DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Review
The Zoom, although significantly cheaper than the Pro, is virtually the same drone. With its only notable difference being its 2x optical zoom camera, a first in foldable drones.
While the Mavic 2 Pro has a game-changing 20-megapixel, one-inch sensor and adjustable aperture, you won’t find either of these on the Zoom. The Zoom has a 12-megapixel 2/3-inch sensor and, yes, that 2x optical zoom lens. This might not sound like much in these days of 125x zoom cameras like the Nikon P1000, but it has a real impact on your creative options for photo and video.
The 24mm widest field of view is similar what most drone cameras are fixed to, but that tighter 48mm view comes in handy for getting a little closer to subjects that might otherwise endanger the Mavic’s flightworthiness.
General image quality is very good in daylight, too. While the Zoom can’t match the Pro for dynamic range, colour detail and general clarity, it can still capture fantastically sharp, richly detailed 4K, 2.7K and 1080p footage at a range of frame rates, plus 12-megapixel still photos in JPEG or DNG Raw format. The footage can’t match the revelatory quality of the Pros, but it’s worth remembering that the Zoom costs less.
Powered by a 1/2.3-inch 12-megapixel sensor with up to 4x zoom, and including a 2x optical zoom (24–48 mm), the Mavic 2 Zoom is all about dynamic perspectives. You can capture everything from wide-angle, to mid-range shots giving you even more creative freedom.
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Unfortunately, there are quite a few standard features that are missing from the Mavic 2 Zoom edition, making it somewhat out of date when compared to others on the market.
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Despite a smaller sensor than the Mavic 2 Pro, its video quality is fairly great and footage can shoot up to 4K. The ability to use h.265 codec brings the quality even further than its predecessor. One of the highlight of the drone is the ability to use the Dolly Zoom effect – a method popularized by Alfred Hitchcock where you zoom out while moving backwards, you’ll also have a distortion of perspective while maintaining the foreground size.
The only drawback of the drone’s 2x optical zoom is that its zoom speed seemed quite slow, so don’t expect Bruce Lee-styled dramatic zooms with the Mavic 2 Zoom. Other video shooting features include hyper-lapse video creation and the ability to auto-track a moving subject as you fly.
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