DJI Mavic 2: Review

Introduction

It began to be discussed almost immediately after the release of the first version and was eagerly awaited for two whole years, sometimes speculating with the most incredible rumors about future opportunities. Today, that day has come and DJI Innovations, as always, in its innovative style, presented not one, but two whole drones, the potential of which will be appreciated by both amateurs and professionals in the photo and video industry. We are proud to present you the pinnacle of handheld drone technology, the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.

Peculiarities

  • Improved aerodynamics
  • Modified power plant adapted for quiet operation
  • OcuSync 2.0 digital video transmission technology
  • Video streaming in 1080p quality
  • FPV removal distance up to 10/6 km (for FCC/CE)
  • Maximum horizontal flight speed 72 km/h
  • Maximum flight time 31 min
  • Obstacle recognition in six directions
  • Advanced Pilot Assistance System APAS
  • Advanced ActiveTrack 2.0
  • 20MP camera built on a 1-inch Hasselblad L1D-20C CMOS sensor (for Mavic 2 Pro)
  • Dlog-M 10bit color profile support (for Mavic 2 Pro camera)
  • 4K HDR 10bit video playback support (for Mavic 2 Pro)
  • Adjustable aperture f/2.8-f/11 (for Mavic 2 Pro camera)
  • 12MP camera built on 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with 2x optical zoom (24-48mm) (for Mavic 2 Zoom)
  • D-Clinelike color profile support (for Mavic 2 Zoom camera)
  • Fast Hybrid AF (for Mavic 2 Zoom)
  • New DollyZoom Quick Shot Mode (for Mavic 2 Zoom Camera)
  • New 48MP Photo Capture Feature (for Mavic 2 Zoom Camera)
  • Hyperlapse technology in four performance modes
  • Improved HDR photo mode
  • HyperLight function for shooting in low light conditions
  • 4K video capture in H.265 video compression at a maximum bit rate of 100 Mbps
  • Intelligent shooting modes
  • 8 GB internal memory + expandable via SD card up to 128 GB

Equipment

Mavic 2 Zoom

Mavic 2 Pro

Mavic 2 Zoom (DJI Smart Controller)

Mavic 2 Pro (DJI Smart Controller)

retrofit kit

Mavic 2 FLY MORE KIT

Appearance

Mavic 2 Zoom

Mavic 2 Pro

Specification

drone

Takeoff weight (Zoom/Pro):

905/907gr

Dimensions (folded L×W×H):

214×91×84mm

Dimensions (in flight L×W×H):

322×242×84mm

Diagonal size:

354mm

Max. climb rate:

18 km/h (S mode)
14.4 km/h (P mode)

Max. sink rate:

10.8 km/h (S mode)
10.8 km/h (P mode)

Max. horizontal flight speed (above sea level in calm):

72 km/h (S mode)

Max. ceiling above sea level:

6 km

Max. flight time (calm):

31 min (at a speed of 25 km/h)

Max. hovering time (calm):

29 minutes

Max. flight distance (calm):

18 km (at a speed of 50 km/h)

Max. maximum wind speed:

8-10m/s

Max. tilt angle:

35º (S mode) 25º (P mode)

Max. angular velocity:

200º/s

operating temperature range:

-10º to +40ºC

operating frequency range:

2.400-2.483GHz
5.725-5.850GHz

Transmitter power (EIRP):

2.400–2.483GHz

FCC: ≤26dBm
CE: ≤20dBm
SRRC: ≤20dBm MIC
: ≤20dBm

5.725-5.850GHz

FCC: ≤26dBm
CE: ≤14dBm
SRRC: ≤26dBm

satellite positioning:

GPS+GLONASS

Positioning Accuracy:

In the vertical plane:
+/-0.1m (with the visual positioning system on)
+/-0.5m (positioning by satellites)

In the horizontal plane:
+/- 0.3m (with the visual positioning system on)
+/-1.5m (positioning by satellites)

Built-in memory:

8GB

Camera

Mavic 2 Zoom

matrix:

1/2.3″ CMOS
Number of effective pixels: 12 million

lenses:

FOV: about 83° (24mm); approx. 48° (48mm)
35mm Format equivalent: 24-48mm
Aperture: f/2.8 (24mm)–f/3.8 (48mm)
Focus: 0.5m to ∞

ISO range:

Video: 100-3200
Photo: 100-1600 (Auto)
100-3200 (Manual)

Shutter speed:

Electronic shutter: 8–1/8000s

Max. picture size:

4000×3000

Photo modes:

Single shot
Continuous shooting: 3/5/7 shots
Auto Exposure Compensation (AEB): 0.7EV in 3/5-stop increments Bias Time-lapse
shooting ( JPEG: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30 /60s; RAW : 5/7/10/15/20/30/60s)

Video Resolution:

4K: 3840×2160@24/ 25/
30fps 2.7K: 2688×1512@24/25/30/48/50/60fps
FHD: 1920×1080@24/25/30/48/50 /60/120fps

Max. video bitrate:

100 Mbps

color profile:

D-Cinelike

Supported file systems:

FAT32 (≤ 32 GB)
exFAT (> 32 GB)

Photo format:

JPEG/DNG(RAW)

Video format:

MP4/MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265)

Mavic 2 Pro

matrix:

1″ CMOS
Number of effective pixels: 20 million

lenses:

FOV: approx. 77°
35mm Format equivalent:
28mm Aperture: f/2.8–f/11
Focus: 1m to ∞

ISO range:

Video: 100-6400
Photo: 100-3200 (Auto)
100-12800 (Manual)

Shutter speed:

Electronic shutter: 8–1/8000s

Max. picture size:

5472×3648

Photo modes:

Single shot
Continuous shooting: 3/5 frames
Automatic exposure compensation (AEB): 0.7EV in 3/5-stop increments Bias Time-lapse
shooting ( JPEG: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60c ; RAW: 5/7/10/15/20/30/60s)

Video Resolution:

4K: 3840×2160@24/ 25/
30fps 2.7K: 2688×1512@24/25/30/48/50/60fps
FHD: 1920×1080@24/25/30/48/50 /60/120fps

Max. video bitrate:

100 Mbps

color profile:

Dlog-M (10bit), HDR video support (HLG 10bit)

Supported file systems:

FAT32 (≤ 32 GB)
exFAT (> 32 GB)

Photo format:

JPEG/DNG(RAW)

Video format:

MP4/MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265)

suspension

Mechanical range of rotation angles:

Tilt: -135° to 45° Pan: -100° to 100°

Operating range of rotation angles:

Tilt: -90° to 30° Swivel: -75° to 75°

stabilization:

3-axis mechanical (tilt, roll, pan)

Max. controlled speed (tilt):

120°/s

Angular vibration range:

±0.01° (Mavic 2 Pro)
±0.005° (Mavic 2 Zoom)

sensor system

Obstacle recognition directions:

Left/Right, Top/Bottom, Front/Rear

front sensors:

Accurate measurement range: 0.5-20m
Overall range : 20-40m Obstacle
detection speed:
≤ 14m/s
FOV: horizontal: 40°, vertical: 70°

rear sensors:

Accurate measurement range: 0.5-16m
Overall range: 16-32m
Obstacle detection speed:
≤ 12m/s
FOV: horizontal: 60°, vertical: 77°

upper sensors:

Accurate measurement range: 0.1-8m

lower sensors:

Accurate measuring range: 0.5-11m
Total range: 11-22m

side sensors:

Accurate measurement range: 0.5-10m Obstacle
detection speed:
≤ 8m/s
FOV: horizontal: 80°, vertical: 65°

remote control

operating frequency range:

2.400–2.483 GHz; 5.725-5.850GHz

Signal transmission distance:

2.400–2.483 GHz; 5.725-5.850GHz
FCC: 10000m
CE: 6000m SRRC
: 6000m MIC
: 6000m

operating temperature range:

0° to +40℃

Transmitter power (EIRP):

2.400–2.483 GHz

FCC: ≤26dBm
CE: ≤20dBm
SRRC: ≤20dBm
MIC: ≤20dBm

5.725-5.850GHz

FCC: ≤26dBm
CE: ≤14dBm
SRRC: ≤26dBm

battery:

built-in, 3950 mAh capacity

Working Current/Voltage:

1800mA/3.83V

Size of compatible mobs. devices:

Max. length: 160mm; Max. Thickness: 6.5–8.5mm

connector types:

Lightning, Micro USB(Type-B), USB-C

Drone Intelligent Battery

Type of:

Lithium Polymer 4S

Capacity:

3850 mAh

Voltage:

15.4V

Max. charging voltage:

17.6V

power:

59.29Wh

Netweight:

297g

Charging temperature range:

+5℃ to +40℃

Max. charging power:

80W

Application

Video stream transmission system:

OcuSync 2.0

Name:

DJIGO4

broadcast quality:

Remote Controller:
720p@30fps / 1080p@ 30fps
DJI Goggles:
720p@30fps / 1080p@ 30fps
DJI Goggles RE:
720p@30fps / 1080p@30fps With

Signal delay (depending on conditions at the launch site and mobile device):

120-130ms

Max. broadcast bitrate:

40 Mbps

system requirements:

iOS 9.0 and above, Android 4.4.0 and above

Compatible memory cards

MicroSD:

Supports cards up to 128GB and read/write speeds up to UHS-1 Speed ​​Grade 3

Compatible mobile phones Devices

iOS:

iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPad New, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4

android:

Samsung S9+, Samsung S9, Samsung S8+, Samsung S7, Samsung S7 Edge, Samsung S6, Samsung S6 Edge, Samsung NOTE8, Samsung NOTE6, Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei P20, Huawei P10 Plus, Huawei P10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Huawei Mate 10, Huawei Mate 9 Pro, Huawei Mate 9, Huawei Mate 8, Honor 10, Honor 9, Vivo X20, Vivo X9, OPPO FIND X, OPPO R15, OPPO R11, MI MIX2S, MI MIX2, MI8, MI6, Redmi Note 5 , Google Pixel 2XL, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5T

notes

Notes:

Obstacle recognition function in all directions allows you to detect obstacles to the left/right, top/bottom, front/rear. On the port and starboard sides, it only works in ActiveTrack or Tripod (Tripod) modes. 360º obstacle detection is not provided. Damage sustained while flying to the left or right is not covered under DJI’s warranty, even when flying in ActiveTrack and Tripod modes. Be careful when operating the Mavic 2 and keep an eye on the app for alerts.

Intelligent Modes

QuickShot

Make a video clip in one tap. Let the drone take professional shots for you, after which a 10-second video will be automatically cut, which you can share as quickly as possible. QuickShots will help the user to capture amazing shots with cinematic composition in one tap.

Mavic 2 inherits 6 standard QuickShot smart shooting modes: Roket/Dronie/Circle/Helix/Boomerang/Asteroid. In addition, another new mode has been added that will be available for the Mavic 2 Zoom – Dolly Zoom.

Active Track 2.0

The advanced second generation mode recognizes and tracks objects more accurately, faster and smarter. The previous generation of ActiveTrack for tracking relied only on the two-dimensional image from the main camera. ActiveTrack 2.0 utilizes 3D environmental maps from both the main camera and the front sensors, resulting in a more accurate level of recognition.

Algorithms for calculating the trajectory allow tracking even when the object has temporarily disappeared from the drone’s field of view. The Mavic 2 can perform high-speed subject tracking at speeds up to 72km/h. Obstacle avoidance has never been so smart, and Mavic 2 can now plot a 3D flight path while tracking and avoid front and rear obstacles in advance without interrupting video recording.

panoramas

Mavic 2 supports 4 panoramic shooting modes:

  1. spherical
  2. 180º
  3. Horizontal
  4. vertical

POI 2.0

The developer has improved the performance of the “Point of Interest” function and now, thanks to the accuracy of GPS measurements based on computer vision, the need to move the drone to the center before starting to circle is eliminated.

Waypoint 2.0

The waypoint flight function has also been improved by the developers and now to implement it, you do not need to fly to a specific shooting location to mark waypoints. It is enough to set the desired waypoints and point of interest in the application and save the flight for later use.

Camera

The main distinguishing feature of the Mavic 2 divided the novelty into two whole drones. Both cameras have a huge potential for high-quality aerial photography and more than ever complement the technological tandem of each individual model.

However, as the developer assures, cameras can be changed. To do this, you need to submit an online request for a replacement, and then send the drone to a service center.

Zoom

The Zoom camera is built on a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with a resolution of 12MP. In the arsenal is 4x zoom, including 2x optical (24-48mm). The main advantage of such a camera is its dynamic perspective. Allows you to realize shooting with a medium and wide viewing angle.

zoom

In FHD video shooting mode, 4x zoom (including 2x optical) will allow you to get much closer to the subject for shooting while at a safe distance without loss of quality.

hybrid autofocus

The Mavic 2 Zoom features hybrid autofocus, delivering accurate and fast phase and contrast detection, 40% faster than the focus speed of the Mavic Pro camera. Thanks to the tracking autofocus system, objects falling into the frame always remain clear and sharp, both at a distance and when approaching.

Dolly Zoom

The new QuickShot mode, implemented specifically for the Mavic 2 Zoom, will automatically change the focal length of the lens right during the flight in order to get the video effect of expanding space at the output. For greater freedom of the shooting process, the focusing speed can be set manually.

48MP photo

Super Resolution, a new feature on the Mavic 2 Zoom, provides the ability to capture ultra-high resolution images. When shooting with a 24mm telephoto lens, the camera takes nine shots and then combines them into one 48MP frame, which will clearly show all the smallest details. The function is relevant when shooting landscapes.

Pro

The Pro Camera is the joint result of two years of hard work by the DJI and Hasselblad development team. Hasselblad L1D-20c – Powered by Hasselblad’s unique Natural Color Solution (HNCS) technology, it captures stunning 20MP aerial footage in stunning color. The 1-inch CMOS sensor provides better image quality even in low light due to the wider ISO range.

The Swedish company Victor Hasselblad AB is a guru in the production of medium format cameras and photographic equipment. It originates from 1941. Hasselblad cameras captured many legendary events, including the successful landing on the moon.

Dlog-M 10bit

The Mavic 2 Pro supports the Dlog-M 10bit color profile with a wider dynamic range for more color grading options. The system is capable of recording more than 1 billion colors and retaining more detail with overall changes in brightness and shadows.

HDR video

4K HDR 10-bit video support allows you to connect the Mavic 2 Pro to HLG 4K TV (HDR Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) standard) compatible devices and view recorded video in maximum 4K HDR quality.

adjustable aperture

Variable aperture (f/2.8-f/11) will allow the user to realize the best image quality even in low light conditions.

Hyperlapse Technology

Through Hyperlapse, both drone models are capable of realizing stabilized, professional-quality time-lapses. The user can only share the results through various social networks. There are 4 execution modes available:

  1. Free
  2. Circle
  3. course lock
  4. waypoint

Improved HDR

The developers have improved the mode that combines several frames into one clear frame in a wide dynamic range without distortion and noise.

hyper light

The new feature allows you to get bright images taken in low light conditions with minimal presence of noise.

H.265 codec

Both quadcopters are capable of recording high quality video using the advanced H.265 codec at higher bit rates. Video encoded in H.265/HEVC contains 50% more information than in H.264/AVC code, which allows you to get the most detailed image at the output.

Motors

The second-generation drone received a more powerful and at the same time more economical power plant in terms of energy consumption. The new M2 brushless motors are paired with ESC FOC (Field Oriented Control) sinusoidal speed controllers in tandem with low-noise rotors. This approach made it possible to increase both the maximum speed of horizontal flight from 65 km / h to 72 km / h, and the flight time from 27 to 31 minutes.

The speed performance was also affected by the redesigned aerodynamics of the drone body. According to the data, the drag of the Mavic 2 is 19% less than that of its predecessor.

OcuSync 2.0

The second generation of OcuSync digital video transmission technology, thanks to the ability to switch between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequencies based on the channel congestion level, improved interference immunity, increased FPV distance from 7/4 km (for FCC / CE) to 10 /6 km (for FCC/CE), raise the quality of the video stream to 1080p, increase the download speed to 40 Mbps and reduce the latency from 170 to 120ms.

food

The Mavic 2 is powered by a 3850mAh 59.29Wh intelligent quad-cell (15.4V) Lithium Polymer battery. Provides max. flight duration on a single charge – 31 min. (in calm, with a constant speed of 25 km / h). Charging time is about 1.5 hours.

control

The drone can be controlled by control equipment paired with an IOS or Android smartphone / tablet through the DJI GO 4 mobile application. The ability to control via a single gadget without control equipment for Mavic 2 has become impossible.

Externally, the remote did not suffer any changes, except for the color, now it has become light gray. The control sticks are removable, like the equipment of the portable Mavic Air. All for the sake of compactness. Operates in the frequency range: 2.400-2.483GHz / 5.725-5.850GHz. Provides FPV distance up to 10/6 km (for FCC/CE) in an interference-free area. Power is supplied from a built-in LiPo battery with a capacity of 3950 mAh. Charging time is 135 minutes.

Obstacle detection

Flight Autonomy 2.0

The autonomous flight system has also been improved, the drone’s behavior has become even more stable and safer thanks to the first use of 6-sided visualization:

Front sensors – dual imaging system. Measurement accuracy up to 20 meters. The range of the determined distance is from 20-40 meters. They allow you to detect obstacles and urgently stop the drone at speeds up to 50 km/h.

The lower sensors are a dual imaging system. Measurement accuracy up to 11 meters. The range of the determined distance is from 11-22 meters. The system works in tandem with infrared sensors. Measurement accuracy up to 8 meters. The complex provides a stable flight at a height of up to 50 meters, as well as a safe landing, provided that the surface is determined. Additional illumination is activated when there is insufficient light for the correct operation of the lower sensors.

The sensors on the left and right are a single imaging system. Recognition of obstacles at speeds up to 28 km / h. Ensure safe flight in ActiveTrack and Tripod modes.

The rear sensors are a dual imaging system. Measurement accuracy up to 16 meters. The range of the determined distance is from 16-32 meters. They allow you to detect obstacles and urgently stop the drone at speeds up to 43 km/h.

The upper sensors are an infrared sensor system. Measurement accuracy up to 8 meters.

APAS

APAS (Advanced Pilot Assistance System) is the result of DJI’s extensive research to calculate the optimal flight path. The APAS Pilot Assistance System automatically adjusts the trajectory of flying around obstacles encountered in the path of the drone, thereby ensuring ease of use of the UAV and maximum safety. APAS – creates a route in real time, which allows the drone to plan in advance possible ways to fly around obstacles encountered.

GEO

Geospatial Environment Online – the system is designed to inform the pilot about how safe it can be to fly in the current launch site. GEO will tell you about the presence of “No-Fly” zones at the launch site, such as airports and stadiums, etc. All for the sake of safety.

price

Both drones are available for purchase at the following prices:

  1. Mavic 2 Zoom – $1349
  2. Mavic 2 Pro – $1599
  3. Mavic 2 Zoom (DJI Smart Controller) – $1779
  4. Mavic 2 Pro (DJI Smart Controller) – $2049

The Mavic 2 FLY MORE KIT is available for $399.

Conclusion

DJI Mavic 2 Pro from $1599

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

functionality

10/10

flight time

10/10

flight qualities

10/10

compactness

9/10

Equipment

10/10

Reliability

10/10

price quality

10/10

PROS

  • Portable
  • crash resistant
  • Zoom/Pro cameras (features and quality)
  • dynamic
  • Guided/Flight Modes
  • Offline modes and features
  • Active Track 2.0
  • OcuSync 2.0/FHD FPV
  • FPV distance up to 10 km
  • APAS

CONS

  • Does not shoot in 4K at 60 fps
  • No protection against water and dust
  • The ability to change cameras only through a service center
  • Unlike its predecessor, it does not have a Wi-Fi connection (the ability to launch the drone from a smartphone is excluded, which, for example, is very important during a bike ride when the drone is in the ActiveTrack object automatic following mode) . As a result, you have to constantly bother with fixing the tandem (remote control + smartphone) on the steering wheel.

Today, this is the best portable solution that home UAV developers can offer. Despite the fact that we did not see such expected advantages as dust and moisture protection, control with the remote control of the bracelet, shooting video in 4k at 60 frames per second, apparently this option will forever remain the hallmark of the Phantom 4Pro and Advanced , developers still once again managed to please fans of the DJI brand, as well as point out to potential competitors their place in the niche of portable unmanned technologies. The potential of the presented models will be fully appreciated by both amateurs and professionals with the prospect of high-quality aerial photography, for whom, when choosing a UAV, an important criterion is the compactness of the device. Age limit 16+.

A photo

Photo with DJI Mavic 2 quadcopter.

video

Comparative review DJI Mavic 2 Pro vs Autel EVO 2 Pro.

An exhaustive comparison of the image quality of the two Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom models.

Comparative test for the quality of shooting Mavic 2 Pro vs Mavic Air 2 vs Mavic Air vs Mavic Mini.

We will be happy to hear your thoughts

Leave a reply

Drone Videography
Logo
Compare items
  • Total (0)
Compare
0
Shopping cart