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The DJI Mavic Pro is a special drone to us. It was launched in the fall of 2016, which is around the time we started covering drones at large on our sites. We often give this compact, folding drone credit for changing the landscape of the consumer drone market, and we stand by that claim today, just as we still fly this machine for fun now and then.

At launch, there were no other drones on the market that offered the same camera features and quality in such a portable design. At the official announcement, the Mavic Pro was unveiled in a water bottle pouch. I often carry this drone in the large cargo pockets of my shorts.

Since then, many competitors have emulated the design and features, and DJI has introduced an update in the Mavic 2 drones. The question is, is the Mavic Pro still worth it for 2020?

FLIGHT TIME

27

Minutes

CAMERA

4K

30 FPS


SPEED

40

MPH (65 KPH)

RANGE

4.3

MILES

DJI Mavic Pro

POSITIVES

Versatile, folding drone
Powerful drone for its size
Folds down for simple transport
Inspired many similar machines and a line of Mavic drones
Easy to operate
Solid flight features
Good obstacle avoidance
Ocusync connectivity

NEGATIVES

Obstacle avoidance in limited directions
Older camera sensor is not as good as newer drones
Joysticks on remote do not remove for transport

Dronerush Score

9.0 9.2

User SCOREYour Score

Bottom Line

The DJI Mavic Pro inspired many similar drones, and remains one of the better compact, folding drones on the market. As one of the first consumer drones with a fully-stabilized 3-axis gimbal, housing a reliable 4K camera, the Mavic Pro was easily one of the best drones on the market when it was new. Several years after launch, the Mavic...

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Mavic Pro Overview

Measuring about 9 inches long, the Mavic Pro is about the same wide when unfolded, but gets as narrow as 3.5 inches when folded. The propellers fold as well, and tuck in nicely to create a compact profile for transport.

Portability is a huge selling feature for the Mavic Pro, but how the machine handles in the air is part of the appeal. It is not fair to say that flight is easy, many drone manufacturers struggle with the finer points of the best flight features. DJI proved with the Mavic Pro that they nailed it.

DJI Mavic Pro review

Granted, the Phantom line of drones offered stable flight, including an impressively stationary hover, the Mavic Pro shrunk it down. Better yet, the Mavic Pro shipped at a lower price tag than the typical Phantom drone, putting pro drone flight into more people’s hands.

Some hard specs, the Mavic Pro has enough battery to stay airborne for almost half an hour, and can hit a little over 40 mph while it’s up there. The camera was one of the smallest on the market to offer 4K video capture. That’s a 12MP, 1/2.3-inch sensor. A common sensor size in many drones now.

Solid camera specs and capture capabilities are enhanced by a fully stabilized 3-axis gimbal. You can manually control much of the camera angle, and some is handled automatically to keep the image flat while the drone tilts. The gimbal tilts, turns and spins from straight down to a little way up, half of a right angle to the sides and rotates a full 90 degrees to capture portrait images along with landscape photos.

Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic Pro

November 2016

Release Date

The DJI Mavic Pro is a compact, folding drone that was a pioneer for portability. This quadcopter folds down to fit easily in a backpack, or large pocket, while opening up to take 4K video to over 40mph in the sky. The 3-axis stabilized gimbal offers very smooth footage and OcuSync enables long range and HD live video streaming. The Phantom line of drones may have established DJI as a leader in the consumer drone market, but the Mavic Pro made high-quality aerial photography fun and highly accessible.

 

The DJI Mavic Pro is available in several packages, but mainly you can get the drone alone or bump up to the Fly More combo, which includes extra batteries, a carrying case and more.

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9.0 DRONERUSH SCORE
FLIGHT TIME 27 Minutes
CAMERA 4K 30 FPS
SPEED 40 MPH (65 KPH)
RANGE 4.3 MILES
9.2

User SCORE

OcuSync changed the game. DJI had been using LightBridge on larger drones, and many manufacturers were using Wi-Fi and standard RC connectivity to connect drone to remote control. OcuSync enables drone to remote connectivity of over 5 miles range. Not just for navigation controls, but also to live stream HD video over a mile, 720p video up to that 5 miles.

The Mavic Pro is still a prominent part of our drone collection. It’s the go-to for testing, comparisons and training, if nothing else. DJI long ago started selling drones with better cameras, but few major advances have been made in terms of flight. I suppose that’s what we’re here to discuss today.

Related reading: DJI Mavic Pro and the DJI Goggles

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Is it worth it?

This is a really, really hard question to answer. Our instinct is simple, the Mavic Pro is totally still worth purchasing, but what do you want out of a drone?

If your goal is to put a superb camera into the air, we can recommend many drones with better cameras. If you want a machine that is extremely portable, we can think of a few that are smaller and lighter but offer similar flight capabilities. It’s really quite hard to recommend the Mavic Pro over the newer DJI drones, as all of the newer machines have an advantage or two, including better cameras, longer flight times, greater connectivity range, on-board storage, more obstacle avoidance sensors, and more. Again, the Mavic Pro is a great drone, but the newer drones are better.

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DJI Mavic Mini and DJI Mini 2

DJI has made this decision even harder. Released in November 2019, the DJI Mavic Mini offers a very similar flight experience, similar camera capabilities, and a reduced price tag. If your goal is to carry a capable little camera drone wherever you go, and to capture some simple aerial imagery on a nice day, it’s hard not to recommend the Mavic Mini for half the price of the Mavic Pro.

Even better, the DJI Mini 2 launched in November 2020, it’s mostly the same airframe as the Mavic Mini, but is faster, stronger, has a much better camera, greater battery life, and uses OcuSync 2.0, which nearly triples the effective connectivity range over the Mavic Mini. best of all, the price is only a tad more than the Mavic Mini.

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    DJI Mavic Pro

    (9.0)
    $999.00 BUY
    • 27 - Minutes
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 40 - MPH (65 KPH)
    • 4.3 - MILES
    Introduced in 2016, the DJI Mavic Pro redefined portability for consumer drones. The folding design made for a drone that could safely slide into a backpack...
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    DJI Mini 2

    (9.4)
    $449.00+ BUY
    • 31 - Minutes
    • 4K - 12MP
    • 36 - MPH
    • 6.2 - Miles
    The DJI Mini 2 is an updated Mavic Mini, now with a 4K camera, Ocusync 2.0, and updated flight features in a package still small...
  • DJI Mavic Mini

    (9.0)
    $399.00 $359.00 BUY
    • 30 - Minutes
    • 2.7K - 12MP
    • 29 - MPH
    • 2.5 - Miles
    The DJI Mavic Mini is the smallest Mavic drone released to date. Offering 2.7K video and great flight features in a package small enough to...

What it boils down to, the DJI Mavic Pro is not the best drone on the market. That said, it remains an absolute favorite for many pilots.

With the Mavic Pro you get stable flight, superb connectivity well beyond visual line of sight, a strong drone for smaller payloads and a perfectly adequate 4K camera. You also gain access to hundreds of accessories for this very well supported drone.

DJI Mavic Air 2

There it is, the nail in the coffin for recommending the DJI Mavic Pro. The newer DJI Mavic Air 2 is superior in almost every way, and costs the same or less than the Mavic Pro.

Well done, DJI, we like the new machine. It captures everything we loved about the original Mavic Pro.


We say the Mavic Pro is still worth it, when the price is right.

DJI Mavic Pro review

In the beginning, you needed $999 to get the drone alone, $1299 to make that the Fly More combo. Prices still fluctuate often, but they sit around $799 and $999 today.

Considering that the DJI Mavic Air 2 comes in at $799, the right price for the DJI Mavic Pro is now around $500. I would be happy with the Fly More combo for about $650.

DJI Mavic Pro

(9.0)
  • 27 - Minutes
  • 4K - 30 FPS
  • 40 - MPH (65 KPH)

November 2016

Release Date

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

(9.4)
  • 30 - Minutes
  • 4K - 30 FPS
  • 40 - MPH

September 2017

Release Date

We want to know what you think, is the DJI Mavic Pro still worth buying today?