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Review: DJI Mavic, the pro-grade camera drone that fits in your pocket

•, Loz Blain

If you'd have told me last year I could have an aerial camera drone with all the functionality of the Phantom 4, but that could fold up and fit in my pocket, I wouldn't have believed you. And yet, here we are.

The DJI Mavic is freakin' tiny. It hits you the moment you see the box, which is about a third the size of a Phantom 4 box. Then it hits you again when you pull the drone out – I have genuinely had sandwich rolls bigger than this thing. It fits easily in the pocket of a pair of cargo pants, if you're the type of person who still rocks those.

The controller: tiny. The charger: tiny. Even the batteries look novelty size next to the Phantom gear I'm used to. The whole kit can be thrown in a backpack with plenty of room for everything else.

Mind you, once you open the propeller arms out and the self-straightening props open themselves out, the Mavic looks a lot closer to the size of a Phantom. And once you've opened the little bottom arms out and stuck your phone in the controller, that feels plenty solid in your hand too.