I have had my eyes on the DJI Mavic Pro 2 ever since it was announced and I finally pulled the trigger. So far it has been 2 weeks that I have it and I just want to give my honest opinion about it. I also want to share some photos that I took using it so far.
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First off, I want to give you my opinion/review about the DJI Mavic 2 Pro (Hasselblad Camera). There are already a ton of reviews on the web so I am not gonna go through the specs and details about the drone. The last 2 weeks I been solely taking photos using the drone and I learned so much about it in the process. It is one amazing drone, the pro version which have the 1” 20MP Hassleblad camera, it is a huge improvement compared to the previous version, the Mavic Pro. The sharpness and the dynamic range that it captures are just crazy, especially if you use AEB shots and merge them together as an HDR. I will get to it in more details later on. Also now with this camera, you can actually change the aperture on it just like a real camera. I haven’t test the sharpness on each aperture yet but based on what I read on forums most people recommended at F4 to F5.6.
The drone also packs with a ton of sensors which DJI called it “Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing”. It is much harder to crash now but that doesn’t mean you can be reckless with it. The extra sensors definitely help when you are doing the automated shots that are programmed in the DJI app.
I do notice a huge difference with the battery, it does last a bit longer as claimed by DJI. However not a huge difference compared to the older Mavic. One thing that I do not like is that the battery is completely different from the old Mavic Pro, I think they could have designed something that is compatible with the old Mavic Pro batteries, but of course they want you to buy everything new so they can make more money. As much as I hate this but DJI do know how to make a good drone.
This is probably one of my favorite features that DJI put in, the pro version have an internal 8GB storage built into the drone. I wished it is a bit bigger but I feel like it is more of an emergency in case if you ever forget to bring a memory card with you, which I bet happens all the time for most people, including myself.
So if you got the Pro version, you probably notice the new design of the gimbal. I think they have to because of the new Hassleblad len and the 1” sensor, so the function of the newly designed gimbal is pretty much the same, it is very smooth when recording footage. I think it is a bit better compared to the old one, but since I don’t do a lot of videos I can’t comment on that. There are couple of new things you can do with the new gimbal, now you are able to move the camera left and right by holding on the screen and drag with your finger. Also another thing that I did notice is that you are no longer able to take vertical shots with the Pro version but there is a way to capture vertical shots. I will get into the details later on but I will probably make a post dedicated to that and also show you my whole workflow.
I almost exclusively shoot at the lowest ISO setting, which is 100. The reason is because if you go any higher you do see a lot of noise. DJI also added another feature called “Hyperlight” which basically takes a bunch of shots and blend it together base on the noise of each individual image to create the final image.
The body itself is pretty much identical to the old Mavic but it is a little bit taller in height and it is a little bit heavier in weight. They also changed the design of the propeller and it seems like it is a bit quieter so that’s definitely a plus.
Fly more Combo:
I am not trying to advertise for DJI or anything but in my opinion these are probably the most important accessories you can get. With the two extra batteries it really allows you to be in the air much longer and get more shots down, I don’t see how I can ever shoot with only one battery. My first battery is usually for scouting and find the composition and the 2nd and 3rd are to actually take the photos. Sometimes hovering and waiting for the perfect moment can drain a lot of your battery.
Here are some photos I took with it so far.
With only 2 weeks I had a lot of fun with it and it is definitely a huge improvement over the old Mavic Pro. The camera is just amazing and to fit in such a small aircraft is a miracle. The camera itself can almost be compete with the larger Phantom 4 Pro which is another great drone for professional photography. I always love the Mavic series because of its portability but as awesome as the first Mavic Pro was, the camera just wasn’t great. The new Mavic 2 Pro is fitted with a professional len and the 1” sensor that can compare to the Phantom 4, with only half its size and can be folded up to fit into a normal backpack, it is really hard to beat. I will definitely play around with it more and will hopefully capture more great images to share with you guys.
Thank you for reading and please leave a comment if you have any questions.