With its advance features and top-notch camera, DJI’s new Mavic 2 Pro quadcopter is a joy to fly, writes Izwan Ismail
I’M not into drones but when I was given the chance to test DJI’s latest flying machine, the Mavic 2 Pro, I thought it would be a good opportunity to explore this up-and-coming hobby.
Drones basically are not cheap. To fly one, you need at least some basic knowledge as you wouldn’t want a drone to fall or hit something or someone.
At RM6,599, the Mavic 2 Pro is also the most advanced DJI camera drones ever built. It’s designed for professionals, aerial photographers and content creators.
The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is a beauty and a solid one too. I’ve held and flew smaller drones like the DJI Spark and the even smaller DJI Tello but this one is definitely made for flying.
Incorporating the iconic folding design, the Mavic 2 Pro comes with a new gimbal stabilised camera and advanced intelligent features like Hyperlapse and Active Track for easier and more dynamic storytelling.
It also has a longer flight time of up to 31 minutes and a more stable video transmission system.
The drone weighs 907 grammes. While heavy, it handles winds easily.
After the first Mavic launched two years ago, you can see how DJI has made improvements to the Mavic 2 Pro, especially on its camera.
Compared to the 12MP camera used in its predecessor, the Mavic 2 Pro sports a Hasselblad 20MP camera.
Hasselblad is the world’s leader in medium format photography. The Mavic 2 Pro is the world’s first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera for better image quality with superior light and colour performance.
The camera is also bigger now compared to previous models.
Good news for photographers who are into drones— the camera on theMavic2Pro has an adjustable aperture from f/2.8tof/11 to give better flexibility in controlling lighting conditions for better photos and videos.
SETTING IT UP
If you’re used to Mavic drones, you may find it easy to set up the Mavic 2 Pro for flying.
But if you’re new to the machine, you may want to look at some YouTube videos on how this drone is set up so as not to cause any damage to it.
Personally, I prefer to watch YouTube video tutorials rather than look at the small manual booklet.
Setting up the remote control and connecting it to the drone can be tricky if you’re not used to it but if you follow the tutorial videos carefully, it’s pretty easy to do.
The remote control works with your smartphone. You need to download the DJI Go4 app and it will give you access and controls over what the drone can do, as well as live visuals from the drone.
Once it is set up, flying the Mavic 2 Pro is easy. The two joysticks make it easy to control this drone.
Both the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom use GPS and GLONASS so the quadcopter connects up to many satellites.
The dual satellite system is used in many of the features on the Mavic2, including precision flying, return to home, obstacle avoidance, waypoints, points of interest and much more.
Basically, you don’t have to worry about the drone getting lost or out of control.
I had a good experience flying it, despite doing it for the first time. The drone feels very smooth and responsive in flight.
A little movement of the joystick will make it respond immediately—which way you want it to go, how high and how far. Speaking about distance and altitude, the Mavic 2 Pro is said to be able to fly as far as 8km and 6,000 metres above sea level.
However, I’d rather fly it as far as my eyes can see it. Even at 100m high, it’s already too small to spot. Having visuals and a navigation map on the phone helps a lot.
The return-to-home and obstacle avoidance functions work perfectly. Just ensure that you tap the return home button as soon as you start flying it so that the drone remembers where it started and will be able to come back exactly when you press the return-to-home button on the remote or your phone screen.
The Mavic2 Pro is pretty quiet compared to some other drones, which is a good thing.
A newly-designed OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system enables a more stable connection between the drone and its remote controller.
The system features stronger interference resistance and auto-switching capabilities that support both 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequency bands with the capability to use different frequencies for uplink and downlink data streams.
It delivers 1080p video transmission feeds at a distance of up to 8km, allowing you to instantly edit and upload Full HD footage directly from the video cache in the DJI app in various situations.
Original resolution photos in JPEG can be saved directly to your mobile device, so you can immediately share what you create without the need to transfer files from the drone.
Besides that, keeping a moving subject in the frame is now easier than ever with ActiveTrack 2.0. This enhanced auto-track feature delivers a powerful combination of autonomous tracking and obstacle sensing capabilities never before seen in a DJI drone.
Using the main camera and the front dual vision cameras, the Mavic2creates a three-dimensional map of the area in front of it, and uses new trajectory algorithms to analyse motion and predict the subject’s path up to three seconds.
When tracking a target, the Mavic 2 can recognise and avoid obstacles while shooting your target without interruption. It can stay on target, even if your subject momentarily goes behind an obstacle, and can track the subject at higher speeds of up to 72 km/h.
You can also choose between Circle, Course Lock, Waypoint or Free mode to create time lapses with a simple tap of a button in the DJI GO 4 app.
If you plan to spend a bit extra on a drone, and want one with the best features, the DJI
Mavic 2 Pro is your best choice.
With 31 minutes of flight time, the longest among most drones, as well as the fine
Hasselblad camera, this drone will give you the best results, photo- and video-wise in aerial photography.