Drones have exploded in popularity in the last couple of years, opening up amazing 4K aerial photography and videography to the average prosumer. They’re getting much more affordable and accessible. The problem is that most of the good ones are rather unwieldy to carry around. That problem could soon become a thing of the past thanks to the newly announced DJI Mavic Pro, a drone that folds up to fit in the palm of your hand.

When its four rotor arms are folded in for transport, the Mavic Pro has a footprint that is comparable to that of a graphics card. This is way more convenient that something with fixed arms, like the company’s hugely popular DJI Phantom 4, while still offering 4K video capabilities. The video is fully stabilized too. Other highlights include the bundled controller (with live video streaming back to its display), advanced location tracking, obstacle avoidance, and a battery that’ll provide half an hour of flight time.

If all of this sounds a little too familiar, it’s because it’s almost a mirror image of the also recently announced GoPro Karma. From what I can see, though, the DJI Mavic Pro is even more compact. And let’s not forget that this compact drone gets the same camera sensor as its Phantom 4 cousin. The 4.3 mile range is equally impressive, as are the gesture controls like waving your arms to take a selfie.

The DJI Mavic Pro is expected to launch next month with an MSRP of around $1000, right in the same range as the GoPro Karma. Whatever drone you choose, remember to be respectful of your neighbors and fly safely!



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