DJI, a Shenzhen based major manufacturer of cameradrones, announced the Mavic Pro Platinum quadcopter this week. Priced $100 above the Mavic Pro, the Platinum features new ESCs and new propellers. Oh, and the colour of the Mavic Pro Platinum is slightly different.
The combination of new ESCs and new props makes for a quieter, more efficient flight. The specs suggest that the Platinum model owners will enjoy 10% extended flight times.
If you already have a Mavic Pro, I suggest pre-ordering the new propellers (“8331 propellers”). The propellers will reduce noise and enhance flight time, but not fully bridge the gap to the Mavic Pro Platinum. (A Mavic Pro with the new props will perhaps become known as the Mavic Pro Palladium.)
The biggest change introduced by the Platinum model is new FOC ESCs (Field Oriented Control, Electronic Speed Control). The new ESCs output sinusoidal current, a smoother way to control a motor that delivers rotation.
What else is new? Perhaps that’s it. Besides noise and flight time, the specs are the same.. The camera is the same (FC220), the battery capacity is the same, the remote controller is the same, the sensors and vision system are the same. DJI may have updated some of the internal components, but they did not release any detail in the announcement.
Many had hoped to see upgraded performance from the camera in a new Mavic Pro. The Platinum does not deliver that. Still, the Platinum is the DJI cameradrone to get if you want to capture great photos and video with a portable package. The Phantom 4 Pro offers a better camera at the cost of portability.
The new Platinum model was available for pre-order on the day of announcement, but after just 20 minutes or so, the website reported that they were “out of stock”. The pre-order form said to expect delivery after about a month, so we should begin to see the Mavic Pro Platinum in the wild at some point in October 2017.