Drone manufacturer DJI has launched a new drone in time for Christmas. Sort of. The Mavic Pro Alpine White Combo doesn’t do anything the standard Mavic can’t do. But it does offer slightly better value for money.
The Alpine White Mavic Pro
As part of the $1,049 combo, the Alpine White package gives you a Mavic Pro and three batteries. It does not come with the Mavic Pro Platinum’s upgraded ESC drivers or the new low noise props, which is a shame. But at least it’s still a saving on the standard Mavic Pro Combo.
We won’t run through all the specs here, as they haven’t changed from the original. You can take a look at our Mavic Pro launch article or one of our hands-on reviews. Or even a comparison between the Mavic Pro and the new Platinum model.
An Understandable Slowdown in Iteration
It’s been clear for a long time that DJI’s biggest competitor is itself. We’ve written before about the crazy speed at which the company has pushed new drones to market in the past. There’s only so much relentless iteration that the consumer market can take, particularly with the prices as they are and the fact that many hobbyists only fly occasionally. After successfully laying waste to pretty much every other major manufacturer, it looks like DJI has adopted a different strategy this year.
Instead of churning out a new Phantom 5 or a serious iteration of the Mavic Pro, the focus has been on different aspects of the drone market, with the $500 Spark, the professional Zenmsue X7 camera launch and steps into commercial software.
The Alpine White Mavic Pro might feel like a cosmetic disappointment for hardcore DJI fans, but that doesn’t stop it from being decent value for money and worth considering this Christmas. Just be careful when flying it under grey clouds. Does it count as BVLOS if you can’t see it against the sky?