A new date. A new camera drone. The curtains will lift for the DJI Mavic 2 on August 23rd, which is the rescheduled ‘See the Bigger Picture’ event originally slated for July 18th. The official line has DJI wanted a better user experience and even more innovation in the Mavic 2 lineup. Here’s the corporate line:
Thank you for RSVP’ing for the ‘See the Bigger Picture’ event on July 18th. Today we are making the difficult decision to push back the event. DJI is committed to introducing the most high-quality, cutting-edge technology in the market. We will postpone ‘See the Bigger Picture’ so we can deliver according to our standard of innovation. User experience is our top priority, and we wanted to ensure we can exceed our customers’ expectations for our technology by the time of the event. Please stay tuned for more information. Thank you for your continued interest and support.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom Features and Rumors
Notice I mentioned lineup above. We already have a leaked catalog shot from UK’s Argos latest catalog of a DJI Mavic 2 Pro version featuring the one-inch sensor and a separate Mavic 2 Zoom edition which features a 2x optical zoom. On a 35mm equivalent, it works out to 24mm-48mm. Catalog images are below, but here’s the text, so you’re not straining:
“The Mavic 2 is a small yet powerful drone with 1080p video transmission and up to 8km (5 miles) transmission distance and a max speed of 20m/s (45mph). It will turn the sky into your creative canvas. Its compact size and 31-minute max flight time makes this one of DJI’s most sophisticated flying cameras ever. Omnidirectional obstacle sensing with APAS and Active Track 2.0 give you the confidence to take to the sky and capture your moment. Dolly Zoom (zoom version only). DJI Mavic 2 Pro & DJI Mavic 2 Zoom.”
Some are reporting a Hasselblad sensor in the Mavic 2 Pro. While I hope that’s the case, but the easier path is using the Sony sensor found in the Phantom 4 Pro. I haven’t seen any patents out of Hasselblad giving this rumor much credence. Could be wrong as DJI at some point needs to incorporate the technology into the company’s camera drones.
We do learn the Mavic 2 Pro is getting a speed boost to 45mph. The battery life may very well crack the 30-minute ceiling. It’s listed as 31 minutes, but we need to see if DJI will claim that in ideal conditions or regular conditions.
Both versions are earning the 1080p OcuSync transmission up to five miles. While a seemingly minor upgrade, that’s a massive improvement over 720p, and we can expect the livestream capabilities to see a similar uptick in quality.
Omnidirectional sensing with APAS and Active Track 2.0 means a smarter, easier to fly Mavic. And finally, we know one new shot mode on release. The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom will feature Dolly Zoom. I’d expect a multitude of new shot modes announced during the event.
What about rumors? A big one that’s been hinted by DJI itself is the Mavic Enterprise Edition. This is basically confirmed thanks to the German version of the DJI website featuring a picture of it for a few hours. There are also leaked images with various sensors and the badging – Mavic Enterprise.
It will be game changing if DJI opts for this route. It would also cannibalize Matrice 200-series depending on payload, price, and range of sensors. Color me intrigued by these rumors and leaks.
Another rumor comes from leaked images and a DJI patent. One version of the Mavic 2 Pro will have a detachable gimbal which would pair with a new Osmo. Perhaps an Osmo Mini?
Out of all the rumors, it’s the detachable gimbal that seems out of place. DJI had seemingly moved away from the Osmo with the Osmo Mobile 2 relying on your smartphone. Now we will have an Osmo Mini and camera drones with detachable gimbals? That’s cool on the former, but the latter has my interest. If we can detach it, can we upgrade later? We shall see.
And that about does it for the rumors and leaks. A lot of info is still unknown. Will we see 10-bit video? What about 4K60p? Better video options besides DLOG? ISO levels and potential mechanical shutter? Shot modes? Price?
It’s a pretty expansive list of what else can we expect. My take on pricing is it kicks the current Pro Platinum down to the original Pro. That means we should expect a new Phantom to follow the Mavic 2 Pro. Share your thoughts below on all things Mavic 2. What are you expecting? Hopes? Dreams? Criticisms? Turning it over to you as we approach August 23rd.