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Review: understand the differences between DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom

In this review about the second generation of the Mavic drone you find the main differences between the models and their advantages

In order to repeat the great success of the previous model of the Mavic drone, especially for its ability to record in 4k with a foldable device, the new models of the Chinese company, Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom, they stand out for their high capacity cameras and their sensors against collisions.

I tested both and in this article I tell you the main impressions.

DJI Mavic: practicality and optimization

At first glance, we already noticed that the two drone models have the same body, which certainly facilitates the replacement of parts such as propellers, arms and battery. Regardless of the model, it is worth mentioning the number of sensors. Unlike the previous version, the new drones have front, rear, side sensors and two sensors for the cameras at the bottom. In addition, there is another novelty, an LED light to illuminate the landing of the device at night or in places with low light.

It is possible that, when looking at the two drones, we have the impression that they are identical, but when we check the cameras we can differentiate one drone from the other. While the Pro more square and a little more robust, the Round Zoom.

DJI announced its two new drones in Brazil, the Mavic 2 Zoom and Pro. Equipped with a new body with better aerodynamics

Both maintain the same foldable design as the Mavic Pro, but now they are a little bigger and heavier compared to their previous one. This is not what we expected, but the considerable counterpart: a bigger battery with up to 31 minutes of flight (in my tests, 25 minutes) and the ability to travel and track objects up to 70 km / h.

The advantages of Mavic Pro 2

Arguably, the most important addition is the new sensors that bypass obstacles named omnidirectional Mavic. In addition, its renewed version of ActiveTrack– now ActiveTrack 2.0 – can predict where you are going.

The predecessor hovered in place if an obstacle was encountered. Making the controller have to take the controller and make a new route to continue the flight. With the new version, the drone now bypasses the obstacle and continues to track you. And it works remarkably well.

The drone reaches a maximum of 48 km / h with the obstacle evasion activated, so that you cannot participate in a trail in a densely wooded area, for example.

I tested it by running around some rather dense trees and bushes and he did a commendable job of accompanying me. Even in situations where I was sure he could not leave, or that he would ?lose sight of me?, it did not. This is really the most important thing about these devices.

In general, the Mavic Pro 2 it looks better than the first generation. There is less oscillation in the joints, the lens cap is easier to use and really holds everything in place. The remote control appears to have a significantly greater range and throughput than the previous version. At one point, the drone was more than three miles away, and I still had a real-time video with no flaws.

Hyperlapse in DJI Mavic Pro 2

One of the new features of drones is Hyperlapse, which I was very excited to see since the presentation of the drone to the press in Brazil.

To Mavic 2 Pro, a DJI entered into a partnership with the camera manufacturer Hasselblad to build a camera with a one inch sensor. This is four times larger than the image sensor in Zoom, and the difference is impressive. O Mavic 2 it works very well in low light, and its maximum ISO (which the sensor sensitivity) goes from 3200 to 12,800.

O Pro you can also record with quality 4K Dlog-M 10 bits at 100 Mbps. This is basically like recording a video RAW. When you first look at the footage, it is somewhat flat and gray, but it is retaining an enormous amount of information. All you have to do is apply a LUT (a color grading preset package, basically) in the Adobe Premire or in Final Cut and the end result looks incredibly professional.

Mavic 2 Zoom video and image quality

O Mavic 2 Zoom sports the same design and flight features as the Pro, but with the obvious difference in the main camera. While the Pro equipped with a camera Hasselblad 20 MP, the zoom it features a 12 MP camera with 2x optical zoom capabilities, the first developed for a drone.

O Mavic 2 Zoom designed to be compact. It is not bigger than a thermos and can fit in most backpacks without problems. The controller also has a foldable design.

When unfolded, the bottom half of the controls becomes an arm to attach a smartphone as a screen extended to the drone's camera. Also included in the package are Lightning, USB-C and micro-USB cables to connect the controller and your phone. The cable length seemed a little too short.

In flight Mavic 2 Zoom it has a battery lasting half an hour, which is practically a norm for most drones on the market. As well as the Mavic Pro 2The drone also has a number of safety features that can help you get around obstacles, and even automatically return the drone home in the event of a weak signal or low battery percentage.

The video transmission between the controller and the Mavic 2 Zoom it was quite effective. The controls were also responsive and I didn't have to worry about the drone making drifting.

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

Although a sensor smaller than the Mavic 2 Pro, its impressive video quality and images can reach up to 4K. The ability to use the h.265 codec brings an even higher quality than its predecessor. One of the highlights of the drone is the ability to use the effect Dolly Zoom – a method popularized by filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, where you zoom out while moving backwards, and you can have a distortion of perspective while maintaining the size of the foreground.

The only downside of the drone's 2x optical zoom is that its zoom speed seemed quite slow, so don't expect dramatic zooms in the style of Bruce Lee's films with the Mavic 2 Zoom. Other video recording features include creating perpendicular lapse video and the ability to automatically track a moving object while you fly.

Final thoughts on the Mavic 2 Zoom

There are real differences between these two drones in the cameras. O Mavic 2 Zoom it has a very good camera, with 2x optical zoom capabilities – equivalent from 24 mm to 48 mm – and you can go up to 96 mm if you are shooting at 1080p, regardless of the digital zoom. It's an interesting feature that would be useful for, say, shooting animals that you don't want to get too close to.

It also allows you to take a pre-programmed photo with Dolly Zoom, producing a very cool effect, but only if you have the background aligned correctly. He pulls the drone back while the camera zooms in, keeping the object of the same size in the frame while the background seems to grow and get closer.

O zoom it also has the Super Resolution mode for photos, which automatically enlarges and joins nine photos into a single 48 megapixel with impressive details. Very cool, but only for static subjects or distant scenes. I just didn?t like the night images shot by the drone.

Final thoughts on the Mavic 2 Pro

We have already commented that unlike the version zoom, O Mavic 2 Pro uses HNCS (Hasselblad Natural Color Solution) technology to obtain more natural colors, registering images with a color profile 10-bit Dlog-M, which means greater dynamic range and deeper colors, both for videos and still images. Supporting 10-bit HDR4k, O Mavic 2 Pro it can be connected to a 4K HLG TV and reproduce scenes with the correct tones, even without any editing.

There is a more capable foldable drone than the DJI Mavic 2 Pro? I don't think so. It is small enough to find space along its terrestrial image and fit in a backpack, and doesn?t make much sacrifice when compared to larger drones.

Assuming you don't need to shoot scenes designed for projection in a cinema, the 4K UHD format (the one used by your TV) is more than enough for any project intended to be seen in a living room.

Combine the quality of the product with its ability to record images in two viewing angles and the incredible stability provided by the gimbal of the Mavic 2, and you will have an easy-to-love drone. The saltiest value but the Mavic 2 Pro The best foldable drone I have ever used.


DJI drones are already available in the US for US $ 1,449 (R $ 5,868 in direct conversion) for the Pro version and US $ 1,249 for Zoom (R $ 5,058). You can make the purchase directly on the DJI website.


Weight907 grams905 grams
Image Sensor1 inch1 / 2.3 Inch
Resolution20 megapixels12 megapixels
Optical zoomX2X
Color ProfileMore than 1 billion colors16 miles of colors
ISO100 – 12800100-3200
Dolly ZoomXIt has
HDR Photo14 EV13 EV
SuperResXIt has
HDR VideoIt hasX

* The drones were made available by DJI to Showmetech.

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