Note: meanwhile there is already a successor of the DJI Mavic Pro / Platinum: the DJI Mavic 2
Quieter flight, longer battery life and a new colour surface finish are features that distinguish the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum from the regular DJI Mavic Pro. In the test of the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum we clarify what DJI’s new whisper drone has on the box, for whom the foldable camera quadrocopter is worthwhile and with which features the camera drone particularly inspires. The price for the Platinum model: 1.299,- Euro
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum: The New Features
The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum differs from the conventional Mavic model of the manufacturer DJI Innovations particularly by a longer flight time, a quieter flight noise as well as a new housing finish. DJI’s flight time has been extended by around 11 percent or three minutes, not by a larger battery, but by new propellers and optimized ESCs. The 8331 propellers of the Platinum model differ only marginally from the conventional 8330 propellers – the aerodynamically newly formed propeller tip and the yellow-golden finish are striking. Otherwise the propellers are identical with the normal Mavic propellers. This also means that the optimized propellers can also be used with the conventional DJI Mavic Pro – by upgrading to Platinum propellers the flight time of the normal DJI Mavic Pro increases by about one to two minutes.
While the improvements in flight time from 27 to 30 minutes are negligible, the improvements in flight noise are much more noticeable. DJI promises a 4 dB lower noise level, which corresponds to a noise reduction of about 60 percent. In practice, the flight noise of the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum is indeed quieter, but most drone pilots will rarely be disturbed by the Surrend camera drone. That’s why we think the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum is only interesting if you prefer the silver-grey colour finish to the conventional black-grey colour finish. A change from DJI Mavic Pro to DJI Mavic Pro Platinum is therefore not recommended. But if you want to buy a camera quadrocopter, you should go for the newer DJI Mavic Pro Platinum – it costs 100,- Euro (1.299,- Euro instead of 1.199,- Euro) more, but offers the currently better value stability.
734 grams and maximum 64.8 km/h fast
By the way, the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum moves on the same level as the DJI Mavic Pro. When folded, the camera drone measures only 83 millimetres x 83 millimetres x 198 millimetres and weighs only 734 grams without the transparent plastic cover for the gimbal. This means that the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum is also required to have a drone badge within Germany. The folding mechanism of the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum is in a class of its own – the cantilevers can be folded up quickly and easily, giving a first-class, high-quality impression. At the same time, the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum’s Quick Release propellers are foldable, so that the camera drone can be transported very comfortably. It’s hard to believe that such a compact aircraft should contain such high-quality technology!
But the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum also convinces with its pure flight characteristics: the maximum climb speed is 5 meters per second (sport mode), the maximum sink rate is 3 meters per second and the maximum flight speed is 64,8 km/h. The maximum flight time is given by DJI Innovations as around 30 minutes – in reality the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum easily achieves the manufacturer’s specifications depending on the flight behaviour. If it gets windier and the foldable camera drone is pushed to its limits with power-guzzling flight manoeuvres, the average flight time can easily be as short as 25 to 27 minutes. Nevertheless, the flight time is still sufficient – and if you like, you can still invest in additional batteries for the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum (3,830 mAh, 99.- Euro each).
Ready To Fly: Camera drone for technical nerds
The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum comes with almost everything an ambitious drone pilot or aerial photographer needs. Whether aircraft, battery, remote control or controller, battery charger, power cable, replacement propeller, RC cable with Lightning, microUSB or USB type C connection, gimbal protection, gimbal clamp, microSD card (16 gigabyte capacity), microUSB cable or several cable sliders for the controller: Like any other DJI aircraft, the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum is delivered with all kinds of accessories so that you are well prepared for the upcoming drone flight.
All you need to do is conjure up a smartphone out of your own pocket in order to take full advantage of the Quadrocopter’s wide range of functions. By the way: The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum also comes with an extensive accessory package – a Fly More Combo. Compared to the normal set of the camera drone, the 1,599 Euro Fly More Combo comes with a multiple charging station for the flight battery, a car charger, a Powerbank adapter, a total of three flight batteries as well as a practical and especially high-quality designed shoulder bag. In the online shop of DJI you can also buy further accessories for the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum.
Controller with smartphone: Practical, good and intuitive
The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum also comes with a foldable controller that can be used with either an Android or iOS smartphone. The remote control is very high quality, has an integrated (not exchangeable) battery as well as all kinds of controls and the classic joysticks. You only have to install the DJI GO 4 app on your smartphone to enjoy the flight settings, FPV picture and telemetry data. The DJI GO 4 app is available free of charge for Android or iOS operating systems and is regularly enhanced with updates, bug fixes and feature updates. At the same time, the manufacturer’s smartphone application is extremely intuitive, simple and convenient to use – no other drone manufacturer currently offers such a versatile and user-friendly drone app.
Apart from the smartphone screen, the foldable controller has an integrated telemetry screen on which various flight data such as flight distance, flight altitude, flight mode, GPS signal, remaining range and many other data are displayed. Thanks to the controller’s integrated video and signal transmission system called DJI OcuSync, the connectivity between smartphone, controller and aircraft not only offers enormous distances of up to 7 kilometres (maximum altitude: 500 metres), but also very little delay and high image quality. If you like, you can switch the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum to a pure WiFi connection by means of a small, hidden switch on the Quadrokopter housing – in this case, however, the range for remote control is only 80 metres in the distance and about 50 metres in the height. Above all in terms of video sharpness, real-time transmission of signals and images and interference resistance, the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum far surpasses most quadrocopter models from other manufacturers thanks to digital signal and video transmission DJI OcuSync.
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum: From 1.299,- Euro in the DJI Online Store
From 3D sensors to ultrasonic sensors
Like the DJI Mavic Pro, the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum is packed with an extensive sensor system that ensures a comfortable and safe flight on the one hand and on the other. In addition to the conventional image and video camera, the front of the Quadrocopter features two so-called 3D cameras, which act as anti-collision sensors and enable the Quadrocopter to detect a wide range of obstacles up to 15 metres away. If the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum detects such an obstacle, the Quadrocopter can avoid it by an active braking manoeuvre as well as by a transition to hovering flight. At the same time, the FPV image of the app shows how far away the object is from the quadrocopter – similar to a car park warning system.
At the same time, the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum features the proven Vision Positioning System (VPS) on the underside. The VPS consists of a 3D camera as well as ultrasonic sensors and thus ensures extremely stable flight conditions at low altitudes, so that even beginners can take off and land the Quadrocopter extremely easily and comfortably. On request, the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum can also take over the take-off and landing process automatically at the touch of a button. The VPS is also useful if the GPS reception is disturbed or low – or if the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum is to be used indoors.
Extensive flight modes
The flight modes of the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum are enormously versatile, especially due to the extensive sensor technology, and are very useful in practice from a photographic or video point of view as well as for safety aspects. In the ActiveTrack flight mode, various objects – whether people, animals or vehicles – can be framed and fixed on the FPV screen. This enables the drone to keep a moving object in focus and even automatically follow the moving object. Optionally, tracking can take place in three different position profiles – Trace, Profile and Spotlight. The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum also has a gesture mode. Depending on whether you raise your arms or wave to the camera drone, the Quadrocopter initiates the tracking mode or shoots a Selfie. Other flight modes such as Fixed-Wing, Tripod or Return To Home fulfil various safety, comfort and photo or video aspects and function extremely reliably in practice. Well-known flight modes such as Point of Interest or Waypoints are also a must and make the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum a more versatile and equally practical top class aircraft. The sport mode is also fun, where the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum reaches its top speed and manoeuvres are even more exciting, powerful and faster.
4K Camera with 12 Megapixels
Of course, a camera must not be missing on a camera drone. DJI has given the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum a camera with a 1/2.3″ sensor, which offers a resolution of 12 megapixels and at the same time is movably coupled by a gimbal – an extremely high-quality and sensitive stabilisation system. At 78.8°, the camera’s field of view is comparatively natural and therefore offers good conditions for high-quality landscape and architectural shots without a strongly distorting fisheye effect. The low-light performance of the camera is not too good – good lighting conditions are a prerequisite for successful aerial photography with the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum. The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum not only offers various photo modes such as serial photos, exposure series, interval shots and the like, but also the possibility to save photos both as a conventional JPEG file and in DNG raw data format. The latter DNG data offer even more potential for post-processing. The data can be stored locally on the microSD memory card in the aircraft or transferred to the memory of the smartphone. On the video side, the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum with 4K recording at up to 30 frames per second and a video bit rate of up to 60 Mb/s in the upmarket hobby segment, comparable to commercially available action cameras.
Conclusion and evaluation
The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum offers only marginal innovations compared to the conventional DJI Mavic Pro. In our opinion, a model change is unnecessary just because of the slightly longer flight time, the quieter flight noise and the new housing colour. However, if you want a compact, high-quality and particularly versatile camera quadrocopter, the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum is a good choice. It offers not only a wide range of delivery and functions, but also a comfortable and safe control as well as a good camera for aerial photos and aerial videos.