You might well have heard about DJI’s new drone, the Mavic, by now considering the massive internet buzz about it. Here is the lowdown on what you need to know if you are thinking of parting with your hard earned cash for one in the coming days.
DJI have moved away from their usual design with the Msvic. Gone is the white X shaped drone and welcome the graphite gray foldable stealth looking one instead ( no more Apple iDevice glossy white ). DJI have released their first foldable, small and portable drone, MAVIC Pro.
The first thing you notice is how small the Mavic Pro is. You can compare its folded size to something like a Digital SLR camera and unlike the GoPro Karma, ( touted as being “as small as you can get” ) the Mavic does not need you to carry around a biggish backpack, it will fit in almost any small pouch ( lens pouch for example ).
The props fold neatly on top to make sure they do not catch on anything during travel. The Mavic Pro is a true portable drone. In its folded form the Mavic Pro is only 198mm x 83mm x 83mm. With a wingspan of only 300mm in flight mode the Mavic Pro still looks small.
Weighing in at 734g, the Mavic is 50% lighter than the Phantom 4 (1.4kg) and significantly lighter than the GoPro Karma (over 1kg). In fact, the Mavic is almost as heavy as the Karma controller, which weighs 625g alone.
It still have the front and bottom sensors that the bigger Phantom 4 has.
Although the Mavic has a small battery compared to the Phantom 4, the size/weight of it means you still get a maximum flight time of 27 minutes, similar to the Phantom 4 and 7 minutes longer than the GoPro Karma.
It might be small but the Mavic Pro’s camera is not lacking in the specification department. It’s a full 4k capable camera. It’s similar to the one seen on the Phantom 4 but likely updated Sony sensor. It also features a mechanical focus ( tapping the screen on the DHI GO App ). The camera is held in place by DJI’s amazing 3-axis gimbals. This will guarantee you get the steadiest footage ever. The minimum focus distance of 0.5m is also great for when you fly very low to the ground. The 12-megapixel camera shoots photos in the Adobe DNG RAW and can be flipped 90 degrees to a new portrait mode to shoot vertical photos.
Sensor 1/2.3” (CMOS), Effective pixels:12.35 M (Total pixels:12.71M)
Lens FOV 78.8° 28 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.2
Distortion < 1.5% Focus from 0.5 m to ∞
ISO Range 100-3200 (video) – 100-1600 (photo)
Shutter Speed 8s -1/8000s
Image Max Size 4000×3000
Still Photography Modes
Burst shooting: 3/5/7 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
Video Recording Modes
C4K: 4096×2160 24p
4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
2.7K: 2704×1520 24/25/30p
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p
HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120
Max Video Bitrate 60 Mbps
Supported File Formats FAT32 ( ≤ 32 GB ); exFAT ( > 32 GB )
Photo Formats JPEG, DNG
Video Formats MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
Supported SD Card Types Micro SD™
Max SD Card Capacity 64 GB. Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required
Operating Temperature 32° to 104° F ( 0° to 40° C )
The controller itself is also a departure form DJI’s norm. The one for the Mavic Pro looks similar to a car radio facia. You have an option to attach a smartphone ( Max Thickness Supported:6.5-8.5mm – Max length Supported: 160mm ). You can also fly blind using just the controller. DJI even went a step farther. Set the Mavic to WiFi mode and you can fly it using just a smartphone.
With a charge capacity to run 5 to 6 full batteries of the mavic, the RC is equally as portable as the Mavic Pro itself.
It’s in the featured department that the Mavic Pro truly blows away the competition. It’s packed to the brim with cool ass features.
Sports Mode: This allows the Mavic Pro to fly at speeds of up to 40 mph (64.8 km/h).
Tripod Mode: Tripod slows the Mavic Pro down to 2.2 mph (3.6 km/h) and reduces sensitivity of the RC to allow you to take smoother video and better position the Mavic for photography.
New ActiveTrack Modes
As well as having the standard ActiveTrack that the Phantom 4 has, the Mavic introduces three more options;
Circle: Just like normal POI but uses vision to keep track of a subject it is orbiting instead os relying on GPS.
Profile: This allows the Mavic to fly alongside you whilst recording.
Trace: Follows the subjects path, tracing the path it takes.
Spotlight: Spotlight mode keeps the camera trained on your subject, regardless of the drone’s orientation, letting you direct the drone for framing without having to worry about camera positioning.
ActiveTrack has also been beefed up to detect more subjects like bike riders, cas and even pets.
Gestures: The Mavic Pro detects some gestures that allow you to take a photo ( and draw its attention by waving ).
DJI Goggles: Although not available at launch, DJI will be releasing some Goggles that allow you to fly the Mavic Pro FPV with a mega 1080p downlink and almost zero latency making it fun for those who like to fly fast and close to objects :).
DJI have made some accessories available at launch, these include the following ( keep an eye HERE for new accessories as they come ):
Power Bank Adapter ( charge your phone from the Mavic battery )
Battery Charging Hub ( charge 4 batteries in about 130 minutes )
RC to SmartPhone cables.
PRICE and AVAILABILITY
The DJI Mavic Pro is available to buy right now form the DJI Store as well as Apple stores and other online retailers. The Mavic Pro comes as a Non-Bundle and Bundle Edition. The Non-Bundle costs £999 and the Bundle is £1249 and comes with x2 batteries, Car Charger, Power Bank, Shoulder Bag and Charger.
As with all newly released DJI products, expect a delay in shipping. DJI have stated they will start sending out units Mid-October on a first come first served basis.