DJI Mavic Pro 2 is a very compact drone. It is a small drone that does everything that a big drone can do and even more. DJI took into consideration the complaints of its customers who feel the drones are just too big because of the gimbal and camera position.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro is foldable. It is a very smart drone with top-notch performance. There is also the automated flight mode and other super features that make the drone stand out from the crowd. For safety, the drone has got the obstacle avoidance feature which was part of the Phantom 4. The propellers are foldable too. Its controller is very portable.
Mavic Pro 2 is created small, but strong. It can withstand the wind to some extent. It flies a maximum of 4.3 miles that is about 7km and it streams clean video in 1080p. The drone warns you in case the wind is too strong so that the drone can return to its base. If you want to use your phone to control the drone, you will have to switch from RC to Wi-Fi mode.
- Mobile phone compatibility – Android phone, iPad, and iPhone
- Content in the pack – 16GB Micro SD card, a remote controller, 3 propeller pairs, micro USB cable, charger, gimbal clamp, power cable, intelligent flight battery, 2 RC cable sliders.
- Operating frequency – 2.4 GHz
- Maximum distance – 4 miles
- Obstacle avoidance system – Available
- Camera sensor resolution – 12.71
- Image camera compatibility – DNG, JPG
- Video resolution – 1280×720 (720p); 1920×1080 (1080p); 2704×1520 (1520p); 3840×2160 (2160p)
- Frame rate – 24 frames per second
- Battery – Lithium polymer, 3830 mAh
- Gimbal – 3-axis gimbal, foldable
Mavic Pro 2 design is very spectacular. It comes in gray. According to DJI, the manufacturer of the drone, the drone when folded can enter a purse. You just need to see it believe. It measures 3.27×7.8×3.27 inches when it is folded. It is a very admirable and adorable drone. The drone is solid by just looking at it.
It weighs 1.6 pounds when it is ready to fly. It comes with a micro SD memory card when unboxing it. Before you fly the drone, you have to unfold the arms. The battery is superb. According to DJI, the battery can fly for 27 minutes. Recharging the battery will take 1 hour.
Mavic Pro 2 remote controller is the best way to fly compared to using the smartphone. Flying the drone with the controller will make you fly 27 minutes maximum. Though, it is compatible with Android and iOS phones, using the controller is faster and easy. Using the phone as a controller won’t allow the drone to fly far. The remote controller fits perfectly into your pocket. When it comes to flight speed, the drone can reach 22 mph if you enable the obstacle avoidance feature.
It can go farther than 40 mph if you enable the Sports mode. The remote controller has two joysticks. The left stick takes care of the altitude and makes the drone move in the direction of the axis, while the right stick moves exactly in the direction that you push the stick. The drone comes with two control wheels. The left one tilts the gimbal, while the right one is used to brighten the video.
Flight modes and app
You can make changes to the camera settings, see live video of the drone and also view where the drone is on the map. All these you can do if you install the DJI Go app on your phone. Viewing the drone on the world map is necessary if you have lost control of the drone. Installing the app would make you view 4k videos. You can adjust the video pictures if you want. The camera can capture pictures in JPEG or DNG format.
DJI Mavic 2 has the TapFly feature which gives you control by making sure the drone goes to the direction you tapped on the screen. There is also the Active Track. The Active Track feature allows the drone to go in the direction of a target. Both the Active Track and TapFly features work well with the obstacle avoidable system so as to avoid an accident when flying. A new feature is a Terrain Follow mode which makes use of the obstacle sensors to maintain a consistent altitude in the sky.
It is a perfect mode when flying in terrains that are not even like rocky areas. Another new feature is a Gesture. The Gesture feature takes your picture anytime you wave at the drone. The Go app displays very vital information such as speed, orientation, distance, altitude, etc. You can activate the Return-to-Home mode by just pressing a button. There are also other buttons to pause automated flight, take a shot, start or stop the recording of a video.
Video quality and performance
DJI Mavic 2 camera is very small. It is a newly designed camera. The camera is smaller than that of the Phantom 4. Its aerial coverage is very fantastic. Its bit rate is 60Mbps. There are two camera modes – standard landscape orientation and vertical portrait orientation. These two video modes work well for still images and video. The drone supports 4k recording at 24 fps; supports 1080p at a frame rate of 60 fps. You can set the camera to capture slow motion at 96 fps.
DJI Mavic 2 video recording is very detail, bright, and clean. The capturing of the video is very smooth because of the 3-axis gimbal support. Just like the Phantom 4, the photos are captured in 12 megapixels resolution. The photos are either in JPG or DNG formats.
DJI Mavic 2 has two obstacle avoidance detection sensors – forward and downward. It also has a downward Vision Positioning. The work of Vision Positioning is to prevent the drone from running into objects. The drone can sense an object from up to 50 meters. The drone immediately stops flying if it detects an object from far away and returns to base. Its signals may not be as strong as that of the Phantom 4 when it runs into a very strong wind, but you can still use the Return-to-Home feature of the drone to fly back to base.
DJI Mavic 2 can fly at a speed of 24 mph. If you fly in Sports mode, the speed will increase to 40 mph. There is also the Tripod mode. The Tripod mode allows you to fly the drone at 2.2 mph. This is to enable you to get the right position to capture photos and video. This mode also makes it very easy for you to negotiate through congested areas such as forests.
DJI Mavic 2 has a new feature. It is the Position Landing system. This feature makes use of the information captured by the video and the GPS when the drone was taking off. This information is used by the drone to return it to the exact take-off point. The drone ensures constant communication between the camera, motors, and battery. The performance of the drone is marvelous.
DJI Mavic 2 has an impressive battery. The battery capacity is 3830 mAh. The battery is able to allow for 27 minutes flight which is the maximum. It takes one hour to charge the battery. Having a spare battery won’t be a bad idea if you want to fly longer.
DJI Mavic 2 comes with superb software that makes flying very easy for both newbie and professional. The drone has a lot of features that are supported by the software. Redundant sensors, two rangefinders, five cameras, GPS, and GLONASS sensors. These are all the features that are powered by amazing software. You can fly by using your phone has the controller without the use of a joystick once the software is installed. The app has some good intelligent flight modes.
TapFly is one of the intelligent modes. Just tap on the screen by pointing exactly at where you want the drone to go and it will automatically fly there. That is wonderful! There is also the Active Track mode. The Active Track mode automatically follows a subject or people. There are other modes such as Home Lock, Follow Me, Waypoints, Course Lock, and Point of Interest. The app works on both iOS and Android. The software is just great.
DJI Mavic 2 is a super-compact drone. It is difficult to believe that a very small drone like the Mavic Pro can have an amazing camera that even beats the big drones hands-down. The camera records in 4k. Using a smartphone as an alternative to joysticks is very novel. The drone is very easy to set up and control. The battery is okay. The video recording is another high point. This is a small drone that does mighty things.