DJI just revealed their latest drone – the DJI Mavic Pro. It may have also just killed the GoPro Karma before it has even been released. A little more than a week ago when GoPro unveiled the Karma drone, the tech world was excited! Here was a 4K drone with an okay battery life of 20 minutes, with a BIG feature of being portable. Drones, for the most part, have been bulky requiring large cases to carry them in. The GoPro Karma was different. With foldable arms, it streamlined its footprint to something that would fit in most backpacks. That was why people were so excited.
DJI Mavic Pro Size
DJI Mavic Pro just made the GoPro Karma dead on arrival. As a leader in drones for the prosumer market, they have just been getting better and better. Today, they released the DJI Mavic Pro, a 4K drone with a 27 minute flight time that is so compact it fits into your hand. Size wise, when folded down it measures 198mm long, 83mm wide and 83mm high. It also weighs just 743 grams. The Karma when folded measures 365mm long, 224mm wide and 90mm high. It weighs 1006 grams.
The DJI Mavic Pro shoots 4K at 30FPS, or in 1080p up to 96FPS. The field of view is 78-degrees which is a little less than the Phantom 4 (94-degrees). It also has a maximum speed of 65 km/h and a streaming range of 6.9 kilometers. Naturally, you’ll be able to stream direct to Facebook Live or Periscope.
Control the DJI Mavic Pro from the Sky
The controller features dual control sticks, a docking bay for your smartphone and a small display that shows important information about the drone, location and connectivity. The DJI Mavic Pro has five vision sensors, two range finders, GPS, GLONASS and a few other systems as well. It also features a tracking mode that will keep a subject in frame and a selfie mode that shoots photos when you wave. It also will do all the hard work for you with TapFly, where you tap where you want it to go and it will maintain elevation (if it changes during flight).
Coolest of all, they have a pair of First Person Goggles ready to go with the Mavic Pro. You’ll be able to fly like a bird, experiencing direct views from the camera as you soar through the skies. Amazingly, the DJI Mavic Pro is available for $750 – though that does not include the remote or the goggles. Adding the remote and the price hits $1000, and adding two extra batteries, charge hub, extra propellers, adapter, car charger and bag for $1300.