September 28, 2016

DJI Mavic Pro Drone

Is the DJI Mavic Enough to Give Bad Karma to Go Pro?

Just as Go Pro launch their long-awaited Karma drone, DJI spring into action with the very similar, fold-able DJI Mavic Pro. This is big news as it could seriously affect the huge predicted sales of the Karma. Even the Financial Times has written an article on this ongoing battle.

Update Nov 21st 2021

The long-awaited DJI Mavic 3 drone is released. Please check out my full review here: DJI Mavic 3 Review

Mavic Pro Kit

On paper, the specs look impressive. It could possibly topple the Go Pro Karma before it has even taken off. In the air, it also looks very impressive with features that are sure to win over a lot of people. Especially as we head towards Christmas!

Even though the image quality doesn't match that of my Inspire 1/X5 camera combo, I don't think this matters. The Mavic is aimed towards racers, sporty/travel people and general enthusiasts. It could have its uses in the corporate world but as a rule, the Mavic seems to be all about the fun.

DJI Mavic Pro - Main Features

  • A small, fold-able design that doesn't sacrifice functionality
  • 4K integrated stabilised camera for video and 12mp stills
  • Intelligent ActiveTrack allows for multiple tracking functions without a bracelet or tracker
  • Mavic modes include: TapFly and TerrainFollow which keeps the Mavic at a defined height even up steep inclines as it follows you
  • A very impressive 27 minute flight time at speeds up to 40 mph (65 kph) in Sport mode without wind
  • Custom designed remote controller with the option to fly using just your mobile phone, iPod or tablet
  • Dual satellite connectivity with an all-new transmission system
  • Simple to use and fly, highly intelligent and always aware of its surroundings (obstacle avoidance)
  • FPV headset is also available for racing buffs
  • Visual navigation system has a 4.3 mile (7 km) range

Despite many rumours saying that the Mavic would only have a 2-axis gimbal, it actually comes with a 3-axis gimbal (pitch, roll, yaw) for super-smooth video recording.

Video Specs

For me, flying a drone means capturing amazing video. Many people though, will buy this for its racing capabilities but the video quality is still important to many. Here are some of the main video features:

  • ISO Range - 100-3200 (video), 100-1600 (photo)
  • 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 24/25/30/48/50/60/120
  • Max Video Bitrate - 60 Mbps
  • Video - MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
  • Supported SD Card Types - Micro SD™, Max capacity: 64 GB. Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required
  • Operating Temperature - 32° to 104° F ( 0° to 40° C )

The small, fold-able form of the DJI Mavic means it can be carried practically anywhere. Whether in a rucksack or small bag, it is ready for take off in no time at all. Regardless of its size, DJI have left nothing out and the features are impressive.

DJI Goggles for the Mavic Pro

DJI Goggles

Putting their rather bulky appearance behind, the DJI Mavic Goggles (sold separately) look pretty neat and easy to use. They give you a 1080p, 85 degree view directly from the drone (thanks to OcuSync) and not the controller. This means very little lag in the image transmission. It also means you can share your flight with friends.

Switching from FPV (first person view) to third person view takes less than a second. All you need to do is flip up the mask, even when comfortably wearing glasses.


The standard package of the Mavic Pro only is just £999 (or $999) for which you get:

  • DJI Mavic Pro Aircraft
  • Remote Controller x 1
  • Propeller Pair x 3
  • Gimbal Clamp
  • Charger
  • Power Cable
  • MicroSD Card (16GB)
  • Micro USB Cable
  • RC Cable (Lightning Connector)
  • RC Cable (Standard Micro USB Cable)
  • RC Cable Slider
  • Manuals

For an additional £250 (total cost £1,249), you also get:

  • 2 Additional Batteries
  • Car Charger
  • Mavic Shoulder Bag

Judging by all of the above and the comments already coming in online, it seems that the DJI Mavic Pro is already a hit.

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