Not to be outdone by GoPro, the sports tech company that nudged its way into the drone scene last week with the announcement of its Karma drone, the unmanned aerial vehicle pros at DJI are unveiling new AI-enhanced features that make its Mavic drone a competitive option in an expanding hobby drone market.
For one, the drone collapses to about the size of a water bottle, folding into itself so you can drop it in a backpack without a case — an advantage over the GoPro Karma, which requires a separate carrier.
But, by far, the coolest feature of the Mavic Pro is its ability to follow you without holding a controller, thanks to DJI’s image recognition system that can lock the camera on anything in the frame.
The Phantom 4, DJI’s most popular aircraft, has the same ability, but on the Mavic it’s even more fine tuned and feels oddly like having a friendly pet by your side.
The drone talks to your phone through an encrypted connection and can broadcast live video to Facebook, Periscope or YouTube with the DJI app, signaling DJI wants to cozy up to extreme sports communities that like to spread around their adventuring videos.