The DJI Mavic Pro is a minimal drone that is both portable and powerful. It includes a 4K camera that ensures high quality while you capture or record any event from up above. Retailing for $800.00 on Amazon, it costs about $200.00 more than the DJI Mavic Air. The DJI Mavic Air is a drone from the same company that includes all the characteristics mentioned above for the DJI Mavis Pro. When comparing both drones from the same company, there are small differences that do benefit the DJI Mavic Pro, such as its additional 6 flight minutes and its additional 3 km of maximum transmission distance with controller. However, you can’t ignore Air’s 8GB internal storage that you won’t find in Pro, the fact that it has a gesture control mode and that it has obstacle sensing both forward and backward. There are some differences when comparing both cameras and video and photo resolution but those are not in favor of Pro. Air is also a smaller drone, which helps to its portability. If you are looking for a high quality and easy to carry drone, these are two options that you may consider, even though all the DJI Mavic Reviews point to it being the clear winner.
However, there is another aspect your may want to consider: cybersecurity. An internal memo- from the- U.S. Army dated from the 2nd August 2017 appeared to have leaked to the outside. It was shared by sUAS News two days after and it is entitled “Discontinue Use of Dajiang Innovation (DJI) Corporation Unmanned Aircraft” (https://www.suasnews.com/2017/08/us-army-calls-units-discontinue-use-dji-equipment/). In it the Department of the Army writes “Due to- increased awareness-of cyber-vulnerabilities-associated with DJ- products,-it is directed-that the-U.S. Arm- halt use-of all-DJI products”. The spread of this memo generated quite a lot of discussion about what DJI is storing in its flight logs. Even though it appears as if they are storing less than what I am about to mention, after researching you will figure out that they are storing way more than what you may have expected.
DJI’s flight logs include your flight path (tracking it along with altitudes and speeds) and supposedly low resolution photos (that include all the information needed to spot where it was taken). There are several ways you can try to stop DJI from collecting all the data mentioned above, but it would be quite hard to do so in the world in which we live today. If you do not mind big companies collecting your data (such as Google and Facebook), it would be okay if you keep using DJI’s products. However, if you are like so many of us and would like to keep your privacy as intact as possible, you may want to research this and other drone producing companies in order to find which is the most trustworthy in that respect. In conclusion, I would not advise you to buy any DJI product if you are concerned about your own, your family’s or your country’s privacy. However, if you do want to buy a DJI drone, I would advise you to consider the DJI Mavic Air instead of the DJI Mavic Pro due to its clear advantages. Alexandra Pedro