DJI updates Mavic line with Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom

New drone pair offer camera options as well as new flight features.

Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom drones from DJI.
New duo: the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom from DJI.

DJI has updated its Mavic range with two new models, the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.

The Mavic 2 Pro uses a camera system developed with Hasselblad. This uses a 1-inch, 20 megapixel sensor and fixed focal length lens, with a widest aperture of f2.8. The camera unit supports 10-bit HDR and 4K filming, and 14 stops of dynamic range.

The Mavic 2 Zoom is based around a smaller, 1/2.3-inch sensor but with a 2x optical zoom lens. This gives a focal length equivalent to 24-48mm, and a stills resolution of 12 megapixels.

Both models use h.265 recording and a bit rate of up to 100mbps. The drones record footage and photos to internal memory or a micro SD card.

DJI has updated the operating and flight modes on the new drones too. The company sais the flight control system, FlightAutonomy, is more powerful than on the original Mavic and Air. The Mavic 2 drones have 10 sensors for obstacle avoidance and a pilot assistance system, which even includes a landing light.

The Mavic 2 is 19 per cent faster, at 72km/h, than the Mavic Pro, and has a longer flight time at 31 minutes.

The drones are also more programmable, with circle and course modes and a “hyperlapse” video mode, as well as subject tracing.

The Mavic 2 Procosts US$1,449and the Mavic 2 Zoom, US$1,249.