The two “eyes” on the front of the craft provide most of the guidance in concert with information from the main imaging camera you’ll use to shoot pictures and videos. The optical sensors are similar, but DJI says it has refined the system that interprets the data they capture. The front-end collision detection can now precisely pinpoint the location of an obstacle up to 66 feet away. It can also pick up on objects while traveling up to 31 miles per hour, up from roughly 20 mph in the previous version.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro Review
The Mavic 2 Pro stays airborne longer and flies faster than its predecessors.There are also significant improvements to the Mavic 2’s software, sensing abilities, and cameras.
Really good Sensors
One particularly stressful part of using the pre-planned flight modes is that the craft might hit a tree branch of some other overhanging obstacle. In order to combat that, DJI added an infrared sensor to the top of the craft with a range of roughly 25 feet. This is a nice addition because, as many aspiring drone pilots will tell you, the ascent is often more stressful than the descent.
Together, the cameras create a three-dimensional model of the terrain ahead, similar to the system found in the cheaper DJI Mavic Air drone. Improved AI in the Mavic 2, however, allows for things like more precise object tracking via trajectory projection in which an algorithm makes its best guess about where a subject will go next. So, if it’s tailing a runner down a tricky trail, it will try to guess their next move and find a safe flight path that still keeps the subject in-frame.
DJI partnered with high-end camera-maker Hasselblad to build a camera with a one-inch sensor for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. That’s four times larger than the image sensor on the Zoom, and the difference is striking. It’s much better in low-light, and its max ISO (that’s the sensor’s sensitivity) jumps from 3200 to 12,800.
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The Mavic 2 Pro is bigger, more expensive, and far less portable than the Mavic Air, but can carry a much more powerful camera.
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Is there a more capable folding drone than the DJI Mavic 2 Pro? I don’t think so. It’s small enough to find space along your terrestrial imaging and video equipment in a backpack, but it doesn’t make a lot of sacrifices when compared with larger drones. Assuming you don’t absolutely need to shoot footage destined for projection in a cinema, the 4K UHD format (the one used by your TV) is more than enough for any project destined to be viewed in a living room.
Couple the video quality with the ability to record footage at dual angles of view, excellent still imaging, and the incredible stabilization delivered by the Mavic 2’s gimbal stabilization, and you’ve got a drone that’s easy to love.
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