DJI Mavic Pro features foldable arms and is about half the size of company’s flagship Phantom drone (Source: DJI)
DJI has announced its latest drone named Mavic Pro. With Mavic Pro, DJI is taking on GoPro’s Karma drone, which was announced recently. DJI Mavic Pro’s USP is its foldable arms, compact form factor and cheaper price tag. The Mavic Pro is about half the size of company’s flagship Phantom drone. In fact, it can even be tucked into the back pocket.
Drones, which were generally huge in size and expensive in terms of pricing – are slowly nearing affordability and portability. Interestingly, DJI’s Mavic Pro comes at at time when GoPro is transitioning from an action camera maker to extreme photography gear manufacturer.
DJI Mavic Pro weighs 743 grams including the gimble cover and has a maximum speed of 40mph in sport mode. DJI Phantom 4 travels at a speed of 45mph in sport mode.
DJI Mavic Pro features the same 12MP image sensor found on Phantom 4 and is capable of recording 4K video at 30fps. The drone also shoots 1080p videos at 60fps and slow-motion HD videos at 120 frames per second. The camera has an ISO range of 100-3200 while shooting video and 100-1600 for still photography. The 12MP sensor shoots still photographs at maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels with a shutter speed of 8s to 1/8000 second.
DJI Mavic Pro differs from Phantom 4 in terms of the remote control. The remote control bundled with Mavic Pro has an operating frequency of 2.4GHz and has a smaller battery of 2,970mAh. The remote control has a smaller screen offering details like height, speed, distance and orientation. For live feed, users can clip their phone with DJI app and access advanced flight mode options.
DJI Mavic Pro starts at $749 without the camera, which is in fact cheaper than the $799 pricing of GoPro Karma. The Mavic Pro will retail for $999 with the camera component attached to it.
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DJI Mavic Pro is not an exceptional drone but it sets the tone for future of drones. A drone with slower speed and limited functionality, packed in a significantly smaller form factor will be the future and Mavic Pro/GoPro Karma are the first step in that way.