DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

12MP, 1/2.3" CMOS sensor | 3-axis gimbal | 4K/30p video

What we like:

  • 4x optical zoom
  • Unique Intelligent Flight modes
  • H.265 support

What we don't:

  • No Mechanical shutter
  • No Log gamma mode for video
  • Expensive batteries
The Mavic 2 Zoom is essentially an updated and sturdier build of the Mavic Pro with the addition of a 4x zoom lens. This model is ideal for consumers and professionals who want the flexibility of a zoom lens, the ability to hone in on subjects without getting too close, or to capture unique video using DJI’s DollyZoom effect.
The Mavic 2 Zoom can fly up to 45 mph (72.4 km/h) and stay in the air for up of 31 minutes. It offers up some of the same Intelligent Features as the Mavic 2 Pro, including the new Hyperlapse Quick Shot mode, and omnidirectional sensing for obstacle avoidance in all directions. It also includes 8GB on board memory. Extra Mavic 2 Intelligent Flight batteries, which are compatible with the Mavic 2 Pro, cost $159 each.
The Mavic 2 Zoom is the first DJI drone to feature an optical zoom lens.
Its camera uses a 12MP, 1/2.3" CMOS sensor, similar to the original Mavic Pro, with a with a F2.8-3.8 aperture range. It features a 2x optical (4x digital) zoom lens with a FOV of about 83° (24 mm) to 48° (48 mm) on a 3-axis gimbal. Two-times digital zoom can additionally simulate a 96mm telephoto lens that captures lossless imagery in full HD resolution. Raw image capture is supported.
Video can be captured at rates up to 4K/30p, 2.7K/60p or 1080/120p for slow motion in D-Cinelike color profile at up to 100Mbps with support for the H.265 codec. Unlike its predecessors, the Mavic Pro Platinum and original Mavic Pro, it does not support the wider 4K DCI format.
The controller features removable joysticks 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 and film aerial footage collaboratively with the purchase of an additional remote at $399. The Mavic 2 Zoom features two creative modes the Mavic 2 Pro doesn't: the Dolly Zoom Quick Shot mode and SuperResolution. Dolly Zoom creates a unique illusion by zooming in on a subject while flying backward to keep the size of the subject unchanged while the background morphs. SuperResolution utilizes optical zoom to automatically capture and stitch nine photos together for a highly-detailed 48-megapixel image, making it, according to DJI, an ideal option for landscape photography.
The Mavic 2 Zoom is the first and, currently, only DJI drone to feature an optical zoom lens. For those who want to flex their creative muscles in new ways that require a camera to zoom in, mid-air, without getting too close, the Mavic 2 Zoom is an ideal choice.