Dji Mavic Pro 1 – Still a good drone in 2019?

DJI Mavic Pro Review - Still good in 2019?

Battery Life

23 min

Range

7000m

Camera

4k

Motors

Brushless

The DJI Mavic Pro became the most revolutionary drone in the market and still holds the record for the boldest move in this domain.

Nobody has seen such a well functioning and foldable drone up to that point. One that was as portable, yet delivers all the features of a professional camera, and even more!

We're talking about 2 obstacle avoidance sensors in front, sonar sensors at the bottom and an incredible flight range.

The camera, shooting in 4k, stabilized by a superb (yet fragile looking) 3 axis gimbal was nothing short of amazing, and frankly, even in 2019… not much has changed.

Drones have definitely seen improvements, a similarly priced one being the DJI Mavic Air, that's even smaller, yet with a less strong signal.

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What to look for in A camera drone

Drone stability

Usually, when it comes to more advanced camera drones, they come with a way to stabilize the drone on the spot. I'm talking about GPS or optical flow cameras.GLONASS is the russian satelite system, giving even more stability points.

DJI MAVIC PRO: GPS + GLONASS

Battery life

Battery life for camera drones should be at least 15 minutes per flight.

Take in account spare batteries (for the Mavic I recommend getting at least 2)

DJI MAVIC PRO: 21 min hover until battery hits 15%; 27 min while going forward at a certain pace.

Range

Flight range can really change what sorts of images you can capture.

DJI MAVIC PRO: 7km  (3.5km in Europe)

 

Camera

Camera resolution isn't everything. Colors, sharpness and bitrate are very important for the overall image.

DJI MAVIC PRO: 4k 1/2.3” (CMOS) sensor, 12mp

Image Stabilization

If I had to pinpoint the most important factor in a camera drone, it would be Image Stabilization. A 4k unstable camera has worse results than a gimbal stabilized 720p one.

DJI mavic Pro: 3 axis gimbal

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DJi mavic pro Price and specs

I have owned the Original Mavic Pro for two years, now I have the Mavic Pro 2 for a few months to test it out and compare, but I must say the jump isn't that great.

I must admit I appreciate the additional sensors for safety when following something automatically, but otherwise, the good old Mavic Pro does it's job perfectly, and recently for a lower price!

It can still be definitely used as a professional camera drone, and the image you get from it looks quite sharp.

With a new Mavic bought from Amazon with 2 or 3 batteries included and all the needed accessories you'll make sure it hasn't been used up so the batteries are still at their maximum potential.

There's also the option to buy it second hand if you want.

Specs
Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: 4k
Gopro
Features
GPS
Gimbal
Phone Controlled
Transmitter
Motor Type: Brushless
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 23
Flight Range: 7000
Foldable
Micro SD Card
Under 250g
Drone Types
Beginner
Professional
Indoors
Racing

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Mavic pro Video Review

In this video, FliteTest did a great job having a look at this drone while testing it around to see what it's capable of.

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Mavic pro vs Mavic air vs Mavic 2 Pro -Camera quality

Here is my video and photo comparison and commentary on the differences between the 3 Mavics in 2019. You might be surprsied of the results, but it's really up to your personal prefference.

I did this test on a video review to show people that there are actual differences between these drones, strangely enough, many considered to like the sharper image of the older Mavic Pro, although the bitrate is lower than the other two. The Mavic 2 is definitely better when it comes to colors and clearly a better choice in low lighting.

Some people might also consider the original Mavic Pro to be a bit over-sharpened, but the details are still incredible, and I'd say I could like it more than the Mavic Air, if you ask me.

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Transmitter

DJI Mavic pro

$938.00 Buy It Now

The transmitter was also a revolutionary move at the time. Now, all the new DJI drones and many other drone companies have a very similar design, without much changing.

The LCD screen shows real time telemetry data like distance and height along with battery and signal strength.

Why is that important? There might be cases where you lose signal and want to know for sure if the drone is returning to home by itself and it's getting closer or not.

The phone app is very well made and there are a few types of cables for the different phones you can put in there.

If you're wondering, yes, it can support a lot of accessories, including a tablet holder and phone sunshade!

 

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DJI Mavic Pro alternatives under $1000

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9.5 Total Score
Mavic Pro - a cheap professional drone relevant in 2019

Even if newer drones like the Mavic 2 series and the Mavic air have come out recently, the original Mavic is still an amazing drone, with an incredible camera that got much cheaper these days and I definitely would consider it relevant, probably even in 2020.

Build Quality
9.5
Camera quality
9.5
Flight functions
9
PROS
  • Great battery life
  • cheap price (compared to the beginning)
  • Huge Range and good signal strength
  • All the actually useful flight modes
  • Precise automatic return to home
  • Amazing 4k camera
  • 3 axis gimbal
  • Foldable design
  • Great build quality
CONS
  • No back and side sensors for obstacle avoidance (only front and bottom)
  • gimbal is a bit delicate (didn't have any problems in 2 years though)

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:

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1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

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2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  1.  
  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.

 

How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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