The DJI Mavic Pro prompts a question: why would any beginner drone pilot buy anything else? Its compact, foldable design slips into a daypack or tote with ease, it’s a negligible 1.62 pounds (about half the weight of the company’s top-of-the-line Phantom 4), and the 12MP camera shoots 4K at 30 fps and 1080p at 96 fps. More importantly, the drone flies intelligently, with all the high-level smart-flying features you’d want (it can follow a target, fly to a point of interest, avoid obstacles, and even take a photo in response to a hand gesture).
Also, there are very few moving parts. All that’s needed, aside from the drone, is a smartphone (Android or iOS), or you can use the optional dedicated controller. It’s the ideal no-fuss companion for adventurers wanting to up their Instagram game.
Weight: 1.62 pounds
Max Speed: 40 mph
Max Flight Time: 27 minutes
ISO Range: 100–3200 (video); 100–1600 (photo)
Photo: JPEG, DNG
Video: MP4, MOV