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DJI Mavic vs Phantom 4 Advanced/Pro/+ Comparison

DJI MAVIC AIR
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Bundle Kits
PHANTOM 4 ADVANCED/PRO/+

 

MAVIC AIR
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$799

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MAVIC PLATINUM
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PHANTOM 4 ADV/PRO/+
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Folded:
6.61×3.26×1.92 in (L×W×H)
Unfolded:
6.61×7.24×2.51 in (L×W×H)

Folded:
7.79×3.26×3.26 in (L×W×H)
Unfolded:
12.00×9.60×3.34 in (L×W×H)

Folded:
Does Not Fold
Unfolded:
11.40x11.4x7.71 in (L×W×H)


21 Min
(2970 mAh battery)

30 Min
(2970 mAh battery)

30 Min
(5870 mAh battery)

4K 8-Element Red
(100 Mbps Video)

4K 8-Element Red
(60 Mbps Video)

4K 8-Element Red
(100 Mbps Video)


≈ 2.4 Miles

≈ 4.3 Miles

≈ 4.3 Miles


Yes (3 Directions)


Yes (2)


Advanced: Yes (3)
Pro: Yes (5)

Yes No Yes


2.4 GHz & 5.8 GHz


2.4 GHz


(Pro+ Remote)
Adv/Pro: 2.4 & 5.8 GHz

DJI MAVIC AIR

 

MAVIC AIR
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PHANTOM 4 ADVANCED/PRO/+

 

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Updated: June 8, 2018 

The DJI Phantom Series is the flagship drone model, and in May 2018 their latest model hit the shelves: the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. This new quadcopter has a few key improvements over the Phantom 4 Pro: quieter propulsion, a mechanical shutter, and the OcuSync wireless connectivity with DJI Goggles. Utlimately it represents the pinnacle of the Phantom 4 series of drones, with a 30 minute flight time, 5-directions of obstacle avoidance, and 20MP photo capability. (As of April 30, 2017, DJI has ceased all manufacturing of the Phantom 4)

We know what you're thinking: Phantom 4 Advanced vs. Phantom 4 Pro V2.0... Which is the better buy? Is the P4Pro V2.0 worth the extra $300 with the aforementioned features included? What is the value of a new Drone World Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 Falcon Kit? We answer all those questions and more below:

(An important note before we continue: the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 and Phantom 4 Pro+ V2.0 have one difference between them, the P4Pro+ V2.0 comes with an LCD screen on the remote control, all other specs are the same. In this article we will refer to both drones as V2.0.)

Also included in this breakdown is the ultra-compact DJI Mavic Air, the latest and greatest Mavic drone, boasting the fun hand gesture controls that debuted with the Spark, the compact elements Mavic pilots have come to love, and a smattering of exciting new features. The Mavic Air utilizes a game console-like controller for flight, reaching a top speed of 42.5 mph for 21 minutes of total flight time.

Go Faster: 45 mph+ & Improved Performance

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 ascends considerably faster than the Phantom 4 thanks to more powerful computer distribution boardmore efficient motors, a low-drag shape, and a superior battery. Sport Mode, combined with larger Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 propellers, unleashes the drone’s full potential, sending more power to the four enhanced motors for better lift and acceleration.

With a top speed of 45 mph in sport mode and 31 in GPS mode, the V2.0 is phenomenal in the air. Meanwhile, the Mavic Air clocks in just shy of the V2.0, reaching a top speed of 42.5 mph, and 17.9 mph in GPS mode.

The Phantom 4 Advanced matches the V2.0 in ascent speed and top speed, making it a cheaper option for those that can do without rear sensors, the 5.8 GHz band, the quieter propulsion, and the mechanical shutter, among other things.

 

Go Farther: 30 min. Flight + 4.3 Mile Range

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Going Farther

(Aftermarket antennas will be needed in high interference areas to achieve this range, see the new P4P FireBridge Remote with helical antenna and wifi boosters)

A new and more powerful Intelligent Flight battery allows the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 to travel farther and stay aloft longer. Where the Phantom 4 eked out 28 min. of flight, the Phantom 4 Pro/Adv battery gives the drone two extra minutes for 30 total minutes of flight. The aircraft’s Intelligent Flight Battery boasts an increased capacity 520mAh more than its predecessor (for a total of 5870 mAh vs the P4’s 5350 mAh), combined with more effective aerodynamics and motors, it enables that extended flight time.

The Mavic Platinum has 30 minutes of flight time with just a 2970 mAh battery, thanks to it small size and weight. Stock ranges for the Phantom drones are identical, capable of flying 4.3 miles away. The Mavic Air manages about half that, at 2.4 miles with its 2375 mAh battery.

The radio and antenna for the Phantom 4 Pro operate on 23 decibels of gain while the Phantom 4 Pro+/Adv utilizes 30 decibels, providing a more focused signal. Drone pilots can get even more out of their Phantom 4 Adv with our Falcon Bundle Kit, featuring the PureSync 2 remote, the world’s most advanced remote that guarantees reception and better signal coverage. It provides better penetration through trees and guarantees 720P Video Quality in the most adverse conditions, including low elevations.

Our lead technician indicated that the ‘over-engineering’ allows the system to operate much better than stock in close range environments: providing better signal penetration in and around trees, near large clusters of home WiFi routers that cause interference, or when flying long distances at low levels.

The World's Most Advanced Remote is powered by PureSync 2 Technology, which guarantees reception and better penetration through trees, even in the most adverse conditions. Made and assembled in America, this phenomenal remote provides guaranteed 720P Video Quality – effectively helping drone pilots fly safer with better signal coverage. 

Much like the Phantom 4, the Mavic Platinum MaXX Mod upgrade kit boasts an improvement to its range, with the Helicoil Antenna Range Mod boosting penetration up to 4-5 miles.

The V2's 30-minute max flight time and 4.3+ mile signal range give range enthusiasts their best opportunity to reach new distances and heights. In the Mavic Air vs. Mavic Platinum vs. Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 battle, the Mavic Platinum is the king of battery life and range.

 

It’s Sharper: Superior Camera Quality and Ultra-Smooth Gimbal

DJI Phantom 4 Pro with Sharper Camera

The V2.0 camera some distinct improvements over the original Phantom 4, the largest of which is the sensor size increase to 1” vs 1/2.3” of the P4. The sensor size is one of the most important factors of photo and video quality as it provides better dynamic range, less noise, improved low light performance, and better quality at higher resolutions (more info on sensor size here). Tweaked software gives quicker feedback between pilot and camera, as well as in auto-focus. The Phantom 4 Pro/Adv camera best the Phantom 4, putting out 20 MP and 4K video; unlike the Phantom 4, both Phantom 4 Pro/Adv can film at a rate of 60fps in 4K.

Another major advantage of the Phantom 4 Pro/Adv is the mechanical shutter. The Mavic Platinum and Mavic Air employs an electronic shutter that can cause distortion with fast moving objects, while a mechanical shutter snaps quickly moving objects with ease, producing a high quality image every time. Plus, the Phantom 4 Pro relies on a brand new camera lens optimized for aerial imaging, featuring an aperture range of F2.8-F11 and a 24mm equivalent focal length. The Mavic Platinum provides F2.2 aperture and 35mm focal length - a focal length shared by the Mavic Air, which also has an aperture of F2.8, a surprising number to say the least.

The max video bitrate of the Mavic Air and Phantom 4 Pro is an imprresive100Mbps, while the Mavic Platinum manages a slower 60 mbps. The bit rate is how much data (how many million bits) are stored per second of video. The higher the rate, the higher the quality of video, which is found on professional camcorders, though it does increase the file size.

Mavic Air Mavic Platinum Phantom 4 Pro/P4 Advanced
Sensor Size 1/2.3" 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Film Rate 12 MP and 4K Ultra HD Video 12.35 MP and 4K Video 20 MP and 4K Video
Shutter Type Electronic Electronic Mechanical
Aperture Range F2.8 F2.2 F2.8-F11
Max Video Bitrate 100 Mbps 60 Mbps 100 Mbps
Camera Image DJI Mavic Air Camera lens DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Camera Lens DJI Phantom 4 Pro camera

Check out a video comparison among the Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro, and the Mavic Pro:

P4 vs P4 Pro vs Mavic Pro.

 

It’s Easier & Safer

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Fly Safer

Flying the Phantom 4 Pro/Adv is easier and safer than ever before. While the Mavic Pro Platinum has front and downward obstacle sensors, the Phantom 4 Pro also adds rear sensors and infrared sensors on both sides, for a total of 5 directions of obstacle sensing. The sensors on the Phantom 4 Pro are also more advanced, operating at higher speeds and farther distances. The downward VPS sensors (Visual Positioning System) that help with take off, landing, and indoor flight have been doubled to 98ft on both the Mavic Pro Platinum and P4Pro. Both the Phantom 4 and Mavic Pro Platinum fly with obstacle avoidance sensors engaged at 10 m/s, while the P4Pro does the same up to 13.4 m/s.

The best obstacle detecting is on the Mavic Air, hwoever, which uses advanced VIO technology. The powerful sensor system in FlightAutonomy 2.0 consists of a primary gimbal camera, forward, backward, and downward dual-vision sensors, downward infrared sensing system, IMU redundancies, and a group of computing cores. Together, they collect and transmit information from the surrounding environment to the high-performance processor for more precise hovering and better flight performance. Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems (APAS) allow the aircraft to bypass obstacles in front of and behind it actively. 

Also notable are the host of Intelligent Flight Modes: Circle, Terrain Follow, Tripod, Draw, Gesture. The Mavic Air introduces two new gestures to the fold: Asteroid and Boomerang. Asteroid is an incredible new way to see the world, capturing video and combining it with a spherical photo for a dramatic final image unlike any other. 

Terrain Follow utilizes the same principles as “Follow Me,” but it adjusts its elevation to maintain its height relative to you. Tripod mode, on the other hand, is the most stable the drone will be in the air. Expect a dramatic reduction in speed, and a steady hold that is often used for still photography and other actions that don’t require speed such as slow-panning clips.

The Phantom 4 Pro also supports Narrow Sensing and relies on brand new RTH algorithms. More specifically, the Smart Return Home has improved by forming a map of its environment in real-time. The aircraft selects the best flight path to return home, and senses as far as 300 meters to effortlessly avoid obstacles. In the event of a lost control signal, the Phantom Pro 4 retraces its original path to regain its connection after one minute. When activated, Narrow Sensing enables the aircraft to adjust its sensing range and flying speed to fly through narrow gaps.

 

Conclusion

Where the Mavic Air and Mavic Pro Platinum truly shine are in their portability. When fully folded, they become the size of a water bottle, making transport a cinch. That lightweight build combines with a number of standard features that make them better than the Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Advanced. In particular, the Mavic Air showcases brand new camera modes and the hand gesture controls first introduced with the DJI Spark. Plus, the 3D Environment Sensing of the Mavic Air is a huge step up, further illustrating DJI's push towards new innovations.

With these highly advanced drones come multiple accessories to consider:

The Phantom 4 Pro/+ is equipped with a higher quality camera, new modes, more sensors, easy setup, and foolproof systems – making it the perfect drone for beginners or professionals alike. Couple all of the positive attributes with a bevy of great features, and you won't outgrow this outstanding drone anytime soon. 

 

 

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DJI Mavic Pro Upgrade Combo Kit by Drone-World.com

 

Drone enthusiasts continue to flock to the DJI Mavic Pro, a drone of remarkable design and outstanding features. Our Mavic Pro MaXX Mod Upgrade Kit is positvely bursting with useful augmentations we've engineered onto this already popular drone. 3 Hot-Swap Antennas are included in the kit, perfect for boosting the Mavic's range, flying FPV style, or getting the best HD signal on your tablet. Plus, our Award-Winning Drone World Backpack is perfect for housing your Mavic with all its accessories, and even comes with a super handy rapid deploy compartment. Getting your Mavic Pro up in the air is easier than ever, allowing you to begin your flying fun in seconds instead of minutes! Discover all of the wonderful elements we've compiled in our coveted MaXX Mod Kit.

 

 

 

 

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