This is it. After much leaks that we can’t be bother to look into, China’s drone giant DJI has finally revealed its next-generation Mavic drone, or should we say ‘drones’ because there are two Mavics: a Pro and a Zoom. I am sure the former is going to tickle the fancy of photography enthusiasts because, Hasselblad. You heard that right. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro features an onboard camera co-engineered with the legendary camera maker Hasselblad. Here’s what you can expect:
“Housing a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile, the camera captures four times as many levels of color per channel compared to Mavic Pro to provide maximum flexibility for photo and video editing. The Mavic 2 Pro can capture 20-megapixel aerial shots with utmost color accuracy using Hasselblad’s unique Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS) technology, while an adjustable aperture from f/2.8-f/11 provides more control across a wide variety of lighting conditions. With 4K 10-bit HDR support, the Mavic 2 Pro can be plugged into a 4K TV with HLG and will play back footage with the right color tones.”
As for the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom, it is touted as the first foldable consumer drone with zoom. Armed with a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, the Mavic 2’s optics afford it with 2x optical zoom (24-48 mm) with 2x digital zoom to simulate a 96 mm telephoto lens that captures lossless video in FHD. It has both phase and contrast detection that offers higher focus accuracy and faster focus.
In addition to recording vivid 12 MP photos, Zoom also boasts a new Super Resolution feature that “uses optical zoom to automatically capture and stitch nine photos together for a highly detailed 48-megapixel image.” And then, there is the new Dolly Zoom QuickShot mode that lets you capture pro cinematography like this:
What you see there is an automatic zooming in as the drone flies away from the subject, so the subject maintains the same size while the full background of the scene is revealed. So, well, pro, right? From the way I see, Pro is for aerial photographer’s option while Zoom is more inclined towards videographer. However, whichever you go for, you can expect 4K UHD videoing at a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second using the H.265 compression codec, and 14 and 13 stops of dynamic range on Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom, respectively.
And oh, it can also do this:
That’s the new Hyperlapse feature. And it can record both JPEG and RAW simultaneously, saving them on microSD card or internal storage, ready for post-editing work. There are also bunch of other improvements including ActiveTrack 2.0, upgraded FlightAutonomy system, a whopping 10 sensors on all sides (for obstacle detection), improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System, Bottom Auxiliary Light that automatically turns on during low-light landing, and redesigned airframe that reduces body drag by up to 19 percent, thus affording it to fly speeds of up to of 44 mph (72 km/h).
Other notables include a maximum flight time of 31 minutes, ultra-precise three-axis mechanical gimbal, 8 GB onboard storage, user-controlled data storage and management, redesigned remote controller with detachable control sticks, and a more efficient and quieter propulsion and noise reducing propellers.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom are available in the U.S. as we speak, priced at $1,449 and $1,249, respectively.
— DJI (@DJIGlobal) August 23, 2018
— DJI (@DJIGlobal) August 23, 2018