With the Mavic Pro DJI have done it again. They have redefined what a drone can be, what a drone should be.
Crucially, it is small enough to fit in your pocket. At the same time, the design and construction quality are everything we expect from the company that invented the Phantom and the Inspire. Set up takes seconds. And once it is in the air, the Mavic Pro is incredibly stable in flight. Outside, it handles the wind just fine. Indoors flying is at last a real option, as the Vision Positioning System keeps the Mavic Pro fixed in one place like no other drone has been capable of.
Tripod mode means that with a bit of practice, you can fly safely and accurately indoors. Selfie mode means you can take a picture of yourself just by waving at the Mavic. DJI have also pushed the bounds of the collision avoidance system, which now works at speeds of up to 22mph, compared with 15mph for the Phantom 4. Battery life is comparable to the Phantom 4, at 27 minutes. And range is a CAA / UK regulation busting 7kms. Check out Casey Niestat’s (youtube multi-million views vlogger and renowned drone addict) youtube review, in which he rates the DJI Mavic Pro as the best drone ever, HERE.
So is that the end for every other drone out there? Not quite. With any piece of camera equipment, you are always looking for the best combination of image quality and convenience, at the best price. In price terms, the DJI Mavic Pro is on a par with the DJI Phantom 4. On convenience, the Mavic Pro wins hands down. But on image quality and in some other areas, the Phantom 4 is still has the edge.
Check out Casey Niestat’s review of the 4K image quality between the Mavic Pro and the Phantom 4 here.
And of course, if convenience can go hang because all you are interested in is image quality, then the Inspire 1, with its choice of X3 (standard), Z3 (zoom) and X5 (micro 4/3rds camera comparable quality to a high-end DSLR camera) is the drone for you.