DJI Mavic Pro review: Powerful and Portable Drone

24 Nov
2016

DJI made a big statement launching the Mavic Pro drone.

For the first time, the business ‘s greatest and most useful technological improvement can be seen in a product that costs less than £1,000. What’s more, that product is easily the most portable and user-friendly drone to date.
With a groundbreaking design, its remarkable spec list and relatively low cost, definitely the Mavic Pro can’t fail to impress?

PROS

  • Follow mode
  • Gesture controls
  • App-only accessibility

CONS

  • Unremovable camera and gimbal

Design

One of the most notable characteristics of the Mavic Pro is its size. We’ve seen bunches of the technology before, on drones like the Phantom 4, but we’ve never seen it packed into this kind of mobile and compact goods.
The Mavic Pro is also a much meaner-looking merchandise, with more of the contours and angular sharp edges of a stealth bomber, in place of the bulbous, round finish of the Phantom.

Unlike the Phantom series, the Mavic Pro also doesn’t rest on a built-in set of helicopter-like stands. It nearly lies flat on its belly, resting on the short legs which protrude downwards from the quadcopter arms.

These arms are unusual as they are readily folded into the body. The front arms fold inward towards the top of the chassis, while the rear arms pivot downwards to tuck into the underside, leaving you with a product which readily fits into your hand and could be thrown into a backpack.

Controller Ability & Setup

In terms of controlling, what the Mavic Pro has set up is kind of fascinating. It does have a regular controller, regarding the shape and size of the garden-variety game controller. It has its screen, with indicators and also the power to track the camera live. The display gives you the basic flight info you will need, without being all-inclusive.
The control is hand-friendly and user-friendly for people who like using small drone controllers that comprise the aircraft.

However, you can select to forget about the control and utilize a smartphone instead. What’s interesting about this alternative is that only with the smartphone (which, again, means a lower-priced drone) do you get quite a several interesting features new to the Mavic.

Attributes

As feature lists go there aren’t many that match the variety of useful and market-leading technological abilities of the Mavic Pro, at least not at this price point or in a device this small.

First up, the 3,830mAh battery – despite being streamlined – has been designed to handle between 21 and 27 minutes of flight time, depending on what type of flying you’re doing, in what conditions and how fast. That is a maximum distance of eight miles, providing there’s no wind. Obviously, the battery is a little less long-lasting if the drone is being forced to contend with a stiff breeze.

In our experience, we rarely got anything close to 27 minutes of flying. Being autumn, and thus physically impossible to escape the wind, the drone was being driven to work hard to fight the elements, causing the battery draining within 20 minutes.

On the plus side, it did go to show how good the drone is at fighting the wind. While you can tell the motors were working hard to keep the drone in the air, and in place, it still managed to stay very steady. That’s fantastic news for capture purposes.

Then there is the proprietary OcuSync transmission built into the new control, which has a range up to 4.3 miles (7km). Before making its way back to you in other words, if it flies as far away as you can before losing signal, it would probably run out of battery. This same transmission technology is used in the brand new Goggles VR-type headset for first-person-view through the drone’s camera.

Flight Characteristics & Functionality

But if those things, particularly the selfie, sound a bit gimmicky, other flight characteristics are a great deal more practical and amazingly useful. The machine having the aptitude to monitor itself and navigate and is a dynamo of recognition. It’s no less than four vision sensors. With dual satellite connectivity, it reaches up to twenty satellites which aid in its navigation.

It makes a note of where it’s, meaning, when the DJI Mavic Pro takes off, where you are. This helps facilitate the selfie thing, above, but in addition, it means that it can get back to the house when the battery is fading, and you also may activate a car landing setting that sets it down right at your feet.

The issue of losing your drone or landing it atop your local police station should be long gone. You’re looking at a 4.3-mile range, too, so you can cut loose and know you haven’t lost $800.

Video & Camera Aspects

So what about the item, the paydirt, the bottom line? What form of footage does it shoot? Well, it will get you quite secure footage, since the camera is made into the aircraft and not attached by the gimbal. As you might guess, the graphic is just astonishing right up there with high-def video you’ll see posted online, basically as sharp as a lot of TV shows.

Buildings, horizons, construction cranes, birds, are all in sharp relief and crisp. They aren’t exactly at the Phantom 4 degree… but at 1/4 of the size, the quality is still outstanding.

In 1080p, you get 30 frames per second; otherwise 30 frames per second. Isn’t, in terms of the matrices, the very highest end of the market, but the video is of top quality.

Verdict

On paper, the Mavic Pro appears like DJI accessible drone yet. It is priced right and compared to the GoPro Karma, it’s also more affordable with an included camera, no less. Between the improved smartphone app and gesture managements, DJI has formed a drone that’s much simpler to control for the less technically minded.
Mavic Pro should appeal to those who’ve been watching drone footage by the wayside and are itching to make their own. By creating a device that is certainly simpler and a lot more mobile to control DJI has finally done away with two of the greatest turn-offs of drones.