DJI Mavic Pro Review

An in-depth review of the new DJI Mavic Pro drone.

DJI Mavic Pro Review

The Mavic Pro is new territory for DJI. It’s compact, foldable, and travel friendly. It’s by far the smallest quadcopter from DJI, but it’s still light years ahead of other compact drones on the market. We recently got our hands on one for some test flights, so here’s our Mavic Pro review.

The ultra-portable Mavic Pro folds up into an easily manageable 8×3.3×3.3 inches, making it great for travel. The design is truly innovative, it only weighs 1.62 pounds and the folding/unfolding process only takes a quick second. The small controller that’s also included is equipped with a new small screen – although this only displays flight data, the live feed must be viewed through a smartphone or tablet.

With a 1.23” CMOS sensor, the Mavic’s camera specs are very similar to the Phantom 4 from DJI. One significant difference however, is the Mavic’s narrower field of view. The Phantom 4 has a 94 degree FOV (equivalent to 20mm), while the Mavic has a 78.8 degree FOV (28mm). Essentially, this means that if you had the Phantom 4 and the Mavic filming the same subject from the same place, the Mavic would appear more zoomed in – capturing a tighter frame and appearing closer to the subject. Neither is necessarily better than the other, it’s simply preference.

Like the Phantom series, the Mavic’s gimbal allows you to control the pitch axis (vertical camera movement), but you are not able to control the pan axis (horizontal camera movement). It’s important to note, though, that no drones anywhere near this price range allow pan axis movement. You’ll have to opt for DJI’s more expensive Inspire series for that feature.

The Mavic Pro has a maximum speed of 40 mph, but also has obstacle avoidance sensors that will stop it in its tracks before you are able to crash. So luckily, it will stop you from flying 40 mph directly into a wall.

In a best case scenario, the Mavic’s battery lasts up to 27 minutes, but real situations will give you about 21 minutes of flight time.

What’s truly insane about the Mavic, however, is the range. 8 miles (13 km). 8 MILES.

Specs:

  • Max Flight Time: 27 minutes
  • Normal Flight Time: 21 minutes
  • Weight: 1.62 lbs (734 g)
  • Max Speed: 40 mph
  • Max Ascent Speed: 16.4 mph
  • Max Range: 8 miles
  • Collision Avoidance Sensors

Camera:

  • 12.35 megapixels
  • Video Resolution: 4K – up to 30 fps, 1080 HD – up to 96 fps, 720p – up to 120 fps
  • ISO Range: 100 – 3200
  • Photo: JPEG, DNG

Thanks for checking out our DJI Mavic Pro Review. Head over to DJI to find more information and specs.

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Camera
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