The DJI Mavic Pro is great for beginners.
The thought of flying a drone might be slightly intimidating. It’s so technologically advanced that it surely can’t be easy to operate? Aren’t they dangerous? What if I accidentally lose control and injure something, someone or myself!?
These are perfectly understandable concerns from a novice droner’s point of view, and exactly what DJI set out to resolve when they designed what is undeniably the best portable drone: DJI Mavic Pro.
User-friendliness is the core of the process for the design of The DJI Mavic Pro.
It is incredibly easy to learn, set up and understand.
In this review, we’ll go through the basic categories of the DJI Mavic Pro. It is to give you a much clearer idea of what to expect.
The setup is easy.
Setting up the DJI Mavic Pro is almost as easy as unpacking it from its nifty pouch. You just need to update the firmware, charge the battery and away you go. The Mavic is extremely accessible for beginners but also packs a lot for pros who are looking for something more convenient and lightweight than a Phantom.
Performance is sound.
Typically, the Mavic clocks up 23-25 minutes of flight time but can reach 27 when moving forwards at 15mph. Therefore, you’re probably going to need to buy a couple of extra batteries if you plan to take the Mavic out for a day trip.
In Sports Mode, the Mavic will go up to 40mph, but bear in mind that the maximum range of the Mavic is 4.3 miles (7km). So you wouldn’t want to keep the sticks pressed down for long!
The drone is light to carry.
The Mavic was designed for practical use and with the traveller in mind. It is so compact it will neatly fit into a small backpack – or the extra Mavic pack – with all its parts. The legs and props fold in and out very easily, and the total weight of the Mavic is 734g.
Camera specs are good.
The primary camera and gimbal are secure inside a protective plastic bubble. It uses the same sensor as the Phantom 4 camera. It can take up to 4000/3000p still images, does 4k at 30 fps and is great for shooting slow motion sequences at 96fps at 1080p or even 120fps at 720p.
The camera has a steady 3-axis gimbal, meaning the stabilisation of the footage is physical, not digital. You can even hold the camera by hand when the Mavic is all folded away and still get the steady movement achieved in flight mode.
The features of the Mavic not only combine to give you the best flight mode experience but also provide excellent protection. For instance, if the battery gets critically low the drone will automatically change its course and fly home to the pre-set home point.
The Mavic features optical sensors underneath, helping it to position itself when flying indoors. Plus land smoothly and safely, without the aid of a satellite.
It also features two front-end cameras which are designed to assist with obstacle avoidance.
The Obstacle Avoidance feature automatically activates when the drone comes within a few feet of an obstacle by beeping and abruptly stopping mid-flight.
ActiveTrack allows users to select moving objects on their screens. Such as people, bikes, cars or any other type of vehicle, and follow them at their speed. Tripod mode lets you shoot short, slow-moving videos in an upwards, downwards or sideways direction.
The Mavic controller allows the user maximum in-flight control. You can snap photos at any time, stop and start videos, and adjust the camera angles or exposure at any time. It’s also easily foldable and transportable like the drone itself.
The ‘tap to fly’ function allows you to tap a location on your screen simply. Your drone will immediately fly there, and screen tap focus re-aligns the focus to a particular point on your screen.
You can use The Controller with most smartphones, including the iPhone6, 6s, 6+ and Samsung Galaxy 6 or 7. Connectivity is no problem since it comes with an adaptable cable to suit both Apple and Android phones.
Is the DJI Mavic Pro worth the money?
At £1,099, it’s not the cheapest drone on the market. However, what it takes away in finances, it more than makes up for in performance and endurance. You get what you pay for; the Mavic is a great investment.
The quality and performance of the Mavic are undeniably brilliant. It comes loaded with excellent functions that can be used in lots of different scenarios and produces an impeccable image and video quality. But the real differentiator of the Mavic when compared with other drones is its exceptional portability.
If you’re looking for a drone that you can pack and unpack easily, take with you on trips abroad or use on a daily basis for work, the Mavic Pro is A perfect choice.