A Look at the DJI Mavic Pro
If you've looked up in the sky lately, or watched a video online, chances are, you've seen some amazing “birds-eye views” from above. These beautiful images are captured by drones – otherwise known as UAV's – unmanned aerial vehicles.
Drones are remotely-controlled cameras that fly and capture still or video images. There are 3 classes of drones: toy, hobby and pro. Today, we're going to examine a pro-class UAV that is so economical and so convenient to carry, that our “hobbyists” are going to be tempted to pick up this powerful, practically fits-in-your-pocket drone.
Lets Have a Look at Who Makes this Power-House:
DJI, located in Shenzhen , the “Silicon Valley” of China, was founded in 2006, and has since become a leader in the drone industry. With the release of this “cross-over” drone – the Mavic Pro – DJI has kicked its offerings up a notch. The Mavic Pro can be considered a “cross-over” drone because even though it is classified as a “professional” piece of equipment, its size, price, weight, and convenience factor gives it mass appeal, and we wouldn't be surprised to see hobbyists picking this one up, too.
The DJI Mavic has all of the professional qualities of larger drones: image stabilization, sensors that give you obstacle avoidance, subject tracking, and autonomous landing. It shoots 4K video at 30 fps (frames per second), and 1080p High Definition (HD) at 96 fps. It uses a 12-megapixel camera with support for Adobe DNG RAW.
And it's about the size of your small water bottle.
Here Are Some Unique Features of this Drone:
It can fly for about 27 minutes – a distinct advantage over larger, heavier drones that have far shorter flight times
It can stream live video up to 4.3 miles away
It can fly at up to 40 mph
You can fly it with your smartphone
It has vision positioning paired with GPS (a visual navigation system)
You can fly it outdoors as well as indoors
It has precision hovering
It uses “Flight Autonomy” technology to sense obstacles up to 49 ft. away
DJI's CEO/Founder, Frank Wang, said, "DJI has spent a decade making it easier for anyone to fly, and by rethinking everything about how a drone looks, we have created an entirely new type of aerial platform for anyone to explore their creativity. Mavic Pro is a technological triumph filled with features that once again show how DJI leads the industry."
So How Small Is It?
Pros and hobbyists alike are interested in this new “pocket” drone. How can it be so small and still get the results of a larger professional drone? The 4 arms and propellers holding the rotors fold in over the streamlined body, so while you can't quite get it in your jeans pocket, you can carry it in your backpack, purse or tote bag quite easily. It's designed to be ultra-portable and quick to launch.
It can be operated by either a long-range remote controller or by your smartphone at a shorter range. Smartphone users also get the advantage of being able to be set up and airborne in under a minute.
OK, We Get It, It's Small... But How About Performance?
The Mavic Pro is remarkably steady, even without the controller in your hand. Set up is easy: arms out, power up, calibrate, and it's ready to fly. The dual display controller allows your smartphone to act as a monitor. And, when the images it captures are reviewed, it's nothing short of remarkable – the color, the clarity, and the steadiness of the footage are all what you'd expect from professional technology.
DJI calls it the “most intelligent drone ever.” It offers features like an updated “ActiveTrack,” which gives you the ability to follow a moving subject; “Gesture Mode,” which allows you to have the drone locate you, center you in the frame, and snap a photo with a specific motion; “Tripod Mode,” which gives you precise, slow control over where the drone flies; “TapFly,” which is great for beginner pilots who may have difficulty with the joysticks of the controller – it allows you to just tap where you want the drone to go and it will fly smoothly in that direction; and “Terrain Follow,” which allows you to keep the drone at the same height off the ground, great for flying in uneven terrain; the Mavic Pro also has two sets of sensors where one acts as a backup so that system will always be reliable.
And it's easy to share what you capture, too... You can live stream to Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube by using the DJI GO app, and editing your footage is done using DJI GO Editor.
What Do The Pros Have To Say?
The reports from the pros thus far have been favorable. Most users are impressed with the size, price, quality and portability of the Mavic Pro. When asked what his take was, Tom Wasinski, owner of Aerial Agents, said, "I like the 4-mile range and the convenience of the Mavic Pro; I can see this being in every film-makers' toolbox. This drone will have a great impact on our industry."
What is the Price, and When is It Available?
The Mavic Pro is $999 including the remote controller. You can purchase it without the remote for $749. Additional batteries are $89 each, and DJI is also offering a Mavic Pro package – two extra batteries, extra propellers, a charging hub, adapter, car charger, and shoulder bag – for $1,299.
This drone began shipping October 15th and is being sold at the DJI flagship stores in Shenzhen, Seoul and Hong Kong. It will be available in Apple Stores in early November.
Are you thinking you might be interested in getting a DJI Mavic Pro, too? You can check it out by clicking here.
We're looking forward to flying our own “pocket drone,” the DJI Mavic Pro, very soon – see you in the skies.
About the author
Barbara Barclay is the marketing arm of Aerial Agents, a Cleveland, Ohio-based FAA Approved, commercial drone aerial photography & videography media production company. In the birthplace of aviation, Aerial Agents is established as the foremost experienced, professional and licensed expert in UAS (unmanned aerial systems) or "drone" piloting. Drone aerial imagery has multiple applications in a wide variety of areas including sales, marketing, entertainment, travel, real estate, hospitality, construction, development, instruction, information, insurance, news, and even court cases.