The Video Mode took DJI's 4K Mavic Pro out for a flight to give our first thoughts on its capabilities

DJI’s Mavic Pro is a highly portable 4K drone that can be folded down for use at almost any location, either outdoors or indoors. It is DJI’s most compact model to date and amongst its features are a stabilised 4K 12 Megapixel camera, a visual navigation system, a 4.3 mile (7km) range and up to 27 minutes of flight time. The Video Mode took a closer look recently when we got the chance to take it out flying.

The Mavic Pro’s arms fold into its body with the propellers still attached. With a folded size of just 83mm in both height and width, and a length of 198mm, not only does this make for a compact drone that’s easily carried and stored it also massively decreases the set-up time in comparison to other drones.

Intelligent flight modes
There are various intelligent flight modes on the Mavic Pro including Active Track, where the drone can track around the subject or side-to-side, following the subject as they move. Other modes include Sports Mode, where the Mavic Pro is capable of reaching speeds of 40mph, and Gesture Mode to set a timed photograph. Tap Fly mode lets you direct the drone with a single tap; Tripod Mode adds stability and Wave Point mode is for sufficient and accurate GPS following of wave points placed by the pilot.

Shooting at 60Mbps in 4K at 24p, 25p and 30p or Full HD from 24p through to 60p and 96p the 1/2.3″ sensor topped with a built-in 28mm f/2.2 lens is more than capable of picking up those cinematic shots we all desire from a drone.

Stabilisation, GPS & landing features
With the use of a three-axis stabilisation gimbal – DJI’s smallest ever such gimbal – the Mavic Pro’s new technology allows for a clear, smoother and more stable shot. Newly developed safety features include an advanced GPS system. Working along with the drone’s intelligent sensors the drone registers tress and buildings, placing them on its GPS and enabling it to take a more efficient route in such a location.

The Forward Vision system has a detectable range of 48 to 98 feet and an obstacle sensor range of two to 49 feet. The Mavic Pro also has a Precision Landing mode which records bursts of video upon takeoff – by doing this it is then able to match the recorded video with a live view in order to safely land in the precise location it took off from. This is perfect for flying when out on a boat or for filming from a jetty with water on either side of the drone’s takeoff position.

Find out more…
To find out more about the DJI Mavic Pro drone just click on the video window at the top of this page to watch our ‘First Look’ video. You can also read our initial coverage of the Mavic Pro’s launch by clicking here.