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The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom (It’s Better than the Mavic 2 Pro)

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

Starting at $1249
8.9

Overall Quality

9.0/10

Stability

9.0/10

Speed/Agililty

8.0/10

Durability

8.0/10

Value

9.0/10

Features

10.0/10

Camera

9.0/10

Pros/Cons

  • PROS:
  • Incredible Camera
  • Zoom Features
  • Great Range and Flight Time
  • CONS:
  • No Hasselblad Camera

Specs

  • Flight Time: 31 minutes
  • Range: 8000 Meters (5 miles)
  • Camera: 12 MP, 4K at 30 fps

DJI released two versions of the Mavic 2. So inevitably people want to know which one is better. The  Mavic 2 Zoom is the first commercial drone with optical zoom. The Mavic 2 Pro was developed in partnership with Hasselblad to carry a top-of-the-line camera with a 1″ sensor. While both drones are excellent, we believe the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is the better drone for most people. You don’t believe us? Check out this article over at www.dronedj.com.

mavic zoom 2 vs mavic pro 2

We think the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is the better drone for most people.

The Mavic 2 Specs

Mavic 2 Pro Vs Zoom SpecsMavic 2 Pro Vs Zoom Camera Specs

With the exception of the camera, these two drones are almost identical. They are both a little larger and heavier than the original Mavic checking in at 2 lbs. Both have an impressive 8000 meter (5 mile) range and utilize the brand new OccuSync 2.0 video transmission signal for crystal clear video. The new Mavic 2 models are both equipped with the low-noise propellers making this a lot quieter that the previous Mavics and definitely quieter than the Phantom lineup.

Mavic 2 Zoom and Pro Front View

The Mavic 2 Models are identical except for their cameras.

Both Mavic 2 models have an impressive 31 minute flight time and upgraded APAS 2.0 six-direction obstacle avoidance sensors. In sport mode, both Mavics will top out at 45 mph. The Mavics both retain all of the easy to use cinematic flight modes and have added new aerial time-lapse modes. The time-lapse photography is a spectacular addition. However only the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom has the ability to zoom in on a subject. With the Zoom comes the unique Dolly Zoom feature that cannot be done with the Mavic 2 Pro.

For a full, in-depth comparison of the Mavic 2 Zoom vs Mavic 2 Pro click HERE.

Rear sensors on the back of the DJI Mavic 2

The back of the Mavic 2 is loaded with more cameras.

Why is the Mavic 2 Zoom Better?

Mavic zoom 2 dji drone

The Mavic Zoom 2 folds up nicely like all other Mavic models.

Looking at the specs above you will notice that these two drones are nearly identical, except for the cameras. You will also notice that the Mavic 2 Zoom is $200 less than the Mavic 2 Pro. $200 is a good chuck of change to save. Yes, the Hasselblad camera on the Pro is the best camera that DJI has released to date on their consumer drones, but the Zoom isn’t that far behind. It performs surprisingly well in multiple light applications. While we were skeptical about the Zoom feature it has come in handy already and is something that the Mavic Pro 2 just cannot do.

Mavic 2 as delivered in a box.

The box is nice, but unfortunately, the drone won’t fit with the back propellers installed.

Mavic 2 Zoom Camera

The Mavic Zoom camera may not have a 1-inch sensor, but that doesn’t mean it can’t take excellent pictures and video. With its upgraded 1/2.3″ sensor this camera is still an upgrade over the original Mavic camera. The Mavic Zoom as the name implies also incorporates the ability for the pilot to zoom in with lossless mechanical 2X zoom for photos and 4K video and lossless 4X zoom when recording in 1080p. We were pleasantly surprised how well the zoom works.

Half Chrome zoom camera on mavic 2

Up close an personal with the first zoom camera on a consumer drone.

Zoom is a feature we have grown to love on our Parrot Anafi and we are pleased that DJI finally decided to get on board. While the zoom certainly can be fun for hobbyists, it also has some very practical applications for inspections and unique perspectives that you can’t get with a wider field of view. DJI touts the Mavic 2’s quiet props and zoom lens as an ideal flying camera for wildlife.

Mavic 2 Zoom Lens

The mechanical zoom of the Mavic 2 Zoom

Like the Anafi, the Mavic 2 Zoom adds a Dolly Zoom mode. This one-of-a-kind mode zooms in on the subject while flying backward to keep the size of the subject unchanged as the background morphs. While the Anafi does a 3X digital zoom during dolly zoom, the Mavic 2 Zoom can do up to 4X composite zoom using both digital and optical zoom.

mavic 2 zoom vs mavic pro

Of the three full-size Mavic options, we like the Mavic 2 Zoom.

Is that it for the Mavic 2 Zoom? No. DJI also included a 48-megapixel “Super Resolution” photo mode that seamlessly stitches 9 high-resolution photos together that are taken zoomed in to create a single 24 mm equivalent picture that has crazy high resolution.

DJI Mavic 2 Remote packed and ready to go

The Mavic 2 and Mavic 2 Zoom remotes are identical. Like the Mavic Air, the sticks stow away.

So Which One Is Better?

We would argue that for most people the Mavic 2 Zoom is the right choice. The question is, what is most important to you? If you need the best and most professional quality images possible then the Pro is the way to go. If you prefer the flexibility and creativity that comes with the Zoom then that is the way to go. Of course, the price is also important with the Pro being $1449 and the Zoom being $200 less at $1249. Good luck and happy flying. Just know that both are excellent and whichever one you choose it is hard to go wrong.

Order a DJI Mavic 2 from DJI
DJI Mavic 2 Fly More Kit

We picked up the Fly-More kit with our Mavic 2. The extra batteries and charger are nice. but we found the bag to be a little tight.

What Is the BEST Drone (for you)?

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.

DJI Mavic 2 and Mavic Air

The Mavic Air is even more compact than the Mavic 2.

What Drone Is the Best VALUE?

Mavic Air vs DJI Spark

The DJI Spark is an awesome drone and at $399 is half the price of the Mavic Air.

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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Half Chrome • September 3, 2018


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