DJI just dropped their latest drone, the Mavic 2, and it’s perhaps their finest one yet. The successor to the original Mavic Pro, it comes in two iterations: the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom, both of which are some of the most photo and video-capable drones yet to take to the skies.
Why is that? Take a look at the the Mavic 2 Pro to see for yourself. This bad boy comes equipped with a Hasselbad camera (DJI has part-ownership of Hasselbad, so this only makes sense) and a 1-inch, 20-megapixel CMOS sensor, as well as an f2.8 to f11 aperture to let a lot of light it. It’ll be able to shoot 4k footage at up to 100 megabits per second, even in HDR, with 8gb of onboard storage, and will be able to send 1080p footage to the remote for previewing from a max distance of nearly 5 miles, via DJI’s OcuSync 2.0.
The smaller-but-not-lesser Mavic 2 Zoom comes outfitted with a 1 / 2.3-inch sensor, but with a zoom lens that goes from 24mm to 48mm while in motion. It only gets up to 12 megapixels, but actually has a mode that will take multiple of these and stitch them together into a 48MP shot. They’ve dubbed this mode “Super Resolution” mode. It also comes with a “DollyZoom Quickshot” mode imitating the classic cinematic technique you see all the time in movies. Likewise, it can also shoot HDR 4k footage at 100 megabits per second. Need more space for even more video? Insert a microSD card.
What else do the two machines share? For starters, they can both fly up to 44 mph, with a flight time of 31 minutes, and come equipped with a host of intelligent sensors to help it avoid obstacles and keep from bumping into objects. There’s also a host of shooting modes, such as hyperlapses and ActiveTrack 2.0. Oh, and they fold up super small, practically fitting into your back pocket.
There’s a whole host of other cool technical features you could spend time digesting, but we think some of the sample video they shoot speaks for itself. Take a look for yourself, and then grab one for yourself…the Mavic 2 Pro begins at $1449, while the Zoom can be had for $1249.