Dji Mavic 2 Pro vs Zoom - WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCES?

 If you are a fan of DJI's Mavic Pro & Mavic Pro Platinum, today is not a good day! 
Why? Because, as rumored, the drone behemoth didn't just reveal the Dji Mavic Pro 2, it also introduced a second option in the line: the Mavic 2 Zoom (note: no "Pro"). 

 As the name suggests, the latter comes with a 2X optical zoom (24-48mm and 2X digital to 96mm), meaning there's no "greedy boy" option here, each has its own unique selling points -- so you'll need to think long and hard about which one you really want.

Dji Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom

 The DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom are the newest foldable drones, giving you a harder decision to make in 2018 if you didn't already buy the DJI Mavic Air.

The differences between the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom come down to the 4K cameras. Do you want crisper, color-rich video or tighter, optically zoomed shots? You are going to have to make some tough choices here.

What's the difference?

 You're going to get a superior Hasselblad camera with a larger sensor from the Mavic 2 Pro. It's closer to a DSLR on a drone, which DJI says that consumers have been asking for.

 This is the most pro-level, prosumer drone we've seen, so it's more expensive than the Zoom and noticeably more expensive than the original DJI Mavic Pro and this year's Mavic Air & Mavic Pro Platinum

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom the first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom and it's ideal for close-up Full HD video (normal video is in 4K, don't worry) and huge panoramic landscape shots. It's also expensive, but slightly cheaper than the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. 

Close-up shots without flying your drone into the Statue of Liberty are going to be possible with this gimbal-stabilized drone camera.

Both new DJI drones are poised to be a part of our best drone list when they launch.

Want more? We've detailed the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom tech specs below.

Dji Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom Camera Specs

 The Mavic 2 Pro features a Hasselblad camera with a 20-mp 1″ CMOS sensor with support for 10-bit video & Hybrid Log Gamma and the Mavic 2 Zoom has a smaller 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor but features a 2x optical zoom lens. Both drones can record 4K UHD 30p with a maximum bitrate of 100mbps. Unfortunately neither can do 60p which the Phantom 4 Pro is able to do.
Dji Mavic 2 Pro Specs
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Dji Mavic 2 Pro vs Zoom - OVERVIEW

Mavic 2 ProMavic 2 Zoom
1″ Hasselblad CMOS Sensor
Fixed Lens
28mm (f/2.8 – 11)
Video ISO 100-6400
Photo ISO 100-12800
907 grams
$1,449 USD
1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor
2x Optical Zoom
24 (f/2.8) – 48mm (f/3.8)
Video ISO 100-3200
Photo ISO 100-3200
905 grams
$1,249 USD
4K UHD 30P, 2.7K 60P, 1080 HD at 120P
8GB built-in memory
Maximum 100mbps bitrate
Top speed of 72km/h (45mp/h)
OccuSync 2.0 – 1080P
Transmission up to 8km
31 minute flight time
 Both drones are the most technically advanced foldable consumer drones that DJI has made, and the advancements mostly come down to the cameras.

 They shoot 4K UHD video with a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second and they use the H.265 compression codec to reduce file sizes (they can still get big when you go to edit them on a laptop).

 The most interesting new mode is Dolly Zoom, a cinematic tool that used to require large Hollywood cranes. You can have the drone move backward, while the camera zooms forward, creating a dramatic pull-away-close-up effect.

 DJI shows off a new Hyperlapse mode that really take advantage of the Zoom, with an unedited timelapse of the New York skyline from a safe, legal distance. 

"This visual effect one reserved for professionals is now available for everyone," said DJI Senior Communications Manager Michael Oldenburg. He then showed off how the active tracking capabilities can now see in a third dimension, in case the subject, in this case a car on a track that briefly goes under a mountain.

 Photographers will appreciate the enhanced HDR that's supposed to produce ghost-free photos with a high dynamic range – the Mavic 2 Pro with 14 stops of dynamic range and the Mavic 2 Zoom up to 13 stops.

There are a number of other additional preprogrammed Hyperlapse shots on-board, as well. I’ll defer to DJI’s description of those:

  • Free – pilots the drone manually while shooting a Hyperlapse video.
  • Circle – automatically flies the drone in a circular pattern around a subject you select to create a time-lapse video that captures the action.
  • Course Lock – keeps the camera fixed on shooting subject while the drone flies in a straight direction to create a unique perspective.
  • Waypoint – plans a complex flight path based on both altitude and GPS coordinates to capture complex shots.

Dji Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom - Body

 The drone’s body has been tweaked to make it more aerodynamic. DJI says the new design reduces body drag by up to 19 percent, which helps the drone achieve speeds of up to 44 miles per hour. Making the drone larger is a bit of a surprising choice, given how key portability is to the line, though obviously DJI has even more portable choices on the market now for those who prioritize size over everything else.

Dji Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom

The propellers have a raked design on the wing tips, designed to help cut down on air drag and reduce sound. The drone is a bit quieter than the first Mavic, though you’re still not going to be able to sneak up on anyone with the thing.

Dji Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom - Battery 

The battery has been increased ever so slightly, as well, in part to compensate for the newer, larger size. Now the drone is capable of flying up to 31 minutes on a charge. That’s not a huge boost from its predecessor’s 28 minutes, but when it comes to keeping a drone in the air, well, you take what you can get.

Dji Mavic 2 Pro

Obstacle avoidance has been beefed up here — definitely a good thing, given our past track record with Mavics. So too has the Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS), helping the drone fly around obstacles rather than simply stopping to avoid collisions. There also are lights on the bottom of the drone to help improve landings in low light.

ActiveTrack, meanwhile, now utilizes three onboard front-facing cameras to create a 3D map of its subject, in order to better follow along.

We had the opportunity to fly the drone around a bit on a Manhattan. I wouldn’t recommend flying on a city rooftop for first times, but the drone handled fairly well and was pretty responsive to the included controller. I’ve flown a few other models in the Mavic line and found the handling to be more or less on-par, while a loud alarm sounded every time it came within several feet of an obstacle. Better safe than sorry.

We’ll be able to say a bit more when we’re able to spend a bit more hands-on time with the product, which should be in the very near future.

Dji Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom - PRICING & AVAILABILITY

The 2 Pro and 2 Zoom run $1,499 and $1,249, respectively. There’s also the standard DJI Fly More kit, which includes a bunch of extras, like two batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, extra propellers and a bag to carry all of that around. That’s $319 and can be purchased at any point.

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