DJI Announces the Mavic Pro Quadcopter
Introducing The Mavic Pro, a Baby Phantom for the Masses.
The DJI Mavic Pro is the company’s first attempt at producing a compact, foldable drone designed to be slipped into a backpack and whisked off on your next adventure. There is a definite shift in the drone market towards compact foldable units with company’s hoping a balance of portability and features will attract a wider audience to their aerial imaging products. GoPro’s newly announced Karma quadcopter could be seen as the current poster child for this new breed of easy to operate, portable drones but self proclaimed market leaders DJI were never going to be caught napping and the Mavic Pro is obviously aimed directly at the Karma’s jugular.
The Mavic Pro is extremely compact when compared to DJI’s flagship Phantom drones, roughly half the size and weight, but the real trick detail is its new folding arms. Once packed up the Mavic is almost small enough to squeeze into a jacket pocket. Don’t mistake this reduction in size for a reduction in features and capabilities though, the Mavic is every bit a mini Phantom, packing nearly all the flagship’s control features into a smaller package and indeed some features that even it’s big brother can’t match.
Featuring the same 12-megapixel sensor camera as the Phantom 4, the Mavic shoots 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 96fps and can capture 12-megapixel RAW images. The main difference in imaging when comparing the Mavic to the Phantom is the field of view, down from 94 to 78 degrees. Live video streaming range is up from 3.1 miles on the phantom to 4.3 on the Mavic which is also able to live stream 1080p to video and social media platforms compared to the Phantom’s 720p live streaming. Top speed is 40Mph compared to the Phantom’s 45, very impressive.
The Mavic features DJI’s onboard obstacle avoidance, automatic landing, and subject tracking features for ease of operation and safe flight, and brand new, smaller control unit is also included. The New controller is similar in size and layout to many console controllers and features a dedicated LCD which is used to display basic telemetry data. Fly the Mavic with the controller alone, or attach a smartphone to the included foldout arms to access the live camera view and advanced flight mode options, the choice is yours. The Mavic is also now capable of performing basic flight operations without the controller connected at all; Install DJI’s app on your smart device and use ‘tap-to-fly’ mode to control your drone simply by tapping your smart device screen.
All very impressive i’m sure you will agree and about the only obvious faulty I can see with the Mavic is it’s price. Bundled with the controller you will pay $999, and whilst there is no doubt that the Mavic’s features blow the competition out of the water, attracting new customers who may never use all those features anyway may prove challenging when competitors like Parrot are able to produce fully functional folding drones at a fraction of the cost. DJI are offering the the Mavic without the controller for $750, but at this point your control options become limited, it is however on par with the GoPro Karma, although many current GoPro owners might opt for the action camera stalwart’s drone without a bundled camera, but with a controller for $800 instead. More serious drone users however are doubtless rubbing their hands together with glee, for those that will use all the tiny drone’s incredible features there is simply nothing that comes close, a pocket Phantom, albeit at a premium price.
- Gimbal-Stabilized 12MP / 4K Camera
- OcuSync Transmission Technology
- Up to 4.3 Mile Control Range
- Up to 27 Minutes Flight Time
- GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
- FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection
- DJI GO App-Based Control and Monitoring
- Top Speed of 40 mph in Sport Mode
- ActiveTrack Subject Tracking Modes
- Tap- and Gesture-Based Commands
The Mavic will ship on October 15th and is available for pre-order right now either packaged with the controller, or in the “fly more package” which includes a Mavic Pro, two extra Intelligent Flight Batteries, extra propellers, a charging hub, an adapter, a car charger and a shoulder bag. Grab yours below!
- DJI Mavic Pro ($999) at B&H Photo, Amazon.com.
- DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo (1,299) at B&H Photo, Amazon.com.
September 27, 2016 – DJI, the world leader in unmanned aerial technology, has revolutionised personal flight by introducing Mavic Pro – a portable, powerful and easy-to-use drone featuring DJI’s most innovative flight technology in a sleek, foldable package that enables creative fun wherever you go.
Mavic Pro is DJI’s first personal drone designed to be taken just about anywhere. Small enough to toss in a bag and easy enough to launch quickly whenever the time and place are right, its unique folding design compresses the entire drone to practically the size of a water bottle.
The compact body of Mavic Pro holds a drone built for uncompromising performance. Equipped with a stabilized 4K camera and a visual navigation system, with a 4.3 mile (7 km) range and 27 minute flight time, Mavic Pro sets the new standard for compact drones.
“DJI has spent a decade making it easier for anyone to fly, and by rethinking everything about how a drone looks, we have created an entirely new type of aerial platform for anyone to explore their creativity,” said Frank Wang, DJI’s CEO and founder.
“Mavic Pro is a technological triumph filled with features that once again show how DJI leads the industry. Most importantly, Mavic Pro allows you to reach the skies easily, see the world with new eyes and tell your stories like never before.”
Mavic Pro is designed to be ultra portable and quick to launch so it can take to the skies as soon as you need it. With four folding arms and propellers that tuck neatly away against its streamlined body, it can be easily carried in a purse or backpack, saving you the trouble of mounting propellers before a flight. It can be operated by the powerful long range remote controller, or simply by your smartphone at shorter range. When controlled by a smartphone, the whole system can be set up and airborne in less than a minute to capture every key moment.
Unparalleled Flight Experience
DJI’s commitment to unparalleled stability, maneuverability and safety is clear in Mavic Pro’s new FlightAutonomy system. FlightAutonomy is Mavic Pro’s brain and nervous system, a complex network of hardware and software consisting of five cameras, GPS and GLONASS navigation systems, a pair of ultrasonic range finders, redundant sensors and 24 powerful computing cores.
FlightAutonomy can position, navigate and plan routes for Mavic Pro, enabling it to avoid obstacles in various environments, with or without the help of satellite signals. FlightAutonomy provides a significant boost in working range and can cope with complex 3D environments. For navigation and obstacle avoidance, FlightAutonomy provides a superb speed-range envelope to make Mavic Pro self-navigational in various intelligent flight modes, and will avoid most obstacles at speeds up to 22 mph (36 kph).
An ultra light and aerodynamic airframe, together with DJI’s state-of-the-art propulsion and battery system, enables Mavic Pro to fly for up to 27 minutes. To experience the pure joy of flying, Mavic Pro can be switched to Sport Mode, which allows speeds of up to 40 mph (64.8 kph), increasing the drone’s agility and responsiveness. Mavic Pro flies smoothly and will remain stable in winds of up to 24 mph (38.5 kph), and uses DJI’s GEO geofencing system to help identify restricted areas, preventing flight in locations that might raise safety or security concerns automatically, and helping pilots make smarter decisions about when and where to fly.
As with all DJI drones, Mavic Pro is set to automatically return to its launch location if it ever loses contact with the controller or reaches critically low battery levels. The new Precision Landing feature records a burst of video with two stereo cameras every time Mavic Pro launches, then uses both video and satellite information when it returns to land within an inch of where it took off. If a pilot lets go of the controls, the drone will simply hover in place.
Advanced Stabilized Camera System
Mavic Pro’s small size is packed with powerful features. DJI’s advanced technology now includes our smallest-ever three-axis gimbal for shake-free photos and video. The autofocus camera features a minimum focusing distance of just 19 in (0.5 m) and can be flipped 90 degrees to portrait mode for vertical selfies and video. Mavic Pro records 4K video at 30fps and full 1080p HD at 96fps. Its 12-megapixel camera with Adobe DNG RAW support has been expertly tuned for aerial images. With the help of the high-precision gimbal, you can confidently shoot 2-second-long exposures in the air to get the most jaw-dropping aerial images.
New Remote and Live View Performance
A revolutionary new compact remote controller has been designed to provide a fully ergonomic experience with optimum comfort, and can accommodate a smartphone or control Mavic Pro on its own. Its built-in LCD screen displays essential telemetry data, while dedicated buttons for functions such as Return-to-Home and pausing during Intelligent Flight modes ensure a confident flight every single time. The video link system, OcuSync, represents new heights in DJI’s communication technology. It supports a range up to 4.3 miles (7 km) and live view resolutions up to 1080p.
The new band management algorithm makes OcuSync more robust in environments with many frequencies in operation. Mavic Pro is equipped with dual-band WiFi as a secondary link, allowing easy control via your smartphone for close range operation or for quick downloading of content from Mavic Pro straight to your device.
Most Intelligent Drone Ever
The powerful systems inside Mavic Pro are easy to use, even for beginners. Using just your phone’s touchscreen, you can use TapFly to direct Mavic Pro to go wherever you want, avoiding obstacles along the way. When you want to take a hands-free selfie, FlightAutonomy makes it possible to control the drone completely with just your gestures.
In Gesture mode, you can use gestures to have Mavic Pro locate you, center you in the frame and take the perfect shot as Mavic Pro’s flashing lights count down to the photo. Sharing your best aerial moments has never been easier with live streaming to Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube through the DJI GO app.
An updated version of DJI’s ActiveTrack recognizes common subjects such as people, bicyclists, cars, boats and animals, which then sends Mavic Pro to follow behind, lead in front, circle above or track alongside the subject, keeping the camera focused on the subject while you concentrate on flight maneuvers. The new Terrain Follow mode means that you can race up a slope behind a subject while remaining at a constant height between 1 ft (0.3 m) and 33 ft (10 m).
At the other extreme, the new Tripod Mode is designed for indoor use, slowing and fine-tuning Mavic Pro’s position and angle based on controller movement inputs to allowing for precision framing and safe indoor flight.
Mavic Pro also pairs with DJI’s new immersive DJI Goggles, displaying an 85-degree view from the drone in full 1080p for a true bird’s-eye view of the world below. With built-in OcuSync, the goggles receive video directly from Mavic Pro in the air and not through the controller, reducing lag to a minimum – and allowing you to share the in-flight view with a friend.
Specially designed for aerial first-person view (FPV) applications, DJI Goggles allow you to flick between third person view and FPV in under a second. You can comfortably wear your glasses while wearing the goggles and quit FPV mode instantly by flipping the mask up.
Price and Availability
Mavic Pro’s UK retail price will be £999 with the remote controller included. Additional Mavic Pro Intelligent Flight Batteries will cost £85. A Mavic Pro Fly More Combo, which includes a Mavic Pro, two extra Intelligent Flight Batteries, extra propellers, a charging hub, an adapter, a car charger and a shoulder bag, will be available for £1249.
Mavic Pro is immediately available for pre-order at dji.com/mavic and will begin shipping October 15. It will also be available in mid-October at DJI’s three flagship stores in Shenzhen, Seoul and Hong Kong. Mavic Pro can also be ordered on Apple.com and will be available in Apple Stores in early November.
DJI Care Refresh
A new optional protection plan, DJI Care Refresh, is available in select countries and provides peace of mind for Mavic Pro owners. DJI Care Refresh covers accidental damage to the Mavic Pro aircraft, gimbal or camera during normal use for up to 12 months, and for an additional charge will offer up to two full replacements that are new or equivalent to new. DJI Care Refresh is available for £99 before a new Mavic Pro is activated, or within the first 48 hours after activation.