Mavic 2

$1729.00

Ever since I was a kid I dreamed of having a remote-controlled helicopter. The first time I ever saw a drone being flown was on a trip to St. John’s in Newfoundland, Canada. 

Let’s just say at that point, I knew what my next toy was going to be!  

Specs

PROS:

  • Size: It’s like having one of James Bond’s toys. The Mavic folds up and becomes so portable it literally fits in a purse or backpack. This year I was able to fit my Canon EOS Rebel T5i, my MacBook Pro, my MePhoto TriPod and My DJI Mavic Pro (plus all cables, extra lens, extra batteries, remote etc) in my carry on backpack. Game changer
  • Areal videography and photography. A new perspective and another way to make your content more diverse.
  • It films in 4K which is the current standard. In addition, its Intelligent Flight Modes are great for selfies and flying by itself; following you, orbiting objects, etc…
  • For travel bloggers especially, this is the best drone on the market…and my favourite helicopter 🙂
  • Price: For what you are getting the price is great.

CONS:

  • Huge Learning Curb: You have to learn how to fly. You have to think about safety (people and property). You need to practice flying in controlled, safe areas (like a small park or field) before taking out into the world. The Mavic can fly several kilometres away from you and at incredible heights.  I’ve cut my fingers twice on the propellers and in both situations it was me getting excited and flying the drone indoors.
  • Wind: The pro is its size but on extremely windy days it quickly becomes its con. It can deal with wind pretty good for the most part but I’ve had the drone drift off course ever so slightly when flying straight. Wind behaves differently at different altitudes and in different environments (cliffs, valleys, alleys etc)
  • Rules: Although we see tons of drone footage on YouTube, they are still pretty new for most countries and every country has different rules about flying them. In addition, you have to follow the rules for the country you live in. Here in Toronto (Canada), you cannot fly around airports, sporting arenas, world heritage sites, crowds of people, buildings, fly higher than 120 meters and the drone must always be in your line of sight.
  • It attracts attention. Always. So if you’re trying to be discrete when you’re launching it…forget it. That being said, once its high enough in the air no one can see or hear it. People are fascinated and will always want to ask questions or look at your phone to see what the drone sees.
  • Price: For what you are getting the price is great but it’s definitely not on everyone’s budget.

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