Review DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter Fly More

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. The 24 high-performance computing cores, an all-new transmission system with a 4.3-mile range, four vision sensors and a 4K camera stabilized by a three-axis mechanical gimbal, are at your command with just a push of your thumb or a tap of your finger.


DJI Mavic Pro:

  • Inside the Mavic’s pocket-sized remote controller is DJI’s brand new OcuSync transmission technology, with a range of 4.3 miles and Full HD 1080p video streaming
  • OcuSync is an all new DJI designed long range transmission technology capable of up to 4.3 miles of transmission range (unobstructed), HD 720p long range and Full HD 1080p short range video streaming — far surpassing the capabilities of any WiFi transmission system
  • Using Flight Autonomy it can see obstacles as far away as 49′ in front, so that it can fly at up to 22mph while avoiding the things it sees
  • 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
  • FlightAutonomy technology means the Mavic can hover precisely in more environments and automatically land almost exactly where you took off
  • When you tell the Mavic to fly home, it will return to that coordinate, match the video and land back at your feet
  • Custom-designed high-energy density batteries, an intensely efficient optimized propulsion system and advanced power management systems give the Mavic a much longer flight time than you would expect from its compact size, capable of reaching an absolute max flight time of 27 minutes
  • In regular use, you can expect flight times of approximately 21 minutes
  • The Mavic is the only drone of its size to carry an integrated high-precision 3-axis mechanical camera stabilization system, giving you crystal clear photos and smooth videos, without losing a single pixel
  • Image stabilization and camera drones go hand in hand, because without it, your photos may blur and your videos will jerk
  • The Mavic carries an expertly miniaturized camera stabilization system known as a 3-axis gimbal

  • When you have a 4K sensor, you expect 4K results without compromises
  • Every shot you take with the Mavic Pro can be up to 4K, captured at 30 frames per second
  • Active Track uses deep learning, computer vision and advanced autonomous flight strategies to make complex, creative shots as simple as possible with just a tap
  • No GPS bracelets, no transmitters
  • The Mavic has been trained to detect and recognize a number of common subjects including people, bike riders, vehicles and even animals
  • Once you have marked your subject, you can fly around them to create a huge variety of shots depending on the mode you are in
  • Choose from Trace, Profile or Spotlight, to give every scene you shoot that professional touch
  • As the Mavic is tracking, you can even select exactly where you want them in the frame, for more control over your final shot
  • Every photo you take with the Mavic can be as big as 12 megapixels
  • Combined with an image sensor that has been expertly tuned for aerial images, all you need to do is find the perfect subject
  • You can even flip the camera 90 degrees for portrait oriented shots, just like you do with your phone
  • If you are as concerned about editing as you are about composition, you can capture every photo in Adobe DNG RAW to give you all the editing power you need to turn any photo into a work of art
  • Sometimes a phone is all you need to fly
  • Not only does the Mavic support flying on your phone with Virtual Joysticks, but you also have full access to all of its Intelligent Flight Modes — TapFly, Trace, Spotlight, Profile and Circle
  • Using just your phone, you can capture photos and video so incredible, that no one will believe you did it by tapping a screen

Should I buy the DJI Mavic Pro?

Do you want a tiny flying camera that doesn’t compromise on battery life, flying agility and image quality, all the while maintaining a relatively affordable price tag? If so, the Mavic Pro is the best choice right now.

DJI has outdone itself with this dinky drone, which brings toether the best attributes of the Phantom range while adding more features and massively boosting the portability. It’s a soaring success.

If you’re not after something quite so advanced, the dinky DJI Spark is worth considering, but for our money we think it’s worth stretching for the DJI Mavic Pro if you can owing to superior video and battery life.

Video and stills

The 28mm lens DJI has chosen for the Mavic Pro finds a good balance between getting plenty in the frame without being too wide so that everything is distorted a bit too much – it’s actually a similar field of view to most smartphones, while the level of control to adjust exposure goes way beyond a simple point-and-shoot compact.

As well as being able to set white balance and ISO sensitivity (100-1,600) inflight, you can set the focus by tapping the screen and select whether you want to shoot JPEGs or raw files, or both, while shutter speed and aperture are relayed on screen so you can gauge if you need to boost the ISO or not.

How long will it last?

Probably a few years or more. DJI constantly rolls out updates to its products, and we have no reason to think the Mavic Pro will be any different. Firmware updates come through on a regular basis, and DJI already has a suite of upgrades, attachments, and accessories in the works. So, assuming you don’t destroy it, the DJI Mavic Pro should last you for quite some time.

Pros

  • Brilliantly portable
  • Nice 4K footage and 12MP photos
  • Decent flight time
  • Numerous smart flight features

Cons

  • Images suffer a little in low light

I’ve wanted to buy a drone forever. No reason, really, just seemed cool. I had a pile of cheap gyro-helicopters and universally crashed them on the first flight. Needless to say, my fear of immediately crashing a $1000 drone was what held me back. When the Mavic was released, I decided to give it a try. It was less $ than previous DJIs and was touted as “easy to fly.” I couldn’t agree more. My Mavic arrived a few days ago after ordering in October. DJI apparently had a big problem keeping up with the demand. In the meantime I watched 7 million youtube videos and got even more excited. The build quality is equivalent to an apple product. High-end materials, everything just works. Being petrified of crashing, I read and re-read the manuals before flight. It was totally unnecessary, because the Mavic flies itself. Not completely true – I’m glad I read the manual because it gave me a little confidence, but I was still nervous. My first flight was inside my office. I had NEVER flown a “real” quadcopter before, and I was able to guide it around corners, into my colleague’s office (sorry Mike), and even up a stairway. The controls are intuitive and seem to respond just as you intend – if you mash the forward, the Mavic rips forward; if you finesse, it crawls. The Mavic is much quieter than I expected. I have seen some Phantoms around, and they sound like weedwhackers. The mavic is a lower hum. Still not sneaky-quiet, but not as offensive as I expected. I could see using this in a crowd (don’t because it’s dangerous) without people really noticing. The video quality is really good. I have not uploaded anything to my computer for editing, but for a novice I was impressed by the sharpness and color saturation. I am a camera geek so I was a little suspicious of DJI’s claims, but my initial take is that the camera is really, really good for the size. I have flown the Mavic 3 times in past day, and tried out the active track, which worked once, didn’t work the other time. On that, however, I was standing on icy snow with my back to the bright sun, so the camera was definitely getting blinded. when I tried it in better light it was much easier. The app download was a little confusing – the Apple App store has two versions of DJI GO (3 and 4). Get 4. It works well, and easily. The most recent Mavic user manual from DJI says to get 4, otherwise I would not have known. Again, I have literally never used anything like this, and I was able to get the app synced to the controller/drone and up and running in no time. Overall, this is an absolute must if you’re like me and have been holding out or on the fence. I can’t wait to bring it along on vacations, or even just in the back yard. My wife has never touched an RC anything and was able to take off, zip around the house, and land with ease. Highly recommended!


I was able to buy a bundle pack on 11/18. This is my first drone, so I was a little apprehensive about flying it, but it has a beginner mode that is very helpful to build confidence before letting it get to far away. After running through one battery (20 mins) I felt ready to take off Begging Mode. The Mavic is so easy to fly, the hardest part is just getting familiar with all the features. I have flown mine almost every day and typically go through all 3 batteries. I get 20+ minutes of flight time with each battery, but have still ordered 2 more, so I can have one in the drone and 4 charging on the 4 port charging hub. The 4k video is insane, it is nearly impossible to take a bad video. Tripod feature slows down the drown so you get cinematic shots. I have let a couple friends who have all flown other drones and they can’t wait to get their own!


Having been able to use a model provided by DJI for testing I believe that this is by far the best drone for people who travel or play outdoor sports and need something they can toss into their backpack and go. The camera does a great job with 4K most people should probably shoot in 1080P at 120 fps if they want to get some really cool shots they can edit into slow shots. Compared to the Karma by GoPro, this is a far superior flying platform with tons more advanced features but the GoPro Hero 5 is a much superior camera.

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