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DJI Mavic 2 Pro review

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In August 2018, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom were launched together. It is still DJI’s flagship consumer drone. However, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro was launched in August 2018 as part of an exciting double-act with the Mavic 2 Zoom.

Although the Air 2S has replaced the Mavic 2 Pro at top of our guide to best drones, this older model is still worth consideration, especially if you shoot video. The adjustable aperture on the Mavic 2 Pro allows you to adjust the exposure according to the changing light, instead of having the drone landed and changed the ND filter as with the Air 2S.

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The Mavic 2 Pro has a number of advanced photo and video features as well as intelligent flight modes, making it one of the most loved drones in the world.

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There have been many new drone laws since the Mavic 2 Pro was released. These include registration systems in the UK and US. However, it is still a great way to capture aerial footage of your local landscapes and travel adventures.

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Date and price

Since its August 23 2018 release, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro was available for purchase. It began shipping along with its Mavic 2 Zoom sibling.

Key specs for DJI Mavic Pro

Sensor: 20MP one inch CMOS

Focal length 28mm (full frame equivalent)

Shutter speed 8-18000sec

Aperture: f/2.8-f/11

Video: 4K MP4 & MOV, 10-bit D-Log M & 10-bit HDR

Take-off weight: 907g

Flight Time: Maximum 31 Mins

The Mavic 2 Pro’s original price of $1,599/PS1,349/$2,499 has not been lowered despite its age. It’s actually gone up at times – prices rose by as much as 13% towards the end 2019 in the US due to higher tariffs on Chinese products.

A lack of competition has been another factor. This has changed with the introduction of the DJI Air 2S. We believe that it now offers better value. However, we are now hopeful that we will see long-awaited price drops on this older drone.

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Design and controller

The foldable design of the Mavic 2 Pro is maintained. The drone’s footprint can be almost doubled for transport, making it one of the most portable drones with a 1-inch sensor. The front arms need to be rotated and the rear arms need to be bent up. Each arm houses one of the four propellers.

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The Mavic 2 Pro’s main body is rectangular and compact, while the camera and gimbal are mounted at the bottom or front of the drone. When the drone is positioned on the ground, the camera and gimbal have a raised position that allows for more clearance to take-off and land. It’s not possible to have a lot of space so it’s a good idea to use a landing pad to protect the lens from water when landing on wet grass.

Simply press and hold the button at the top to turn the Mavic 2 Pro off. It clips into place at the top. To turn on the controller, press and hold the power button briefly. Then, push the power button again. Don’t forget your smartphone to the DJI Go 4 App, which gives you access to camera control, drone settings, and camera view.

The controller is compact and foldable. Joysticks are stored at the bottom of controller and must be secured in place before use. Although the controller is similar to a radio controller, it can be used for many different maneuvers than an RC car. It’s worthwhile to familiarize yourself with the controls before you take off.

The controller’s bottom opens to allow for a phone holder to fit even the largest smartphones. The DJI Go 4 app automatically opens when the controller turns on. This makes it easy to get everything started.

The app can access many camera controls, but there are 11 controls that you can use directly. You can customize many of these, just like the function buttons on a DSLR camera or mirrorless camera. This allows you to configure your controller in a way that suits you and your photography.

DJI Go 4 offers a similar layout to compact cameras and has the same camera functionality. This app will make most photographers feel right at home.

Flight features

It’s easy to fly the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. GPS keeps the drone in place and prevents it from being blown off by wind. Safety features such as collision avoidance that uses omnidirectional obstacle sensing to help you avoid crashes are also part of this system.

These features are amazing, but they don’t stop the drone from hitting objects.

The drone will stop if it sees you getting too close to any object. But, accidents can happen and this is not always the case.

The Mavic 2 Pro’s flight time is 31 minutes. This is much longer than the real thing, which is 20-25 minutes. It can fly at a maximum speed up to 45mph/72kph, so losing control of it or crashing could have serious consequences.

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