DJI just announced their new Mavic Pro 2 series yesterday in a press release. According to Michael Oldenburg, product communication lead, their goal was to create a better drone for content creators, saying:
“A more versatile camera that broadens the verity of shots that can be captured, better flight performance that can fly faster and longer, and an improved optical sensing system that lets you focus more on capturing the perfect shot… the ask was simple — improve everything about the Mavic Pro.”
And boy did they deliver with their Mavic 2 series which consists of two drones, the Mavic 2 Zoom and the Mavic 2 Pro. Here are a few of the highlights.
For the Mavic 2 Pro camera, DJI has partnered with Hasselblad. The camera is capable of recording ultra-high definition, 4K video, and, because of the 1 inch CMOS sensor, it is capable of delivering 20-megapixel photos with an adjustable aperture of f/2.8 – f/11. According to DJI, the Mavic 2 Pro is also able to shoot in bright and dim lighting conditions. Plus, now that the camera captures 10 bit-Dlog M video instead of the 8 bit-Dlog on the Mavic Pro, you have more freedom to edit in post-production without degrading the image quality.
The Mavic 2 Zoom uses a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor which can record at 4K and captures 12-megapixel photos. As the name suggests, the Mavic 2 Zoom has a 24-44mm optical zoom plus 2x digital zoom which grants a 96mm telephoto lens that still records in 4k lossless, high definition. The zoom also has a new feature called super-resolution that is used to capture landscapes. Using the optical zoom, it stitches nine images together providing an amazing 48-megapixel image. Another mode that the Mavic 2 Zoom is able to do is the Dolly Zoom. The mode focuses on a subject and goes away from the subject while zooming in creating an almost warping video effect.
Both cameras are capable of shooting enhanced HDR video at 100 megabits per second and use H.265 compression. Although the Mavic 2 Zoom is the only one that can use the modes Super Resolution and Dolly Zoom, both drones can do hyperlapses.
As for the performance of both drones, they have significantly improved the Mavic. The battery life has been extended from 28 minutes to 31 minutes. The Obstacle avoidance system has been significantly upgraded with 10 sensors as well as an improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) which guides the drone around obstacles in modes such as active track. Another feature of both drones is that they are now quieter. The sound decrease comes from a raked design on the wing tips which also decreases the drag of the drone. Finally, both drones have 8GB of built-in storage is expandable with a micro SD card.
The Mavic 2 is on sale, and the current prices for the drones are $1,449 for the Mavic 2 Pro and $1,249 for the Mavic zoom.