DJI is calling the Mavic 2 their “flagship consumer drone, built for pros and enthusiasts.” Whichever category you fall into, you’ll have a tough decision to make because the Mavic 2 comes in two equally attractive versions — The Mavic 2 Pro and The Mavic 2 Zoom.
Mavic 2 Pro may be $200 more, but in this case that doesn’t make it the better option. Both drones offer unique features that will fit the needs of different consumers.
The Mavic 2 is the true successor to the very popular Mavic Pro, released in 2016, and we all want to know exactly how the Mavic 2 has stepped it’s game up. So let’s have a look at what’s new!
Let’s start with everything new, that both models share.
Omnidirectional obstacle sensing. The Mavic 2 has drastically improved the drone’s ability to navigate on its own. Thanks to 10 new sensors that use an advanced pilot assistance system, it allows the drone to sense objects in all directions (previously it was just forward). This also means improved subject tracking for cleaner and more creative shots. In other words, you can set it and forget it while the drone does the flying for you.
Flight time.They’ve increased overall flight time by 4 minutes (up to 31 minutes from 27 minutes), while hovering time has been increased by 5 minutes. This is only compared to the Mavic Pro not the Mavic Pro Platinum, which is an iteration of the original, that offers slightly better flight time.
On board data storage.Both models include a very welcoming 8GB of onboard storage, before you have to rely on additional cards.
Max. flying speeds.The previous top speed of the Mavic line was 65 kph, but their top speed is now closer to 72 kph depending on wind conditions.
New hyperlapse modes.The four new self flying hyperlapse modes are very impressive. It comes with free hyperlapse, waypoint hyperlapse, courselock hyperlapse, and circle hyperlapse. Each mode offers a different trajectory style allowing you to meet the creative needs of almost any situation. Plus, they’re pretty fun to experiment with.
Video transmission range.The max. video transmission range is now 8km which is a 1km improvement from the previous model.
Camera ISO & bitrate. Both cameras have double the ISO power (up to 6400 from 3200), and their max video bitrate is up to 100mbps from 60mbps, giving you a much higher quality video image.
Body size. The Mavic 2 is slightly bigger than its predecessor but that’s nothing to scoff at. The increased size is a small price to pay for the improved features. It comes in at just over 900 grams, where the old model was 734 grams. The dimensions are also slightly larger too (up to 214x91x84 from 198x83x83.
Cold weather durability.Mavic 2 is wearing a slightly thicker winter coat, as it can now operate in conditions that are ten degrees colder (the lowest operating temperature is -10 celsius). The coldest temperature the remote can handle is still the same though.
Downward facing light. A new light that faces downward has been added to help you safely land the drone in low light situations.
The short answer is: The Camera. The cameras are quite different, and that’s what accounts for the price difference. The Zoom is $1249, while the Pro is $1449.
Let’s outline some differences between the two models and see how they stack up against each other.
As its namesake indicates, the strongest superpower the Mavic 2 Zoom has is its ability to optically zoom 2x.
Optical zoom. The versatility of being able to zoom from 24mm to 48mm gives you a more telephotographic look. It also makes it easier for you to frame the subject in the air without having to move closer. So for users who like to shoot closer subjects, this may be the best option. Testing shows that there is no loss of detail when zooming in.
Dolly zoom. The Zoom model has a new intelligent flight mode called Dolly Zoom, inspired by an Alfred Hitchcock film technique, which provides a very unique dramatic edge to your footage.
Super resolution mode. It doesn’t sport the impressive 20mp camera that some DJI models have, but it has something called “super resolution mode” that stitches together nine photographs to produce a giant 48MP image.
The big news for DJI is its investment in the high end camera company Hasselblad, and they’re not wasting any time harnessing the camera’s technology. They’ve incorporated a very impressive Hasselblad camera into the Mavic 2 Pro model.
Hasselblad camera. It boasts a full 1” sensor, capable of capturing 20mp images. For those megapixel counters out there, this is the only DJI drone outside of the Phantom, and professionally marketed Inspire lineup, that offers a 1” sensor. You get professional quality images in a convenient consumer level package.
Flexible aperture.The Hasselblad camera also has a variable f2.8-f11 aperture, which gives you lots of control over light across various situations.
Stronger color capture. DJI also claims that the camera offers four times higher color levels per channel. Stronger color profiles produce videos with a flatter image that are packed with data. This gives you more professional color grading options in post production.
Both models are a big step up from its predecessor released in 2016, but it’s hard to say one is better than the other. They both produce excellent image quality and have outstanding flying capabilities. The decision ultimately comes down to determining your creative needs and choosing the model that can serve you best.
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