DJI Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

20MP, 1"-type CMOS sensor | 3-axis gimbal | 4K/30p video

What we like:

  • Outstanding image quality for photos
  • DLog-M gamma for video
  • H.265 support

What we don't:

  • Best 4K video comes from cropped region of sensor
  • No 4K/60p video
  • Extra batteries are expensive
The Mavic 2 Pro is a compact, foldable drone that's ideal for travel but features a professional-grade camera, and it’s the first consumer-grade DJI drone to incorporate a Hasselblad camera and its proprietary Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS) technology. It’s roughly a half-inch larger and weighs slightly more than its predecessor, the Mavic Pro Platinum, but its aerodynamic airframe reduces body drag by up to 19%.
The Mavic 2 Pro can fly at speeds of up to 44 mph (70.8 km/h) in Sport mode and remain in the air for up to 31 minutes. It includes 10 sensors located on all sides of the aircraft, enabling it to automatically detect obstacles in its path and help prevent collisions. The improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) allows the aircraft to analyze its surrounding environment, and fly around obstacles without stopping. Additional batteries, which are also compatible with the Mavic 2 Zoom, cost $159 each.
The improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) allows the aircraft to analyze its surrounding environment, and fly around obstacles without stopping.
Built around a 20MP, 1"-type CMOS sensor, the camera has a FOV of about 77°, equivalent to a 28mm focal length, with a F2.8-11 aperture range. DJI has incorporated Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS) technology into the camera to ensure increased color accuracy, and the camera can capture both Jpeg and Raw images.
For video, the Mavic 2 Pro offers a 10-bit DLog-M color profile and 4K 10-bit HDR support. It captures up to 4K/30p, 2.7K/60p and 1080p/120p resolutions using either H.264 or H.265 codecs up to 100Mbps. However, to get the best quality 4K video you need to shoot with a center crop of the sensor which results in narrower 55° FOV. Noticeably missing are the 4K DCI format and support for 4K/60p recording.
The controller features joysticks that are removable and an onboard LCD screen keeps you updated on critical aircraft data including battery life and flying mode. Dual Remote Controller mode makes it easy for two people to fly the Mavic and film aerial footage collaboratively with the purchase of an additional remote at $399. The Mavic 2 Pro introduced a new HyperLapse feature designed to capture the passage of time, and includes four settings to do so: Circle Mode, Course Lock, Waypoint, and Free Mode.
The Mavic 2 Pro is a very capable portable drone that will appeal to both enthusiast and professional users. It features superior color and image quality, up to 4 stops higher than the Mavic Pro, and offers up Intelligent Flight Modes and additional obstacle avoidance sensors that allow pilots to easily capture and create sophisticated footage and effects. However, videographers needing the best 4K quality while maintaining a wide FOV, or 4K/60p recording, may wish to research other options.