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DJI Mavic Drone Featured

Leading drone manufacturer DJI just pushed the aerial market to the next level once again. The new DJI Mavic Pro is their first compact drone that folds away to fit inside a standard-sized backpack, and it looks amazing.

Just last week GoPro announced what seemed like their greatest achievement in product design yet: Their GoPro Karma drone is foldable, compact and incorporates their new GoPro HERO 5 camera. But today, the Karma already looks a little obsolete as the DJI Mavic Pro rises to the challenge. Read all about the new DJI Mavic here.

Be among the first to try the DJI Mavic. It is available for pre-order now.
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DJI Mavic Pro – Small Size, Foldable Design

DJI Mavic Pro Drone folded

DJI Mavic Pro Drone folded to become ultra compact

There had been rumours about a new compact drone by DJI for a while, but now the DJI Mavic Pro is real. In short, DJI put their experience and technology with unmanned aerial vehicles into a sleek, foldable package that opens up new possibilities for videographers and drone enthusiasts wherever they go.

At a first glance, the strength of the DJI Mavic Pro is already apparent: this drone features an impressive design that takes “folding away” to the next level. The package has the size of a water bottle, with four folding arms and propellers tucked snugly against its body. In fact, all elements of the drone are protected, as even the camera and gimbal are surrounded by a transparent cone, so it can certainly be tossed into a bag to be launched quickly whenever the time and place are right.

DJI Mavic Drone unfolded - front

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,” – Frank Wang, CEO and founder of DJI

In comparison to the GoPro Karma, the DJI Mavic Pro is a lot more compact and doesn’t need a special case like its competitor:

DJI Mavic vs GoPro Karma comparison in folded away state (the size differences are not accurate)

DJI Mavic vs GoPro Karma comparison in folded away state (the size differences are not accurate)

The DJI Mavic Pro Controller

The DJI Mavic Drone can be controlled from a smartphone, or from the dedicated new remote controller. According to DJI, it can be set up and ready to fly in less than a minute after calibration. The controller features control sticks that provide tactile feedback to warn the user about obstacles. The Mavic remote controller has its own screen, but can also be mounted together with a smartphone to provide a better viewing experience.

DJI Mavic Controller Remote Folded

The controller is compact and unfolds just like the drone itself.

DJI Mavic Controller Remote Unfolded

Full of Sensors and Aware of its Surroundings

With the introduction of the DJI Phantom 4 in March of this year, DJI also introduced spacial awareness into their drones for the first time. The same technology is also packed into the small DJI Mavic Pro. It features obstacle avoidance and a new Flight Autonomy guidance system, which combines dual-band satellite navigation, redundant sensors, ultrasonic range finders, five vision-positioning cameras and deep learning processors for intelligent flying modes.

DJI Mavic Pro Drone - Back

DJI’s Active Track recognizes common subjects such as people, cars, bicyclists, boats or animals, and then sends Mavic Pro to follow behind, lead in front, track alongside or even circle the subject. You can also keep the camera focused on the subject while controlling Mavic Pro’s movements. There is also a new Terrain Follow mode to race up a slope behind a subject while remaining at a constant height between 1 ft (0.3 m) to 33 ft (10 m).

It also uses downward-facing sensors and barometric readings to detect a rising slope on the ground beneath the drone and automatically move it to a safer height.

3-Axis Gimbal and Camera System

Of course, the DJI Mavic Pro also includes a three-axis gimbal for shake-free video and aerial photography. This system is the smallest DJI has built so far, and features a camera that shoots 4K video at 30 fps and 1080p HD video at 96 fps, with a minimum focusing distance of just 19 in (0.5 m). The new minimum focus distance is great, as this has been a problem with previous DJI drones and especially the DJI Osmo.

DJI Mavic 4K camera

The 12-megapixel camera shoots photos in the Adobe DNG RAW and can be flipped 90 degrees to a new portrait mode to shoot vertical photos. [UPDATE:] According to early user reports, the 4K camera found on the DJI Mavic offers a little less resolution than the DJI Phantom 4. Considering the new drone has half price, weight and size of the Phantom 4, the mediocre image quality will probably be an acceptable downside for most consumers, but might be a less positive aspect for those looking for a more professional look.

DJI is also introducing a new OcuSync encrypted transmission system that has a range up to 4.3 miles (7 km) and can reach 1080p video resolution for live streaming to Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube through the DJI GO app.

The drone can fly up to 27 minutes on one Intelligent Flight Battery, which is similar to the flying time of the DJI Phantom 4, but 7 minutes longer than the GoPro Karma.

Other Features of the DJI Mavic Pro

Mavic Pro’s Sport Mode allows speeds of up to 40 mph (64.8 km/h). There is also a new Tripod Mode that drops Mavic Pro’s maximum speed to just 2.2 mph (3.6 km/h) and reduces the sensitivity of the control inputs, to allow precision positioning for photography as well as to make it easier to fly indoors or in other confined spaces.

DJI Mavic Pro and Controller

The DJI Mavic Pro also pairs with new DJI Goggles, displaying a 90-degree view from the drone in 1080p for a true bird’s-eye view. The goggles use OcuSync to display video directly from Mavic Pro, not the controller, reducing lag to 120 milliseconds. You can direct Mavic Pro through the sky while wearing the goggles – looking down will tilt the camera down, while looking left or right will change the direction of flight.

Mavic Pro is available for pre-order now for $1199. It will begin shipping in mid-October.

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Michael Schmidt Reply
Michael Schmidt September 27, 2016

ha! DJI server is down …shop at least … ;)

Sandeep Dhaliwal Reply
Sandeep Dhaliwal September 27, 2016

GoPro just cant catch a break…

Marc-Ferdinand Körner Reply
Marc-Ferdinand Körner September 27, 2016

Thats just a WOW Device!

Muhammad Atta September 27, 2016

Someone at Gopro needs some talking to..

Michael Gehrman Reply
Michael Gehrman September 27, 2016

Preordered mine through B&H just now

Miklos Kocsmaros Reply
Miklos Kocsmaros September 27, 2016

This pre order at CVP does not include the controller just something to keep in mind

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber September 27, 2016

Yes it does include the controller. You can see that under “What’s included?”

Greg Owcjea Reply
Greg Owcjea September 27, 2016

Yes it does, it’s in the included tab.

Miklos Kocsmaros Reply
Miklos Kocsmaros September 27, 2016

Indeed. It has, my bad.

Tony Johnson Reply
Tony Johnson September 27, 2016

love the small size. the goggles look a bit clunky and big. the remote only holds a phone, i know you can use an iPad as the remote. not sure how that would feel .
i wanna see what the image quality looks like. do we think it will look as good as the p4 ?
again .. love the size

Don McVey September 27, 2016

Not a GoPro killer at all. The GoPro ability to detach and become a gimbal is sweet. Plus a better image. And I like that it all comes in it’s own case.

DJI has some nice features, but I think the GoPro will end up getting my money. Better image, more versatile.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber September 27, 2016

I’m not sure the image is better. How can you say that without having used either of them? The GoPro HERO 5 has the same camera sensor as the HERO 4.
Even if you go for the Karma, there is no question this product is a GoPro Karma killer as the Mavic simply outperforms the Karma in so many ways relevant to the target audience.

Don McVey September 27, 2016

Not sure. Time will tell. But I know I’m buying one of these and I’m conflicted. Speaking with some mates who fly drones, so are they. Both offer unique features. I’m just going off past image quality and the launch videos.

If this Mavic has better DR than previous DJI stuff, I’d be very tempted. I’m very tempted by both. Sure my mind will change a few times.

It’s not a killer though. The GoPro will sell very well!

T S September 27, 2016

I would guess the traget audience of this website would care mostly about image quality

the SUBVERSIVE September 27, 2016

It’s not just that, it’s simply that although it’s nice and practical to detach and have it with a gimbal in your hands, most people looking for a drone will care much more about its compactness and image quality than a secondary feature like being detachable or not and in that sense, this drone kills it.

If you take into account the Yi Action Cam and how people were able to hack it to get much better bit rate and IQ for the price it is, also Yi’s plans to allow users to modify the settings without hacking. Go Pro is eff’d up.

I mean, they were the leader of its market but they failed to innovate and grow outside the niche, that cube thing, entering so late in the drone and gimbal market when they could had capitalized on that way earlier, they are basically paying for their incompetence in keeping up and innovating.

Sankar Nair September 27, 2016

what kind of wind speeds can this drone sustain?

Rick M September 27, 2016

is this the same sensor as the P4? Then there is no question about the camera quality.
Also the new remote has a screen, does that mean one can live view the video directly on the remote without a phone. That might be of huge advantage for those who don’t have the fastest phones around.

Tony Johnson Reply
Tony Johnson September 27, 2016

the view angle is not as wide as p4. probably negligible tho.

Tony Johnson Reply
Tony Johnson September 27, 2016

looks to me like they added the “pro” bit at the last minute since all their promo vids don’t say mavic pro.

黒田直樹 Reply
黒田直樹 September 27, 2016

Go Pro Karma news>”Phantom killer”
DJI Mavic news> “GoPro Karma killer”
Go Pro 1

Aaron Nathanson Reply
Aaron Nathanson September 27, 2016

Very, very impressive. I wonder where the Phantom 4 slots in now. The Mavic appears to have the same camera (sensor) as the P4, same flight time, nearly same speed, more sensors, significantly better video range and features… As a P4 owner I’m kind of hurting over this one, haha.

the SUBVERSIVE September 27, 2016


1 Week old, RIP Go Pro…



Pollux Chung Reply
Pollux Chung September 27, 2016

GoPro definitely released Karma at the wrong time.

Justin Hutchinson-Chatburn Reply
Justin Hutchinson-Chatburn September 27, 2016

this just shitted all over the Karma! Who wants to buy my P3PRO!!?

James Leahy September 28, 2016

Amazing drone however I dislike the narrower filed of view compared to the P4, landscapes for me won’t be as epic on this drone!

James Leahy September 28, 2016

Unfortunately 4k Image quality not nearly as good as P4 according to this review video

André Vilela Reply
André Vilela September 28, 2016

The DJI Mavic Pro also pairs with new DJI Goggles, displaying a 90-degree view from the drone in 1080p for a true bird’s-eye view. The goggles use OcuSync to display video directly from Mavic Pro, not the controller, reducing lag to 120 milliseconds. You can direct Mavic Pro through the sky while wearing the goggles – looking down will tilt the camera down, while looking left or right will change the direction of flight.


Rick M September 28, 2016

Sadly after a bit of review and reading it turns out
*4K video quality is inferior to the P4
*Since it is a crop sensor will be further noisy in low light much more than the P4.

Now if only someone can find an easy way to get that horrible fisheye look fixed in the hero5 without cropping and without using the GoPro Studio (is there?), honestly that looks like the more value for money if you give priority to image quality. Also the Hero5 is better in low light.

Don McVey September 28, 2016

From the Go Pro website:

Hero 5 “Distortion-Free Wide Angle Video and Photos with New Linear-View Setting”

This is why I’m slightly amazed so many are saying the Mavic ‘kills’ the GoPro. The GoPro is almost certanily a better camera, and that’s going to be a massive decider when I decide which to buy. The fact you can also detach it and use it as a sports cam or gimbal is extremely useful! I also love the fact the Karma comes with a screen on the remote. I don’t really want to use my phone, as most of the time my phone is a glitchy piece of sh1t.

I’m still undecided, as the Mavic’s avoidance and tracking looks very nice. But the image coming out that thing so far… It ain’t great!

Joakim Styren September 28, 2016

I don’t think that the Mavic and Karma are really comparable.
Of course DJI Mavic offers a drone that on paper outperform Karma at every point.
But it is really two different systems.
It looks to me that the GoPro system is more of a entry level system than the DJI Mavic, it lacks features, but it’s cheaper.

I already own a GoPro Hero4 Silver, and I’m happy with it.
And I’m really interested in a handheld gimbal.
So to enter the GoPro Karma system is $799 + $30 for the Hero4 Harness = $829
That includes a backback, and the handheld mount for the gimbal.

Even if I include the new Hero5, the Karma system ends up at $1129.

If I want the same from DJI its $999 for the drone + $79 for the Shoulder Bag.
And if I want a handheld gimbal, the cheapest DJI Osmo with camera is $569.
That system sums up at $1647, almost exactly twice as much as the basic Karma system.

A combo system of DJI Mavic Drone and Karma Grip Handle will be $999 + Bag $79 + Karma Grip $330 = $1408

So, in my opinion, the pricepoint of the complete Karma system is really hard to beat, if someone, (like me) wants a first taste of drones and handheld gimbal. I’m quite a newbie with drones, and I only need something simple to start with.

If I just wanted the best foldable Drone, of course the Mavic should be my choice, but this time I’m gonna spend my ”less than $1000” on a complete system :-)

Oscar M Reply
Oscar M September 28, 2016

Bad news for Karma.