On Sept 28, 2016 DJI, the world leader in unmanned aerial technology release the DJI Mavic Pro. The most portable personal drone ever. The Mavic Pro is about the size of an iPhone 7 Plus. Due to it’s clever design that allows the wings to fold up into the body of the Mavic. The top two legs fold out and the bottom two legs fold up. The propellers are split and will move perfectly into place when the Mavic fires the rotors up.
The whole unit weighs just over one and half pounds with the battery and propellers installed and with the remote control I can fit both of them in an extremely small leather carrying pouch about the size of a toiletry bag.
The Mavic Pro has a completely different form factor than DJI’s Phantom drones. But when it comes to the components and software, the two have a lot in common. They share the same downward-facing optical flow sensors, allowing the drone to see the ground below it. Using that image, the Mavic Pro works to stabilize itself, and it’s rock solid, even in mild winds, when you take your hands off the controller and let it hover. Optical flow also allows the Mavic Pro to hold its position indoors when it doesn’t have a GPS signal. The Mavic even has a new “Tripod Mode” that is optimized for flying indoors or in tight conditions.
The camera and gimbal are very similar to what you find on the Phantom, only smaller. The camera uses the same sensor, shooting 4K video and 12 megapixel stills. The only difference is that the Mavic Pro doesn’t have as wide a field of view as the Phantom. The Mavic Pro does have the same forward-facing optical sensors as the Phantom 4, though, allowing it to detect obstacles and autonomously avoid crashes. It can also use its computer vision for gesture control. Wave your arms to have the drone lock onto you and frame your face with your hands to have it snap a photograph.
This is my favorite drone ever and I have owned several. But good look finding one, because Amazon isn’t shipping until Dec 1 and Apple Store won’t have them in stock until Dec 28th.