DJI looks to fly away from their competition with the announcement of their newest drone: the Mavic Pro.
The Mavic is DJI’s first compact foldable drone. At just over a pound and a half, it's also DJI’s smallest drone. When folded, it fits into most backpacks and purses. One of the more impressive highlights is the gesture control feature. Fly your drone in front of you and put down your controller. Wave your arms to have it follow you or put your hands in front of your face for a selfie.
Other unique features include a flying max speed of 40mph, the ability to stream video up to 4.3 miles away (further than DJI’s larger drones like the Phantom 4), as well as the ability an live stream at 1080p compared to the Phantom 4's 720p.
While the remote is the smallest DJI has produced, the Mavic is the first DJI drone that is capable of flying without a remote. The drone is powered by Android and comes with an LCD display. It also has a 4K, 12 megapixel camera and 3 axis gimbal. Concerned the size may impact the battery life? Don’t be, it’ll last 27 minutes in the air.
The Mavic is a direct competitor to GoPro's Karma drone that was introduced last week. Both are foldable, but the Mavic gains an advantage with added sensors that provide obstacle avoidance, the gesture control feature, as well as a smaller price tag.
Looking to buy one for the holidays? The Mavic is available today to order for an Oct 15th delivery and will cost $749 without a remote and $999 with a remote. If you are looking for the additional accessories including the backpack, it’ll cost $1,299.
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