DJI, the Chinese drone maker that accounted for 70 percent of the consumer drone market last year, released a new, foldable, lightweight quadcopter today that can be operated with a smartphone alone.
It’s called the Mavic Pro, and compared to what’s already on the market, it will likely prove to be the most accessible, foolproof consumer drone yet.
Not to be outdone by GoPro, the sports tech company that nudged its way into the drone scene last week with the announcement of its Karma drone, the unmanned aerial vehicle pros at DJI are unveiling new AI-enhanced features that make its Mavic drone a competitive option in an expanding hobby drone market.
For one, the drone collapses to about the size of a water bottle, folding into itself so you can drop it in a backpack without a case — an advantage over the GoPro Karma, which requires a separate carrier.
But, by far, the coolest feature of the Mavic Pro is its ability to follow you without holding a controller, thanks to DJI’s image recognition system that can lock the camera on anything in the frame.