It’s no secret that many people see DJI as one of the leading companies on the market when it comes to drones. They’ve been at it since 2006, so the company is bound to have some experience in designing incredible drones.
In this article, we’ll take a look at their two most popular drone models – Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro 2. To determine which one is better, we’ll discuss the properties of each model and state their similarities and differences. It’s true that both of these drones have changed since their launch date, so we’ll only compare the latest versions. That being said, let’s get into our comparison.
Things to Consider Before Buying a DJI Drone
We deem it important to provide our readers with the necessary info when it comes to purchasing a DJI drone. Their drones are quite specific, in the sense that they’re really for everyone now.
However, DJI has a plethora of drones to choose from, so it’s impossible not to find the right drone for you. Still, it’s a good idea to get to know the particulars of each product before purchasing it. That’s why we’ve created this short list of things to pay attention to.
Checking the Newest Version
As the subheading suggests, the first thing to do is to check whether the version of the drone you intend to buy is the latest one. It happens every so often that people overlook this step and rush with their purchase. For example, a newer version of the same drone model might utilize a slightly better camera, have greater signal strength, etc. Note that these hardware changes may vary depending on the company’s policy and the brand itself.
More importantly, newer versions often have newer firmware. That essentially means that there might be additional functions that can be utilized through the app. Additionally, the manufacturers might improve the older functions that were a bit outdated.
Therefore, people should inform themselves by visiting the manufacturer’s website and reading about the products.
The Quality of Support and Care Services
A drone is an extremely sophisticated and advanced piece of technology. As consumers, we can’t understand the product in its entirety without consulting with experts. Let’s say that our drone broke and there’s something wrong with it. The majority of us would be completely clueless and would resort to reporting the problem to the customer support. At that point, we’ll completely rely on the skill and knowledge of the support team. Since drones aren’t exactly cheap, we want to hand them over to someone we can trust to do the job properly. That’s why it’s important to inspect the quality of these services in greater detail.
To do that, we need to pay attention to their responsiveness, how they treat their customers, how effective they actually are, etc. Most people say that a company’s reputation resides in the way they deal with their customers, and we have to agree.
Reputable Brand and Quality
To further our previous point about the company’s reputation, we should always check the successfulness of the company and their products in the past. One certain way to check the reputation of a company is to simply scroll through endless feedback online. Other people are customers, just like we are, and their experience with a certain brand might prove useful. It can help us determine whether that specific company and their products are right for us or not.
Accessories and Components
Additional accessories don’t necessarily have to be a determining factor when purchasing a drone, but it can’t hurt to have them. Some manufacturers (such as DJI) tend to include various accessories that are usually tied to a specific function.
For example, a signal range extender is one of those tools that literally everyone wants. In most cases, it’s sold separately, but there’s a chance that the company will bundle it along with the drone from time to time.
Furthermore, some accessories and functions already come pre-packaged with the model. Those include harnesses, straps, and belts for the controllers, etc.
Like we said before, the inclusion of these accessories depend entirely on the drone model. There’s no real way to know which accessories are included with the model unless you go and check out the product description.
So if getting additional stuff is your priority, you’ll just have to keep an eye out for them.
Here is our other related review on the difference between mavic pro and mavic pro platinum
Are These the Best Drones in the World Today?
We see this question a lot on the forums, and we can’t really give a definite answer to it. It’s true that DJI drones are some of the best on the market, especially the Mavic and Phantom series. There’s a lot of user feedback online that shows how satisfied the owners of both models are. However, there are other worthy contenders on the market as well, and we can’t simply dismiss their products.
The most important thing here to understand is that the choice of the best drone in the world will vary according to someone’s personal preference. For example, videographers and photographers will probably have contrastive interests. Therefore, they’ll probably be more inclined towards a drone model that matches their requirements better.
What Are Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro 2?
Most of our readers are probably well informed by now about these two drone models. And how can they not be? The names of these drones pop up literally everywhere. However, we’ll go over the basics and describe them briefly, just for the sake of it.
Mavic Pro is one of DJI’s most portable drones with an emphasis on ‘portable and compact.’ DJI claims how their Mavic series features some of the most sophisticated pieces of technology. Mavic Pro first appeared on the market in 2016 when it introduced a 4k camera as well as the magnificent 27 minutes of flight time. Later on, DJI announced the updated versions of this drone – Mavic Pro Platinum and Mavic Pro 2.
Phantom 4 Pro 2, on the other hand, appeared in May 2018. Its predecessor was Phantom 4 Pro, which appeared in November 2016. When it comes to its functionality, it’s highly unlikely that it’s going to disappoint anyone who owns it. It’s one of the very first DJI drones to feature the infrared sensing system.
Both drones use similar video transmission technology that allows for automatic dual-frequency band switching. Professional photographers and videographers often use them in their work due to the way they’re optimized for screen capturing and recording.
Who Are These Drones Built For?
Both Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro 2 are professional photography drones. Therefore, they’re not really intended for beginners. However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t use them. If you’re interested in learning how to fly a drone, there might be some cheaper alternatives out there that’ll do the job just fine. For example, you need to know what you’re exactly doing if you want to fly these drones indoors.
You can still learn to fly a drone using a Phantom 4 or Mavic Pro, but it’s a mite expensive if you manage to crash it. They do have the appropriate safe flight protocols to prevent that from happening, but it’s better to settle for something else.
On the other hand, if you’re a professional photographer who wants the right drone for aerial photography, then these are definitely the drones to look for. There’s a list of beneficial features that both of these models offer, and we’ll take a look at it in the following section.
Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro 2.0 Comparison (Similarities and Differences)
We were able to see that both units offer the exact same quality of this feature. There are three available tracking modes to choose from. The first mode tracks the subject while maintaining a constant distance.
The second mode tracks the subject from the side and focuses on its profile. The third mode is basically a mixture of the previous two where the camera points to the subject, and we control the drone manually.
That way, the unit will be safe as long as we control it properly. There are even several safety systems to prevent the unit from damage if it reaches a certain distance.
For example, if the drone flies too far from our location (or exceeds the flight limit in height), it will automatically return. That also applies if the battery is almost dead or if the signal is weak.
As far as the signal is concerned, both drones can go up to 4.3 miles away from our location. In our opinion, that’s more than enough for any kind of shot or capture.
What’s even more interesting is that it can detect and avoid obstacles while doing that. We still need to have the controller in our hands in order to maneuver the drone, but everything else can be left to the drones.
Both Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro 2.0 have this feature, and it’s pretty cool.
The highest speed that we got was 37 miles per hour with our Mavic Pro, and around 36 with the Phantom 4 Pro 2.0. Now, that might only be the case with our models.
Seeing how they almost reached 40 miles per hour, we believe that they can be that fast, especially in sports mode. The movement of the units is precise, and the overall control feels quite responsive.
The drones will move even at the slightest press of the button. Still, note that these drones have small legs, so it’s a good idea to keep clear of the ground-level flying. Rough and uneven terrain such as tall grass should be avoided if we don’t want to hinder the performance of the unit.
They can even help the unit scan the environment and position itself properly when flying indoors. Both drones do not require satellites in order to be able to hover in a single spot.
Instead, they rely on the data gathered by the sensors, which scan everything in five different directions. For example, the drones will automatically re-adjust their position and prepare for landing as soon as they detect the ground. They’ll stop and hover for a bit and then land smoothly.
The clear winner here is the Phantom 4 Pro 2.0 due to the exceptional performance of its camera. It has a faster image processor, a larger image sensor, a mechanical shutter, and full aperture control.
This difference is most noticeable in the low light shooting conditions where we can easily see how grainy the quality of Mavic Pro is. Don’t get us wrong — Mavic Pro can still shoot at night, but it isn’t as pretty as Phantom 4 Pro 2.0.
With Phantom 4, we get higher ISOs (ISO 6400) as well as the ability to shoot in H.265. That basically means that we have more options when it comes to cleaning the image in post-production. Furthermore, the field of view has been greatly increased in comparison to Mavic Pro.
We’ve noticed that shots taken with Mavic Pro tend to resemble a 28mm lens of a camera. Phantom 4 Pro 2.0 is an equivalent to a 24mm lens, which is 4 millimeters more than the Mavic Pro.
The only similarity between the two cameras (besides some resolution parameters) is their ability to focus. Most of us already know that DJI drones have an adjustable focus, meaning that it’s not automatic. That can be both good and bad. It’s good because it allows us to select the subject of our focus for each shot that we want to take.
We can also choose whether we want to focus on something in the background more. On the other hand, it’s bad because we have to remember to focus every time. If we don’t, our shots end up blurry.
That means that they can identify rocks, gaps, railings, and several other obstacles when they’re landing. Phantom 4 Pro 2.0 is slightly better at this than its contender due to its 360-degree obstacle avoidance function.
It has several cameras in the back and infrared sensors on its sides that ensure it never misses anything. These new sensors also allow it to fly backward, forward, and even sideways without any chance of crashing.
With the controller for Mavic Pro, DJI was able to cram the exact same button layout into a controller that’s twice as small. The Phantom 4 remote feels like an old RC controller, but the position of the phone holder is what bothers us. Most of the time, the phone gets in our way, and we can’t freely control the unit.
The holder is stretchable, but if we stretch it too much, the controller sort of becomes bulkier. In other words, it becomes even bigger in our hands. As for the one for Mavic Pro, we can clearly see how carefully thought out the design was. Actually, it’s quite brilliant.
The phone-holding clamps are located just under the LCD display, and they don’t really get in our way. When we grasp the controller, our phone screen and the LCD display come between our hands.
Therefore, the area that we’re focusing on is significantly smaller in comparison to the Phantom 4 remote. Phantom 4 Pro 2.0 does have an optional controller, but that one is sold separately.
It might be a tad bit better than the Mavic Pro remote because we get a tablet-like display. However, we’ve only focused on the stuff that was in the case with our drone for this comparison. We’re just mentioning it here as a potential alternative.
The same cannot be said for Phantom 4 Pro 2.0 because its shape is fixed. Therefore, it requires us to make specific travel arrangements if we want to transport it (more on that later).
For more information about the exact contents of the cases, please refer to the manufacturer’s websites: here & here. As for the setup, setting up the Mavic Pro is as simple as it gets. There’s no need to fix certain parts in place or attach anything.
The only thing that has to be done is to fold out the propeller arms — that’s literally it. The propellers spread themselves apart once the drone starts working. Phantom 4 Pro 2.0, on the other hand, requires a little bit of preparation before it’s ready to fly.
On the other hand, they took a completely different route with their Mavic Pro series. Mavic drones are usually dark grey and feature greater attention to detail, such as the decals and color variation.
Both models seem to be durable enough to withstand more serious crashes and impacts, so there’s no real difference there.
The sole intention of the company was to make them as compact as possible. Phantom 4 Pro 2.0 is a bit bigger and bulkier due to its design and fixed body shape.
It seems to us like that was the general direction of their design team at the time. Even the controller looks bulky and big. Therefore, Mavic Pro is clearly the winner of the ‘size’ category. As for the weight, Mavic Pro weighs around 734 grams while Phantom 4 Pro 2.0 is about 1375 grams.
Why Choose DJI Phantom 4 Pro 2.0?
As we can see from the paragraphs above, there are two main factors where Phantom 4 Pro 2.0 beats Mavic Pro. Those include the obstacle avoidance functionality and better camera quality.
Phantom 4 Pro 2.0 seems to be slightly more aware of its surroundings and can easily determine the best location to land on. That’s because it uses its 360-degree sensor system to identify the key points in the environment.
Moreover, the camera performs better in low light shooting conditions because it uses higher ISOs (6400). The image appears brighter and less grainy.
So, DJI Phantom 4 Pro 2.0 is more for people who care about the camera quality. We suppose that experienced photographers and videographers belong to that group.
Why Choose DJI Mavic Pro?
Unlike Phantom 4 Pro 2.0, Mavic Pro features an extremely compact and portable design. We can easily transport it anywhere and however we want. Its greatest advantage is that it’s completely foldable.
In addition, the controller is greatly reduced in size but still manages to offer the same functionality as the Phantom 4 remote. This drone is more for people who want to be able to transport their drone as easily as possible while still getting decent quality footage.
So Which Drone is Better?
We can’t really give a definite answer to this question because it boils down to personal preference. Mavic Pro is more compact and has a better design, while Phantom Pro 4 has some improved features.
The Bottom Line
All in all, we want to say that comparing these two units was a blast for us because we got to see how they work. Also, we hope that we were able to cover everything that might interest our readers about these two drones. Finally, we want to thank you for reading and sticking with us until the end of the article.