Published: Mon, August 27, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

DJI's New Mavic 2 Drones Have Major Camera Upgrades

DJI's New Mavic 2 Drones Have Major Camera Upgrades

The Mavic 2 also has the longest flight time for a consumer drone, which is 31 minutes and can ramp up to 72kph max speed during a nice day without too much wind. Here we're taking a peek at the specs of the Mavic 2 Zoom, what DJI is positioning as the most versatile of the bunch. The Mavic 2 Pro is the first in the world to feature an integrated Hasselblad camera while the Mavic 2 Zoom is the first foldable consumer drone to come with optical zoom. DJI also talked about its Advanced Pilot Assistant System which helps pilots control the drone in an easier manner.

DJI today announce the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, with a price tag of €1,449 / £1,299.

Designed for professionals, aerial photographers and content creators, the Mavic 2 is the most advanced camera drone ever built. "That's why we're offering Aircraft Protection with our Mavic 2 filters, protecting our valued customers from camera or gimbal damage caused by any of our Mavic 2 filters determined to be faulty". "The newly improved flight time was a result of the combination of a more efficient, quieter propulsion system and noise reducing propellers", DJI explains on its website. It uses an adjustable f/2.8 - f/11 aperture and supports a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile for greater dynamic range-all of this making the Mavic 2 Pro one of the most sophisticated flying cameras on the market. With this mode, the foreground subject remains still while the background is free to zoom in and out, creating a bewitching feeling of unreality for viewers.

The Mavic 2 Zoom features an image sensor of 1/2.3 inch with a 12MP shooter which is comparable to what we see in most of the modern smartphones. The body also comes with 8GB onboard storage, a light that faces down for landing at night, and top speeds up to 44 miles per hour. Let's also hope that at least some of the new features are backported to the current Mavic family models. DJI says it achieved this by redesigning the antennas inside - they automatically switch between 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. However, if there's any disappointing news on the cameras front, it's that neither is capable of shooting 4K video at 60fps.

Compared with the original Mavic Pro that enables the new sensor to capture four times as many levels of colour per channel giving you maximum quality and plenty of flexibility over the look and style of the footage and still you shoot.

Other new hardware goodies include 8GB of onboard storage (as we saw in the Mavic Air), a downward-facing light (to help with precision landings in low light), and a boost in top speed to 44mph (up from 40 in the original).

Both Mavic 2 models are on sale now.

A Fly More Kit, including two additional batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a vehicle charger, a battery to power bank adapter, two pairs of propellers and a carrying bag, retails at £279.

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