DJI Mavic Pro | Review
DJI Mavic Pro is the smallest drone that DJI, the the world’s largest drone and equipment maker, has even made up to now. The new model even adds a new dimension to aerial imaging systems. Let’s take a closer look at the Mavic model, which is revealed by DJI exactly 20 days after the images leaked. GoPro’s newly released GoPro Mavic, announced as a rival to the Karma, is changing the rules of the Drone world with dimensions, flight times and exceptional quality imaging technologies. Let’s look at Mavic’s revolutionary design, which contains many features from DJI’s flagship DJI Phantom 4.
The flagship DJI Mavic Pro, which is lighter than the Phantom 4, has a weight of just 743 grams when plugged in. These drone’s propellers, which stand out with their small size almost as if you can carry it to your belt, can fold like its competitor GoPro Karma. In this case you can carry a drone in a small bag. When we look at Mavic as a buyer, we come up with a design that looks like it was blown out of Transformers. This drone with a very aesthetic and sharp lines has a matte gray color. Directly below the propellers, we see a warning LED light we are accustomed to from other Phantom models. At the top of the Mavic there is a 3830mAh battery that provides a full 27 minute flight. At the top of these removable batteries are LED lights that represent the charge percentage, and the DJI Mavic’s intelligent flight battery is fully charged in about an hour.
On the part that connects the propellers to the main body, the DJI has created a very aesthetic and practical body with golden stripes. At the bottom and front of the drone we have 5 sensors that we have seen in Phantom 4. These sensors create a 3-D virtual world around the drone to warn or even stop it against the bumps. This system allows you to launch in places where GPS signals are not available, allowing you to use Drone safely in confined areas.
With its size, Mavic takes the rival GoPro Karma to the competition, and it is hit by a rival slapping on its own with the sensor technology found in professional models. There are 2 very sensitive motion sensors on top of the 5 sensors. The reason for having two motion sensors are simple; When one of them breaks down, the other is engaged to provide a safer flight experience to the user. DJI Mavic, of course, is not the only element of special design. Let’s take a closer look at the flight capabilities of this product, which has cardiac spasms on drone lovers with its technical features.
The DJI Mavic Pro is fast and agile at a rate that will not be expected from its size. This predator, which can reach 65 km / h in Sport mode, has a 13-kilometer flight distance. Of course, when you see these values, you can limit these values by application.
There is a 3-axle gimbal on this drone that can perform all the flight maneuvers just like the last Phantom model. Thanks to this gimbal, you get camera-like movements such as Pan-Tilt, and at the same time you get non-flickering still images. This gimbal is capable of moving 140 degrees vertically and 90 degrees horizontally. Unfortunately, this gimbal can not be used in different areas, so DJI Mavic is a bit behind GoPro Karma.
Let’s go to the camera features of DJI Mavic. The Mavic has a CMOS sensor with the 1 / 2.3 inch size and 12.3 Megapixel resolution. This sensor can record 4K video at C4K (4096 × 2160) and UHD (4K 3840 × 2160) resolutions while shooting 12 megapixel DNG and RAW photos. Featuring a 28mm focal length and a f2.2 aperture, DJI Mavic stands out with its different frame and resolution options.
In the C4K: 24fps, 24,25 and 30fps in UHD, 48,50,60 and 96fps in Full HD, and 60 and 120fps in HD, the DJI Mavic Pro is capable of slow-motion in Full HD and HD resolution. With 100 to 3200 ISO performance for video recording, DJI Mavic can take up to 1600 ISO when taking pictures. In the C4K video recording, about 60Mbps of data is formed and this data is written on the Micro SD card as we are used to other models. You can use a maximum of 64GB UHS-I card and this camcorder uses mov and h264 codecs.
The GoPro Mix has been introduced with an ergonomic control with multifunction, touch screen. After this announcement, DJI fans began to wonder what kind of control the Mavic model would have. The DJI, who does not make the expectation go to waste, changed the design of the control that they used in their old models, and came out with a whole new commander. This control, which is minimized for easier use, features a small LCD display with flight information. This LCD monitor, which we first encountered in DJI drones, transmits technical information such as charging and flight to the user.
In this remote control you need to connect your smartphone for video monitoring and technical settings, not to the top, but to the bottom of the remote. In this regard, it is aimed to protect the quality of the signal by increasing the distance to the antennas of the phone. DJI Mavic can be flown on its own with a remote control, as well as via a smartphone plugged into its control. The foldable remote control with a control distance of about 7 kilometers can also transmit 1080p video to the built-in smartphone. The videos that are transferred to the smartphone can be shared live on Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube as they are in the new generation Phantom models. Operating at a signal range of 2.4GHz to 2,483GHz, this control has a battery of 3000mAh.
You can connect with USB Type C, Lightning, Micro USB and you can transfer Full HD live image up to 7km distance. In addition, the DJI Mavic Pro, which is a unique feature not found in other models, can also be controlled with a smartphone without using a remote control.
DJI added new features such as Tap FLY, Active Track, Auto Return, and Auto Landing-Departure, which are already available in the new drone, as well as a VR Eyeglass that you can use with a drone. Thanks to these glasses with their own connection technology, you can shoot without missing any detail of the flight.
The same price tag as the GoPro Karma ($ 999), the drone can be purchased either with a remote or without a remote.
In our opinion, this product is far superior to GoPro Karma, and DJI seems to have solidified its position in the drone sector. With the DJI Mavic Pro DJI company aiming to reach even wider masses with lower price and simpler controls, it seems to be achieving this.