Two of the best new drones from DJI in 2018 are the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom. They are, for all intents, the same drone, but they offer different camera experiences. We’re going to look at both machines in-depth, let’s start with this DJI Mavic 2 Pro camera focus.
While the Mavic 2 Zoom is equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor, DJI pleased many fans by including a full 1-inch sensor on the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. A solid product made in partnership with Hasselblad.
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Before we dig in
First things first, we are about to explore the specific features of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, including the different camera modes and capabilities. If you would like to learn more about the Mavic 2 platform as a whole, check out our Mavic 2 review.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
August 2018Release Date
Introduced in August of 2018, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro instantly became the best consumer-class folding drone that DJI had to offer. A marked upgrade over the original Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 Pro rocks a 1-inch camera sensor for 4K video capture at 100Mbps, multi-direction obstacle avoidance sensors for some of the safest drone flight possible, and much more. OcuSync 2.0 enhances connectivity to the remote control and other accessories, now able to transmit 1080p live stream video well beyond the legal line-of-sight.
With an initial launch price of $1449, plus another $319 to get the Fly More kit with extra batteries, there is a barrier to entry with this machine, but if the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is within your budget, we think you will not be disappointed.
Mavic 2 Pro cameraRunning down the spec sheet, folks like us are liking what we see in the DJI Mavic 2 Pro camera. The running standard for best camera drones is a 1-inch sensor, and the Mavic 2 Pro delivers. Not only this, but DJI isn’t just using any old sensor off the shelf, this camera was built in conjunction with Hasselblad. That partnership is paying off for us pilots.
Getting specific, the Mavic 2 Pro has a 1-inch CMOS sensor that shoots at 20MP with 4K video recording. The lens is a 28mm focal length with 77 degree field of view and variable f/2.8 – f/11 aperture.
Video capture offers up 4K resolution at 24, 25 and 30 frames per second (fps), 2.7K resolution at 24, 25, 30, 48, 50 and 60 fps, then 1080p resolution at 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, 60 and 120 fps. Video is recorded at 100Mbps data rate and saved in either mp4 or mov formats with H.264 or H.265 codecs. Further, you can choose Dlog-M or HLG 10-bit HDR mode.
There are no real specific camera modes, just the ability to control the aperture on the fly, choose from full auto, full manual or a selection of modes in between. Aperture Priority mode is one of my favorites, allowing you to choose the depth of field while the camera keeps everything else in order.
DJI Quickshot is on deck, including all the best previously available modes. This includes Asteroid, Rocket and more.
In addition, enjoy the all-direction obstacle avoidance while in the ActiveTrack follow-me mode.
Capturing photos is done at that 20MP resolution, that’s 5472 x 3648 pixels. You’ll be saving files in jpg, the DNG raw format, or both.
The available modes tell more of the story than the hard specs. You can shoot in single shot mode, which is the default, or choose from HDR, Burst shot, AEB mode, which takes 3 or 5 bracket frames or there is Interval shooting at two up to sixty seconds.
All of the photo modes can be configured or tweaked through various settings, including, again, the ability to shoot in full auto, full manual or choose a mode in between, like aperture priority.
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