Mavic (UAV)

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DJI Mavic Pro (32613533582).jpg
Also known asDJI Mavic
Release date2016
InputDJI GO 4 app, Mavic Pro Controller
CameraSony Exmor R IMX377, 1080p or 4K; gimbal-attached

The Mavic (Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is a series of teleoperated compact quadcopter drones for personal and commercial aerial photography and videography use, released by the Chinese technology company DJI.

Mavic series[edit]

Mavic Pro[edit]

The Mavic Pro, which was released in 2016 was the first of the Mavic series. The drone was considered to be one of the first personalized drones on the market,[1] being capable of capturing 4K video, having a flight range of 4.3 miles (6.9 km) and a flight time of 27 minutes. In 2017, however, DJI announced the Mavic Pro Platinum which came with a longer flight time (30 mins), thanks to improved motor & performance, and re-designed propellers, making the Mavic both faster and more efficient.[2]

Mavic Air[edit]

The Mavic Air, which was released in early 2018 was the first "pocket-sized" portable drone being able to capture 4k video at 30 FPS. The Air has a 3-axis gimbal and 25mm lens.[3] The Air also has a SmartCapture feature, a three-directional environment sensing system and a max flight time of 21 minutes.[4]

Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom[edit]

DJI Mavic Pro and Mavic 2 Pro

DJI announced in August 2018, the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom. Both drones consisted of 10 obstacle avoidance sensors on all sides of the two drones and a max flight time of 31 minutes. Both of the drones could also record 4K video at 30 FPS.[5] The Mavic 2 Zoom features a Dolly Zoom feature, and also featured a 12-MegaPixel camera. The Mavic 2 Pro features a Hyper Timelapse feature.[6]

Mavic 2 Enterprise[edit]

On October 29, 2018, DJI announced the Mavic 2 Enterprise (M2E). Incorporating features from the Mavic 2 line of consumer drones, the Mavic 2 Enterprise includes three modular accessories for both first responder and industrial applications. It include the M2E Spotlight (capable of 2400 lumens), the M2E Speaker (capable of playing 10 prerecorded messages at 100 decibels), and the M2E Beacon, a strobe visible three mile away and is designed to clear FAA night waivers for night inspections.[7][8]

Mavic Pro[edit]


The Mavic will fold small enough to fit into a small bag (83mm x 83mm x 198mm).[9] Its legs and propellers fold underneath and to the side of the drone to form a compact package.[10]


The Mavic is equipped with the same camera as the Phantom 4 UAV. The camera is a 12MP camera that is capable of shooting 4K videos at 24 frames per second (FPS). It is capable of 96 FPS when shooting in 1080p. Its camera keeps the same 60Mbit/s bitrate seen in the Phantom 4. The lens in the DJI Mavic possesses a 78-degree field of view (FOV), whereas the Phantom 4 maintains a 94-degree FOV.[11]

Speed and distance[edit]

The Mavic flies at a top speed of 65 km/h (40 miles per hour (mph)) in sport mode. An improved Lightbridge system can livestream video at a distance of 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) in 1080p.[12]

Obstacle avoidance[edit]

The Mavic uses FlightAutonomy technology to sense obstacles up to 49 ft (15m) away and allows the Mavic to bypass them or brake to hover, reducing accidents.

Battery life[edit]

DJI rates the battery life of the Mavic at 27 minutes of flight time in zero wind conditions. Max hovering time (0 wind) is 24 minutes, while normal flight drops to 21 minutes.[13]

Gesture control[edit]

The Mavic is the first DJI drone to have gesture control. Users can wave their arms in specific patterns to trigger drone functions, such as taking a picture.[14]


The Mavic Pro in its folded state.

The Mavic controller is more compact than those for other DJI drones. It includes fold-out grips for smartphones and small tablets and has a built-in flight information display for flight without a smartphone or tablet.

A switch on the Mavic allows it to operate in Wi-Fi mode independent of the controller (e.g., controlled directly from a smartphone). In Wi-Fi mode, all flight functions can be accessed using the DJI Go 4 app but with reduced range to a few hundred feet.[15][16][17]

Intelligent Flight Modes[edit]

The Mavic Activetrack feature allows the Mavic to track an object without the user actively controlling the UAV. The Activetrack has three different settings: Trace, Profile, and Spotlight. The Trace feature also known as "Orbit" allows the Mavic to follow an object in a circular pattern while the object is in motion. When in Profile mode the Mavic will follow a moving object as well but always at the same, pre-set distance. Lastly, in Spotlight mode the aircraft camera will always point at the object and the flight course will be locked. The obstacle avoidance feature is not enabled in any of the Activetrack modes.[citation needed]


Mavic Pro Platinum[edit]

At the 2017 IFA trade show, DJI announced the upgraded Mavic Pro Platinum.[18] The upgraded version includes better battery life and improved noise reduction due to new propellers and electronic speed controllers.[19][20]

Mavic Pro Platinum

Mavic Air[edit]

DJI Mavic Air in the air.
A person holding the DJI Mavic Air folded.

The Mavic Air was announced on 23 January 2018, for release on 28 January at a starting price of $799. It is marketed as a smartphone-sized drone that can fit in a jacket's pocket.

It features a 12 MP 4K HDR camera, mounted on a 3-axis gimbal, and has a new panorama mode, which stitches together 25 photos in eight seconds to create a "Sphere Panorama". Due to antennas mounted on its landing gear, the drone has a 21-minute flight time and a 2.5 mile range. Like the Spark, the Air also features the "Smart Capture" mode, in which the drone can be controlled by hand gestures.[21]


The Mavic Air has a controller similar to the Spark and the Pro except it does not include a small built-in display monitor screen. The Air's controller has detachable sticks for portability conveniences[citation needed].

See also[edit]


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  13. ^ "DJI Mavic Pro Drone Sheds Serious Weight But Bulks Features". News Ledge. September 27, 2016.
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  17. ^ ProPhotoUAV "DJI MAVIC PRO Guide By ProPhotoUAV". Archived from the original on 2016-10-26. Retrieved 25 October 2016
  18. ^ "DJI Adopts Tick-Tock Cycle in Upgrading Mavic and Phantom 4 Pro". News Ledge. 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  19. ^ O'Kane, Sean (2017-08-31). "DJI's new Mavic Pro Platinum is quieter and stays in the air longer". The Verge. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
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