DJI seems to be planning the release of at least two different Mavics if not three. It looks like a Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Enterprise are all in the works. Someone at Argos recently published an advertisement for the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. From this image, we get a lot of excellent information.
The Mavic 2 Zoom will likely be the less expensive of the non-Enterprise versions. It will have a 1/1.7″ sensor and will be capable of 2x optical zoom from 24 mm to 48 mm equivalent focal lengths. DJI is uncharacteristically late to the game with dolly zoom, the Parrot Anafi has a great 3x dolly zoom, albeit digital zoom, and was released on July 1 of 2018.
We hope that the Mavic 2 Zoom will have enough pixels to add a 2x digital zoom when recording in 4K. That would require at least a 24 MP camera, which is probably too much to ask for. We may be limited to 2x optical + 2x digital zoom when filming in 1080 full HD. We are not super optimistic about the image quality of the Mavic 2 Zoom. You need to make sacrifices to make a zoom lens. Without the Hasselblad branding, we expect the image quality of the Zoom to be no better than the original Mavic Pro.
The Mavic 2 Pro will have a 1″ Hasselblad-branded camera. Just how much was Hasselblad involved in the development of this camera? Who knows. We are hopeful that DJI is finally going to produce a camera that is truly jaw-dropping on a consumer drone. If we are lucky, the camera and gimbal will be removable and swappable as is implied by the picture below.
On both drones, we see the clear gimbal protector. This was also included with the original Mavic but most people remove it because it causes the drone to run hot and it also causes a rainbow effect and reduced image quality in photos and videos. It is good protection for beginners, but hopefully, the obstacle avoidance makes it disposable. We were actually pretty surprised to see this awkward-looking dome show up on the Mavic 2 since no one uses it and it was abandoned by DJI in the design of the Mavic Air.
Here are some specs from the upcoming DJI Mavic 2 drones:
- A top speed of 45mph (40 mph for the original Mavic Pro)
- 31-minute flight time (27-30 minutes for the original Mavic Pro)
- 1080p OcuSync video transmission for up to 5 miles (4.3 miles for the original Mavic Pro)
- Omnidirectional obstacle sensing with APAS
- Active Track 2.0
Here is a zoomed-in picture from the ad with some details on the DJI Mavic 2.Hopefully, DJI will reschedule their announcement event soon. We are excited to get our hands on both versions of the new Mavic 2. We will let you know which one we like best, so check back in soon.
What Are We Excited About?
The increased speed of 45 mph is not too shabby but it is not what has us excited. We are hopeful that this new Hasselblad camera will blow other DJI consumer drones out of the water, including even the formidable Phantom 4 Pro. We also can’t wait to try the Active Track 2.0, which has to be a major improvement over the original Active Track, which has fallen well behind state-of-the-art in its capabilities.
Last but not least, the omnidirectional obstacle avoidance should be a real improvement for DJI. Previously limited to other drones like the Skydio R1, 6-direction avoidance is game-changing. 1-direction is typically just an annoyance. Rear avoidance is helpful but limited. 6-direction obstacle avoidance is awesome, we think this will save a lot of drones from an early death.
What Is the BEST Drone?
So what is the absolute best drone out there? That question isn’t as easy to answer as you’d think. BUT…for most people the answer is the DJI Mavic Air. It is portable, has an awesome camera and excellent flight modes. Learn more about the Mavic Air HERE.
What Is Our FAVORITE Drone?
The Mavic Air is great but the drone that has us excited to go fly the most right now is the Parrot Anafi. The camera and gimbal setup on this drone allow it to do things that no other drone can. Plus, having the ability to zoom in on what you are filming is priceless. Learn more about the Parrot Anafi HERE.
What Drone Is the Best VALUE?
The best value on the market today has to be the DJI Spark. Now under $400, this little dynamo can do things that once upon a time cost over $1000. Learn more about the DJI Spark HERE. Still too much money for you? There are still some great options. Check out our list of the best drones under $200.
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