The Mavic Pro has been one of the most anticipated drones on the market since its release. It is a portable, powerful drone that you can take with you anywhere. Read our review to see if it’s worth the hype! This blog post will be reviewing DJI’s newest product: The Mavic Pro. We’ll go over all of its features and specs so that readers can decide whether or not this is a good purchase for them.
This article will also cover what we loved about this drone, as well as what we felt could use some improvement to make it perfect! LucidCam hope you enjoy reading about our thoughts on this amazing new product from DJI, and please feel free to comment below with
What is the DJI Mavic Pro?
The DJI Mavic Pro was the smallest quadcopter with a camera before the DJI Spark and DJI Mavic Air were launched.
It will soon be replaced by the DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Mavic 2 Zoom. This information was leaked via an Argos listing, and their July 2018 announcement was postponed.
These two successors will likely be very similar in spirit to DJI’s Mavic Pro. The Phantom drones are affordable and easy to fly, and the Mavic Pro has many of those same benefits.
You get good flight time, long-range remote control, the live video feed from the drone’s perspective beam to your smartphone, and stable 4K video recording. But it is more portable.
The Mavic Pro is still very portable despite its age. It weighs just 743g, measures only 83x83x198mm, and folds down to a compact size that can be easily stored in a small bag.
The battery provides approximately 27 minutes of flight time per charge. There is also a 12MP camera mounted to a 3-axis tilt gimbal and a compact remote that can be used in tandem with an iOS or Android smartphone, tablet, or smartphone.
DJI also has a new Mavic Pro Platinum model, the Mavic Pro Platinum. The Mavic Pro Platinum has quieter rotors and a flight time of just 30 minutes. Below is a review of the DJI Mavic Pro.
- Versatile, folding design
- A powerful drone for its small size
- For easy transport, folds down
- Many similar drones were inspired and the Mavic line of drones was created.
- It is easy to use
- Solid flight features
- Obstacle avoidance is a good idea
- Ocusync connectivity
- Limited directions for obstacle avoidance
- An older camera sensor may not be as reliable as a newer drone.
- For transport, joysticks on remote don’t need to be removed
- Key Specifications
- Review Price: PS1099.00
- For easy transport, compact and foldable design
- Top speed: 40 mph
- GPS, GLONASS, and Vision Positioning Systems
- Front collision detection
- 4K video/12MP still images capture
- 27-minute flight, 4.3 miles range
- Automated takeoff and landing
DJI Mavic Pro Review
Specifications and features
The most striking feature of the Mavic is, without a doubt, its portability. DJI spent a lot of time designing this drone. The Mavic’s fixed-arm hull is gone. Instead, it features set folding arms and props. This clever design allows the drone to be folded down to a small package about the same size as a brick but not nearly as heavy. The Mavic is one of the most portable drones that we have ever seen, thanks to its compact controller.
It also features a super compact 3-axis Gimbal and a 4K camera. The drone can capture super stable video with no reduction in the resolution required for digital stabilization. The drone’s camera is complemented by DJI’s ActiveTrack or Optical Flow software. These allow it to sense obstacles and track objects using only the camera and image analysis algorithms.
These specs are impressive for both flight and range. DJI fitted the Mavic with OcuSync, a new video transmission system that extends the Mavic’s maximum range to more than 4 miles. It also increases its resistance to interference. This tech can stream video at 1080p resolution and allow photo or video downloads at 40Mb/s.
The Mavic Pro comes with all the Intelligent Flight Modes DJI’s Phantom 4 offers, plus two additional ones. It has the standard Follow mode, Point-of-interest, Waypoints, and Course Lock modes, as well as DJI’s Terrain Follow, Gesture, and Waypoints modes. You will not be disappointed.
Build quality and design
The build quality is top-notch. The Mavic Pro is a strong little beast with one of our most durable hulls. It didn’t seem to be bothered by our crashes a few times. It will complain and make a series of irritating beeps, but it will soon forget all about it and fly like a pro after a quick reset. It wouldn’t be able to survive a 30-foot drop onto a hard surface. But, it can jump onto a patch of grass. DJI Mavic Pro won’t have any problems.
The same goes for design. This one is a masterpiece by DJI and deserves a Red Dot Award. We’ve all seen folding drones, but this one is a step above the rest. The arms fold into a compact package that is smaller than a brick. This makes it easy to pack in your backpack or messenger bag for your next adventure. You might be able to fit it in your purse.
The portable controller is another design element we love. The controller is not a tiny smartphone app that makes you use virtual joysticks. It’s not a huge ground station that takes up half of your backpack. Instead, it’s a well-designed hybrid that offers the best of both worlds. It’s about the same size as a walkie-talkie when folded up. But if you remove the antennas and plug in your smartphone, you’ll find a fully functional controller with tons of data, an intuitive layout, and incredible range.
We could only find one real fault in the machine: its 3-axis gimbal. Although it is compact and small, the machine is held in place by four rubber bands. This rubber band seems to be quite fragile. The camera will not stabilize itself if one of the rubber bands breaks (which was what happened to our review unit). This is the only design flaw that we could see, as everything else on our Mavic is solidly built and made to last.
Recharge time and battery life
The Mavic Pro with its compact size allows it to boast impressive battery life and one of the longest flight times in quadcopters. This is a little odd because the drone’s rotor system was optimized for forwarding flight. It can stay in motion longer than it can hover. DJI claims that it can hover for 24 minutes. However, due to its aerodynamic design, DJI can stay aloft for 27 minutes if it “flies at the optimum speed to consume energy.”
These claims were put to the test by running Mavic through our regular endurance tests. The first was a simple hover test. This involved letting the drone hover until the battery is depleted and then landing automatically. The hover test took exactly 23 minutes 19 seconds, which isn’t too far from DJI’s 24 minutes.
To get an idea of the duration it will last in normal flying, and we took flight times from all other flight tests we did and averaged them. The Mavic flew for an average of 25 minutes 6 seconds on 14 flights, which included a switch from 100 percent battery to emergency-low-battery auto-landing. Although it isn’t as long as DJI’s 27-minute flight time, we did log some flights that broke 26 minutes. This proves that flying the Mavic around can indeed increase your flight times.
A fully charged battery with around 10 percent left will take approximately an hour to recharge. It takes approximately one hour to recharge a fully charged battery, which is not normal as the drone will automatically land once it has reached that point. You can expect to wait a little more than an hour between recharges. This is reasonable considering the battery provides 25 minutes of flight. If you intend to fly a lot, it’s a good idea to have a spare.
Performance, autonomy, range, and flight performance
DJI has done it again with this drone. The Mavic Pro’s raw flight performance is unmatched. Although the motors in the Mavic Pro are not as powerful as those in the Phantom 4, the DJI Mavic Pro manages to match or even exceed it in many respects.
Speed and agility are the first. Although the Mavic’s top speed is 40 miles an hour, our flight logs revealed that we could actually go as high as 51 miles an hour in certain conditions. It cleared the 100-meter sprint test in 5.3 seconds on a mildly windy day. This suggests that it could reach a speed of around 42 miles per hour. Your top speed will depend on the conditions, but the Mavic is just as agile and quick as the Phantom 4.
It offers all the same flight modes and a few more as DJI Phantom. It can be set to orbit a point of interest in space using the Point of Interest Mode, and you can also repeat the flying along a predetermined path with Waypoints. You can also use Follow Me mode to follow your movements. Or adjust how it responds with joystick control via Course Lock or Home Lock. These modes work in the Phantom 4 as well as the Mavic, but Mavic offers a few more options: Terrain Follow and Gesture modes.
Terrain Follow is a mode where the drone maintains a distance from the ground using its Downward Vision System. This allows for great footage of terrain with varying elevations. Gesture mode allows you to take a selfie while standing in front of it and waving your arms. This allows you to take drone selfies even if your controller is not in the frame.
The Mavic’s most distinctive feature is its range. The drone is equipped with DJI’s OcuSync video transmission technology. This extends the drone’s maximum range and allows for a live HD feed from the camera up to 4.3 miles. These numbers don’t necessarily reflect the actual distances that you will be able to achieve under real-world conditions.
We flew it to approximately 11,000 feet, which is about two miles. But, our feed stopped working, anxiety took over, and we had to turn back. Although we didn’t push it to its absolute limits, there are videos of others taking it out to over 17,000 feet before it loses the signal and return to home. We’re confident that Mavic’s range is sufficient to satisfy all users.
DJI Mavic Pro- Camera, accessories, and upgradability
The Mavic’s camera is quite impressive. Although it is smaller than the Phantom 4’s camera, the Mavic has exactly the same specs. With a 4k camera can shoot in cinematic 4K and 12.7-megapixel stills. It also supports exposure bracketing and burst shooting. The cameras even feature a 3-axis gimbal that keeps the camera stable as you fly, a feature that is absent on other portable drones such as the Yuneec Breeze or Hover Camera Passport. Field of view is the only difference between the Mavic and Phantom cameras. Mavic’s FOV at 79 degrees is slightly smaller than that of the Phantom 4’s at 94 degrees.
The camera is just as important as its software. Like its brother, the Mavic features DJI’s object-tracking technology (ActiveTrack) and its Optical Flow system (which uses image recognition to obstacle avoidance and track the drone’s location indoors). It also has gesture recognition software and adjustable focus abilities, which are features the Phantom 4 lacks.
DJI currently doesn’t offer many accessories or upgrades for the Mavic, but this will change over the next few months. DJI recently introduced its own FPV goggles that will work with the Mavic Pro. Apart from that, you will only be able to get replacement parts, a carry case, and a special hub that can charge up to four batteries simultaneously.
Screens up, hands down
DJI hopes to remove the biggest barrier to drone ownership, which has been intimidating controls. This pocket rocket was ours to test out, and we were able to take control just outside Lisbon.
It can be used with the included controller. However, it also has all of your flight information displayed on the screen. We had it paired with an iPhone 6S with the DJI app. This allowed us to fully utilize the gimbal-controlled camera feed on the screen. There is also a lot of telemetry around the frame.
You can open the hinged sides of the controller to place your smartphone between the rubber grooves.
The controller is easy to set up once you have removed the antennas at its top. These click back in place when they are stowed away, and then you’re good to go.
Ready to fly
Now all you need to do is to pull the arms from the front and the arms from the back and then double-press the power button. This will prevent it from being dropped/pressed in your bag, draining the battery, and allow you to take off. You don’t need to blow the rotors, as the motors will generate enough force to do it for you.
This is not as difficult for new users. It is extremely tolerant of all inputs, and it stays perfectly still in midair even when you aren’t holding the controller. It remained perfectly balanced even in windy conditions when it was raised higher than the treeline. However, it did warn us about the wind speed.
The drone can be launched by using auto controls. It was extremely precise and took out the stress of landing if it isn’t your thing.
Although you can use the supplied controller to control the gimbal, we recommend that you hook up your smartphone to the device. The feed is amazing at 1080p, and the detail is incredible. It’s easy to use the gimbal, which has dials on each side to control it. You can also do smooth panning with it if you want. If the gimbal was out of alignment, such as ours when it tilted at 45 degrees following a rough landing (user error, not the Mavic Pro), you could easily re-calibrate it (though it must be landed on a level surface).
Track and avoid
We were also able to experience some of the Mavic Pro’s clever tracking capabilities. The fear of hitting it with something is a common fear among drone owners. However, the Mavic Pro’s front avoidance control prevented it from flying into anything. It stopped at 15m (49ft).
ActiveTrack is a great option for professional-looking videos. You can set the target that you wish to track (e.g., a person or a vehicle), then choose Trace (follow behind or in front of the subject), Profile (follow along with the subject), or Spotlight (the Mavic Pro will always keep the camera focused on the subject no matter where the drone is flying).
It worked well for the short time that we had it. The potential to capture high-end video footage without the need for additional operators is a compelling proposition.
Video and stills
DJI’s 28mm lens for the Mavic Pro is an excellent choice. It allows you to get plenty of detail without making everything too blurred.
You can adjust the white balance and ISO sensitivity (100-1600) during flight. Additionally, you can tap the screen to change the focus and choose whether to shoot JPEGs, raw files, or both. Shutter speed and aperture are also relayed on the screen to help you determine if you need ISO to be increased.
This quadcopter is the key to DJI’s Mavic Pro, a shining example of DJI’s excellence. You will be able to quickly get from your backpack to the skies thanks to its small size, easy setup, and simple pairing remote and smartphone application.
DJI Mavic Pro is easy to fly, even beyond the basic setup. This drone is not recommended for children. We’ll discuss that later. The Mavic Pro almost flys itself. You tell it where you want it to go.
Do not expect the drone to fly by itself. I recommend that you first test-fly a cheap trainer quadcopter. This cheap drone guide will explain why but suffice it to say that if you’re going to crash a drone, don’t expect to make it crash for more than $30.
The drone is ready to go in just seconds. While the remote control can take a little longer, it’s easy to flip the antenna and flying. Although the optional connection to your smartphone may take a little longer, the FPV is worth it.
The Mavic Pro can be considered more of a drone with a camera than a flying camera. We must also evaluate the video and photo capabilities. They are excellent.
The remote control has dedicated buttons that allow you to take a quick photo or stop recording video. The 12MP resolution of the photos can be used. There is also a 2X zoom that can be used in conjunction with full manual controls. To switch to auto mode, tap the smartphone screen to select your preferred focus and exposure points. Or hit the left rear button to center focus. Hit the right trigger to enjoy your photo.
You can quickly change the exposure level by using the right-hand top spinning wheel control. To help you capture your target, the top left spinning wheel tilts and turned the camera.
The video recording controls are more complex but offer the same one-click operation with an on-screen tap for focus. It takes some time to switch between video capture modes. You can choose from 1080P, 2.5K, or 4K recording at different framerates. Before I go back up, I need to make sure the camera is at 1080P at 90FPS. Slow-mo is wonderful, but I prefer the 2.7K recording.
Before you fly
DJI has created its own registration requirements in light of recent legal developments regarding drone registration with the FAA. To activate their drone before the first flight, all-new DJI Drone owners will need to register. Although this can be irritating and a big invasion of anonymity for some, it is not a new thing if you have already registered and signed in.
Do I need to buy the DJI Mavic Pro
You’d be smart to delay buying the Mavic Pro Pro new, with the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Zoom coming soon.
If you are looking for a small flying camera with excellent image quality and battery life, it may be worth considering refurbished or second-hand Mavic Pro.
The Mavic Pro does not have zoom or 360-degree obstacle detection features, but it still captures great 4K video and 12MP stills. This is likely to be enough for many non-professional aerial photographers.
Our pick for the PS700 mark is DJI’s Mavic Air. It matches the Mavic Pro’s image quality and offers superior stabilization. The DJI Spark, a smaller version of the Mavic Pro, is another option.
If you are looking for a 4K drone that is portable and affordable but can’t afford the Mavic Air, keep an eye out for DJI’s Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro models.
We hope you enjoy this post and find it helpful! If you’re interested in the DJI Mavic Pro, be sure to check out our blog post on the pros and cons of Mavic pro. You can also learn more about what makes a drone with such an impressive range so great by exploring some of its key features.
The camera is one thing that really sets this model apart from other drones; if you want to upgrade your current drone or purchase a new one, take a look at how the DJI Mavic Pro stacks up against other models when it comes to performance, autonomy, flight time, range and battery life – they’re all important factors for any customer looking to buy their first quadcopter