Advances in technology have helped us record and share memories in an instant, better communicate with each other, and have helped businesses become more effective and efficient. As the capabilities of technologies have expanded, however, devices continue to get smaller. From the Apple Watch to the Google Chromebook, smaller devices are packed with all of the features as a product 2-3 times its size. Drones are no different. In a new article for The Verge, writer Ben Popper discusses the new Mavic Pro, a drone that folds up and can fit in the palm of your hand.
Popper writes that despite its small size, it “doesn’t sacrifice any of the advanced features that make the Phantom series so popular”. It features sensors on the front and bottom, subject tacking, autonomous landing, and stability indoors without GPS. It also shoots 4K video at 30 fps and full HD video at 96 fps. It also has a 12-megapixel camera and a slightly smaller field of view at 78 degrees.
Its flight performance is also strong. The Mavic Pro can hit a top speed of 40 mph and can fly for 27 minutes on a single battery charge. Additionally, the small drone can stream live video from 4.3 miles aware, compared to 3.1 miles on the Phantom 4. Other new tricks include gesture control and this is the first DJI drone you can fly without a remote.
One of the features of the Mavic Pro that isn’t smaller, however, is the price. The Mavic Pro will retail for $999 when it hits shelves or $749 if you opt to buy it without a remote.
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