DJI Mavic Pro Platinum vs DJI Mavic Pro
The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum announcement may have been a slightly underwhelming announcement for people waiting for the highly anticipated Mavic Pro 2. But realistically the Mavic Pro hasn’t yet been on sale long enough to warrant a brand new successor, especially with the shipping delays. What the Mavic Pro Platinum does offer are some modest yet fundamental improvements on the already impressive Mavic Pro.
In terms of aesthetic design DJI Mavic Pro Platinum is almost identical to the original Mavic Pro in almost every way except the new platinum finish on the drone’s body. This is no bad thing though, the Mavic Pro is a perfect size and weight for most shooting occasions with its folding body design.
Sadly the Mavic Pro Platinum does not come with an upgraded camera. It would have been nice to see some features over the original Mavic Pro like 60fps in 4k mode and some improved shooting modes / low light features. It looks like we will have to wait for the Mavic Pro 2 for these additional features.
Although the flight modes and intelligent flight features remain the same, the hardware has seen a small spec bump. The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum offers newly designed motors and propellers that create less noise during flight. This is a important during aerial filming to keep audio clean and keep the drone from attracting too much attention.
Another improvement over the Mavic Pro is its extended flight time of 30 minutes, thats 3 minutes additional flight time. 3 minutes might not sound like a lot, but its a battery improvement of over 10% which can come in very useful.
The new Mavic Pro Platinum comes in at only $100 (£100) more than the Mavic Pro. The original Mavic Pro costs £1099 ($999) and £1359 ($1299) for the’Fly More’ bundle. The Mavic Pro Platinum costs £1199 ($1099) or £1459 ($1399) for the ‘Fly More’ Bundle.
The Mavic Pro Platinum is more of a special edition than an upgrade, but it does have a couple of nice new features. Relatively speaking the additional amount for the Mavic Pro Platinum is well worth it considering that it is a newer version of the drone. It is also possible that the Mavic Pro will see a small price drop before Christmas. Whichever you choose you will not be disappointed, they are both excellent drones and arguably best in class for aerial 4k capture at that price point.
If you already have a Mavic Pro then this is likely not worth the upgrade unless you can get a great trade in deal on your Mavic. In the meantime you can retrofit the Platinums new props for a slight noise reduction and just stock up on spare batteries while you wait for the new Mavic Pro 2.
This is really just scratching the surface of the two drones, you can see more in-depth specs as well as other DJI drones and competitors in our Drone Directory.