The DJI Mavic 2 is finally here and after much speculation and rumors over the internet, DJI has delivered a drone that is bigger (in features) and better than the last! In fact, the company has released two new versions of the Mavic 2 - Pro and Zoom.
After a delay in release, the two new drones add to the already popular drones by DJI, the older Mavic Pro, and Mavic Air. The new drones are clearly created for the prosumer to professional crowd and come with some much-needed upgrades. One of the biggest advancements in the drones is the camera and it is also the camera that is the main difference between the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom.
Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom - What are the new features?
The two new DJI drones are pretty much identical in dimensions and flight performance. The Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom both feature a flight time of upto 31 minutes and can fly at max speeds of 72 kph. They both also have the ability to take videos in 4k with a bit rate of 100 Mbps and provide enhanced HDR photos.
Intelligent flight features such as ActiveTrack is back, but with better performance. The ActiveTrack 2.0 utilizes the main camera as well as the front visual system to provide a 3D map for better recognition and tracking of the target. There is also the new Hyperlapse which lets you take videos in various flight modes and then processes them automatically to make moving time-lapse videos.
Mavic 2 Pro vs. Mavic 2 Zoom - Camera specifications and modes
As stated above, the main difference between the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom are the camera specifications, so if you want to know which to pick, it all comes down to this.
The Mavic 2 Pro comes with a Hasselblad camera and 1-inch image sensor as opposed to the Mavic 2 Zoom’s 1/2.3-inch sensor. The Pro drone delivers outstanding quality with its 20-megapixel resolution and the larger sensor, as well as 28mm equivalent prime lens, allow the ISO to go up to 12800, making it considerably higher than the Zoom drone.
Now, while the Zoom has a 1/2.3 image sensor and 12-megapixel resolution, the feature that really shines through is the zoom lens that has a 24mm-48mm focal length. While the 2x zoom doesn’t seem impressive at first, the results are surely dynamic and high quality. Users can get the perfect compositions for their shots from afar as well as easily change the FOV. The new zoom lens provides a way to record more creatively and cover more angles with 4x lossless zoom for full HD videos.
The Pro version uses the Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution technology and also supports a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile, allowing it to have a color profile of over 1 billion colors, while the Zoom has only over 16 million colors.
The Pro also comes with 4K 10-bit HDR support, which the Zoom does not. When plugged into a 4K HLG TV, it will provide brighter highlights and increased contrast automatically without the need for post editing.
The Zoom also has an ISO of up to 3200 lower than the Pro, but it comes with two features that Pro doesn't - Dolly Zoom and SuperRes.
Dolly Zoom - Dolly Zoom is one of the biggest features that separate the two Mavic 2 drone versions. The Dolly Zoom, also known as the Vertigo effect, creates a visual effect in which the target remains the same, but elements such as the background become wider or narrower, allowing users to get more dramatic and dynamic shots with their drone.
SuperRes - The Super Resolution mode helps in taking and patching together nine pictures with its telephoto lens, which creates a 48-megapixel super-resolution photo when capturing a photo in 24 mm equivalent 5.
Here is a camera comparison table from DJI.com to help see the differences between the two drones.
Should you upgrade from the previous DJI Mavic Pro?
The previous DJI Mavic Pro created a big name for itself in the market when it was released, but it definitely is time to upgrade. The newer drones do carry some cool and much-needed upgrades that are worth it.
The Mavic 2 Zoom shares some features with its predecessor such as the 1/2.3-inch sensor with 12 Mp resolution, up to 3200 ISO range, and 16 million color profile, but the Mavic 2 Pro version is superior in almost every way.
Here is a chart by DJI.com to help with the difference in drone features.
Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom - Price
The new drones are slightly more expensive than the previous Mavic drone. While the DJI Mavic Pro is priced at $999, the Mavic 2 Pro will cost users $1499 and the Zoom version is sold for $1249.