The Mavic 2 Pro: Breaking Down DJI’s Most Powerful Drone
If you’re a drone enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro -- DJI’s top tier aerial production drone. We’ve all heard the basic selling points -- it’s one of the fastest, quietest, and most powerful drones on the market today, succeeding even DJI’s Phantom line.
But what does “most powerful” really mean when it comes to the DJI Mavic 2 Pro? Below, we break down the features that truly put the Mavic 2 Pro in a league of its own.
IMAGE QUALITY: High resolution over wider areas and TVs
The Mavic 2 Pro is equipped with the Hasselblad L1D-20c Camera, the product of a 2-year research partnership with Hasselblad. You may know them as the company whose camera captured the moon landing , amongst other iconic events. The Hasselblad camera on the Mavic 2 Pro has the biggest image sensor for any drone of its size. The 20MP 1” CMOS Sensor gives the drone a sensing area that’s 4x that of Mavic Pro, which results in greater image resolution for 20 million pixels per inch. Compared to the older Mavic Pro, that’s 18 megapixels more detail taken in and registered by the sensor per inch.
But what use is all that crisp detail if you’re only going to lose it on most monitors? Not all monitors, after all, are equipped to handle High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. Fortunately, the Mavic 2 Pro does some of the work here. Videos use Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG), the latest format for TVs. This means that if your TV monitor wasn’t built to display HDR footage, then the video will display in standard SDR, with a few tweaks to keep the image as faithful as possible to the HDR version.
COLOR GRADING: Captures dynamic color range
10-bit Dlog color profile is one of the Mavic 2 Pro’s exclusive features, and one of its most hyped ones yet. Unlike regular cameras (and old Mavic models), the Mavic 2 Pro can preserve the natural, dynamic color range of whatever landscape without requiring you to shoot uncompressed footage. Ever wonder why color you see with your naked eye doesn’t necessarily translate on to the monitor? That’s because regular cameras usually have to underexpose or overexpose a shot, as regular monitors aren’t powerful enough to display the intensity and hues of all colors. You usually only get the less intense colors near the middle of the spectrum, which results in colors less vibrant than what you actually see. But with the Mavic 2 Pro, the sensors translate a wider color dynamic to the monitor.
Mavic 2 Pro has the Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution (HNCS), a single profile solution for all your shots. Regular cameras need to capture several profiles to come up with an accurate rendition, usually losing some color in the process. With the HNCS, the Mavic 2 Pro automatically optimizes contrast, temperature, and color matching for all your shots. You’ll never have to sacrifice some colors just to get more accuracy on others.
LIGHT SETTINGS: Superior light control and evening shots
Adjustable aperture lens that goes from f/2.8 to f/11. Previous models only range between f/2.4 to f/2.8, making the Mavic 2 Pro the best in lightning control over any condition. Perfectly capture the ambient neon of Hong Kong’s streets at night, or the brilliant brightness of an afternoon in the Sahara Desert.
But evening shots can still be tricky, even for seasoned veterans. You have to input the correct settings, and then reduce noise post-production. But with the the Hyperlight feature, you don’t have to do any of that. The Mavic 2 Pro can automatically adjust to a low light setting whilst reducing noise when capturing JPEG photos at night. Sends clear, crisp, and beautiful night time photos directly to your microSD card.
MODES: Ultra dynamic modes for limitless creative aerial flight
Hyperlapse: When taking Hyperlapse footage, JPEG and raw photos are automatically saved to microSD card to avoid bogging down performance. You’re also given four modes to choose from: Free, Waypoint, Course Lock, and Circle. With these different modes, you can toggle around a target, control elevation, and even send the Mavic 2 Pro along a path while shooting for more dramatic and cinematic Hyperlapse footage.
ActiveTrack previously relied on 2D images to navigate, but now it maps a 3D view of environment using main camera and forward dual vision sensors, allowing it to follow subjects with greater confidence and accuracy, and even predict where the subject will be 3 seconds into the future. There’s 3 ActiveTrack modes to choose from: Trace, Profile, and Spotlight. Trace keeps the drone in front or at the back of the subject, Profile keeps the drone following side-by-side, and Spotlight hands over control to the user, while still staying focused on a subject.
Trajectory Projection helps maintain the drone follow a subject even when the subject is temporarily obscured by view. It does this through an algorithm that calculates a best guess on where the target’s going to pop up next, while plotting the safest flight plan for the drone.
Like most of DJI’s drones, the Mavic 2 Pro supports 4 modes when shooting in Panorama: Sphere, 180°, Horizontal, and Vertical. It has multiple intelligent flight modes such as Point of Interest 2.0, Waypoint 2.0, Asteroid, and Boomerang, which helps you capture and create even more creative aerial footage without necessarily being an expert pilot.
EFFICIENCY: Saves you time and details
Uses the latest H.265 Codec/HEVC Codec 5 compression standards, which maintains 50% more information than videos in H.264/AVC, preserving more details.
The Mavic 2 Pro’s Task Library allows you to save paths so you can get the same angle and the same shot at different times. No more annoying continuity problems.
ON-FLIGHT DETAILS: Better control with the DJI Smart Controller
The Mavic 2 Pro is equipped with low noise engine technology and propellers that help reduce sound. Compared to existing models, the Mavic 2 Pro can be up to 60 percent quieter. Each Mavic 2 Pro unit is surrounded by anti-collision, omnidirectional obstacle sensors, and is supported by Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems.
And with the recent release of the DJI Smart Controller, flying is made even easier for newbie and veteran drone pilots. With the Smart Controller, users no longer have to fumble with the mounts, cables, and software for setting up smartphones and tablets. Just power up the controller, and you’re good to go. The monitor is 5.5 inches wide, and can get twice as bright as smartphones and tablet screens. The Go-Share feature lets you instantly move footage from drone to phone or tablet.
Using a dedicated controller instead of your phone also means you’ll never get disrupted by the occasional notification, which can put your drone at risk. The Smart Controller is also built to automatically switch signals to the strongest available, making sure your connection stays solid all throughout the 2.5 hours of battery life it has. The unit itself is pretty solid, and can withstand extreme temperatures of 40°C and as low as -20°C.
The Mavic 2 Pro and Smart Controller bundle retails for A$3099 over at D1 Stores. We also offer staggered payments of up to 3 months, interest free with Zip Money users. Additionally, we’ll throw in Free Shipping and a 2-Year Warranty (DJI only offers a standard 1-Year warranty) if you purchase from any of the following D1 Store outlets: Brunswick, La Trobe St. in Melbourne, Indooroopilly in Brisbane, World Square in Sydney and Cannington in Perth. Capture the bigger picture in high definition with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro today!