I've wanted to buy a drone forever. No reason, really, just seemed cool. I had a pile of cheap gyro-helicopters and universally crashed them on the first flight. Needless to say, my fear of immediately crashing a $1000 drone was what held me back.
When the Mavic was released, I decided to give it a try. It was less $ than previous DJIs and was touted as "easy to fly." I couldn't agree more. My Mavic arrived a few days ago after ordering in October. DJI apparently had a big problem keeping up with the demand. In the meantime I watched 7 million youtube videos and got even more excited.
The build quality is equivalent to an apple product. High-end materials, everything just works. Being petrified of crashing, I read and re-read the manuals before flight. It was totally unnecessary, because the Mavic flies itself. Not completely true - I'm glad I read the manual because it gave me a little confidence, but I was still nervous.
My first flight was inside my office. I had NEVER flown a "real" quadcopter before, and I was able to guide it around corners, into my colleague's office (sorry Mike), and even up a stairway. The controls are intuitive and seem to respond just as you intend - if you mash the forward, the Mavic rips forward; if you finesse, it crawls.
The Mavic is much quieter than I expected. I have seen some Phantoms around, and they sound like weedwhackers. The mavic is a lower hum. Still not sneaky-quiet, but not as offensive as I expected. I could see using this in a crowd (don't because it's dangerous) without people really noticing.
The video quality is really good. I have not uploaded anything to my computer for editing, but for a novice I was impressed by the sharpness and color saturation. I am a camera geek so I was a little suspicious of DJI's claims, but my initial take is that the camera is really, really good for the size.
I have flown the Mavic 3 times in past day, and tried out the active track, which worked once, didn't work the other time. On that, however, I was standing on icy snow with my back to the bright sun, so the camera was definitely getting blinded. when I tried it in better light it was much easier.
The app download was a little confusing - the Apple App store has two versions of DJI GO (3 and 4). Get 4. It works well, and easily. The most recent Mavic user manual from DJI says to get 4, otherwise I would not have known. Again, I have literally never used anything like this, and I was able to get the app synced to the controller/drone and up and running in no time.
Overall, this is an absolute must if you're like me and have been holding out or on the fence. I can't wait to bring it along on vacations, or even just in the back yard. My wife has never touched an RC anything and was able to take off, zip around the house, and land with ease. Highly recommended!