The DJI Mavic Pro is already a favorite for many drone pilots out there, with its compact and folding design making it one of the most portable quadcopters around. Few compromises are made in quality or features to get that compact size, and a new update to the DJI GO 4 app makes better use of the machine’s capabilities, increasing flight speeds and more.
Let’s be clear, the full top speed of the Mavic Pro remains in the 40MPH range, it is the top speed of the drone while it is flying autonomously that is bumped up here today. That’s not all that is updated, let’s take a look at some of the new features and abilities with this latest update.
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We woke today to find an update to the DJI GO 4 app for Android, bringing us to version 4.0.5. Combined with the Mavic Pro firmware update from earlier this month, your drone is more capable than ever.
First up, those speeds! When in ActiveTrack, DJI’s ‘follow-me’ modes, your Mavic Pro will now travel up to 15 m/s, that’s about 33.5 mph. Your drone will easily keep up with you for most any activity you’re involved in on foot or foot powered.
Improvements to your Home location are on deck as well, with the option to precisely record your takeoff point. We’ve seen the Mavic Pro perform extremely well at this already, landing within inches of its takeoff point, but we’ve also seen some, um, failures, hopefully this helps smooth things out for all pilots.
Things to know before you fly
- You must register your drone with the FAA before you fly
- You must affix your drone registration number to your craft
- Coming soon: The FAA will require you to pass a test before you fly your drone
- You must acquire your Part 107 certificate if you are to receive any compensation for your flight
- You must follow all of the FAA’s airspace rules if you are flying outdoors
- Hobby flights have different requirements from commercial flights
- In the eye’s of the FAA, drones are aircraft. Period.
- You need to acquire authorization to fly in controlled airspace
Finally, at least as far as the features we plan to talk about today, dual pilot control for your Mavic Pro!
I said that with enthusiasm, which you may not share, but let me assure you, this is a big deal. At the very least, having a primary and secondary remote control allows for better sharing of the flight experience with unskilled participants. Let me give you an example:
In my world, I often fly over the property of friends and family. They are excited to see what video and photos I am capturing, but they must wait until I land, transfer files and present. In these cases, it would be fantastic to put a second remote in their hands, attached to a larger display, and they can enjoy the view as it happens. Give them control of the camera, and all I have to do is focus on flying.
We are excited to dive deeper into this new functionality, stay tuned for coverage on how it works out.
Enjoy your Mavic Pro to its fullest with the latest firmware and update to the DJI GO 4 app.
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