In Case You Missed It: Live at DJI Headquarters

Behind the Brand's Bryan Elliott visited DJI HQ and tested some next-gen tools for YouTubers, filmmakers and creators.
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I recently visited DJI headquarters to go Behind the Brand of one of the hottest drone makers and OEMs developing tools for filmmakers and video creators. 

The highlight was definitely the new Mavic Pro. It's is a small yet powerful drone that turns the sky into your creative canvas easily and without worry, helping you make every moment an aerial moment. Its compact size hides a high degree of complexity that makes it one of DJI’s most sophisticated flying cameras ever. Twenty-four high-performance computing cores, an all-new transmission system with a 4.3-mile range, five vision sensors and a 4K camera stabilized by a three-axis mechanical gimbal are at your command with just a push of your thumb or a tap of your finger.

Here are the advantages of capturing video with the Mavic Pro, according to DJI's website.

Helping you fly farther.
Inside the Mavic’s pocket-sized remote controller is DJI’s brand-new OcuSync transmission technology, with a range of 4.3 miles and full HD 1080p video streaming.

No bumps and scapes.
An unprotected drone could hit obstacles during long-distance flight or when descending from an inadequate height in "Return to Home" mode. The Mavic uses FlightAutonomy technology to sense obstacles up to 49 feet away. It can then bypass these obstacles or brake to hover, reducing accidents even when flying beyond visual range.

Precision hover.
Satellite positioning can help a drone hover in an unobstructed outdoor area free of interference. Without satellites, the drone will not be able to position and will become susceptible to drifting. However, with forward and downward vision sensors, the Mavic can hover precisely indoors or in places without GPS.

Stay flying longer.
The Mavic is only one-sixth the size of the Phantom 4, but this reduction in size doesn't mean a reduction in flight time. The Mavic actually flies much longer than you would expect from its compact size. It is capable of reaching an absolute maximum flight time of 27 minutes and a maximum distance of eight miles due to its powerful, high efficiency motors.

4K ultra HD video.
Mavic supports 4K video at 30 fps. No Electronic Image Stabilization is used, ensuring all footage is 4K. DJI has created a miniaturized, ultra-precise three-axis gimbal for the Mavic, capable of stabilizing the camera even during high-speed motion for smooth video and sharp photos.

Photos with altitude.
Everyone loves a good photo. Whether you just want to take a snap or are building your portfolio, the Mavic’s 12-megapixel camera with Adobe DNG RAW support is ready to shoot.

Shoot like a pro: automatically.
You will not need a film crew when you fly the Mavic -- just tell it who to track and it handles the rest.

Wave for your "dronie."
With the Mavic in the air pointing at you, a gesture is all it takes to snap a photo. 

Finely tuned control.
If you are lining up a photo, or even flying indoors, you don’t want to fly quite so fast. Flip on "Tripod Mode" and every move the Mavic makes becomes precise and slow.

Fly by phone.
Maybe all you want to do is grab a quick "dronie," set up tracking to shoot a friend or even just head skywards for a quick flight. All you'll need is your phone.

TapFly.
Beginner pilots often have trouble flying in a straight line because they aren’t familiar with joysticks, which then makes shooting video more difficult. TapFly means you can just tap where you want to go and the Mavic will fly smoothly in that direction so you can focus on controlling the gimbal and capturing photos and video. Flying really can be that easy.

At your command.
The Mavic acts on your every instruction almost instantly, whether you want to shoot a slow, graceful flowing shot or get your blood pumping with the 40 mph "Sport Mode."

Two sets of sensors. Twice as reliable.
On a drone, the most likely source of a problem is a sensor not working exactly as it should. This is why the Mavic has two of each key sensor. If something goes wrong with one, the other kicks in to take its place.

Level-headed.
Don’t worry about flying too low -- the Mavic will keep you at just the right height over uneven terrain.

Safer, smarter batteries.
The Mavic’s Intelligent Flight Batteries give it a flight time of up to 27 minutes, allowing you to check battery level and status in real time during flight through the DJI Go app. It also calculates remaining flight time, helping pilots fly more safely.

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