by Sebastian Wöber | 8th February 2017
DJI just introduced a set of useful Mavic Pro accessories. Their smallest and most versatile drone, the DJI Mavic Pro has recently started shipping and received some very positive reviews both by amateurs as well as professionals. The foldable little aerial platform is probably the drone market leader’s most successful product ever. The New Mavic Pro Accessories Detail of Mavic Pro with new Propeller Cage Propeller Cage without Mavic Pro The Propeller Cage DJI introduces two new Mavic Pro Accessories that shield the Mavic Pro’s propellers, providing an extra measure of safety and protection during flight. The Propeller Cage mounts on the Mavic Pro’s arms and completely encircles a set of slightly smaller 7728 Quick-Release Folding Propellers, while the Propeller Guard only places a barrier around the propellers. New, smaller Mavic Pro Propellers, to fit the Propeller Cage The Propeller Cage is probably ideal for those starting out with flying and want to avoid hurting someone. With the additional weight of the Propeller cage, unfortunately the Mavic Pro’s maximum flight time is reduced from 25 to only 12 minutes. Mavic Pro with new Propeller Guard attached The Propeller Guard The second flight safety accessory is the propeller guard. As mentioned it only places a barrier around the drone which also seems like a great protection. Unfortunately there’s no word on reduced flight time, but I’m guessing that it’s also considerably less than when flying without the protection. The other new Mavic Pro Accessories Mavic Pro Advanced Battery Charging Hub There are some more small Mavic Pro Accessories: The Advanced Battery Charging Hub for Mavic Pro is a charges up to four Intelligent Flight Batteries in a single session. The batteries will be charged in sequence according to their power levels, from high to low. It’s also compatible with the Phantom 4 series 100W charger that can further reduce the charging time. You need the charger itself in combination with the hub. Mavic Pro Drone Sleeve Accessory There’s also a “Drone Sleeve” that helps you store the Mavic Pro in a smaller form factor and protects it from dust and scratches. The downside of the new Mavic Pro Sleeve of course is that it won’t hold the other Mavic Pro accessories that you just bought. DJI Mavic Pro ND Filters New Mavic Pro ND Filters by DJI Other Mavic Pro accessories include a new remote controller monitor hood and DJI ND Filters which can be easily attached to the camera gimbal, allowing you to control the camera’s exposure better in bright environments. This is often very important in order to keep the shutter speed to a cinematic 1/50th of a second. Other Mavic Pro ND Filters We have been testing the Freewell Mavic Pro ND Filters recently and found them pretty good. These are more expensive, but there are more filter options and the Freewell Mavic Pro ND Filters also incorporate a slight IR cancellation to make sure the filter quality is clean and they come in a nice case. We will have a review coming up soon and hope to get a hold of the DJI version as well. Make sure to check out our Mavic Pro Review where we compared the drone quality to other drones and download our free Mavic Pro LUTs for color grading your footage. All products are available immediately on the DJI Website: ND Filters – $35 Drone Sleeve – $7 Smaller Propellers for the Cage – $9 Propeller Cage – $159 Propeller Guard – Available at a Later Date Battery Charging Hub Advanced – $55 Remote controller monitor hood – $19Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 27th September 2016
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. EU Pre-Order at CVP: LINK DJI Mavic Pro – Small Size, Foldable Design 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 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) 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. The controller is compact and unfolds just like the drone itself. 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’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. 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. 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.Read more
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