"DJI Mavic Pro is a compact quad that doesn't sacrifice performance for size"
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CNET First Look
DJI Mavic Pro is a compact quad that doesn't sacrifice performance for size
There's a lot to like about DJI's Mavic Pro drone, but it's it's size that sells it.
It's certainly more travel friendly than other drones including DJI's Phantoms, but even unfolded it's just less obtrusive and easier to fly in tight spaces.
DJI shrank the controller too giving it the look and feel of a gaming controller, though the phone mount is a bit of a pain.
And you'll have to remove any case to use it.
Regardless of their size, though, performance is great.
The quad held steady in high winds and was able to get 25 minutes in the air, and it has an unobstructed range of up to 4.3 miles or seven kilometers.
Like the Phantom 4, this has a sport mode that'll take it up to 40 miles per hour.
But you also get a tripod mode to slow you down for perfect positioning.
This 4k camera is mounted on DJI's smallest free access gimbal ever, but it kept the camera just as steady as the company's larger gimbals.
Its lens is not as wide as the Phantom's, so you might find yourself flying higher than normal to get more of a scene in.
And although some have reported image quality issues, I didn't experience that.
If you wan to let the Mavic handle the shooting there are plenty of automated modes available, and with its new guiding system of centers of cameras it can fly indoors and out while avoiding obstacles in front of it.
It can track subjects too, and while it isn't perfect, it's better than others out there.
And DJI uses the drones vision So you can use gestures to focus the Maverick on yourself without a controller.
The camera even rotates 90 degrees for vertical images.
It's a fantastic machine and it's priced accordingly at $1,000 in the US, 1700 in Australia, and 1100 pounds in the UK.
But you are getting a lot of flying camera for the money.
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