Which DJI Drone Is Right For You This Summer? – A Buyers Guide
I'Ll explain the unique features and benefits that each of these drones provide to help you decide which of these amazing flying machines might be right for you now in front of me, I have all five of the drones I'll be comparing the Mavic mini Mavic air Mavic. To zoom Mavic to pro and the phantom 4 pro v 2.0, and even though each of these drones are unique in their own special way, all of them share the brilliant engineering heritage of DJI that's been developed over the last decade. In many cases, the innovations that are out there today in drones were developed into DJI labs. So, even if you start with something as small as the Mavic mini you're, getting a lot of that engineering brilliance built into it and it allows you to step up to more sophisticated drones over time as your needs and your budget provide now I'll go through. Each of these drones individually and point out specifically what makes the drone special I'll give you the specifications. So if you're in the market for a drone, you'll have a real clear understanding of where the drone fits into the market and what price point it fits into. As well from a consumer perspective, now I've flown all of these drones on a regular basis, and I love them all for different reasons and I'll try and keep it as honest as I can about the features that I think are really important to you.
As I go through these but understand that, no matter which model of drone you fly it's a whole lot of fun and summer's here, so go out and start flying stay tuned. That I'll get started with the comparisons Music I'll start off with the Mavic mini, which is DJ eyes, newest and most portable drone. They call it the everyday fly cam, but don't. Let its tiny size fool you, because good things do come in small packages, and this drone is a powerhouse now I'll start off with some of the specifications and then I'll come back and tell you some of the features that really separate it from the competition. The Mavic mini is an incredibly portable drone, weighing only 249 grams, which is under the weight requirement for registration in most countries, including the United States. Its small frame provides 30 minutes of flight time on a single battery and can fly an astounding 2.5 miles or 4000 meters, while still delivering an HD video stream back to the controller. It features both GPS positioning and visual sensing for incredibly stable flight both indoors and out. The Mavic mini can also deliver rock solid, crystal clear footage and images by incorporating a 3 axis gimbal and sporting, a professional one over 2.3 sensor, which can capture 12 megapixel stills. As well as video resolutions up to 2.7 K for recording on the drone, now that you understand just how smart the Mavic Mini is from a technical perspective, let me explain why all that technology matters and why this might be the perfect drone for new fliers.
Looking to get into the Hobby or even experience Flyers on the hunt for a drone, they can take on vacation and capture most of the footage that you're shooting today with a larger drone. Now, when the Mavic mini first came out, a lot of people looked at it and said: oh isn't, that interesting DJI released a toy drone that's great for beginners, and they could not have been more wrong because if you compare the specifications and the Mavic mini to Some of the drones that were released less than three years ago, like the Mavic Pro you're gon na, find it's almost like they took the Mavic Pro put it in some kind of shrink, machine and developed a Mavic mini, because a lot of the specifications are almost Exactly the same, it has a 1 over 2.3 inch sensor same as the Mavic Pro. It can fly around 30 minutes same as the Mavic Pro. It even has a similar frame design as the Maverick Pro. So what you're getting in a drone that's incredibly affordable, is a very competent flying machine. That gives you a lot of the features that more sophisticated drones had just a few short years ago. Now things that I love about this number one is the size you can fold this up to an incredibly small size and what's beneficial about that is you don't have to worry about bringing it along with you now that's the size of the drone, totally folded up And it's got a gimbal guard that goes on there, but essentially that's what it looks like here's, my cellphone look at the size difference it's about the same size as my cell phone now.
Obviously it's a lot thicker this way. But what this means for me is when I'm going on vacation, I no longer have to think about gee I've got that larger, Mavic or I've got the Phantom 4 and I've got to carry an extra case with me with batteries and all the rest of that Stuff, this is small enough when I put the gimbal guard on and I can slide it in my backpack and take it with me everywhere. So it really is the everyday fly cam like they advertise it to be, and the important thing about that is the best drone you can bring with you on vacation is the one that you're gon na bring with you on vacation. So if you've got a bigger drone and you decide I'm not going to take it, coz it's too big, a hassle, you're gon na miss all those shots. So, having something small like this that's, a no brainer to bring along is really its major advantage and the best part is it captures the footage you need so it's, going to shoot. 2.7 K, 30 frames a second or 1080p at 60 frames. A second it's got really good bitrate, so you're gon na get great images, 12 megapixel pictures, which again I know it's, not a 4k drone, but most people are shooting footage today at 1080p and they're completely happy with that. This drone will do that. For you, one of the other big benefits to this drone is, if you're, a new flyer, it's incredibly simple, to fly this, you can charge the batteries, put it up in the air in a couple of minutes and be an expert on these sticks in no time Whatsoever, in addition to which they've built in all kinds of automated fly modes, that they call quick shots, things like drone II rockets, circle and helix, which, by just tapping a few things on the screen in the application, you can send the drone up and away from You you can have it circle you, above all, those features are built in automatically and it turns you into this aerial cinematographer without really spending a lot of time learning how to fly.
So you can capture some beautiful footage on your next vacation just by tapping those buttons and the best part is the application has templates built into it that once you shoot that footage, you can drop those into the templates. It'Ll automatically create this beautiful video that you can immediately post to your social media network, so it's the kind of drone that looks deceiving at first, because it looks like it's too small to be cool but it's. An incredibly competent drone now I'm going to talk next about the Mavic air, which is a bigger brother and some of the differences between the two. But if you're looking to get into this hobby and your wondering where to start you'd be hard pressed to find a drone that has the feature set, that the Mavic mini provides anywhere near the price of this product. Music now I'll take a closer look at the Mavic air and point out some of the incredible features that make this a really special drone. So you can clearly understand the difference between it and the Maverick mini. I just spoke about. First I'll give you all the technical specifications about the Maverick air and then really explain what all those nerdy details mean to a flier that's, making a decision whether this might be the right quad or the Mavic mini, or even the Maverick to that I'm. Going to talk about next, so stay tuned, that I'll do the technical details and then I'll come back and explain again why those technical details really matter to a flier.
The Mavic air is a slightly larger drone than the mafic mini, but is still ultimately portable weighing in at 430 grams. It'S foldable frame can be opened in seconds and provides a full 21 minutes of flight time per battery and can fly an incredible 2.5 miles or 4000 meters using an enhanced, Wi Fi transmission signal. It features both GPS positioning and visual sensing for incredibly stable flight, as well as three direction obstacle avoidance to keep you safe while flying the system is further enhanced through the addition of a pass, a system that can accurately detect surrounding obstacles while in flight and short, A path to avoid them, the Mavic air, employs a 3 axis gimbal like the Maverick mini. The camera features a 1 over 2.3 sensor, which can capture 12 megapixel stills, as well as 32 megapixel panoramic shots for that ultimate vacation photo. The HDR feature helps to enhance your photos even further by increasing the dynamic range of the shots. The video recording has also been expanded to include 4k resolution at 100 megabits per second, as well as 1080p at 120 frames per second to help slow down the action. Now that you understand the technical details, I'll explain why those upgrades can have a huge impact on your flying experience and help you understand if the upgrade from the Mavic mini to the Maverick air is really worth it. The first thing I'll do is compare the two quads for size, so there's, the Mavic air and there's, the Mavic mini I'll, be really careful all right side by side, they're, pretty close in size.
Okay, the Maverick air is a little bit bigger, it's, a little heavier at 430 grams versus 249 for the Mavic mini. But honestly, when you pack these away in your suitcase, they take up about the same amount of space and going with the Mavic air. There was so much more technology packed into that that it's well worth a couple of extra grams. The first thing I want to talk about the imaging package – because I mentioned before that the Mavic mini can record 2.7 K and 1080p video, which is fine for most folks on vacation it's. What cell phones used to do, but nowadays everybody wants 4k recording the Mavic air can record 4k. In addition to that, it can also record 1080p at 120 frames per second, and what that means is you can natively slow down the video you're recording, so you can do slow motion photography with this natively in the quad, the other big difference, even though they both Have a 1 over 2.3 inch sensor inside this unit. The megabits per second that come back from that sensor to be processed are much higher. They'Re 100 megabits, a second versus 40 megabits, a second on the Mavic mini. The reason that's important is because a lot of that information that's collected at the sensor has to get back very quickly to be processed by the electronics inside and having 100 megabits. A second back from the sensor means you've got this 9 lane highway of data.
Coming back at that processing unit and gives you much richer and much fuller, video and pictures inside the unit or another big feature difference between the two, the Mavic mini doesn't, have any crash avoidance. The Mavic air does so it's got three directional crash avoidance front back and below, which means, when you're flying it and there's obstacles around you, it's gon na warn you and let you know, hey you're, about to crash into a tree with the Mavic mini it's, going To run into the tree, you've got to be a lot more careful with a smaller quad like that, whereas with the Mavic air it's going to protect you. In addition to that, the Mavic mini includes a feature called active track that can sense up to 16 targets and follow the one that you choose. It'S also got autonomous flight with another feature built in called a pass, which is a really sophisticated algorithm that gathers data about its environment, both front and back and below. So if you're flying through an area it's going to make decisions on your behalf to find the cleanest path through that debris that you happen to be flying through it's, an incredibly cool feature that not only gives you better autonomous flight, but it also improves dramatically the Crash avoidance it's got GPS coordination in there as far as visual positioning and it'll make sure that you're flying it outside it's, going to use GPS and the down facing sensors to keep it nice and stable in the air.
You can also fly it in a house. Even if you don't have a GPS signal inside the house, in addition to that, they've enhanced the autonomous features so I'd mentioned before about the quick shots on the Mavic. Many they've added two more quick shots to this one which are pretty cool. One of them is called asteroid which basically flies up in the air and turns the planet into a tiny little marble. First time you do it it's gon na blow you away you're gon na want to do it an awful lot, the other one that I use. All the time in the Mavic air called boomerang, which basically takes the quad out in an elliptical circle in front of you and then behind you and comes back so it's a really pretty clever way to do things. The last thing I'll talk about are the two software features that make this much easier to fly, so the first one is called tap fly, which basically allows you to look at your application point to a place on the map and hit go and the quad will Fly there for you again using the crashing voidance to make sure it's not going to run into anything. The second one, which is even cooler, is the one called smart capture, which means you've got the quad up in the air and you can give it hand, signals to not only control the quad but to take pictures or to take videos or start recording and that's.
Wonderful, if you're out with a bunch of friends on the beach you can put the quad up, put it about 30 feet away from you and issue those hand signals to start taking pictures. You don't have the controller in your hands the whole time to be hitting the buttons to start recording so they've really taken the Mavic mini technology and enhanced it tremendously in the Mavic air and again it's sort of like the Goldilocks song, where you've got the Mavic Mini as an entry, the Mavic 2 is sort of a prosumer drone. This is right in the middle that combines a lot of the features that are in the Matic 2, with all of the features that are in Mavic, mini and it's. A great transition drone to get into the prosumer space, but for me I fly this drone all the time and it's one of my favourite drones to take on vacation because of the 4k recording, and I love the fact that I've got a pass and crash avoidance Built in to know that it's going to be super safe, when it's up in the air now stay tuned, then I'll talk about the Mavic 2 next Music. The next drone in the DJI lineup is the Mavic 2, which is the successor for the original Mavic pro, and when that first Mavic pro was released, it changed everything about this hobby. It really was an evolutionary move on DJI sparked because they were clever enough to build a drone that folded up and was incredibly portable, but still had all the features that Flyers were looking for.
So you had a drone that you could take with you anywhere without compromising on the functionality now the Bambi 2 is the follow on to the original maverick pro on the Maverick Pro platinum and it's got all the features and functions the original product had, but they've Taken it to the next level and built in all kinds of enhanced features that really make this almost the perfect flying machine. Now there are two models of the Mavic to the maverick to zoom and the Maverick to pro next I'm going to give you the specifications for both of these frames. So you understand exactly what they provide and you can compare them to the other two drones. I discussed and then I'll come back and actually give you some of my experience of where I use the Mavic to zoom and where use the Maverick to pro, to help you decide which of these two platforms might be right for your flying needs. The Mavic 2 is the largest folding drone in the DJI lineup and is available in two different models. The pro in the zoom both have similar specifications, except for the imaging package. Each drone weighs roughly 900 grams and can still provide a full 31 minutes of flight time per battery through the use of AA q. Sync 2 connection technology. They can both fly an amazing 5 miles or 8000 meters and still deliver an HD 1080p stream of video back to the controller during flight.
The pair feature, both GPS and GLONASS positioning for incredibly accurate flights, as well as omnidirectional obstacle avoidance for increased safety, while flying both of the drones feature. An enhanced three axis gimbal system to provide incredibly stable, imaging and video recording, while flying the two models can capture amazing 4k footage at 100 megabits per second, as well as 1080p footage at 120 frames per second to help slow down the action. The mapping to zoom comes equipped with a 1 over 2.3 inch sensor, which incorporates a 2 X optical zoom to allow you to get closer to the action it can: capture 12 megapixel images and sizes up to 4000 by 3000 and also includes a decent alike profile. The Mavic 2 pro features a professional Hasselblad 1 inch sensor, where can shoot 20 megapixel images and sizes up to 54 72 by 36 48 and includes a 10 bit D la M profile for better grading and post. Before I get too deep into the details of what makes both models of the Mavic to Quad pretty special in their own way, I thought I'd do a real, quick size comparison to show you how the Mavic 2 stacks up against the other 2 quads we've been Discussing so first I've got the mattock to zoom here, I'll put the Mavic air next to it and then finally, the Mavic mini now. Obviously the Mavic 2 is a much bigger quad, but everything in that quad has been scaled up to accommodate that larger size.
So the motors are beefier, the batteries bigger, it can fly 31 minutes, and I love that the engineering team was able to sort of crank up the technology to accommodate that larger size without introducing compromise so you're getting everything you need in that quad and again it Can still fly 31 minutes, the best part is, if you start flying, the Maverick mini is maybe your first quad and you get really good at piloting that quad those skill sets transfer to the other quad. So you've got an upgrade path that maybe someday you decide. You want to record 4k video or you need some of the features the Mavic air has. You can immediately start flying that quad or maybe you're gon na jump right to the Mavic, because you need the features that has you can easily transition to that. So I love the fact that DJI has got a universal quads out there, pretty much for every price point and pilot need on the market. Now let me talk a little bit about the design philosophy behind the Mavic, because there are two models: there's, a zoom and a prowl and the question I asked DJI and I was lucky enough to be at their kickoff event for this product was: what were you Designing this product to do because I flew the mapping Pro when it first came out and I thought that quad was Martian technology. They had a foldable quad that had amazing flight technology.
It had beautiful imaging on it had a long flight time. It flew really far. I was thinking to myself: how could you build a better quad than that that to me at the time, especially, was the perfect quad? So what would you change to make the mavic interesting for me and their answer was simple. They said we were concentrating on the photographer. We wanted to build a quad that had a better imaging package to give you much more control over the images you were capturing they'd already nailed. The quad part already had products that could fly really well and have good connection topology all the rest of the stuff you have to do to camera up in the air. What the Mavic 2 does is introduce a much more sophisticated imaging package to the market in two different models and I'll talk about those now, so the Mavic zoom is a product that I use an awful lot and I fly both of these quads and I consider Them to be tools that I use on commercial shoots, and there are days I need the magic to zoom and other days. I need o matic to pro, but what the zoom brings to the market is an optical zoom, a 2 X optical zoom. So it's got a 1 over 2.3 inch sensor, 100 megabits, a second. It captures amazing footage and great pictures. But the fact that I can optically zoom closer to a subject and pull in on something is really a major advantage.
Now a lot of the quads out there have zoom on them, but they're digital zooms, which means they're taking the same image and digitally blowing it up, and you get a lot of fuzziness in that this is a physical optical zoom, coupled with a digital zoom. So it's got a 2 X optical zoom, which means I can fly near some wildlife and stay really far away from it, but pulled in nice and tight on that particular scene or, if I'm flying in an area where I've got a point of interest in people Around me, I can stay away from them and really dial in against what I'm trying to capture. So it gives me a lot more control of when I'm flying. It also has a couple of cool tricks. I'Ll talk about in a minute now the pros advantage is that they're using – and I can't believe this they're using a one inch Hasselblad sensor. So what you've got there is a sensor that really rivals a lot of terrestrial DSLR cameras in a drone that flies so it's, amazing that they were able to build that in there and that's when that partnership, that DJ on Hasselblad have but a 1 inch sensor. Just gives you an incredibly rich picture out there, the fact that they've also introduced different profiles for both of these products. You'Ve got D log em over here and you've got Sena like over here, so you've got the ability to sort of adjust it tremendously in post.
So if you're a photographer and you capture that image, you want to be able to get in there and dial up certain things, maybe the chroma, maybe some other aspects of it and having those profiles built in means. You get a much more rich picture that you can do things with afterwards, so there really are catering to the photographer out there with both of these different models. So we're gon na use the if you're flying a lot around wildlife, and you want to sort of have that zoom ability to pull in the zoom is a perfect product and honestly side by side. If you put them side by side, you'll notice a little bit of a difference in the image quality. Obviously the one inch sensor captures a lot more detail out there, but the zoom does a really good job as well. So don't think that this isn't going to give you an amazing picture, but the advantage again is that I can zoom in on a target. The one inch is just probably the best flying camera on the market today, it's, really that good, now other things they've enhanced, which I think are really important. The first one is the flight characteristics, so both of these quads will fly using five miles, they're using occu. Sync technology that's, based on the original IQ sync but it's, sort of wizardry inside the transmission topology. That uses a Wi Fi signal. But if those frequency hopping so what it means is it guarantees a rock solid connection for both controlling the drone and getting video back from the drone for up to five miles.
Now, you're not going to fly that far in the US, because your visual line of sight limitations, but no one I've got a rock solid signal means I can fly in really close and still have incredibly good video coming back to my control station. The other thing they built into them, which again is a major innovation, is sort of this omnidirectional image. Sensing for crash avoidance, so they've got sensors forward back sides. Top bottom you'd be hard pressed to run this thing into anything in the air, and I love the fact that the quad is smart enough to see an obstacle. Let you know there's an obstacle and either stop if they can't get around it or find a way around it. So that's a really major advantage as well. Another big change that the Mavic 2 brings to market are the included shooting modes that provide autonomous ways of flying the quad. There are several different choices you can use to control the drone. The first is called Pio eye 2.0, and this allows you to pick a target through the app and have the quad fly automatically around it. The next is called waypoints 2.0, and this allows you to set up locations on the map to create a flight plan for the Mavic 2 to automatically execute the last one is something called dolly zoom now, if you've ever seen enough for Hitchcock movie like psycho, where They'Ve got that shot where it's sort of it's surreal, where it pulls back and the image sort of lifts back like this that's built in there is an automatic mode, so you can actually do dolly zoom on a target and really enhance your cinematographers in the air.
So those three modes are built into it. In addition to that, the mapping to features an upgraded version of active track for even more precise following and filming of a moving target. This new version uses course prediction to stay on target while flying hyperlapse is another new feature introduced with this drone, and there are several modes you can use to capture the perfect scene automatically with the quad. Dji has even improved the panorama functions in the Mavic and now provides several choices for how you can have the quad capture, these amazing scenes and finally, it's quieter there using low noise propellers on it, they're using FOC es CS, which are the motor controls to make It much more efficient because remember it's a heavier drone than the others, but it still flies 31 minutes and you can't just keep jamming bigger badder into it. So the fact that they've made it much more efficient, much quieter in the air, much faster in the air flies forty five miles an hour, so you can get to a target really quickly film what you got to film and get back really quickly. So, for me, this is like the perfect flying platform at this point. If you're looking for a foldable drone, the zoom or the pro will fit the bill out there for any pilot that needs that amazingly good video footage or pictures in the sky and have a lot of control of those images after you brought them back and post Either one of these products will serve that need now stay tuned, that I'll talk about the Phantom 4 pro v2 next Music.
This final comparison will focus on the Phantom for pro v 2.0, the only non folding or fixed frame drone and DJ eyes. Current lineup now I'll spend some time explaining why this drone is important and it might be the perfect choice if you do a lot of commercial photography, but before I get into that I'll give you the technical specifications, so you can easily compare this to the other. Three drones that I've already covered and then I'll come back and explain why, even though I fly these, this is still my go to drone for a lot of the commercial work. I do so stay tuned for that. The Phantom 4 Pro v 2.0 is the fixed frame workhorse of the DJI line and shares a long heritage of design that spans several generations of engineering improvements. The drone weighs thirteen hundred and 75 grams providing an incredibly stable platform for professional imaging with a full 30 minutes of flight time per charged battery. The Phantom 4 pro v20 uses the latest occu sync connection technology, which provides an incredible 5 miles or 8000 meters of controlled flight and can deliver an HD 1080p stream of video back to the controller to accurately frame your subjects. The quad uses both GPS and GLONASS. Positioning for incredibly accurate flights as well as 5 Direction obstacle sensing for increased safety while flying this drone features an enhanced three axis gimbal system to provide incredibly stable, imaging and video recording when flying the larger one inch CMOS sensor will capture amazing 20 megapixel images and Video footage that includes 4k 60 frames per second at a hundred megabits per second, as well as 1080p at 120 frames per second for slow motion.
Recording now that you've heard the specifications for the phantom 4 pro v2 L I'll explain why they're important and why this drone is such a powerhouse in the sky and an incredibly popular choice among Flyers that do a lot of commercial work now. Normally, I would through a comparison between this and the other three drones, I've already discussed, but it's, obviously a bigger quad and that's. A good thing and I'll explain why, in a minute, but just for comparison purposes, the Mavic mini clocks in at 249 grams, the Mavic Air 430 grams, the Mavic to around 900 grams, the Phantom 4 1375 grams. Now you might already be thinking. How can that possibly be an advantage, but if you're shooting commercially, which is really what this drone was designed to do? You want to have a drone that's, incredibly stable in the air, because when you get on site – and you put it up in the air and you get on location, you want the drone to stay exactly where you put it, because you're trying to frame a shot And if the wind kicks up or something else, changes in the environment, you don't want the drone moving around up there now I know it's got a three axis gimbal on it: it's gon na correct for a lot of those micro movements, but keeping the drone stable Is super important to get that perfect shot and the smaller drones and the foldable drones are really stable in the air as well, but they're lighter, and they tend to move around a lot when the wind kicks up and even though the gimbals will control a lot Of the video footage and keep it relatively stable, they do move a lot now that can scare people hunt site.
So if there's a director watching that and the quads bouncing around up there, you've got a real estate agent standing next to you. That can be a little unsettling to see the drone bouncing around and a really stiff wind. So this one will stay exactly where you put it, which is an incredibly important thing, and it can do that because it's using a fixed, airframe it's got a little extra weight. It'S a little bit. Bigger it's got greater of dynamics, so it's got ballasts built in which means when that wind moves it's not going to move the drone it's gon na stay right on location, so that's a first advantage. The second advantage is because it's bigger and because it's white, you can see it further away now. Remember you've got to maintain a visual line of sight of the drone when you're flying and the smaller drones tend to disappear. When you get past 1500 feet for me at least so a thousand feet, I'm good fifteen hundred feet I'm good a little further. Out than that, I lose sight of the drum, which means I can't fly as far having a drone, that's, big and white means. I can get to 2000 feet 2500 feet and still clearly see that drawn in the sky, which means in a commercial environment you're extending your operational distance. So you can film further away. You can film a bigger area if you're filming chase scenes or something or something's moving you've got a lot more room to move in there.
So having a larger drone, that's white gives you better visual line of sight, which means again, your operational area is longer. The third thing which is kind of a minor point, but it's important, is that this is way more impressive to a client. So when you show up on site – and you pull out a smaller drawer like this and start unfolding, it it's not nearly as impressive as something like this, where you open up a hard case, you pull out this professional looking phantom 4 drone. The client just looks at this and says man that's just weeks professionals, so the impression on the client is important because they're paying for the job so again in a commercial environment. This just looks way more professional, alright. So beyond the physical attributes that I've discussed already the advantages, let's talk about some of the technology. The first thing you should care about when you're filming is the imaging package that's on there, and this has a 1 inch CMOS sensor, which means it's. A very large sensor up in here is going to capture amazing footage and great video and I've got some of the examples of that coming up. But in addition to it being a one inch sensor, it also has a mechanical shutter. Now all the other drones have discussed so far have digital shutters, which are normally okay, but if you're filming something that's moving faster, the drones moving fast having a mechanical shutter means it's, going to snap shut and you're going to get the perfect picture.
All the lines are going to be straight with a digital shutter if you're moving too fast or something's moving in front of the drone fast, you can get a little bit of wiggle in the picture. So, if you're filming professionally, you want to have a mechanical shutter. So that's a major advantage to it. Another big advantage to it is the occu sync to technology, and I mentioned that on the Mavic to the occu. Sync technology is invented by DJI it's, sort of Martian technology, where they're using Wi Fi but it's, clever enough to be frequency hopping to always stand strong, ggest band out there to keep the connection strong and again in a commercial environment. The last thing you want is to have the drone downfield somewhere and lose connection to it, because that just freaks everybody out so have a knock. You sink tooth technology connecting to it means I can fly it five miles if I have to now again that's beyond visual line of sight, but no one I can fly it. Five miles means in close I'm, never going to have a problem where I've got video dropouts or telemetry information problems or error conditions that I've lost a signal with the drone so Aki Singh 2 is really important. They'Ve got five Direction. Sensing for obstacle avoidance as well and again, if I'm flying near obstacles like trees or props or something else on set. I know that the drone is smart enough that, even though I'm keeping an eye on it, if there's something hanging down that, maybe I missed or I'm backing up in a shot.
I know that it's going to protect me not run into something. So I like the fact that it's got advanced optical sensing on it. The last thing I'll talk about are the intelligent flight modes. Now they built an awful lot of smarts in the drone in the application that it'll do a lot of things autonomously. That really make your job a whole lot simpler, so it'll allow you to push a few buttons and have the drone do some pretty magical things where you're not actually flying it, which means you're going to get a very stable footage, shot you're gon na get that Perfect image that you're trying to shoot so I'll explain those next and there's, really a couple of different intelligent flight modes that I'll talk about the first one is active track now after track. Is that chase mode? So you can pick a pick, a particular subject and once you zero in on that subject, you turn the drone loose and it'll actually follow that subject too long, while it's doing that it's got the obstacle. Avoidance kicked in. So if it's, following something and an obstacle, comes up it'll dodge that obstacle, while it's falling but active track, is really important, especially if you're following somebody in a bicycle, you've got a car chase going on. You can actually lock on the car and have it all that car what's interesting about the Phantom 4 Pro v2 is they've, actually improved the active track, so it can discern between a person, a bicycle, a car and animal.
So it locks in on that profile and even if the changes were turned sideways or it moves in a weird direction, it's not going to lose that lock, so it's a much smarter way to actually active track. The next one is tab. Fly now tap fly gives you the ability to sort of pick a subject and have it rotate around that subject. So it does a real nice job of doing those 360 shots. If you've got to do like a lighthouse or some building or trying to shoot, you can do that automatically. Now you can do it manually as well, but it's a it's, a pilot skill to actually develop over time to be able to make that perfect. 360, around a subject so having this ability to do it over tap fly really makes it a lot easier. The next one is draw mode that's, one of my favorites, so it actually allows you on a map to draw the direction and pattern that you want. The drone to fly hit the Go button and it'll actually fly that pattern, which is incredibly cool. So if you're, trying to film a field or a particular area, you can draw a pattern around it and have the drone actually autonomously fly that pattern for you. The next one is called gesture mode, and I don't use this one a lot. It basically allows you to take a selfie with simple hand, gestures. You can raise your arms and the drone will Center you in the shot and then take a selfie with that beautiful background behind you, the last intelligent flight mode is called return to home.
Now all the quads have discussed so far have a return to home function and normally, if the batteries get lower, you lose connection with the controller. They'Ll instigate an emergency return at home, which will rise to a certain height that you've set in the application fly back to home and land. What I like about the Phantom 4 Pro v2 is that it's got an intelligent return home, which means number one. It remembers how it got to where it was when you hit the button and it kind of figures that that path it took if it just reversed that it would be a safe way back. It also has all the crash avoidance enabled. So if coming back, something's changed and it's got an obstacle in front of it, it's gon na try and figure out a way to go around it or go above it. So you're always guaranteed that if the quad gets out of your line of sight and you have to date the return to home button that it's going to get back safely and land where it took off so that's pretty much it for the intelligent flight modes. Now I know a lot of people are gon na look at a fixed airframe like this and think. Why would I ever go with a quad that big well, if you're, shooting commercially? This is really the quad you're gon na want to go with now. The Mavic 2 is a lot of the same features and functions so really, if you're, shooting commercially it's a choice between these two.
I have friends that I shoot commercially with the air and a few that actually shoot with the Mavic mini so it's up to you. But if you're looking for a serious quad that you're going to use in a lot of commercial environments, the phantom 4 pro v2 is really the one to go and that's pretty much it for this particular quad. Now, in the next section I'm going to talk about some final conclusions and thoughts about how all four of them compare and hopefully you'll stay tuned for that Music. I hope you found those comparisons helpful and one of the things I love so much about DJI. Even beyond their brilliant engineering is the fact that they produce a wide variety of drones at different price points. To give you plenty of choices, which means every pilot out, there can find the exact right model that will fit their budget and their needs, and the best part is even if you start with something, as small as the Mavic mini it's, still a brilliant drone, because A lot of the engineering that went into their more sophisticated drones are in that package. It really is, unlike any other drone in the market, at that price point the fact that you can fit it in your pocket. It'Ll fly thirty minutes two and a half miles away. Deliver an HD video stream back to your phone. It'S got battery technology inside that if the battery is getting weak, it takes over, comes back and lands right where it took off, and on top of that, the application gives you quick shots that, with a couple pushes of the button, you become an amazing aerial cinematographer.
Without really knowing how to fly the drone, so they've really taken a lot of the engineering prowess that are in their other drones and built into Mavic mini, and the other thing I love about this company is the fact that it's built on a community of fliers. So everybody in that company from the people that build the drones to their marketing teams, their legal team are all fliers. Just like us and they're constantly looking at their products saying: ok, we built a really cool drone. What can we fix next time to make it cooler? What can we change? What can we improve upon to make the next generation of this product even better, so I love the fact that they're constantly challenging themselves to build a better product, and the cool thing too, is that if you start with something like the Mavic mini the skill set, You develop there to fly that drone transfer to all the other drones. So if you decide down the road you love the Hobby, you want upgrade to something a little better camera, maybe with active track to follow you or larger sensors or a professional model. You'Re going to become an expert pilot on this and transfer those skill sets upstream. So it's a it's a great way to get into the Hobby, and I have to tell you I've been flying for decades and every time I mean every time I power up a drone spin up those blades and put it up in the sky.
I'M smiling ear to ear and I'm giggling, even thinking about it, so that experience is, unlike any other hobby out there. So if you're a new flyer and you haven't taken the plunge yet it's going to change things for you, I guarantee you there's nothing better than being out in a beautiful Saturday, with your family in the fresh air and the sunshine flying a drone. Look at in an area that you may know from the ground from a hundred feet up in the air it's, just gon na change your perspective dramatically so get into the sabe quick, now that's pretty much all I had for today. If you had questions about anything I've covered today, please drop those in the comments below I'll get back to you as quickly as I can. I do want to let you know that DJI is going to sponsor some giveaways. So if you're, a subscriber of the channel you'll be seeing giveaways coming up if you're not a subscriber the channel hit that subscribe button down there, you definitely don't want to miss these contests, because some of these drones are going to be given away pretty soon. So if you're interested definitely stay tuned to the channel, also I've got links below. If you decide, you want to take the plunge right away and buy these use, those links below you'll be supporting the channel. By doing that, you'll pay the same price. You would, if you went to the DJI site, but hitting those links gives us a little bit of credit with DJI and that's pretty much it for today.
So thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed this clip. I love flying, and I love talking about this technology, so I've got a lot more content coming I'm, actually going to be doing individual clips on each one of these going in a little bit more detail about the technology. So, if you're interested in any of these models stay tuned to the channel for that and that's pretty much it for today.