How does the DJI Mavic 2 compare to its predecessors?

How does the DJI Mavic 2 compare to its predecessors?

With the first generation Mavic drones, DJI set the bar for drone technology – and they set it high. We all know how quickly drone technology moves and there always seems to be a new manufacturer on the block, but what we also know is that each development is indebted to that first DJI Mavic.

Fast forward two years and its successor has landed. The DJI Mavic 2 is a tour de force, and it’s safe to say that it has swept all of us off our feet. From the 1080p video technology (sharper than many of our televisions) to increased airtime, DJI have won us over again.

If, however, you’re on the fence (or you just swear by the original Mavic) you’ll want to know how the Mavic 2 compares to its predecessor. We’ve pitched both models against each other so you can compare for yourself.

Mavic 2 Pro specs: What’s new?

Here’s a quick rundown of its most impressive specifications:

  • The Mavic 2 Pro utilises a new propulsion system with a set of powerful and efficient propellers. They’re also much quieter than its predecessor!
  • Its transmission range now reaches an impressive height of 8km.
  • It holds up to 8GB of internal storage.
  • A maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes.
  • The Mavic 2 Pro can now reach speeds of up to 44 mph.
  • It’s fitted out with 10 sensors on every single side of the drone to reduce collision.
  • Operates on dual 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies.
  • Features a new bottom auxiliary light for detection in low-light situations and better landing.

Let’s look at some of these areas in closer detail. From the range and flight distance all the way through to the camera quality, the Mavic 2 Pro is a significant improvement on the predecessor. Here’s how.

Flight time and speed

The new drone is now DJI’s most advanced piece of drone technology, and a great deal of its success is down to its improved flight time. The Mavic Pro 2 can now stay airborne for a maximum of 31 minutes, a significant increase from the first model which had a maximum capacity of 27 minutes. While 31 minutes might not seem like a lot, it’s leagues ahead of its competitors (namely, the Parrot Anafi which has an airtime of 25 minutes).

Not only has the flight time improved, but the speed has also been worked on. The flight speed of the Mavic 2 Pro now reaches a maximum of 72 kph (approximately 45 mph), an increase of 5 mph compared to the original model.

Verdict: The Mavic 2 wins! It’s an absolute joy to fly.

Obstacle avoidance

There’s nothing worse than the sinking feeling you get as your drone crashes into an obstacle and drops sadly from the sky. Luckily, the new Mavic is kitted out with state of the art sensors on each side of the drone. Unless you’re in sports mode, which turns the sensors off, it’s almost impossible to crash the Mavic 2 Pro.

Verdict: Another win for the Mavic 2! You’ll have to work very hard to crash this one – it’s covered in sensor technology!

Video and photo quality

On the Mavic 2 Pro, DJI have collaborated with Swedish photographic giants Hasselblad to surpass each and every one of its competitors in the drone market. With an adjustable aperture and sizeable one-inch sensor (five times the size of the original), the camera is excellent in both low light and brighter conditions.

The Mavic 2 Pro has another trick up its sleeve, Dolly Zoom. Dolly Zoom is an exciting new video mode where the camera zooms in on an object while the drone flies away from it. Not only does it look really cool (it’s been dubbed ‘the ‘Hitchcock effect’), it will also help wildlife professionals get ‘closer’ to animals without physically encroaching on their space.

Verdict: The collaboration with Hasselblad wins it for the Mavic 2. It will open up a whole new field of opportunity for photographers.

Appearance

We all care, even just a little bit, about the appearance of our gadgets and drones are certainly no exception. Fortunately, DJI have pulled it out of the bag with the Mavic 2 Pro. On first glance, it looks like a slightly bigger version of the original model. The 2 Pro is a few centimetres wide and weighs a little over 160 grams more.

However, it folds very neatly, down to an approximated size of a water bottle so it gets a big thumbs-up for portability. Its crown jewel is the sleek looking Hasselblad camera on the front of the drone. The drone certainly wears DJI’s collaboration with Hasselblad on its sleeve!

Those familiar with DJI drones will be glad to hear that this model has that same substantial feel about it. It’s sturdy, reliable, and will fit snugly in your backpack.

Verdict: It’s a close one (they’re both quite similar-looking) but victory lies with the Mavic 2. We’re just in love with that Hasselblad branding.

Connectivity

The DJI Mavic Pro 2 comes with a brand new video transmission system called Occusync 2.0. This gives the drone a huge 5-mile range presented in beautiful 1080p – all of this, beamed directly to your mobile phone.

Previously, with the original Mavic, flying in condensed urban areas would prove difficult (mostly because of faltering connectivity and scrambled signals). Now, with the new transmission system, it’s easier than ever. It’s also better at connecting to GPS than the original, which is a significant improvement.

One downside however – and, it may be a biggie for some – is the Mavic 2 is not equipped with Wi-Fi capability. You will not be able to control it using solely your mobile device like you can with the original.

Verdict: The lack of Wi-Fi is a concern, so we’re going to go with the original Mavic on this one. That said, there are added benefits like improved GPS capability, so it’s not all bad.

DJI Mavic 2 FAQs

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the new DJI drone. Take a look! If you have any further questions that you do not see below, get in touch with us.

Is the Mavic 2 waterproof?

Unfortunately not. However, there are so many waterproof drone cases out there so you won’t have to worry when you’re carrying your drone out and about.

Does the Mavic 2 use the same battery?

No – while the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom models share the same battery, the original Mavic Pro does not.

How do I activate the Mavic 2 Pro?

  1. Charge the drone and controllers before you fully activate it.
  2. Connect your device (whether that’s a smartphone or tablet) to the controller.
  3. Press the power button on the drone.
  4. Open the DJI Go 4 app on your mobile phone.
  5. Select ‘activate aircraft’.
  6. Give your drone a name.
  7. Select your preferred stick mode – this can be changed later.
  8. Select your preferred rear function buttons – again, this can be changed later.
  9. Get to grips with the LCD screen.
  10. Select which measurement system you prefer.
  11. Choose whether or not you want to proceed on ‘beginner mode’. We recommend this if you’re new to drones.
  12. Confirm your account with DJI to fully register the drone.

Congrats! You’re ready to go (as soon as you’ve made these *essential* safety checks).

How long does it take to charge a Mavic 2 battery?

It takes around 90 minutes for the Mavic 2 battery to fully charge, which may seem like a long amount of time but given that it is up there with the longest airtime for a drone, we can take an hour and a half!

Protecting your drone

Whichever drone you go for, you’ll want to ensure that its protected. With a DJI Mavic drone case, you can transport your drone with style and safety.


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