The long awaited Mavic 2 is finally here with all the inherited features from original Mavic and some new cool features. Now with the variety in the Mavic series, one popular question arises. Which drone should one buy for ultimate video making experience?
DJI has released 2 separate models of Mavic 2, Pro and Zoom. Both offer different features to the consumers.
Mavic 2 Pro
The Mavic 2 Pro have unique high end camera with 1in Hassleblad sensor. Due to large sensor, DJI changed the design to square from round camera housing. Hopefully there will be ND and CP filters for the Mavic 2 pro in the market very soon. The Mavic 2 Pro camera might seem large in photos, but in person it’s much smaller than the camera on the Phantom 4 Pro.
Aside from the cameras, both of these drones have a sleeker and more aerodynamic design compared to the original Mavic Pro, but from a distance, you wouldn’t be able to see a difference between them.
Mavic 2 Zoom
The Mavic 2 pro has a fixed lens while Mavic 2 zoom has the Zoom lens. On the Mavic 2 Zoom, you get a 24mm equivalent field of view at the wide end and 48mm at the narrow end of the zoom range (2X crop). You can go super wide and capture everything, or zoom in for isolating your subjects from the background and getting more of a film look. This is the very first consumer drone from DJI to offer zoom capabilities.
The Mavic 2 Pro has a fixed lens with a 28mm equivalent field of view. It’s not as wide as the Mavic 2 Zoom but it’s not too narrow either.
On the Mavic 2 Zoom the sensor size is much smaller, so the zoom lens can be much smaller than an equivalent lens for the Mavic 2 Pro with its larger sensor.
Camera Performance and Features
Mavic 2 Pro vs Mavic Pro: Hasselblad Camera and Larger Sensor
DJI Mavic 2 Pro has the camera from Hasselblad with 1in sensor, Sensor is much bigger as compared to the original Mavic Pro. It has an active sensing area four times more effective than Mavic Pro, which means higher image quality with superior light and color performance. The larger sensor results in better performance in low light environments. The larger sensor also allows capturing vivid 20MP photos in full detail as compared to 12MP.
Better Color Production
Mavic 2 Pro’s Hasselblad camera offers Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) technology, the colors of your footage appear more natural with less distortion. In addition, the Mavic 2 Pro is able to record over 1 billion colors due to a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile. Comparatively, the Mavic Pro records 16 million colors.
Advanced Adjustable Aperture
Mavic 2 offer variable aperture (f2.8 and F11) which enables it to outperform in long exposure shots in dim light. It capture photos in limited sunlight which have minimal noise and color distortion.
New HDR Video
The new Mavic 2 Pro can shoot 4K 10-bit HDR videos. In easy words, this means you can shoot videos with higher dynamic range and more vivid colors, which can be seen on HLG TVs without post-editing.
New Zoom Lens
The Mavic 2 Zoom has a 1/2.3-inch 12-megapixel sensor, same as the original Mavic Pro. But only the Mavic 2 Zoom version is equipped with the new 2x optical zoom lens with 24mm-48mm focal length. The zoom feature allows you to capture from more dynamic perspectives and get closer to the target object.
Mavic 2 Series vs Mavic Pro: Bit Rate
While the Mavic Pro records videos with a maximum bit rate of 60 Mbps, both versions of the Mavic 2 are capable of shooting 100Mbps bitrate videos. The higher bit rate will generate more clarity in your videos due to less compression.
In addition to the higher bit rate, Mavic 2 Pro can take HDR photos even better than the Mavic Pro. It takes multiple shots with different exposures and combines them to get one high quality and detailed image.
The Mavic 2 pro also offers newer video codec H265 so videos and photos appear sharper and clearer.
New Flight Modes
In addition to conventional flight modes like Dronie, Boomerang, Circle etc, Mavic 2 have some brand new flight modes names as Dolly Zoom and Hyperlapse. Dolly Zoom is only available in the Mavic 2 Zoom. In this aircraft moves backward and Zooming at the same time to take a cinematic shot which was only possible in expensive equipment before. With the new Hyperlapse feature, the aircraft shoots videos in various flight modes and processes them automatically into moving time-lapse videos.
Mavic 2 Zoom can also take high res 48MP photos. This shooting mode uses the zoom lens to take multiple images and combine them together into a Super Res image with 4 times the resolution of a standard photo.
The video quality has improved significantly in this iteration of Mavic Series. This is mainly due to better colors, higher bitrate, and a new video codec. The colors on the Mavic 2 Zoom are very similar the Mavic Air. Both the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom also record at 100Mbps (40Mbps faster than the Mavic Pro), but the biggest improvement is the new H.265 video codec.
Due to the newly designed body, Mavic 2 have a longer flight time of 31min because of lower power consumption. Mavic 2 has a top speed of 72 Kph in the sports mode.
Mavic 2 supports APAS (Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems). Both Mavic 2 drones have an omnidirectional obstacle sensing system with 10 sensors.
The all-new OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system supported by Mavic 2 provides a 1080p video transmission signal up to astonishing 8 kilometers (approx. 5 miles) away, allowing you to fly 1km (0.6 miles) further than the old generation.
Which Drone is the best for you?
Mavic 2 Pro sales on $1499 and Mavic 2 Zoom $ 1299, pricier than Mavic Pro $999.
Mavic 2 Zoom looks impressive with getting close to the targets feature, you can silently get close to capture the wildlife. But if you’re more like a cityscape filmmaker or photographer. Instead of extra Zoom, You must go for the extra Megapixels and a bigger sensor. The bigger sensor will help you to capture the nightlife in the cities. In short by spending the extra $200, you’re basically getting the Mavic 2 Pro’s Hasselblad camera which offers better colors, higher resolution, and low light performance.