Mavic (UAV)

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DJI Mavic Pro (32613533582).jpg
Also known asDJI Mavic
Release date2016
InputDJI Fly 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 Pro[edit]

Announced in September 2016, the Mavic Pro, which was released in late 2016 was the first of the Mavic series. The drone is capable of capturing 4K video, has a flight range of 4.3 miles (6.9 km) and a flight time of 27 minutes. Top speed is 65 km/h (40 mph) in sport mode. An improved Lightbridge system can livestream video at a distance of 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) in 1080p.The Mavic Pro is equipped with the same camera as the Phantom 4 UAV, with a 78-degree field of view (FOV) instead of the Phantom's 94 degrees.[1] The camera is a 12MP camera that is capable of shooting 4K video at 24 frames per second (FPS). It is capable of 96 FPS when shooting in 1080p. Its camera keeps the same 60 Mbit/s bitrate seen in the Phantom 4. The Mavic Pro folds small enough to fit into a small bag (83mm x 83mm x 198mm).[2] Its legs and propellers fold underneath and to the side of the drone to form a compact package.[3]


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.[4][5][6]

Mavic Pro Platinum[edit]

At the 2017 IFA trade show, DJI announced the upgraded Mavic Pro Platinum.[7] The upgraded version includes better battery life and improved noise reduction due to new propellers and electronic speed controllers.[8][9]

Mavic Air[edit]

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

The Mavic Air, which was released in early 2018 can capture 4k video at 30 FPS. The Air has a 3-axis gimbal and 24mm lens.[10] The Air also has a SmartCapture feature, a three-directional environment sensing system and a max flight time of 21 minutes.[11]

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.[12]


The Mavic Air controller is similar to the Mavic Pro controller, except the Pro includes a small built-in display monitor screen. The Mavic Air controller also has detachable sticks for portability.[13]

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.[14] Both drones have 10 obstacle avoidance sensors on all sides and a max flight time of 31 minutes. Both of the drones could also record 4K video at 30 FPS.[15] The Mavic 2 Zoom has a 4× zoom feature (2× optical and 2× digital) and a 12-megapixel camera. The Mavic 2 Pro features a Hasselblad camera[16] and Hyper Timelapse feature.[17]

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 includes 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 miles away and is designed to clear FAA night waivers for night inspections.[18][better source needed]

Mavic Mini[edit]

DJI announced the Mavic Mini on October 30, 2019 as a replacement for the now discontinued DJI Spark and positioning it as a beginner camera drone.[19][20] Its camera is on a three-axis gimbal and features a 12MP sensor capable of 2.7K video at 30 FPS.[21] The Mavic Mini shares similar design characteristics with the Mavic Pro and Mavic 2 series, though notable for its portability and overall small size.[22] DJI's marketing behind the Mavic Mini focuses on the weight of the drone at 249 grams (8.8 oz), allowing it to bypass drone registration regulations in several western countries like the United States,[23] Canada[24] and the United Kingdom.[25] In Japan, a model was released with a smaller battery weighing 50 grams (1.8 oz) less, to come in under Japan's similar 200 grams (7.1 oz) limit.[26] Plus has a range of 4 km.

Mavic Air 2[edit]

DJI released the new Air series member known as Air 2 on April 27, 2020. Air 2 has a 1/2 inch CMOS camera, 34 min flight time per battery, can travel up to 68.4 km/h. The remote controller of Air 2 features a new design of the Mavic family. DJI's standard controller mounts a cellphone at the bottom, forcing the operator to look down while watching the screen. Detailed illustrations for the new controller show a mount that holds the smartphone at the top, more in line of view. This resembles the mounting on the controller for the Anafi, a Mavic Air competitor made by DJI's French rival, Parrot.[27] The original Mavic Air uses an enhanced Wi-Fi radio control system. But the Mavic Air 2 upgrades to OcuSync 2.0, a dedicated radio system that runs in the 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz ranges (the system works in single and dual-band mode, 5.8 GHz is not supported in all regions). This promises less interference from ambient Wi-Fi networks. It also offers a better range of up to 10 kilometers.[28] In term of filming, Air 2 supports RAW format, 48MP mode, HDR video, and 240fps slow-motion mode.[29] Mavic Air 2 has a safety feature that warns users about nearby planes and helicopters via its controller.[30]

DJI Mini 2 (2nd generation of the Mavic Mini)[edit]

DJI Mini 2 improves upon the Mavic Mini with longer flight time (31-Minutes) and the ability to record 4K footage. Weighing in at only 249g, the Mini 2 is around the same weight as a smartphone and can withstand level 5 winds. It has 5 quickshot modes, 3 panorama modes, HD, 2.7k and 4k video. It also has the ability to take raw 12MP photos. The DJI Mini 2 also uses Ocusync 2.0 giving it a max transmission range of 10 km.

See also[edit]


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