The DJI Mavic 2 Pro Review

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is a mighty small drone with top-tier image and video clarity, automated obstacle avoidance, and superb battery life.

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Although it’s a bit pricey, this drone is incredibly fantastic. There’s truly not enough good things to say about this iconic DJI monster. From its wildly impressive specs, foldable design for my travels, and all-day battery life for long Lesson shoots, I’m beyond stoked to review this every-day device for you.

*Defender not included.

To Know:

I’m a total fanboy for DJI, they’ve upheld their near impeccable reputation for years and it’s very exciting to be a small part of their success at Moment. Before I came to this company as a filmmaker, I worked for several other companies, including my own YouTube channel, where I’d document my travels for lifestyle content and editorial purposes. The Mavic 2 Pro has always been an all-star device to showcase my rad flying skills (jokes). I can’t say enough great things about this product. Let’s get more into that later.

What We Love:

Superlative 4K Video

Get professional video scapes in the highest resolution needed.

20MP Raw and JPEG Still Imaging

Tack-sharp quality for images to bless the Instagram feed.

Great Battery Life

Long day shoots are no longer an issue.

The Details:

Brand: DJI

Price: $1,599

Product Type: Drone

Best For: Professional filmmakers needing the highest quality possible drone to capture stunning images and video, as well as DJI loyalists.

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The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is our favorite top of the line drone on the market.

They co-engineered the camera with Hasselblad, a Swedish company known for their killer image quality, which means the picture you get is really unprecedented. This drone has a 1 inch sensor to help capture those super high quality shots, and an adjustable aperture lens for more control of the light hitting the sensor. Finally, DJI’s 3 axis gimbal technology gives you the smoothest, most buttery footage, and we never complain about that.

Its design takes inspiration from their original Mavic Pro, though a tad bigger all around. It’s fully measured to 3.3 by 3.6 by 8.4 inches folded and roughly 3.3 by 9.5 by 12.7 inches with its arms extended. The unfolding process is super easy, you just have to swing the front arms out before the bottom ones, otherwise they’ll collide. The aircraft alone weighs at just 2 pounds, heavy enough to require a FAA registration when flying recreationally in the US. So, please, always be aware of your surrounding legal requirements and abide by them properly so we can all have fun and pilot safely.

Let’s chat about the remote. The control is similar to what you might get from other Mavic models, as it’s gray with a short, changeable cable to connect with your smartphone that will mount below the controller (standard, there). The thing is, like many other drones, you’ll need to take your phone out of its case if it’s deemed even remotely bulky to fit within the controller. An annoying step, but worth it for quick access to steering your drone with ease. There are two clips that hold your device down in place, some are big enough to hold phablets. Cables are included for phones that use Lightning, micro USB, and USB-C ports.

The Mavic 2 Pro’s battery life is pretty superb for what you get, especially when compared to DJI’s predecessor. My tested netted average was anywhere from 26-28 minutes to concrete flight time, that’s quite good and better than the recorded 23 minutes on the original Mavic Pro. DJI claims the drone pilots up to 31 minutes in air, but unless you want your sub $1,600 device in the drain, best to keep it up for just a tad shorter. In addition, the Mavic 2 Pro’s obstacle avoidance system is pretty dang awesome, to put it casually. It has sensors in every direction, marking flight modes either forward, rear, upward, and downward sensors all active at any time; stopping the drone in place if an obstacle is detected. Switching to ActiveTrack, where the Mavic identifies and tracks a moving subject, enables the side sensors.

Its stunning camera allows up to 4K UHD at 100Mbps, with your choice of H.264 or H.265 compression. You can record ready-to-edit footage with its standard color profile — though, DJI has leveraged color science tech from its partner Hasselblad for the Mavic 2 Pro's camera. I mostly use the standard color profile, as it’s easy to use and manipulates super well for post-production. Though, easily opt in for a unique baked-in profile if you wish to have a more artistic vive to your creations. Shooting flat gives you more ability to color correct—Dlog-M is a 10-bit format. It's only recommended for serious video pros, however, as you will need some serious software and skill to make Dlog-M footage pop.

Lasty, the compactable design makes it perfect for my travels. And while I might not be traveling internationally like I used to due to COVID-19, I’m still very much on the go (safely!) for work. My camera bag requires a lightweight, foldable rig to help rid of any unwarranted space. I can easily pack it within my camera backpack, alongside some Sony gear, for the ultimate filmmaker setup.

  • 31 mins of flight time
  • Max speed of 44 mph
  • 10-bit HDR Video
  • 10-bit Dlog-M color profile
  • 1" CMOS Sensor
  • Hasselblad L1D-20c Camera
  • Adjustable Aperture, f/2.8 - f/11
  • H.265 Compression
  • 20 MP 1” CMOS Sensor
  • Folds to 84mm x 91mm x 214mm

In Detail:

The camera is truly “ all that”. Its imaging sensor is versatile and available in a 1-inch screen size to deliver crispy results better than what you’d expect from your smartphone. This drone shoots in both JPEG, RAW, and DNG formats to which I’d expect more professional photographers to use the latter. Its large sensor makes the low-light aerial imaging a more impressive task, boasting a high ISO that can be set as high as 12800 when making images. I would only recommend hovering around 3200 ISO as a bare maxim to avoid harsh noise and grain within your twilight photos.

What It Has:

  • 31 mins of flight time
  • Max speed of 44 mph
  • 10-bit HDR Video
  • 10-bit Dlog-M color profile
  • 1" CMOS Sensor
  • Hasselblad L1D-20c Camera
  • Adjustable Aperture, f/2.8 - f/11
  • H.265 Compression

What It Does:

  • Captures multiple color profiles
  • Control Angle Range: -90 to 30° (tilt)
  • Sensor Resolution: 20 megapixels
  • Voltage Provided: 15.4 V

Specs:

  • Power Source: Battery
  • Max Speed: 44.7 miles per hour
  • Remote Control: Yes
  • Capacity: 3850 mAh
  • Run Time (Up To): 31 min
  • Min Operating Temperature: 14 °F
  • Max Operating Temperature: 104 °F

Shot on the DJI Mavic.

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