DJI is one of the strongest company when it comes to making drones that are easy to use and capable of producing great content, and their Mavic 2 series, composed of the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom models can prove that even more. These drones are arguably two of the most advanced drones that DJI has released. Let’s find out what they got.
Drone type: Quadcopter
Dimensions: 322 mm by 242 mm by 84 mm
Mavic 2 Pro Camera: 1-inch, 20-megapixel CMOS sensor; adjustable aperture; 10-bit Dlog-M; 10-bit HDR video
Mavic 2 Zoom Camera: 1/2.3-inch 12-megapixel sensor with up to 4x zoom, including a 2x optical zoom (24–48 mm); 48MP super resolution photo; 4x lossless zoom FHD video; dolly zoom
On-board storage: 8GB
Max Flight Time: 31 minutes
Max Speed: 72 kph (in sports mode)
The only difference between the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom is the features that their cameras offer. But when it comes to the design, the Mavic 2 series is similar to the earlier Mavic Pro but it promises less noise and better aerodynamics.
The Mavic 2 is more portable compared to other drone models and once it’s in the air, you’ll feel like you’re engrossed in a video game on your mobile device. It also does not invite a lot of unwanted attention unlike those bulky and loud drones.
The Mavic 2 is also enjoyable to fly because it has a top speed of 72 kph in sport mode and a maximum of 31 minutes of flight time with no wind. It also has added sensors on the front, back, top, bottom, left, and right, making it easy to avoid obstacles. It is able to stop itself when it is about to run into something like a tree which will give you more confidence to fly it close to obstacles. However, its obstacle avoidance is disabled in sport mode.
Both the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom are available in a bundle set which include the drone, battery, remote controller, charger, and four pairs of propellers. You can also pay an extra amount for a Fly More Kit which includes two batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a car charger, two pairs of propellers, and a carry bag.
The DJI Mavic 2 series is indeed one of the best drones you can find on the market, however, there is one drawback about it which is, it does not have Wi-Fi connectivity. This means that it can’t be controlled using mobile devices. It may not be a big issue but it can be a deal-breaker for some. For example, if you’re a sports enthusiast and you do not want to carry a controller while snowboarding, the Mavic 2 isn’t the best drone for you. But the good thing is that it connects to GPS faster and more reliably compared to other DJI drones.
DJI Mavic 2 Series Features
The Mavic 2 Series of DJI comes with a lot of new tricks and improvements. Here are some of them.
Intelligent Flight Modes
The Mavic 2 has an ActiveTack feature where you select a person or object for the drone to follow and automatically keep in frame. It is great to be used on large subjects moving at a steady pace.
Point of Interest
The Mavic 2 will also allow you to select a Point of Interest by drawing a box around it on the screen of the controller. It uses its forward vision system and GPS to know the distance to the subject and orbit it automatically.
This feature will allow you to create a time-lapse video from a sequence of still images automatically. When you choose this option, you can select four different ways to move the drone such as free, circle, course lock, and waypoint.
The Mavic 2 Pro is equipped with a Hasselblad L1D-20c camera which is famous for its iconic ergonomic design, wonderful image quality, and Swedish craftsmanship. Hasselblad cameras have been used to capture some of the iconic images in the world including the first landing on the moon. Mavic 2 Pro’s camera possesses Hasselblad’s unique natural color solution technology which helps users capture wonderful 20-megapixel aerial shots with stunning color detail.
1-Inch CMOS Sensor
The Mavic 2 Pro also has a brand new 1-inch CMOS sensor. This has an active sensing area that is four times more effective compared to the original Mavic Pro. And since this is a large sensor, it means that it has better performance in low-light environments with a more extensive ISO range from 3200 to 12800.
10-bit Dlog-M Color Profile
It also supports a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile that has a higher dynamic range for more flexibility in the grading room. It is able to retain more in-depth details in both highlights and shadows. With this, you will be able to capture the subtlest gradations at sunset or sunrise.
The Mavic 2 Pro also has a 4K 10-bit HDR support and it can be plugged into a 4K TV with HLG and will immediately playback footage with the right color tones.
The aperture of Mavic 2 Pro’s camera is also adjustable and it can deliver outstanding image quality both in high and low-light environments. You can set the aperture to f/2.8 when shooting in low light and to f/11 in well-lit environments.
Expressive Mid-Range Shots
The Mavic 2 Zoom will enable you to have more expressive mid-range shots with its 48mm telephoto lens. It compresses your perspective, enhancing the parallax effect and giving you a classic cinematic look. With this drone, you will be able to explore with even more epic aerial photography and cinematic shots.
Easy View Finding
When you shoot full HD video, the Mavic 2 zoom will give you a closer view of faraway subjects with its 4x lossless zoom including 2x optical zoom. This will help you capture unique scenes while maintaining a safer distance from buildings, vehicles, people, and animals.
The Mavic 2 Zoom has a hybrid autofocus that combines phase and contrast detection for higher focus accuracy. It also has an increased focus speed of up to 40 percent more than before. Its autofocus tracking system helps make the subject appear clear and sharp even when zooming in and out.
This feature is a new Quick Shot for the Mavic 2 Zoom. It offers an otherworldly perspective in a fully-integrated drone. With this feature, the camera automatically adjusts focus when flying which adds an intense, warping visual effect to the video. You can also set proper focus speed values when flying the drone manually to have even more creative shot options.
The Super Resolution feature of the Mavic 2 Zoom is an asset when capturing the vivid details that a landscape photography deserves. When you take a photo with a 24mm equivalent field of view, its camera will capture and patch 9 photos with its lens which results in a 48-megapixel super resolution photo.
Where to Buy
There are also lots of accessories you can purchase for the Mavic 2 drones and here are some of them.
These filters are precisely engineered for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone. These are used to increase saturation and to hit cinematic shutter speeds as well. It has a polarization indicator laser etched onto its frame which will help you easily align your polarization.
If you want your Mavic 2 drone to be quieter, then this is a great accessory you can add. These propellers have a brand new aerodynamic design which results in quieter flight and as well as increased efficiency, and extended flight time.
These are high-quality filters that can help reduce the amount of light coming into the sensor. It will give you more control of the camera’s aperture, exposure time, and sensor sensitivity settings.
This lens hood will help reduce sun glare and can give a vignette effect to your photos. It is a very helpful accessory that can protect your drone’s expensive camera if ever there will be a collision. It is a lightweight protector that you can attach to your drone.
If you wish to bring your Mavic 2 when traveling, this is a great accessory for you. This carrying case will keep your drone and other accessories safe. It has compartments for Mavic 2 drone body, remote controller, batteries, charging hub, power adapter, propellers, and other accessories. It is tough and durable, and it looks fantastic as well.
All in all, both the DJI Mavic 2 drones are really great choices especially if you want to capture wonderful and high-quality photos and videos. Aside from that, these drones are also great for those who seek powerful yet compact drones. It may not be the cheapest on the market, but we can say that the quality is worth its price.