DJI has introduced the new DJI Mavic 2. The camera drone shows all kinds of improvements regarding camera, flight time or signal transmission. For the first time the DJI Mavic Quadrocopter is available in two different versions. The DJI Mavic II Pro is equipped with a 1-inch sensor and a resolution of 20 megapixels, while the DJI Mavic II Zoom is equipped with a lossless zoom. The prices of the two drones: 1.249,- Euro (DJI Mavic 2 Zoom) and 1.449,- Euro (DJI Mavic 2 Pro). We could already test the new DJI Mavic 2 2018 extensively and report from our first experiences and impressions.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro (2018)
The colouring of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is a little brighter, the housing and the boom are mainly made of plastic and give compared to the DJI Mavic Air a not too high quality impression. But this is whining on a high level: The DJI Mavic still ranks among the well thought-out, robust and comparatively resistant drone models. Compared to the DJI Mavic Pro of the first generation, the camera gimbal unit is even more robust against touches and therefore much less sensitive. The “fiddling” with the gimbal clip is therefore a thing of the past.
Thanks to the sportier design, air resistance has been reduced by up to 19%. The new DJI Mavic achieves even higher top speeds of up to 72 kilometres per hour (in sports mode).
New and already fitted as standard are the so-called low-noise propellers, which were only introduced in the first generation DJI Mavic with the Platinum version. Due to the quiet propellers the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is noticeably quieter and therefore more comfortable to use. Visually, the DJI Mavic 2 is not only slightly larger than the DJI Mavic 1, but also has a new charging indicator on the battery. The charge status of the battery pack is no longer indicated by several LED dots arranged one below the other, but by an LED ring around the on/off switch on the battery.
The scope of delivery of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom still includes the usual accessories – such as a replacement propeller, battery, charger and various cables and accessories. Here, for example, the charger has changed and its power supply is now more rounded, compact and modern. By the way, the DJI Mavic 2 doesn’t have a DJI Mavic Fly More Combo compared to its predecessor. Instead, you can optionally order a DJI Mavic 2 Fly More Kit for 319,- Euro, which includes additional batteries, a car charger, a shoulder bag or a spare propeller.
Note: DJI offers for all kinds of DJI products – also for the new DJI Mavic 2 – an optional warranty extension called DJI Care Refresh. DJI Care Refresh is similar to a hull drone insurance and even covers unintentional damage caused by crashes, water contact, operating errors or transport damage. DJI Care Refresh is linked to the serial number of a DJI product and has a validity period of twelve months. The warranty extension can be selected as an optional accessory during the ordering process in the DJI online shop.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro: New flight controller with integrated DJI OcuSync 2.0, removable sticks and integrated status display.
Worth mentioning: The power supply of the DJI Mavic 2 now contains an integrated USB cable, so that the flight controller or the remote control can be supplied with fresh energy even without an extra USB cable and the matching Powerbank adapter. We particularly like this solution and it makes the use of the camera drone even more practical. Also new is the controller, which now – similar to the remote control of the DJI Mavic Air – has removable joysticks and makes transport even easier.
Update / Note: In January 2019 DJI Innovations introduced the new DJI Smart Controller. The DJI Smart Controller is a remote control for the latest DJI camera drones with OcuSync 2.0 transmission system. The advantage of the remote control is the integrated 5.5-inch HD screen with ultra-high brightness, all kinds of ports and connectors and embedded Android operating system. More information under DJI Smart Controller | Info and Prices.
The latest generation of the DJI Mavic also has a new weight: While its predecessor weighed only 734 grams, the new DJI Mavic II Pro weighs 907 grams and the DJI Mavic II Zoom 905 grams. Therefore the new DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom also needs a drone license plate or a drone badge (e.g. buy here). Despite the higher weight, the aircraft achieve a flight time of up to 31 minutes – four minutes more compared to the manufacturer’s range.
Our DJI Mavic 2 Pro was able to meet the average flight time specified by the manufacturer in a practical test.
In mid-2017, the Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad was largely taken over by DJI Innovations. The traditional Swedish brand is known for professional cameras and high-end camera systems. Now the know-how from the majority stake in the traditional camera manufacturer seems to be bearing fruit for the first time:
DJI Mavic 2 Pro with the new Hasselblad camera including powerful 1-inch CMOS sensor.
The DJI Mavic II Pro uses a Hasselblad camera with a 1-inch CMOS sensor and a resolution of 20 megapixels. In fact, the new camera in the DJI Mavic II Pro delivers similar results to the DJI Phantom 4 Professional. In addition, the camera of the DJI Mavic II Pro is equipped with an adjustable or variable aperture from f2.8 to f.11. The camera is also equipped with a new f2.8 to f.11 aperture. One double lossless zoom (4K recording) or four times lossless zoom (FullHD recording) is only available for the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom. Compared to the first-generation DJI Mavic Pro, the camera of the DJI Mavic II Pro offers four times more reserves for photo and video recording, which in turn is directly reflected in the picture and video results. Of course, the camera is also capable for HDR videos – especially in the 10-bit HLG standard. Cinematographers with ambitions for high-quality post-production of the video material will be delighted by the flat color profile called Dlog-M, which is being introduced for the first time in the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom.
DJI Mavic II Zoom: Lossless, optical zoom for creativity
With the DJI Mavic II Zoom DJI offers for the first time a beginner’s helicopter with lossless zoom. The zoom version of the DJI Mavic 2018 uses a 1/2.3-inch sensor with fixed aperture (f2.8) and a resolution of 12 megapixels. The double optical zoom (24 millimetres to 48 millimetres) together with the double digital zoom ensures a fourfold, lossless zoom for FullHD recording. This ensures more creativity and freedom when taking photos and videos with the aircraft. Because motifs can be brought closer, flying time and battery power are saved at the same time when filming and photographing. At the same time, the DJI Mavic II Zoom features a hybrid autofocus. The hybrid AF consisting of phase and contrast autofocus is around 40% faster than the autofocus of the first DJI Mavic and, according to the DJI, much more accurate.
Similarities between DJI Mavic II Pro and DJI Mavic II Zoom
As before, it is a camera drone with a foldable character – this ensures easy and comfortable transport. Perfect for journeys, hiking tours, etc.!
Both models of the latest Mavic generation – both the DJI Mavic II Pro and the DJI Mavic II Zoom – feature a bit rate of 100 Mbps and support the H.265 codec. 4K recordings can be recorded at 30 frames per second, 2.7K recordings at 60 frames per second and 1080p recordings even at 120 frames per second. Photos are still recorded either in JPEG format or in Adobe’s own DNG raw data format. Both models also have an improved signal transmission system called DJI OcuSync 2.0 in common. Now a range of up to eight kilometres (FCC standard) or five kilometres (CE standard) is possible – the live image is transmitted with 1080p. The DJI Mavic II is the first DJI aircraft to support automatic switching between the 2.4GHz frequency band and the 5.8GHz frequency band during flight. The DJI Mavic II is compatible with OcuSync remote controls and DJI Goggles, DJI Goggles RE and upcoming DJI Goggles II.
New sensors and downward-lighting LEDs
Both DJI Mavic II Pro and DJI Mavic II Zoom are equipped with all kinds of anti-collision sensors as well as sensors for intelligent flight modes. A visual camera sensor is located on the left and right sides. A visual camera sensor or a 3D camera system – albeit in dual design – is also mounted underneath the housing.
The DJI Mavic 2’s new omnidirectional obstacle detection features rear-facing, down-facing and side-facing sensors. There are also sensors forwards and upwards.
There are also dual sensors at the front and rear. Particularly noteworthy is the remaining 3D sensor technology directed upwards. The lateral sensors are particularly useful in intelligent flight modes and ensure that the aircraft does not collide with an obstacle, for example in ActiveTrack mode. However, the lateral obstacle sensors on our test device are only activated in ActiveTrack mode – in POI mode the lateral obstacle sensors do not yet work. It is possible that the lateral obstacle sensors will also be activated for other flight modes at a later time – for example with a firmware update. All in all, the omnidirectional obstacle detection system of the DJI Mavic 2 is an absolute force and ensures more safety when flying and filming. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom are now equipped with LED lights so that the downward pointing sensors (VPS) can perform their duties even more reliably. The LED lights provide better illumination of the ground and thus more stable take-off, landing and hovering at low altitudes – especially at dusk or in poor lighting conditions. Thanks to the omnidirectional anti-collision system, the DJI Mavic 2 is extremely advanced and up-to-date in terms of safety technology.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro in practical test: Flight modes, flight behaviour and Co.
The flight performance of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is still undisputed – in terms of stability, accuracy and ease of use.
The flight performance of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is still undisputed. Extremely stable take-off and landing manoeuvres thanks to the Vision Positioning System, a fast reaction speed and high flight speed as well as stable GPS positioning are characteristic for the Mavic series. Of course, the DJI Mavic Pro 2 and DJI Mavic Zoom 2 come with all kinds of flight modes and control modes, so that on the one hand safety factors are guaranteed and on the other hand the recording of spectacular aerial shots is possible. The second generation of the DJI Mavic also includes a return to the take-off point as well as automatic landing when the battery is empty. The same applies to all kinds of flight modes such as ActiveTrack, FollowMe, Waypoints, Panorama shots, Point of Interest or TapFly. In the practical test we noticed that both flight modes and obstacle sensors work even faster and more reliably thanks to the optimized APAS of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom. In particular, ActiveTrack 2.0, which now combines data from the main camera and 3D sensors, is even more accurate and reliable than the first-generation DJI Mavic. In addition, object tracking and tracing is now possible at speeds of up to 72 km/h.
ActiveTrack 2.0 on the DJI Mavic 2 is faster, more reliable and more accurate.
POI mode has also been improved: The object to be circumnavigated no longer has to be flown over and marked – instead, with POI 2.0 a border on the subject (similar to ActiveTrack) is sufficient to select the subject and then the radius around the subject. In the flight modes, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom with the flight mode Hyperlapse have a new possibility to take creative aerial photos. While hyperlapse recordings with a drone were almost impossible until now and only possible with extreme post-processing of the video material, the DJI Mavic 2 creates such hyperlapse videos from the air completely independently. The recording interval during hyperlapse recording is between 0.5 and 2.0 seconds – with Free, Circle, Course Lock and Waypoint there are even different sub-modes within hyperlapse recording. And last but not least the dolly zoom mode or vertigo effect should be mentioned, which is only reserved for the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom. With the dolly zoom the DJI Mavic flies as if on rails, while the subject remains unchanged in size during the flight when the focal length is changed. Thus, the Vertigo effect is created – the image section of the background becomes larger with the “Dolly In” or larger with the “Dolly Out”. Thus an even effect is created, which can be absolutely seen.
Conclusion and result
The DJI Mavic 2 is also in the second generation an absolutely worthwhile aircraft. But which drone should you buy – Pro or Zoom? Ultimately, it’s your wallet that decides whether you buy the 200,- Euro more expensive DJI Mavic 2 Pro or settle for the cheaper DJI Mavic Air Zoom. For the extra price of the Pro version, however, you also get a powerful camera that has sufficient reserves for the