. There are grips at the base that are designed to hold your smartphone, and these fold flat against the main body when not in use. The antennae at the top, too, collapse and lock in place to avoid them becoming damaged in transport. A lot of care has been taken to ensure that taking the Mavic Pro on the move isn’t a problem.

Yes, the most obvious feature of the newly-announced Mavic Pro is that it folds down to smaller than a backpack — It’s more of a size to fit in a bag or purse, with a total weight of 1.64 pounds — a bit more than 1 1/2 500mL bottles of water. It just takes a few seconds to pack up; you simply fold the front arms of the drone into the top of the body, the back arms into the bottom, and rotate the rotors together flush with the arms.

GoPro Karma vs. DJI Mavic Pro: Which Drone Wins?

GoPro’s  recently introduced Karma quadcopter won’t land on store shelves until Oct. 23. But thanks to a new competing drone from Chinese market leader DJI, many naysayers are already calling GoPro’s newest product a failure.

More specifically, though many industry watchers expected DJI to respond in the coming months with a successor to its larger, more expensive Phantom 4 drone, it instead sent shock waves through the market by introducing the smaller, cheaper Mavic Pro — and this a little more than a week after Karma’s launch event.

Like Karma, Mavic Pro’s folding design makes it delightfully compact and portable. But on paper, it also “beats” GoPro’s Karma on several fronts, including flight time (27 minutes vs. Karma’s 20), top speed (40 mph vs. Karma’s 35 mph), and maximum range (7 km vs. Karma’s 3 km). What’s more, Mavic Pro features impressive “follow-me” functionality and object avoidance — two notable omissions from Karma’s skill set.

Naturally, GoPro stock initially plunged more than 8% on DJI’s announcement. But it also largely recovered by the end of that day as investors digested the news. In my opinion, there are three big reasons Karma should have no problem succeeding even in the face of its new rival.

So do you want to fly? Do you want to tell stories from the sky?

Drones are fun, but flying a drone can be difficult — you need extra hands to pilot the craft in the right direction, while also keeping the camera pointed at the subject, and, by the way, avoiding accidentally running into obstacles like trees and wires.

Wouldn’t it be so much better if the drone could just fly itself? You could press a button, and it would jump into the air, hovering in place even in winds up to 24 mph. Then just tap on the controller screen, and it would fly to the selected destination while automatically avoiding obstacles in its path.

DJI’s Mavic Pro takes on GoPro’s Karma with smart features

The Mavic Pro can be flown with the controller, of course, or just a smartphone (or as we tested, a combination of the two). The latter is the preferred method if you want to use the drone’s advanced features like ActiveTrack, Gesture mode and TapFly. Both ActiveTrack and Gesture require the drone to recognize a person which during our tests didn’t always happen right away. These features are actually part of the app, which means they’re the same you’ll find on the Phantom drones or Osmo hand-helds.

Once the drone locked on to someone with ActiveTrack, it followed them as they ran and walked around the field. Using on-screen controls, pilots can pivot around the person, which is cool if you want more than just the back of someone’s head in your video. Gesture mode (or selfie mode) was less exciting. While the Mavic is following a person they can make a “camera” gesture in front of their head to start the countdown to a selfie that’s indicated by the device’s flashing lights.


As the Mavic flies, dual forward and downward vision sensors measure the distance between itself and obstacles by taking photos from all four cameras and using the information to create a 3D map that tells it exactly where obstacles are. The dual forward and downward vision sensors require visible light to function, and can see as far as 49ft (15m) in front in bright light. Indoor flying is extremely accurate. The Mavic uses dual forward vision sensors. This setup allows the quadcopter to see obstacles in 3-dimensions up to 15 meters in front and hovering at up to 10 meters without satellite positioning.

Mavic’s efficient propulsion system allows it to fly for up to 27 minutes and reach speeds of 40mph (64kph). I am really surprised by its portability. Its design really saves space when fully folded up. The Mavic has 2 pairs of 8.3 inch foldable propellers with each covering nearly half the length of the aircraft. When you are flying over changing terrain, the Mavic’s Terrain Follow function uses height information gathered by the onboard ultrasonic system, and its downward facing cameras to keep you flying at the same height above the ground even as the ground moves.

DJI goes portable with the Mavic Pro

DJI’s new compact drone Mavic Pro folds down to the size of a water bottle, but packs in a bunch of impressive high spec features. A week after GoPro’s Karma drone was finally announced, the Mavic Pro makes for some exciting competition in this rapidly growing sector.
Despite its size, DJI has not scrimped on the specs: the Mavic Pro is equipped with a stabilised 4K camera and visual navigation system, with a 4.3-mile range and 27 minutes worth of flight time. The footage captured can be viewed in 85-degree video using an accompanying set of goggles.

The quadcopter – out October 15 – has been built with a new FlightAutonomy system that boasts five cameras, GPS and GLONASS navigation systems, a pair of ultrasonic range finders, and 24 computing cores. The new system can navigate and plan routes for the Mavic Pro, which allows it to avoid obstacles with or without the help of satellite signals. The drone is even semi-autonomous in some intelligent flight modes, and will avoid most obstacles at speeds up to 22mph.

Battle of the Drones: DJI Mavic takes on the GoPro Karma, but which has air superiority?

Technology moves fast—especially in markets that are growing as rapidly as that of the drone, increasingly a must-have for travelers, photographers, filmmakers, and people who like trying new things. And, when drone technology is moving as quickly as it is, it can be dangerous to speak in hyperbole. So when we tried out the PowerEgg, a foldable football-shaped drone by PowerVision, and wondered aloud whether it was the most travel-friendly drone in its class yet, we had no way of knowing that just a month later GoPro would announce Karma, a foldable drone to be used with their cameras, and now, industry-leaders DJI have unveiled their own entrant into the race, with perhaps the highest performing drone that can also fit in your purse.
The Mavic Pro by DJI has four propellers with arms that can be folded and tucked into a body the size of a Nalgene, weighs 743 grams (1.64 pounds—or about the weight of a dozen doughnuts), carries many of the same under-the-hood features as its significantly bulkier predecessor the DJI Phantom 4, and can be controlled using your iPhone. And that’s just the beginning.
A small drone needs small hardware. As such, the Mavic Pro includes DJI’s tiniest three-axis gimbal yet, able to carry a camera shooting 4K footage without any of the at times annoyingly obvious “fisheye effect” of GoPro. In terms of basic functionality—how fast, high, and accurately you can fly the Mavic Pro—the shrink-down in size from the Phantom 4 has had very little effect on its performance. With a full charge, the Mavic Pro can be in the air for 27 minutes, versus the 28 minutes you got with the P4; you get a 74-degree field of view versus 94; and in Sport Mode the Mavic Pro can hit up to 40 miles per hour, versus 45. (At the opposite end of the speed spectrum, with Tripod Mode, the Mavic Pro will glide at a max speed of 2.2 mph, while remaining completely stable—perfect for getting those sweeping shots of migrating wildebeest on your next safari.) When you consider that to travel with the P4—which weighs twice as much as the Mavic Pro—you had to be prepared to carry on a hard shell suitcase instead of a lightweight backpack, all these features are even more impressive. Here’s a drone that’s so easy to travel with, it could convince those intimidated by a crowded and complicated market to give it a shot.

Dji Mavic Pro or GoPro Karma – who will be Top Gun?

With its brand new model, the Mavic Pro, the quadcopter gurus DJI are making a quantum leap. This model is much smaller than previous ones we’ve reviewed like the Phantom or the Inspire. But it can do so much more—they’ve really achieved something here by crafting a more compact and portable model that doesn’t sacrifice performance.

The Mavic Pro, as we’ll see in this review, is a great video-taking machine that aims to help the action sports enthusiast, with one major component of that being its portability.

The DJI Mavic Pro folds down as small as a bottle of water, making it small enough to bring with you everywhere.
New OcuSync transmission system offers up to 4.3 miles (7km) of transmission range.
Fly at up to 40mph (64kmh) or for as long as 27-minutes.
True 4K, fully stabilized ensures smooth footage
ActiveTrack, TapFly and other smart features make professional looking video effortless.
Obstacle Avoidance combined with sensor redundancy increases flight safety and reliability.
Vision positioning paired with GPS and GLONASS ensures precise positioning indoor and outdoors.
Fly by Phone over Wi-Fi for even easier flight

The DJI Mavic PRO has 24 high-performance computing cores with 5 vision sensors and an all-new transmission system. The Mavic Pro flight time is tapped out at 27 minutes, but extra batteries are small and can easily be switched out. It also has internet connectivity, of course, but for the first time ever, it’ll impressively alert you when you fly into restricted or regulated airspace.

DJI’s Mavic Pro Is Tiny, Foldable And Super Smart

DJI Mavic Pro – Folds down as small as a bottle of water!

Proav are pleased to announce the DJI Mavic: the most portable flying camera DJI has ever built. Easy, powerful, creative and worry-free, the Mavic Pro makes it possible to take flight anywhere.

DJI Mavic Pro

The DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that turns the sky into your creative canvass easily and without worry, helping you make every moment an aerial moment. Its compact size hides a high degree of complexity that makes it one of DJI’s most sophisticated flying cameras ever. 24 high-performance computing cores, an all-new transmission system with a 4.3mi (7km) range, 5 vision sensors, and a 4K camera stabilized by a 3-axis mechanical gimbal, are at your command with just a push of your thumb or a tap of your finger.

DJI Mavic Pro DJI Mavic Pro
Key Features:

New OcuSync transmission system offers up to 4.3 miles (7km) of transmission range
Fly at up to 40mph (64kmh) or for as long as 27-minutes
True 4K, fully stabilized ensures smooth footage
ActiveTrack, TapFly and other smart features make professional looking video effortless
Obstacle Avoidance combined with sensor redundancy increases flight safety and reliability
Vision positioning paired with GPS and GLONASS ensures precise positioning indoor and outdoors
Fly by Phone over Wi-Fi for even easier flight

DJI Mavic Pro Review – More Compact & Maneuverable

The Mavic from DJI packs features you once thought possible only on much larger platforms into a compact quadcopter that is snappy, agile, and captures high-resolution images. The drone features an advanced flight control system that draws on a host of sensors — including a ground-facing camera, ultrasound, GPS, dual redundant IMUs, and more — to keep track of where it is flying in 3D space and even avoid collisions. The Mavic works in tandem with DJI’s GO mobile app for accessing settings, getting a telemetry readout, viewing a low-latency video feed, and even editing and sharing your footage. In addition traditional joystick style controls, you can fly with simple tap-based commands, and the Mavic can even recognize gestures for the perfect selfie.

Even though the DJI Mavic is a lot smaller than the Phantom 4, the first test with the powerful leaf blower clearly shows that it holds up surprisingly well in the wind. Moreover, the Phantom tends to drift up much more than the Mavic Pro, especially in extreme winds. The video shot with the Mavic Pro, on the other hand, seems to be more jittery and shaky than the one captured on the Phantom 4. According to producers of the video, this result is mainly due to the narrower field-of-view of the DJI Mavic’s camera and the overall smaller factor of the drone itself.

For all pixel peepers out there, the image quality of the Mavic video is indeed a bit softer in comparison to the Phantom 4 when shooting in 4K, but this shortcoming can be easily fixed in post. As a rule, less sharpness means fewer artifacts and more forgiving images as a result, but if this aspect is an essential consideration for your workflow, then the Phantom 4 would be the better choice. Meanwhile, the narrower field of view of the Mavic’s camera allows moving the camera in multiple directions including pointing up when hovering without seeing the propellers in your frame, which is another big selling point for some users.

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