DJI Mavic 2 Pro test: range, flight time, photo and video quality check

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Overall rating 4.9 / 5

The very popular Mavic Pro 1 is followed by the Mavic 2 in two different versions: the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom. Both models are slightly different, but each has different application possibilities.

The Mavic 2 Pro (€ 1,449) is 200 € more expensive than the zoom version (€ 1249) because it has a very high quality Hasselblad camera attached to it, which should take forbidden good photos and videos. We took a close look at the two drones, and in our Mavic 2 Pro benchmark, we’ll show you what you can really expect from this drone in practice.

You can see my detailed review of the Mavic 2 Pro here:

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Mavic 2 Pro: foldable, small and compact

Like its predecessor, the Mavic 2 Pro is a foldable drone that will fit into any travel backpack, no matter the size. We ordered the Fly-More combo package right away, as we travel a lot and therefore can transport the drone optimally. The package also includes a spare screw, two extra batteries and a car charger.

Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo Pack with Extra Batteries and Cigarette Lighter Charger

When folded, both quadcopters are about 21 cm long, 9 cm wide and almost 8.5 cm high.Unfolded, they are 32 cm long, 24 cm wide and 8.4 cm high.

There is a display on the remote again, which in an emergency, if the connection with the mobile phone is lost, can be very useful to get the drone home. The remote fits cell phones with a screen diagonal of up to 6 inches.

The video image is transmitted in Full HD (1080p) format. In addition, the small joysticks can be unscrewed, so the folded controller is very small and compact, and the joysticks are protected from breaking.

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Both the Mavic Pro 2 and Mavic 2 Zoom have 8GB of internal storage that you can store your photos and videos in. You can use it to record 10 minutes of 4k video or 30 minutes of Full HD movies. The data can then be read through the USB-C connection and transferred to your laptop. Unfortunately, it cannot charge batteries.

Mavic 2 Pro USB-C Port

Of course, the drones have an additional slot in which you can insert SD cards up to 128GB and write / read speeds up to UHS-I class 3.

Mavic 2 Pro SD Card Slot

The following models are supported (they are listed by DJI on their website):

  • 32 GB Sandisk V30
  • Sandisk Extreme V30 Pro 64G
  • Sandisk Extreme Pro V30 128G
  • Sandisk Extreme V30
  • Sandisk Extreme Pro V30
  • Kingston

Installing and removing the rotor blades is child’s play, you can also replace them at any time in a few seconds. They can also be folded down to keep the drone small and compact.

The battery has a capacity of 3850 mAh and is fully charged in about 45 minutes using the included charger.

Mavic 2 Pro’s camera sensor: photo and video quality

The only real distinguishing feature of the DJI Mavic 2 models is the built-in camera. Hasselblad’s 1-inch CMOS sensor is built into the DJI Mavic Pro 2, while the zoom version has a smaller 1 / 2.3-inch sensor and a 24-48mm zoom lens. Apart from the DJI Inspire models, this is by far the best camera that a drone manufacturer has ever installed.

Mavic 2 Pro Hasselblad Camera

Thanks to the 1-inch sensor, you can make incredibly good photos and videos even in low light, as the sensor can determine how much light should be collected from the environment.

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This provides a better resolution as well as a larger dynamic range, resulting in slightly better photo and movie recording quality. This allows for truly impressive color depth and depth of field. Images and videos look even more realistic. The camera supports the following video formats:

  • 4K at up to 30fps
  • 2.7k up to 60fps
  • Full HD up to 120fps
  • You can record in MP4 or MOV

Photos can be shot in JPG format as well as RAW DNG format at 20 megapixels.

Novice pilots will probably only fly in automatic mode, but this manual aperture control opens up tremendous possibilities for professional photographers and filmmakers.

Another great feature is the Dlog M10 bit-color capture. Without getting into technical details, it should be said that the Mavic 2 Pro can record over a billion discrete colors, while the Mavic 2 Zoom “only” 16 million. This difference can also be seen by novice pilots when they later look at it on the big screen.

Test photo 1 of the Mavic 2 Pri in low lightLow light photography

First of all, demanding drone pilots can get the most out of their photos and videos as the mentioned features support optimal post-processing.

Test Photo 2 Mavic Pro 2The river is photographed from above

The Mavic 2 Zoom has a slightly “inferior” camera, but the Mavic 2 Pro cannot scale. The Mavic 2 Zoom has 2x optical zoom (24-48mm) as well as 2x digital zoom. When recording 4k video, you can zoom in 2x losslessly and 4x losslessly in Full HD. With the latest software update, DJI has provided an additional 2x digital zoom, so a total of 2x optical and 4x digital zoom can be performed (for Full HD recordings!).

As we found out in our tests, this zoom feature is an absolute killer that will be the decisive argument in favor of one pilot or another. Using the zoom, you can create incredibly powerful videos. In addition, the zoom effect of the cart, which was once created by Alfred Hitchcock, can give your videos a really cool look (only available in the zoom version!).

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In our opinion, the smaller image sensor can be completely neglected unless you are a professional photographer or filmmaker, as this zoom feature can be used in an incredibly diverse range of applications. Even beginners can create cinematic recordings with them.

From the company’s point of view, this is a smart solution, allowing the pilot to choose between one of the two models, but we think it’s a shame that there is no moulares camera system that can take advantage of both cameras. But perhaps in the near future there will be another model that meets this requirement. The DJI Inspire 2 has interchangeable cameras, even if it is of a completely different league.

Range, flight time and air behavior

From the very first flight attempts, we noticed that DJI tinkered with sensors and flight behavior again. It just got even better and is almost unmatched in our opinion as the drone sits in the air like a chiseled one and can even withstand stronger gusts of wind.

Mavic 2 Pro Flight Test

Compared to other drones, the DJI Mavic Pro 2 has significantly improved sensors that provide a much better flight experience and more balanced air stability.

The Mavic 2 Pro has a total of 10 obstacle sensors from all directions, even from above. This further enhances flight safety and is a great feature, especially for beginners. Even in narrow spaces or alleys, the Vision Positioning System ensures a safe flight position without collisions. The slightest movement is immediately recorded and balanced by the vision system using small cameras under the Mavic Pro 2.

Mavic 2 Pro Obstacle Sensors

Many drones can no longer fly as safely and steadily as the GPS signal disappears. Thanks to the visual positioning system, the Mavic Pro 2 can be operated very safely and comfortably even without GPS; it does not move when hovering, but instead constantly holds its position.

In practice, we were unable to achieve the stated flight time of just under 31 minutes. When fully loaded, we were able to achieve an effective flight time of just under 28.5 minutes.The previous model could only stay aloft for about 23 minutes. Since we always have two extra batteries in our luggage, we can stay aloft for almost 90 minutes
. However, half an hour is definitely a very decent price.

The maximum climb speed without wind is 5 meters per second in sport mode and 4 meters per second in normal mode. In both modes, the rate of descent remains unchanged – 3 m / s. In Sport mode, the Mavic Pro 2, as mentioned, has a top speed of 72 kilometers per hour. The maximum rotation can occur at a speed of 200 degrees / s.

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The manufacturer sets a maximum flight range of 8 km, although in the USA, according to current legislation, it is allowed to fly only within sight (in practice, mostly 300 m). We ran the Mavic Pro 2 in another country outside of Europe and we had no problems up to 5500 meters. There were no delays or stuttering during transmission.

The depth of field and automatic adjustment to changing lighting conditions is truly impressive and works great at all times. The camera is stabilized with a 3-axis gimbal and works very well. Even in sport mode, there is never any shaking in the video. In addition, the propellers can no longer be seen in photos and videos. Here you can already see a sample of the footage, I have yet to edit the full video review.

New flight modes for even more cinematic recordings

In addition to the already familiar Flight Modes, DJI is offering two new features with the updated Active Track 2.0 and Hyperlapse features to make drone pilots’ hearts beat faster.

The new Active Track should be able to calculate the movement of objects 3 seconds ahead so that the quadcopter does not lose visibility and communication, even if obstacles suddenly appear that cover the drone. We can say that this function works really flawlessly and does not lose sight of us even at higher speeds and with sudden changes in direction.

DJI did a great job with the Hyperlapse feature. This new flight mode is incredibly versatile and lets you create great (no movie editing software!) Videos. Hypelapse mode can be used in three different ways (sub modes).

  • In “Free” mode, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro automatically creates time-lapse recordings, while it flies independently and you don’t have to do anything.
  • If the “Circle” mode is activated, a time-lapse video is created, and the drone simultaneously performs a circular circular flight.
  • There is also a “Course Lock” mode. For example, a drone locks onto a point on the horizon and flies straight ahead very quickly. This feature was also available on other DJI models.
  • Mavic 2 Pro advantages and disadvantages

    Like all drones, there are both good and bad sides, although it’s really hard for us to find anything negative about newer models.

    Privileges:

    • 20 MP camera with 4K video quality @ 30fps and 2.7K @ 60fps
    • The maximum video transmission rate is 100 Mbps.
    • Supports DNG (RAW format)
    • Foldable drone – easy to transport anywhere
    • Withstands strong gusts of wind
    • A comprehensive safety package including a visual positioning system that ensures a very stable flight position even if the GPS system fails.
    • Extensive flight functions and modes for better flight
    • Transmission distance 8 km
    • Flight time strong 28 minutes
    • Mature, newly updated suspension system
    • Also ideal for beginners – the drone will automatically fly around obstacles.

    Disadvantage:

    • Quite expensive

    Mavic 2 Pro: the best drone on the market?

    Anyone familiar with the previous model, the DJI Mavic Pro, will love the successor.

    Extensive security features and a Hasselblad camera make the new DJI flagship a real miracle.Long flight times are also beneficial for photographers as they don’t have to stop as often.

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    For the first time in an unmanned camera, the new Dlog-M color profile has been installed in the compact travel drone Mavic Pro 2. Photographers and videographers who love post-processing their images get their money here.

    But there are also many new small parts that make everyday use and flying with the drone easier, such as the twist-off knobs on the remote control or very sophisticated sensors.

    With the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, DJI has brought a quadcopter to the market that can prove itself in all respects against its competitors. No wonder many manufacturers have already tried to recreate the previous model.

    We have a very clear purchase recommendation! If you have any further questions about the quadcopter, use the comment feature at the bottom of the page!

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    Brief overview of technical details

    Mavic 2 Pro camera

    Sensor 1 “CMOS
    Actual Pixels: 20 Million
    Lens field of view: 77 °
    35mm format equivalent: 28mm
    Aperture: f / 2.8-f / 11
    Recording range: 1m to ∞
    ISO range video:
    100-6400
    A photo:
    100 – 3200 (passenger car)
    100-12800 (manual)
    Electronic shutter speed: 8 – 1/8000 s
    Image size 5472 × 3648
    Photo modes single shot
    Continuous shooting 3/5 shots
    Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 3/5 frames in focus in 0.7 step increments.
    Interval: (JPEG: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 sRAW: 5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s)
    4K video resolution: 3840 × 2160 24/25/30 fps
    2.7K: 2688 × 1512 24/25/30/48/50/60 fps
    FHD: 1920 × 1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120 fps
    Max. Video bit rate 100 Mbps
    Dlog-M color modes (10-bit), supports HDR video (HLG 10-bit)
    Supported file systems FAT32 (≤ 32GB)
    exFAT (> 32GB)
    Photo formats JPEG, DNG (RAW)
    Video format MP4 / MOV (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, HEVC / H.265)

    Airplane Mavic 2 Pro

    Takeoff weight 907 g (Mavic 2 Pro)
    Folded dimensions:
    214 x 91 x 84 mm (length x width x height)
    Unfolded:
    322 x 242 x 84 mm (length x width x height)
    Diagonal distance 354 mm
    Maximum ascent speed 5 m / s (S mode)
    4 m / s (P mode)
    Maximum sink rate 3 m / s (S mode)
    3 m / s (P mode)
    Max. Speed ​​(close to sea level, no wind) 72 km / h (S mode)
    Max. Altitude 6000 m
    Maximum flight time (no wind) 31 minutes (no wind at 25 km / h)
    Max. Swimming time (no wind) 29 minutes
    Maximum flight range (no wind) 18 km (at 50 km / h)
    Max. Wind resistance 29 – 38 km / h
    Maximum tilt angle 35 ° (S mode with remote control); 25 ° (P mode)
    Max. Angular velocity 200 ° / s
    Working temperature -10 ° C – 40 ° C
    Operating frequency 2.400 – 2.483 GHz
    5.725-5.850 GHz
    Radiated Power (EIRP) 2.400 – 2.483 GHz
    FCC : ≤26 dBm
    CE : ≤20 dBm
    SRRC : ≤20 dBm
    MIC : ≤20dBm
    5.725-5.850 GHz
    FCC : ≤26 dBm
    CE : ≤14 dBm
    SRRC : ≤26 dBm

    GNSS GPS + GLONASS

    Vertical aiming accuracy:
    ± 0.1 m (with visual positioning)
    ± 0.5m (with GPS positioning)

    Horizontally:
    ± 0.3 m (with visual positioning)
    ± 1.5m (with GPS positioning)
    Internal memory 8 GB

    Vision system

    Vision system Omnidirectional obstacle detection
    Forward Accurate measuring range: 0.5 – 20 m
    Detection range: 20-40 m.
    Effective detection speed: ≤14m / s
    Field of View (FOV): Horizontal: 40 °, Vertical: 70 °
    Back Exact measuring range: 0.5 – 16 m
    Detection range: 16-32 m.
    Effective detection speed: ≤12m / s
    Field of View (FOV): Horizontal: 60 °, Vertical: 77 °
    Up Precise measuring range: 0.1 – 0.8 m
    Down Exact measuring range: 0.5 – 11 m
    Detection range: 11 – 22 m.
    Measuring range with lateral accuracy: 0.5 – 11 m
    Effective detection speed: ≤8m / s
    Field of View (FOV): Horizontal: 80 °; Vertical: 65 °
    Operating environment forward, backward and sideways:
    Surface with clear contours and adequate lighting conditions (lux> 15)
    Down up:
    Detects surfaces with diffuse reflections (> 8%) (trees, people, etc.)
    Down:
    Surface with clear contours and sufficient lighting (lux> 15) Detects surfaces with diffuse reflections (> 8%) (trees, people, etc.)

    Mavic 2 Pro Charger

    Input 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz, 1.8 A
    Main output: 17.6V 3.41A.
    or 17.0 V 3.53 AUSB: 5 V⎓2 A
    Voltage 17.6 ± 0.1 V
    Rated power 60 W

    DJI GO 4 App

    OcuSync 2.0 Video Transmission System
    DJI GO 4 Designation
    Live View Remote Quality:
    720p @ 30fps / 1080p @ 30fps
    DJI Goggles:
    720p @ 30fps / 1080p @ 30fps DJI Goggles RE:
    720p @ 30fps / 1080p @ 30fps
    Latency (depending on environmental factors and mobile device used) 120 – 130 ms
    Maximum real-time transfer rate 40 Mbps
    Requires operating system iOS 9.0 or higher, Android 5.0 or higher