Well, DJI’s Mavic 2 line wasn’t exactly a secret. The leaked specs and images had us all knowing what to expect. Still, nothing beats seeing it live and flying around. DJI is checking all the right boxes for the dual Mavic 2 camera drones. The company is outdoing companies such as Apple in the hype and delivering.
First, it wouldn’t be a reveal without a marketing video. DJI, if you please:
Well, I know what I’m buying. In our overview of what to expect from DJI in 2018, I mentioned DJI needed to use the Hasselblad partnership to make its way to the consumer camera drone market. Honestly, I was expecting the debut in the Phantom 5, but I will undoubtedly take a Mavic 2 Pro.
Where does the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom stand in terms of DJI’s consumer division? It’s impossible to recommend a Phantom 4 Pro over the Mavic 2 Pro. The P4P might edge the Mavic 2 Zoom, but it has the bitrate, optical zoom and various shot modes the Phantom cannot match.
Today’s reveal shows the path of a potential Phantom 5 is interchangeable lenses. It’s the next step for the Phantom series.
Quick heads up on ordering and have a case of button mashing fury. The Mavic 2 SKUs have the DJI Goggles in place of the FlyMore Combo which has been stripped out in favor of a FlyMore Kit.
DJI Mavic 2 Reveal
DJI hit three major points in the reveal of the Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom. First, the specs are exactly what content creators want (more on that below). Two, the price is what we were expecting. Especially when the Pro variant rocks a Hasselblad camera. And three, supply. It’s available today.
DJI used the extra time to ensure it wouldn’t endure the same supply debacle of the original Mavic Pro. No months of waiting for the drone to arrive at your doorstep. Now which Mavic 2 is right for you?
Mavic 2 Specs
These go for both the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. Battery life checks in at 31 minutes flying at 25kph with no wind. Hovering time is 29 minutes. Where I live, the weather knows when I’m pulling out a drone, and instantly a breeze kicks up. I’d expect real-world battery life to be damn close to 30 minutes.
Max speed hits 72 kph with a maximum transmission distance of five miles. The transmission range is based on absolutely perfect conditions. Once we get our hands on one, we will test under normal conditions.
Both Mavic 2 camera drones share the same 360-degree obstacle avoidance system and ActiveTrack 2.0.
Shot Modes. The biggest out of the reveal is the four separate hyperlapse modes including Free, Circle, CourseLock, and WayPoint. Save a flight path and to the Task Manager, and you can come up with some incredible day-to-night blends.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro Specs and Price
It has the specs we have all been waiting on. The one-inch, 20MP sensor. Now, I wasn’t expecting a Hasselblad camera, but damn if I won’t take it. DJI offers up pro-style features with a variable aperture of f/2.8-f/11, 10-bit Dlog-M, and 10-bit HDR (H-Log) video. The image quality on the Mavic 2 Pro is sublime.
One concern on the Mavic 2 Pro has been the squared-off Hasselblad camera. The immediate concern was how ND filters would work? Polar Pro is on the case and has specific NDs and polarizers available for preorder.
FOV checks in at 77-degrees with a focusing distance of one meter to infinity. The onboard Hasselblad camera features a 28mm lens (35mm equivalent). ISO range for video is 100-6400 and stills has a range of 100-3200 (auto), and 100-12800 (manual).
Video resolution? 4K at 24/25/30p. 2.7K at 24/25/30/48/50/60p. FHD at 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p. Bitrate stays static at 110Mbps across the various resolutions.
Photography modes include the usual suspects of single shot, burst, AEB, Interval (both JPEG and RAW).
Everyone, including me, is salivating over the Mavic 2 Pro, but don’t sleep on the Mavic 2 Zoom. While it retains the 12MP, 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor, it has a serious list of features. How about 2x optical zoom and up to 4x lossless in FHD? Its lens is a 24mm(f/2.8)-48mm(f/3.8)
The Mavic 2 Zoom has a super-resolution photo mode capable of stitching together photographs on the fly to for a 48MP picture. It adds an additional shot mode called the Dolly Zoom which looks incredible.
There are some drawbacks on ISO. The smaller sensor means less low light performance. The resolutions for stills stays in the 4000×3000 territory compared to the 5472×3648 on the Mavic 2 Pro.
Price? While feature-rich, the smaller sensor means a nice price cut from the Pro. DJI has it listed at $1249 with the FlyMore Kit at $319. Careful on the button mashing ordering. The combos on the Mavic 2 checkout include the DJI Goggles, not a FlyMore Combo.
Mavic 2 vs Phantom 4 Pro
The only real competition for the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom is the Phantom 4 Pro. While close in initial price, creating a P4P with a FlyMore Kit easily eclipses the $2000 mark compare to the Mavic 2 Pro hitting $1768.
When you combine all the features of the Mavic 2, especially the Pro, it checks all the right boxes for content creators. It’s imminently more portable than a P4P, and the use of a Hasselblad camera had everyone’s ears perking up with interest. DJI controls the consumer camera drone market, and the company knows they have an embarrassment of riches.
Now all eyes turn to what’s next for the Phantom line. I’d expect interchangeable payloads at a minimum along with the endurance capabilities of the new Mavic 2 series.