With the recent release of the DJI Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro, there has been a lot of confusion about whether the Mavic is as good as the Phantom 4, or even the new Phantom 4 Pro. If the Mavic really is the better drone, why would anyone want to buy the Phantom 4 when it costs $200 more? Let’s see If we can find some reasons to go with the Phantom 4 over the Mavic. Watch the video above to see the wind test and get an idea of the video quality differences. Remember, this video compares the Phantom 4 to the Mavic, but not the Phantom 4 Pro which would do significantly better in the camera tests.
So which is the drone for you? Here are the key features and differences you need to know between the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and the Mavic.
1. DJI Phantom 4 Pro vs DJI Mavic: They both track
One of the really appealing specs on the drones is Active Track. This allows the pilot to tap and highlight a target on the controller screen and the drone will then follow.
This can be done side on, as the subject moves along, from behind or the drone can stay on the subject as it flies about in a route it’s told to follow. The great thing about this is that both drones also recognise objects to actively dodge them so you’re always going to get the shot without worry of damage.
2. DJI Phantom 4 Pro vs DJI Mavic: The Phantom 4 Pro has the better camera
While the DJI Mavic has an impressive camera it’s not as powerful as the Phantom 4 Pro offering.
The Mavic sports a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with effect 12.35-megapixels that snaps in RAW and video up to 4K 4096 x 2160 at 24p.
The Phantom 4 Pro features a full one inch CMOS sensor. This manages a hefty 20-megapixels effective that snaps in RAW and can shoot video at up to 4K 4096 x 2160 in 24/25/30p at 100Mbps. But the key is this supports a whole host of varying formats and qualities to suit any need.
The Mavic has a narrower field of view, no fixed focus so you need to tap the screen to focus on something specific and it also suffers from weaker low-light performance.
So if you’re all about getting the pro-level shot the name of the drone that’s best is a dead give-away. The gimbal on that is also more advanced so you can expect less shake for a clearer finish. Both feature Gesture Mode that lets you wave to activate the camera so you can take a selfie without the need to actually use the controller.
3. DJI Phantom 4 Pro vs DJI Mavic: The Phantom 4 Pro flies harder
When it comes to speed and staying power the Phantom 4 Pro takes the lead. It tops out at 45 mph, lasts for 30 minutes on a charge and can hit a height of 6,000 metres.
The Mavic is still fast, hitting 40 mph and lasts a good 27 minutes on a charge and tops out at 5,000 metres.
Ascent and descent speeds are a little faster on the Phantom 4 Pro. It’s also a bit more powerful so if you want it to carry something like a sign that can be done where the Mavic may struggle. However both have the same level of accuracy when it comes to hovering steady.
4. DJI Phantom 4 Pro vs DJI Mavic: The Mavic is more portable
When it comes to throwing your drone in a bag and going to explore, the Mavic is the one to have. This folds down into a handheld compact unit that fits in its own safety case and weighs just 734g.
The Phantom 4 Pro, owing to its fixed size and shape, is less portable. It’s also heavier at 1,388 g.
5. DJI Phantom 4 Pro vs DJI Mavic: The Mavic price is more affordable
When it comes to spending money both these drones are not for anyone just buying a toy. They are built for serious users that will appreciate it costs a fair bit to get all the features these drones offer.
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is the most expensive of the two at just under £1,600. The DJI Mavic is still pricey but a good chunk less at just under £1,100.
Which one you should buy?
Do you own a decent smartphone? Do you need a sun hood no matter what? Are you trying to lift anything? Do you like shooting video while flying forward? Is portability important to you, or do you need the best video quality? Is Price important to you? These are the main questions you should be asking yourself.
For 70% of the population, I think the Mavic is going to be your best bet, but for the other 30% you might want to consider the Phantom 4 Pro since the camera is so much better and the added sensors can really save you one day.
PS: Best Tool for handling DJI Phantom 4 Pro 4K video and DJI Mavic 4K video
In this guide, we will talk about how you can convert DJI Phantom 4 Pro 4K video and DJI Mavic 4K video. Just like we convert GoPro 4K UHD videos, you can easily convert DJI Phantom 4 Pro 4K video and DJI Mavic 4K videos to full HD videos or HD videos in 1920x1080p, 1280x720p or other resolutions in any formats you need. You can also change the bitrate, frame rate of Phantom 4K videos, and so on.
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