DJI is about to release the latest, most compact flying camera ever. This small but powerful package is known as the DJI Mavic Pro and probably packs the most punch per square inch of drone. This is sure to be the best drone gift anyone could wish for this Christmas season. It’s small, easy to take with on your holiday adventures and will capture everything so you can record all your special memories. This review is going to inform you about this new-release and give you all the reasons as to why you should buy the DJI Mavic Pro for Christmas 2016. You can also check out our full DJI Mavic Pro Review for a good overview or check out our other pages to gain information on the release date or the price. If you already have your heart set on this compact fling companion, click the link below:
About the Mavic Pro
The Mavic is very different to any of the former DJI drones. It is matt grey rather than white and doesn’t feature the square landing gear of its predecessors. It’s actually completely foldable and aims to make compactness and portability the top priorities. If you think that that means sacrificing the all-important features and functions, think again. The Mavic Pro may be small in stature, but in no way does it lack in functionality. It retains most of the features of the well-known Phantom 4 and even improves on certain aspects. We have a Mavic Pro vs Phantom 4 article if you would be interested in that comparison.
Reasons to Buy the DJI Mavic Pro for Christmas 2016
The new design has four fold-able limbs which extend to give the drone a great wing span for stability but retract so it will almost fit into your pocket when being transported. At the end of each limb, lies a fold-up propeller which auto-balance via centrifugal force when the drone is activated. This means when entirely folded, you’re left with a nice, strong-looking grey block that will fit into even the smallest of back-packs and would easily be hand bag-transportable too. Testers have noted that this increase in convenience is sure to be a major hit among enthusiast and especially those who film often as it makes the process far easier.
The new remote controller or transmitter is far smaller. It is the first change in the style of remote controller from DJI and testers are ecstatic with the new design. Many have stated that the old design was far too large, difficult to transport and didn’t feel ergonomically-designed. The new controller has foldable limbs at the bottom which extend to hold your mobile device for real-time video display and foldable antennae at the top to ensure a good signal when extended. The controller also features Force ‘Feedback’ which is a feature that allows the controller to physically vibrate when it wants to bring the user’s attention to something such as very strong winds.
The first drones with real-time video transmission used a simple Wi-Fi connection for this function. This was seriously limited and range was a massive issue so Lightbridge technology was developed and we saw the latest development in that field with Lightbridge 2 on the Phantom 4. Many fans or users will know that although Lightbridge gives a good real-time display and extended the range, it did have issues when the drone reached a certain distance. There would often be pixelated distortions in the transmitted image and this would feel like a break down in signal.
DJI have therefore come up with something new that not only removes these distortions but even further extends the range of your real-time video display. This technology is known as OcuSync and allows you to retain a 720p connection up to a maximum range of 4.3 miles or 7 km. It doesn’t only extend the range but also enhances close proximity flying by enabling a 1080p connection in such situations for a crystal clear picture. We also have an article on the DJI Mavic Pro Specs which goes into detail.
-Speed and Flight Time
The Mavic is incredibly fast, in tests it has been far faster than the Phantom 4 in Normal Mode and about the same in Sport Mode. The drone is capable of 18 metres per second which equates to about 48 miles per hour. More than this though, testers have noted how agile and responsive it feels and have said that it makes you want to fly it and fly it well. It has been called the ‘sports car’ of the DJI drones. The flight time is also very impressive. It has a claimed flight time of 27 minutes when being flown at 25 km/h in conditions with no wind.
The DJI Mavic Pro also has an all-new mode called Wi-Fi Mode that you can switch to on the side of the drone beneath a plastic covering next to the SD card slot. In this mode, you can put away your controller and fly the drone using Wi-Fi up to a range of 80 metres. This is great when riding bikes or hiking and also enables you to control the drone from your app by using virtual controls which enable you to control your camera shutter and even take selfies.
The DJI Mavic pro retains most of the Smart Features found on the Phantom 4 but incorporates various new ones too. It has:
- ‘Profile’ is for tracking shots from the side as though the drone were a cable camera.
- ‘ActiveTrack’ is back and allows you to select a subject for tracking by drawing a rectangle around them.
- ‘Tap-To-Fly’ whereby you to tap an area on your screen to send the drone to that specific location.
- ‘Spotlight’ is a feature in which you become the focal point and the drone will do whatever is necessary in order to keep you in the frame regardless of movement.
- ‘Trace’ locks the drone in a position either behind or in front of you and holds it there as it follows you.
- ‘Terrain Tracking’ enables the drone to ascend a hill up to a maximum of 30 degrees without crashing into anything.
- ‘Gesture Control’ has brought selfies to the drone world. This enables you to wave at the drone to gain its attention and then you can create a picture frame with your hands for it to take a picture of you and whoever you’re with.
- ‘Tripod’ mode transforms the drone into a tripod for you and is designed specifically for indoor shots just slightly off the ground. This ensures you don’t have to lug around a tripod for your camera in addition to the drone.
Additionally, there is built-in FPV (first person view) support which is exciting and is sure to allow first person goggles to be used when flying the Mavic Pro.
Overall, this new drone is very exciting and is sure to capture the hearts and minds of many enthusiasts. It is a complete game-changer and does things very differently. Hopefully we’ve covered all the reasons to buy the DJI Mavic Pro for Christmas 2016. Some may still love the Phantom 4 but others will be besotted with this new-release and the convenience it offers. We’re certain this is going to be a massive hit this Christmas and we suggest you order soon if you have your heart set on this one. Click the link below to order yours today: