Ever since the release of DJI Phantom 4, it has been the gold standard of pro-sumer quadcopter drone. There has been very few real competitors in this level within the price range. However, the release of Mavic series gave us another good option for quality camera drone. Mavic Pro vs Phantom 4, which one should you choose? Let’s take a closer look at each one.
If you just want to know the result, here you are. DJI Mavic Pro is our choice. Even though these two drones are similar in many areas, the Mavic has better portability, better wind resistence when hovering, and slightly cheaper price. However, there are some areas the Phantom 4 is doing better, so go through the whole article and decide for yourself.
Since the product positioning is very similar, DJI build these drones with the same mindset. They are both awesome to fly. They both take great picture and videos, even in heavy wind because of their great 3-axis gimbal design. And they both use the same DJI GO App, which provides tons of great features, like camera adjustments and safety control.
Flight time is really close between the two competitors. The official specification for both run at 27-28 minutes. The real flight time might be less than the official number due to wind and temperature differences.
They are both equipped with 12mp camera lenses and the image quality are both great. Even though they can both take 1080p videos, due to different transmission technology, Only Mavic Pro is able to view the live video footage on the app in 1080p. For the Phantom 4, the resolution is reduced down to 720p becuase it is using the older LightBridge technology.
Max speed is similar for both at 40 miles in sports mode. operating range is slightly further for the Mavic Pro at 7k than the Phantom Pro at 5K, thanks to the newer OcuSync technology.
Size and Weight
Now let’s look at what are the differences between the two quadcopter.
You will realize when you first look at the two drones that Mavic Pro is much smaller and lighter than the Phantom 4. The Mavic weights about 700g, about half of what Phantom 4 weights. When folded, the Mavic Pro can be put into a pocket, whereas the Phantom 4 only allows the propeller to be removed, the body of the drone can not be reduced in size.
This makes Mavic Pro much more portable than the Phantom 4. You can put the Mavic Pro in any regular backpack and it wouldn’t make your bag too much heavier. The Phantom 4, however, need it’s own carrying bag for the drone body and accessories. This means one extra bag on the road.
Lightbridge vs OcuSync
Even though Lightbridge is a great technology, the OcuSync is newer and better. They both does a good job transmitting signals between the controller and the drone, but OcuSync has a longer range and strong signal than the Lightbridge.
OcuSync can also connect your DJI goggle to your drone, giving you an immerse FPV flying experience.
The upside for having a larger and heavier body is in heavy wind situations, the Phantom 4 is able to handle itself better. This makes taking photos and videos easier and safes more batteries because the propeller doesn’t need to work as much to fight the wind to stay still.
Look and Feel
Depending on what you want to do with the drone, this can go either way. The Phantom 4 is more professional looking. If you run a aerial photography business, then the Phantom 4 is better suited. The solid color, large drone body all shows professionalism. The design and build of Mavic Pro is also great, but it feels like a racing drone. the color and design are fancier than the Phantom.
Another aspect I like about the Phantom 4 is you can catch it using your hand. At the bottom of the drone, there’s large landing gears when the drone is hovering on the air, you can just take it from the air easily. This could be very useful when you are flying the drone without landing spot, like on a boat in the ocean. The Mavic Pro can’t do this because of it’s compact design, which is not a problem at all if you want to land on a flat surface. The landing of Mavic Pro is especially smooth because of it’s low center of gravity.
The Mavic Pro is also much quieter than the Phantom 4. However, there’re special propellers you can buy which improve the noise of the drone.
Last but not least, the Phantom 4 is about $200 more expensive than the Mavic Pro. It’s a good amount of money which you can get two extra batteries. So the overall value definitely favors the Mavic. However depending on your usage, Phantom 4 could be better suited for you.
There you have it, the two candidates both have great performance where it matters. They both fly great, have great cameras, and solid build and design. However, the Mavic Pro wins in portability and the Phantom wins in solid build and professional looking design. Hopefully you have made up your mind which one to choose.
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