DJI launches 'water-bottle' sized Mavic Pro drone
It can't be a coincidence that DJI has unveiled its most compact drone, the Mavic Pro, within a week of GoPro's Karma announcement.
The Mavic's design allows the rotor arms and propellers to fold into the body so the entire unit shrinks to about the same size as a water bottle. Key specs include a stabilised 4K camera, autonomous flight controls, 7km flight range, and up to 27 minutes flight time.
It also includes collision avoidance and a new landing system that uses camera and GPS information to land within a few centimetres of the take-off point. The unit's flight control system, which DJI calls 'FlightAutonomy', uses five cameras, GPS and GLONASS navigation systems, a pair of ultrasonic range finders, redundant sensors and 24 computing cores.
DJI says FlightAutonomy can position, navigate and plan routes, "enabling it to avoid obstacles in various environments, with or without the help of satellite signals."
Mavic Pro can also be switched into Sport Mode allowing speeds of up to 64.8km/h and more control responsiveness.
The unit can be operated by DJI's dedicated flight controller, or by a smartphone or tablet at shorter range. When controlled by a smartphone, the system can be set up and airborne in less than a minute.
Mavic Pro will be available from October 15 with a retail price of AU$1,699. A 'Mavic Pro Fly More Combo' is also available and includes a Mavic Pro, two extra flight batteries, extra propellers, charging hub, adapter, car charger and shoulder bag. It retails for AU$2,199.