The DJI Mavic Pro is a flying, remotely operated drone – a small hovering device that can be used for multiple purposes. Basically, it is a remotely operated camera with attractive design. We’re going to review the features, the advantages, and the uses of DJI Mavic Pro further in this review.
How does DJI Mavic Pro Work?
This drone operates on batteries which are remotely controlled by a special controller. It is also supplied by wireless connectivity feature, which is a new addition to its smart feature. In short, you will use your remote controller to navigate the drone the way you want it to go.
The Features and specifics of DJI Mavic Pro
There are many features that the DJI Mavic Pro comes supplied with, but most important ones are the Aircraft features, Remote Controller Features, the Camera Features, the Wi-Fi features, and The Flight Battery features.
The Aircraft Features are separated into several sub-features, such as the folded size, the diagonal size, the weight, the maximal ascent speed, the maximal descent speed, the maximal overall speed, the maximal flight time, and such.
Size: DJI Mavic pro is 83mm by 83mm by 98mm in size when folded, it’s 335mm in diagonal size. It’s 1.64 pounds heavy with gimbal cover, it can reach a maximum of 16.4-feet per sec of ascent when it’s in sports mode, and can reach a maximum of 9.8-feet per second of descent speed.
The maximum speed it can reach is 40-miles per hour, and this is measured in the perfect weather conditions (no wind). It can fly for 27 minutes. If we take into consideration the 15% of low-battery warning, it can fly for 21 minutes overall.
The Remote Controller
The DJI Mavic Pro comes supplied with a special remote control that possesses its own unique features. It operates on the frequency in the range between 2.4 GHz and 2.483 GHz, and it has a maximum of transmission distance of 4.3 miles (FCC compliant), or 2.5 miles when unobstructed.
The battery that the remote controller needs are (ideally) a 2970mAh, but it can work on similar batteries as well. Keep in mind that using a substitute for the recommended batteries might affect the overall performance.
The camera is one of the most important features of the DJI Mavic Pro, so it is only natural that it’s a high-quality one. These features can be split into further sub-features such as the Sensor module, ISO range, Shutter Speed, Image Size, Still Photography settings, Video Recording Settings, Maximal Bitrate for Video capturing, Supported formats, Photo formats, Video Formats, SD cards, and the Operating temperature.
The Sensor module features a CMOS sensor of 1” by 2.3”, and has a total of 12.71 megapixels. A total of effective megapixels is 12.35. The focus lens has a diameter of 28mm, and the predicted distortion is below 1.5% (when maximally focused).
ISO range is between 100 and 3200 for videos, and between 100 and 1600 for photos. The Image Size is really important, as you wouldn’t find much use of a drone that could take panoramic shots in small sizes. DJI Mavic pro can take photos of up to 4000×3000 resolution.
Photography settings are the options of how you would like your photos to be when you take them. You can take a single shot, burst shots at intervals between 3 to 7 frames, AEB shots in the bracketed frames of 0.7 secs, EV Bias shots, or Interval Shots.
Video Recording Settings are the resolutions of the videos your drone will take. These modes are C4K – 4096 by 2160 in 24p; 4K – 3840 by 2160 at 30p; 2.7K – 2704 by 1520 at 30p; FHD – 1920 by 1080 at 24-96p; HD – 1280 by 720 at 24-120p. Maximal Bitrate for Video capturing is 60 Mbps.
Supported formats are FAT32 for files that are equal or below 32 GB, or EXFAT for files that are beyond 32 GB. Photo formats that are available for DJI Mavic pro are JPEG and DNG, and the Video Formats are MP4 and MOV. The operating temperature of the camera is between 0 and 40 degrees Celsius.
Even though DJI Mavic Pro operates on batteries (which are operated by the remote controller), it is supplied with a wireless connection feature that further increases its capabilities. Considering the Wi-Fi settings of this drone, the operating frequency is between 2.4G and 5G, the Maximal transmission distance is 80m in distance and 50m in height (when unobstructed)
The Flight Battery
The special battery that DJI Mavic Pro operates on is very important as it keeps it going. It is very important to remember that the performance of the drone will get significantly lower when the battery reaches 15%. This is the time at which you will need to recover your drone and recharge it.
When it comes to specifics, the Flight battery capacity is 3830 mAh, the voltage is 11.4V, it uses a special type of battery that is called Lipo 3S (Here is a guide to understanding Lipo 3S Battery), and it has the energy of 43.6 Wh. Similar batteries can be inserted only as a substitute – you should not rely on similar battery models as the overall performance of DJI Mavic Pro might decrease.
What are the possible uses for DJI Mavic Pro?
There are virtually limitless uses for this little drone, as it is very practical, lightweight, it has a strong battery lifetime, and has many special features. You can use it as a toy/for entertainment (even though it costs quite a lot to be considered a toy), for doing beautiful aerial photography, taking aerial videos, as a scouting recon while you’re in a territory/wilderness that is unfamiliar to you, and more.
If you use it for entertainment, you will surely get hooked pretty easily. It is very fast and it can hold out for around 30minutes (which is better than industry standard now), but the only reason why this purpose is advocated against is because it costs quite a lot. If you’re searching for a drone for entertainment, there are cheaper models that can provide you with it.
Why is this made for? If you are using DJI Mavic Pro for pictures/videos/panoramas, you are using it for the purpose it was made for. It has a very powerful camera that can take very large and sharp pictures and 4k videos with Stabilized Camera camera with 3-axis gimbal stabilization.
Lastly, if you’re using it for recon in the region you are unfamiliar with, you will be very satisfied with the results. It has an enormous range and the obstacle avoidance feature which will ensure that no harm is done to it.
The advantages of using the DJI Mavic Pro
There are a lot of drone models on the market, and it is only natural to ask “why is DJI Mavic Pro better than the others?”. The answer would not be so simple, as there are several fields at which it excels beyond the standards of a regular drone model.
It is faster and safer than most drones
Having the Maximal Ascent Speed of 16.4-feet per second means that DJI Mavic Pro can travel as quickly as a Hummingbird. Simply being fast doesn’t mean a lot if you end up crashing your drone. They are very expensive, so you would either need to be extra careful or refrain from using it a lot.
However, this is not the case with DJI Mavic Pro. It has a special Obstacle Avoidance feature that triggers safety sensors whenever an object is in its pathing, so it will override the controls you are giving him if it means a certain collision.
It is equipped with an extremely powerful camera
In the terms of Video and Picture quality, DJI Mavic Pro stands on the top. The 12-megapixel camera can take photos in Adobe DNG RAW format and take 4K HD videos in 30fps represent the pinnacle of quality. Most drone models offer either the video quality or the picture quality, while this little beauty has it all.
It is lightweight and compact
When you fold this drone, it is extremely small (83mm by 83mm by 98mm), making it extremely compact and easy to carry around. This feature is improved with the lightweight design – DJI Mavic Pro weighs only 1.64 with gimbal cover.
Overall Pros and Cons of DJI Mavic Pro
DJI Mavic Pro is not perfect. It possesses a lot of extraordinary features that make it very valuable, but it has some flaws as well. While we already mentioned most of the virtues it has, we will summarize them along with the flaws.
- Extremely capable of taking pictures and videos of high quality;
- Very fast ascent and descent speed;
- Great range;
- Obstacle Avoidance feature;
- Lightweight and compact design;
- Specialized batteries;
- Mediocre flight time;
- Steep price;
The flaws of DJI Mavic Pro can easily be overlooked if we take into consideration the advantages it offers. Even though it’s not perfect, it is very durable and it’s built to last. All in all, DJI Mavic Pro is compact, lightweight, very fast and reliable, has a great range, it’s capable of taking pictures and videos of the highest quality, but it comes at a very high price.