DJI have just released an upgrade to the Mavic Pro called the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum which came out of nowhere and surprised the drone community for sure.
In this post I am going to give you all the details on what is different and why you should consider the Platinum model.
Although it is not a huge upgrade from the previous model, there are a few things that will impress you.
Let's dive right in
There are two big differences with the Mavic Pro Platinum and they focus on how this bird flies!
MAVIC PRO PLATINUM IMPROVEMENTS
Max Flight Time
COMPARE THE NOISE IN THIS DEMO VIDEO
Drone noise might not seem like a big deal to us drone lovers, but people actually hate the buzzing of drones. (My neighbours have mentioned it often enough).
So, a big reduction in drone propeller noise is a huge bonus if you ask me.
DJI have been focusing on the drive and propellers for this model and have reduced noise by 4 dB (and noise power by 60%).
That might not sound like much, but remember that the Decibel scale is not linear (it is logarithmic). So, 10 decibels less is actually sound that is 100x less powerful.
DJI have achieved this noise reduction through an improved aerodynamic design:
Definitely. The Mavic Pro Platinum Propellers fit on the Mavic Pro and give you a slight noise reduction too.
There is more to the new Mavic Pro Platinum than the propellers, but if you already have a Mavic Pro and want to just get a noise reduction with these new props (and perhaps a slight flight time increase - no one has confirmed this yet) then go for it.
Below is a video with the noise reduction from just changing the propellers.
Flight time is one of the biggest questions for any drone, and the Mavic Pro already has an impressive 27 minutes.
The new Mavic Pro Platinum has increased this by over 10% to 30 minutes which is great to see.
Sure, it's not an extra 10 minutes, but a decent increase in flight time is often worth it depending on what you are doing with the drone. It means you can get extra reach (distance) or extra footage before you have to land and swap out the battery.
Some people in the forums are already comparing the cost increase of the Platinum (about $100) with the cost of one extra Mavic Pro Battery (less than $100) which will of course get you an extra 27 minutes flight time (minus any reserve you want to land with of course).
But for me that is not the issue. 10% more flight time is either useful to you or it is not. It is within one flight. So coming back to change the battery is not a fair comparison.
As well as the new gold tips on the propellers (which you can see in the image above), DJI have also added some other small decals on the arms of the Mavic Platinum.
Not a huge change here by any means, but it distinguishes this model from the standard Mavic Pro.
The Mavic Pro and Mavic Pro Platinum share a lot of great features that are worth listing here, especially if you are not familiar with the Mavic.