DJI Mavic Pro Review 2020 – All Specs and Features Tested
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At the end of September 2016, the leading drone manufacturer presented another compact and versatile beast drone model – DJI Mavic Pro . Various flight functions with an integrated 4K camera, a revised image transmission system and numerous safety features characterize the DJI Mavic Pro. What more does the Mavic suitcase hides – find out in our article.
Compact, lightweight and low price
The DJI Mavic Pro takes hardly any more space than a water bottle in the folded transport mode. This makes it the most compact DJI model.
Thanks to its telescopic legs and foldable propeller, DJI Mavic Pro is versatile and easy to use – especially when compared to the DJI Phantom 4. The DJI Mavic Pro is significantly smaller in the transport mode. The weight of Quadrocopter is just 743 grams (incl. Battery, Propeller and “Gimbal Cover”), which makes it an absolute lightweight model for its category. The design of the DJI Mavic Pro is downright new and has little or nothing in common with the exterior of the DJI Phantom models.
In laboratory conditions, the DJI Mavic Pro reached a flight time of around 27 minutes – in reality, it can fly approximately 20 to 25 minutes, depending on the way of flying and selected flight modes. The 3,830 mAh strong battery 3S (11,4V) is a common DJI supplied battery and has a LED bar showing the current energy level. A spare battery is not included and it costs around 100$.
Prices and Availability
It can be ordered as a regular model and DJI also offers a bundle that costs more and includes among others a backpack, a car charger, two additional batteries, a desktop charger and an extra set of spare propellers.
DJI Mavic Pro is considered to be an entry-drone but is an attractive model even among professional models, with its black, downright professional and quality looking housing.
In the folded transport mode, the DJI Mavic Pro measures only 83 mm in height and width and 198 mm in length – dimensions that make it possible to fit Mavic in a jacket pocket, trouser pocket or handbag.
Mavic Pro is a mere one-sixth of the size of the DJI Phantom 4. This pocket-sized model is an ideal fit for travellers, leisure activities or on the next summer party. The 8.3-inch propellers do not even have to be dismounted and DJI redefined the term “Ready To Fly Quadrocopter” once again.
New controller for the DJI Mavic Pro
You can control your DJI Mavic Pro exclusively via smartphone ( “Fly by Phone”), by phone and controller or ultimately only with a matching controller. The option of smartphone-only control is a new thing in the DJI world.
Much the same to toy and hobby drones à la Parrot Bebop 2, the DJI GO App provides virtual control stick so that the drone can be controlled by a finger slide, provided that the actual controller is not available. When controlled via smartphone, you will have the usual flight modes (TapFly, Trace, Spotlight, profiles, Circle) at disposal. You can record photos and videos without a controller and only with phone.
The controller for Mavic Pro is also ravamped and and looks much like a game pad. The controller is now foldable and can be effortlessly transported. In the unfolded state, a clever design makes it possible to fit your phone under the controller.
Sport mode and Tripod mode
Just like with with DJI Phantom 4, DJI offers a sport mode with Mavic Pro as well, which can be activated via special switch on the controller. In Sport mode, the DJI Mavic Pro achieved top speeds of up to 65 kilometers per hour, which makes this compact quadcopter almost a racing drone. Another new feature is the DJI Mavic Pro Tripod mode: In tripod mode, the maximum speed is reduced to only 3.6 kilometers per hour, and the sensitivity of the remote control signals is set to a maximum. Thanks to the intelligent sensors, the DJI Mavic Pro floats extremely accurately in this mode, making the Tripod mode particularly suitable for recording landscapes and indoor flights.
The DJI Mavic Pro stands like chiseled in the air. The drone is very agile & nimble, almost like the Phantom 4, but in our test it was a bit slower.
We think the design is impressive and it definitely revolutionized the whole industry and paved the way for a host of new foldable models from DJI and its competitors alike.
Features of the DJI Mavic Pro
According to DJI, the Mavic has an excessively high video transmission range of up to 7 km! The live image is displayed in 720p on the smartphone or tablet. Not even the Phantom 4 can compete with this connection quality.
Even when we flew away, the image transmission was never interrupted!
DJI Mavic propellers
High quality propellers can be assembled quite quickly & easily and can be folded up, so the Mavic can be transported comfortably without having to disassemble them.
During the take-off process, the blades automatically align themselves correctly due to centrifugal forces.
In case you don’t have all your senses together and miss a tree or other large object, don’t worry, the Mavic has an obstacle detection system. With 2 sensors in the front area the drone detects any object, provided it has a clear structure and good lighting conditions.
DJI Mavic Pro radio remote control
To control DJI Mavic Pro, you need a smartphone, which you must connect to the remote control. The live image from the drone camera is displayed on your smartphone in 720p at 30 frames per second.
The left joystick is used to turn the drone around its axis and fly up & down.
The right stick moves the drone forward, backward, right or left on the same plane.
In the upper left (#1) is the Return To Home button. If you press it during the flight, drone will fly back to the starting point. The Home Point is the point the drone has memorized during the take off. It will be reset when the drone is switched on and started again.
Button #2 is used to interrupt a current flight mode. This is for example the case when the drone automatically flies towards an obstacle and you want to stop the Mavic. Actually, the Mavic Pro has an automatic obstacle detection system, but better safe than sorry.
A bit further to the right is a small stick (#3) with which you can control quite a lot during the flight.
On the one hand you have the possibility to switch the current live image from portrait to landscape and vice versa. On the other hand the stick is used to adjust the 2-fold digital zoom. The zoom works up to a resolution of 2.7 K. The image quality might suffer a little bit from zooming during a recording because the image gets a little blurred. By tapping on the screen, the camera automatically refocuses. The sharpness of the image can also be adjusted with a digital wheel on the screen.
Furthermore you can use the stick to pan the camera from top to bottom. This function is especially interesting when you are using the Mavic Pro and suddenly an object appears underneath you that you want to film immediately.
DJI Mavic Pro goes into sports mode by sliding switch #4 forward. It’s a lot of fun, the drone flies faster (up to 65 kilometers per hour) and is more agile and nimble in the air. However, since the angle of the drone is much steeper, it can happen that the propellers can be seen in the pictures in sports mode.
The button #5 is used to switch the remote control on and off.
Intelligent flight modes
Gesture (gesture control)
Gesture Mode (gesture control) is an interesting flight mode, which allows you to shoot great selfies.
You can signal the drone with a gesture to take a picture of you without remote control. The DJI Mavic Pro is also a cool selfie drone with a self-timer.
Make sure that you are in photo mode, when you click on the drone symbol and select the flight mode “gesture”, then you can start.
Move yourself and the Mavic to the desired position so that it has you in the right field of view.
When the drone has recognized you, the front LEDs will start flashing red slowly. You can now control it with your hand.
By raising your arms and waving you show the drone that you are ready for a selfie.
Make a selfie gesture (window with 2 fingers) in front of your face and the Mavic will start a timer that runs for about 5 seconds, during this time the LEDs will start flashing fast.
Once the photo is taken, the LEDs will turn off completely.
This mode allows you to select an object which the drone will then track. For example a car, bike, skate or hoverboard.
You have to select the ActiveTrack mode in the app, then move the Mavic to the desired position facing the object and mark it with your finger on the smartphone screen. This will create a green rectangle around the entire object so that the drone can recognize it.
Once the Mavic detects the object, it will track it. Avoid abrupt changes of direction or the drone might lose sight of you.
If you want Mavic Pro to work in ActiveTrack mode even at higher speeds, for example to track a motorcycle or a car, do not accelerate or brake too much.
With the TapFly function you can mark any point on the horizon where the drone should fly straight ahead. The Mavic Pro will then fly straight towards this point until you interrupt it by pressing the “Stop” touch field.
During the flight in TapFly mode, a virtual slider can be used to change and adjust the speed as desired.
In TapFly mode the drone detects obstacles, but only in the front and lower area, but it does not detect objects on the right, left and rear side!
In tripod mode, the Mavic Pro does not fly faster than 9 kilometers per hour. This mode is intended for particularly smooth video recordings.
Another mode is the so-called cinematic mode. When this is activated, the drone flies through the air much more smoothly. It accelerates and decelerates much more softly. This guarantees a very high recording quality as Mavic avoids abrupt braking.
The DJI Mavic Pro also has a sport mode, which can be easily activated by a switch on the right side of the remote control.
In sports mode, the Mavic Pro can reach speeds of up to 65 km/h!
DJI Mavic Pro review summary
In our opinion, the DJI Mavic Pro was the best aircraft on the drone market in its day. It is still holding very well these days.
It makes a very high quality, stable impression, has lots of features, safety precautions and a 4K camera. The sensor technology is very sophisticated and the Mavic looks like it hasn’t left the development lab after the first test flights.
If you’re looking for a drone that can take great 4K shots, the DJI Mavic Pro is the perfect choice. In sport mode, it’s also a lot of fun and very safe & comfortable to fly. So even beginners can easily improve their flying skills with this drone.
And the automatic obstacle detection does the rest. There is no easier way to control a drone. Therefore it is also suitable for everyone!
In our test we could not find any special features that make the Mavic unattractive in any way. So should you buy the Mavic Pro?
The DJI Mavic Pro used to be the Ferrari of drones and considering it is a bit older nowadays, you can get it for less than $500 on ebay or some other second hand marketplace. A new one will still cost you less than $1000.
If you have the necessary budget available and a nearly perfect drones excites you, grab it!
You can also fly the Mavic in FPV mode in combination with the DJI FPV goggles and experience a breathtaking flight, comparable to the Parrot Bebop 2.
All in all, we can warmly recommend the DJI Mavic Pro to any beginner or advanced flyer. You can find the current price here on Amazon.de.