The Mavic Pro was initially intended to be shipped to consumers and conquering the sky a lot sooner. But thanks to a bunch of in-house problems and technicalities, a lot of you won’t be able to see what your Mavic Pro is really made of until 2017.
If you’re one of the many unlucky drone lovers out there who hasn’t got the opportunity to take to the skies as yet, you’ll love this breakdown of the Mavic Pro’s killer features. If you’re someone who’s kind of on the fence about whether it’s up to speed or not — read on with caution.
The DJI Mavic Pro is bound to make you a believer.
Nowadays portability is the order of the day, whether you’re into laptops, drones or what have you. People want the best qualities in the most high-quality products and they want them with as much convenience as possible.
When it comes to drones (among other products) great portability usually comes at a great price. And no, I don’t mean cash. Some manufacturers struggle to offer you that level of convenience while keeping all the features in check, and ensuring that the overall quality of the product is on par with promises.
The DJI Mavic Pro isn’t a perfect product. But it sure as heck is a well-rounded one. Let’s get into some of its features.
Flight range is one of the features that makes the DJI Mavic Pro a beast in the sky. Most notably, the OcuSync feature. What this does is allow you to push the Mavic Pro’s maximum range to almost 4 miles. Not only does it improve upon the range of the drone, but it also helps to boost its resistance to interference.
In terms of the signal, the drone can achieve anywhere between 11,000 to 17,000 ft. Mind you, a lot of these numbers will depend on the condition you’re flying your drone in. Just rest assured you’re getting some solid range here.
At shorter ranges, users can stream footage at 1080p resolution. And the unit enables you to download videos at an astounding 40 Mbps. If that doesn’t impress you then go ahead and stop reading this review right now.
You have my blessing.
That’s not all the tricks the Mavic Pro has up its sleeve. Sure, you’ll recognize a lot of these flight modes from the DJI’s poster child the Phantom 4. But the Mavic Pro isn’t following in the footsteps of its predecessor. It offers those familiar flight modes plus two new ones. And they are total game changers.
Let’s talk about Terrain Follow and Gesture Mode.
The DJI Mavic Pro isn’t so much ‘following’ the Phantom as it is helping to redefine an already effective and groundbreaking paradigm
When in Terrain Follow mode, the Mavic Pro uses a unique downward vision system to maintain a particular distance from ground level. This makes the drone super-efficient for users who are into filming.
What’s more, this is especially effective when locations differ in elevation.
If you’re into pictures (more specifically snapping away at your own face for extensive amounts of time) you’ll think THIS particular feature is a Godsend.
Gesture mode allows you to do no more than stand in front of the camera and, well, ‘gesture’. By simply gesticulating a picture frame with your fingers you can command the Mavic Pro to snap away. And just like that you’ve got yourself a selfie.
This is great as you can take photos without clutching the controller in every shot.
If you’re already familiar with DJI’s products, namely the Phantom 4, I’m sure you already know all about the past flight modes that the Mavic Pro has inherited. But I’ll get into it anyway for those who are unaware. Besides, this breakdown of the Mavic Pro wouldn’t be much of a breakdown if I was skipping information would it?
Point of Interest
While Terrain Follow mode and Gesture mode are beyond useful, one of my personal favorite flight modes isn’t so original. But what it lacks in originality, it makes up for by simply being downright cool.
The Point of Interest mode allows you to command the drone to orbit a ‘point of interest’. This could be yourself or any other person or object you so desire. Like Terrain Follow mode, this too is super convenient as it pertains to filming — for obvious reasons.
Follow Me Mode
A familiar feature that enables the drone to follow the user’s movements.
Utilizing the Waypoint mode, you can command the Mavic Pro to repeat flights along a preset route.
With Course Lock, users can adjust the way the unit responds to the joystick — very similar to what lovers of the Phantom 4 are accustomed to.
Mavic Pro Build and Design
Super compact and designed for convenience, the Mavic Pro is still packed with familiar features you’ll find in the beloved Phantom 4. In fact, there’s pretty solid evidence here suggesting that the Mavic Pro does everything the Phantom 4 does — with equal efficiency.
What you have here is essentially one of the toughest hulls you’ll find anywhere. This drone will take a bit of bashing and have nothing to show for it except for that annoying beep. Other than that it’ll be back in the sky like nothing happened. Just don’t crash your drone into concrete at full speed (or at all for that matter) and you should be fine.
Let’s talk a bit about the design. As you can already tell from the photos — it’s great! Folding drones are hardly the 8th wonder of the world. But what DJI has delivered with the Mavic Pro is a new kind of folding drone, one that’s worthy of any attention it gets. Merits to the clever hinge system, the Mavic Pro’s arms fold up neatly, allowing you to easily take it along for the ride.
4k Camera and Compact Controller
The Mavic Pro is equipped with a 4k camera paired with a 3-axis gimbal, making way for not only high-quality shooting but also a guarantee of stability. This element is cool in that it allows users to stabilize video and not sweat bricks worrying about the cutback issue that comes with digital stabilization.
One downside to all of this is that the 3 -axis gimbal assembly is poorly held in place with four rubber bands. Rubber bands are pretty useful, but they have their limit like everything else. If these things snap (and they probably will) then the camera cannot stabilize. In other words, your footage is going to look like Zack Snyder got behind the camera and put his shaky cam technique in full effect.
A closer look at the Controller
A great deal of thought went into the portable controller — in that it’s not too big or small. Let’s just say they didn’t design this thing to give anyone a hard time. When folded, you can pack it away to the point where it’s far from a bother. On top of that, you have all the telemetry data and awesome range to make your day.
Let’s get behind the camera…
Behind the Camera
Active track and optical flow software kick butt and here’s why. They aren’t only tracking objects when your drone is airborne, they also sense obstacles respectively — merits to the cam and image algorithms.
Battery Life, Flight Time
The Mavic Pro may be compact and great for portability, but even better, this drone’s battery life doesn’t suffer for it one bit. Naturally, users can still get tons of flight time out the Mavic Pro.
The rotor system (as advertised) is optimized for a forward flight of 23 – 24 minutes. But users can supposedly achieve 27 minutes of flight time. That is, once they fly at the recommended speed — which in turn means less energy consumption.
When the drone’s battery life hits the 10% mark, the Mavic Pro executes an emergency landing. It should take you about an hour to get this baby back in the sky with a 100 percent charge. That charge time isn’t too bad considering that you do get close to a half hour’s worth of flight time on average.
If you’re a junkie for the sky, go ahead and get a spare battery and fly around to your heart’s content.
Performance and Motor
If you like what you’ve heard about the Mavic Pro thus far, it’ll come as no surprise that it also has one of the best motors around. While it’s not quite as impressive as the Phantom 4’s motor in terms of raw power — the Mavic Pro STILL manages to give its cousin a run for its money.
The Mavic Pro is advertised to be capable of speeds up to 40 miles per hour. But take a look online and you’ll see users’ claim their drones zip through the sky at an astonishing 51 miles per hour! This is (like I said about flight time) dependent on the particular conditions.
Still, I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t impressive.
The Mavic Pro is recorded to cope well on somewhat breezy days as well. Sometimes clocking in at 42 miles per hour.
It’s safe to say, the Mavic Pro not only boasts similar and additional features, but it is without a doubt as efficient as the DJI Phantom 4.
The Standout Features?
Portability definitely falls under this list. The amount of efficiency DJI managed to integrate into a compact unit while maintaining high levels of convenience, is really something to be praised.
But in my personal opinion — things get even better. What am I talking about?
DJI Goggles, Fly your Drone from the Cockpit
This isn’t exactly ‘groundbreaking’ news in the drone circles. But I can’t hide my excitement. It’s one thing to have so-so VR capabilities in a drone; it’s a whole other ball game when one of the best drones coming out in 2017 promises a superior VR experience.
The DJI goggles place users in the cockpit of the Mavic Pro, allowing them to experience a live, bird’s-eye view through the 1080p camera. Take a look at exactly what I mean here.
Well, 2016 is just about at an end and DJI promises this bad boy will be available at the dawn of 2017. What will you be flying in the New Year? It’s hard to lose with such a well-rounded product. But if you’re obsessed with the Phantom model, then feel free to wait for the DJI Phantom 5.