Why Choose The DJI Mavic?
If you are looking for a powerful yet compact drone, the DJI Mavic Pro should be at the top of your list. With many of the features of higher end drones like the DJI Phantom and Inspire, the Mavic combines such features with it’s sleek, foldable body that makes traveling a breeze.
The DJI Mavic Pro has revolutionized the drone world in that it features a design that can fold up to the size of a water bottle. Not many drones can fit in your pocket. The Mavic also has a compact controller, and all you need to pilot it is an Android or iOS device. For a small drone, the battery life is quite good.
If you have ever owned one of DJI’s Phantom models, you were probably thoroughly impressed with flying it. When it came to traveling with your drone however, it was a different story. It seems DJI has taken this into account with the release of their Mavic Pro model, which solves the portability problem.
Specs and Features
The Mavic can shoot 4K video, which is quite impressive considering its size. Holding the camera steady is a compact 3-axis gimbal. The gimbal keeps the footage stabilized without the need for digital stabilization, and unlike digitally-stabilized video, footage shot by the Mavic is increadily sturdy, yet high quality.
Arguably the most important feature on this drone is the folding arms. When folded up, the Mavic is about the size of a standard brick. When using this drone, you will notice that the arms fold up in a thoroughly-thought-through way, so as to reduce as much space taken up as possible.
You would think that due to being small, the Mavic would have a short battery life. Surprisingly, the Mavic Pro has one of the longest flight times of all the drones we have reviewed. DJI claims it can stay in the air for 27 minutes, but this is if you fly at “optimum speed for battery consumption.”
We put the Mavic through a few tests to find it’s actual real-world battery life. Simply hovering until it automatically landed, the Mavic stayed in the air for 23 minutes and 7 seconds.
For normal, everyday flight, we flew the Mavic normally under average conditions and found that it actually stayed in the air for longer than 26 minutes on a few occasions. This is not far from DJI’s estimate of 27 minutes.