Do You Have A Question?
We get a lot of questions about the DJI Mavic and it’s honestly more than we can handle, so instead of answering hundreds of messages and comments individually, every frequently asked question will be answered on this page. Some answers will be short, some will be long and some will even have links that go to other articles on the site, but if you still don’t have a question answered you can leave a comment on this post and it will most likely be added to the FAQ. This is a work in progress so come back in the future for more info.
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How much does the Mavic Pro cost?
Is the Phantom 4 better than the Mavic Pro?
Is the Mavic easy enough to fly for a beginner?
Yes. The Mavic was designed with beginners in mind. Out of all the drones I’ve flown from Hubsans to the Inspire 1, the Mavic is the easiest to operate. It’s really stable, the controls aren’t too sensitive and if you feel like you’re drifting into something, just take your hands off the controls and it immediately will stop. The mavic has a lot of features like GPS and extra vision cameras to keep it stable , but you really don’t need to worry about all that because it knows when and how to use these sensors without you needing to set them up.
The biggest thing to remember when flying the mavic for the first time is that the compass needs to be calibrated. It’s an easy process that takes less than 20 seconds. Just follow what the app tells you to do. The other thing to remember is that the Mavic Pro has two eyes in the front just like a human, so obstacle avoidance only works if the obstacles are in front of you. This means it won’t avoid things that are behind it or on the sides.
Is there any Mavic Pro communities that I can join?
There are a few places you can go, but we recommend that you join our Mavic Pro Facebook group. We have thousands of members and lots of conversations being started there, so it’s a great place to share ideas, get more help with questions, get informed on future issues or concerns that people have and of course share your Mavic Pro videos and Photos.
Does the camera dome cover effect video quality?
What is the Flight Time Of the Mavic Pro?
What mobile devices does the Mavic Pro work with?
What are ND filters and do they work on the Mavic Pro camera?
Can the Mavic Pro Handle high winds?
Will the arms hold up after opening and closing them hundreds of times?
When will DJI Goggle be available?
If the drone is tracking you, how do you carry the remote?
How does wifi mode work?
Using the Mavic Pro controller is recommended to unlock all of its potential, but if you just want to fly using a mobile device, you can do that too. The wifi mode works by hosting a wifi hotspot which you then connect to with your phone. This means you don’t need an internet connection to fly the Mavic using just your mobile device. Wifi range is 240 feet (limited by a geofence around the operator).
Can I use the Mavic Pro with my iPad or other tablets?
Yes and no. You can use a tablet with the DJI controller, but there is currently no easy way of mounting it. The Mavic was intended to be an extremely portable device which is why there’s no tablet mount like on the Phantom 4. If you still want to use a tablet, you can either fly the drone without the controller over wifi, or use a long USB cable and put the tablet on a stand, tripod or table while you use the remote.
Does the Mavic have smooth gimbal tilt control?
Definitely! The Mavic Pro has a gimbal tilt wheel on the back that works just like the Phantom 4. There are a few settings for fine tuning it to your liking. You can control the gimbal wheel speed (under remote control settings), or if you want to get the smoothest shot possible you can go into the advanced gimbal settings.
In the advance settings section (under gimbal settings) you can control the gimbal tilt expo, enable upwards tilt and adjust the gimbal smooth track setting (for smoothing out your movements).
Can you use the Mavic as a handheld camera?
Yes and no. Using the wifi setting, you can hold your phone in one hand and the Mavic in the other to shoot video on the ground, but the arms in the back of the drone need to be folded out. If you don’t fold them out, they will interfere with the compass, which messes up the gimbal heading.
Can you control the camera from a second controller.
No. Since the Mavic Pro is more of a one person drone and the gimbal doesn’t rotate 360 degrees like the Inspire 1, there’s no dual controller option. However, you could have one person flying the mavic with the controller and another person holding an iPad connected to the controller through a long USB cable. Using the tablet you will have all of the control over the camera and the gimbal.
I still think learning how to use the drone better instead of giving someone else the mobile device is the best thing to do, because the pilot always controls the panning of the gimbal which is just as important as the tilt.
Can the Mavic be updated through software?
Yes. It’s actually easier to update than the Phantom. Just turn the Mavic and controller on, connect your smartphone and navigate to the DJI Go home page. If there’s an update, it will show up at the top of the screen with release notes. Once you press download and then install, the latest firmware will be downloaded and installed on the Mavic controller, Inertial measurement unit, electronic motor controllers, camera, and power management unit.
In other words, everything about the Mavic Pro can be updated wirelessly whenever there’s an update.