DJI Mavic 2 Serie

Strong Siblings: The DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom

Tim Takeoff
14.09.2018
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5 minutes

At last, the moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived. DJI has unveiled its latest offspring – and it’s twins: the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom.

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DJI maintains a clear hierarchy in its products. Thus, the DJI Mavic is positioned between the purely entry-level Spark holiday drone and the newer Mavic Air for advanced hobby users, as well as more expensive models like the Phantom 4 or Inspire series. The latter are primarily devices for the professional and commercial user. This post explains more about the various DJI drones.

Right from the start, the DJI Mavic faced a balancing act. It needed to be light and portable enough to function as a travel drone. This high-tech toy also had to be intuitive enough to allow beginners to achieve good results, while also providing professionals with the high-quality recordings required to justify its high purchase price.

With the first-generation Mavic proving a massive sales hit which, in this era of YouTube and similar sites, opened up incredible opportunities for vloggers and enthusiasts, the expectations of its successor were tremendous.

Why two versions?

It was long rumoured that there would be two different models. Making the Mavic 2 available in both the Pro and Zoom versions presents customers with a choice. So much emphasis has been placed on the camera, however, that it is also the only real difference between the two products.

For enthusiasts and professionals, the Mavic 2 Pro features a new, 20-megapixel 1” CMOS sensor from Hasselblad with a 10-bit Dlog-M colour profile which allows for more post-processing options. This corresponds to around four times the depth of colour offered by its predecessor and thus achieves approximately that of the more expensive Phantom 4 Pro. For photos, the higher-paying, creative customer can enjoy an aperture selection of f/2.8-f/11. We suspect that DJI probably acquired Hasselblad for this very purpose in 2017.

The Mavic 2 Zoom, on the other hand, is equipped with a slightly smaller 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor – but it also has an absolutely unique selling point. As its name suggests, it features a 2x optical zoom in 4K. You do have to put up with the smaller image sensor, but it still takes excellent shots – especially when you factor in the 2x digital zoom which enables the device to simulate a 96mm telephoto lens and record lossless video in Full HD.

More colour – but only in the sensor

Other than the camera, the drones have undergone few radical changes. Then again, they are designed to be flown rather than displayed, although adding some body colour à la the Spark or Mavic Air would certainly not have hurt the overall picture. We are already familiar with the folding propeller arms from the Mavic 1, and these remain particularly practical.

Only the devices’ edges and propellers have been further streamlined. This enables the resistance to be reduced by about 19 percent, which increases the drones’ flight speed in sports mode and makes them somewhat quieter overall. DJI has also managed to increase the flying time from 28 to 31 minutes. That doesn’t sound much at first, but every minute in the air is precious for drone owners looking to snag “just one more shot”. As before, radio transmission lies in the 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz band. The latest OcuSync 2.0 is used, and is expected to deliver stable, Full HD transmission to the operator.

DJI has significantly improved its collision detection technology. Whereas the Spark can only look forwards and the Air can also look backwards, the Mavic 2 can also look to the side, even in tripod or “Follow Me” mode. This works very smoothly, giving users the feeling for the first time that they can really trust this sinfully expensive drone.

Speaking of modes, DJI has also given its two new “eyes in the sky” some great new – and, most importantly – exclusive features. You can, for example, use the Zoom function to create what is known as a “Dolly Zoom QuickShot” in which foreground remains static while the background is brought forward. Both drones also feature various time-lapse and hyper-lapse options, while pre-defined flight profiles can be stored and flown again using “Waypoint” mode.

What’s included

The box contains the drone, a battery with charger, a remote control, and replacement propellers. As with DJI’s other products, you can also opt for what’s known as the “FLY MORE” bundle. This gives you a spare battery with a multi-charger, a second set of propellers, and a chic carrying case.

As expected, these are expensive gadgets for enthusiasts, tech enthusiasts, and movie makers with high standards. Whether the higher price point compared to the first Mavic is worth it ultimately depends on your own use and added-value needs. To learn more about drones, take a look at our other articles.

Images © DJI

by Tim Takeoff

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