|Overall rating 4.7 / 5|
The new DJI mavic Pro is, in their words, “the new king of the skies.” But is this drone that good?
We wanted to know and immediately ordered a quadcopter. Excited and full of high expectations, we unpacked the drone.
“Almost like Christmas,” Marcel said with a smile. For my part, I found it rather small. When folded down, the Mavic is smaller than the Parrot Beebop 2 and even fits in a large trouser pocket.
After charging the batteries, we are right in the field. With its wings spread out, the drone makes an impressive impression.
The DJI Mavic Pro drone stands as one in the air. The drone is very maneuverable and agile, almost like the Phantom 4, but in our test it was a little slower.
In our opinion, the design looks impressive and stands out from other DJI models. At just 83mm tall and 198mm long when folded, the Mavic Pro even fits into some trouser pockets.
The following video shows our experience with the DJI Mavic Pro:
The remote control is really quite small. In terms of its dimensions, the spark also weighs a lot, which is largely due to its battery. The Mavic weighs 743g.
Now, you would probably think that the drone is unstable in the air at such a low weight and because of its compact shape. However, in our test, it was extremely stable in the air even in moderate to high gusts of wind and did not move an inch.
Then, in sport mode without headwind, she developed a speed of about 65 km / h.
According to the manufacturer DJI, your maximum flight time is 27 minutes, if you really run out of it, on average we arrive at about 24 minutes of flight on a single battery charge, with about 10-15% of the remaining battery remaining at the end. You can assume that depending on your flight behavior, you have an actual flight time of about 20-25 minutes.
DJI Mavic Pro Features
According to DJI, the Mavic has an extended video transmission range of up to 7km! The live image is displayed on a smartphone or tablet in 720p resolution. Even the Phantom 4 cannot compete with this connection quality.
Even when we flew away pretty well, the image transmission was not interrupted!
DJI Mavic Propeller
The high quality propellers can be installed fairly quickly and easily and can be folded down, so the Mavic can be easily transported without the need for disassembly.
During takeoff, the wings are automatically aligned automatically due to centrifugal forces.
If you don’t have all your senses and miss a tree or other large object, don’t worry, the Mavic has obstacle detection. The drone detects every object with 2 sensors in the front if it has a clear structure and good lighting conditions.
DJI Mavic Pro Remote Controller
To be able to control the DJI Mavic Pro, you need a smartphone, which must be connected to the remote controller. Live images from the drone’s camera are displayed on your smartphone in 720p resolution at 30 frames per second.
The left stick is used to make the drone rotate on its axis and fly up and down.
Use the right stick to move the Mavic forward, backward, right or left on the plane.
At the top left (№1) there is a button “Back to home”. If you press it during flight, it will return to the starting point. The starting point is the point the aircraft remembered during takeoff. It is reset when the drone is powered up and launched again.
Button # 2 is intended to interrupt the current flight mode. This is the case, for example, when the drone is automatically flying towards an obstacle and you want to stop the Mavic. The Mavic Pro does have an automatic obstacle detection system, but it’s better to play it safe.
A little to the right is a small stick (# 3), with which you can control a lot during the flight.
On the one hand, you can switch the current live image from portrait to landscape and vice versa. On the other hand, 2x digital zoom is set using the stick. Scaling works at resolutions up to 2.7K.The image quality may suffer slightly due to the magnification during recording, because then the image becomes a little blurry. When you tap the screen, the camera will automatically refocus. Focus can also be adjusted using the digital wheel on the screen.
Alternatively, you can turn the camera sharply from top to bottom using the handle. This feature is especially interesting if you are currently traveling with the Mavic Pro and suddenly a subject appears below you that you want to capture immediately.
Pushing switch # 4 forward, the DJI Mavic Pro enters sport mode. It’s a lot of fun, the drone flies faster (up to 65 kilometers per hour), and in the air it is more maneuverable and maneuverable. However, since the tilt angle of the drone is much greater, it may happen that the propellers are visible in the sport mode shots.
Button # 5 is used to turn the remote on and off.
DJI Mavic Pro Specifications
|Height: 83mm x Width: 83mm x Length: 198mm|
|5 m / s in sport mode|
|65 km / h in sport mode without wind|
|27 minutes without wind at a constant speed of 25 km / h|
|24 minutes without wind|
|23 minutes (10-15% remaining charge)|
|13 km no wind|
|0 ° to 40 ° C|
|GPS / GLONASS|
± 0.1 m (with visual positioning)
± 0.3 m (with visual positioning)
|Dji go 4|
|720p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30fps (remote control)
720p @ 30fps (Wi-Fi)
720p @ 60fps, 1080p @ 30fps (DJI Goggles)
|1 / 2.3-inch effective pixels: 12.35 megapixels (total pixels: 12.71 megapixels)|
|FOV 78.8 °, 28mm (equivalent to 35mm format), f / 2.2
Distortion <1.5%, focusing 0.5m to ∞
|8 s -1/8000 s|
Burst shooting: 3/5/7 shots
Exposure Bracketing: (AEB): 3/5 in-focus frames @ 0.7 aperture
|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 / 120p
|FAT32 (≤ 32 GB); exFAT (> 32 GB)|
|MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264)|
|Micro SD ™
Maximum memory capacity: 64 GB. Class 10 or UHS-1
|0 ° to 40 ° C|
Intelligent flight modes
Gesture (gesture control)
Gesture Mode (gesture control) is an interesting flight mode with which you can take great selfies.
Without any remote control, you can gesture to the drone to take a photo of you. The DJI Mavic Pro is also a cool self-timer selfie drone.
Make sure you are in Photo Mode, if you then select the drone icon and Gesture flight mode you can start.
Move you and the Mavic to the desired position so you are in the correct field of view.
When the drone recognizes you, the front LEDs will slowly flash red. Now you can control it with your hand.
By raising your arms and waving your arms, you show the drone that you are ready to take a selfie.
Take a selfie gesture (two-finger window) in front of your face and the Mavic will start a timer that lasts for about 5 seconds, during which time the LEDs flash quickly.
Once the photo is taken, the LEDs will turn off completely.
In this mode, you can mark an object that the drone will track. For example, a car, bike, skateboard, or hoverboard.
You need to select ActiveTrack mode in the app, then move the Mavic to the desired position with a view of the object and mark it with your finger on the smartphone display.This creates a green rectangle with which you must outline the entire object for the drone to recognize as well.
Once the Mavic detects an object, it will track it. Avoid sudden changes in direction, otherwise the drone may lose sight of you.
If the Mavic Pro needs to operate in ActiveTrack at higher speeds, such as tracking a motorcycle or car, be careful not to accelerate or brake too hard.
With TapFly, you can mark any point on the horizon where the drone should fly straight ahead at all times. The Mavic Pro will then fly straight to that point until you interrupt the whole thing by pressing the Stop touch field.
During flight in TapFly mode, the speed can be changed and set as desired using the virtual slider.
In TapFly mode, the drone detects obstacles, but only in front and below, but does not detect any objects to the right, left or behind!
In tripod mode, the Mavic Pro does not fly faster than 9 kilometers per hour. This mode is for particularly quiet video recording.
Another mode is the so-called cinematic mode. When activated, the drone flies through the air much more smoothly. It accelerates and brakes much smoother. This ensures very high quality recordings as the Mavic avoids hard braking.
The DJI Mavic Pro of course also has a sport mode that can be easily turned on with a switch on the right side of the remote.
In Sport mode, the Mavic has a top speed of 65 kilometers per hour!
Conclusion of the DJI Mavic Pro test
In our opinion, the DJI Mavic Pro is the best aircraft on the drone market.
It makes a very high quality, stable experience, has tons of features, security measures and a 4K camera. The sensors are very sophisticated and it looks like the Mavic hasn’t left the development lab after its first test flights.
If you are looking for a drone that can capture great 4K recordings, the DJI Mavic Pro is perfect for that. In sport mode it is really fun and can be flown very safely and comfortably. Thus, even beginners can easily improve their flying skills with the drone.
And the automatic obstacle detection does the rest. The drone isn’t much easier to fly. Therefore, it suits everyone!
In our testing, we couldn’t find any features that make the Mavic unattractive in any way. So is the Mavic Pro worth buying?
DJI Mavic Pro is a Ferrari among drones, of course, something like that is worth it, but the price has dropped significantly over the past few months, so gradually the purchase is definitely worth it 🙂
If you have the budget you need and are in love with the near-perfect drone, go for it!
You can also fly the Mavic in FPV mode when paired with DJI Goggles FPV goggles and experience breathtaking flying like the Parrot Bebop 2.
All in all, we can highly recommend the DJI Mavic Pro to every beginner and advanced user. You can find the current price here on Amazon.de.