This Frequently Asked Questions page aims to answer everything you could possibly want to know or think of asking about the DJI Mavic Drone. This information is sourced directly from those in the know from across forums and groups. This DJI Mavic FAQ will be updated regularly with new questions and answers as they are asked. You can contribute b using the Contact Page if you like, I appreciate feedback and suggestions from readers.
Mavic Pro FAQ
Yes, you can purchase them from the DJI Store – http://store.dji.com/product/mavic-intelligent-flight-battery
No you cannot adjust or deactivate ESC Braking. It’s a required function of the Mavic to allow it to rapidly adjust motor speeds for quicker response and more stable flight.
You can however tone down how the Mavicresponds when the sticks are centred ( the jerking it does when centring the sticks )..
Not currently ( if ever )
Not right on the top. The maximum height a Phantom 4 can fly at is 6000m above sea level. You could fly it at the South Base Camp ( 5364m ) or at the North Base camp ( 5150m ) but at this altitude the flight time is going to be significantly reduced. You would still have upwards of 3500m to the summit.
Not right on the top. The maximum height a Mavic can fly at is 5000m above sea level. You could fly it at the South Base Camp ( 5364m ) or at the North Base camp ( 5150m ) but at this altitude the flight time is going to be significantly reduced. You would still have upwards of 3500m to the summit.
Yes, in an emergency you can shut down the motors mid flight. To do this move the left stick down and to the right at the same time as holding the RTH button. This new method was added to firmware version 1.0.0288. If you have an older version firmware then to achieve the mid air shutdown, hold BOTH sticks down and to the middle ( same as starting the motors ).
Yes, in an emergency you can shut down the motors mid flight. To do this move the left stick down and to the right at the same time as holding the RTH button.
Yes, you can turn it off in the Latest DJI Go App
Yes, you can disable the downward VPS in the DJI GO App.
Yeah, the lens barrel can be unscrewed. When removing it make sure you have a good grip but don’t squeeze it too hard as this will make it harder to unscrew. No replacements are currently available though ( nor ND filters )
No you cannot use the Phantom 4 RC with Mavic. The Mavis RC is unique to the Mavic and operates using WiFi or Lightbridge 2 variant depending on what mode it’s in.
Yes, it can charge a battery and two other devices simultaneously via USB. However, it will take longer to fully charge the devices.
Yes, this can be disabled in the DJI GO App
Yes. By default the sticks are set to mode 2. In this mode, the throttle is present on the left hand side while the right hand stick controls the movement of the quadcopter. While changing to mode 1 would reverse the function of the sticks.
No and why would you want to? The Mavic camera is NOT removable.
No you cannot. The props on the Mavic are designed for it alone. You can purchase new ones from the DJI Store – http://store.dji.com/product/mavic-8330-quick-release-folding-propellers
Yes, the front LED’s can be turned off using the App. You can also set it to just turn them off when taking an image or video.
Yes, the flight info is viewed in detail using the DJI Assistant 2 software ( connected to a PC or Mac ). Flight logs can also be viewed from the GP App similar to the Phantom 4.
No. Just fold the propellers and you are good to go.
No, the base model comes with a controller. DJI will be selling a model without in the near future.
Yes at full speed forwards.
The Obstacle Sensing System can be enabled in ActiveTrack, TapFly, Normal mode and all Intelligent Navigation functions.
No, the charger has no such feature.
No. With the design of the Mavic RC it is also unlikely DJI will make on.. 3rd party companies might make something though. You could also try and 3D print your own..
No, the Mavic does not have optical Zoom but does have digital Zoom. When you record in 1080p, you could have a 2X lossless digital Zoom.
The folding mechanism has been tested to last at least 5000 folds. It is unlikely that it will wear out during the Mavic’s lifetime.
No, the Mavic Pro has its camera mounted almost at the front of the body. You barely see the props at full speed.
Yes, the Mavic comes with the DJI GEO system built in.
Yes, the Mavic geotags the images to the location they were taken including altitude.
No, the DJI Mavic pro does not have optical zoom. It does have 2x digital though as well as mechanical focus.
Yes, the Mavic does have POI mode as well as the other intelligent navigation features the Phantom 4 has. Additional to this, the Mavic has additional ActiveTrack features like Profile, Spotlight and Trace. Its also has TapFly, just tap the screen and the Mavic will fly in that direction.
Yes. It also has Smart Return Home which engages the Obstacle Sensing System during return to home flight. If the aircraft sees an obstacle on its way back, it will intelligently avoid it as it comes home.
The Mavic also “takes an image” of where it takes off from and when returning to home it will find the location via GPS then review the image of the ground to try and find the exact spot it took off from in order to land.
Yes, the Mavic does record in 2.7k. Below are the video recording formats.
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 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
No but it does support being flown via the RC and having someone else use the smartphone to control the camera. It also supports just being flown via smartphone ( no RC )
Yes, the Mavic does issue a warning if it detects that it is flying in high wind. The warning is advisory and the Mavic takes no action ( unless it loses connection and starts RTH ).
Yes. The Mavic’s Intelligent Flight Battery supports quick charging at nearly 2C, with a maximum charging power of 100W. The rated power of Mavic Battery Charger is 50W, and the rated power of the Mavic Car Charger is 78W. When using the Mavic Advanced Charging Hub with a 100W adapter, the battery can be charged at 100W.
Hell NO, this is not a GoPro
The ActiveTrack works best when the Mavic is 10 to 12 feet away. Once locked on though, it can go farther away and still lock on.
The ActiveTrack works bets when the Phantom is 10 to 12 feet away. Once locked on though, it can go farther away and still lock on.
Turn on the Mavic in Wi-Fi mode, press the linking button and hold for 5s.
First, make sure that your aircraft is powered off. Then, open the small cover on the right hand side of the aircraft body. Slide the switch to the left to enable Wi-Fi control, or to the right to use the remote controller.
You can start the motors by either pulling the sticks to the bottom/middle or use the GO App auto launch feature. You can stop the motors by, once landed/caught, pulling down the left stick for 3 seconds. You can also autoland via the Go App and this will shut the motors down.
Official specs are as follows for FCC and CE
FCC Compliant: 4.3 mi (7 km);
CE Compliant: 2.5 mi (4 km) (Unobstructed, free of interference)
In calm weather and under ideal conditions, the Mavic can fly up to 8 miles (13km) at 31 mph (50 kph). Real-world performance will vary though, so we urge you to monitor your battery level at all times.
Like any 2.4Ghz device, the Mavic WILL have degraded signal and possible signal loss when flying in trees or going behind objects. best rule of thumb is, if you cannot see the Mavic there is a possibility of losing signal, or another way, if you can see the Mavic you *should* be finee.
The Phantom 4 is 100 grams heavier than the Phantom 3 ( 0.22 lbs ).
The limit is 500 metres ( from launch point )although by default the App will be set to 400 feet. When you first use it, a default App limit of 120m is set, you can change this and when doing so, the App will warn you of dangers/laws and then allow you to continue.
DJI haven’t said how long for one battery but would say about 50 minutes. But usijg the charging hub and a Phantom 4 100w adapter you can charge 4 Mavic batteries in 130 minutes.
It takes 70 minutes to charge Phantom 4 battery from 10% to 100%.
At sea level in calm environments when flying at 15mph, the Mavic can achieve 27 minute flight times. This will vary due to different flight patterns, weather conditions and altitudes.
Four. One mounted on the Mavic, one at the bottom of the bag, and on in each of the two side pockets.
About 6 to 7 flights.
The Mavic comes with 3 pairs of props. So you get one pair spare. More can be purchased fro the DJI store – http://store.dji.com/product/mavic-8330-quick-release-folding-propellers
Weight (including battery and propellers) 1.62 lbs (734 g) (exclude gimbal cover) 1.64 lbs (743 g) (include gimbal cover)
The Mavic Pro weighs 743g (include battery and gimbal cover). The Phantom 4 weighs 1380g with battery and props. So the Mavic is 637g lighter than the Phantom 4.
You only need to change the props when they get damaged. Inspect them for cracks and chips before every flight. These props are self locking so there is no thread to loosen over time.
The minimum pixel size that the Obstacle Sensing system can see is 500 pixels.
Whet the home point has been set you will see a H on the map. You also get audible confirmation from the App.
Yes, if you tell the Mavic to fly beyond the horizon it will continue its path rising to its max programmed height until it loses radio contact and RTH is initiated. You can prevent this by setting a max distance in the GO App
Yes, if you tell the Phantom 4 to fly beyond the horizon it will continue its path rising to its max programmed height until it loses radio contact and RTH is initiated. You can prevent this by setting a max distance in the GO App
Tap the Stop button on the left of the screen or pull the pitch stick backward for 3 seconds to exit ActiveTrack. After exiting, the aircraft will hover in place. At this point you may choose to track a new subject or bring the aircraft back to the Home Point.
Yes, unline the Phantom 3 and Phantom 2 ( that was bugger ), the Phantom 4 battery snaps into place securely and its easy and effort free to remove it.
Yes, inserting is a case of slide in and push down a little to click and removing requires pressing two buttons each side and lifting.. Very easy.
Not sure.. Will update soon.
Yes, this can be done via the App as well as many other camera settings.
No, not at all. Try your very best not to be caught out in rain.
The mavic can stream a live feed to maximum of 1080p. The Phantom 4 does 720p, so yet it is better.
Yes, the live feed form the Phantom 4 is much better than that of the Phantom 3. Its clearer and crisper.
Yes, you can buy it direct from DJI – http://store.dji.com/product/mavic-car-charger
Yes, you can get one from the DJI store. Price will make you a little sick though 🙂
Yes, you can purchase it from the DJI Store – http://store.dji.com/product/mavic-battery-charging-hub
No, there is not a full manual mode. it does have a Sports Mode that allows the Mavic to travel much faster ( up to 40mph ).
No, like the P4, the Mavic does not record audio..
No, not yet.
DJI say with the new OcuSync technology the LAG is almost 0 @ less than 120 milliseconds.
It will record in LOG same as the Phantom 4.
No its not and whoever says such things needs to be poked in the eyes! You will initially need an Internet connection to activate the Mavic
There is no information to indicate the VPS on the Mavic is better than that of the Phantom 4.
Yes, its advised to leave the remove about 10ft from the Mavic when calibrating the compass. Also to be on the safe side, do it at least the same distance from metal objects like cars, patio chairs, concrete with re-bar in it and the like.
Precision Landing is an upgraded version of GPS RTH. It needs a GPS signal strong enough to initiate Precision Landing, so that the Mavic can be navigated back to the vicinity of the take-off point.
Then, the aircraft needs to be able to visually recognize the pattern of the ground it took off from, for example cracks or other identifiable patterns. A uniform patch of sand, however, is not suitable for Precision Landing. Finally, the Mavic needs to capture footage of the ground during take-off to record its appearance. This means that you should give the Mavic sufficient time during its ascent, instead of flying away immediately after take-off.
60 Mbps – See the full camera specs here – http://www.dji.com/mavic/info#specs
When flying the Mavic using WiFi and your smartphone only the Mavic will hoven for a few seconds ( 30 ) and wait for you to regain connection. If it does not, the Mavic will initiate RTH.
Once the rotors start spinning, the centrifugal force will automatically push the propellers into the correct position, so you don’t need to worry about not having unfolded them perfectly.
The 3D Noise Reduction option is an option to reduce noise when recording. It works OK for night shooting I guess but can introduce compression artefacts into the video if used in the day. Use with caution.
The two Charging Hubs can both charge up to 4 batteries at one time. In order to fully charge the first battery as quickly as possible, the Intelligent Flight Batteries are charged in sequence according to their power levels, from high to low. This gives you the fastest way of getting all your batteries fully charged.
There are two main differences between the two Charging Hubs. First, the standard Charging Hub only supports the Mavic’s 50W Battery Charger and Mavic Car Charger, while the advanced version also supports the 100W Battery Charger and Car Charger from the Phantom 4. Second, the advanced version will balance the voltage of each battery cell to improve charging efficiency. When one battery’s charging enters the second-half of its charging phase, the next battery will enter the first-half of its charging phase. With 4 batteries all at 15%, the advanced charger can get 4 batteries fully charged in 140 minutes using the Phantom 4’s 100W charger, while the standard version will need 270 minutes with the Mavic’s 50W charger.
ActiveTrack allows an aircraft to track a moving subject without a separate GPS tracker. Simply tap on the mobile device screen inside the DJI GO app to select the subject to be tracked. The aircraft will lock on the subject and start tracking it automatically from a safe distance.
ActiveTrack will work down to 9ft (3m) above the ground.
ActiveTrack will work down to 9ft (3m) above the ground.
If you instruct TapFly to go towards the ground, the Mavic will accept this command but when it reaches 0.8m height it will hover.
160ms from the Mavic’s camera to your device screen under ideal conditions.
The best way to have the antennas positioned is like Rabbit ears:
Looking at the controller form the side _|
Looking at the controller form the front \_/
You should try to land the Mavic on hard flat surface. The best options being on plywood or concrete. try to avoid landing it on sandy, wet or dusty environments.
For security purposes, each Mavic has its own SSID and password that can be found on a sticker on one of the forearms of the aircraft and inside the battery compartment. For your first use, you can scan the QR code with the DJI GO app to connect to the aircraft*, or enter the password manually under your phone’s Wi-Fi settings.
(*Only available for Android devices).
When the Vision System fails to function normally, you can do a quick calibration in the DJI GO app, or connect the aircraft to a computer to perform advanced calibration for higher precision.
The Mavic combines dual forward and downward vision sensors to realize precision hovering. Therefore, it requires no more than a patterned surface and enough available light to be able to hover stably up to 13m above the ground. Even if the Mavic is unable to identify reference points on the ground, it can still rely on its forward vision sensors to hover. In contrast, an Optical Flow system, requires information from ultrasonic sensors to supplement its view of patterned surfaces.
An example to show the difference between the two systems is when the aircraft is returning to you where you are standing on a balcony. When flying in over the balcony, drones using Optical Flow will receive data from two data sources that measure its height above the below surface differently – one being its height above the ground, and another the height above the balcony. As the data is not compatible, an Optical Flow system may become confused.
Another example is when the ground below the drone is covered by vegetation. Plants and trees do not reflect sound as well as other surfaces, causing the Optical Flow system’s ultrasonic sensors to be unable to gather altitude data.
In conclusion, the Mavic’s Intelligent Vision Positioning System requires fewer inputs and is therefore more robust in its functionality.
The Mavic remote controller uses DJI’s OcuSync transmission technology, giving it an increased range of up to 4.3mi (7km) in open areas without interference, FCC compliant. When using a smartphone connected via Wi-Fi, the controllable range is 80m, and maximum altitude is 50m, making it suitable for short-range shots like selfies and for setting up ActiveTrack. You can also download photos and videos directly from the Mavic to your mobile device via Wi-Fi. By sliding the Control Mode switch on the right hand side of the aircraft, you can choose easily between Wi-FI and RC mode depending on which transmission type you need.
Folded: H83mm x W83mm x L198mm
Diagonal Size (Excluding Propellers): 335 mm
The effective range of the Obstacle Sensing System is 0.7 to 15 meters. Although the DJI GO app will indicate when there are obstacles present, you should always be able to see the Mavic when flying.
The break-in for the Intelligent Flight Battery is the same as for all Lipo’s uses in hi discharge scenarios like multirotor craft.
1: When you get the battery, fully charge it.
2: Fly the aircraft until 50% battery remains. Land
3: When cooled, charge the battery to 100% again and repeat step 2.
4: Repeat this procedure 10 times.
It will not makes your battery live forever and eventually you will need another but will keep the battery healthy. Also remember the battery care guide that’s available to download from DJI.
OcuSync has a range of up to 4.3 miles (7 km) with improved resistance to interference and a higher transmission throughput. At shorter ranges it can stream footage to you at 1080p resolution and also allows photo and video downloads at 40Mb/s.
Capacity 3830 mAh
Voltage 11.4 V
Battery Type LiPo 3S
Energy 43.6 Wh
Net Weight Approx.0.5 lbs(240 g)
Operating Temperature 41° to 104° F ( 5° to 40° C )
This adapter can be connected to the Mavic’s Intelligent Flight Battery, turning it into a power bank. Thanks to its high capacity, an Intelligent Flight Battery at 25% charge can fully charge the Mavic’s controller, or an iPhone 6.
When you switch the Mavic to WiFi in order to only control it via a smartphone the maximum height is 50m and maximum distance is 80m.
22 MPH is the top speed that the Phantom 4 can go at and have object avoidance enabled/working.
22 MPH is the top speed that the Mavic can go at and have object avoidance enabled/working.
The largest MicroSD card supported by DJI currently is 64Gb. 128Gb cards have been tested and seem to function OK. Remember to format any 128Gb card as exFAT with 128KB unit . The Mavic comes with a 16Gb Lexar card for you to start with.
You can find a list of recommended cards HERE.
The adapter has two USB ports which can be used simultaneously. The output voltage is 5V, and the max current is 2A + 2A.
The Mavic will automatically avoid obstacles 50ft (15m) in front of it. The maximum speed at which the Mavic is able to avoid obstacles is 22mph (30kph).
The DJI Assistant 2 is a new software from DJI that allows you to manage the Mavic ( and other DJI products ) systems in terms of firmware, calibration and other tasks. This is a downloadable application for Windows and OSX.
The Phantom 4 battery is 4 cell 5350mAh, 15.2V, 81.3Wh
1080p/30fps for near-field transmission; 720p/60fps for far-field transmission.
The propellers are Carbon Reinforced composite ones like DJI made available for the Phantom 3.
To fit the smartphone into the Mavic RC it needs to conform to DJI’s size limit of;
Max length: 160mm
Supported USB port types: Lightning, Micro USB(Type-B),USB(Type-C)™
You can use the Mavic using the smart device only and this would allow the use f much bigger devices as they would not need to attach t the RC. You could also fly in dual operator and have the person operating the camera use a large tablet device.
We have a post on this here – http://www.mavic-guide.co.uk/top-11-2016-smartphones-will-work-mavic-pro/
1: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Weight: 157g | Dimensions: 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Micro USB
2: Samsung Galaxy S7
Weight: 152g | Dimensions: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Micro USB
3: iPhone 7 Plus
Weight: 188g | Dimensions: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm | OS: iOS 10 | Lightning Port
4: Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Weight: 169g | Dimensions: 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | USB Type-C
5: iPhone 7
Weight: 138g | Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm | OS: iOS 10 | Lightning Port
6: iPhone 6 Plus
Weight: 172g | Dimensions: 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm | OS: iOS 10 | Lightning Port
7: iPhone 6
Weight: 129g | Dimensions: 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm | OS: iOS 10 | Lightning Port
8: Motorola Moto Z
Weight: 136g | Dimensions: 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | USB Type-C
9: OnePlus 3
Weight: 158g | Dimensions: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | USB Type-C
10: LG G5
Weight: 159g | Dimensions: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | USB Type-C
11: Sony Xperia Z5
Weight: 154g | Dimensions: 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Micro USB
Two cables are included in the box: one with Lightning connector and one with a standard Micro-USB connector.
The Mavic uses GPS / GLONASS – See the full specification here – http://www.dji.com/mavic/info#specs
The Mavic is rated to the Beaufort Scale level 5. So it can handle between 17 and 21 Knots ( or 19 to 24 Mph / 31 to 38.5 Kph )
The two cameras have the same features, but the Mavic’s camera has a smaller FOV, is able to focus as closely as 0.5m and can be rotated 90° for portrait shots and selfies. The Phantom 4’s larger FOV makes it better suited for landscape imaging.
The top speed of the Mavis is 40mph in Sports Mode.
The Mavic is smaller, lighter, and easier to carry with you thanks to its foldable design. Its new OcuSync transmission system has a longer transmission range and 1080p resolution. Due to its larger size, the Phantom 4 has a higher maximum speed and can withstand stronger winds.
Sports mode allows the Mavic to move at up to 40mph. This allows going from one location to another to be quicker. Also, DJI will launch Goggles that allows you FPV view. Using the goggles and sports mode will be more fun 🙂
See here for latest DJI Warranty Info – http://www.dji.com/service/policy
Thanks to its rotor system optimized for forward flight and its aerodynamic design, when flying at the optimum speed for energy consumption, the Mavic consumes less energy then it does hovering. This is why it is able to give you a 27 minute flight time, while its hover time is 24 minutes.
This is normal. It takes a few seconds for all the flight control systems to shut themselves down after you have told the battery to turn off. The delay also allows for the Mavic to finish saving the video to the MicroSD card to avoid corruption.
This is because the amount of data being saved to disk is far too much for the camera/SoC to handle so the FoV is reduced. For the rare times you will ever need to use 120fps I think it’s acceptable.
This is because the amount of data being saved to disk is far too much for the camera/SoC to handle so the FoV is reduced. For the rare times you will ever need to use 120fps I think its acceptable.
No, the mavic has it’s own design/specification battery.. You can purchase additional ones here – http://store.dji.com/product/mavic-intelligent-flight-battery