Mavic live streaming across the world–click the image to watch the video
When you hear the word “Drone”, you will refer to a flying machine that has a camera and it can reach more than 500 ft high. In the last few years, DJI has become the world largest leading consumer drone producer. So, it’s not only popular in the hobby but it reaches to professional and at this time, we will talk about DJI Mavic Pro which has been the most popular drone in the last decade. I confess that from the very moment DJI released it, I dreamed to own such an amazing piece of technology. Decided to purchase DJI Mavic Pro in 2017 and until this moment it’s still with me. I have done two professional projects with DJI Mavic Pro for the villa promotion in Bali. I am thinking to upgrade to DJI Mavic 2 but I don’t have a budget yet 😀
Okay, let’s get back to the topic. I just want to share my experience after almost 2 years owning this machine and for sure it was not a mistake to purchase this as my first DJI drone.
First, what you need to know about DJI Mavic Pro before buying it or other drones!
Mavic Pro is one of those technology machines that changed the world. The first generation from DJI Mavic series, it literally changed the UAV industry when was released in 2016.
DJI Engineers overcome themselves by coming with such an impressive design. Mavic Pro was the first foldable drone that could last more than 20 minutes in the air, shoot stabilized 4K and weight less than 1 Kg.
Mavic Pro is a quad-copter that can fly up to 7 km distance, carries a 3-axis gimbal and shoot 4K up to 30fps. This beast is powered by 4 powerful brush-less motors offering a smooth flight and incredibly low noise (especially the Mavic Pro Platinum with low noise propeller).
Mavic Wherever you go–click the image to watch the video
Dimension and weight
With battery, propellers and gimbal cover included Mavic Pro weights only 743 g. Thanks to the small weight and innovative design, Mavic Pro can stand up to 25 minutes in the air and keep the noise at lowest possible.
Having all arms foldable, this amazing aircraft turns into a very light and easy to transport drone. While folded, Mavic Pro has H=83mm, W=83mm, L=198mm, acceptable sizes for fitting in most gear bags.
With arms extended and no propellers, this drone measures 335 mm in diagonal. With this size, Mavic Pro is not a toy in the sky anymore, but rather a very visible UAV, which can harm you seriously if falls from the sky.
Sensing and collision and avoidance sensor system
There are so many things to say in this chapter, Mavic Pro being the first consumer drone that came with such complex sensing hardware.
DJI Mavic Pro Vision sensors system
The vision system, now available on all consumer DJI drones, was first introduced on Mavic Pro. This system handles both obstacle avoiding and aircraft leveling as well as active assistance during takeoff and landing.
4 vision cameras, dual-band satellite positioning system and 2 ultrasonic range finder sensor work continuously while Mavic Pro is in the air. Together with the main camera, the frontal vision sensors create live 3D map offering a very accurate collision awareness.
All this data is processed in real time by up to 24 computing cores.
Frontal sensors can scan up to 15 meters away in bright light. During night only ultrasonic sensors can work.
The downward camera continuously takes pictures in order to keep the aircraft perfectly steady even in high wind.
With this system, Mavic Pro can fly indoors and still be super stable.
Return To Home (RTH) function is also assisted by the Vision system. While automatically returning to home, Mavic Pro can detect and prevent any possible collision, by adjusting speed and altitude.
Mavic Pro is powered by a LiPo3s proprietary intelligent battery rated at 3830 mAh@11.4v, a pretty heavy unit that weights 240g itself. With that much juice, Mavic Pro manages to stay in the air up to 27 minutes in ideal conditions. Off course, like all LiPo units, discharging time is influenced by temperature, and if you fly in cold zones (below 5 Celsius) you need to preheat before the flight.
Comparing with DJI Spark and DJI Mavic Air, Pro’s intelligent battery is bigger and mounts on the top of the aircraft, excluding the possibility to fall off during flight. If you are in a normal temperature environment (15-30 Celsius), I believe you can get somewhere between 20 and 24 minutes of flight time. Flight time can dramatically decrease if you make brutal maneuvers like full throttle altitude gain or full throttle drifts. Remember that DJI official numbers are tested in normal mode while flying forward (flying forward gives the aircraft a boosted air bearing).
When it comes to distances, Mavic Pro easily outstands most of its competitors’ thanks to a DJI proprietary radio transmission system called OcuSync.
What is OcuSync?
Most of the consumer-level drones are driven by common WiFi at 2.4/5.8 GHz. Because almost all appliances and mobile devices nowadays use WiFi to communicate with each other, flying experience can be dramatically affected by high radio interference.
To overcome this, DJI came with a new transmission system that starts by scanning for local interference and decide which channel and bandwidth can have a higher priority.
OcuSync can operate at three low frequencies:
During the flight, OcuSync can automatically switch between these three frequencies, the 1.4 MHz having the lowest priority.
One of the biggest problems with radio transmissions is latency. DJI made a great job with OcuSync and managed to achieve up to:
*5 ms for remote controller commands
*10 ms for video data
*130 ms for videos
In real life conditions, the lag between a drone camera and your phone screen is about 170 ms.
I can honestly tell you that in my flights with Mavic Pro I was very impressed with how smooth is the video feedback.
There is no other drone in this price range to offer such pleasant video feedback, even in city flights between buildings and over industrial areas.
Depending on the active bandwidth mode, the Mavic Pro has a range up to 4.3 miles (7 km) in FCC mode and 2.5 miles (4 km) in CE mode.
Yes, Mavic Pro too has a radio bottleneck for specific continents or areas in order to respect limits by legislation.
However, being related to the position on globe set by GPS, it can always be tricked.
Mavic Pro features a three-axis mechanical stabilized camera capable to shoot C4K, UHD and 1080p up to 96fps. Inside, there is a CMOS 1/2.3” sensor with an effective 12.35 megapixels.
Light hits the sensor through a 26 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.2 with a distortion less than 1.5%. Unlike Spark and Air, this lens can be manually focused from 0.5 m to infinite.
ISO can be set between 100-3200 on video mode and 100-1600 on photography mode. Because of the sensor size, noise becomes visible once you go above ISO 100, which makes this little camera pretty unusable for night shooting.
The electronic shutter speed ranges between 8 s – 1/8000 s in photo mode and no less than 1/30 s in video mode. Camera operating temperature is between 32° to 104° F ( 0° to 40° C).
For recording in 4K a Class 10 or UHS-1 rating micro SD card is required.
Stabilization is mechanically covered on all 3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw) with pitch limits between -90° to +30° and roll between 0° or 90° (Horizontally and vertically).
Gimbal design is extremely poor, the main reason why 90% of Mavic Pro frontal and not only collisions end with a broken gimbal or camera.
One major issue with the gimbal is that DJI engineers let it so exposed. It is so unprotected that even regular handling like folding, unfolding make it difficult to avoid damaging it.
Mavic Pro camera can shoot PAL or NTSC in the following resolutions:
- C4K : 4096×2160 24p
- 4K : 3840×2160 24/25/30p
- 2.7K : 2720×1530 24/25/30p
- FHD : 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p
- HD : 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
The video format: MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) saving in RAW is not supported
YouTube Channel NTG Drone
Mavic Pro can shoot quite nice still images in both compressed (JPEG) and RAW format at a size of 4000×3000. In photo mode, you can choose between the following scenes:
- Single shot
- Burst Shooting 3/5/7 Frames
- Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV bias
One of the coolest Mavic Pro features comes on the remote controller. Unlike Air or Spark, Mavic Pro RC features a nice LCD screen which shows real-time information related to aircraft telemetry live data. While for most people this screen is most of the time useless, it can be a lifesaver if you lose video feed signal on your mobile device.
Information available on RC screen:
- GPS signal strength
- Flight speed and flight mode
- Flight distance
- Exposure compensation camera status
- Ascending/descending status and speed
- Motor speed rotation and battery level
- Aircraft battery level and RC signal strength
Another nice feature is coming thanks to OcuSync transmission system which allow the DJI Go App to display 1080@30fps live video feed when using the RC. DJI Goggles get also FHD video feed making an incredible flying experience.
DJI is selling a premium version of Mavic Pro, called Mavic Pro Platinum which has improved motors and better propellers making the aircraft very quite. Thanks to better motors, Platinum also has a better battery life, with a declared flight time of 30 minutes.
With the latest firmware, DJI Mavic Pro can now support some Gestures mode, together with Active tracking, Tap to Fly and some QuickShots like Circle or Dronie.
Mavic+Goggles fun of flying–Click image to watch the video
This piece of technology simply changed the photographer’s mindset and at this moment low price makes it even more wanted. With such a long battery life and over 7 km range, Mavic Pro is not only a drone with a camera, but an incredible aircraft impressing even passionate hobbyists. If this is coming as an upgrade from DJI Spark you will really be impressed by its incredible power and features.
If you decide to buy this drone, click on these links below to benefit of latest promos and discounts on DJI Store.
DJI Mavic Pro: https://goo.gl/femqHe
Mavic Pro Platinum: https://goo.gl/RdSSDV
Mavic Pro (Refurbished): https://goo.gl/G3h5VJ
DJI Care Refresh (Mavic Pro Platinum): https://goo.gl/DCkgxe
DJI Care Refresh (Mavic pro): https://goo.gl/RGAV9M
I wish you have a safe flight and an amazing shot!