Two years after the initial announcement of the Mavic Pro, DJI rolls out not one, but two successors to the original drone. The Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom offer the same foldable design alongside a plethora of new smart features and improvements such as enhanced camera systems, a redesigned remote controller, quieter performance, a longer flight time of up to 31 minutes, omnidirectional obstacle sensors, a next-generation video transmission system, DJI Goggles compatibility, and more.
Other than that, both folding Mavic 2 drones can capture 4K 10-bit HDR video at 100Mbps onto 8GB of built-in storage. The latter can be further expanded through the microSD card slot.
The Mavic 2 Pro comes equipped with a 20MP Hasselblad L1D-20c gimbal camera that features a 1″ CMOS sensor with an adjustable f/2.8 to f/11 aperture, support for a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile, and 4K 10-bit HDR video capture.
The Mavic 2 Zoom, on the other hand, offers 2x 24-48mm optical zoom camera with a 1/2.3″ 12MP sensor. With 4x lossless zoom (including 2x optical zoom) aerial videographers have the flexibility to capture the action from an even greater distance.
Unlike its sibling, however, the Mavic 2 Zoom features a single-tap Dolly Zoom mode that adjusts focus while flying to deliver a warped effect, thus creating the Vertigo effect. The model also has a Super Resolution mode that allows it to capture 48-megapixel still photos by combining 9 separate shots.
Both drones utilize a low-drag aerodynamic body design for achieving speeds up to 47.7 mph (76.76km/h), a four-cell LiPo battery for up to 31 minutes of flight time, and low-noise propellers for filming without being distracting.
Additionally, the Mavic 2 drones include an advanced Hyperlapse mode that automatically shoot stable shots for creating an aerial time-lapse, enhanced HDR photos, Hyperlight mode that enhances photos while reducing noise, the H.265 video codec, ActiveTrack 2.0, QuickShots, and Panoramas.
Another improvement over the original Mavic Pro drone is the OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system which can transmit a video feed to the included controller from up to 5 miles away in Full HD quality. There’s also omnidirectional obstacle sensors on all sides of the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom that provides improved object avoidance in unforeseen situations.
Other aerial shooting modes that you can find on both models include:
Point of Interest (POI) 2.0: Thanks to vision and GPS distance measurement technologies, you can circle around and shoot a specific subject.
Waypoint 2.0: By tapping the desired waypoints and point of interest in the app, you can plan a flight path quickly and save it for your next flight.
Asteroid: The Mavic 2 quickly flies down from a height while spinning in on a subject.
Boomerang: Centering on a subject, the Mavic 2 will fly around it in an elliptical pattern until reaching its starting location.