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Over the course of Photokina the thing that really stole the show was the GoPro Karma Drone to kill DJI’s
market. The $799 small folding drone was perfect for the everyday consumer that wanted something small to get footage without getting overly complicated. DJI’s answer to GoPro is the new DJI Mavic Pro Drone, and they just killed GoPro’s dream… with a sledgehammer.

DJI Mavic ProSmall enough to throw in a bag and take with you to launch quickly for a shot the Mavic Pro will fit the bill. Just barely bigger than a water bottle you can almost carry it in a pocket vs it’s larger predecessors which required a large bag to carry all the pieces to assemble in the field. It can be flown just with a smartphone making it a nice quick setup to take with you on the go.

It might be the drone for everyone but don’t count it out for having lower specs. The Mavic Pro hosts a 4K 12MP camera that sits on a 3-axis gimbal giving you crystal clear photos and video. They also managed to pack 27 minutes of battery life into one charge giving you plenty of time in the air. Additional batteries are $89 although if you order the Fly More Combo you’ll have three total for almost an hour and a half of flight time.

Albeit the one thing GoPro won out on here is the ability to steal it’s gimbal for use without the drone it’s a bit of a gimmick. In terms of price they are about equal, the Mavic pro is slightly cheaper at $50 less sans controller as you can use your phone. In full compared to the Karma drone with it’s GoPro Hero 5 the Mavic Pro will cost you $999 vs the Karma at $1099. Not to mention if your looking for portability technically the Mavic is a smaller package making it the better deal all around for your first drone.

Flying Mavic ProThe big point where the DJI Mavic wins out against the Karma is intelligence. It’s also a smart drone giving a few nice tricks compared to the competition which may be the selling difference depending on what you’d like to use it to shoot. Easy to use, the Mavic Pro can be flown using a touchscreen, TapFly can direct the drone on a touch waypoint even avoiding obstacles automatically along the way. In Gesture mode you can use the force! Kidding aside using gesture recognition to direct the drone to follow or take a selfie even. While using Active track it can recognize common subjects such as people, bicyclists, cars, boats, and animals follow behind, lead in front, circle above or track alongside the subject, keeping the camera focused on the subject while you concentrate on flight maneuvers.

As for additional modes you can flip the Mavic into a Sport Mode like a car. This allows the Mavic Pro to reach speeds of 40mph to follow a fast subject while being stable and responsive at the cost of battery life. Alternatively Tripod Mode will do the opposite capping speed out at 2.2 mph for dead still footage for video or somewhat safe indoor flying. Terrain Follow mode means that you can race up a slope behind a subject while remaining at a constant height between 1 ft (0.3 m) and 33 ft (10 m).

You can pre-order the DJI Mavic Pro or the DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo at the links below, shipping starts October 15th. The Mavic Pro will sell for $999 with remote controller included or $749 without.  The combo pack includes two extra batteries, extra propellers, a charging hub, adapter, car charger, and shoulder bag for $1,299. DJI care refresh, their protection plan, is also available for $99 if your the accident prone type who may accidentally damage your new drone.

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DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic Pro

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DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo

DJI Mavic PRO FLY MORE COMBO

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Specifications:

Aircraft
Weight
(including battery and propellers)
1.62 lbs (734 g) (exclude gimbal cover)
1.64 lbs (743 g) (include gimbal cover)
Max Ascent Speed 16.4 ft/s (5 m/s) in Sport mode
Max Descent Speed 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s)
Max Speed 40 mph (65 kph) in Sport mode without wind
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level 16404 feet (5000 m)
Max Flight Time 27 minutes (0 wind at a consistent 15.5 mph (25 kph))
Max Hovering Time 24 minutes (0 wind)
Overall Flight Time 21 munites ( In normal flight, 15% remaining battery level )
Max Flight Distance 8 mi (13 km, 0 wind)
Operating Temperature 32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)
GPS Mode GPS/GLONASS
Camera
Sensor 1/2.3” (CMOS), Effective pixels:12.35 M (Total pixels:12.71M)
Lens FOV 78.8° 28 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.2
Distortion < 1.5% Focus from 0.5 m to ∞
ISO Range 100-3200 (video)
100-1600 (photo)
Shutter Speed 8s -1/8000s
Image Max Size 4000×3000
Still Photography Modes Single shot
Burst shooting: 3/5/7 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
Interval
Video Recording Modes C4K: 4096×2160 24p
4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
2.7K: 2704×1520 24/25/30p
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p
HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120
Max Video Bitrate 60 Mbps
Supported File Formats FAT32 ( ≤ 32 GB ); exFAT ( > 32 GB )
Photo JPEG, DNG
Video MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
Supported SD Card Types Micro SD™
Max capacity: 64 GB. Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required
Operating Temperature 32° to 104° F ( 0° to 40° C )
Remote Controller
Operating Frequency 2.4 GHz to 2.483 GHz
Max Transmission Distance FCC Compliant: 4.3 mi (7 km);
CE Compliant: 2.5 mi (4 km) (Unobstructed, free of interference)
Operating Temperature 32° to 104° F ( 0° to 40° C )
Battery 2970mAh
Transmitter Power (EIRP) FCC:≤26 dBm
CE:≤20 dBm
Operating Voltage 950mA @ 3.7V
Supported Mobile Device Size Thickness Supported:6.5-8.5mm
Max length: 160mm
Supported USB port types: Lightning, Micro USB(Type-B),USB(Type-C)™
Gimbal
Controllable Range Pitch: -90° to +30°
Roll: 0° or 90° (Horizontally and vertically)
Stabilization 3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw)
Obstacle Sensing System
Obstacle Sensory Range Precision measurement range: 2 ft (0.7 m) to 49 ft (15 m)
Detectable range: 49 ft (15 m) to 98 ft (30 m)
Operating Environment Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux > 15)
Vision Positioning
Velocity Range ≤22.4 mph (36 kph) at 6.6 ft (2 m) above ground
Altitude Range 1 – 43 feet (0.3 – 13 m)
Operating Range 1 – 43 feet (0.3 – 13 m)
Operating Environment Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux > 15)
Charger
Voltage 13.05 V
Rated Power 50 W
Intelligent Flight Battery
Capacity 3830 mAh
Voltage 11.4 V
Battery Type LiPo 3S
Energy 43.6 Wh
Net Weight Approx.0.5 lbs(240 g)
Operating Temperature 41° to 104° F ( 5° to 40° C )

 


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