Dji Mavic Pro: Test/Comparison/Evaluation

With the dji mavic pro, the  leading dronyne and multicopter manufacturer dji innovations presented a particularly compact and versatile quadrocopter at the end of september 2016. versatile flight features, 4k integrated camera, revised image transmission system and numerous security features identify the dji mavic pro. what the quadrocopter has still on the box and what features do it outline, clarify we in article.

Compact, Lightweight And G Ü Cheap Swiss

The DJI Mavic Pro is the most compact quadrocopter from the Chinese manufacturer DJI Innovations. The DJI Mavic Pro is versatile and comfortable to use due to its foldable outriggers and foldable propellers – especially in comparison to the DJI Phantom 4 the DJI Mavic Pro has significantly smaller dimensions in the transport state.The weight of the quadrocopter is just  743 grams(including battery, propeller and “gimbal cover”), which makes it one of the absolute lightweights, given its versatile range of functions. The design of the DJI Mavic Pro is consistently new and has little in common with the appearance of the DJI Phantom models.

Under laboratory conditions, the DJI Mavic Pro reaches a  flight time of about 27 minutes-in reality it is about 20 to 25 minutes, depending on flight mode and selected flight modes. The 3.830 mAh strong 3S battery (11.4V) is typical of the DJI and has a LED bar to illustrate the current energy level. A spare battery is available in the DJI accessories and costs 99, -Euro.

Rather, the DJI Mavic Pro features a black, consistently professional and high-quality housing, which makes the beginner quadrocopter even among professional models a consistently attractive figure. In the folded transport mode, the DJI Mavic Pro measures only 83 millimeters in height and width as well as 198 millimeters in length-which make it possible for the DJI Mavic Pro to fit into the jacket pocket, handbag or handbag. Just one-sixth the size of the DJI Phantom 4 is the DJI Mavic Pro. The Quadrocopter in the shape of a trouser pocket can be used quickly and comfortably, especially when traveling, during leisure activities or at the next outdoor party  . The 8.3-inch propellers do not have to be disassembled, which means that DJI has once again defined the concept of “Ready To Fly Quadrocopter”.

New Controller For DJI Mavic Pro

The DJI Mavic Pro can be  piloted exclusively by means of a smartphone(“Fly by Phone”), by means of a  smartphone and controller or ultimately exclusively with a suitable controller. The fact that the DJI Mavic Pro can only be controlled with a smartphone is a remarkable innovation in the DJI world. Similar to toy and hobby drones à la Parrot Bebop 2, the DJI GO app now offers virtual control sticks so that the drone can also be controlled by fingerwip, provided the actual controller is not available. Of course, the usual flight modes(TapFly, Trace, Spotlight, Profile, Circle) are also available forcontrol via smartphone. Photos and videos can be recorded even without a controller and only with a smartphone.

The controller was also redesigned at the same time with the redesign of the quadrocopter and now gives the impression of a gamepad. The controller is now foldable and can be transported very comfortably. In the folded out state makes the clever mechanism possible that a smartphone can be used below the controller. While the controllerdisplays important telemetry data thanks to  an integrated LC display , the smartphone is used to  display the FPV image. All in all, DJI now offers a control solution that outshines even Yuneec controllers, phantom controllers or controllers from the professional area in terms of user-friendliness, flexibility or transportability.

Sports Mode And Tripod Mode

As with the DJI Phantom 4, DJI Mavic Pro also has a  sports mode, which can be activated by means of a specially configured switch on the controller. In the sports mode, the DJI Mavic Pro reaches top speeds of up to 6 5 kilometers per hour, making the compact Quadrocopter almost a racer. New is the  tripod mode of the DJI Mavic Pro: In Tripod mode toy, the maximum speed is reduced to only 3.6 kilometers per hour and the sensitivity of the remote control signals to a maximum via Thanks to the intelligent sensor technology, the DJI Mavic Pro hovers extremely accurately in this mode, which makes the tripod mode particularly suitable for recording landscapes and, on the other hand, for controlling indoor spaces.

Why Phantom 4: 4k Camera Self-Talking On Board

The DJI Mavic Pro is not only small and compact but also packed with all sorts of functions and technology. This includes a 3-axis stabilization system with 4K camera, the latter recording ultra-high-resolution 4K video at 30 frames per second or 1080p video at up to 120 frames per second. As with the DJI Phantom 4 or the flagship model DJI Inspire 1, detailed 12-megapixel photos can be recorded on the photoside, which can be saved in the conventional JPG format or alternatively in the DNG raw data format.

Gesture Control For Selfies And Co.

Of course, DJI also uses the compact DJI Mavic Pro to re-launch the”Selfie drone” and “Dronies”. So-called “dronies” are more popular than ever and show people from a spectacular perspective-perfect for reminder photos or the next Instagram post. The DJI Mavic Pro’snew gesture control system is helpful : If the camera of the DJI Mavic Pro is aimed at one person, the gesture control can be used to specify the arm so that the quadrocopter shoots a selfie.

Anti-Collision System Also Integrated With DJI Mavic Pro

Of course the DJI Mavic Pro also has intelligent flight modes and sensors. A total of five cameras, GPS signals and ultrasound sensors, which allow even more accurate and safe flight conditions, are worth mentioning. On the camera side are the two ultrasonic sensors on the Quadrocopter underside as well as the two ultrasound sensors on the front, which ultimately work together with the main camera. The anti-collision detection-presented for the first time with the DJI Phantom 4-is also missing in the DJI Mavic Pro. Compared to conventional infrared sensors of other systems, DJI’s anti-collision detection offers a range of well over three to five meters.Disadvantage: The 3D mapping using Mavic sensors in comparison to infrared sensors and thus the detection of obstacles is only possible with good light and visual conditions. For this purpose obstacles in distances of up to 15 meters and speeds of up to 36 km / h are reliably detected until the DJI Mavic Pro responds with appropriate evasive maneuvers or stops in time against obstacles. The anti-collision detection is also active in the Return To Home mode so that the DJI Mavic Pro is safe and collision-avoiding even when returning to the departure point.

Activetrack With New Modes (Trace, Profile, Spotlight)

At the same time the ActiveTrack system has also been improved: it now recognizes even more reliable objects such as animals, land and water vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians. In addition, the Active Track modes Trace, Profile and Spotlight provide new possibilities for automatically moving a moving object. In the  trace mode, the DJI Mavic Pro tracks the moving subject from the back or front, while the subject is  filmed from the side in  profile mode. In the  Spotlight mode, no flight path is specified-the camera of the DJI Mavic Pro is always oriented on the corresponding object and the trajectory can be selected intuitively as desired.

Dji Ocusync: New Member In The Dji Lightbridge Family

Most entry-level quadrocopters use a conventional WiFi connection to transfer the camera to a ground station (eg a smartphone). Often, the manufacturers provide linkages of at least one kilometer, but this is usually only possible by using directional antennas, thus changing the intensity of radiation in a certain direction. However, this also involves a limitation of the mobility during the flight, since the remote control and the aircraft must be optimally aligned with one another in order to achieve the high distances during the signal and image transmission. At the same time, it is difficult to restore a broken connection within a short time in order to be able to safely fly the aircraft home. Conventional WiFi connections, on the other hand, have not been designed for long-range distances and have, in particular, a high latency, thus a delay time, in the frame of the image transmission. Therefore, DJI decided to use the DJI Inspire 1 for the first time, instead of a conventional WiFi transmission technology, to use a digital transmission system called the  DJI Lightbridge.

The DJI Mavic Pro also uses digital transmission paths and has a significantly improved lightbridge system. For example, the new DJI OcuSync is capable of delivering high-resolution 1080p video (FullHD) at a distance of seven kilometers-compared to conventionalanalogue connections, thanks to improved signal compression and channel transmission-almost without latency, without color shading, without static interference Noticeable picture flickering or transmission problems. In fact, the DJI OcuSync has extremely low latencies-signal signals of the remote control are transmitted with only 5 ms of delay and video data or image data with a latency of 10 ms or 130 ms, respectively. Even if the maximum distance during the droning flight within Germany exceeds the legal level and the flight out of sight is generally illegal, the user benefits by a secure, comfortable and enormously stable as well as latency-free image and signal connection. The maximum download speed of photos and videos to the DJI GO app is 40 megabytes per second.

Conclusion And Outlook

The DJI Mavic Pro is probably the best aircraft that the Chinese manufacturer DJI Innovations currently has to offer. But is the DJI Mavic Pro the best quadrocopter on the market? Can you buy a Dji Mavic Pro? In view of its versatility, transportability and the proven DJI technologies, it remains to say: Yes! The DJI Mavic Pro is the absolute killer drone of the year 2016, in particular the high material quality, the various security systems and sensors, the enormously stable signal and image transmission, the high-resolution 4K camera together with the three-axis stabilization system and the numerous flight modes. Even GoPro’s new Karma Quadrocopter can barely keep up. With a  price of 1.199, -Euro the DJI Mavic Pro is even cheaper than the DJI Phantom 4-despite the same functional range at the same time much higher versatility. Bravo, DJI!