just a few hours after the big Nikon Z announcement, DJI announced that it is releasing two new drones – the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. Both include a number of advances over existing Mavic drones (pro/air) and also have some important differences from one another which actually makes them hard to choose from (at least for some users).
DJI was preparing this dual release for a long time (and there was no shortage of rumors and leaks as well). But it seems that the wait was worth it and judging by the general enthusiasm by which the new drones have been received/reviewed (like the very extensive and positive review by iPhonedo above) so far – they do bring some important and significant advances.
So what are the main features of the new drones and how they differ from previous DJI drones (and from each other? Here are some specs and we will start with the Mavic 2 Zoom:
- 12MP 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor (similar to existing Mavic Pro/Air).
- 2x 24-48mm Optical Zoom with apertures f/2.8 (24mm) f/3.8 (48mm).
- ISO range – 100-3200.
- Dolly Zoom function.
- 48MP Super Resolution Stills pictures.
- New OcuSync 2.0 Transmission Technology (for a longer range – up to 8km in U.S. and about 5km in Europe).
- Up to 31 min flight time (slight improvement over previous models).
- Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing (more/better sensors & software).
- D-Cinelike 8-bit color.
- Up to 4K 30p (in MP4 / MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265).
- Hyperlapse Time-lapse mode.
- Top Speed of 44.7 mph.
- Enhanced HDR Photos with 13 EV.
- Redesigned remote (compared to the Mavic Pro).
- Price: $1250.
The Mavic 2 Pro on the other hand has:
- Hasselblad 20MP / UHD 4K camera (DJI has been working with Hasselblad for two years now on this project).
- 1″ CMOS + f/2.8-f/11 adjustable aperture.
- ISO range – 100-12,800.
- 10-Bit Dlog-M + 10-Bit HDR Video (the color range of the Mavic 2 Pro is said to be 4 times that of the Mavic Pro; working with log files should be considerably better with this one).
- OcuSync 2.0 Transmission Technology.
- Up to 31 Minutes Flight Time.
- Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing.
- Hyperlapse Time-Lapse Mode.
- Top Speed of 44.7 mph.
- Enhanced HDR Photos with 14EV (thanks to the larger sensor).
- Redesigned remote.
- Price: $1450.
The guys from ProAV in the U.K. on the new drones
Casey Neistat’s testing the drones and giving his point of view
Tom’s Tech Time look of the release
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