DJI to Ship Mavic Drones

Mavic Pro photography drone by China-based DJI
Spread the love

The GoPro competitor will start shipping its photography drones just a day or two before GoPro

Small drones are the next big thing. New models like the Yuneec Breez and GoPro Karmae emphasize size above all; they fold and fit easily into a small backpack so you can take them anywhere with ease. Now, dominant drone maker DJI is joining the party with the svelte Mavic Pro quadcopter.

The Mavic Pro features a black finish, a stark contrast to the smooth, white lines of the Phantom 4$1,066.99 at Amazon. Its design is more angular, and sits low to the ground thanks to short landing gear and a gimbal-stabilized 4K camera that’s stabilized on three axes and can record 4K video at up to 30fps and 1080p footage at up to 96fps—perfect for smooth slow-motion capture. Its field of view is narrower than the Phantom 4—78.8 degrees versus 94 degrees—about the same as a 25mm lens in full-frame terms.

Three days after disappointing drone fans by admitting a delay in shipping its Mavic Pro photography drone, China-based DJI on Friday announced they’d be shipping pre-orders after all.

“We are working round the clock to get the Mavic Pro in your hands,” Adam Najberg, the Global Director of Communication at DJI, said in a press release. “Please check online for updates on your order status.”

DJI tried to beat Go Pro, its biggest competitor, by launching the lighter, faster and slightly lower-cost Mavic Pro on Oct. 15, about a week before Go Pro was slated to launch its Karma drone. But what it called “amazingly strong global demand” posed some production difficulties for DJI.

DJI, which started out as a drone producer, is trying to strengthen its leadership position in the drone field by offering an action-video camera option. Go Pro, famous for its sports cameras, is expanding into the consumer drone market, which is estimated to grow to $4.8 billion by the end of 2020, from $609 million in 2014.

DJI and Go Pro were once partners with plans to produce a drone under Go Pro’s name. But DJI backed out of the partnership when Go Pro demanded two thirds of the profits, according to DJI’s CEO Frank Wang.

About the Author

Michael Onas
Africa - Online Founder & Senior Editor Africa - Online.Com was founded by Michael Onas in 1997, in the years since the site has grown to become a world leader in African news sector, with millions of readers around the world and followers on social media.