The acquisition of iconic Swedish camera makers, Hasselblad by the Chinese drone-maker DJI has changed drone technology for the better.
It all started with the X1 –D, which was an impressive compact edition of a medium Hasselblad camera. And once again, we have come a full circle.
The makers of the Phantom Quadcopter have yet again taken advantage of Hasselblad’s 70 years of camera making experience and announced the Mavic Pro 2 featuring the Hasselblad L1D – 20c on August 23, 2018.
This Mavic 2 Pro review analyzes all its specs in detail and how it compares against other drones in its class.
The Mavic 2 Pro’s camera is quite unique. It sports a larger image sensor size with a massive 1 inch CMOS sensor and a 77 degree field of view lens. DJI has managed to maintain the classic look of the DJI Mavic while using a much larger camera, all in the same ultra-portable package.
The Mavic 2 Pro is slightly larger than the original Mavic and weighs less than two pounds. In addition, their design includes new aerodynamic features that have streamlined the drone’s flight and boosted flight time to 31 minutes. Its sides are aligned with tiny cameras featuring DJI’s omnidirectional obstacle-sensing framework. The Mavic 2 Pro's price tag of $1499 comes with:
The Mavic 2 Pro sports a 20 mega-pixel sensor with a 10-bit Dlog – M color profile,capable of capturing stunning colors in HDR video. The larger CMOS sensor allows the Mavic 2 Pro to provide amazing images even in low lighting and lets it capture more visual information than a smaller sensor would.
The Mavic 2 Pro offers improved depth perception and 14 stops of dynamic range. It also features higher regulation of light through an improved control over aperture. The difference can be felt most in pictures with either very bright or low light. In both such light conditions, an ordinary drone’s camera would miss out on subtle details. The larger sensor and ample aperture breathe life into pictures with vivid colors and stunning contrast. The increased color sharpness is made possible by the Hyperlight mode which lets the Mavic 2 Pro capture opulent colors and sharp details.
Although larger in size, the design incorporates aerodynamic elements such as extra grooves and the smoothing of the original Mavic’s sharp edges has reduced body drag by 19% by allowing it to gain as much streamline-advantage as possible. Additionally, the propellers have a slightly skewed tip which increases the drone’s efficiency and has reduced the Mavic 2 Pro’s noise up to 10%.
The Mavic 2 Pro’s flight is incredibly stable and locked in. In Sports mode, the drone can reach maximum speeds of 44mph allowing it to be slightly faster than the previous model.
The Mavic 2 Pro records 4k 10-bit HDR videos at a speed of 100 Mbps in comparison to the 60 Mbps on the previous model. The cinematic filmmaking experience is now even easier with improved flight characteristics across the board.
It also features a mode called hyperlapse. The drone can be programmed to fly a path with the hyperlapse function selected, giving you a dynamic time-lapse shot that will leave viewers speechless.
The follow me feature is improved with ten sensors on all sides of the drone and fully integrated with ActiveTrack 2.0. The rules are still the same, it lets you choose a subject on the screen and the drone then follows, keeping a set distance while avoiding obstacles. After a few tests, the Mavic 2 Pro proved that its superior maneuverability and enhanced aerodynamics only make its omnidirectional sensor technology even more admirable.
The integrated aerial photography device is sprinkled with the magic of Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS). The drone’s lowlight shots have improved and the color accuracy is impeccable. The HNCS, which is adapted to the Mavic 2 Pro’s imaging process optimizes each image by presenting a wider range of colors which lend a hand to the accuracy of color to make images look as natural as possible.
This format of drone technology makes it easier to catch accurate light images in any kind of setting. The system processes the best natural colors for the image without having to change any setting or preset.
Say goodbye exposure presets. The assimilation of this technology into the Mavic 2 Pro’s camera enables it to provide tonal rendering and enhanced colors when taking pictures or videos in the air.
The HNCS improves image quality by contributing vivacious hues and distinguished tones because of its 16-bit color depth. In addition, the 10-bit Dlog – M color profile ensures each channel captures 4x the color depth than its predecessor, the Mavic Pro.
A collection of ND filters such as the ND32, ND32/PL, ND64 and the ND64/PL Mavic 2 Pro filters are available to increase the capabilities of the Hasselblad camera in a multitude of lighting conditions.
With a color profile of over a billion colors and a transmission of just over 5 miles, the Mavic 2 Pro has made its place as a top contender in the drone market. For now, there no other drone can offer the sleekness and intelligence of the Mavic 2 Pro. It’s true what they say, the best things come in small packages.
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