DJI invited us to a London event back in July for the launch of its newest drone, but postponed it due to the fact the product wasn’t quite ready for prime time.

In the meantime, details of the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom were leaked, leaving very little for the official launch in terms of new information. 

Mavic 2: Pro or Zoom?

So, this is the long-awaited update to the Mavic Pro, but you have a choice of two different models. Check out our in-depth review of the Mavic 2 Zoom.

Their main difference is the camera and the features on offer:

 

Pro

Zoom

Video

Up to 4K @ 30fps, 2.7K @ 60fps, 1080p @ 120fps

Up to 4K @ 30fps, 2.7K @ 60fps, 1080p @ 120fps

HDR video

Yes

No

HDR photos

Yes

Yes

Max. video bitrate

100Mb/s

100Mb/s

Optical zoom

No

Yes

Dolly Zoom effect

No

Yes

Photo resolution

20Mp

12Mp

The Pro model has a 1in sensor (like the Phantom 4 Pro) and had been developed in conjunction with renowned camera maker Hasselblad.

The Pro is capable of shooting 4K at up to 30fps and 60fps at 2.7K. It should be a great choice for aerial photography, as well as video. And unlike the bulky Phantom 4 Pro, the Mavic is much more portable.

DJI Mavic 2 release date, price, specs

The Mavic 2 Zoom has a camera with a 2x optical zoom lens and offers a cinematic Dolly Zoom effect, which is where the subject remains the same size but the background either increases in size or decreases depending upon whether you choose to fly forwards or backwards.

Mavic 2 Zoom - Dolly Zoom effect

It isn’t the first drone to do this: Parrot’s Anafi uses digital zoom to achieve the same effect. But it’ll be interesting to see how much better it is on the Mavic 2 with an optical zoom.

How much does the Mavic 2 cost?

The two drones are available buy immediately from DJI.com and to pre-order from partner sites including Heliguy (which is offering free crash protection) in the UK.

Mavic 2 Zoom: £1,099 / US$1,249 / €1,449

Mavic 2 Pro: £1,299 / US$1,099 / €1,249

For reference, the Mavic Pro Platinum currently costs £1,199 / US$1,099. The Phantom 4 Pro (which has a similar camera to the Mavic 2 Pro) costs £1,589. 

Unlike previous Fly More bundles, the Mavic 2's will be available as a separate purchase for £279 / US$ 319 / €319 and includes:

  • Two extra batteries
  • Multi-battery charger
  • Car charger
  • Battery-to-power bank adapter
  • Two pairs of propellers
  • Carry bag

Mavic 2: New features

  • 10 sensors for omni-directional obstacle avoidance
  • 1080p video transmission up to 8km
  • 31 minutes’ flight time
  • 45mph max. speed
  • Quieter than Mavic 1

DJI Mavic 2 release date, price, specs

After the cameras, the next most important detail is ‘omnidirectional object sensing’. This means the Mavic 2 gains sensors on the sides, rear and top, allowing it to sense and avoid obstacles in any direction. The original Mavic had forward-facing and downward-facing sensors, but no rear ones.

There are also LEDs underneath to assist in landing in low-light.

DJI Mavic 2 release date, price, specs

What about the cameras?

With the Pro, you get the Hasselblad branded camera with an adjustable aperture from f/2.8-11. It captures 10-bit Dlog-M video, which offers four times as many levels of colour per channel compared to the 8-bit video from the Mavic Pro.

It also records 4K HDR video and supports the HLG standard, offering higher dynamic range and more colours than non-HDR video.

With the Zoom, you're able to get closer to your subject without distracting them with your drone. The lens is the equivalent of 24-48mm optical zoom, and 2x digital zoom, you get the equivalent of a 96mm lens, but digital zoom is only available in 1080p, not 4K.

Mavic 2 Zoom comparison

Both models shoot in H.265, and have 8GB of on-board memory in case you forget your SD card.

Here's how their specs compare:

 

Mavic 2 Pro

Mavic 2 Zoom

Sensor

1” CMOS
Effective Pixels: 20 million

1/2.3" CMOS
Effective Pixels: 12 million

Lens

FOV: about 77° 
35 mm Format Equivalent: 28 mm 
Aperture: f/2.8–f/11 
Shooting Range: 1 m to ∞

FOV: about 83° (24 mm); about 48° (48 mm) 
35 mm Format Equivalent: 24-48 mm
Aperture: f/2.8 (24 mm)–f/3.8 (48 mm)
Shooting Range: 0.5 m to ∞

ISO Range

Video: 100-6400
Photo: 100-3200 (auto) / 100-12800 (manual)

Video: 100-3200
Photo: 100-1600 (auto) / 100-3200 (manual)

Shutter Speed

Electronic Shutter: 8–1/8000s

Electronic Shutter: 8–1/8000s

Still Image Size

5472×3648

4000×3000

Still Photography Modes

Single shot
Burst shooting: 3/5 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias

Interval (JPEG: 2-60s / RAW: 5-60s)

Single shot
Burst shooting: 3/5/7 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
Interval (JPEG: 2-60s / RAW: 5-60s)

Video Resolution

4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
2.7K: 2688x1512 24/25/30/48/50/60p  
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p 

4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p 
2.7K: 2688×1512 24/25/30/48/50/60p
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p

Max Video Bitrate

100 Mb/s

100 Mb/s

Color Mode

Dlog-M (10-bit), support HDR video (HLG 10-bit)

D-Cinelike

Supported File System

FAT32(≤ 32 GB
exFAT(> 32 GB)

FAT32(≤ 32 GB)

exFAT(> 32 GB)

Photo Format

JPEG / DNG (RAW)

JPEG / DNG (RAW)

Video Format

MP4 / MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265)

MP4 / MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265)

New intelligent modes

In the DJI Go 4 app you'll find that another update for the Mavic 2 is hyperlapse video. This is possible thanks to the more powerful central processor and lets you shoot aerial hyperlapses using these four modes:

  • Free - pilots the drone manually while shooting a Hyperlapse video.

Mavic 2 Hyperlapse

  • Circle - automatically flies the drone in a circular pattern around a subject you select to create a timelapse video that captures the action.

Mavic 2 Hyperlapse

  • Course Lock - keeps the camera fixed on shooting subject while the drone flies in a straight direction to create a unique perspective.
  • Waypoint - plans a complex flight path based on both altitude and GPS coordinates to capture complex shots.

Mavic 2 Hyperlapse