It finally arrived! I am now the owner of a DJI Mavic Pro.
I originally placed an order at the beginning of December with Robotshop.com but the delivery date kept getting pushed back. The Mavic forums made it clear that DJI was prioritizing direct orders over shipping to dealers. However, a week ago I noticed Best Buy Canada showed a limited number of Mavics in stock for online ordering so I jumped on the opportunity. Once I had confirmed shipping information from Best Buy I cancelled my original order with Robotshop. I feel bad about it because I have used them in the past and really like their customer service, but the lure of the Mavic was such that I could not wait to get my hands on one.
Now, before I show you some footage from yesterday, let me set some expectations.
First, I have never flown a drone before. I was concentrating on not crashing so I was not paying attention to the camera settings. I wasn’t worrying about focus, white balance, shutter speed, or making smooth cinematic movements. Get it in the air, don’t hit anything, and land it — those were my definitions of success for these first flights.
Second, while I did buy a new PC last year, I did not get a powerful machine because my intended uses were file storage, basic photo editing, and web browsing. I had no idea that I would be getting a flying camera capable of capturing 4K video. So, my video editing capability is very limited. Also, I do not own any professional video editing software so this was created with Windows Movie Maker. The output is limited to 1080p so it is not a great representation of what the Mavic can do.
So, having lowered your expectations appropriately, please check out some footage from yesterday’s maiden flights of the Mavic Pro: