A New Drone Takes Flight: Announcing the DJI Mavic Pro

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Compact and easy to fly, the new DJI Mavic Pro is a fold-up drone designed for fun. While the drone itself may be small, its physical stature does not belie the number of features DJI stuffed inside. Among the new features are OcuSync, an updated video and data transmission system, FlightAutonomy obstacle avoidance, ActiveTrack automatic subject tracking modes, and a gimbal-stabilized camera system that can capture 4K videos and 12MP photos.

OcuSync can transmit video in 720p resolution from up to 4.3 miles away. At shorter transmission distances, full-HD 1080p video transmission to the newly designed compact remote controller is possible. It also works with the DJI Goggle wireless POV headset, creating an immersive 85° field of view with the HD video feed. OcuSync can use automatic frequency hopping to ensure signal integrity by finding the best open frequency available. In addition to video, OcuSync interfaces with the DJI GO app, sending flight telemetry data for monitoring, as well as photos and videos for sharing online.

DJI Mavic Pro is a fold-up drone

Cutting your flight time short because of obstacle collision is never fun, so DJI incorporated its new FlightAutonomy obstacle avoidance system. FlightAutonomy uses an advanced array of cameras and sensors, as well as GPS/GLONASS, to map a virtual 3D space in real time. Obstacles can be detected from up to 98' in front of the drone, while accurate distance measurements can be made up to 49' out in front of the drone, all while the drone is flying at up to 22 mph. To keep your drone safe, FlightAutonomy is automatically activated in every Intelligent Flight Mode. For those who are more daring, the Sport mode unlocks the full speed potential of the Mavic Pro with a top speed of 40 mph. On the other hand, those looking for precise movements may want to use Tripod mode. This mode limits the speed to 2.2 mph, useful indoors or for meticulously composed photos or videos.

If you’re the type who wants to make films with your drone, ActiveTrack offers three different ways to automatically track your subjects, keeping them in frame. Trace mode ensures that the Mavic Pro follows your subject from behind, in front, or by circling around them. Profile mode enables the drone to fly beside your subject, keeping a safe distance. Spotlight mode keeps the camera trained on your subject, regardless of the drone’s orientation, letting you direct the drone for framing without having to worry about camera positioning.

Speaking of the camera, the Mavic Pro houses a camera capable of recording high-resolution 4K videos at 30 fps and 12MP still images. The camera is suspended on a miniature 3-axis motorized gimbal, which counteracts vibrations and other drone movements. Having a gimbal for stabilization leaves you with stable footage, without resorting to digital processing that could result in inferior resolution. More advanced photographers may want to consider shooting 12MP photos in the DNG raw file format for more flexibility in post-capture adjustments. Another new feature introduced on the Mavic Pro is the Gesture mode. Gesture mode leverages the advanced recognition algorithms, letting you guide the Mavic Pro and take selfies by signaling to it with your hands.

DJI Mavic Pro can record high-resolution 4K videos at 30 fps and 12MP still images

If you’re in the market for a small, yet advanced drone that combines entertaining flying and creative photo and video potential, the DJI Mavic Pro should be on your short list. Check it out on the B&H SuperStore website for more information on pricing, availability, and accessories.

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Thinking of getting this as a gift for someone who has neve flown a drone. Any concerns I should have , other than the price?

Hi Jim - 

I would be concerned over damage while learning and gaining experience.  This is not a product designed for the rookie pilot.

here is the link for my post below.  I found this quite surprising!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDMfXKiiLRY

Does anyone know if opstacle avoidance works in sport mode?  I saw a video on youtube that says when you're flying at over 22 MPH that obstacle avoindance is deactivated.  T of F?

The Mavic will automatically avoid obstacles 50ft (15m) in front of it. The maximum speed at which the Mavic is able to avoid obstacles is 22mph (30kph).

Hello. A few days ago I read the Mavic Pro was going to be sent on October 15th for anyone who pre-ordered it from their site. I decided to buy it here, when is the drone being sent?

I assume that it will be quick because B&H is a big store and they probably ordered them within minutes of them coming out.

If you have already made a Pre-Order it would be recommended to contact Customer Service with your order number for your ETA. They can be reached at cs@bhphoto.com or 800.221.5743.

And you will receive this as a response: "Unfortunately we don't have an expected delivery date at this time for the DJI MAVIC PRO as it is currently backordered by the manufacturer. "

I first thought that this drone will never crash because it says that it avoids obstacles but after doing detail searches that came to my mind by searching YouTube "dji mavic crash" and "Phantom 4 crash" I was shocked and I had cancelled my order on time before it shipped Thank God when I found out.

I have a suspicion that Margaret Kelly is really someone that works for the competition because I also did those searches and pretty much can't find any crash video. Searching those keyworks in youtube will only match on the dji mavic part, the found videos don't contain a crash. This user is trying to generic false panic.

i agree with you Kim. I thought the same thing.  Maybe Marge shouldn't be buying a drone if she relies solely on the avoidance features as a determining factor.

As far as I know, mankind has yet to design and build an aircraft that cannot crash.

Aviator, you obviously know nothing about anti-gravity aircraft

Teach me, nito!

What is the ship date , I will be leaving the country in early november and would like it before I go

Unfortunately, we do not have an ETA from DJI for their Mavic Pro.  We hope to get the Mavic some point in November, though we wouldn’t be able to guarantee a delivery date.  If you haven’t already, you could choose the Request Stock Alert on the Mavic’s page on our site.  We would then send you an email when it came into stock.  Otherwise, we are accepting preorders.  Which you could cancel at anytime before the Mavic shipped if it were taking longer to receive than you were able to wait. 

DJI just posted a shipping update on their website that their first round of shipping was today, 6 days behind their originally announced ship date.  I imagine retailers will get some sort of update soon.

Can anybody tell me the take-off weight of this drone?, I can't find it in the specs.

Hi Dannyboy -

Weight Including Battery and Propellers:
1.62 lb / 734 g (excluding gimbal cover) 1.64 lb / 743 g (including gimbal cover)

Yes you do need to register with the FAA. The link is: https://registermyuas.faa.gov/restricted#/home

Is the lens a rectilinear one?

Be really nice if it had a built in flash for the camera for inspections

What do you mean?

Then again I keep my drones flights 8 min max... Well FPV feels long. One min feels like forever

Sorry 27 mins... But I believe u can go up to 25 min max.

How long will the DJI Mavic Pro fly on a charge?

Hi Don -

  • Up to 4.3 Mile Control Range
  • Up to 27 Minutes Flight Time

Hi, can somebody tell how much does the battery last?

The DJI specs say up to 27 minutes flight time

The intro live feed one hour ago said 27 mins. flight time.

Advertised at 37 mins but from my experience these prolly 25 mins. Which is plenty of time..

Hi -

Hi Don -

  • Up to 4.3 Mile Control Range
  • Up to 27 Minutes Flight Time

I own several DJI products. I can say with confidence that your battery will not last 27 min (if by miracle it does then probably for only 1-2 flights). My Phantom 2 is supposed to get 20min but he best I got was maybe 17min. Average is about 15min. The return home on low voltage feature is fantastic (when it works). Punch for punch I think that this one edges out the Karma (at least spec wise) however if I were just jumping into the Drone arena I would lean towards GoPro. The addition of the handheld gimble is nice. DJI does not offer that for this model(?).

I own several DJI products. I can say with confidence that your battery will not last 27 min (if by miracle it does then probably for only 1-2 flights). My Phantom 2 is supposed to get 20min but he best I got was maybe 17min. Average is about 15min. The return home on low voltage feature is fantastic (when it works). Punch for punch I think that this one edges out the Karma (at least spec wise) however if I were just jumping into the Drone arena I would lean towards GoPro. The addition of the handheld gimble is nice. DJI does not offer that for this model(?).

Mr. Rogers, how about your other DJI Products do they last as promised, or only the old DJI Phantom 2? Based on what you have written I assume you tested the Karma, how was their battery performance?

For clarification, DJI doesn't 'promise' the 27 minute flight time.  That is an optimal conditions estimated best-case scenario (i.e., no wind, low speeds, etc.).

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