DJI Mavic Pro, A Tiny New Drone With ‘Big Boy’ Features!

The Karma drone sold starting October 23 and doesn’t have a preorder option. Also, DJI has ensured that the drone comes with reduced dependency on the remote control and most of the controls including take off, fly, return to home and land can be accessed on the smartphone.

Even though the Mavic Pro is smaller and more powerful, DJI told Quartz that the Phantom line of drones isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, as some customers own accessories they’ll want to keep using, and because the larger Phantoms handle a little better in strong wind.

Transmission range: Mavic Pro’s OcuSync transmission system offers up to 4.3 miles (7km) range. DJI has also upgraded its Active Track (“follow me”) by adding three new functions. DJI will also offer a Mavic Pro Fly More Combo bundle which includes a Mavic Pro, two flight batteries, extra propellers, a charging hub, an adapter, a vehicle charger and shoulder bag for $1,299.

The Mavic Pro comes with a 3-axis gimbal, that carries a 12MP, 4K-ready custom-built camera.

The camera uses the same sensor as the Phantom 4, shooting 4K video at 30 fps and full 1080p HD at 96 fps.

It also folds down to easily fit inside a purse or a small backpack, while maintaining the same camera sensor as the Phantom 4, with 4K/30fps and 1080p/96fps video and 12-megapixel stills. The new smaller controller is also looks great and has improvements, but there is an option for phone only control. Karma offers 20 minutes of flight and doesn’t have a camera, requiring additional purchase of a compatible GoPro camera.

Shenzhen, China-based DJI on Tuesday unveiled its Mavic Pro quadcopter, which beats GoPro’s Karma on portability and price. The drone also has an auto landing system that brings it back to its launch location when the drone loses contact with the controller or when the battery is critically low.

But, by far, the coolest feature of the Mavic Pro is its ability to follow you without holding a controller, thanks to DJI’s image recognition system that can lock the camera on anything in the frame. And you’ll be able to buy it at your local Apple Store. It can be controlled with most smartphones or with DJI’s smallest remote yet. However, the DJI Mavic Pro is believed to be the only gadget with the ideal combination of high performance and compact body.

Ar 40 miles per hour, it can fly almost as fast as DJI’s Phantom 4 drone (45 mph) and gets nearly the same amount of flight time – 27 minutes of flight time compared to the Phantom 4’s 28 minute span. The headset is yet to be priced, but you can see it in action in the video below. On top of that, the Mavic Pro is also cheaper than the Karma. However, the company hasn’t yet announced availability or pricing for the wearable. “Mavic Pro is a technological triumph filled with features that once again show how DJI leads the industry”.

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