With the new reviews of the DJI Mavic Pro, there’s been one popular concern from many of us: the quality wasn’t quite 100 percent and looked a bit blurry, especially when compared with other drones. Then we shared the 4K comparison with the Phantom 4, and even though the camera specs are very close between the two, it was apparent that the Mavic quality was not quite there. The Phantom 4 was the clear winner here, but the size still made the Mavic a viable contender for many of us who would compromise portability over quality and sharpness.
Later in the day after Casey’s review and comparison was up, he came back and updated that he figured out the focus works differently than any previous DJI drone unit. This was great news for many of us, as this brings hope back to the Mavic. Michael Shainblum was able to get his hands on the DJI Mavic as well, and explains and clears up some of the concerns on the focus for the unit. Apparently the focus works like you are using an iPhone to take photos or video. You have to tap on the screen to grab that focus point. With this new video showing 4k in focus, the Mavic looks great. It’s back on my radar to purchase when it comes out. He even made some comments about the stabilization of the Mavic vs the Phantom, which he believes is a lot better on the small Mavic drone.
One of Michael’s comments about how sharp the Phantom 4 is spot on with my opinions as well, especially with the side by side comparison; it looks like the Phantom 4 is a bit over sharpened. With a bit of sharpening filters applied, the Mavic footage will look great and a good replacement for the Phantom 4. I for one will be watching for more testing and reviews to see how the Mavic fairs, especially when it’s finally released to the public.
Here's another focus test from Ken Booth using the DJI Mavic Pro, which ones again looks a lot sharper than the previous test footage. My hopes are back for the little drone that could!
What are your thoughts, is the DJI Mavic a viable option for you?