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DJI's Mavic 2 line now available

The Mavic 2 Pro and 2 Zoom are DJI's latest drones. (Source:
The Mavic 2 Pro and 2 Zoom are DJI's latest drones. (Source:
DJI has finally released its long-awaited update to the Mavic Pro aerial drone. The device now has not one but two successors. The Mavic 2 Zoom has some advanced optics and videography tricks, whereas the 2 Pro features a Hasselblad camera. Both may offer improved flight times and anti-collision sensors.

DJI is back with its latest line of prosumer-level drones, the Mavic 2 Pro and 2 Zoom. This time, the company has partnered with Hasselblad to provide the camera for the more expensive variant of this new line. However, they both promise an appreciable level of drone photography, as well as a general drone experience.

The Mavic 2 Pro is equipped with the Hasselblad camera, which has a relatively large 1-inch CMOS sensor. This camera unit also has an adjustable aperture (much like the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and Note 9) to adapt to different filming conditions. DJI also claims that it is capable of 10-bit HDR recording and hyperlapse functionality.

The alternative variant, the 2 Zoom, has no such branding associated with its camera module. However, it does have 2x optical zoom and can capture 48MP images as it flies. The Mavic 2 Zoom is also associated with lossless 4x zoom while recording HD video. 

Both drones are rated to fly for up to 31 minutes this time around. They are also equipped with increased numbers of obstacle sensors on all sides, which help the aerial vehicles to avoid collisions automatically. In addition, reviewers have noted that the camera attachment (of the 2 Zoom, at least) is more stable compared to that of last year's Mavic Pro.  However, if there is an obstacle to owning one of these new devices, it may be the price. The Mavic 2 Zoom's introductory price is US$1249 (again, much like the Galaxy Note 9), whereas the Z Pro is listed at $200 more


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-08-25 (Update: 2018-08-25)