This drone folds up so compact, it easily will slide into any backpack and most camera bags. The intelligent flight modes make it a breeze to fly even for the uncoordinated such as myself. The excellent 4k optics bring home the shot and provide impressive results. Best yet the safety features and obstacle avoidance capabilities do what they can to protect you from your own stupidity. There are of course some exceptions. See attached.
As mentioned there are exceptions and flying over water is one of them and should only be done with great care. Many of the safety features will not help, especially when launched above water. Returning to home on a boat that is no longer there will not work. I loved my DJI Mavic Pro. At least I did until I sent it for a swim. Now it is 60 ft under water. I do not recommend using this device under water, it does not float, but rather sinks rapidly. Out to attempt a dive to recover later this week. The dive attempt failed. I have since replaced the drone.
The included 16 GB micro SD card is inadequate for recording 4k video. With the stock card installed, I was only able to select 2K mode. However, I upgraded to an amazing Sandisk Extreme Plus 128GB SD card and had no issues at all and was able to record at 4k and download the video quickly to my PC with the chip removed. I recommend this micro SD card or a smaller version of the same.
With an excellent card reader such as
See the attached benchmark copying the MicroSD I am using in my Mavic Pro. With the Saicoo USB reader it is about 10x as fast as copying from the DJI directly, and 5x as fast as using a generic USB 2 reader. Even in a USB 2 port it is still 2x faster than the generic USB 2 stick reader that came bundled with a different card.
Honestly the 128GB is overkill, I was worried about the size of the 4k video files. Unfortunately there is a bit more compression used than I would have preferred so the files are not too large. Still the video comes out great.
The camera mode is able to shoot in RAW and can capture some breathtaking views. The attached represent HDR and panoramas created with minimal effort using the DJI Mavic Pro.
The ease of use with this drone is just mind blowing. It can be flown in tap to fly where you tap in the screen and it flies itself recording along the way with no effort.
I do recommend this set of ND filters as they will help reduce white blow-out on sunny days. They can stay equipped through the initialization cycle which seems to be an issue with some other options.
If you plan to fly above water I strongly recommend this device, or other efforts to make sure you can at least recover your device. The DJI insurance will not cover the drone unless you have the drone. This recovery device will pop up with a string attached to the drone should it enter the water.
I also recommend the Fly More combo as battery life is 15-20 min of flight time. It just feels very short and spare batteries are very welcome. Spare rotors are also a welcome addition.