DJI has announced two additions to its Mavic series: Mavic 2 Pro, the world’s first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera, and Mavic 2 Zoom, the world’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom capability.
DJI claims the Mavic 2 is ‘the most advanced DJI camera drone ever built’. Features include new gimbal-stabilised cameras, Hyperlapse and ActiveTrack. It has a flight time of up to 31 minutes and a more stable video transmission system.
Co-engineered in partnership with Hasselblad, the Mavic 2 Pro has an integrated Hasselblad camera with a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a 10-bit Dlog-M colour profile. It captures four times as many levels of colour per channel as the Mavic Pro. It can capture 20-megapixel aerial shots with Hasselblad’s unique Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS) image processing, while an aperture range from f2.8-f/11 provides exposure flexibility. With 4K 10-bit HDR support, the Mavic 2 Pro can be plugged into a 4K TV with HLG and will play back footage with the correct colour tones.
The Mavic 2 Zoom has a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, and is the first foldable consumer drone from DJI with zoom, combining two-times optical zoom (24-48mm) with two-times digital zoom to simulate a 24-96mm telephoto lens that captures lossless video in full HD resolution.
Hybrid autofocus on the Mavic 2 Zoom combines phase and contrast detection for higher focus accuracy with an increased focus speed of up to 40 percent. It can shoot 12-megapixel stills or, using a new ‘Super Resolution’ feature stitches nine photos together for a 48-megapixel image.
The new Dolly Zoom QuickShot mode creates a warped perspective by automatically zooming in as it flies away from its subject, keeping the subject the same size while the full background of the scene is revealed.
Both cameras capture vivid 4K ultra-high definition video, recording at a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second using the H.265 compression codec.
For photographers, new Enhanced High Dynamic Range capabilities blend a sequence of photos for ghost-free high dynamic range, giving the Mavic 2 Pro 14 stops of dynamic range and Mavic 2 Zoom up to 13 stops.
A new Hyperlapse feature produces establishing shots that show the passing of time, which you can share to social media immediately. JPEG and RAW photos can be simultaneously saved on a Micro SD card or the internal storage, leaving more room for post editing. Choose between Circle, Course Lock, Waypoint or Free mode to create timelapses with a simple tap of a button in the DJI GO 4 Mobile App:
ActiveTrack 2 ‘delivers a powerful combination of autonomous tracking and obstacle sensing capabilities never before seen in a DJI drone’. Using the main camera and the front dual vision cameras, the Mavic 2 creates a three-dimensional map of the area in front of it, and uses new trajectory algorithms to analyse motion and predict the subject’s path up to three seconds in the future. When tracking a target, the Mavic 2 can recognise and avoid obstacles while shooting. It can stay on target even if your subject momentarily goes behind an obstacle, and can track the subject at speeds of up to 72 km/h.
A fully upgraded FlightAutonomy system transmits data to a more powerful central processor for more accurate obstacle sensing and safer flight. The Mavic 2 has 10 sensors on all sides of the aircraft to automatically detect obstacles in its path and help prevent collisions.
An improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) allows the aircraft to analyse its surrounding environment and automatically fly around obstacles without stopping. In addition, the Mavic 2 has a Bottom Auxiliary Light that turns on automatically to ensure safe and precise landings in low-light situations.
A newly designed OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system enables a more stable connection between the drone and its remote controller. The system features stronger interference resistance and auto-switching capabilities that supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands with the capability to use different frequencies for uplink and downlink data streams. It delivers 1080p video transmission feeds at a distance of up to 8km, allowing you to instantly edit and upload Full HD footage directly from the video cache in the DJI app in a wider variety of situations. Original resolution photos in JPEG can be saved directly to your mobile device, so you can immediately share what you create without the need to transfer files from the drone.
The Mavic 2 houses an ultra-precise three-axis mechanical gimbal to stabilise its camera even during high-speed motion. Photos and videos can be saved directly to the drone using its 8GB onboard storage.
A redesigned remote controller features detachable control sticks for ease of storage and portability. The Mavic 2 is compatible with DJI Goggles with the gimbal (yaw) control range up to -75°–– +75° in Head Tracking mode, offering users a more immersive FPV flight experience.
The Australian retail price of a Mavic 2 Pro, including the drone, battery, remote controller, charger, and four pairs of propellers, is $2299. The retail price of a Mavic 2 Zoom, including the drone, battery, charger, remote controller and four pairs of propellers, is $1999. A Fly More Kit, including two additional batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a car charger, a battery to power bank adapter, two pairs of propellers and a carrying bag, retails at $549. A gimbal replacement service exclusively for Mavic 2, will be available soon.