DJI Mavic - The ultimate portable drone - available now!


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The pace the drone industry moves at is terrifying. If you’d have told me last year I could have an aerial camera drone with all the functionality of the Phantom 4, but that could fold up and fit in my pocket, I wouldn’t have believed you. And yet, here we are.

The DJI Mavic is freakin’ tiny. It hits you the moment you see the box, which is about a third the size of a Phantom 4 box. Then it hits you again when you pull the drone out – I havegenuinely had sandwich rolls bigger than this thing. It fits easily in the pocket of a pair of cargo pants, if you’re the type of person who still rocks those.

The controller: tiny. The charger: tiny. Even the batteries look novelty size next to the Phantom gear I’m used to. The whole kit can be thrown in a backpack with plenty of room for everything else.


Mind you, once you open the propeller arms out and the self-straightening props open themselves out, the Mavic looks a lot closer to the size of a Phantom. And once you’ve opened the little bottom arms out and stuck your phone in the controller, that feels plenty solid in your hand too.

That’s the essential magic trick here: the Mavic crams about 95 percent of what the Phantom 4 can do into a package that redefines portability in the segment. Seriously, it makes GoPro’s Karma drone look huge and bulky

Setup and teardown

The box the Mavic comes in is a very convenient and handy size for chucking in a bag, so you might well find you don’t need to bother getting anything better to cart it about in.

Once you’re at the spot, you unfold the arms of the drone – careful, the front and rear arms fold on different axes – and pull off the domed camera cover. There’s also a small plastic gimbal lock that slides off before you can fly the drone.
The Mavic’s 8-and-a-bit-inch (21 cm) props are themselves an ingenious folding arrangement. They attach to the motors with the same quick push-turn-lock system as the quick release props on the P4 and Inspire series drones, but they fold in half to keep the Mavic super compact. When you start the drone up, the blades fling themselves out to full width in an instant and you’re off.
The remote control unfolds just as quickly. You simply pop the aerials up, pull the bottom arms out and apart, and wedge your phone in the middle of them, putting the screen under the thumb controls. I think I actually prefer this arrangement to the wobbly phone/tablet holder on the Phantom drones, but it should be noted, you can’t use anything bigger than a phablet-sized phone as your screen.

Teardown is super quick: fold the props, fold the arms, gimbal lock, domed camera cover, phone out, arms in, aerials in, throw it in the box and go.

Basic Flight

Like everything DJI makes for the consumer market, the Mavic is simple, stable and a pleasure to fly. It’s got all the Phantom 4’s forward-facing obstacle avoidance tech built in, so it’ll warn you when you’re coming close to something and even prevent you from flying into it in standard mode – provided the obstacle is in front of the drone.

It’s nowhere near the powerhouse the Phantom 4 is, though. In sport mode, the Mavic’s about as quick, powerful and responsive as the Phantom 4 is in standard mode, with a top speed around 40 mph (65 km/h). In standard mode, frankly it feels a bit slow and careful for me, with a very limited tilt angle and ponderous vertical ascent speed. I should say, though, that once you’ve got the drone to the spot you want to film from, standard mode makes it easier to get a smooth shot.
The Phantom drones get pushed around a little bit on a windy day, but they’re nearly twice the weight of the Mavic. And that certainly makes a difference. On a windy day, the Mavic finds itself working overtime to stay in one spot.

And that susceptibility to a strong breeze makes things all the more nervous considering the huge transmission range the Mavic enjoys – up to 7km in open terrain while still streaming back beautiful quality to the handset. If you’ve got to fight a breeze to get the drone home from a ways out, particularly over the water, it can be a slightly hairy experience.

One other surprise I found kind of neat was the way the Mavic lands. It won’t let you fly below about a foot and a half over the ground, but if you hold the throttle stick down it will commence its own automatic landing, taking some of the bounce and drag out of your typical camera drone landing.

While it’s descending, you can still move it horizontally for precise positioning. Once I got over the initial annoyance at the loss of control, I actually found myself liking it. But you do need to be careful where you put this thing down, because the props are much closer to the ground than on a Phantom, and can easily get wrapped up in long grass.


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