The DJI Mavic Pro prompts a question: why would any beginner drone pilot buy anything else? Its compact, foldable design slips into a daypack or tote with ease, it’s a negligible 1.62 pounds (about half the weight of the company’s top-of-the-line Phantom 4), and the 12MP camera shoots 4K at 30 fps and 1080p at 96 fps. More importantly, the drone flies intelligently, with all the high-level smart-flying features you’d want (it can follow a target, fly to a point of interest, avoid obstacles, and even take a photo in response to a hand gesture).

Also, there are very few moving parts. All that’s needed, aside from the drone, is a smartphone (Android or iOS), or you can use the optional dedicated controller. It’s the ideal no-fuss companion for adventurers wanting to up their Instagram game.

Buy Now: $999

Weight: 1.62 pounds
Max Speed: 40 mph
Max Flight Time: 27 minutes
Camera: 12MP
ISO Range: 100–3200 (video); 100–1600 (photo)
Photo: JPEG, DNG
Video: MP4, MOV
Battery: 2970mAh

Tucker Bowe

Tucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol's editorial team since 2014. As a Tech Staff Writer, he tracks everything in the consumer tech space, from headphones to smartphones, wearables to home theater systems. If it lights up or makes noise, he probably covers it.

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