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DJI’s Mavic Pro drone can fit in the palm of your hand

GoPro unveiled its first drone last week, revealing a foldable design that can fit inside a backpack. Now Chinese drone-maker DJI is firing back with a foldable model of its own, packing more features into an even smaller package.

When it’s folded up, the DJI Mavic Pro is small enough to fit in your palm. Despite that small size, it doesn’t sacrifice on specs. It’s equipped with a 12-megapixel camera with 3-axis stabilization that can shoot 4K video at 30 frames per second.  It also sports two GPS units and sonar sensors, making it possible for the Mavic Pro to automatically follow you while filming.

The Mavic Pro can travel at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour and boasts a 27-minute battery. It can spot avoid obstacles autonomously and spot them from up to 49 feet away. It can even scan the terrain to maintain the same distance from the ground even if you’re walking on a slope.

This is also DJI’s first drone that doesn’t require a special controller to use. The company is still selling it with a dedicated remote controller for $999, but you can also opt for a cheaper $749 option and use a mobile app to fly instead. The lower price and simplified controls should help the company reach a more mainstream audience.

The Mavic Pro is available for pre-order now and ships on October 15. If you want to check it out in person before picking one up, you’ll have to wait even longer until November 2 when it hits stores.

Article source: http://www.technobuffalo.com/2016/09/27/dji-mavic-pro-drone/