DJI Mavic Pro is one of the latest and best drone models from DJI, a Chinese company known for their amazing drone models. DJI is the front runner when it comes to drones with high-end cameras. The DJI Mavic Pro is a folding quadcopter that is very easy to operate and it will give you amazing aerial shots. So, let’s get on with the review.
DJI Mavic Pro Design
The DJI Mavic Pro comes with a small box that will make you wonder where DJI will hide the drone model in the packaging. In contrast to most of the high-end quadcopters drones on the market today by the other competitors, the DJI Mavic Pro is really small and you can easily slip the drone into a large purse, your backpack’s smaller pocket, and also into most of the water bottle holders. DJI Mavic Pro is one of the most portable flying drone units available on the market today.
While it is small size, the DJI Mavic Pro is made from quality metal with impressive fit and finish. The engineers at DJI also engineered this DJI Mavic Pro in a thoughtful manner. You do not have to use any tools to operate the drone and it comes with a slim controller with multitude of options that are beyond your expectations.
DJI Mavic Pro is only available in one colour which is slate grey. It will come folded in the package and you only need to do a few quick things to get it up and running for its first flight. Simply just fold out the front arms from the sides of the drone and then fold the rear arms from below.
The landing gear is found at the base of the drone’s front arms and the fuselage is found near the rear. It is advisable for you to find a flat and solid surface to take off and land on. It is also easy for you to remove the battery by simply just pinching the buttons together on any side of the battery itself and pull it up.
A 3-axis gimbal with 12-megapixel camera that is capable to display up to 4K resolution is located at the front of the drone. The optional dome made of plastic found above will keep the things dry and safe. However, if you find that this optional plastic dome distorts your images quality, go ahead and remove it. There is also a pair of sensors above the camera and the main functions of these sensors are to prevent damage to the DJI Mavic Pro drone while providing obstacle identification and avoidance.
As you can see from here, the DJI Mavic Pro is similar to a tiny super computer that is packed into an aircraft. From downward facing sensors to front mounted sensors combined with the camera, the DJI Mavic Pro is a drone that can perform intelligent autonomous flight modes, self-landing capabilities. The dual GPS radios will also eliminate redundancy and allow the drone to land on an absolute precise location.
On top of that, the DJI Mavic Pro also have its own internal cooling fan to keep the electronic hardware at the optimal temperature. You can also do the same using the remote control.
Lastly, you can find red coloured LED lights slightly below the front propellers and another single large light near to the back of the fuselage. These LED lights will allow you to know the status of the drone. To simply put it, just remember that green colour means it is still performing well.
DJI Mavic Pro Usability
One of the key factors that distinguish the DJI Mavic Pro from other quadcopters on the market is that it is one of the most user friendly quadcopters drones around on the market and DJI should really proud of this achievement. DJI Mavic Pro’s small and compact size with quick fold setup and remote control and smartphone app that is easy to pair up will let you launch it up to the sky very quickly.
Besides the basic setup, flying this DJI Mavic Pro drone is akin to a child’s play. While it is not exactly a drone you will want for your children, it is that simple to operate the DJI Mavic Pro. Basically, the DJI Mavic Pro can almost fly by itself without you doing much other than to tell it where you want it to go. Nevertheless, please do not expect this drone to fly by itself without any instructions from you.
The estimated setup for the DJI Mavic Pro is a few seconds and the remote control may take slightly longer. All you need to do is to flip out the antenna and get it ready to fly. Additionally, you can also take a bit more time to do an optional connection to your smartphone to enjoy the first person view (FPV).
Due to the fact that most people will consider the DJI Mavic Pro as more of a flying camera than a drone with a camera, the photos, video features and capabilities are very good as well. There are dedicated buttons located on the remote control that will allow you to quickly take a photo or start or stop recording a video. These photos are taken at 12-megapixel resolution and you can also a 2X zoom to use full manual camera controls.
DJI Mavic Pro Flight Characteristics
The DJI Mavic Pro offers 4 major flight characteristics and these make the DJI Mavic Pro an excellent and ideal drone for most of the users and offers stunning photography from the sky.
The first characteristic is the DJI Mavic Pro can take off and land down all by itself and all you have to do is to tap the take off and land down buttons on your DJI GO smartphone app. There is also intelligence built into the DJI Mavic Pro to make sure that it lands softly and to get up to an appropriate height to use the Vision Positioning feature.
Next, the DJI Mavic Pro has very good stability and it stays in one place very well. The third characteristic is the tripod mode. If you are looking to slow things done and to keep your drone’s movement as steady as possible, this tripod mode is the answer because it is designed to provide the most stable video capture possible and reducing flight sensitivity.
Lastly, the DJI Mavic Pro has a return to home feature that makes the DJI Mavic Pro very valuable as a drone. DJI Mavic Pro does this by utilizing its dual GPS sensors to give an accurate mark and then takes the accuracy down to within inches with the help of the proximity sensors installed on the drone and the camera capture of the drone’s surroundings. To sum it up, the DJI Mavic Pro will land down close to the location where you exactly got it to take off previously.
Other than these 4 major flight characteristics, the DJI Mavic Pro also comes packed with many different extra flight modes hence making it a quite exciting drone for you to fly around. The drone can fly up to 40 MPH on ground speed and its vertical travel is at 16.4 feet per second. It will only take 24 seconds to get from ground up to the legal 400 foot ceiling within the United States.