I’ve been flying a drone for almost a year now. And as a photographer, I’m just astounded by the possibilities of different perspectives these devices offer. DJI has opened up a whole world of photography and videography to consumer levels allowing content creators to expand their vision. I may only be using the DJI Spark at the moment but I am excited with the new technologies DJI incorporates in their new models. Here comes the new Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. Bringing back the ultra portability and quality of the first Mavic Pro and packing in new features for varied segments of the market. Let’s take a look.
The Mavic 2 Series Launched
On the 18th of September, 2018, the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom were unveiled in the Philippines at Dusit Thani, Makati. Gracing us for the launch are two representatives from DJI itself, Global Communication Director, Kevin On and Senior Communication Manager, Natasha Gray.
“When the Mavic Pro was launched two years ago, it redefined the way people looked at a drone and expanded possibilities for creators around the world,” said Kevin On, Global Communication Director at DJI. “Today, we enter a new era of aerial photography with the introduction of DJI’s new flagship product, the Mavic 2 series. The Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom will enable photographers and videographers to take their inspirations to the air quickly and elevate their creative ideas to new heights.”
Now let us take a look in detail at the two DJI Mavic 2
Mavic 2 Pro: Superior Image Quality with Hasselblad
Co-engineered in partnership with Hasselblad, the world’s leader in medium format photography, the Mavic 2 Pro is the world’s first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera for outstanding image quality with superior light and color performance. Housing a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile, the camera captures four times as many levels of color per channel compared to Mavic Pro to provide maximum flexibility for photo and video editing. The Mavic 2 Pro can capture 20-megapixel aerial shots with utmost color accuracy using Hasselblad’s unique Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS) technology, while an adjustable aperture from f/2.8-f/11 provides more control across a wide variety of lighting conditions. With 4K 10-bit HDR support, the Mavic 2 Pro can be plugged into a 4K TV with HLG and will play back footage with the right color tones.
Mavic 2 Zoom: A Dynamic Perspective with Optical and Digital Zoom
Powered by a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, the Mavic 2 Zoom is DJI’s first foldable consumer drone with zoom, providing a dynamic perspective that ushers in a new era of creative storytelling. With the Mavic 2 Zoom, you can get closer to your subject at a moment’s notice by combining two-times optical zoom (24–48mm) with two-times digital zoom to simulate a 96mm telephoto lens that captures lossless video in full HD resolution. Hybrid auto-focus on the Mavic 2 Zoom combines phase and contrast detection for higher focus accuracy with an increased focus speed of up to 40% faster than before. Shoot vivid 12-megapixel photos or take advantage of the new Super Resolution feature that uses optical zoom to automatically capture and stitch nine photos together for a highly detailed 48-megapixel image, making it an ideal option for landscape photography.
Exclusive to the Mavic 2 Zoom, the new Dolly Zoom QuickShot mode opens a new visual language for storytelling that was previously reserved for professional cinematographers. It creates an otherworldly warped perspective by automatically zooming in as it flies away from its subject, keeping the subject the same size while the full background of the scene is revealed.
Mavic 2 Series Shared Feature
Each DJI Mavic 2 may have each of its unique feature but they they also share new design and software features. Both have a new AeroDynamic Design with less drag increasing flight speed to 72km/h, a 31 minute flight time and 8GB onboard storage.
An exciting software feature is the new Hyperlapse with four flight options – Free, Circle, Course Lock and Waypoint.
We had a chance to sit down with Kevin for more detailed question. As a photographer, I was leaning more on the Mavic 2 Pro. With its large sensor and Hasselblad Lens I think it would be great for astrophotography flight at night so I had to ask the ISO sensitivity for the cameras and shutter exposure times.
Mavic 2 Pro ISO Range:
Photo: 100–3200 (auto); 100–12800 (manual)
Mavic 2 Zoom ISO Range:
Photo: 100–1600 (auto); 100–3200 (manual)
Both Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom can captures RAW photos at 5/7/10/15/20/30/60s
On the video front, both Mavics support video format MP4 / MOV (MPEG–4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265). H.265 codec which promises a 50% storage reduction as its algorithm uses efficient coding by encoding video at the lowest possible bit rate while maintaining a high image quality level. H.265 allows for further reduced file size, and therefore reduced required bandwidth, of your live video streams.
Price and Availability
The retail price of a Mavic 2 Pro, including the drone, battery, remote controller, charger, and four pairs of propellers, is PHP 98,800. The retail price of a Mavic 2 Zoom, including the drone, battery, charger, remote controller and four pairs of propellers, is PHP 76,300. A Fly More Kit, including two additional batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a car charger, a battery to power bank adapter, two pairs of propellers and a carrying bag, retails at PHP 23,100. A gimbal replacement service exclusively for Mavic 2, will be available soon.
The Mavic 2 is now available for purchase at store.dji.com and the four DJI Flagship Stores. For more information on all the new features and capabilities of the Mavic 2, please visit https://www.dji.com/mavic–2.