If you’re a fan of stunning aerial footage around Apple Park, DJI just made it easier to capture your own with the Mavic 2. Our sister-site DroneDJ is on location at DJI’s latest product unveiling in New York City where the drone maker is launching two new consumer quadcopters with some serious specs.
Mavic 2 Zoom (DJI, Amazon) packs a 2x optical zoom lens for capturing hard-to-reach scenes from the sky. If optics are your focus, Mavic 2 Pro (DJI, Amazon) touts an onboard Hasselblad L1D-20c camera with a 20 MP shooter and 10-bit HDR video capture.
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DJI’s Mavic line features super portable drones that fold up and fit in a bag for taking flight from almost anywhere. The two brand new flavors push the limits of what’s possible in consumer drones.
Mavic 2 Pro’s advanced camera system also features a 1-inch CMOS sensor, an adjustable aperture that ranges f/2.8 to 4.11, and 10-bit Dlog-M color profile — all of which amount to a major upgrade for still aerial photography. And High Dynamic Range video capture produces high quality footage that doesn’t require color grading to enhance.
Mavic 2 Zoom’s focus on flexibility with Dolly Zoom in QuickShot mode lets you capture new experiences with in-flight zoom. For example, you can slowly zoom in to your subject while flying backwards to create a warping visual effect that can’t be created on-the-fly otherwise.
Both Mavic 2 drones feature Hyperlapse capture mode for shooting and processing aerial shots during flight. Also, HyperLight mode enhances low-light shots while ActiveTrack 2.0 follows subjects automatically during flight. Finally, four panorama modes include sphere, 180º, horizontal, and vertical.
In terms of the in-flight experience, Mavic 2 touts up to 31 minutes of air time which is the longest flight duration for a consumer drone, 72 kph max speed in Sport mode without wind, and DJI’s signature low-noise flight tech. Onboard omnidirectional obstacle sending also makes flying Mavic 2 more approachable with smart obstacle avoidance on all sides.
Both drones include the aircraft, intelligent flight battery and charger, and remote controller. They all work together with iPhone to see in-flight aerial footage in real time on your device. RC cables included work with Lightning, micro USB, and USB C out-of-the-box. All video and photos captured are saved to a swappable on-board micro SD card which currently tops out at 256GB.
DJI has announced $1249 for Mavic 2 Zoom and $1449 for Mavic 2 Pro. For first-time drone buyers and upgraders alike, DJI also has a DJI TradeUp program for getting credit for old drones, smartphones including the iPhone, and tablets including the iPad.