How to Choose Between Drones DJI Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro

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DJI rules the drone world as of now. The company offers DJI Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro at varying prices. Both drones are equipped with unique features. People looking to buy the best DJI drone must have a good understanding of both the product’s specifications to be able to decide which of them will suit their needs and requirements. DJI has come up with two new Phantom 4 drone models early this month – The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 (P4P V2.0) and the Phantom 4 Pro+ V2.0. We have listed for you here details of the features of both DJI Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro.

Design – DJI Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro

The older DJI Mavic Pro is small, and light to carry around anywhere. Since it can be folded into the size of a small water bottle, it can easily fit into a small bag and taken anywhere.

The Phantom 4 Pro, on the other hand, is heavy and bulky. It needs its own custom backpack or case to carry it. Another annoying thing about the Phantom 4 Pro is the level of noise it creates. However, DJI has taken care of it. For both the new models (The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 (P4P V2.0) and the Phantom 4 Pro+ V2.0), the company has cut down on the noise of the propeller by up to 60%, or about 4 dB. This was done by using “new aerodynamic 9455S propellers and FOC ESC drivers” that offer “improved noise control and sinusoidal current”.

While the Mavic Pro has a gray color, the Phantom 4 Pro is available in bright white color.

Hardware – DJI Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro

Both the Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro have unique features like obstacle avoidance, Tap Fly, and Active Track. Both these drones will not land until they feel the area is safe for them to land.

The Phantom 4 Pro has an edge over Mavic Pro here. When the obstacle avoidance is turned on, it can fly 10mph faster than the Mavic Pro. Also, its infrared sensors and the back camera give it a 360-degree obstacle avoidance.

The controllers for both drones possess a range of 7 kilometers and operate at a frequency of 2.4GHz. While the controller of Mavic Pro easily fits in the user’s hand, the Phantom 4 controller includes a 5.5-inch tablet-like display, an HDMI port, a microSD card slot for playing back the footage while on the go, a focus button incorporated into the shutter button, and a bright screen. The built-in screen is very useful as the user does not need to pull out their smartphone or tablet to fly the drone. Since Phantom Pro is certainly not for a layman as its optional controller which has an integrated display is a $300 upgrade.

While the Phantom 4 Pro offers a flight time of up to 30 minutes, the Mavic Pro comes with a maximum flight time of 27 minutes. The Mavic Pro has LEDs, an Intelligent Flight Battery to display the overall status of the battery and the remaining power, and built-in sensors too. The Phantom 4 Pro, on the contrary, does not have the LEDs and battery-related sensors.

Camera Capability Comparison

When it comes to the camera capabilities, Phantom 4 Pro stands out. Its camera has a 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor. It can shoot 4K videos at 60fps, as per TechRadar.

DJI Mavic Air and Mavic Pro, on the other hand, have only a 1/2.3-inch camera. This advanced sensor allows for 4K streaming at 60fps.

Faster image processor, mechanical shutter, a large image sensor, and complete aperture control makes it more appealing than Mavic Pro as far as the camera is concerned. Phantom 4 Pro works very well in low-light conditions as compared to Mavic Pro, which by the way is by no means bad. The field of view (FOV) is wider in Phantom 4 Pro as compared to the Mavic Pro.

While the first version of Phantom 4 Pro had an older Lightbridge HD video transmission technology, DJ improvised in the new Phantom 4 Pro Version 2.0 which comes with the same OcuSync (high-resolution and low-latency video) technology for live-streaming similar to Mavic Pro.

Pricing of DJI Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro

The Mavic Pro starts at $999. However, the total price along with accessories would come up to approximately $1,200. The new Phantom 4 Pro Version 2.0 is placed at a whopping price of $1,499. Along with the kit and accessories, the cost for the Phantom 4 Pro would come up to nearly $2,000.

While both the DJI Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro are extremely capable drones with an excellent camera and similar flight timing. If you are interested in casual recording, then it is better to go for Mavic Pro. Phantom 4 Pro is suggested only for professionals who need high definition footage to work on.


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