What makes the DJI Mavic Pro so special? Since capturing aerial footage is high on the list of features everyone looks for in a drone, I’ll start there. DJI’s Mavic is equipped with a 4K camera that rests strategically on a 3-axis gimbal stabilization. Capturing 4K HD-quality streaming video at 30 fps means the most crystal clear aerial cinematography imaginable.
With 8-second exposure, Mavic’s 12-megapixel camera with Adobe DNG RAW support means you turn the flying experience into a creative portfolio from above. If you truly want to take your images to the next level, there’s DJI GO 4 editing software designed to seamlessly share your drone footage with the world. All of these features are still pretty impressive for a drone that’s been on the market for about 5 years.
“The DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that turns the sky into your creative canvas… helping you make every moment an aerial moment.”
If the 4K camera hasn’t impressed you, the Mavic is armed with state-of-the-art sensor equipment that includes five cameras, GPS & GLONASS, two ultrasonic range finders, redundant sensors, and 24 powerful computing cores. This allows the Mavic drone to hover with precision, avoid mid-air collisions, and fly according to preset modes, making it a perfect fit for first timers to try out. Only 1/6th the size of DJI’s Phantom 4, Mavic has an overall flight time of 27 minutes with a max distance of 8 miles (13 km).
Designed with safety in mind, the Mavic uses FlightAutonomy technology to sense obstacles up to 49 feet (15 meters) away. If your Mavic does sense a tree in the distance, it will either avoid the obstacle altogether by changing its trajectory or simply brake to hover – waiting for further flight instructions.
Pilots will be holding a powerful pocket-sized controller armed with an OcuSync Transmission system. With a transmission range of up to 4.3 miles (7 km), pilots can experience a bird’s eye view of the flight by simply strapping on the high-quality wireless DJI Goggles.
Whether it’s the ActiveTrack Mode, the Gesture Mode, or the Tripod Mode, the Mavic Pro is suitable for all experience levels. The TapFly Mode, for example, lets beginner pilots tap where they want to go and Mavic will automatically fly in that direction. Just simply open your smartphone and let the magic happen. This allows novice drone pilots to concentrate on operating the 3-axis gimbal to capture the perfect aerial shot.
Here is a quick summary of the various modes that come with your Mavic Pro:
ActiveTrack Mode – DJI’s Moving POI features lets you circle around your subject reframing the shot by “dragging the subject on screen.” This makes sure you never miss any part of the action while operating the Mavic controller.
Sport Mode is all about speed, bottom line. This is the perfect mode for professional drone operators; aka thrill seekers, interested in testing Mavic’s impressive maneuverability.
Gesture Mode – with Mavic in the air pointing at you, a gesture is all you need to take a photo. It’s designed to capture aerial selfies.
Tripod Mode – If you’re lining up a photo or flying indoors, you don’t want to be coming in too fast. The Tripod Mode ensures that every move the Mavic makes becomes slow and precise.
Master Remote Mode – This allows for two people to operate Mavic at the same time but only the more experienced pilot can take over the flight controls. This is an ideal mode for beginners.
Mavic Pro users have access to the company’s intuitive DJI Go app. Whether you want to calculate remaining flight time, analyze flight data, or simply check on battery life, the DJI app is the central portal for real-time flight information.
If you’re looking for a cheaper drone that still has some pretty neat features, look no further than the Mavic Pro. Despite being a couple years old, the drone still has quite a few features that make it a fair contender against more modern drones. First time users who don’t want to skimp on features will find a lot to love about the Mavic Pro.