The idea behind the DJI Mavic promises that any adventurer can take professional-grade aerial photography with a compact drone. That’s probably why the company called the original model the Mavic Pro, even though the drone had its shortcomings. With the Mavic 2 series, however, that proposition gets more interesting with the introduction of interchangeable camera systems which define each new model. This, combined with some nuanced but meaningful design upgrades, makes DJI’s new flagship drone live up to old promises.
At first glance, however, the Mavic 2 series doesn’t look all that different than the first Mavic. Folded up, the new drones resemble big, grey beetles, and when you open them up, they seem almost spider-like. The drone itself is slightly larger than the original Mavic Pro, though it still weighs less than two pounds and features new aerodynamic elements on the aircraft that actually boost the flight time to 31 minutes and provide a smoother ride.
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Closer inspection reveals a new array of tiny cameras on all sides of the drone that provides DJI’s first omnidirectional obstacle-sensing system. The big upgrade is very apparent in the $1,450 Mavic 2 Pro: a brand new Hasselblad camera with a one-inch CMOS sensor. The $1,250 Mavic 2 Zoom sports a camera that, as the name implies, features a 2x optical zoom and a 4x digital zoom.
Deciding between the pricier Pro and the possibly gimmicky Zoom is not a permanent choice either. Because both drone bodies are the same, the camera systems can be swapped out at a DJI dealer for an as-yet-unannounced fee.
For the purposes of this review, we’re going to focus primarily on camera quality. The new cameras represent a big push by DJI to make its folding drones capable of capturing more cinematic footage in unique ways. We’ll also touch on the new flying experience, though, because it’s frankly awesome. Continue reading about the Mavic 2 review.