A wedding filmmaker’s review of the DJI Mavic Pro

It’s no secret that I love drones. Ever since I flew my friend Taylor’s Phantom 2 back in early 2014 (back when DJI had no app and video was recorded with a GoPro), I knew that I would be buying a lot of these flying cameras in the years to come.

What started with a Phantom 2 of my own, recently expanded to a Mavic Pro, and now a Phantom 4 Pro. My wife says I may have a problem. I say I may have a fleet. Can I call it a fleet? I like how that sounds: Matt’s fleet of drones.

With the advent of the FAA releasing their Part 107 certification for commercial drone pilots last year, there are thousands of new licensed drone pilots taking the knowledge test and wondering which drone they should invest in. There are also thousands of reviews of the new DJI Mavic Pro out there, but none of them have answered the two primary questions I feel that professional filmmakers are asking: Is the Mavic Pro good enough for commercial filmmaking? And: If I already own a drone such as a Phantom or Inspire, should I invest in a Mavic Pro as well? 

I love this drone. 🙂

In this review video, I will answer those two questions! As well as tell you:

  • The very best places to buy your Mavic Pro! and how to avoid having to use DJI’s sketchy repair service.
  • How the Mavic drone being tiny is actually an incredibly useful feature for filmmakers.
  • If the image quality of the Mavic Pro is good enough for commercial use (spoiler: yes, it definitely is).
  • 5 ways to maximize the image quality of the Mavic Pro!

Incidentally, I took the FAA’s Part 107 test, passed, and made a video about how I studied, so if you are considering taking the test as well, I hope my video helps you.

FILM GEAR
INSANE lowlight main camera: http://geni.us/BphV7W
My favorite wide angle lens: http://geni.us/YwGvT
The lens that is on my camera 80% of the time: http://geni.us/YGFQQh
Killer ND filter/adapter for these lenses: http://geni.us/h5328u
Best drone ever: http://geni.us/lkb8m
Filters for the best drone ever: http://geni.us/polarpromavic2
Mega comfy shoulder bag: http://geni.us/zJA7s42
BEEFY electronic gimbal: http://geni.us/o4rj6
Fantastic video monopod: http://geni.us/Q6Hqz
Ridiculously tiny audio recorder and mic: http://geni.us/dr10ltrecorder
Prism for fancy in-camera effects: http://geni.us/9C9X
FAST video editing laptop: http://geni.us/i8B4
Indestructible camera case: http://geni.us/ZKSeHZ
Light & sturdy travel tripod: http://geni.us/hTtdPP4
Portable LED Lighting Kit: http://geni.us/sCUsvs1

Here’s my gear list with all the places to buy the Mavic + Accessories.

I am also now offering one-on-one personal filmmaker consulting! Wanna talk about cameras, lighting, or booking clients? Let’s do it!

As always, if you have any questions or comments about this review, please feel free to leave one below, or get in touch.

4 Comments
  1. It's astonshing! Not only the photoes, but the way you write, your way of presentation, it's very clear. Maybe if you want to improve your skills you'd better visit newsomeharlow.com , I think you're very gifted!

  2. Thank you for making this review. I wasn't sure about it and how it'd do compared to the Phantom. But after watching this I placed the order with all doubts eliminated.

    I already dumped the idea to buy a P4. It's bulk would make it a specialty item spending most of it's time on the shelf. The Mavic on the other hand will be a constant companion.

    DJI did the right thing. It'll hurt Phantom sales for sure, but it also gets new customers on board who wouldn't go for anything else anyway. And by squeezing in that many features rather than dumbing it down to "protect" the Phantom they won me over. Big thumbs up for DJI there.

  3. Thank you for making this review. I wasn't sure about it and how it'd do compared to the Phantom. But after watching this I placed the order with all doubts eliminated.

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