The Best Small Drone: 3 reasons we love the Mavicedits
The Best Small Drone: 3 reasons we love the Maviccategory: Video Content Creation Tips
DJI have been astoundingly prolific with their release of new technology, changing the way filmmakers approach creating their shots. In this piece, we take a look at one of their newest drones, the Mavic, and explain three reasons why we at RD Content love it so much:
The first thing that strikes you about the Mavic is it’s diminutive size. It’s tiny - smaller than any other drone on the market that offers anything remotely comparable in quality. Not only that, but the construction of the drone is such that it packs down into two tiny leather shoulder bags, within which you can store propellors, batteries, memory cards, controllers, cables and of course the drone itself.
Its small size makes it easy to carry to and from a shoot, and means it is one of the first items we put on the list when taking a short trip abroad.
Advances in battery life are coming thick and fast at the moment. So when a device is as small as a Mavic it is extremely impressive how long the batteries can keep the drone in the air. With the four batteries that pack down into the small cases fully charged, the drone can spend over 30 minutes in the air per battery. That’s an impressive 2 hours of flight time. What's more, the batteries being so small means that packing a few extras isn’t too much of a problem either, and for most shoots you will have more than enough flight time up your sleeve.
Normally, special flight modes on drones are just a novelty addition that no serious pilot considers when producing their film. However, with the latest iteration of the drone software, these new special flight modes really do make a difference. Two modes stand out in particular. 'Tripod mode' slows the drone down and makes intricate control simple, perfect for drone specialists and complicated manoeuvres. 'Cinematic mode' allows for smooth acceleration and deceleration, as well as smooth moves when turning.
Combined with the speed of the drone, these extra control options are extremely welcome and help us produce high-quality video content with unparalleled ease.
So there we have it, a fantastic drone that perfectly compliments the rest of the drones we have in our fleet.