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DJI Mavic 2 review in 2021 (still worth getting?)

Updated in 2022 by Paul Posea
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There is no doubt that the new Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom are some of the best camera drones you can currently buy (that are not Hollywood level).

They come packed with a ton of sensors in EVERY direction so you can't really crash them even if you tried. 

With the newly released Mavic 3, is the old Mavic 2 still relevant?

Yes it is, and it might not be worth upgrading.

The only difference between them is the camera, so up to that point we'll only talk about the bodies and what specs they have.

I myself own and use a Mavic 2 Pro as my main drone for quite a few months now.

What to look for in A camera drone

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Drone stability

Usually at this price range every drone comes with very precise GPS modules and even GLONASS which is the Russian satellite system.

Mavic 2: GPS+GLONASS

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Battery life

Battery life should be somewhere over 15 minutes for more advanced camera drones.

Mavic 2: 31 minutes in specs, 29 min in real use

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Range

Flight range shouldn't be an issue anymore after like 1km, however, a better signal is always preferred.

Mavic 2: 8km, or 4+ km in Europe

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Camera

The camera is probably the definitive difference at this price point. Cinematographers should look for things like bitrate, sharpness and D-log profiles.

Mavic 2: 1 inch sensor Hasselblad camera/ zoom camera 24-48mm

Mavic 2 price and specs

The Mavic 2 comes in two versions separated by both a considerable price difference and by their respective utility.

Mavic 2 Pro - around $1500

  • A drone more oriented towards professional photographers and videographers or people who want to take good night footage and photos

Mavic 2 Zoom - around $1250

  • A very capable camera with the ability do zoom in and automatically do things like dolly zooms and change between 2 different mm lenses while flying.
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Here's a daily price history, so you know if now is the right time to buy it.

If you want to wait, please enter your email down bellow and you'll be automatically notified when the price drops to your desired level.

Mavic 2 pro vs Mavic Air vs Mavic Pro Video comparison

In this video I tested and compared these three very popular drones when it comes to the camera.

Camera quality

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In the video bellow you can see some ungraded footage with the DJI mavic 2 Pro.

Mavic 2 Pro vs Zoom is a matter of camera performance. So you decide from the specs bellow if the differences are enough for you to invest more.

Just know that the Mavic 2 pro has a better overall post production quality if you decide to play with colors, apply filters and in general if you want to take better night photos.

mavic 2 pro vs zoom camera specs

Transmitter

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The transmitter is very similar to the original Mavic Pro with the same screen, button configuration and a very good build quality.

It's a bit annoying to fit in thicker phones, but there's always the option to have a lot of accessories that even allow you to use a big tablet for it.

Mavic 2 accessories

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Some of the most used accessories for the Mavic 2 Pro are definitely the batteries and carrying case.

Here are my favorites:

  • Spare batteries
  • A good hardshell case
  • ND filters
  • Landing pad
  • warming glove for controller (in winter)

Do the propellers from the Mavic 2 fit on the original Mavic 1 pro?

No, they don't.

Simple answer, and that's because they actually touch on the edge of the aircraft itself, barely grazing it, but still something you don't want to be happening in the air.

do the propellers from mavic 2 fit on the original mavic
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Hi, I'm Paul.
A big drone enthusiast, reviewing, comparing and writing about drones since 2015. I'm all about helping people enjoy and even monetize their hobby.
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Paul Posea
Hi, I'm a long-time drone reviewer and I hope my articles and comparisons on this site as well as Dronesgator's youtube channel are of as much help as possible.

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