Meet the DJI Mavic Pro
We expected DJI, the foremost authority on drones, to have an answer to GoPro’s Karma and what an anwer it is. DJI’s new offering, the Mavic Pro, is not only smaller and more compact than the Karma, it offers many of the same features that’s present on their larger, more expensive flying camera platforms.
Like the Karma, the Mavic Pro utilizes a foldable design, which makes it easier to carry it wherever you go. The arms and propellers tuck in, making the Mavic Pro as big as a shoebox. This allows drone fliers to take the Mavic Pro with them to previously inaccessible locations, since there’s no longer a need to lug around a clunky, protective case.
Despite being half the size of their flagship Phantom 4, the Mavic Pro still has many of the same features of its bigger brother. It’s still ridiculously fast, capable of moving up to 65 kp/h on sport mode. It still has 4K video capture at 30FPS, and 1080P capture at 96FPS. The 12-megapixel camera can also shoot in both portrait and landscape mode. There’s also plenty of avoidance tech built into the Mavic Pro, much like the regular Phantom 4, and the device can also follow and track subjects automagically.
The foldable controller for the Mavic Pro promises a 4.3-mile range (almost 7 kilometers) in open terrain. There’s also support for 1080p streaming via an attached smartphone, beaming your footage direct to Facebook Live, Perscope and YouTube via the DJI companion app. DJI estimates that the Mavic Pro’s batteries have enough juice in them to fly for around 27 minutes, which is pretty good endurance out of a small machine.
The DJI Mavic Pro is slated to drop in October, with a $999 (Php 48.2K) price tag. DJI is also offering a Fly More combo that retails for $1,299 (Php 62.7K) which includes the Mavic Pro, two extra batteries, extra propellers, charging hub, adapter, car charger and a shoulder bag.