by Sebastian Wöber | 10th October 2016
Two weeks ago we were impressed when the new ultra-compact DJI Mavic Pro was announced. As a drone enthusiast of course I had to get my hands on this new tech and compare it to the DJI Phantom 4 and Inspire 1. Here is our DJI Mavic Pro review where we look at image quality in particular. If you are interested in our free DJI Mavic Pro LUTs, you can download those here. DJI Mavic Pro Review – Image Quality Several early Mavic Pro review videos currently circle the web, where testers claim that the Mavic Pro image is much softer than previous drone generations. In light of the already limited 4K quality of drones like the Phantom 4 or Inspire 1, this claim made little sense, so we set out to get our hands on our own early DJI Mavic Pro review sample to check and here is our observation. DJI Mavic Pro Camera It seems like most reviewers out there were not aware that the DJI Mavic has a built-in “tap autofocus” system, like the Zenmuse X5 and Zenmuse X5R cameras for DJI Osmo and DJI Inspire 1. If you forget to autofocus, your image will eventually be out of focus. And if you compare this out of focus image to other drone footage, of course it will be softer. So after a tap autofocus and after aligning the image of the DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Phantom 4 and DJI Inspire 1 (Zenmuse X3) I concluded that the image of all three cameras is very similar in quality. 600% crops of 4K images For HD productions the image quality of the DJI Mavic is acceptable. If you use a LUT, like our free cinema5D instaLUT for Mavic, or any other grading process, it is possible to get a nice image from the DJI Mavic Pro, just like I showed you in my Mastering Drone Footage series. On the other hand, the image of all these drones is far inferior to other cameras or the DJI Inspire 1 RAW for that matter. (Check out our detailed comparison here: LINK) Unfortunately the data rate on the DJI Mavic is still 60 Mbps, just like on the Phantom 4 and Inspire 1 and for anyone who is a bit more serious about filmmaking 60 Mbps is hardly enough. Again, for HD productions the image will be mostly fine, but if you aim higher or would like to crop into an image the quality could be better. Considering the small size and intelligent sensor technology built into the Mavic (read all about Mavic’s high tech here), this drone is still an impressive piece of technology that will be very useful on any smaller documentary style production where weight and size is an issue. DJI Mavic Pro Review – Pro’s & Con’s Here is my summary of pro’s and con’s for the DJI Mavic Pro: PRO’s ultra-compact and lightweight ergonomic and foldable remote 27 minute flight time stability, easy to fly intelligent flight modes and sensors 4K image comparable to Phantom 4 & Inspire 1 65 km / h, fast speed CON’s Same low bitrate as previous drones Low dynamic range as previous drones Vertical angle of camera is limited Tap Autofocus is a source for errors In conclusion this is the best compact drone money can buy right now. If you want higher quality get a DJI Inspire 1 RAW. Otherwise, the DJI Mavic Pro is highly recommended. If you are interested in our free DJI Mavic Pro LUTs, you can download those here. We hope you liked our DJI Mavic Pro Review and comparison to Phantom 4 and Inspire 1. If you have any thoughts on the matter let us know in the comments. Song by: Art-List.ioRead more
by Sebastian Wöber | 10th October 2016
Do you work with a DJI Mavic Pro? Then you probably know that the footage from the DJI Mavic Pro camera is not particularly nice out of the box. In our DJI Mavic Pro review we took a closer look at the camera quality and created a DJI Mavic Pro LUT that we are giving away for free. DJI Mavic Pro LUT – cinema5D instaLUT FREE Note that this LUT is not made to be used on videos shot with the D-LOG setting. Instead this basic LUT should be applied on standard picture setting. It is ideal for people who don’t want to tamper around with the drone too much and who want to see the full colors and clarity during shooting, but still get a nice and filmic look in post. Download: Please provide your name and email address for your free download. To get our DJI Mavic Pro LUT we ask only that you subscribe to our newsletter and in turn you will get the download link sent to your e-mail. This is a double opt-in and will not work with fake e-mails. Your e-mail address stays with us. No spam or third parties and you can of course unsubscribe if you don’t like the weekly newsletter whenever you receive one. We hope you will enjoy our future content and stay on board. Here are a few shots where you can see the LUT applied to DJI Mavic Pro footage. These shots have the look applied with a 100% intensity and no other modifications. DJI Mavic Pro LUT (right) applied to original DJI Mavic Pro footage (left). instaLUT W3010 DJI Mavic Pro LUT (right) applied to original DJI Mavic Pro footage (left). instaLUT W3035 DJI Mavic Pro LUT (right) applied to original DJI Mavic Pro footage (left). instaLUT N3010 DJI Mavic Pro LUT (right) applied to original DJI Mavic Pro footage (left). instaLUT N3035 Note that this Mavic Pro LUT is optimized for landscape and aerial photography and is not ideal for skin tones. If you like this LUT, also check out our free Inspire 1 LUT. I recommend grading in Adobe Premiere Pro CC if you are familiar with it, but these .cube LUT files can also be used in any other software that supports LUTs on Windows or Mac. In my Mavic Review I applied both LUT with an intensity of 100% and did not change any other settings. You can always play with the look intensity and other basic setting to get nice look variants as desired. Note: If you don’t receive an e-mail after submitting, please contact us.Read more
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