DJI Mavic Pro Review – Specs , Pros and Cons

Introduction:

DJI has never failed drone lovers.DJI Mavic Pro's release date is 15th October 2016. This drone will be incredibly satisfying to fly. No drone ever made offers so many features in such a small package and at such an affordable cost. This drone of DJI is all set to give a hard time to the newly launched Go-Pro drone, Karma.

Karma is priced about the same ($750) but it cannot fly as long as Mavic Pro in one charge. It does not have obstacle avoidance and cannot follow you automatically. It is also believed that the new model of DJI will give a tough time to its own brother, namely, DJI Phantom 4.

Highlight of this model:

The highlight of this model is that it is foldable

This small and foldable drone has big brains and awesome built-in features. Built-in obstacle avoidance, self-piloted return landings, geofencing, subject tracking and front and bottom-mounted sensors increase the appeal of Mavic.

Mavic Pro can achieve maximum 65 kph of speed in the sport mode. This makes it a decent model for drone racing. Mavic Pro can also fly steadily even the face of 39 kph winds.

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  Specifications:

What Is In The Kit ?

  • Mavic Pro drone
  • Remote Controller
  • 3 DJI batteries
  • 16 GB Micro SD card
  • Charging Hub
  • Battery to power bank adapter
  • Car charger
  • Shoulder Bag
  • 4 Extra propellers
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DESIGN:

When folded up, the size of this quadcopter is 3.27 x 7.8 x 3.27 inches. This is nearly the same size as your water bottle. This drone weighs only 743 g and is perhaps, one of the lightest drones ever made. This is mainly because of the new aerodynamic and ultralight neDJI Mavic Pro is the first model of DJI company which is small enough to be carried in the pocket of a winter coat or in a purse than a hard pack which is specially designed for it.

This foldable model has two front arms which can swing back and two rear limbs which can flip downwards and towards the main body of the quadcopter. It is a solid small-sized yet a feature-rich model.

There is also a small cover which hides the micro SD slot. The model of Mavic Pro also includes a small switch with which you can switch between your phone and the remote controller for flying the drone.

SCREEN UP:

The greatest barrier with drones has always been the intimidating controls but DJI is trying to change this situation with its offerings. Mavic Pro can be simply used with its bundled controller. After partnering your drone controller with a smartphone and latest DJI app installed, you can take full advantage of the gimbal controlled camera feed which is displayed on the screen.

Basically, you can do this simple set-up by opening the hinged side panels present at the bottom of the controller.Here you can place your smartphone between the rubber grooves. There is also a range of adapters to make hardwire connection to the remote controller. This has no WiFi pairing.

The meaning of this discussion is to prove that the controller is very to set-up once you have released the two antennas at the top.

REMOTE CONTROLLER:

The new controller of this model is entirely different from those of the previous models. The controller of Mavic Pro has a new LCD screen which displays a lot of information. It also has signal meters for motor RPM, GPS and the drone's speed. It also shows the battery level of the drone and the controller. The bottom of the screen shows a 'clearance' indicator. Just like a gaming console, there are two buttons on the back of the controller which can be programmed to do different things. The top-left corner sports a gimbal tilt wheel.

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The shoulder buttons allow you to take a photo and start or stop a video. The jog wheel on the right-hand side of the controller can be set to change the exposure, ISO and other image settings. The controller is built to be universal. It can accept any iPhone or Android phone. So it can be a little tricky to plug the Lighting connector to your phone. The fold out arms of the controller has rubber inserts which can tightly grip your phone. So it will be important for you to remove the cover of your phone (if any).

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VIDEO AND IMAGES:

The 28 mm lens of the model finds a perfect balance between getting everything in the frame without being too wide so that everything gets distorted. The level of control to tweak the exposure is pretty complex. Some other serious drawback is that you cannot take off the camera for non-airborne adventures. This is mainly because of the non-removable gimbal.

Apart from this, the camera quality is excellent and at par with other models of DJI. It can record 4k video at 30 fps 1080 p footage at 96 fps. Users can also snap 12 MP images in Adobe's DNG format. With Mavic Pro, it will also be possible for users to take two second long exposures. The three-axis gimbal promises to deliver sharp results. The gimbal is designed to turn the camera 90-degrees for capturing tall architecture.

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The drone can easily set ISO sensitivity and white balance automatically in flight. You can easily gauge aperture and speed on the screen. You can set the focus by tapping the screen and selecting whether you want to shoot RAW files or JPEGs. It is extremely important to remember that you must tap the screen before you click any picture with the drone camera.

In case you miss it, you will get a blurred image as the lens would not have a fixed focus. You will be blown away by the stabilized and ultra-steady video made by Mavic Pro. If you allow your drone to hover in one place and record a video, you will think that you are looking at a photo. This is the height of stability in the model.

After taking most incredible images and videos, you can even edit them with a few taps in the DJI Go Editor. Then you can share the final piece of art with everyone.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Mavic Pro is like a one-man army. You do not need a film crew when you want to shoot with this model. All you need is Active Track. The Active Track feature helps you to shoot like a pro. All you have to do is to tell the drone who it has to track.
  • The Trace feature makes the quadcopter fly behind or in front of your subject. It can also make the quadcopter circle as and when it moves.
  • The Profile feature enables the drone to fly alongside the subject.
  • The Spotlight feature is a very interesting one. Using this, you can keep the camera trained and focussed on your subject while you fly almost anywhere.

MODES:

  • The Gesture Mode is a new feature in the world of drones. This feature enables you to take 'dronefies'. With Mavic Pro in the air pointing at you, a gesture by your arms or hands is all that the drone takes to take a photo. You can wave your hands to get the attention of your quadcopter. You can signal a 'Y' with your arms to tell the drone to focus on you. If you mimic a photoframe with your hand, the drone will click a 'dronefie' for you.
  • The Tripod Mode ensures that every move of the Mavic Pro is slow, steady and precise. This mode comes in handy when you are flying indoors or when you do not want to fly the model very fast.
  • The Sport Mode unlocks the full speed potential of this model. This mode is perfect for drone racing. This mode will allow a speed of up to 64.8 kph.
  • The Return to Home Mode of DJI Mavic Pro ensures that the drone automatically returns to its launch point in case the battery is low or if it loses signal with your remote.

BATTERIES:

  • The batteries of DJI Mavic Pro are smarter, easier and safer. The Intelligent Flight Batteries of the model have taken the safety levels of DJI models to an entirely new level. Many powerful drone batteries have been unreliable but with their own integrated brains, DJI batteries have stood the test of time and are as easy and safe to use as a regular rechargeable.
  • Each battery costs $90 and takes approximately 75 minutes to charge. A fully charged battery will go for as long as 27 minutes. This is the best flight time which has ever been delivered by any drone in the drone market.

SENSORS:

One of the most common problems in drones is that the sensor may not work properly. This may lead to some avoidable crashes and flight failures. For this very reason, Mavic Pro has front-facing sensors. It is an important feature which prevents the quadcopter from crashing. Whenever the drone approaches an obstacle ahead of it, it jerks to a halt and hovers at a distance of eight feet from such obstacle.

HEADSET:

New DJI Goggles headset has been launched for this model. It displays an 85-degree view from the drone on a 1080p display. The Goggles can deliver amazing clarity and lag-free quality of pictures. Most users would not need this until and unless they are racing the drone in the Sport Mode.

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PROS:


  • DJI Mavic Pro is incredibly small and easy to carry.
  • The flight time is excellent when compared to other DJI models. Mavic Pro has a competitive edge over other drones in the market as it offers additional 2 minutes of flight.
  • You do not have to mess around screwing the propellers one by one. With Mavic Pro, you have to simply flip the four legs out. On powering up, the propellers automatically slip out into their position.
  • Mavic Pro is quieter than many other quadcopters.
  • The model is highly stable and steady even during a 20-mph wind.
  • You can also pair up two Goggles to a Mavic Pro. Each Goggle receives a 1080p video feed from the camera.
  • You can orchestrate the flight of your drone with your hands. You can give gestures for a particular direction and the quadcopter will follow your suit.
  • Mavic Pro also takes a video of the launch spot before taking off. Due to this very reason, it can land within one inch of its take-off point.
  • The all-new transmission system (OcuSync transmission) offers 7 km of transmission range is at your command with just a tap on your screen or a push of your thumb.
  • The drone comes with many interesting built-in features and modes. The Active Track feature is the highlight of the model.
  • The 'Gesture' feature makes Mavic Pro one of its kind. You can simply park the drone in the air, aim the camera at yourself and then ditch the remote controller. You can trigger the quadcopter to take a 'dronfie' (like a selfie) only with your hand or arm gestures.
  • Mavic Pro is a very safe model and all the drastic moves of the drone are kept at a bay.
  • Front facing sensors make the quadcopter crash proof and ensure a safe flight. This positioning can help the drone in seeing the obstacles from a distance and prevents it from crashing into any hurdle.
  • The flight autonomy technology enables Mavic Pro to see obstacles as far away as 15 m in front and provides absolute precision.
  • You can fly Mavic Pro by phone or over Wi-Fi for even easier flight
  • Vision positioning is paired with GLONASS and GPS and ensures precise positioning, both indoor and outdoors.

CONS:


  • The field of view of Mavic's camera is not very wide. In this respect, DJI Phantom and Karma are better options.
  • In certain lighting conditions, you may get certain blue casts in your pictures or videos. The Automatic White Balance setting of the drone can be better.
  • It is a complex model and you need to learn about all the features and settings before flying this.

FINAL VERDICT:

There is no doubt that folding drones will be the future of the drone market. As DJI has unveiled Mavic Pro, we are sure that this will become the bandwagon on which most of the drone-making companies would like to jump. Mavic Pro may seem to be expensive but it is definitely worth it. It seems to be the most accessible drone made by DJI till date.

The model has a better technology inside it when compared to Phantom 4. The number of its pros outweigh the cons and you cannot find a better deal at this price. Between gesture controls and improved smartphone app, DJI has made a drone that is much easier to use and control for the less technical minded people.

Mavic Pro should appeals those classes of people who have been watching drone for long by the wayside and are itching hard to make their own. There is only one significant downside in the model and it is that you cannot remove the gimbal and the camera for ground-based filming. But Mavic Pro's portability and durability are real winners.

DJI has got rid of its biggest turn-offs and you would not have to carry a big lug case to carry the drone. It is a highly recommended model and you should grab a piece as soon as you find it in the market. In case you want to check out the quality of video yourself, follow the link mentioned below.

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