By Will Harford
What if I asked you this:
"A camera records at 2.7K and 4K, which is better quality?"
This should be a no-brainer. However the Mavic Pro seemed to want to deliver better quality 2.7K footage than 4K. There's some quite simple answers to this, as the bitrate for these two resolutions is the same, which means that the lower resolution video gets more bits per pixel, but the real issue was when we put the two resolutions side by side and they were totally indistinguishable.
...And this is when we realised it's time to sell the drone!
Don't get me wrong, it's a great little drone, but nowhere near the quality we need for stock footage and commercial work. The reason why the footage always looks so good online is down to YouTube's video compression which does a great job of masking the compression noise and video artefacts. Not to mention that filming in anything other than a custom white balance has the footage flickering as it jumps around. We used the Mavic Pro in Japan and just managed to salvage some footage when we set the white balance to auto by mistake.
So, if you want a Mavic Pro, wait for the Mavic mk2. We will be ordering ours, as long as the bitrate is at least 100mbit in 4K, which really is the absolute minimum you should look for in a drone.