DJI Mavic AIR spec sheet

With next to no warning, DJI has dropped its latest model to the adventure drone market! The Mavic AIR.

Having only seen one video of this models flight so far from YouTube vlogging legend and all round drone lover, Casey Neistat, the video quality looked great, and Neistat seemed to really dig the functionality of DJI’s latest offering to the drone market.

So after having a quick look over the spec sheets, heres the main points of interest:

  • 21 min flight time per battery
  • 2km flight range
  • 68kph top speed in sport mode (no mention of regular mode speeds)
  • 4k@30 max res

So as you can see, its no Mavic Platinum, but is nearly half the size! So if space/ weight is at a premium in your travel kit, and you dont anticipate needing long flights, then this will definitely be the bird for you! Check out the more detailed spec breakdown below for other features etc.

And check out the great range of DJI Mavic accessories and spares in store at www.progearonline.com












And as always, check out our great range of DJI Mavic accessories and spare at www.progearonline.com

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The Mavic Pro PLATINUM spec sheet

When the DJI Mavic Pro debuted in November 2016, it was the lightest, most compact drone ever created by global drone leader. In August of 2017 they unveiled the next best edition in the Mavic series, the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum. The Mavic Platinum utilises a sleek design and compact body, with a new and improved 30-minute flight time and 60% noise power reduction, making it one of the most desirable drones on the market today.


AIRCRAFT

Weight (Including Battery): 1.62 lbs (734 g) (exclude gimbal cover)
1.64 lbs (743 g)(include gimbal cover)
Max Ascent Speed: 16.4 ft/s (5 m/s) in Sport mode (Sport mode)
Max Descent Speed: 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s)
Max Speed: 40 mph (65 kph) in Sport mode without wind (Sport mode)
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level: 16404 feet (5000 m)
Max Flight Time: 30 minutes (0 wind at a consistent 15.5 mph (25 kph))
Max Hovering Time: 24 minutes (0 wind)
Overall flight time: 21 minutes ( In normal flight, 15% remaining battery level )
Max Flight Distance: 8 mi (13 km, 0 wind)
Operating Temperature Range: 32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)
GPS Mode: GPS / GLONASS

 

OBSTACLE SENSING SYSTEM

Obstacle Sensory Range: Precision measurement range: 2 ft (0.7 m) to 49 ft (15 m)
Detectable range: 49 ft (15 m) to 98 ft (30 m)
Operating Environment: Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux > 15)

 

CAMERA

Sensor: 1/2.3” Effective pixels:12.35 M (Total pixels:12.71M)
Lens: FOV ( Field Of View ) 78.8° 28 mm ( 35 mm format equivalent ) f/2.2
Distortion < 1.5% Focus from 0.5 m to ∞
ISO Range: 100 – 3200 ( video ) 100 – 1600 ( photo )
Shutter Speed: 8 s to 1/8000 s
Max Image Size: 4000×3000
Still Photography Modes: Single shot
Burst shooting: 3 / 5 / 7 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing ( AEB ): 3 / 5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
Interval
Video Recording Modes: C4K: 4096×2160 24p
4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
2.7K: 2704×1520 24/25/30p
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p
HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120
Max Video Bitrate: 60 Mbps
Supported File Systems: FAT32 ( ≤ 32 GB ); exFAT ( > 32 GB )
Photo: JPEG, DNG
Video: MP4 / MOV ( MPEG – 4 AVC / H.264 )
Supported SD Cards: Micro SD@trade;, Max capacity: 64GB. Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required
Operating Temperature: 32° to 104° F ( 0° to 40° C )

 

CHARGER

Voltage: 13.05 V
Rated Power: 50 W

 

GIMBAL

Controllable Range: Pitch -90° to +30°
Roll: 0° or 90° (Horizontally and vertically)
Stabilization: 3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw)

 

VISION POSITIONING

Velocity Range: ≤22.4 mph (36 kph) at 6.6 ft (2 m) above ground
Altitude Range: 1 – 43 feet (0.3 – 13 m)
Operating Range: 1 – 43 feet (0.3 – 13 m)
Operating Environment: Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (Lux > 15)

 

REMOTE CONTROLLER

Operating Frequency: 2.4 GHz to 2.483 GHz
Max Transmission Distance: FCC Compliant: 4.3 mi ( 7 km );
CE Compliant: 2.5 mi ( 4 km )( Unobstructed, free of interference )
Operating Temperature: 32° to 104° F ( 0° to 40° C )
Battery: 2970mAh
Transmitter Power ( EIRP ): FCC: ≤26 dBm
CE: ≤20 dBm
Operating Voltage: 950mA @ 3.7V
Supported Mobile Device Size: Thickness Supported:6.5-8.5mm
Max length: 160mm
Supported USB port types: Lightning, Micro USB(Type-B),USB(Type-C)™

 

INTELLIGENT FLIGHT BATTERY

Capacity: 3830 mAh
Voltage: 11.4 V
Battery Type: LiPo 3S
Energy: 43.6 Wh
Net Weight: Approx.0.5 lbs(240 g)
Operating Temperature: 41° to 104° F ( 5° to 40° C )

 

The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum improves upon the original, adding 3 minutes of flight time and helping to reduce noise pollution with brand new propellers. The innovative design of the propellers ensures a 60% reduction in noise, which is a welcome feature for drone pilots and those around them. Its 4K camera, small size, bevy of other features make the Mavic Pro Platinum a top notch starter drone. A compact size makes it ideal for transport, and results in an impressively short prep time before flying.

The Mavic Pro

Mavic Pro Specs

Size

When folded the Mavic Pro measures 83mm (H) X 83mm (W) X 198mm (L). Excluding the propellers, the drone has a diagonal measurement of 335mm. The total weight of the drone including the propellers and battery and gimbal cover is 1.64 lbs or 743 g.

Speed

The Mavic has a maximum ascent speed of 16.4 ft/s or 5 m/s when in Sport Mode. The corresponding descent speed is 9.8 ft/s or 3 m/s. The overall maximum speed of the drone is 40 mph or 65km/h when in Sport Mode and flying in perfect conditions (no wind). The drone is exceptionally fast and responsive. In tests, the Mavic Pro was compared to the Phantom 4 and was a lot faster in Normal Mode and about the same in Sport Mode. We have a page dedicated to the Mavic Pro vs Phantom 4 if that would interest you.

Flying Performance

The Mavic Pro can operate up to 16404 ft or 5000 m above sea level which is its maximum service ceiling. The maximum flight time is 27 minutes when flying consistently at 15.5 mph or 25 km/h and in conditions without any wind. The maximum hovering time is 24 minutes, again in conditions of 0 wind. Overall flight time that can be expected is about 21 minutes in normal flight with about 15% battery remaining.

DJI claims that the drone also has a maximum range of 8 miles or 13 km in perfect conditions. The Mavic operates at a temperature between 32 – 104 degrees F (0 – 40 degrees C). The drones hover accuracy is about 0.1 m vertically and 0.3 m horizontally when Vision Positioning is active.

 

Camera

The DJI Mavic Pro has a camera with a 1/2.3”(CMOS) Sensor with Effective pixels: 12.35 M and Total Pixels: 12.71 M. It has a FOV 78.8 degree 28 mm Lens which is 35mm format equivalent. The distortion is less than 1.5% Focus from 0.5 m to infinity. The ISO Range is 100-3200 for video and 100-1600 for photo. The shutter speed is 8s – 1/8000s and the maximum image size is 4000×3000.

The maximum video bitrate is 60 Mbps. Supported file formats are FAT32 (smaller than or equal to 32 GB) and exFAT (bigger than 32 GB). Photo formats are JPEG and DNG and in terms of video, you can expect MP4 and MOV. The camera supports a Micro SD with a maximum capacity of 64 GB. The camera operates at a temperature between 32 – 104 degrees F (0 – 40 degrees C).

Modes

In terms of Still Photography, the camera can do Single Shots and Burst Shooting at 3/5/7 frames. There is Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) with 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7. There is also EV Bias and Interval still photography modes.

In terms of Video Recording Modes, the camera can shoot:

  • C4K: 4096×2160 24p
  • 4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
  • 7K: 2704×1520 24/25/30p
  • FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p
  • HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p

Remote Controller

The remote controller for the DJI Mavic Pro has an operating frequency between 2.4 GHz and 2.483 GHz. The maximum transmission distance is claimed to be 4.3 miles or 7 km. The controller has an operating temperature between 32 – 104 degrees F (0 – 40 degrees C) and utilizes a 2970mAh battery. The Operating Voltage is 950Ma @ 3.7V. The remote controller is designed to support the user’s mobile device. It is capable of supporting devices that are within a thickness of 6.5-8.5mm and a maximum length of 160mm. It supports Lightning, Micro USB(Type B) and USB(Type C) port types.

Intelligent Flight Battery

The DJI Mavic Pro drone uses a LiPo 3S Battery. The battery capacity is 3830 mAh and the Voltage is 11.4 V. The battery can be expected to produce 43.6 Wh of energy and has a Net Weight of about 0.5 lbs or 240g. The battery will operate at a temperature between 41 – 104 degrees F (5-40 degrees C).

Conclusion

We hope that this DJI Mavic Pro Specs page has shed some light on the inner workings and compatibility aspects of this drone so that you can make an informed decision as to whether it would be the right choice for you.

Check the product page out here

 

 

GoPro smarter than DJI?

Greetings lovers of adventure!

One year ago, we saw the first real BATTLE OF THE DRONES take place between the seasoned gurus of drones, DJI, and new drone market entrants, GoPro.

Both released similar and amazing models in the Mavic Pro and the Karma, combining the need for a compact unit with the need for the latest in video technology. For myself, and for many other seasoned drone users, and new comers alike, DJI managed to edge out GoPro in THAT battle. But were we too short sighted? Did we not see GoPro’s long term play? It seems we missed something, that perhaps should have been more obvious.

This is because GoPro now have the only drone capable of shooting 4k@60fps and 1080@240fps, simply by releasing the Hero 6… Thus leaving DJI miles behind in the BATTLE OF THE DRONES, as DJI’s 2017 release in the compact adventure market is the Mavic Platinum, a slightly tricked up Mavic Pro with the exact same video resolutions…

Well played GoPro, well played…

And be sure to get all Hero 5 and 6 compatible accessories you need, including lens filters compatible with Karma use, HERE

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Hero 6
Hero 6

 

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DOME PORTs

Greeting friends!

Today’s topic…. DOME PORT housings!

So firstly, for those not too sure what a DOME PORT is, its a standard GoPro waterproof housing with a big bowl in front of it, that allows you to get much better shots that have a body of water in the lower half of the shot, this kind of shot is known as semi submerged, under/ over or 50/50. If you try to get this kind of shot with the standard housing, the water line is so close to the lens sensor, that it dominates the shot, and is wildly out of focus. You will also have water distortion issues, where the water slightly magnifies everything within. Not mention if theres any slight ripples in the water, thats a very hard target to line up! See image below!

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So what do they look like exactly? There are quite a few variations, but all do follow the same basic design of clear perspex dome out front, backing plate, then waterproof housing out back. And vary in price from around USD$50 right upto around USD$400. Now the cheap domes have one thing in common, and is their biggest flaw, their dome is a bad shape! See picture below!

dome 1

If you look at the actual DOME section, the clear plastic bowl, you will see it looks like someone got a perfect bubble, cut it in half and used that as the bowl. Whats the harm in that right? The problem with this shape is, nearly half of that bowl, when semi submerged, will reflect sunlight towards the camera lens and also illuminate the backing plate, despite it being matt black. See pic below!

glare

And as you can see from this shot, the glare on the left and right totally ruins the it. The amount of glare will also vary, depending on your position to the sun, how submerged the dome is, and the domes vertical angle. So while you might think, “USD$50 dome, awesome!!!”, be prepared to have shots with this issue. Personally, I’m amazed DOMES with this bowl shape are still being sold, when the best option is a very simple redesign issue, but the manufacturers unwillingness to change to provide a better product, clearly shows they are NOT GoPro users them selves, so really, are they worthy of your hard earned dollars? If they dont care about providing a good product?

So examples of the good shape domes I hear you asking for? See below!

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This is much less than half a bubble, so we call this shape a ‘1/3 sphere’. If you compare roughly where the glare from the ‘1/2 sphere’ starts, you will notice that its about where the bowl meets the backing plate on the 1/3 sphere, making the ‘dome glare’ issue non existent. You can still pick these DOME housings up quite cheaply, but keep in mind, they are a very basic unit. General rule of thumb is, all domes under USD$80 will be quite basic models with no LCD viewing window or power button access, meaning you need to have your cam switched on, AND in the desired mode before putting it in the housing, making it quite limited, and makes you blind in terms of being able to see shot count and power level (unless you have rear LCD).

The next range up is between USD$80 to $130, and will offer an additional feature, being either power button access built into the DOME backing plate, or LCD viewing window. Both features are extremely handy, knowing where your shot count and power level is at, is a very handy thing to know, but not having power button access means still having to be switched on and in mode, or you have to open the housing which potentially allows for some moisture to enter the housing, and this creates additional issues. On the flip side, having power button access means you can turn your cam on when your at your shoot point, and can easily scroll between modes, but how do you know how many shots have been taken, or what the battery level is if you cant see it (unless you have the H4S!). A potentially tough decision to make

And one more thing to cover, cleaning, see below…

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Cleaning your dome…

Unlike waterproof housing lenses, which are flat glass, domes are plastic, so never use any cleaning products that contain alcohol or any other kind of thinning agent. These will degrade the surface of the plastic, which will impact image clarity. So with this in mind, NEVER use RainX to avoid water spots either! To keep your dome clean, just give it a good wipe with water and soft lens cloth.

And how to avoid water sports? This will sound strange if you’ve never heard of this trick before, but countless surfing photographers swear by it, and so do we. Lick it! Thats right, lick that dome, and ensure you get good even coverage. This is not some strange joke, it really does work. Cover the entire dome, then a quick dunk and your ready to go. The footage in the video below came out so well with no water spots on the dome because we used this method prior to filming. You’ll be surprised how well it works!

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And for an interesting comparison between GoPro and a Chinese brand counterpart, check the video below.

Waterproof housings

Hello GoPro-ers!

One topic that pops up from time to time is official GoPro waterproof housing vs unofficial counterparts, and the pros and cons associated.

The most common argument against the unofficial waterproof housings, is the assumption that they all leak, and official housings are the safe bet. I can tell you from personal experience, even brand new official housings can leak. I acquired and brand new H4B, that had a very slight leak through the shutter button seal, but I didn’t sweat it, because I found this leak before using it with my cam inside, I leak tested it.

LEAK TESTING

Leak testing is a habit you should get in to with ANY new housing, imagine discovering your new housing has a leak, while your cam is inside, tragedy! So how do you test housings? A deep bucket or tub is ideal (or pool/ large body of water), submerse the housing as deep as possible, and look for any air bubbles rising that indicate air is escaping through a leak, and where the leak is. If you dont notice any leaks, double check inside the housing for moisture when you open it back up, in case you missed an air bubble or two. It can never hurt to be thorough!

One trick to ensure all seals work well, is apply a petroleum based lubricant to all seals, this includes wiping the back door seal, to ensure it is dust and grit free. And also applying a few drops in the top of each button (all 3) from both sides (inside and out), push the button several times to feel for smooth action, and to work the oil right into the seals. This will both lubricate them, and act as an additional sealant. After this, dab down inside the housing with a clean cloth to ensure theres no drips left over, and housing is completely clean.  Leak test again to ensure the leak/s are gone. If leaks persist, theres a good chance that seal is shot.

DIFFERENT HOUSINGS

I’ve come across two different housings in the unofficial market, the first is an exact match to the official GoPro waterproof housing. The second, has a square lens, as opposed to the rectangular lens (longer on width than height) of the official units. This may not be a problem for some, but for those of you who use lens filters, you’ll find that the filter frame will be a looser fit (or wont secure at all). There is also a slightly different back door design, the issue here is, the non standard design has a lower latching point at the top of the backdoor, this means you can’t use aluminium replacement clips, and some have been known to unlatch a little easier. These variations only apply to the Hero 3 and 4 housings, not the Hero 5.

CONCLUSION

Using the official GoPro housings will see about the  same average leak rate, but official will cost a lot more. If you go aftermarket, make sure you can see a side shot of the housing, and if the backdoor latching point is higher than the housing, thats the one to get. Of course, this only applies to Hero 3 and 4 housings, and not the new Hero 5 housings.

One more thing I will mention, the plastic back door clips are known for breaking at the most frustrating moments, Aluminium replacement clips are cheap, and guaranteed to never break. Great peace of mind…

HANDY TIP

Apply a little gear oil into the button seals, this will lubricate the inside O ring, ensuring it lasts longer, and will provide a little more assurance of a positive seal. Just be sure to use an oil thats O ring compatible, failure to check, could result in that O ring degrading faster, which will then allow your housing to leak!

Simply give the inside of the button a couple of drops, push in and out several times to work the oil in, repeat once, then wipe away excese with a cotton cloth, easy!

Find our waterproof housing below, which also has an upgrade option to include an Aluminium clip.

Hero housings

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GoPro lens filters explained.

G’day action cam users!

So, lets cover a topic that could be deemed more for intermediate/ advanced photographers, but should be embraced by even the amateur action cam users.

Lens filters!

In everyday photos and video, your cam will capture great images, especially if you have the most up to date models, featuring the best imaging sensors. But with the right lens for the scene, your shots will look even better, and need less colour/ contrast editing afterwards. If your a more adventurous photographer, such as a diver, then filters are pretty much a necessity to give immediate colour or density correction, especially beyond the 5m point, where the red spectrum begins to really fade through the water.

So here, I will cover the 6 main filters that come in the filter set we carry at PRO GEAR, you can find the set here: https://www.pro-gear.com.au/products/6-piece-52mm-filter-kit

1) UV Filter

B+W UV Haze MRC Filter

 

 

 

 

 

UV filters are often used to protect the front of a lens, the logic being that any damage  caused to a filter is preferable to any damage to the front element of a lens.

UV lenses filter ultraviolet light, this was a popular choice with film photography, although they are required to a lesser extent today thanks to the auto white balance systems found in all digital cameras.

Best use: Top side, any conditions.

 

2) Polarizing Filter (CPL)

B+W Circular Polarizing Filter

 

 

 

 

 

Polarizing filters are a must in any landscape photographer’s bag, so it’s natural that you should have one for using your GoPro or action cam topside during dive trips. The filter reduces glare (on the water, leaves, rocks, etc) and adds saturation and contrast into bright scenes, such as giving the blue of the sky a darker depth to really pop against clouds. When out on location, you can hold this filter up to your eye to preview its effect and determine whether you’ll use it.

Best Use: Topside photo and video on sunny days.

3) Neutral Density (ND) Filter

Singh-Ray Vari-ND Neutral Density Filter

 

 

 

 

 

Neutral density (ND) filters are meant for topside use and are critical for certain video/photo situations. ND filters block light, making slower shutter speeds possible. The GoPro Hero 3+ uses a fast shutter speed by default, which freezes action very well. There are times, however, when some blur creates a sense of movement and enhances the action in the frame. The ND filter can be used to achieve this. Examples include moving pavement while driving and waves splashing against rocks.

ND filters are also very useful for time-lapses, where slow shutter speeds (aka “dragging the shutter”) create slight blur, resulting in a smoother time-lapse.

Best Use 1:  Video & photos with a static subject as well as a subject that needs to be blurred to show speed or the passage of time.

Best Use 2:  Smooth video, especially for GoPro time-lapses or when mounted on vibrating surfaces.

4) Red correction filter

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Red filters compensate for the lack of red light in underwater scenes (since red is the first color to be lost when descending in water). This shift in available light will often confuse the camera’s white balance metering, so the red filter helps deliver accurate, vibrant color in your video, as well as much-needed contrast. The Polar Pro red filter is designed to be used in tropical and blue water, optimized for use between 10 and 80 feet.

Best Use:  Ambient light (no video lights).  Blue water/ tropical locations past 5m.

5) Yellow correction filter

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Yellow Filter should be used in shallow Tropical waters in the morning, shall use in blue water. You will find some suspended solids in tropical seas, as a result, the long-wave scattering is relatively low and short-wave scattering is stronger. Light is absorbed more under the deep sea and then reflected and it shows blue on the surface. So we always use the yellow filters to correct the colour in the morning on tropical waters.

Best Use: Early morning, shallow blue/ tropical water above 5m

6) Magenta correction filter

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Magenta filters also compensate for the lack of red light but are optimized for green water between 10 and 80 feet. Not only do the filters bring colour back into the scene, but they also help bring back the contrast needed for interesting video.

Best Use:  Ambient light (no video lights).  Green water.

 

So these are the 6 filters that come in our filter kit, which also comes with the waterproof housing adapter ring, screw key, lens cleaning cloth and 3 compartment storage pouch. Really really handy bit of kit, and well worth getting. You can find it in store here: https://www.pro-gear.com.au/products/6-piece-52mm-filter-kit

One last bit of advice regarding this filter kit, when you aren’t using each filter, screw them together before placing in the storage pouch, this prevents them sliding against each other, which will scratch the lenses. I normally group the red, yellow and magenta together in one pocket. The UV, CPL and ND in another pocket, and the lens cloth and screw key in the last pocket. Simple, keeps things tidy, and most importantly, stops the lenses getting damaged.

I hope you found this information useful, and makes your action cam experience even better! Feel free to share some of your media with us on our facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Pro.Gear.and.accessories/

And for any other mount or accessory needs, check out our home page here: https://www.pro-gear.com.au/

Stay safe, stay awesome!

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