DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

12MP, 1/2.3" CMOS sensor | 4K/30p video | 3-axis gimbal

What we like:

  • Forward-looking obstacle avoidance
  • OcuSync transmission system
  • Batteries cost less than many models

What we don't:

  • Video bit rate limited to 60 Mbps
  • D-Log hampered by small sensor and 8-bit color
The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum is a lightweight, portable drone with advanced features and impressive flight time. A quadcopter with folding arms, it collapses to a compact size for travel. When folded down it's very durable, making it convenient for throwing into a backpack, storing in the glove box of a car, or even placing in a large jacket pocket.
The Mavic Pro Platinum can remain in the air for up to 30 minutes and has a maximum speed of 64 km/h (40 mph) in Sport mode. A forward-looking obstacle avoidance system can help prevent collisions, while a vision system allows for precise hovering. Aircraft noise has been reduced by up to 4 dB (60% noise power) compared to the original Mavic Pro. Mavic batteries are on the smaller side, making them ideal for travel, and cost $89 each.
Aircraft noise has been reduced by up to 4 dB (60% noise power) compared to the original Mavic Pro.
The camera has a 12MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor mounted on a 3-axis gimbal, providing a 79° field of view with a 26 mm equivalent F2.2 lens. It’s capable of capturing both Jpeg and DNG Raw images.
Video can be captured at DNG 4K/24p, UHD 4K/30p, 2.7K/30p, or 1080p/96p using the H.264 codec. Video quality is good, but the 60 Mbps codec is starting to feel a bit low for the times. Unlike some newer models, there’s no support for the more efficient HEVC (H.265) codec. The drone does include DJI’s D-Log gamma profile for video, but with such a small sensor and only 8-bit color dynamic range is somewhat limited. If Log shooting is a requirement, the Mavic Pro Platinum may not be the best choice even though the feature is there.
The Mavic Pro Platinum’s controller is compact, complementing the drone's small size. ActiveTrack on the Mavic is effective at following subjects, even when moving relatively quickly. There are several useful flight modes for cinematography, including Cinematic Mode to make movements smoother, Tap-Fly, and Point of Interest. Photographers will like Tripod Mode, which uses the vision system to lock the drone into a very stable hover, allowing for techniques like shot stitching, hyper-lapse, and even time-lapse shooting. DJI’s OcuSync transmission system provides robust performance and tops off at 4.3 miles.
If you're looking for a fully-featured drone in a compact package, the Mavic Pro Platinum is worthy of consideration. It's great for travel, vacations, and beginner flyers. However, its price point is higher than some other compact drones in its class, and some of its features are beginning to look a bit long in the tooth. However, its OcuSync transmission system is solid and outperforms the Wi-Fi system used in many less expensive drones, though some more recent models – including some from DJI – potentially offer more bang for the buck depending on your needs.