New unit uses a stabilised 4K camera, offers a range of 7kms, plus up to 27 minutes of flight time
DJI has introduced the Mavic Pro – a portable drone that can be folded down for use at almost any location – which features 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 Mavic Pro is designed to be ultra portable and quick to launch with four folding arms and propellers that tuck away against its body, allowing it to be carried in a purse or backpack. It can be operated by a long-range remote controller, or simply by your smartphone at shorter range. When controlled by a smartphone the whole system can be set up and airborne in under a minute.
New FlightAutonomy System
The Mavic Pro includes DJI’s new FlightAutonomy system, which is said to be, “a complex network of hardware and software consisting of five cameras, GPS and GLONASS navigation systems, a pair of ultrasonic range finders, redundant sensors and 24 powerful computing cores.”
The FlightAutonomy system is claimed to be able to position, navigate and plan routes for the Mavic Pro, enabling it to avoid obstacles in various environments, with or without the help of satellite signals, at speeds of up to 22mph (36kph).
Flight times and navigation
The unit uses DJI’s smallest-ever three-axis gimbal and its light and aerodynamic airframe, together with DJI’s propulsion and battery system, help to enable the Mavic Pro to fly for up to 27 minutes.
The unit can be switched to Sport Mode for speeds of up to 40mph (64.8kmph) and is said to remain stable in winds of up to 24mph (38.5kmph). It uses DJI’s GEO ‘geofencing’ system to help identify restricted areas, preventing flight in locations that might raise safety or security concerns automatically, and helping pilots make smarter decisions about when and where to fly.
As with all DJI drones the Mavic Pro means it is set to automatically return to its launch location if it ever loses contact with the controller or reaches critically low battery levels. A new ‘Precision Landing’ feature records a burst of video with two stereo cameras every time a Mavic Pro launches, then uses both video and satellite information when it returns to land “within an inch of where it took off”. If a pilot lets go of the controls, the drone will just hover in place.
Advanced stabilised camera system
The Mavic Pro unit’s 12 Megapixel camera records 4K video at 30fps and full 1080p HD at 96fps. The autofocus camera features a minimum focusing distance of just 19in (0.5m) and can be flipped 90 degrees to portrait mode for vertical selfies and video.
Remote controller and live view up to 1080p
A new compact remote controller can accommodate a smartphone or control the Mavic Pro on its own. Its built-in LCD screen displays essential telemetry data, while dedicated buttons for functions such as Return-to-Home and pausing during Intelligent Flight modes should help to ensure confident flights every single time. The video link system, ‘OcuSync’, supports a range up to 4.3 miles (7km) and live view resolutions up to 1080p.
The Mavic Pro is equipped with dual-band WiFi as a secondary link, allowing control via a smartphone for close range operation or for quick downloading of content from the Mavic Pro straight to your device. Using your phone’s touchscreen, you can use TapFly to direct Mavic Pro to go wherever you want, avoiding obstacles along the way.
An updated version of DJI’s ‘ActiveTrack’ recognises common subjects such as people, bicyclists, cars, boats and animals, which then sends Mavic Pro to follow behind, lead in front, circle above or track alongside the subject, keeping the camera focused on the subject while you concentrate on flight maneuvers. A new ‘Terrain Follow’ mode means that you can race up a slope behind a subject while remaining at a constant height between 1ft (0.3 m) and 33ft (10m).
A new ‘Tripod Mode’ is designed for indoor use, slowing and fine-tuning Mavic Pro’s position and angle based on controller movement inputs to allowing for precision framing and safe indoor flight.
Mavic Pro can pair up with DJI’s new immersive DJI Goggles, displaying an 85-degree view from the drone in full 1080p for a bird’s-eye view of the world below. Designed for aerial first-person view (FPV) applications, DJI Goggles allow you to flick between third person view and FPV in under a second. You can wear glasses while wearing the goggles and quit FPV mode instantly by flipping the mask up.
The DJI Mavic Pro unit can be ordered online at Apple.com and will be available in Apple Stores in early November.