DJI Mavic Pro 2: Fly Above Others
When the DJI Mavic came out, it was about creating a world where anyone could do professional aerial photography and videography, because the pricing was lower and the flying wasn't as hard to learn. it was, in simpler terms, the prosumer drone camera. It did leave much to be desired in terms of picture quality and features though, despite being efficient. With Mavic pro 2, DJI has moved a step ahead and created a brand new toy for top notch aerial photo and video production.
Inter-changeable Camera Systems - more flexibility
DJI Mavic Pro 2, to start with, comes with interchangeable camera systems. It means that you can get the camera systems changed at DJI outlets at a cost - which is yet to be announced. This provides the opportunity for upgrades, not just the present ones but also the ones you will receive in future. So you may be able to upgrade the system by just buying camera system instead of drone too.
The Hassleblad and the One-inch Sensor
The Hassleblad and the one-inch sensor that DJI Mavic Pro 2 has offer superior photography and cinematography controls that are far above the levels set by DJI Mavic Pro originally. The one-inch sensor was one of the reasons Phantom 4 Pro from DJI was considered to be of premium quality among their range of drones. Mavic Pro is set to change that.
The larger sensor, which is more than twice the size of 1/2.3 inch sensor on Mavic Pro, provides for considerably higher dynamic range, and better low light performance. The improvement in low light is considerable, as we are able to see details and clean images and videos in lights where the original Mavic couldn't reach. It offers a 14-stops dynamic range, which brings the end results closer to how we would be shooting with a DSLR. Whether it is the details from shadows of the buildings, or details from the bright clouds – DJI Mavic Pro 2 can handle that easily.
The one-inch CMOS sensor has a 10-bit Dlog-M colorprofile. This improves the colorrange by up to 4 times than the original. It also comes with HNCS – the Hassleblad Natural ColorSolution. The purpose of HNCS is to make the digital pictures appear more natural and close to how an analogcamera will create pictures. The method seems to produce much better results than its predecessor – however it works is actually a mystery.
The ability to control the aperture – which has a range from f2.8 to f11 – is one of the major advancements. It provides more versatility to the aerial imaging just by this simple control that most of the earlier models actually lacked. The camera can produce 20 MP still pictures, while also having the ability to record 10-bit HDR 4k videos – which makes it far above any of the competitors in this segment based on every unique and upgraded feature.
The Flying Experience of Mavic Pro 2
The flying experience of Mavic Pro 2 is far superior as compared to its predecessors. On closer inspection of the model itself, you will find it having tiny cameras on all sides – which comprise DJI's fist omni-directional obstacle-sensing system. The drone itself seems very similar to the original design, while being a little bulkier. Still, it weighs less than two pounds, and two pounds while featuring some of the advanced aerodynamic elements that improve the flying by an amazing degree.
The extra grooves on the slightly bulkier drone are, by design, to improve the aerodynamics of the drone. This coupled with a new propeller design carrying a slightly skewed tip helps not only improve the efficiency but cut down on the noise that Mavic Pro was guilty of having. The piloting experience is also of another level, which leaves Mavic Pro far behind.
The Mavic Pro was jerky and required careful manoeuvres. Mavic Pro 2, even when one isn't careful of the joystick movements, is considerably much smoother in motion. It floats while changing altitudes and glides laterally providing especially beautiful videos. The autonomous flight mode of the DJI, with the new hyperlapse video mode – is especially stunning, because it adds aerial motion to the beautiful time-lapse videos.
The aircraft has ten sensors all around its body. The new ActiveTrack 2.0 with the autonomous flight mode turns the experience into another level due to the presence of newer and better sensors. Similar to the original ActiveTrack, you need to select the subject and the drone will follow it – while carefully avoiding the obstacles that come along the way. The omni-directional object-sensing system of the DJI is especially accurate and staggering.
You might feel hard done by if you had just purchased Mavic Pro because the system is a major upgrade from the previous one. The cost is also about 35% higher, in comparison. However, is it really worth it? If you are a professional who is constantly aiming to provide a better output to the clients or if you are a photographer or cinematographer who is in an industry that requires precision – it is a worthy upgrade. For most of the people who haven't even used the Mavic Pro properly, this one can wait. If you are a first-time user, the extra cost is providing a real value for money in terms of better handling, finer image and video quality, better color range and reproduction, better dynamic range, and much better overall features and aerodynamics. It is worth going for, as it is a fusion between entry-level and highly professional drones – getting the best of both worlds.