DJI Mavic 2 Pro review: High-tech drone gets Hasselblad high-five

Quick verdictThere’s a very good reason why DJI is the market leader of drones: its combination of high-tech features, flight modes and video/image qualit is an unbeatable combination. With the Mavic 2 Pro, that reputation is only enhanced once more.

For

  • Stunning footage
  • Great still photos
  • Obstacle avoidance is brilliant
  • Flight modes work really well
  • Super smooth flight – even in wind
Against

  • It’s expensive
  • Remote requires phone to be plugged in
  • App is still not the most user friendly
  • Non-HDR shots can be grainy

DJI is the decision brand for anybody needing a genuine automaton. Despite your financial plan or what size of automaton you need, the organization more than likely has something that will meet your requirements.

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With the Mavic 2 Pro – and its inherent Hasselblad camera (the camera producer was obtained by DJI) – the Chinese companty clearly observed a hole in the middle of its mainstream Mavic Pro range and the bigger, less versatile Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian.

That is the thing that the Mavic 2 Pro speaks to: a compact, foldable automaton that is extremely amazing and takes incredible pictures.

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Collapsed: 214 Γ— 91 Γ— 84mm

Unfurled: 322 Γ— 242 Γ— 84mm

Weight: 907g

Taking a gander at it, the Mavic 2 Pro is basically a marginally greater adaptation of the Mavic Pro. The fresher model is a couple of centimeters more extensive, longer and thicker than the Mavic Pro Platinum and it weighs more than 160 grams more. In any case, that is pretty much it: collapsed, it’s automaton isn’t a lot greater than a major games drink bottle, which is incredible for conveyability.

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In any case, while the Pro 2 has a comparative precise look and by and large outline to the Mavic Pro, there are not many signs this is an altogether different automaton.

Right off the bat, there’s the huge square camera lodging connected to the gimbal on the front, whereupon the Hasselblad name is gladly positioned.

Furthermore, check out all the sides and you’ll see many more sensors. This is vital to the experience of flying the automaton. Instead of simply have front aligned impediment evasion, the Mavic 2 can distinguish obstructions from each side (remembering for top, where you shouldn’t require it again and again).

The battery takes up the greater part of the rear portion of the automaton. It’s delivered by sliding a catch on either side, at that point just fits properly once you’ve charged it. You’ll likewise discover the force button here, with a LED marker ring encompassing it to give you how much battery limit remains.

Not at all like the more ‘energetic’ Mavic Air, the Mavic 2 is just accessible in a fairly genuine dim shading plan. The front arms accompany the brand name Mavic stands to hold the camera off the ground, while the rear arms have more unobtrusive grippy feet.

While a great deal of this will be natural to any individual who’s utilized or seen a Mavic drone previously, in light of the fact that it’s an indication of how very much made these automatons as of now are. This automaton doesn’t feel lightweight or wobbly, which is consoling for various reasons: you realize it won’t simply break in your pack; and you realize the breeze won’t overwhelm it like a disposed of helium swell from a youngster’s birthday celebration.

Detecting threat, shooting modes in abundance

Omnidirectional snag detecting

Dynamic following and Quick Shot modes

Hyperlapse include

Some portion of what has made DJI’s automatons so fruitful is that they consequently deal with the rudiments for you. Following area, battling against the breeze and maintaining a strategic distance from hindrances. With the Mavic 2 Pro, you get each one of those highlights at the most elevated levels accessible in a buyer drone.

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Not only do you get obstacle avoidance from every side, stopping you from crashing the drone, but you also get the APAS system – which can be enabled to ensure that as you’re flying between obstacles the drone doesn’t just stop moving, but adjusts its path to bypass those elements that might otherwise get in the way.

Without the APAS system, it does what every other obstacle avoiding drone does: it bleeps and tells you via the remote screen that it’s near an obstacle, then stops moving towards it. With that, and the warning when wind gets a little too blustery, there’s plenty built-in here to ensure you don’t end up trashing you expensive flying machine.

As for that remote, it’s virtually the same as the one that came with the Mavic Air, meaning you get joysticks that screw on and off, which can be stowed conveniently in their own dedicated silos, hidden by the phone grips. You also get a selection of cables for connecting to whatever smartphone you happen to own. There’s Lighting for iPhones and USB Type-C/Micro-USB for Android phones of various ages.

We’d prefer to have a remote with a built-in screen, but we appreciate the space saved by having a compact, collapsible controller like this. Like the drone, it’ll easily fit inside a bag, and will happily squeeze into a side pocket internal bag compartment. What’s more, since you have a smartphone, you already have the drone monitor you need right in your pocket.

Using the remote and phone app, with the basic automatic settings used, it’s pretty simple to fly the Mavic 2 Pro too. Just hit the take-off button after GPS location is tagged, then the drone takes-off and hovers above the ground. The two joysticks do what they usually do: one controls altitude/height and the direction the drone points; the other controls the direction in which the drone flies.

Cinematic modes

What makes DJI’s drones great is the slew of automated flight modes that take advantage of the advanced object tracking and motion sensors to produce some truly spectacular cinematic shots.

The aptly named Cinematic mode smooths out movement, acceleration and changes of direction to ensure you capture super-smooth footage. Combined with the highly effective mechanical gimbal to which the camera is attached, you get heavenly shake-free footage.

Similarly, the other modes – like the various QuickShot options – give you stable and often breath-taking footage. Most of these options are available on the smaller Mavic Air too. New is Dronie, which acts like a crane, starting close-up and then moving backwards, up and away while keeping a lock on the subject (it can automatically detect people within a frame, so you don’t necessarily need to tap on the display to select anyone).

Other modes include the Orbit mode that circles around the subject in an elliptical path, changing height and velocity as it’s going around. You also get Asteroid that shoots straight up in the air and holds its position while snapping photos of the entire surrounding scene to create a 360-degree tiny planet-style image.

It didn’t seem to matter which shooting mode we choose, or what functions we asked it to perform, the drone did so flawlessly. There was no shakiness in the video, even when winds got quite blustery, and none of the QuickShot modes failed to record properly. We haven’t had an experience this consistently good since we flew the much biggerΒ Phantom 4 Pro ObsidianΒ edition.

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Then there’s the Mavic 2 Pro’s 31 minute battery claim which is generous by our count. We couldn’t ever get it to last 31 minutes on the North Wales coast, even when the breeze was relatively still. While recording 4K video capture, and testing the various preset flight paths, among other features, we got around 20-25 minutes on a full battery before it would warn us it was getting low.Β Still, for a drone, that’s actually pretty good – but we’d recommend getting a second battery as backup nevertheless.

Shooting for glory

  • 1-inch 20MP CMOS sensor
  • 10-bit HDR and Dlog-M footage
  • 4K/30fps capture
  • Adjustable aperture

The one thing that sets the Mavic 2 Pro apart from its predecessors is the lens and sensor on the front. This drone has a large 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor encased in aluminium, and the optics are built in collaboration with Hasselblad. Even if you have everything stuck in automatic shooting mode, both stills and video look great as a result.

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