Menu
Cart 0

The DJI Phantom 4 versus DJI Mavic Pro

Posted by Action Gear on

[Update] When did the Mavic Pro stock arrive?


By Bernice van der Westhuizen 

PROFESSIONAL VERSUS HOBBYIST

The Mavic Pro was launched on the 27th of September 2016 and in only a few short hours, has taken the world by storm. Already comparisons, debates and discussions are taking place to determine whether this drone is the ruler of them all.

Before we even dive into the debate between the GoPro Karma and the DJI Mavic Pro, let’s first take a look at how the launch of the DJI Mavic Pro will influence the popularity and relevance of its predecessor, the DJI Phantom 4.

SO LET’S TAKE A QUICK LOOK AT THE FEATURES:

Feature

DJI Phantom 4

DJI Mavic Pro

Battery Life

28 Minutes

27 Minutes

Focus

Autofocus

Tap to focus

Speed (Sport Mode)

72 kph

65 kph

Weight

1380 g

734 g

Flight Distance (Standard Mode)

5 km

7 km

Camera

12 MP

12 MP

Slow Motion

1080p120fps

1080p96fps

Image Max Size

4000×3000

4000×3000

Video

4K UHD

4K HD

Gimbal

3-axis

3-axis

Follow Me

Yes

Yes

Visual tracking

Yes

Yes

TapFly

Yes

Yes

Obstacle Avoidance

Yes

Yes

Price

R23,999.00

R19,999.00

 

Similar in features, but different in size.

Well almost. The Phantom 4 is still superior when it comes to the quality of the camera, speed and that extra minute of battery life. But this compact drone sure is making a good impression on us and the rest of the world. In my opinion, the Mavic Pro is not meant to be a replacement for the DJI Phantom 4 … it would have been called the Phantom 5 in that case. So what exactly is the difference?

The Mavic Pro is essentially compact and easy to carry or transport. It’s great, that’s for sure - you can read about it more on our Mavic Pro blog. Being so compact with it’s range of features, it’s basically a drone with the convenience of a large mobile device. It’s not as portable as a mobile device but sure as heck more than some other drones and equipment nowadays.

Being able to use the Mavic Pro without a remote is also driving some dronies mad, others however enjoy using the remote and even their tablet rather than their phones. Let’s not forget that a working professional would consider and experience the difference in screen size differently to a hobbyist.

Because of its shape (and location of the legs and propellers), catching it with your hands become a bit risky, although possible. This essentially rules in favour of landing it on the ground, which if you’re on grass can be a bit destructive. This is also an advantage to the Phantom 4 as you’re able to land or catch it respectively.

The major benefit of the Mavic Pro is essentially the fact that it is compact in size with a world of features still at your disposal. If you are smart enough, you’ll realise that the convenience of the smaller drone is also a disadvantage when this copter takes flight. Being so small and light it does not handle stronger winds or weather with the same stability or power as the Phantom 4 (let’s not forget the bigger propellers). 

Essentially if you are using the drone for more professional or business purposes, the quality of the camera and stability of the Phantom 4 would be best suited. On the other hand if you are backpacking and have limited space, the Mavic Pro is the ideal drone companion.

At the end of day we have to be realistic here. You cannot simply compare features alone, it is truly dependent on the usage of the drone itself and the gap between professional and hobbyist is one that needs to be taken into account when choosing between the two. Rather than a replacement to the Phantom 4, I feel it has it’s own unique place in the drone industry, namely for hobbyists.

On a separate note, why on earth is it called the Mavic Pro? (and do we say “Mah-vick or May-vick”)

 

Let's not forget the hassle of trying to get our hands on some Mavic stock. Seriously. The delay from November 2016 until March 2017 was an unbearable one. Nonetheless, we are glad to finally have stock of this bad boy. (see Mavic Pro & Fly More Combo)

Share this post



← Older Post Newer Post →


2 comments

  • “Similar in features, but different in size.” I’m not convinced that ‘Pro vs Hobby’ is the correct title here. Take a P3 Pro/Adv for example still a very capable ‘Pro’ machine with less features than a Mavic. That then, would delegate the P3 range to hobbyists status? These 2 drones should not be compared in this manner imo but rather as seperate and individual tools…

    Mike Duncan on
  • Spot on!

    Jared Lee Watney on

Leave a comment

Sale

Unavailable

Sold Out