A lot has been changed with the introduction of Phantom 4 and Mavic Pro in the market. Before we get in to the details, we need to be clear about what are we comparing. Original Phantom 4 is no more in the market but it can be accessible if you want it. Currently there are a couple of Phantom 4 models i.e. Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 advanced. On the other hand, the Mavic Pro remains to be the only drone in the product line with a whole set of new accessories that must be looked for before making any decision about buying a drone other than this. Let us start with the comparison of both.
Flight Time:It has been claimed that Phantom 4 offers flight time of 30 minutes while Mavic Pro offers 27 minutes. While reviews of users say that Phantom 4 flies around 26 minutes and Mavic Pro flies for 22 minutes.
Wind Testing:We all know that Mavic is smaller in size as compared to Phantom 4, so it may appear that Phantom 4 may not hold up in the wind, right? But this is not the case. Both of them withstand the powerful wind and work equally great. It would not be wrong to say that Phantom 4 drifts up more as compared to the Mavic Pro. In short, both the drones are capable of handling the wind pretty decently.
Price of accessories:For all those who are new with the drones, it must be kept in mind that when you will set out to buy a drone for you, it does not mean buying the drone only. You will have to invest in several accessories in order to enjoy its utilization at its full capacity. For instance, having an extra battery may facilitate you in getting the perfect shot you wanted to have. Though these accessories do not cost much however you can add to the price by adding things on the cart.
Cost of each battery is first price to be taken care of. On average, each person needs to have two to four batteries depending upon the number of flights of drones in a day. Cost of each battery of Phantom 4 is $169 while Mavic Pro battery can be bought in $89. This simply means that you will be saving $160 with Mavic Pro if you will be buying couple of batteries. In addition, if you will buy a charging hub to charge your device more effectively then again you will be saving $35 with Mavic Pro as compared to the Phantom 4.
Another accessory is ND filters which facilitate in reducing the light that comes to camera during the day. With Phantom 4, each filter will cost $29 and usually three tints are required during different times of the day. While with Mavic pro you can get all three filters in a set of $35. This means you will save $52 on these ND filters.
To conclude, it will be very right to say that, by choosing Mavic Pro you will save $247 with the accessories.
Quality of Camera: No doubt Mavic Pro is capable of shooting excellent videos and most of the people are excited with the quality of the video. However, Phantom 4 takes the lead in this area. Let us have technical comparison between the both:
|Features||Phantom 4||Mavic Pro|
|Maximum Image||5472×3648 (20 megapixels)||4000×3000 (12 megapixels)|
|Video||UHD mode||3840×2160 at 60fps||3840×2160 at 30fps|
|4K mode||4096×2160 at 50fps||4096×2160 at 24fps|
|FHD mode||1920×1080 at 120fps||1920×1080 at 96fps|
So what is the difference between the two? Looking at the specs, we can see huge difference between both the cameras. Mavic Pro has great camera but faster image processer, larger image sensor, mechanical shutter and full aperture control. So it truly shows that which camera will be the winner.
Performance during low light: If you intend to shoot mostly during the day time then it is better for you to invest in Phantom 4, though Mavic Pro is capable of shooting at night but not very well. It needs to be stated here that Phantom is not mazing when it is low light but it is better than Mavic Pro.
Field of View:When it is about field of view, Mavic pro offers a narrower one as compared to the Phantom 4. Shots taken with Mavic Pro will appear as if they have been taken via 28mm lens and that of Phantom 4 ones appear being taken by 24mm lens. Phantom 4 is around 5.2 degrees wider as compared to the Mavic Pro.
Focus:Both the Phantom 4 and Mavic Pro do not have fixed focus. This means that you will have to tap the parts that you want to be in focus. An adjustable focus is good as well as bad. It is good as it can focus the closer subjects while the background will appear to be out of focus just as happens in case of DSLR. The bad part is that you will have to remember tapping the parts or else the images will be blurred.
Which drone should be bought?In order to make the final decision in this regards, you need to ask yourself questions like do I need extra power lift? Do I need the highest video quality? Is portability important for you? If you want a better camera then Phantom 4 should be your choice. If you want to have a perfect compact camera then Mavic Pro will serve the purpose t its best in every possible manner. Good luck with your drone shopping.