DJI Mavic Pro

What we like:

  • Extremely portable
  • VERY easy to fly
  • Controller or phone as controller
  • Tracks objects w/o a remote sensor
  • Collision avoidance system
  • Same camera as Phantom 4 Standard

What we don't:

  • Batteries seem a bit expensive

The DJI Mavic Pro ($999 with controller) is an adventurer's dream. Easy to carry, high quality video, with collision avoidance and a ton of other great features. Even the visual design of this drone has so much personality that you’ll want to name it. Ok, now that we’ve gotten the prologue out of the way, let’s get down to the specs:

Sensors? This thing is packed with a boatload of tech. First of all, there are redundant sensors for all of the standard stuff (accelerometers, etc.), so if the Mavic has any sort of failure, backup sensors kick in. This makes it one of the safest drones on the market to fly. But it doesn’t stop there.

The Mavic has both a forward-looking set of cameras designed to work just like your eyes (stereoscopic vision) and a downward-looking set of cameras. These give the Mavic the ability to avoid obstacles at up to 49 feet away, and hover like it’s mounted on a tripod.

It can also follow any object (car, motorcycle, RC airplane, dogs, etc.) without the need for a sensor (most follow-me drones require the subject to carry a controller or GPS sensor on them), and it has several levels and modes for the follow settings. You can keep the camera pointed at a subject and just fly the drone, all the way up to full autonomous flight and camera pointing. There’s even an option available for flight goggles to get the thrill of FPV drone racing (while avoiding the expenditure of parts on crashes, which it can avoid due to the collision avoidance).

Even the visual design of this drone has so much personality that you’ll want to name it.

The camera captures UHD 4K/30p video at 60Mbps, and has a ton of controls for shutter speed and color. It can also capture 12MP still images. And guess what? They're DNG Raw files!

The controller is pocket-sized, but the sticks feel like a larger controller, and it has a holder for your phone as a preview screen. It also has short-range, 1080p low-latency, and long-range 720p for video preview. How long is long? 13 whopping kilometers! (Unobstructed of course... in real life, expect about half that.) 

Don’t want to break out the controller? You can also fly it from your phone using the touchscreen. Of course, the range is lowered to 80m, but it's perfect for selfies, right? And speaking of selfies, you can trigger the shutter with a simple gesture (like a wave), so you don’t have to be photographed holding a controller.

The Mavic Pro has an impressive 27 minutes of flight time, and batteries list for $89.

This is a definite case of “don’t judge a book by its cover” (or rather size). And speaking of size, it folds up to be super small. Throw it in a purse, or even carry it around in a small bag. Whether you’re a beginner or an old pro, this is really one of the must-have drones of 2016. 

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