Details DJI Mavic Pro
The DJI Mavic Pro, the ultimate in portable aerial photography drones.
The DJI Mavic Pro is probably my favorite drone for everyday flying. I use it for everything from filming the bbq with the homies to doing interiors of real estate projects with my part 107. Lets jump right in to why I think this is one of the best drones I have ever used.
What makes the DJI Mavic Pro the best of the best?
First and foremost, you get the DJI brand which has always been the industry leader in aerial photography and video equipment. The DJI Mavic Pro has tons of features and intelligent flight modes to make this the easiest drone you have ever flown. The DJI Mavic Pro comes with a visual positioning system (VPS) which consists of 2 cameras and 2 sonar units facing downwards so when you are indoors and don’t have a GPS signal it will be constantly taking pictures and pinging sonar to make sure of its position and altitude. I would happily take off in a 5ft by 5ft space in my living room and set the controller down, grab a cup of coffee, come back, and see that it is still waiting for me at a hover right where I left it. The positioning on this drone is unbelievably accurate. When you are outdoors it will be using not only the VPS at low altitude but the 2 GPS/Glonass units to precisely determine its position via 10+ satellites. It also has automatic return-to-home should you ever loose signal, at which point it will come back to the point of take off. If you aren’t the best pilot just yet the DJI Mavic Pro also includes a forward obstacle avoidance system to prevent you from running into objects greater than 3in in diameter in front of the aircraft.
The DJI Mavic Pro delivers great quality photo and video
Lets talk a bit about the camera, The DJI Mavic Pro has a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor capable of taking 12MP still and shooting 4K video at 30FPS at 60bitrate. The lens is a 28 mm (35 mm format equivalent) at f/2.2. This combination of sensor and lens equate to a great field of view that is perfect for getting those narrow angle shots from a little farther away than with the Phantom 4 Pro. One thing you will definitely want to invest in is some neutral density filters. Without them you will be getting severely over-exposed photo and video. I picked up the TACO RC Mavic Pro ND Filter set for my DJI Mavic Pro. These are my favorite set because they are an aluminum housing with quality glass and a nice neoprene gasket to keep them in place. I usually just leave my ND32 on all the time when I’m shooting 4K/30FPS and 60 speed. You always want to have your shutter speed about 2x your frame rate so you get that nice cinematic motion blur. So for 4K/30FPS you want shutter speed at 60 for great high quality video. For shooting footage with the DJI Mavic Pro which you wish to slow down in post production you would want 1080P/96FPS / 200 shutter speed, which I usually end up using an ND8 Filter for. The TACO RC pack comes with an ND4/ND8/ND16/ND32 for about $65.
The DJI Mavic Pro delivers great photo and video but for the professional photographer you should really look into a Phantom 4 Pro with a 20MP 1″ sensor, mechanical shutter, and adjustable aperture. The difference is quality is night and day.
Intelligent Flight Modes of the DJI Mavic Pro
I’m not going to cover all of the intelligent flight modes of the DJI Mavic Pro, just some of my favorite and seemingly most useful ones so far. Let’s start with “Point of Interest”, this flight mode has to be one of my favorite for doing real estate videos. All you do is point the camera straight down and fly over the center point you want to use as the focus point. Save the point, then fly out to a distance and altitude that you like and save that point. Now you can select left or right and a speed and the DJI Mavic Pro will orbit the center point and you can get a great shot of an entire property from all sides.
Next is “TapFly” you can have the DJI Mavic Pro fly to a selected location simply by clicking the screen. I love having the DJI Mavic Pro face me and go backward and up about 100ft while keeping me in frame to give a great idea of perspective of my location.
“Gesture” mode is awesome. It basicly makes the DJI Mavic Pro behave like its on a tripod. It will not move location but it will track with the camera and pan and tilt to keep a subject in frame. All you have to do to get the DJI Mavic Pro’s attention is to put both hands in the air, like the “Y” in “YMCA”. It will then lock on to you and you can move while the Mavic tracks you. You can even que a time delayed selfie by making a square with you hands.
“Active Track” will trace cars, bikes, people, boats, and four legged friends using a contrast based algorithm. If your black lab is laying on the black tile floor its not going to work well. You also want to make sure that you are out of the way of possible obstacles because the DJI Mavic Pro will be following you either from the front, back, orbiting, or keeping your subject in frame as you fly.
Power, Performance, and Portability
The DJI Mavic Pro is rated at 27mins of flight at sea level with its 3830mah 3S Intelligent Flight battery. Here at a mile above sea level its getting a lot more like 22 mins which is still more than plenty of time to get great footage. The maximum operational ceiling is 1650 feet above the controller even though you shouldn’t be more than 400ft above ground level. The DJI Mavic Pro doesn’t like to take off about 16k feet because the air is just too thin. I’ve hit 44.6mph in sport mode which is a hair above the rating from DJI. The DJI Mavic Pro weighs in at just 1.64 lbs (743 g) and when folded it is only H83mm x W83mm x L198mm, making it the perfect drone to take with you almost anywhere.
Recommended Accessories for the DJI Mavic Pro
DJI Care Refresh offers you one year of coverage against crashes and damage for up to 2 accidents. For an initial payment for $99 you get the peace of mind should you ever have anything happen to your Mavic Pro. In my opinion this is the number one accessory for any DJI product. There is a deductible of $79 for the first crash and $129 for the second. Shipping is covered and DJI will send you a brand new aircraft.
The Taco RC Mavic filters are a must-have to get the most out of the photo and video capabilities of your DJI Mavic Pro. I leave an ND32 filter on almost 90 percent of the time.
Easy-to-fold, powerful thrust, well balanced
The DJI Goggles offer an immersive FPV, a pair of 1920×1080 HD screens and a head tracking feature, enabling you to look at the world from above.
- Max 27-min flight time
- View battery status via DJI GO app
- Self-discharge protection
- Over-charge and discharge protection
- Used to cover the propellers. Ensures flight safety and protection from spinning propellers.
The Hoodman 3ft landing pad is a great way to extend the life of your DJI Mavic Pro. During takeoff and landing you will be blowing all kinds of dust and dirt onto the camera/gimbal and onto the aircraft body. This landing pad will prevent all of this grit from impairing the moving parts of your copter. It is also very easy to see from the air and navigate back to right where you took off.
The charging hub allows you to charge four batteries together, so you don’t have to swap batteries every hour. When one has finished it will move on to charging the next. Topping off your most full battery first.
- Two XPE LEDs.
- Three brightness settings.
- Four flashing patterns.
- Quick-release design.
If you are like me and you are pretty rough on things then you will definitely want to invest in a more protective case for your DJI Mavic Pro. The GPC cases are amazing. They are a pelican case on steroids. The closed cell foam is ultra-protective. The case is waterproof and has its own pressure regulation valve for traveling. You could throw this case out of the plane, use it as a flotation device to swim to safety, and then go fly your DJI Mavic Pro 🙂
The DJI Mavic Pro Car charger allows you to charge your batteries on the go from the cigarette lighter in your vehicle
Protects the control sticks and screen.