DJI Mavic Pro

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Update 8 Jan 2017: “Estimated shipping: 7-10 business days of order confirmation.”  Finally you can get a Mavic without having to wait for weeks/months!

If if you are not sure between the Mavic or the Karma, look no further: look at the video at the bottom at this page!  Since the beginning, I always had a Phantom in my hangar since the Phantom 1 came out but this is about to change!  The Mavic is all we always ask to be! Or almost and better!  It was announced last week(end of Sept 16) and they are suppose to start shipping by mid October.(DJI started shipping the Mavic slowly as of the 21st of Oct…)

Get the Mavic Pro here

Mavic Pro features

Battery

  • Max Flight Time: 27 minutes (0 wind at a consistent 15.5 MPH)
  • Average Flight Time: 21 minutes (in normal flight with 15% remaining battery level)
  • Battery Type: LiPo 3S (43.6 Wh)
  • The 3830 mAh LiPo battery charged in about an hour
  • Charger includes two USB ports — handy for charging remote controller at the same time
  • Could also charge it with charging hub plus a Phantom 4 100W adaptor (takes 130 minutes to charge four batteries from 15% to 100%)

Camera

  • Stabilized 4K camera
  • 2x digital zoom
  • Smallest-ever 3-axis gimbal for shake-free photos & video
  • Autofocus camera features a minimum focusing distance of just 19 in (0.5 m) and can be flipped 90 degrees to portrait mode for vertical selfies and video
  • Records 4K video at 30fps & full 1080p HD at 96fps
  • 12-megapixel camera with Adobe DNG RAW support has been expertly tuned for aerial images
  • Can shoot 2-second-long exposures
  • Camera sensor: 1/2.3” (CMOS), Effective pixels:12.35 M (Total pixels:12.71M)
  • Camera lens: FOV 78.8° 28 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.2; Distortion < 1.5% Focus from 0.5 m to ∞
  • Shutter speed: 8s -1/8000s
  • ISO range: 100-3200 (video); 100-1600 (photo)
  • Max Image Size: 4000×3000
  • Photo Modes: Single shot, Burst shooting: 3/5/7 frames, Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7, EV Bias, Interval
  • 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 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
  • Max Video Bitrate: 60 Mbps
  • Gimbal Tilt: Pitch: -90° to +30°
  • Camera has same 1/2.3 inch sensor, same frame as P3/P4/Inspire X3
  • Camera Cover: It is to protect the camera for transport. Easily removable. Yes you can fly with it but it is not recommended.
  • Camera Cover: leave off for best quality and on when transporting
  • How to set Focus: It works just like an x5. Tap the area you want focused and it focuses. If you focus on something 50m out, it’s pretty much set to infinity.
  • Streams at 1080p to your phone/goggles (rather than the 720p of the Phantom 4)
  • You can flip the camera 90-degrees for portrait oriented shots

Flight Modes

  • Sport Mode: Allows speeds of up to 40 MPH
  • TapFly: Direct Mavic to go wherever you want, avoiding obstacles along the way
  • FlightAutonomy makes it possible to control the drone completely with just hand gestures
  • Gesture Mode: you can use gestures to have Mavic Pro locate you, center you in the frame and take the perfect shot as Mavic Pro’s flashing lights count down to the photo
  • Terrain Follow Mode: means that you can race up a slope behind a subject while remaining at a constant height between 1 ft (0.3 m) and 33 ft (10 m)
  • Tripod Mode: designed for indoor use, slowing and fine-tuning Mavic Pro’s position and angle based on controller movement inputs to allowing for precision framing and safe indoor flight
  • Updated version of DJI’s ActiveTrack recognizes common subjects such as people, bicyclists, cars, boats and animals, which then sends Mavic Pro to follow behind, lead in front, circle above or track alongside the subject, keeping the camera focused on the subject while you concentrate on flight maneuvers
  • It can distinguish between people, cars, bicycles, and even animals. And it can track each of them, in a variety of modes: It can follow from behind, lead from the front, track alongside – even orbit the moving subject while keeping the camera locked on.
  • it can follow someone up a slope while maintaining a pre-programmed altitude above ground level (think following a mountain biker or hiker as they ascend).
  • ActiveTrack: As the Mavic is tracking, you can even select exactly where you want the subject in the frame
  • Trace: Follow behind or in front of your subject, or circle it as it moves
  • Profile: Fly alongside your subject
  • Spotlight: Keep the camera trained on your subject while you fly almost anywhere
  • Selfie mode: Put the Mavic in Gesture Mode and walk in front of it. The Mavic will automatically detect you. Raise your arms or wave to it to make it follow you. Make a box shape with your fingers when you’re ready to take a photo. The lights under the Mavic’s front arms will start to flash, and you will have 3 seconds before it takes a photo
  • Tripod Mode: Caps the Mavic’s maximum speed at just 2.2 mph, while the control stick sensitivity of the remote controller is dulled to give you the precision you need for accurate framing. Great for flying indoors or other in small spaces
  • Terrain Follow: When you are flying over changing terrain, this mode uses height information gathered by the on-board ultrasonic system & its downward-facing cameras to keep you flying at the same height above the ground even as the ground moves. Just set the height from the ground you want (from 9 to 33′)

Performance

  • FlightAutonomy can position, navigate and plan routes for Mavic Pro, enabling it to avoid obstacles in various environments, with or without the help of satellite signals
  • FlightAutonomy provides a significant boost in working range and can cope with complex 3D environments
  • Will avoid most obstacles at speeds up to 22 MPH
  • Will remain stable in winds of up to 24 MPH
  • Max Ascent Speed: 16.4 ft/s (5 m/s) in Sport mode
  • Max Descent Speed: 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s)
  • Max speed: 40 mph (65 kph) in Sport mode without wind
  • Obstacle Sensory Range: Precision measurement range: 2 ft (0.7 m) to 49 ft (15 m); Detectable range: 49 ft (15 m) to 98 ft (30 m)
  • Max Altitude: 500 m above the takeoff point
  • VPS Range: 1 – 43 feet (0.3 – 13 m) altitude; Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux > 15)
  • During takeoff, the Mavic Pro’s stereo cameras record a burst of photos without you even knowing it. It then uses that imagery and GPS information to land within an inch of where it took off when you’re using an auto-land/RTH function.

Aircraft

  • DJI’s first personal drone designed to be taken just about anywhere
  • Easily carried in a purse or backpack
  • Folding design compresses the entire drone to practically the size of a water bottle
  • Four folding arms and propellers tuck neatly away against its streamlined body
  • Whole system can be set up and airborne in less than a minute
  • GPS and GLONASS navigation systems
  • Redundant sensors
  • 24 powerful computing cores
  • Ultra light and aerodynamic airframe
  • Uses DJI’s GEO geofencing system to help identify restricted areas, preventing flight in locations that might raise safety or security concerns
  • Set to automatically return to its launch location if it ever loses contact with the controller or reaches critically low battery levels
  • Precision Landing feature records a burst of video with two stereo cameras every time Mavic Pro launches, then uses both video and satellite information when it returns to land within an inch of where it took off
  • OcuSync (new video link system) supports a range up to 4.3 miles (7 km) and live view resolutions up to 1080p
  • New band management algorithm makes OcuSync more robust in environments with many frequencies in operation
  • Equipped with dual-band WiFi as a secondary link, allowing easy control via your smartphone for close range operation or for quick downloading of content from Mavic Pro straight to your device
  • Folded Size: H 83mm x W 83mm x L 198mm
  • Weight: 1.62 lbs (734 g) (exclude gimbal cover); 1.64 lbs (743 g) (include gimbal cover)
  • Supported Mobile Device Size: Thickness Supported:6.5-8.5mm; Max length: 160mm
  • Can be powered on folded
  • The props are designed as a single unit
  • The arms are heavy-duty, but not metal. They snap into place when collapsed or expanded with no locking mechanism necessary.
  • Dual compass and IMU for redundancy

Remote Controller

  • Can be operated by the powerful long range remote controller, or simply by your smartphone at shorter range
  • Compact RC has been designed to provide a fully ergonomic experience with optimum comfort
  • RC can accommodate a smartphone or control Mavic Pro on its own
  • RC’s built-in LCD screen displays essential telemetry data, while dedicated buttons for functions such as Return-to-Home and pausing during Intelligent Flight modes ensure a confident flight every single time
  • Max Transmission Distance: FCC Compliant: 4.3 mi (7 km); CE Compliant: 2.5 mi (4 km) (Unobstructed, free of interference)
  • Transmitter power: FCC:≤26 dBm; CE:≤20 dBm
  • 4.3 mile (7 km) range
  • Semi-fixed RC connector, you could change between various USB ports and lightning
  • RC will not hold an iPad mini, officially. Available 3d printed part to hold a mini Ipad/tablet
  • RC only has a USB port (no HDMI port)
  • Run time: About 6-7 packs
  • Charge time:1-2 hours
  • Micro USB port is on the side for charging
  • You can also use the micro on the side for video out
  • The antennas click into each other for safer storage.
  • RCs from other DJI aircraft cannot be used to fly the Mavic
  • Features a small but clear monochrome screen that displays modes, telemetry and other key features.
  • Gives haptic feedback via vibration to alert the pilot when important events occur mid-flight

DJI Goggles

  • Mavic Pro also pairs with DJI’s new immersive DJI Goggles, displaying an 85-degree view from the drone in full 1080p for a true bird’s-eye view of the world below
  • Googles have built-in OcuSync, the goggles receive video directly from Mavic Pro in the air and not through the controller, reducing lag to a minimum
  • DJI Goggles allows you to flick between third person view and FPV in under a second
  • can comfortably wear your glasses while wearing the goggles and quit FPV mode instantly by flipping the mask up
  • Designed to make flying totally immersive. The feature two 1080p LTPS displays with a wide 85° angle of view to give you a bird’s eye view of the world around you. Built-in OcuSync connectivity means that it links directly to the Mavic and not through a cable or a Wi-Fi link to the controller. This seamless connection yields a delay of only 120 milliseconds

DJI Care Refresh

  • DJI Care Refresh is a new optional protection plan, DJI Care Refresh, is available in select countries and provides peace of mind for Mavic Pro owners
  • Covers accidental damage to the Mavic Pro aircraft, gimbal or camera during normal use for up to 12 months
  • for an additional charge will offer up to two full replacements that are new or equivalent to new
  • Must purchase before Mavic is activated or within the first 48 hours after activation

Other

  • Live streaming to Facebook, Periscope and YouTube via DJI GO
  • ND filters are coming
  • You could also just fly with a tablet over WiFi
  • Firmware updates can be installed via DJI Assistant 2
  • It really wasn’t designed to be a racer. Anyone that has seen or flown a racer will know this.
  • The aircraft is not user serviceable. It’s honestly built like a Swiss watch. You always have the option to send the aircraft in for repair. If malfunction is shown in the flight logs, the repair will be covered at no cost if still under warranty.

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Findings after flying the Mavic Pro

Camera

  • I have found is that you need to set focus during or before take off to get the best results
  • On startup, the camera will usually auto focus on something on the ground. This is why you should auto focus once air born on something about 50m out. That will give you infinity. You can forget about it from that point on unless you want to later focus on a closer subject.


Flight Modes

  • Sport Mode: Even at these speeds, the aircraft is incredibly responsive and nimble. No, it’s not on the same level as a tweaked-out racing drone, but it is very impressive for a consumer/prosumer personal quadcopter.

General

    • The P4 & Mavic are different craft made for different users. Some will have both but this will probably have my phantoms sitting longer just do to the fact you cant take this anywhere with very little spaced used with 95% of the performance
    • It does not show props as much as the P4. ONLY at very extreme angles and ONLY in sport mode.
    • We’ve had no problem with hand catching. Just grab it by the body from underneath. Ensure there is no wind to stop mid-air adjustments.
    • Incredibly sturdy and our units here, after dozens of hours of flight time, show no signs of sloppiness or wear…
    • It’s not a new Phantom; not a new Inspire. It’s unlike anything DJI has produced in the past.

Performance

  • I have flown in 15 MPH with solid footage
  • It handles the same wind as the P3
  • A little bit of wind and piro does cause some altitude drop (about a foot or two) but it does recover.
  • Does give you high wind warning, but does not issue RTH unless you do or it loses contact with RC
  • If you are experienced with the Phantom 4, it will feel very familiar to you — but it’s even more stable
  • The Mavic hung there like it was glued in space
  • Noticeably quieter than the Phantom 4
  • Flawless, smooth, and highly responsive
  • Lower weight makes it feel more agile and nimble

What I don’t like about the Mavic:

  • Gimbal is attach on rubber band, look super fragile,  I did drop mine and now the gimbal is not working anymore, I submit an email to DJI support, waiting on reply…  I will keep this update as the repair goes…

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Where to buy the Mavic Pro

  • The Mavic Pro can be ordered from DJI 
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Review Sources

The following reviews were used to compile the information above:

DJI: dji.com
DJI Mavic Specs: www.dji.com/mavic/info#specs
RC Groups: www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2747762
B&H: www.bhphotovideo.com