DJI is a good name to hear when you talk about aerial photography and videography these days. They’re not the pioneers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) but they are one of the first few who realised its potential in film making and photography. They are, in fact, the current biggest name when it comes to commercialised and professional purpose drones today.
Two years ago launched their highly acclaimed Mavic Pro, a semi-professional 4K video drone that is designed to be as compact as your small water bottle but offer the same performance and sophistication of their Phantom 4 drone. The Mavic platform in the DJI line is designed with travels in mind. It is so compact that it can fit in your travel bag while being as powerful as a Phantom 4 drone, which gives you extra flexibility when you need to access remote areas with as little load as possible. Its fold-able propeller arms design is also the first in the world. Of course, with its small size form factor and ultra-powerful performance it became an instant hit with both professionals and hobbyist.
In 2017 DJI launched the Mavic Pro Platinum. It was even more powerful than the already powerful DJI Mavic Pro of 2016. It was not a replacement model though, rather just a sort of facelift model, a small updated hardware.
This year though is a different story entirely. It is time we say goodbye to the well-loved Mavic Pro in fact. Do not get us wrong; DJI still will support the DJI Mavic Pro and service the drone for you. DJI has some great after sales service anyway.
Last August 2018 DJI said goodbye to the Mavic Pro and introduce the new replacement model for the Mavic platform. They did not just launch one model though, they launched two. Say hi to the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom.
The brand new DJI Mavic 2 series drones are built with flexibility and versatility in mind. Technically, both the Pro and Zoom is loaded with pretty much the same tech. The only thing separating the two is the camera module mounted on the front side of the drones.
The DJI Mavic Pro has a first-time-ever Hasselblad 20-Megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor that captures even better photos than before. The Hasselblad sensor comes with 14 stops for its aperture with a range of f/2.8 – f/11. The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom has a 2x optical zoom (24mm-48mm) lens on top of a 12-Megapixel 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor. The Zoom’s camera has the ability to even record 1080p Full HD videos at 4x zoom thanks to its very powerful sensor. With Quickshot, you can even do the fabled Dolly Zoom shots with just one click on your app. There is even a super pixel shot on the Mavic 2 Zoom to stitch together nine images to create a 48-Megapixel image for even higher detailing on your photo and more flexible post edits. That is as far as the differences go.
The Mavic 2 platform now has an even more powerful propeller but it is even quieter than the first generation Mavic Pro. Because the motors are more efficient as well the Mavic 2 platform can fly fore 31 minutes, a whole 5 minutes longer than before. Flying longer also means you spend less time trying to set up your rig and more time shooting your desired shots for your film or even your images.
It is cleverer too with some new Quickshot features and a brand new Hyperlapse function. There are four options in the Hyperlapse function too; free, circle, courselock, and waypoint. Each shot option offers different ways of capturing an aerial timelapse for near limitless creative flexibility.
Then there is ActiveTrack 2.0 that is even more powerful than before. The Mavic 2 platform now has sensors all over the place like the DJI Phantom 4. That is not just to make sure that it does not crash into obstacles when you leave it to fly automatically, it avoids and navigates around obstacles even when it is in shooting mode. The ActiveTrack 2.0 now maps the subject in 3D with its environment making tracking even more accurate in real-time. It predicts the subject’s movements and waypoint too so it will follow the subject with an even higher accuracy while still avoiding and navigating obstacles. To make things even easier when shooting a moving subject, ActiveTrack 2.0 can pick up subjects even when it goes into hiding shortly, the world of Rallying has never had an easier time with the DJI Mavic 2 platform. It still flies at 72 km/h when you need it to, of course all the safety nets will be off in that Sports mode.
The Mavic 2 series also comes with something called the OCUSync 2.0, and improved remote experience that led DJI and its drone products to the top of their industry. The new DJI Mavic 2 platform’s OCUSync 2.0 system means that it has 8km of range rather than 5km now. The video is transmitted at 1080p Full HD at 120ms latency too so you still can see every detail of your shot. To ensure the most stable experience with the remote the DJI Mavic 2 platform switches from 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz signals automatically in real-time.
The DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom will be available at the end of September, 2018 onward in DJI authorised stores across the nation. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro goes for MYR6,599 while the Mavic 2 Zoom sets you back MYR5,699. There is a Fly More Combo too with the new platform too and it is sold separately now at MYR1,399. The Fly More Combo gives you two extra batteries with a multi-battery charger, two sets of extra propellers, a battery to power bank adapter, and a carrying case for your drone and all these accessories.
Also published on Medium.