Set It and Forget It With This Autonomous Drone

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The thing about drones is that, after a few novel manual flights around the yard, most people want them to simply take care of themselves. Precision flying is fun to master, but most of the applications for consumer drones involve the drone witnessing an event — a run, or a party, or a vacation memory. And who wants to spend their vacation flying a drone around behind their friends, while those friends have all the real fun?

DJI’s Mavic Pro quadcopter drone can be just the answer. This tiny, nimble camera drone boasts a 4.3 mile range, a 4K video and still shot camera, and even a foldable body for easy storage — but it’s the autonomy of the drone that really stands out. DJI’s Flight Autonomy technology allows the Mavic Pro to “see” in front of itself, using real-time machine vision capabilities to identify oncoming obstacles and avoid them. Want to take a run through a forest? Your Mavic Pro can follow on its own, avoiding collisions while while keeping you in frame.

And the camera it uses to capture that footage? Not only is it a completely modern 4K capture system, but it’s mounted on a 3-axis gimbal that mechanically stabilizes the image. It can produce crisp, high-res videos that glide over chasms with an otherworldly stability that’s reminiscent of BBC’s Planet Earth. On the other hand, at just 13 inches across while flying, it’s small enough to dip down near gatherings without distracting. And at mere-HD video resolutions, it can shoot up to 120 frames per second for smooth slow motion replays of your most exciting moments.

Of course, the Mavic Pro features a high-precision control system for manual flying, but its real value comes from the ability to set it and trust that it will do what it’s supposed to, even if faced with unforeseen obstacles. Whether your goal is to make an exciting workout video, document a heartwarming family get-together, or produce professional-quality “crane” shots for an indie film, the DJI Mavic Pro has the features that will keep your drone in the air, rather than gathering dust in the basement.

Shop Now: $899 (orig. $999)

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The thing about drones is that, after a few novel manual flights around the yard, most people want them to simply take care of themselves. Precision flying is fun to master, but most of the applications for consumer drones involve the drone witnessing an event — a run, or a party, or a vacation memory. And who wants to spend their vacation flying a drone around behind their friends, while those friends have all the real fun?

DJI’s Mavic Pro quadcopter drone can be just the answer. This tiny, nimble camera drone boasts a 4.3 mile range, a 4K video and still shot camera, and even a foldable body for easy storage — but it’s the autonomy of the drone that really stands out. DJI’s Flight Autonomy technology allows the Mavic Pro to “see” in front of itself, using real-time machine vision capabilities to identify oncoming obstacles and avoid them. Want to take a run through a forest? Your Mavic Pro can follow on its own, avoiding collisions while while keeping you in frame.

And the camera it uses to capture that footage? Not only is it a completely modern 4K capture system, but it’s mounted on a 3-axis gimbal that mechanically stabilizes the image. It can produce crisp, high-res videos that glide over chasms with an otherworldly stability that’s reminiscent of BBC’s Planet Earth. On the other hand, at just 13 inches across while flying, it’s small enough to dip down near gatherings without distracting. And at mere-HD video resolutions, it can shoot up to 120 frames per second for smooth slow motion replays of your most exciting moments.

Of course, the Mavic Pro features a high-precision control system for manual flying, but its real value comes from the ability to set it and trust that it will do what it’s supposed to, even if faced with unforeseen obstacles. Whether your goal is to make an exciting workout video, document a heartwarming family get-together, or produce professional-quality “crane” shots for an indie film, the DJI Mavic Pro has the features that will keep your drone in the air, rather than gathering dust in the basement.

Shop Now: $899 (orig. $999)

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