At this point, drone lovers have already observed a lot of changes and updates since the moment both DJI Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro were first introduced to the market. Both of them are listed among the best drones on the market right now. If you are planning to purchase either one of them, understanding both similarities and differences will help you come up with a wise decision.
Which one should you buy, then? Let’s take a look at the main features, as well as the differences that you need to take into consideration before buying.
DJI Mavic Pro vs Phantom 4 Pro – Features and Specs
Phantom 4 Pro was released just right after the Mavic model was introduced. Perhaps you may have thought that these two are really different. However, when talking about specs, they are relatively similar.
Active Track is one of the most appealing features of both models. This will allow you, the pilot, to easily tap and highlight a specific target right on the screen, and expect that the drone will just follow. This feature is available on both Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro. Both of these drones recognize objects, actively dodging them so that you will be able to get the right shot without worrying about potential damage.
Simply said, Phantom 4 Pro offers better camera features. Despite the fact that the Mavic Pro is often celebrated because of its capacity to shoot high quality videos, Phantom 4 Pro offers better quality output. This is mainly a result of the difference in the technical specs of both models.
While the camera used on the Mavic Pro offers great shots, Phantom 4 Pro offers faster image processor, larger image sensor, mechanical shutter, as well as a full aperture control. You may also wonder why the Phantom 4 camera was not incorporated in the Mavic Pro. The reason behind this is that Mavic is equipped with a different camera, as well as a gimbal design which is smaller compared to the Phantom 4. The camera size used on a Phantom 4 Pro is somewhat different to that of a GoPro, while Mavic Pro uses a camera similar to the size of that of a smartphone camera.
Even though the manufacturer has successfully incorporated a camera with its one-inch sensor Mavic Pro, the power draw from the faster processor, bigger camera and gimbal motors, as well as the excess weight reduces the overall flight time of the Mavic.
This means that the Mavic Pro is quite better in terms of holding right to its position despite adverse wind conditions. However, output wise, the video may not look as stable compared to the one that is produced by the Phantom 4 Pro drone. One reason for this is because Mavic Pro comes with a narrower view field. As such, any drone movements easily become noticeable. On the other hand, the edge that Phantom 4 Pro offers has something to do with its higher top speed, thus allowing it to better keep its speed when facing the wind.
One of the best advantages offered by this feature is its amazingly bright screen. It is described as twice the brightness of a standard phone. The only downside, however, is that it cannot be used with third party apps, in the same way that you can do using a standard controller.
OcuSync, on the other hand, is the technology used on the Mavic Pro. It was designed as a replacement of the Lightbridge technology.
Lightbridge is ideal for general flying. However, among the opportunities for improvement with this technology include the possibility of more interference and latency compared to OcuSync. As such, we can conclude that while Lightbridge is great if you are flying your drone for fun, OcuSynch gives you complete confidence if you are using your drone for more professional purposes.
Which One to Buy?
To sum everything up, here are the main points that you need to remember before your purchase:
Phantom 4 Pro is equipped with better camera features. With its full 1-inch CMOS sensor, it has the capacity to manage a huge 20 MP effectively that can snap raw images, and produce high quality video. Therefore, if you are into taking professional level shots, the Phantom 4 Pro is the option to go.
The Phantom 4 Pro also flies longer and harder. It can top out at a speed of 45 mph (72 kph), which can also last for 30 minutes on a single charge. This allows the drone to reach a height of above sea level up to 6,000 meters. Both ascending and descending speeds are also faster with the Phantom 4 Pro model.
Mavic Pro, on the other hand, is more portable. Therefore, if you want to simply slip your drone inside your bag and enjoy a trip, this is the option to have. It can be folded to a handheld drone, with a weight of just 734 grams.
Therefore, your ultimate decision depends on the purpose of use. By looking at all the features mentioned above, you are now in a better position to make a wise purchasing decision.