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The DJI Mavic Pro is the newest release by the leading drone manufacturers, and is a compact yet powerful drone, created to meet the consumers’ needs. Even though it has a small size, it possesses features as powerful as the DJI Phantom 4, if not better.
Body and design
DJI has taken all their expertise of creating spectacular unmanned aerial vehicles and applied that knowledge into a compact, sleek and foldable body. The drone was created with portability in mind, and with this foldable design the drone becomes as small as a water bottle with the arms and propellers safely tucked inside.
Users can simply toss the drone into their bag and not have to worry about detaching the props beforehand. Other elements like the camera and gimbal too are protected, as they have a transparent cone surrounding it, so damage to the structure or lens will not be incurred.
Camera and gimbal
The Mavic Pro uses a 3-axis gimbal that provides shake-free footage and pictures when recording in the air, and it is also the smallest gimbal the company has built till now. It features a camera that can record in 4K at 30 fps, as well as 1080p HD at 96 fps. It also has a minimum focusing distance of 19 in (0.5 m), which is a great improvement over the previous DJI drones and DJI Osmo.
The camera can take pictures in 12MP and the picture can also be flipped 90 degrees to a portrait mode for taking vertical photos.
The DJI Mavic Pro has special awareness features like obstacle avoidance and Flight Autonomy guidance system. Obstacle avoidance combined with sensor redundancy increases the flight’s safety and consistency, and the drone is capable of avoiding an obstacle from as far away as 49 ft. (15m). Flight Autonomy also means that the drone can hover more precisely, and can also automatically land back to where it took off.
An amazing new mode is the Sport Mode that allows the drone to fly at super fast speeds of up to 40 mph (64.8 km/h), which is something fliers are really excited about.
The drone has an ActiveTrack mode that lets you shoot like a pro and makes the drone track the person you tell it to. In this mode, the drone can ‘Trace’ the subject by following behind, leading in the front, or circling around it, it can ‘Profile’ the subject by flying along it, or ‘Spotlight’ by focusing only on the subject while you fly it around.
With the Gesture Mode, you can conveniently take a selfie by making a particular gesture when the drone is pointing at you, while the Tripod Mode makes the drone fly slower to just 2.2 mph (3.6 km/h) for easier flying indoors. Another new addition is the Terrain Follow Mode, where the Mavic Pro keeps a level height from the ground, between 1 ft. (0.3 m) to 33 ft. (10 m), allowing it to not fly too close to the ground.
The DJI Mavic Drone can be flown using the compact new remote controller. It is easy to use for flying and the control sticks even give tactile feedback to warn the flier of obstacles around. A smartphone can be mounted on a foldable mount on the controller, which slides away when not in use. Using the smartphone, fliers can view what the drone’s camera is recording and can provide a better viewing experience. You can also Tap to Fly where you want by simply tapping.
The DJI remote controller uses the new OcuSync encrypted transmission system that provides an amazing range of up to 4.3 miles (7 km) and can also live stream at 1080p video resolution to Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube using the DJI GO app.
The drone uses an Intelligent Flight Battery that is safer and easier to use than regular ones. It provides a flight time of around 27 minutes when flying at speeds of up to 40mph (64kmh), which is actually longer than the flight time that the new GoPro Karma Drone boasts.
The DJI Mavic Pro is compatible with the DJI Goggles, which allows the wearer to have a 90-degree view from the drone in 1080p. The goggles make use of OcuSync that helps in displaying the video directly from the drone instead of the controller, lessening lag to 120 milliseconds. You can also control the drone using the goggles, as looking down tilts the camera down, and looking left or right makes it change direction.
The drone can also be flown using a smartphone with the DJI GO app over Wi-Fi for convenience, while all pictures and videos can be edited and shared easily and conveniently using the DJI Go Editor. It has Vision positioning paired with GPS and GLONASS and is even equipped with 2 of each key sensors so the second one starts working incase the first fails.