DJI Mavic Pro vs Mavic Pro Platinum: Which One to Buy?

What’s going on guys this is Andrew from djibestdrones.com a lot of people have asked me which one you recommend the Mavic Pro or the Mavic Pro Platinum version so I just wanted to make a quick comparison of giving my opinion on each one of these platforms and see which one might work for you.

Spec Mavic Pro Mavic Pro Platinum
Size (L×W×H) 3,2×3,2×7,8 inches 3,2×3,2×7,8 inches
Take off Weight 1.62 lbs 1.62 lbs
Max Speed 40 mph (65 kph) in Sport mode,
no wind
40 mph (65 kph) in Sport mode,
no wind
Max Ascent Speed 16.4 ft/s (5 m/s) in Sport mode 16.4 ft/s (5 m/s) in Sport mode
Max Descent Speed
9.8 ft/s (3 m/s) 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s)
Camera Sensor 1/2.3” CMOS; 12.MP 1/2.3” CMOS; 12MP;
Lens f/2.2, 26 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.2, 26 mm (35 mm format equivalent)
Video Recording
  • 4096×2160 24p
  • 3840×2160 24/25/30p
  • 2720×1530 24/25/30p
  • 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p
  • 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
  • 4096×2160 24p
  • 3840×2160 24/25/30p
  • 2720×1530 24/25/30p
  • 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p
  • 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
Gimbal 3 axis 3 axis
Hover Time ~20 minutes >22 minutes
Range 4-4,5 miles 4,5 miles; depends on weather
Battery LiPo 3S 3830 mAh, 11.4V LiPo 3S 3830 mAh, 11.4V
Price $999 (Discount on Amazon.com is Here) $1099 (Discount is Here)

Some people have emailed me saying “it’s holiday season and you know should I save the money with the hundred bucks with the Pro versus the Platinum” and like I said this pros and cons to both. There’s not a crazy amount of difference between the two and I just want to talk to you briefly about some of the differences that I do see that will make a difference.

If you’re gonna go right now and just look at these two side-by-side and go which one should I buy bang for buck you know you almost have to look at who’s who you’re buying it for or if you’re buying it for yourself. If you are new completely new to drones saving 100 bucks could go well going the Mavic Pro route because right now there’s a bunch of bundles out there of the Mavic Pro you can get you know for the same $999 price. I believe you can get some places on Amazon where you get a bag, maybe some accessories and stuff like that so if you think about it that way you get a little bit more bang for your buck and then you’re also save bucks which you could put towards a battery or other accessories. If you were to go to the Platinum route I’ll just give you some of the benefits of going the Platinum round versus the Mavic Pro.

Like I mentioned they’re pretty much the same aircraft; the biggest difference right now is the ESC and the props that are on them. The one thing I would say that I think it’s just like any manufacturer or anything that comes out as a version 2 maybe if DJI had any issues with things I always feel like they would have fixed it within the newer version so they might not market it as they did anything different but it’s just knowing that they have they had an opportunity to revise a product which is a Mavic. I always personally feel like there’s probably small tweaks in here that they have done but maybe haven’t mentioned. The only thing that’s really marketable at this point is the flight time and those are of course due to the props in the ESC’s.

So the biggest question everyone asks is “Is that two minutes or three minutes that they market really worth the hundred bucks?” and I’m going to answer as being a photographer and a videographer that two minutes up in the air is actually a very long time. And if you one of those that “Well why don’t you just spend hundred bucks less and buy an extra battery?” I’ll give you a little bit of reason behind that. When you’re up in the air and you’re flying say at a location two to three minutes can technically sometimes mean getting the shot and not getting the shot so when someone says “You can fly this one for twenty minutes or twenty two minutes and this one’s only eighteen or twenty” by the time you get thirty percent sometimes those two minutes can make the difference of getting the shot and not getting the shot. And most people don’t really understand that but having flown it for a little while now and waiting for the specific time and waiting for the right time of day for the sun to be at the right time – those two minutes can actually may sometimes make the difference.

If you’re doing a video and you’re shooting, panning and you’re tracking a subject and say you’re tracking maybe a train or some moving object for you to extend that a little bit further than you normally would could mean getting that extra piece of footage that you might need. So yes, you could technically bring it back to swap out the battery but, for instance, a lot of fliers – even though this is rated for what four miles or so I never really that far anyways – but if you’re flying it very far away a few thousand feet away those extra two minutes means you can be out there a little bit longer. Also, if you’re out there a little bit longer means you can also have a little bit more time for you to bring it back in. So say, you hit that thirty percent mark and you’re like “Hey, I need to bring this back in” it gives you that little bit of a buffer, a little bit of room for you to either extend that shot or give you a little more comfort knowing that you have a little bit more flight time for you to bring that drone back and then swap out the batteries.

Another thing that I did realize when I was flying the two is that the dark color of the Mavic Pro is a lot easier to see during the day in the sky while the Platinum I would lose. So if I’m flying the Mavic Pro and I’m doing some sort of shot that’s a little bit further in a distance and if I’m flying the Platinum version backwards into the sky you actually will lose the Platinum line of sight a lot quicker just because of the color. And if you’re trying to not be seen then of course this is kind of a cool way to go.

So it really depends on:

  • what type of flyer you are
  • what experience you have
  • do you need the extended time or not do
  • do you want a little bit more stuff as far as accessories go

There are a lot of packages that come with the Mavic Pro at this point: accessories and bags and things that you might be able to get as a deal so that would help you or leverage you go into this route but there’s no right or wrong at this point.

To wrap things up, the DJI Mavic Pro in the best option if you want to save some money or if you want to go for some accessories when the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum are designed for people who value flying time and quality of flying over than anything else.