DJI, one of the most well-known manufacturers of consumer and commercial drones, has launched the second iteration of its Mavic series of drones, the Mavic 2 Pro, which is the world’s first drone to use a Hasselblad camera sensor, along with the Mavic 2 Zoom, which is the world’s first consumer drone with optical zoom capabilities.
According to DJI, the Mavic 2 has the most advanced camera system in a drone that they’ve ever built. Like its predecessor, the Mavic Pro, the second gen Mavic also comes with a foldable design which makes it convenient to carry around the drone. What’s improved however is the flight time which is now 31 minutes on a single charge and can reach maximum speeds of up to 44mph or 70.8kmph. DJI also claims that the Mavic 2 is quieter when compared to its predecessor and also mentions the use of a new high quality OcuSync 2.0 technology which enables the drone to live stream to your phone in 1080p up to a range of 5 miles.
The new drones also come with an internal storage of 8GB along with an SD card slot for expansion. For safety, DJI has added sensors on all faces of the drone along with a time of flight sensor on the top and obstacle avoiding sensors on the sides. DJI also talked about its Advanced Pilot Assistant System which helps pilots control the drone in an easier manner. The inclusion of downward facing LEDs near the propellers also ensures that the landing area of the drone is well lit even under low light situations.
DJI has also integrated a new GEO system to help with navigation and prevent the drone from being flown in restricted areas like airports or to intimate the pilot if there are any hazards at that particular instant due to which it’s not safe to fly the drone.
Both the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom drones are available to purchase from DJI’s own website for a starting price of $1,449 for the Pro, while the Zoom variant starts at $1,249.