DJI Mavic 2 Pro – The Best Drone for Consumers
DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the world’s first quadcopter with an integrated Hasselblad camera. Hasselblad co-engineered the Pro’s camera fitting it with their proprietary 20-megapixel camera with a 1-inch sensor. The company assisted with lens definition, image optimization, and processing while also implementing its JPEG format.
DJI’s latest feature set is the support of a High Dynamic Range (HDR) through 10-bit depth 4K video, along with Hybrid Log Gamma.
The product was the start of a new company line, Mavic Air and Spark. After two years, the Mavic 2 Pro was released this month.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro gives us the best video and photos for a consumer drone, thanks to its 4K HDR camera. Compared to its original, its gimbal-stabilized camera has a 1-inch sensor that brightens up videos and photos. However, the camera can’t shoot 4K at 60fps.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro Features & Specifications
DJI Mavic 2 Pro isn’t a massive improvement from the original Mavic Pro. The drone can stay airborne for a couple of long minutes (31 minutes instead of 29). And fly for a few miles faster (44 mph – 70 km/h instead of 40 – 64 km/h). The most significant improvement is the software, sensing abilities and camera. The only competitors are the other DJI drones.
The software of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is a new ActiveTrack 2.0, which allows the drone to follow moving subjects with a more precision than ever before.
Additionally, Mavic 2 Pro is equipped with OcuSync 2.0, which is the latest version of DJI’s video transmission technology. This tech allows you to see what the drone sees in full 1080p.
DJI has also outfitted the Mavis 2 with an improved environmental sensing system.
The original Mavic Pro was able to sense only the obstacles in front of it, while the Mavic Air had an added behind and below sensing system.
The second generation has an omnidirectional sense-and-avoid system, thanks to its 10 sensors that are positioned on its front, back, left, right, top and bottom.
On the camera side, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro carries a Hasselblad camera with a 1-inch CMOS sensor and adjustable aperture.
Its twin the Mavic 2 Zoom has a smaller 1/2.3-inch sensor and the ability to zoom from 24mm to 48mm.
As a result, the Mavis 2 line is more evolutionary than revolutionary. DJI kept all the things that worked well in its first generation of Mavic drones and worked on areas that needed significant improvement.
Quality & Durability
The Mavic 2 is no different than the original Mavic line. In other words, the original Mavic Pro is one of the sturdiest, well-built drone built by DJI.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro looks and feels identical to its older siblings, the only differences are the minor changes. The newest generation of the Mavic Pro is slightly larger and heavier, has more sensors that are built into its hull. The design is still the same folding-arm with a rock-solid construction.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro can hover up to 29 minutes, thanks to its aerodynamic design, and can stay airborne for 31 minutes if is flown at a constant 7 mph (25 kpm/p).
Then the previous generation, the recharge time of the battery is quicker, about 45 to 50 minutes from empty to full.
Piloting, Control & Autonomy
DJI Mavic 2 Pro feels like its predecessors, meaning it’s tight, athletic and responsive. If you ever flew a DJI quadcopter before, you’ll feel like home with the Mavic 2. Even if you never flew a DJI drone, you’ll be able to fly the Mavic 2, like a pro. DJI’s flight performance is extremely performant and reliable. The Mavic 2 only goes where you tell it to go, no drifting, no wandering, and no slippery controls. In other words, DJI Mavic 2 Pro is bolted to the sky.
The manual controls are just another tip of the iceberg. Mavic 2 comes with an omnidirectional obstacle avoidance system, in other words, you can fly this drone with confidence.
If you’re about to crash into an obstacle, DJI’s software will beep and alert you. If you ignore the warnings and keep flying, the drone will auto-brake to avoid a crash. However, this only works from the front, back, top and bottom.
The left and right sensors are only activated if you’re into ActiveTrack mode where the drone is flying itself. Even if the sideways sensors are disabled during the manual flight, the Mavic 2 still feels safe and reliable.
Camera & Accessories
As we mentioned before, Mavic 2 Pro is outfitted with a Hasselblad camera and a 1-inch CMOS sensor, while its twin, the Mavic 2 Zoom is equipped with a smaller 1/2.3-inch sensor and 24-48mm optical zoom lens.
Between the two, the Mavic 2 Pro’s camera is better. In addition to the larger sensor, which gives better resolution, better dynamic range and better low-light performance, the camera comes with an adjustable aperture.
The aperture control allows you to tune how much light you will allow to enter into the camera, and also change the depth of field.
Casual users might stick to automatic mode, but photographers and videographers will expand the creative level of control over the image.
Another big feature is the ability to shoot videos in 4K with a 10-bit depth color recording.
The Mavic 2 Pro can record over one billion discrete colors. Unfortunately, its twin, the Mavic 2 Zoom can record only to 16 million colors.
This feature is only a necessity if you’re a professional filmmaker or photographer.
One thing that the Mavic 2 Pro can’t do is to zoom, and that’s where the Mavic 2 Zoom comes in.
The twin has a 2x optical zoom (24-48mm) and 2x digital zoom. This trait can simulate a 96mm telephoto lens that can capture a video in 1080p. We guess it’s nice having a zooming ability on a drone.
The zooming ability allows you to get closer to your subject without the need for flying closer and gives you access to a bunch of creative effects.
On the camera level, both Mavic 2 are excellent. Choosing between them can be a difficult task. Unfortunately, DJI didn’t give to the Mavic 2 a modular camera system. Instead, it’s forcing its users to choose between the Zoom and Pro. However, the DJI Inspire 2 has interchangeable cameras, so DJI has the capacity to build swappable camera systems into their drones. It’s sad that they didn’t do so with the Mavic 2 line.
- Omnidirectional obstacle avoidance
- Responsive, reliable controls
- Powerful autonomous flight
- Excellent camera options
- Non-modular cameras
If you’re looking for a drone with a great camera, the Mavic 2 series is pretty hard to beat. Looking outside of DJI’s fleet, it will be hard to find another compact UAV with these features. The Mavic 2’s only competitors are other DJI drones.
If your goal is capturing great footage, you might want to look into DJI’s Inspire 2. It’s big, expensive and far less portable, but it carries a powerful camera.
If your budget is tight and you don’t need a top-tier performance but you like the features that the Mavic 2 lines provide, the original Mavic Pro and Mavic Air are solid choices. They are both cheaper and capable of shooting 4K and auto-dodge obstacles.
Purchasing the Mavic 2 can have huge benefits in the long run. DJI provides software support for drones that were released five years ago. There is no doubt that the company will release firmware updates and bug fixes. As long as you don’t crash the drones into a lake, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom will last for a long time.