One of the biggest name in the consumer drone industry, DJI has recently unveiled its latest creation in the form of Mavic Pro. The new addition to the company’s ever growing family of drones is a departure from most of its previous product as the Mavic Pro is so compact that you can easily store it inside a backpack.
Made possible by its foldable propeller arms, don’t judge its compact size too early though since the Mavic Pro still comes packed with a number of features that are identical to its bigger brother, the Phantom 4 drone. For example, the Mavic Pro is equipped with a 12-megapixels camera that is stabilized by a 3-axis gimbal and able to shoot at 30fps in 4K resolution. Users also able to shoot in Adobe DNG and RAW format.
With the help of its FlightAutonomy technology which is backed by the drone’s five cameras, two satellite positioning system, two ultrasonic rangefinders, and 24 computing cores, the Mavic Pro apparently able to sense obstacles from as far as 15m away and automatically navigate its way around them. The same technology also allows Mavic Pro to automatically land within an inch of its take off spot.
DJI has also included a number of operation modes into the drone including Gesture Mode that allows users to snap hands-free selfie, TapFly for easy automated flight, and Tripod Mode that is specific for indoor usages as well as updated ActiveTrack function, and Terrain Follow Mode. In terms of performance, the drone has a maximum speed of 64.8 km/h with maximum range of 13km and able to fly for as long as 27 minutes.
Just like the drone, Mavic Pro’s controller also features a highly compact design even though DJI still able to fit it with a LCD display that shows telemetry data from the drone alongside dedicated homing and pausing buttons. The controller also features the DJI’s new OcuSync video link system that enables users to view their flight live up to a distance of 7km on full HD (1080p) resolution when combined with a smartphone.
While the controller can still function on its own, users also have the option to forgo it altogether and use their smartphone to control Mavic Pro instead. Meanwhile, users are also able to live stream their flight from Mavic Pro to Facebook Live, Periscope, and YouTube through DJI Go app.
Available this October, the new Mavic Pro can be purchased directly for USD 1,059 (about RM 4,374) from DJI’s official website which offers free shipping to Malaysia. Users also have the option to go for the Mavic Pro Fly More Combo for USD 1,399 (about RM 5,778) which include two additional batteries, extra propellers, charging hub, adapter, car charger, and shoulder bag alongside the Mavic Pro drone and controller themselves.
In case you prefer to let local distributor to handle potential logistics issues such as taxes and certifications though, you are able to obtain these Mavic Pro packages locally for RM 4,500 and RM 5,900 respectively according to March Equipment Store, one of DJI’s distribution partner in Malaysia. That being said, the company expects Mavic Pro to only arrive in Malaysia by mid-November 2016.