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Drone manufacturer DJI has just announced the DJI Mavic Pro, a small portable drone that looks set to rival the GoPro Karma launched at Photokina 2016.
The small Mavric Pro features a built-in 4K video camera mounted on the front and the four rotors that have been designed to fold in around the body. This like the GoPro Karma has been designed so that the drone can easily be packed down and popped into a bag for easy transport. As yet we haven’t heard the exact dimensions from DJI, but full details will follow soon.
Flight times are always an issue and DJI has quoted a reasonable 27 minutes, which is in line with the Phantom 4.
DJI Mavic Pro Camera
The DJI Mavic Pro small camera records 4K video at 30fps and full 1080p HD at 96fps. As well as video you can also quickly switch to the stills photography mode to capture stunning aerial shots with the 12-megapixel camera.
What’s more, the DJI Mavic Pro camera can be flipped 90 degrees to shoot in portrait format and offers a minimum focusing distance of 19in.
The drone’s camera has full Adobe DNG RAW support and the files have been tuned for the capture of aerial imagery. The compact front mounted gimbal supports and stabilises the cameras and will enable you to shoot 2-second-long exposures in the air to capture never before seen shots.
Drone pilots can fly the DJI Mavic Pro in one of two ways: the long-range remote controller or by using a smartphone at shorter range. When using a smartphone to control the drone, DJI says you can get the whole system set up and airborne in just under a minute.
The new DJI drone operates on the back of the company’s new FlightAutonomy system, which is a network of five cameras, GPS and GLONASS navigation systems, a pair of ultrasonic range finders, redundant sensors and 24 computing cores.
FlightAutonomy helps the Mavic Pro navigate and plan routes whilst avoiding obstacles by providing a speed-range envelope to make the new DJI drone self-navigational in various intelligent flight modes. In fact, DJI says the Mavic Pro and will avoid most obstacles at speeds up to 22 mph.
DJI says its new drone can also remain stabile in winds up to 24mph (38.5kph) and employs DJI’s GEO geofencing system to tell it when an area is restricted and should be avoided.
The Mavic Pro can also be switched to a new Sport Mode, which allows it to reach speeds of up to 40 mph (64.8 kph), while a new Precision Landing feature records a burst of video with two stereo cameras every time Mavic Pro launches, then uses both video and satellite information when it returns to land within an inch of where it took off.
In other words, if you let go of your controls, the Mavic Pro will simply hover in place.
DJI has also redesigned the remote controller to offer better ergonomics and more dedicated buttons for functions such as Return-to-Home and pausing during Intelligent Flight modes.
Its video link system, OcuSync, supports a range up to 4.3 miles (7 km) and live view resolutions up to 1080p, and the Mavic Pro’s dual-band WiFi allows you to use your smartphone for close-range operation or downloading photos or video from the drone.
We’ll bring you more details as we get them but for now here’s a small taster of what’s to come from the official DJI video of the Mavic Pro.