This updated DJI Mavic Pro review with frequently asked questions has all the important information on this superb fold up drone. The Mavic Pro is small and is packed with the latest drone innovations.
The Mavic Pro has some exciting new technology such as 3 new active tracking modes, even better hovering precision, more advanced 3D collision avoidance technology, gesture guidance, many intelligent flight modes including variant ground level flying and much more.
This first section of this Mavic Pro highlights and FAQs post will give you a nice overview of this quadcopter’s outstanding features.
Then, we answer the many frequently asked questions such as the Mavic Pro range, distance, max height, altitude, frequency, sensors, transmission, WiFi, gimbal, camera and much more.
There are also plenty of great Mavic Pro videos throughout.
DJI Mavic Pro Review And FAQs
Now, the Mavic Pro is not the latest DJI drone on the market. The latest quadcopter from DJI is the Mavic Air. It is smaller and has some tremendous features which are totally new. You can read further on this new quadcopter in our Mavic Air review.
However, the Mavic Pro has many benefits over the latest Mavic Air. These benefits include longer flight time and more cameras settings which are both very important.
We start off with a quick Mavic Pro review below, looking at it’s tremendous features, followed by all the Mavic Pro frequently asked questions.
DJI Mavic Models – Pro, Platinum And Alpine
There are now 3 versions of the DJI Mavic Pro. You have the standard Mavic Pro. The 2nd model is the Mavic Pro Platinum. Then only a few months ago, DJI released an Alpine white version of the Mavic Pro. There is more information on the Platinum Pro below.
Mavic Pro Distance Range For Live HD Transmission
The new DJI OcuSync transmission system allows the Mavic Pro to transmit live high definition video streaming at 1080p / 720p from a distance of up to 4.3 miles (7 kilometers). The Mavic Pro range is a big increase of almost 1.25 miles from other DJI models and is well ahead of the competition. The transmission of live video is one of the main reasons why drones of all types have become so popular.
Here is an excellent Mavic Pro distance test which shows the Mavic over some beautiful landscape.
If you would like to understand more about video transmission, then read this article on FPV Live Video, Antenna Gain And Range.
Mavic Pro Max Height
The Mavic Pro max height is listed in the specifications as follows. It has a max service ceiling above sea level of 16,404 feet (5000 meters) which is pretty amazing.
Service ceiling is the maximum altitude where a 100 foot per minute climb can be maintained. Above the service ceiling you should still be able to climb, but climb performance will be less than 100 feet per minute. Max operating altitude is the maximum altitude it will go. Both are theoretical as there are many factors that would determine the actual values.
Here is a link showing you the Mavic Pro height at 8200 feet over the island of Milos which is a volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea.
The Mavic Pro is flying longer than most other consumer drones. The Mavic Pro has an average of 27 minutes flight time with the Platinum having 30 minutes. A extra few minutes means more fun flying and filming.
Excellent Collision Avoidance System
The Mavic Pro has a new “FlightAutonomy” system using vision and ultrasonic sensors to see objects up to 49 feet in front (15 meters) and to avoid these obstacles.
The FlightAutonomy technology gives the Mavic Pro long range, high precision obstacle sensing. This new FlightAutonomy system scans its environment in 3D. This new FlightAutonomy system dramatically increases accuracy and helps the Mavic to locate obstacles around it.
FlightAutonomy is made up of 7 components, including 5 cameras (forward and downward dual vision sensors and the main camera), dual band satellite positioning (GPS and GLONASS), 2 ultrasonic rangefinders, redundant sensors and a group of 24 powerful, specialized computing cores.
In general, an ultrasonic range finder sensor enables a drone or robot to detect obstacles in its path by utilizing the propagation of high frequency sound waves. An ultrasonic range sensor such as the Vex EDR Ultrasonic Range Finder sensor emits a 40 kHz sound wave, which bounces off a reflective surface and returns to the sensor.
Then, using the amount of time it takes for the wave to return to the sensor, the distance to the object can be computed. To increase the sensing range, the sensor can be mounted to a servo to allow it to rotate.
The Mavic Pro has cameras on the left and right side along. The cameras on the front of the Mavic are fixed in place using an an aluminum bracket to ensure the optimum alignment of the vision sensor lenses.
Dual Forward And Downward Vision Sensors
As the Mavic flies, dual forward and downward vision sensors measure the distance between itself and obstacles by taking photos from all four cameras and using the information to create a 3D map which tells it exactly where obstacles are.
The dual forward and downward vision sensors require visible light to function, and can see as far as 49 feet (15 meters) in front in bright light.
With forward and downward vision sensors active, the Mavic can fly with total stability indoors or outdoors. The Mavic Pro can detect and avoid or stop before an obstacle which it sees, making flying safer and more reliable.
This obstacle avoidance system is activated in every Intelligent Flight Mode including all ActiveTrack modes, TapFly and Terrain Follow.
It is also available during automatic Return to Home, so that the Mavic can easily make its way back without bumping into anything in its path.
Super Still Hovering
Using the new “FlightAutonomy” sensor system, the Mavic drone hovers perfectly still. There is no other drone on the market which can hover as perfectly still as the Mavic.
Mavic Pro Frequency
The Operating Frequency of the Mavic Pro remote controller is 2.4GHz to 2.483. The Mavic Pro WiFi operating frequency is 2.4G / 5G.
4K Video On A High Precision Gimbal
For its size the Mavic has a tremendously precise 3 axis gimbal camera which uses every pixel on its sensor. The video and stills shots are just perfect. The Mavic can capture 4k video at 30 frames per second. Here are some of the Mavic video camera highlights:
Sensor – 1/2.3” (CMOS), Effective pixels:12.35 M (Total pixels:12.71 M)
Lens FOV: 78.8° 28 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.2 with distortion of < 1.5% Focus from 0.5 m to ∞
ISO Range: 100-3200 (video)
Shutter Speed: 8s -1/8000s
Max Image Size: 4000×3000
Video Recording Modes as Follows:
C4K: 4096×2160 24p
4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
2.7K: 2704×1520 24/25/30p
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p
HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
ActiveTrack Intelligent Flight Modes
The ActiveTrack flight system has 3 modes which allow tracking of an object or person from many different angles allowing for very unique aerial filming and photography shots. The 3 ActiveTrack Modes are as follows;
- Trace – Follow behind, in front or circle a subject as it moves
- Profile – Fly alongside a person or object
- Spotlight – Keep the Mavic camera trained on an object while you fly almost anywhere
Same Level Flying Over Uneven Ground
The Mavic can be programmed to fly at the same level above the ground. For example if you are jogging or cycling up a steep hill with the Mavic following you, it will stay at the same level precisely as it follows you up the hill.
New Gesture Mode
With the Mavic in the air and pointing towards you, all you need to is to make a simple frame gesture and the Mavic Pro will take a drone selfie of you.
Very Responsive Remoter Controller
The Mavic RC is very precise to your touch. Everyone who has flown the new Mavic are delighted with the precision responsiveness of the Mavic remote control. It is the best to date and makes flying tremendously easy.
Fly With Just Your Phone
You don’t need to always fly using the remote controller. The Mavic can easily be controlled using your smartphone.
DJI Go App
If you have flown any of the DJI models, you will be familiar with the very easy and intuitive DJI Go App. The Mavic also uses the Go App so there is no new software or flight application to get used to.
The DJI Go App allows you to fly the drone and see everything which the drone sees. It also contains all the flight and drone data. This also includes autonomous flight modes and camera settings. With the DJI Go App, you have total control and confidence as you fly.
Difference Between Mavic Pro and Platinum Pro
The new Mavic Pro platinum has the following over the normal Mavic
- Quieter by 4 decibels. The Mavic quadcopter is a pretty quiet anyhow with the Mavic Pro Platinum even quieter.
- Longer flight time to approximately 30 minutes. Well a few minutes of more fun in the sky.
- Longer hover time to 27 minutes.
- New sleek Platinum finish making it look just beautiful.
Can The Mavic Pro Be Used For Surveying, 3D Mapping And Modelling
Yes. Many companies are using the Mavic Pro for commercial photography and filming as it flies super stable, has an excellent camera and many manual camera settings. It also hovers superbly still and flies very well indoors making it ideal for many sectors such as surveying, filming property and golf courses etc.
The Mavic Pro can also be used for creating 3D maps and models. The Mavic Pro captures excellent still shots and using a top 3D mapping and modelling software, then you can generate excellent 3D data output.
Mavic Quadcopter – What’s In The Box
The basic Mavic Pro quadcopter, will give you everything in the below list. However, you can get a “DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo” package, which will give you quite a few extras including a nice carry case, extra batteries, extra propellers, car charger and more.
There is a new Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom on the market, which are absolutely superb.
This also means that the Mavic Pro is really coming down in price with even better bundle offers. The Mavic Pro really is a fantastic drone and even better value than ever now.
Here is what comes with the Mavic Pro when you purchase the standard package.
- Intelligent Flight Battery
- Gimbal Cover
- Remote Controller
- 3 Pairs of Mavic Propellers
- Mavic Gimbal Clamp
- Power Cable
- 16 GB Micro SD Card
- Micro USB Cable
- RC Cable (Lightning connector)
- RC Cable (Standard Micro USB connector)
- 2 x RC Cable Slider
- 4 x Manuals
This next video takes you around the Mavic Pro and shows off its features.
Mavic Pro Review – Frequently Asked Questions
What are the main differences between the Mavic and Phantom 4?
The Mavic is smaller, lighter, and easier to carry because of its foldable design. The new OcuSync transmission system has a longer transmission range and 1080p resolution. Due to its larger size, the Phantom 4 has a higher maximum speed and can withstand stronger winds.
Both the Phantom 4 and Mavic have collision avoidance with the latest of this technology being on the Mavic. However, new features are always added by DJI through firmware updates.
Is there any difference between the Mavic and Phantom 4 camera?
The two cameras have the same features. However, the Mavic’s camera has a smaller field of view (FOV) and is able to focus as closely as 1.64 feet (0.5 meters). The Mavic camera can also be rotated 90° for portrait shots and selfies.
The Phantom 4 has a larger FOV which makes it better suited for landscape aerial photography and filming. The Mavic is perfect for following and filming people and objects. The Mavic’s autonomous intelligent flight modes focus on this type of filming and photography. The Phantom 4 Pro has many more intelligent autonomous flight modes which give it more filming and photography options.
Will the Mavic Folding Joints Wear Out?
The folding mechanism has been tested to last at least 5000 folds so the foldable mechanism will last a very long time.
Mavic Remote Controller / WiFi Questions
What is the difference between using the Mavic Pro WiFi vs RC with smartphone?
The Mavic RC uses DJI’s new OcuSync transmission technology giving it a much increased range of up to 4.3 miles (7 km) in open areas without interference. As with all DJI systems, the Mavic is fully FCC compliant.
When using a smartphone connected via WiFi, the controllable range is 262 feet (80 meters) and maximum altitude is 164 feet (50 meters). This makes it great for short-range shots like selfies and for setting up ActiveTrack. You can also download photos and videos directly from the Mavic to your mobile device using the WiFi.
How do I switch between the two controller modes?
First, switch off your Mavic. Next, open the small cover on the right hand side of the Mavic drone. Slide the switch to the left to enable WiFi control, or to the right to use the Mavic Remote Control.
What size of smartphone can fit into the Mavic remote controller?
The Mavic remote controller can fit smartphones between 6.5 to 8.5 milometers thick and up to 160 milometers long, without a phone case. Phones and tablets larger than this do not fit the remote controller’s device holder.
Can a regular USB cable be used to connect the phone and remote controller?
Yes. However, for the best experience, DJI recommend that you use a dedicated Mavic Remote Controller Cable to connect your phone.
What Remote Controller Cables come with the Mavic when purchased?
2 cables. One which has a Lightning connector and the other cable is the standard Micro-USB connector.
What is the default Mavic WiFi password and SSID?
For security reasons, each Mavic has its own specially assigned SSID and password which can be found on a sticker on one of the forearms of the Mavic. You will also find this information on the inside of the battery compartment.
For your first use, you can also scan the QR code with the DJI GO app to connect to the aircraft, or enter the password manually under your phone’s WiFi settings. This QR code scanning is only available for Android devices.
Can I use other QR code apps to scan the QR code and connect to the aircraft via WiFi?
No. You must only use the DJI GO app to connect to your aircraft.
How can I set a new Mavic WiFi password and SSID?
Connect to your Mavic using WiFi. Next, enter Camera View and enter WiFi settings to manually set the SSID and password.
How do I reset the Mavic WiFi password back to default?
Turn on the Mavic in WiFi mode, press the linking button and hold for 5 seconds.
What is the benefit of having a dual-band WiFi?
The 2.4G WiFi frequency was developed a long time ago. The 5G WiFi is newer with The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the spectrum for 5G, including the 28 Gigahertz, 37 GHz and 39 GHz bands, on July 14, 2016.
As 2.4G is older, more devices use this frequency, making it more likely to suffer from interference.
5G is less prone to interference as there are less 5G devices, but not all phones support the 5G frequency. You can switch between these two frequency bands in the WiFi Settings menu in the DJI GO app.
Mavic Propulsion Questions
Do I have to take the propellers off when travelling?
No. You just need to fold the propellers.
What will happen if the propellers are not fully unfolded when I try to fly?
Once the rotors start spinning, the centrifugal force will automatically push the propellers and fix them into the correct position, so you don’t need to worry about not having unfolded them perfectly.
What’s the Mavic Pro highest wind resistance?
The Mavic can withstand a level 5 wind, also called a fresh breeze. This is defined as wind speeds of 19–24 mph (29 –38 km/h).
What distance can the Mavic fly on a single battery charge?
In calm weather and under ideal conditions, the Mavic can fly up to 8 miles (13 km range) at 31 mph (50 km/h). Real-world performance will vary though, so we urge you to monitor your battery level at all times.
Why does the Mavic have a longer flight time than hover time?
The rotor system is optimized for forward flight and its aerodynamic design is designed for flying at the optimum speed for energy consumption.
Therefore the Mavic consumes less energy when flying than when it is hovering. This is why it is able to give you a 27 minute flight time, while the hover time is 24 minutes.
Mavic Pro Max Altitude Or How High Can The Mavic Fly
The Mavic Pro has a max altitude (max service ceiling about sea level) of 16,404 feet (5000 meters).
The absolute ceiling is the highest altitude at which an aircraft can sustain level flight, which means the altitude at which the thrust of the engines at full power is equal to the total drag at minimum drag speed.
In other words, it is the altitude where maximum thrust (or power) available from the engines equals the minimum thrust required to keep the aircraft flying at a constant height and speed.
At absolute ceiling, therefore, even with maximum power, the aircraft can no longer accelerate or climb. Stated technically, it is the altitude where the maximum sustained (with no decreasing airspeed) rate of climb is zero.
Mavic Video Transmission
What is the main benefit of the OcuSync video transmission system?
The OcuSync transmission gives a range of up to 4.3 miles (7 km) with improved resistance to interference and a higher transmission throughput. At shorter ranges it can stream footage at 1080p resolution and also allows photo and video downloads at 40Mb/s.
What is the resolution of the live view transmitted using OcuSync?
1080p/30 fps for near field transmission and 720p/60 fps for far-field transmission.
What is OcuSync’s transmission latency?
160 milliseconds from the Mavic’s camera to your device screen under ideal conditions.
DJI Mavic Pro Sensors System
What is the difference between quick and advanced calibration?
When the Vision System fails to function normally, you can do a quick calibration in the DJI GO app or connect the Mavic quadcopter to a computer to perform the advanced calibration for higher precision.
What is the difference between the Mavic Vision Positioning System and an Optical Flow Vision Positioning System?
The Mavic combines dual forward and downward vision sensors for precision hovering. It requires no more than a patterned surface and enough available light to be able to hover very stable up to 42.6 feet (13 meters) above the ground.
If the Mavic is unable to identify reference points on the ground, it can still rely on its forward vision sensors to hover. With an Optical Flow system, it requires information from ultrasonic sensors to supplement its view of patterned surfaces.
An example of the difference between the two systems is when the aircraft is returning to you where you are standing on a balcony.
When flying in over the balcony, a drone using Optical Flow will receive data from two data sources which measure its height above the below surface differently with one being its height above the ground, and another the height above the balcony. As the data is not compatible, an Optical Flow system may become confused.
Another example is when the ground below the drone is covered by vegetation. Plants and trees do not reflect sound as well as other surfaces, causing the Optical Flow system’s ultrasonic sensors to be unable to gather altitude data.
In conclusion, the Mavic’s superb Intelligent Vision Positioning System requires fewer inputs and is therefore more robust in its functionality.
What is the minimum distance and maximum flight speed at which the Mavic can fly while avoiding obstacles?
The Mavic will avoid obstacles 50 feet (15 meters) in front of it. The maximum speed at which the Mavic is able to avoid obstacles is 22 mph (30 km/h).
What are the conditions required for Precision Landing?
Precision Landing is an upgraded version of GPS RTH (Return-To-Home). It needs a GPS signal strong enough to initiate Precision Landing, so that the Mavic can be navigated back to the vicinity of the take-off point.
Then, the aircraft needs to be able to visually recognize the pattern of the ground it took off from, for example cracks or other identifiable patterns. A uniform patch of sand, however, is not suitable for Precision Landing.
Finally, the Mavic needs to capture footage of the ground during take-off to record its appearance. This means that you should give the Mavic sufficient time during its ascent, instead of flying away immediately after take-off.
DJI Mavic Charging Questions
Can the Mavic’s charger charge both its Intelligent Flight Battery and its remote controller?
Yes, it can charge a battery and two other devices simultaneously via USB. Note, that it will take longer to fully charge both devices.
Does the Mavic’s battery support quick charging?
Yes. The Mavic’s intelligent flight battery supports quick charging at nearly 2 cycles (understanding battery life), with a maximum charging power of 100 watt. The rated power of Mavic Battery Charger is 50 watt, and the rated power of the Mavic Car Charger is 78 watt. When using the Mavic Advanced Charging Hub with a 100 watt adapter, the battery can be charged at 100 watt.
What is a Battery Charging Hub? What is the difference between the two versions of the Mavic Charging Hubs?
The two Charging Hubs can charge up to 4 batteries at any one time. In order to fully charge the first battery as quickly as possible, the Intelligent Flight Batteries are charged in sequence according to their power levels, from high to low. This gives you the fastest way of getting all your batteries fully charged.
There are two main differences between the two Charging Hubs. The standard Charging Hub only supports the Mavic’s 50 watt Battery Charger and the Mavic Car Charger, while the advanced version also supports the 100 watt Battery Charger and Car Charger from the Phantom 4.
Also, the advanced battery charging hub version will balance the voltage of each battery cell to improve charging efficiency. When one battery’s charging enters the second-half of its charging phase, the next battery will enter the first-half of its charging phase.
With 4 batteries all at 15%, the advanced charger can get 4 batteries fully charged in 140 minutes using the Phantom 4 100 watt charger, while the standard version will need 270 minutes with the Mavic 50 watt charger.
What is the Mavic’s battery to Power Bank adapter?
This adapter can be connected to the Mavic’s Intelligent Flight Battery, turning it into a power bank. With its high capacity, an Intelligent Flight Battery at 25% charge can fully charge the Mavic’s controller, or an iPhone 6.
What is the maximum output current for the Mavic battery to Power Bank adapter?
The adapter has two USB ports which can be used simultaneously. The output voltage is 5V, and the max current is 2A + 2A.
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