Compare DJI's Phantom 4 Pro and Mavic Pro

Content updated on February 27, 2019

Even if on paper the comparison between these two new models does not bring much interest because of the difference in positioning and target of the last two DJI birds, I wanted to put them face to face for those who would hesitate between these two drones. the Chinese brand.Their technical characteristics

Size (diag without propellers) Detection and Avoidance obstaclesLightbridge 2.4 and 5.8 ghzScreen 5.5 ", 1920 × 1080 (Plus Version). Tablets or smartphones basic version1080 or 720p screen more. Rake sometimes in 4KRadiocontrol: 720p or 1080pSmart Flight ModesHome LockCourse LockPoints of PassagePoints of Interest / OrbitFollow MeGesturesTripodTapflyActive TrackField FollowDrawHome LockCourse LockPointsPoints of Interest / OrbitFollow MeGesturesTapflyActive TrackTerrain FollowCinematicH.265C4K: 4096 × 2160 24/25 / 30p @ 100Mbps4K: 3840 × 2160 24/25 / 30p @ 100Mbps2.7K: 2720 × 1530 24/25 / 30p @ 65Mbps2720 × 1530 48/50 / 60p @ 80MbpsFHD: 1920 × 1080 24/25 / 30p @ 50Mbps1920 × 1080 48/50 / 60p @ 65Mbps1280 × 720 48/50 / 60p @ 35MbpsH.264C4K: 4096 × 2160 24/25/30/48/50 / 60p @ 100Mbps4K: 3840 × 2160 24/25/30/48/50 / 60p @ 100Mbps2.7K: 2720 × 1530 24/25 / 30p @ 80Mbps2720 × 1530 48/50 / 60p @ 100MbpsFHD: 1920 × 1080 24/25 / 30p @ 60Mbps1920 × 1080 48/50/60 / 120p @ 80MbpsHD: 1280 × 720 24/25 / 30p @ 30Mbps1280 × 720 48/50/60 / 120p @ 45MbpsH.264C4K: 4096 × 2160 (4K) 24p4K: 3840 × 2160 (4K) 24/25 / 30p2.7K: 2720 × 1530 (2.7K) 24/25 / 30pFHD: 1920 × 1080 24/25/30/48/50/60 / 96pHD: 1280 × 720 24/25/30 / 48/50/60 / 120pTest Of Phantom 4 ProPresentation Mavic Pro

Let's go back in detail now!

Drones batteries and remote controls
DesignThe devices are of course quite different on this point.
Where the Phantom 4 Pro takes the glossy white design that has made the reputation of the Phantom range, the Mavic contrasts with its futuristic and sleek design, its dark gray color and extreme compactness.

Noticeable difference in weight and bulk here! The Mavic Pro is less than 800 g which will save you an online registration in July 2018 and allow you to carry it easily in its carrying case carrying your 3 additional batteries and some accessories.

The Phantom 4 Pro is much more bulky and heavier (1k 300 approx) and needs to be carried in a bag or a carrying case much larger than the Mavic.Les feet of the machine are much bigger than on the Mavic even if the range on the ground from the camera remains substantially the same.

Be careful where you land with these 2 models, cameras and gimbal are super low and fragile and it is really easy to damage them!

Ground range of the two DJI drones

Choose the "Hand Catch" on the P4 Pro if the landing zone is not optimal! For the "Hand Catch" on the Mavic Pro, I do not recommend it because too much risk if you do not know what you are doing … Prefer here the purchase of stilts to increase the ground reach a tip.

Difference in storage also, where you will need a special carrying bag for the P4 Pro (or its famous DJI gray box), the Mavic Pro fits him in a small satchel bag with its radio control, its 2 additional batteries and its propellers. Difficult to do better level portability!

Obstacle Detection and AvoidanceBest detection and avoidance is the other point of difference between the two devices. The Phantom 4 Pro is much smarter than the Mavic Pro in this area, thanks to its 360-degree vision. under the machine with obstacle avoidance system on the front and rear. The infrared sensors placed on the sides of the machine offer more comfort for profile flying.The Mavic Pro has sensors on the front and bottom of the machine which makes it vulnerable on the sides and the back unlike the P4 pro.

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Intelligent Flight FunctionsIf the two UAVs are about equal games with the same intelligent flight modes unlike the Draw mode only available on the Phantom 4 Pro. The new modes Gesture, TapFly, Terrain Follow and Tripod are much more complete on the P4 Pro and integrate the system of detection and obstacle avoidance in 5 directions. The Mavic has on its side a kinematic mode (since the last Update of its firmware) that can overcome the sensitivity problems of the sticks encountered by a large number of users when it was released! This mode will help you if you find the Yaw too sensitive on your Mavic for "cinematic" shots. Keep in mind that you still have the option to adjust the sensitivity of your controls by playing on the following settings: Yaw ExpoYaw end pointGimbal Smoothtrack (which seems to have disappeared from the settings during the last update … ) and finally the Gimbal speed. Play here with its settings to decrease the sensitivity of your sticks. Personally I appreciate the following settings: Yaw Expo 25. Yaw End 50 Stop, Gimbal smoothtrack and speed 25. To change of course if you want to feel the sport mode 😉RadiocommandesThe remote control Mavic Pro is ultra compact and requires a smartphone to enjoy fully video return. The radio also incorporates an OLED type screen (quite basic) with numerous flight information such as telemetry (speed, height, connection quality, etc.) as well as basic information such as battery life (drone and controller), the selected flight mode …

On the Phantom 4 Pro, the radio control is much more impressive (especially on the + version) and allows you to install a tablet (Android or iOS) or use the integrated screen (for version +). obviously to make a compromise between probability and functionality. The remote control of the Phantom 4 Pro is more complete in my opinion but not necessarily smarter. I recommend the standard version on the P4Pro if you want to use third-party apps like Litchi.Quality Video / PhotoParlons of video quality.Here there is no picture the Phantom 4 Pro wins the comparison handily with its CMOS sensor of 1 inch, the ability to take pictures at 20 megapixel, the video mode in 1080p up to 120 fps and the 4k at 60 fps. The comparison does not even make sense here as it is disproportionate in my opinion …

The Phantom 4 Pro also offers the ability to adjust the aperture, improve compression and allow you to push the ISO higher for good quality pictures in low light. The mechanical shutter of the Phantom 4 pro offers a much better image quality compared to an electronic shutter on the Mavic Pro. This feels and gives a much better rendering when you play with the Yaw!

The difference in quality is not so huge will say some (off low light) and will be largely offset by the gains in probability offered by the Mavic. If you are a photographer or semi-pro videographer, the difference is still striking, the image being much clearer, detailed and pitted on the P4 pro, especially in low and high sensitivities. The differences in bitrate and codec (h.265 available on the P4 Professional) will necessarily weigh in the balance for more advanced users.

Example sunset photos (Click left and open in a new tab to see the full size image)

Mavic Pro Auto Mode. The photo of the Mavic was taken 30 minutes before the one on the left.
A comparison video coming soon! I also find that the propellers are generally less visible on the Mavic Pro than on the P4 pro when the gimbal is horizontal.Attention to type the screen for the focus on the Mavic Pro! videoThe two drones offer a video return without too much latency via Smartphone in 1080p or 720p (integrated screen for the more version of the P4pro). Here are the official figures of DJI in terms of latency: Phantom 4 Pro: 220 ms (depending on the conditions the flight and the smartphone or tablet used) Phantom 4 Pro +: 160 – 180 ms160-170ms (depending on the flight conditions and the smartphone or tablet used) The DJI Goggles allow you to enjoy the video stream of the drone via a definition in 1080p (30p and 60 Hz) and with a maximum range of 7 km (USA, 4 km in Europe). As for the Mavic Pro, it will apparently be possible to connect two pairs of glasses to the drone in addition to the conventional radio remote control which allows for it to enjoy a return to 720p or 1080p when a smartphone is connected (to set via DJI Go with the caching options to save on the phone in parallel). The Phantom 4 pro too should be compatible with DJI Goggles. We will of course wait for an official announcement from DJI to know more about it … The Phantom 4 sometimes trains at the level of the video return via the integrated screen on the version plus when I film in 4K at 60 fps! FPV flight with glasses, this is only possible with third-party Litchi apps at the moment! Meanwhile the DJI Goggles..AccessoriesThe Phantom 4 pro is based on the Phantom 4, there is of course (for the moment) many more accessories available on the market! But the Mavic being so requested, the trend is the opposite with the recent arrival of many accessories for the Mavic Pro.Pilotage smartphoneThe Mavic Pro can be controlled from a smartphone over Wi-Fi. The maximum distance here is 80 meters, the maximum height of 50 meters and the maximum speed The Phantom 4 pro also drives itself via a smartphone for similar limitations. I personally do not recommend using your Smartphone because of the many limitations, especially in terms of range. Autonomy In terms of autonomy, DJI announces 30 minutes for the Phantom 4 Pro with its new LiPo 4S of 5 830 mAh against 27 minutes for the Mavic Pro with its 3S battery of 3 830 mAh.

Batteries put side by side
This lower power is reflected in the maximum speeds reached: 65 km / h in sport mode for the Mavic Pro against 72 km / h for his big brother. According to my first comparative tests, the battery of the Phantom 4 pro offers a better autonomy, especially in sport mode. The P4 Pro is faster in peak but not in recovery the Mavic being much more nervous and light which helps him a lot out of turn and in phase of reacceleration.StabilityVideo comparative stability to come.Les results here are rather surprising, the Mavic Pro is generally very stable even in strong winds. Hard to say which of the two is the most stable, I personally look for the Mavic which looks much less compensate in GPS mode.Sensations of flightAfter only 1 week of tests on the Mavic I must say that I find it more fun to drive for several reasons: He is much more nervous than his big brother the P4 pro. Despite top speeds below (clearly), it is much more nervous because of its small size and offers more recovery including corner exit and acceleration phase. It is really super stable given its size. The signal is really solid. Ocusync technology seems to be doing its job here. Where the Phantom 4 pro sometimes loses its signal in flight or the video signal back, I have not yet had a single problem of this type with the Mavic, even sometimes pushing it several miles away with slight interference. The quality photo / video is still really not bad and I appreciate the modes HDR and Kinematics available on the Mavic.ConclusionFinally I would say that the Phantom 4 Pro remains my drone of choice because of its photo and video qualities and a slightly more autonomy than the Mavic Pro. Being more focussed photo and video, this drone offers me obviously more room for maneuver from the range of resolutions and photo / video settings offered, the quality of its sensor 1 inch and thanks to the safety provided by the additional obstacle sensors. I have to say that for the moment I am pleasantly surprised by the flight behavior and image rendering of the Mavic Pro that I saw more as a take-out extra in addition to my "big" Phantom.Pour a significantly lower price and a probability without comparison, the Mavic is positioned as a serious customer under the drone of the year 2017! Find my Tests and Presentations:

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