DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom review
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.
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.
Usually at this price range every drone comes with very precise GPS modules and even GLONASS which is the Russian satelite system.
Mavic 2: GPS+GLONASS
Battery life should be somewhere over 15 minutes for more advanced camera drones.
Mavic 2: 31 minutes in specs, 29 min in real use
Flight range shouldn’t be an issue anymore after like 1km, however, a better signal is always preffered.
Mavic 2: 8km, or 4+ km in Europe
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 Hassleblad camera/ zoom camera 24-48mm
If I had to pinpoint the most important factor in a camera drone, it would be Image Stabilization. A 4k unstable camera has worse results than a gimbal stabilized 720p one.
Mavic 2: 4k 3 axis stabilized camera
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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Mavic 2 pro vs Mavic Air vs Mavic Pro
In this video I tested and compared these three very popular drones when it comes to the camera.
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.
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.
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.
These drones are definitely not cheap, but considering how much technology they pack and how capable their cameras are... any serious cinematographer, wedding photographer and even hardcore hobbyist should own one.
- Huge range
- Optical avoidance sensors in every direction*
- Small foldable body
- High wind resistance 38km/h resistance
- internal storage 8gb
- 72km/h speed
- great dynamic range
- hard to decide between the pro and zoom
- spare batteries can get expensive