DJI just introduced the Mavic 2 Zoom – the world’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom capability. Let’s check out the tech briefing by DJI’s Global Director of Communication Kevin On, and our hands-on preview of the new DJI Mavic 2 Zoom!
The Official DJI Mavic 2 Tech Briefing
The Mavic 2 Zoom is DJI’s most advanced camera drone ever built, designed for professionals, aerial photographers and content creators who want a drone with optical zoom capability.
Incorporating the iconic folding design of the Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 Zoom features a new gimbal-stabilized camera and advanced features like Hyperlapse and ActiveTrack for easier and more dynamic storytelling.
With an impressive flight time of up to 31 minutes and a more stable video transmission system, the Mavic 2 Zoom offers an expanded flight experience for capturing even more epic shots.
The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
The Mavic 2 Zoom is DJI’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom. Its camera combines a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with a 24-48 mm lens, with 2X digital zoom. This allows it to simulate a 96 mm telephoto lens capable of capturing lossless video in full HD resolution.
Exclusive to the Mavic 2 Zoom is a new Dolly Zoom Quickshot mode that creates an incredible perspective by automatically zooming in, as it flies away from its subject. This keeps the subject the same size while the full background of the scene is revealed. This feature used to be reserved to professional cinematographers with serious resources and time to setup the shot.
4K HDR Videos With H.265 Encoding
The Mavic 2 Zoom captures 4K video with a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second using the H.265 compression codec. For photographers, new Enhanced High Dynamic Range capabilities blend a sequence of photos for ghost-free high dynamic range photos. This gives the Mavic 2 Zoom up to 13 stops of dynamic range.
New Intelligent Tools For Cinematic Shots
The Mavic 2 Zoom offers new intelligent flight modes for almost effortless professional-quality results. Hyperlapse produces shots that show the passing of time. You can also choose between Circle, Course Lock, Waypoint or Free mode to create timelapses with a simple tap of a button in the DJI GO 4 Mobile App:
- Free – pilots the drone manually while shooting a Hyperlapse video.
- Circle – automatically flies the drone in a circular pattern around a subject you select to create a timelapse video that captures the action.
- Course Lock – keeps the camera fixed on shooting subject while the drone flies in a straight direction to create a unique perspective.
- Waypoint – plans a complex flight path based on both altitude and GPS coordinates to capture complex shots.
ActiveTrack 2.0 offers a combination of autonomous tracking and obstacle sensing capabilities never before seen in a DJI drone. Using the main camera and the front dual vision cameras, the Mavic 2 Zoom creates a three-dimensional map of the area in front of it, and uses new trajectory algorithms to analyze motion and predict the subject’s path up to three seconds in the future.
When tracking a target, the Mavic 2 Zoom can recognize and avoid obstacles while shooting your target without interruption. It can stay on target, even if your subject momentarily goes behind an obstacle, and can track the subject at higher speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h).
Safer, Smarter and Stable Flight
The Mavic 2 Zoom has an upgraded FlightAutonomy system with a more powerful central processor that delivers more accurate obstacle sensing and safer flight. For the first time ever in a DJI drone, Mavic 2 Zoom has 10 sensors on all sides of the aircraft to automatically detect obstacles in its path and help prevent collisions
An improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) allows the aircraft to analyze its surrounding environment and automatically fly around obstacles without stopping. In addition, the Mavic 2 Zoom has a Bottom Auxiliary Light that turns on automatically to ensure safe and precise landings in low-light situations.
A newly designed OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system enables a more stable connection between the drone and its remote controller. The system features stronger interference resistance and auto-switching capabilities that supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands with the capability to use different frequencies for uplink and downlink data streams.
It delivers 1080p video transmission feeds at a distance of up to 8 km, and original resolution photos in JPEG can be saved directly to your mobile device.
Aerodynamic Design and Extended Flight Time
The new redesigned and more aerodynamic airframe reduces body drag by up to 19% compared to the Mavic Pro, allowing the Mavic 2 Zoom to fly at speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h) in Sport mode.
Combined with a more efficient, quieter propulsion system and noise reducing propellers, the Mavic 2 Zoom has a maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes.
To ensure crisp photos and smooth, shake-free footage, the Mavic 2 Zoom houses an ultra-precise three-axis mechanical gimbal to stabilize its camera even during high-speed motion. Photos and videos can be saved directly to the drone using its 8 GB onboard storage. All DJI users have control over how their data is stored and managed, as part of DJI’s commitment to protecting its customers’ data.
A redesigned remote controller features detachable control sticks for ease of storage and portability. The Mavic 2 Zoom is compatible with DJI Goggles with the gimbal (yaw) control range up to -75°¬– +75° in Head Tracking mode, offering users a more immersive FPV flight experience.
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Price + Availability
The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is priced at RM 5,699 (including SST) / ~US$ 1,425. The package will consist of the drone, battery, charger, remote controller and four pairs of propellers.
A Fly More Kit, which consists of two additional batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a car charger, a battery to power bank adapter, two pairs of propellers and a carrying bag, will retail at RM 1,399 (including SST) / ~US$ 350.
A gimbal replacement service for both variants will be available at a later date.
Here are some purchase links for your convenience :
- Mavic 2 Zoom Kit : RM 5,699 (Web | App)
- Mavic 2 Zoom Fly More Combo Bundle : RM 6,999 (Web | App)
- Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : RM 1,399 (Web | App)
In the United States, you can get them at these links :
- Mavic 2 Zoom Kit (US Version) : $1,249
- Mavic 2 Zoom + DJI Care Fresh Combo : $1,388
- Mavic 2 Zoom Fly More Combo Bundle : $1,568
- Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : $319
- Mavic 2 Battery (3,850 mAh) : $139
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