DJI has just announced the Mavic 2, successor to the Mavic Pro, and it’s giving the Mavic line a few new upgrades, including a larger sensor and zoom capabilities.
Now, we already got a lot of details about the Mavic 2 when Argo accidentally leaked the drone in one of its catalogs. Still, we’ll go over what the official announcement revealed.
There are actually two Mavic 2 drones
DJI is going to be selling the Mavic 2 in two different models. The Mavic 2 Pro will be sporting a Hasselblad-designed camera and have a fairly large image sensor. That sensor turns out to be the same 1-inch, 20 megapixel CMOS sensor found in the Phantom 4 Pro drone. The second model is called the Mavic 2 Zoom and that features a 2x optical zoom.
Both of the models shoot 4K footage at up to 100 megabits per second and have 8GB of onboard storage. The new Mavic 2 drones will also be able to shoot hyperlapse in a variety of ways. Their top speeds can reach 44 miles per hour and both drones can stay in the air for 31 minutes before their batteries run out.
Additionally, the drones each sport 10 sensors for obstacle avoidance in all directions. They also use a new image transmission system — DJI’s OcuSync 2.0 — that sends a live 1080p view to the remote. And like the original Mavic Pro, these new drones both fold up to a more compact size.
The Mavic 2 Pro
As said before, the Mavic 2 Pro has a 1-inch, 20-megapixel CMOS sensor, but it also has a f2.8-f/11 aperture. Additionally, the drone can shoot 4K 10-bit HDR video. There is no word about pro color profiles for video.
The Mavic 2 Pro does, however, feature Hasselblad’s Natural Color Solution tech for more accurate color reproduction.
The Mavic 2 Zoom
The Zoom combines a 2x optical 3 24-48mm — and 2x digital zoom, making an effect similar to a 96mm lens. It features a 1/2.3-inch 12-megapixel sensor. It also has a new “Super Resolution” feature that stitches nine zoomed-in photos together to make a 48-megapixel shot.
The Drones’ Body Upgrades
The Mavic’s body formula has been altered so it can hopefully be more aerodynamic. DJI claims the new design of the Mavic will create less drag — reducing it up to 19 percent. The propellers now also have a raked design on their tips to reduce air drag and prop noise.
Better Obstacle Avoidance
Both the obstacle avoidance and Advanced Pilot Assistance System have been improved, so there should be less risk of collisions with objects. There’s even a light on the bottom of the drone to make it easier to land in the dark.
Pricing and Availability
The Mavic 2 Pro is priced at $1,499 and the Mavic 2 Zoom costs $1,249 bucks. Both of the drones are out today. You can purchase them from DJI’s store.