Let me ask you something. What’s the best camera drone you can buy right now? Obviously it’s the one with the best camera right? Or maybe it’s the drone with the most features? What if I told you it was neither of those things? What if I told you that this carton of milk could be the best camera drone of the year. This is the DJI Mavic Pro.

What Is The Point Of The Mavic

This little drone contraption packed into the shape of a box is the DJI Mavic. It does everything that most people would expect from drones these days, in a package that’s small enough where you don’t need to question whether or not it’s worth bringing with you.

There are a lot of drones that have tried to achieve this, but all of them have failed in at least one aspect or another. Some companies have come out with drones that are portable, but lack a good gimbal for stabilization or a dedicated remote for precise controls when you need it. Before the Mavic, the drone that came the closest to being an all-in-one solution was the Phantom 4, but its size was still too large for people to carry it around for the entire day.

What Kind Of Things Can The Mavic Fit Into?

Unlike most of the other portable drones out there like the Karma from GoPro or the Snap from Vantage Robotics, the Mavic folds in on itself, which means the arms and props don’t stick out. This makes it insanely small. Since the Mavic is basically about the size of a large water bottle, this means you can put it inside almost any backpack or bag you can think of. Check out our Size article where we talk about it’s exact weight, size and show examples of all the things you can fit this drone into.

What’s the Dome On The Camera For?

If you didn’t already know, the Mavic comes with a little dome that you can use to protect the camera and gimbal. This is not meant to be used in flight as it produces a noticeable amount of glare. Think of this dome like the gimbal clamp that comes with the Phantom 4. It’s great for when you need to throw the Mavic in a bag without worrying about braking the gimbal.

What Specs Does The Mavic Have?

Despite it’s small size, the Mavic comes really close to beating the performance of the Phantom 4. The top speed is 40mph (5mph slower than the Phantom 4), but flight time is surprisingly the same. Both the Phantom 4 and Mavic are getting an average flight time of 22 minutes and the Max rated flight time is 27 minutes. Control range is where things get interesting. Somehow the little controller for the Mavic is able to achieve a distance of 4.3 miles (7km). That’s over a mile more range, although we haven’t tested this yet.

How Does The Mavic Fly?

As far as flight characteristics go, it seems like the mavic flies even better than the Phantom 4, maybe because of it’s smaller size. It definitely stays where you put it. Speaking of the Phantom 4, the Mavic also has front facing obstacle avoidance and so far it appears to work, but we’ll have to do more testing later to see if it’s improved.

Does It Shoot Good Video?

Since we have a bata version of the Mavic, I can’t give my full opinion on the video quality yet, but I will say that it looks good. it seems like sometimes it’s a bit less sharp on the edges compared to the Phantom 4. Maybe this is because the camera now has autofocus, so when filming close up, the main subject is sharp and the background is more out of focus. We will know more when the production units arrive, but for now I would say that the camera is more than adequate for this drone.

The 3 axis gimbal stabilizes the video really nicely for how small it is, and It seems like the propellers show up less than on the Phantom 4. One thing that’s cool about the Mavic is that the gimbal can rotate 90° for taking portrait photos or videos.

What we think about the DJI Mavic So Far

We’ve had the DJI Mavic for a few days now and after running it through its paces, I would say that the Mavic is everything we expected it to be, but there’s still a lot of new features that we haven’t tested yet. Some of these features are things like added GPS functionality to the Active Track mode seen on the Phantom 4. there’s also a few new visual tracking modes and a new terrain follow mode which keeps the mavic from hitting the ground when your flying over hills.