DJI has unveiled their highly anticipated new drone range, the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom.

The Mavic 2 Pro will cost AUD$2,299 and the Mavic 2 Zoom will cost AUD$1,999. Both drones are available for purchase now over the DJI website.

This new generation of drones is divided in two, with the Mavic 2 Pro improving on the core product from the previous generation and the Mavic 2 Zoom adding a whole new set of innovative film making features.

One of those new features is a zoom lens, allowing shooters to do practical in-camera effects which were previously only achievable in post production.

The Mavic 2 Pro on the other hand isn’t a development on how drone videos are made. The 2 Pro is a more traditional second generation device – it contains everything everyone loved about the previous model but better.

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Both drones share a lot of great specs in common, despite their different intended usage. The Mavic 2 series can shoot 4K footage at 100 megabits per second to 8GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD.

Boosts to speed and flight time allow the Mavic 2 drones to reach roughly 70km/h with up to 31 minutes of flight time. They will be quieter and safer too, coming equipped with 10 sensors for obstacle avoidance.

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Controlling the drone just got eaier too, thanks to DJI’s OcuSync 2.0 which beams a live 1080p view to the remote via a users phone up to 8 kilometres away.

Focusing in on just the Mavic 2 Pro, Hasselblad has partnered with DJI to create an advanced lens for the device. That partnership is based on DJI purchasing a majority stake in the company in 2017, demonstrating their commitment to making high quality gear.

The lens mounted to the drone is a variable f2.8-f11 paired with a 1-inch 20 megapixel CMOS sensor. The 2 Pro supports 10-bit Dlog-M for the most grading versatility in post production as well as 4K 10-bit HDR.

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When looking at the Zoom its clear that there’s a big trade off between image quality verses multi-purpose usage. The sensor on the Zoom is significantly smaller at 1/2.3-inches, however in exchange you can zoom from a 24mm view to a 48mm one.

The Zoom can perform a lot of intelligent shooting and editing by itself. The drone will come with a dolly zoom mode and a “Super Resolution” mode, which can stitch 9 images together to make a 48 megapixel image.

There are shooting modes that are shared between the two models. The 2 Pro and the Zoom can both capture hyper lapse video and be programmed to follow predetermined paths.

 

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