Testing the DJI Mavic Pro through the woods

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4y Oct 24, 2016

Continuing my assessing the tiny powerhouse that is the DJI Mavic Pro, and part 2 of my review's look at the cool "tripod mode", I took it through a dense wooded area to do some more shots with this very controlled mode. The aim was to get some cinematic moves, working solely off of the visual positioning system alone as the trees stopped GPS getting through and all controlled manually of course! This is easily the worst / most challenging place for operation and for the overly compressed codec. That was tests are all about! :)

It was very dark in the really dense areas and I had to put it up to ISO 800 which I would never normally do. ISO 200 is as high as I would go normally with the DJI cameras as the noise coupled with the compression is way too bad. So please forgive the image issues with shot 2. I wanted to do the move and knew the only way with such bad light was to pump the ISO. Dropped to 1/25th of second would have also looked awful and too blurred.

This location is yet another crazy test pushing the compression beyond its ability. Coupled with having to push the ISO too...then add in Vimeo/ YT compression! Eek! But at least you get to see the possibilities if you look past the compression issues!

This was shot 4K 25p but I have edited it as 1080p as the image in shot 2 looked even worse in 4K! As that shot was the best to illustrate an impossible jib/ dolly shot it had to stay in. These are still tests after all. Until I get more than one battery that is all I can really do!

None of this has any post stabilisation or speed change.

Check out my two part review at http://gopb.co/mavic

Graded with FilmConvert 10% with code bloom at http://gopb.co/filmconvert

About Philip Bloom

Philip Bloom is a world-renowned filmmaker who, for the past 10 years of his 30-year career has specialized in creating incredible cinematic images no matter what the camera. Some of his most iconic work was created with Canon DSLRs.


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