Here at Hovershotz we have been following the development of the DJI Mavic 2 with interest, as we are in the market for a compact fold-able drone but having tested the now discontinued original Mavic Air and Pro we held off due to the image quality in these consumer drones.
Today DJI announced two new Mavic drones – the Mavic Pro 2 and the Mavic 2 Zoom. The Mavic Pro 2 is the most interest to Hovershotz, as it contains a Hasselblad camera with a full 1″ CCD sensor. This camera allows for 20 megapixels still images, which is now the bare minimum resolution our clients are now requesting for aerial photography. Many filmakers would not accept footage from the original Mavic Pro due due difficulties in colour grading the final footage but the new Mavic 2 Pro’s addresses this weakness with the ability to shoot 10-bit HDR videos using Dlog-M color profile. Whilst the camera of the Mavic air is only suitable for hobby use.
Interestingly DJI describe the Mavic 2 as a prosumer drone (falls between professional and consumer use), whereas they describe the Mavic 1 as a consumer drone (aimed at hobby flyers).
It seems that the Mavic 2 Pro has made the Inspire 1 obsolete. Shortly after the launch, many Inspire 1 owners who cannot afford to upgrade to the Inspire 2 have been dumping their Inspire 1’s in favour of the Mavic Pro 2.
Thankfully we held back from jumping in prematurely and buying a Mavic Pro and we are looking to test a Mavic 2 Pro next week in a back to back test with the original Mavic and if it ticks all our boxes, we hope to be the first professional drone operator to operate the latest DJI Mavic 2 Pro in Cumbria.
Once we have tested the DJI Mavic 2, we will list all the advantages over the old Mavic.