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
There’s been a significant DJI price drop on the Inspire 1 Pro and other DJI products, so if you haven’t taken the plunge, now would be a good time. As of this morning, it should be much easier on your wallet. If you are interested to know more about some of those products, don’t miss Sebastian’s excellent related articles: “How the DJI Phantom 4 Uses Artificial Intelligence”, “DJI Inspire 1 vs. Inspire 1 PRO vs. Inspire 1 RAW – See the Difference”, and “X5 vs. X5R Analyzed – Which DJI Zenmuse Should You Get?“. Taking it one step forward, get some valuable tips to how to fly your drone and nicely treat your material afterwards: Shoot Aerial Video Like a Pro – Mastering Drone Footage – PART 1 and PART 2. Now for the real deal: DJI Inspire 1 PRO Quadcopter with Zenmuse X5 4K Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal – Reg Price $3899 | Now $3,399 DJI Zenmuse X5 Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal with 15mm f/1.7 Lens – Reg Price $2,199 | Now $1,799 DJI Zenmuse X5 Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal – Reg Price $1,699 | Now $1,299 DJI 512GB SSD for Zenmuse X5R Camera – Reg Price $1,499 | Now $999 DJI 512GB SSD for Zenmuse X5R Camera (3-Pack) – Reg Price $3,000 | Now $1,799 DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter – Reg Price $1,399 | Now $1,199 DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Kit with Spare Battery – Reg Price $1,479 | Now $1,299 DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Kit with Two Spare Batteries – Reg Price $1,559 | Now $1,399 Hope you will have many hours of fun flying, and don’t forget: fly safely!!!Read more
A new DJI drone is on the cards. The leading camera drone manufacturer have been teasing about the introduction of a new generation of drones which will be announced on March 1st. Keep your eyes peeled because Cinema5D will be reporting from the launch event, which is to be held in New York. A video teaser has been released, making the plans to reveal a new DJI drone rather obvious. The short promotional piece gives us a glimpse of the design that we will see—and lets us know that we should be excited for the official announcement that will (surely) come next week! New DJI Drone Speculation So, what could this new DJI drone be? Usually, we’re very reserved when it comes to rumors—put simply, we don’t like throwing them around. However, there has been a good amount of (seemingly) solid information flying around (no pun intended) the net so we felt that it’d be apt to share what we’ve learned. Many are speculating that a new generation of the famous consumer Phantom drone could be around the corner. It has been a year since the Phantom 3 was introduced and a possible Phantom 4 release could bring improvements to the video aspects of the drone—such as a new camera with a higher resolution, or slow motion capabilities, or even a sensor upgrade; or hopefully all three! Also, according to QuadcopterGuide, DJI’s Patent for “Systems and Methods for Target Tracking” was published on Febuary 4th and hints at an improved method of tracking its surroundings and users. Could this be featured in the new DJI drone? Meanwhile, an update to the DJI Inspire 1 is less likely as it has only recently been upgraded with the X5 option and the X5 RAW module, that is yet to start shipping. Chinese “startup” company DJI has been quite aggressive in bringing out new technology in recent years. We’re sure they won’t stop any time soon and we’ll see both competitive products in different niches, as well as new innovations in their primary market. The new DJI drone certainly has us excited. See it with us on March 1st, when we’ll report from New York. What do you think we’ll see at the event? Share your thoughts in the comments.Read more
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