The DJI Mavic Pro has proven to be the most popular Camera Drone ever, with orders outstripping any projections and DJI’s ability to make them quickly enough. The bottom line is this – if you haven’t already ordered your Mavic Pro, it probably will not be under the Yuletide Tree! Current orders (as of mid-November) are projected to ship after the New Year…this goes for major vendors such as DJI (direct), Amazon or the Apple Store.
Hope against Hope
It may be that you are able to snag one at the last minute through lesser known sources – some DJI dealers have ordered 100’s and may receive some units not already called for. Keep your eye out at BestBuy as well as other sources and you may get the prize.
Reasons for Delay
The Mavic Pro launched on Sept. 27 – with orders being taken starting on that date. Originally, shipment was slated to begin by Oct 15 – however, DJI announced that they had run about a week behind in shipping the first batches of orders. By the end of Oct. it was clear that the demand for Mavic was off-the-charts. We (Droneflyers.com) noticed that even many of the old “holdouts” who were R/C hobbyists but never purchased RTF (Ready to Fly) Camera Drones had placed their orders. Mavic Pro also quickly became the #1 best selling consumer drone on Amazon – quite a feat for a product which was not in stock!
To add to these factors, GoPro’s Karma – which some had possibly considered as a Mavic alternative, launched late and incompletely…and then was recalled. It’s safe to say that many of those holding out for Karma placed their orders for the Mavic Pro.
Numerous customers have reported ordering Mavics from more than one source! This muddies the waters even more, as they may cancel one or both orders depending on whether they are slated to ship.
Demand for drones is extremely strong this holiday season due to the FAA having finally having settled the questions of registration and commercial use. Lastly, the economy has improved in the USA – a prime market for DJIs products. [Read more…]