Short Review (Summary): Another excellent Quad by DJI! Packs up small, much quitter than the Phantom 4, and causes less “Fuss”.. By Fuss, I mean less people bother you while flying because they really don’t know what it is until its in the air. Easy to travel with and is an upgrade over my ORIGINAL Phantom 4! Keep in mind, newer Phantom 4 quads do have better cameras than the Mavic so keep that in mind when trying to figure out what quad is best for you!!
1.) Folds up SMALL – Folds ALMOST as small as my DJI Spark!
2.) Easy to Fly!
3.) Easy to Update – Personally, I always use DJI assistant to update my quads BUT that isn’t really needed.. This updates fine from the app on your phone
4.) Excellent Photo Quality
5.) Smaller motors = Quitter flights!
6.) Good Battery Life – 20 – 30 Minutes
7.) Battery Charges Quickly
8.) Battery can be charged from my Goal Zero Sherpa 100 (See link below) (Make sure you buy the inverter to go with the Sherpa as well)
9.) Works with Litchi (A DJI Go Alternative) – but keep in mind that if you have DJI Care, you will need to use DJI Go
10.) Excellent Build Quality
11.) Loaded with safety features – Obstacle avoidance, limiters on height and distance (If you want), RTH (Return to Home) when you lose signal (Make sure you set this in your app), RTH when battery is about to die, GPS, Compass, and more! This is very safe to fly
12.) DJI Care – They make it easy to buy DJI Care! You have 48 hours after you activate to buy it from DJIs site.. Easy to do and easy to buy!! (Keep in mind, DJI Care doesn’t cover fly-aways)
13.) Tons of following – A lot of folks us and a lot of companies support this quad meaning it is very easy to find parts, accessories, and other items for it! Amazon is loaded with them!!
This or the Spark? I love both my Mavic and Spark! I use the spark as a fun flying quad at parks and places.. I also take it with me when I might want a selfie or group shop.. The spark being so small, most cops and other folks think it is a toy quad so they leave you alone.. The mavic on the other hand has a much better camera but can cause a fuss at times due to its size! So make sure you follow all rules with the Mavic (You should follow rules with all quads though).. Both have about the same range BUT the Mavic has a better battery meaning it can actually fly a much further range! If you plan to fly miles at a time, I suggest the Mavic! But you will be very happy with both quads or either quad! Both are great but both have their pluses!.
Mavic or Phantom? I can say my original Phantom 4 does seem to do better at the beach and in wind but the Mavic does just fine in those places as well.. With that being said, the new Phantom 4s do have a better camera! My older Phantom 4 has about the same camera as my Mavic so I do feel the Mavic is an upgrade from my older Phantom 4
Overall: Great quad, one that is very easy and simple to fly!! I highly recommend this to anyone