DJI Mavic 2 Drones Review
It is worth noting that this DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom review is all about looking at the amazing features of these new quadcopters. There is no doubt that both drones from DJI are a tremendous work of engineering, superb design, and innovative technology. You will the answers to frequently asked questions, such as the range, max height, sensors, altitude, and cameras, among many others.
For starters, the two Mavic drones have a couple of major advancements over their predecessors. These brand new beauts are not only faster and quieter, but they are also designed to fly a little bit further. You will also love the fact that obstacle sensing is now located on all 6 sides alongside a front and back collision avoidance technology. This gives the UAVs (unmanned aerial aircraft) the luxury to fly around obstacles. DJI also released a dedicated smart controller remote control strictly for the Mavic 2 drones
They also appear to be more superior in terms of intelligence, as they can capture photos and videos more easily. Their gimbal and camera, on the other hand, are greatly improved. So, without further ado, let’s go straight to the core.
Understanding the Difference Between the Mavic Pro and Mavic 2 Pro?
First, you must understand the underlying differences between the two. Basically, the Mavic 2 is a huge improvement in almost all aspects when compared to the Mavic Pro. From camera performance to video transmission to omnidirectional obstacle sensing to flight speed, the newer one is definitely a steal. While it is true that the two are close in looks, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom drones are just far superior.
Release Date and Price
Interestingly, both Mavic drones are now available on the official DJI store. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro will set you back around $1,449, but it already comes with a bundle. The latter already includes a battery, charger, drone, remote controller, and four pairs of propellers. As for the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom, it will be of the same bundle but it will cost you for the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom costs about $1,249.
It should be noted, too, that both drones are made available with a so-called “Fly More Kit.” Basically, the latter gives you at least 2 batteries, a car charger, a charging hub that is already mutli-battery-ready, a carry bag, and two pairs of propellers. You can get it for an extra $319. If you can find a way to go for the extra bundle, it is going to be beneficial. Besides, it is ideal considering huge flying time gains you can obtain from owning three batteries rather than a single one.
What Is the Difference Between the Mavic Pro 2 and Mavic 2 Zoom?
As mentioned above, the two-brand new Mavic 2 drones are pretty much similar. Although they still have one different in between, it is none other than their respective gimbal cameras. To get a better understanding of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom camera features – including their specifications – check them out below.
Weight – The company prides in designing both DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic Zoom to have a takeoff weight that is quite less than 31 ounces (2 lbs). Both of the Mavic drones appear to be small in size; hence, they can be folded up very neatly. Considering their size, it is amazing how DJI found a way to pack each of them with lots of amazing new technology. It is definitely a first on the market, surpassing even its predecessors. Here are the exact Mavic 2 weights:
- Mavic 2 Pro is 31.99 ounces (907 grams)
- Mavic 2 Zoom is 31.92 ounces (905 grams)
With all things considered, it is safe to say that these new Mavic 2 drones are superbly light. And with their intelligent gyroscope and robust flight systems, these drones can fly exceptionally smooth in any condition, be it windy or not.
The main difference is the camera!
Camera – The two drones are similar in terms of design and the ability to shoot 4k at 100Mbps. However, there are still significant differences between them when it comes to cameras and sensors. For starters, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is equipped with the Hasselblad camera that comes with 1-inch CMOS sensors topped a color profile that is 10-bit Dlog-M. This improves your capturing power of around 4 times the color depth in every channel. This is definitely a huge boost compared to its predecessor. Moreover, it is capable of snapping 20-megapixel stills, let alone allows you to adjust the aperture between f/2.8 and f/11. Ultimately, this gives you the much-needed creative control.
As for the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom, it seems to be a travel compact in comparison. This is thanks to the strategic combination of the 2x optical zoom and the smaller 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor. If you are looking for a closer perspective, you can combine it with 2x digital zoom. That way, you can easily achieve a 96mm telephoto lens that can take lossless HD video shots. This drone, however, may show lower in terms of resolution 12-megapixel stills. Interestingly, you can use its optical zoom feature to stich around nine images together into a 48-megapixel image.
Flight Time – The Mavic 2 drones are said to have a maximum flight time of around 31 minutes. This, of course, is possible if there is no wind and the two UVAs fly at a consistent speed of 15.5 mph (25 km/h).
Hovering Time – As for their hovering time, it sits at 29 minutes (still without wind).
How Fast Can The DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom Fly?
DJI really set the bar high with these brand new Mavic 2 drones. Here is a detailed breakdown for you:
Speed – It is recorded at 45 mph (72 km/h) given it flies in Sports mode. This is already close to sea level and there is no wind influencing both Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom.
Ascent Speed – 16.4 feet per second (5 meters in S-mode (Sports) by using the Remote Controller for both of the aforementioned Mavic drones. 13.1 feet per second (4 meters) in if you in P-mode.
Descent Speed – First, it is around 9.8 feet (3 meters) per second if it is flown in S-Mode (Sports) mode by using the Remote Controller. If it is in P-mode, it is expected to be at 9.8 feet (3 meters) per second.
Flight Distance – From the official DJI site, both of the Mavic 2 drones – with no wind – have an 11-mile flight distance (18 km range) at a consistent speed of 31 mph (50 km/h). The flight range, on the other hand, is the same for both DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom.
Mavic 2 Drones’ Global Navigation Satellite System
Before, there were rumors about these drones have an exceptional navigation system. Well, it turns out DJI did it – and even set the bar high! That is because both of the Mavic 2 drones are equipped with the ability to use either GPS or GLONASS. Through this technology, the two quadcopters can easily connect to various satellites. The dual satellite system, in particular, is meant to be utilized in many of the features on the Mavic 2 line. This already includes the precision flying, obstacle avoidance, points of interest, return to home, waypoints, and a whole lot more.
If you want to ensure that your quadcopters fly safely, your best course of action is to acquire a strong GPS signal. This is definitely the main reason why DJI chose to equip dual satellite systems. They are simply the best. GPS is also deemed essential when it comes to geotagging of aerial photographs for photogrammetry utilizing 3D mapping software.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Pro Zoom Max Service Ceiling is Above Sea Level
The Mavic 2 max height is said to be at 3.7 miles (5 km) above sea level. If you are wondering why the service ceiling is important – or what role it plays exactly – it simply refers to aircraft performance. A ceiling is the max density altitude your drone can reach under a specific set of conditions (depending on the type of drone you have). Meanwhile, the service ceiling is all about the rate of climb drops below a determined value.
DJI revealed that the both of the Mavic 2 drones are capable of withstanding wind speeds of up to 24 mph (38 km/h). To put it simply, this is about level 5 winds if you look at it on the Beaufort scale.
Are the Mavic 2 Pro & Mavic 2 Zoom Drones Waterproof?
Well, this is really a no-brainer, but let’s dig in deeper nonetheless. For starters, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is in no way waterproof so make sure you dont get them too wet. This is why you need to ensure that you have a strong GPS signal. At the same time, remember not to push the boundaries of these drones’ flying height or the distance over a body of water. More importantly, do not be tempted to fly your drone if it is raining. If you want waterproof drones, then the two Mavic 2 drones are not for you. There are quadcopters on the market that can satisfy your goal of owning a waterproof UAV.
Moreover, do not attempt to fly either DJI Mavic 2 Pro or DJI Mavic 2 Zoom heavy mist, especially when you there is a real heavy fog going on. If you fly these drones in these conditions, you will have all sorts of problems when it comes to visibility. It would almost become impossible to control and/or regulate their flight speed. This will only result in broken parts or, worse, getting the aircraft in a wet location.
How to Fly the Mavic 2 Drones?
DJI has given users at least 3 ways to control and fly both of the drones. First is through a dedicated remote controller, which is obviously the basic set-up. Second is the use of a smartphone, but the latter must be connected to the remote controller. You can do this by using the DJI Go 4 app. Just download it. Lastly, both drones can be flown through different intelligent flight modes. Among these are ActiveTrack, POI, TapFly, and Waypoints
Are They So Easy to Fly?
Much like any drones on the market, these Mavic drones can be flown easily. You do not have to have a prior experience, nor do you need to be an expert in this field. But if you want to guarantee a superb experience, you might want to move forward with a flight simulator. Do not worry, though. DJI has its own so-called Academy that provides tutorials. You can even access all of these through the DJI Go 4 App.
Before you even start playing around either the DJI Mavic 2 pro or DJI Mavic 2 Zoom, it is best that you read the manual first. You want to be very familiar with these quadcopters, as well as its parts and uses.
What Can the Mavic 2 Drones Be Used For?
The Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom are considered highly advanced professional drones. Not only do you get a better flight control, you can rest assured knowing that these quadcopters have excellent camera stabilization features. That is why you can expect the aerial photography and/or video to be top-notch.
Considering the many advantages these Mavic 2 drones provide due to high-quality features, they can easily be used in different types of field. You can use them in the 3D mapping of a certain building or structure. You may also use them when it comes to surveying. If your goal is to create spectacular images and videos of a property for marketing, then these drones will not disappoint you. In addition, they are proven to be great innovations when it comes to documenting sports, commercials, and other media-related areas.
At the end of the day, you will be surprised that both DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom can cater any sector. They are simply perfect and stunning.
Mavic 2 Drones’ Max Video Transmission Distance
The Mavic 2 drones still have limitations in max video transmission distance, but it is quite fascinating compared to their contemporaries. The distance is about 5 miles (8 km), given the area is unobstructed and there is a clear line of sight for the Remote Controller. Mind you, the distance can still be achieved even if you use the DJI Go 4 app. Keep in mind, though, that the area needs to be free from any electromagnetic interference. Otherwise, video transmission will be disrupted and might reciprocate unsatisfactory results.
The DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom feature a technology called DJI OcuSync 2.0. The latter is the type that fully supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands. It also allows the drones to have sturdier interference resistance; hence, their ability to outclass obstacles. Furthermore, they have automatic switching features thanks to this technology. As a result, they can deliver the 5 mile (8 km) 1080p video transmission feeds with ease.
Note: When flying drones, it is always ideal that you know and understand the different rules and regulations within your country.
Resolution of the Mavic 2 Drones Video Transmission
Remote Controller Video Transmission:
- 720p at 30 fps
- 1080p at 30 fps
DJI Goggles Video Transmission:
- 720p at 30 fps
- 1080p at 30 fps
Obstacle Sensing Explained
As stated above, the two new zones are built alongside a technology that provides FBD Lateral Vision Systems. The latter simply stands for forward, backward, and downward. This includes Upward and Downward Infrared Sensing Systems, too. All of these systems enable each drone to acquire omnidirectional obstacle detection. While it is interesting to hear all of these robust features, it is better to fly these drones with adequate lighting conditions.
When it comes to having six camera sensors, this is the kind of set-up that makes the FBD system. They are mounted on the rear end, underside, with one installed on each of the drones’ nose.
The lateral Vision System, on the other hand, is simply two cameras. However, it offers another set of cameras mounted on each side of the Mavic 2 drones.
As for the Upward and Downward Infrared Sensing Systems, the main components are perfectly handled through the use of infrared modules (already ready for 2 x 3D capability). They are installed on the upper and bottom parts of the UAVs.
Lastly, the Downward Vision System and Infrared Sensing System gives each drone the ability to maintain its current position and, at the same time, hover in place very precisely.