Review: 10 Things To Know About DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
DJI just recently announced two new toys for the big boys, namely, the Mavic 2 Zoom and the Mavic 2 Pro. If you’re considering getting yourself a new Mavic 2 Zoom, know Youtuber, Dave Altizer with Kinotika, provided a list of top 10 things to know about the new drone from DJI.
After spending one month with the new DJI’s Mavic 2 Zoom, Altizer compiled the most notable things you’ll get if you choose to grab the newest drone from the company. Let’s take a quick look at new things about the Mavic 2 Zoom.
The zoom feature is something new to any DJI drone lines and one of the biggest selling point of the Mavic 2 Zoom. The new drone allows the user to zoom in to a subject using the 24mm to 48mm range which provides new dynamics to your images and videos.
Dolly Zoom Effect
Used mostly by Hollywood filmmakers to provide a unique sense of uneasiness, tension, and suspense. For those who are not familiar with the Dolly Zoom Effect, this was made popular by movies such as Vertigo and Jaws. This is something unusual, especially in consumer drones which makes the Mavic 2 Zoom one of a kind and totally fun.
Camera and Sensor
Fitted with the same sensor as the original Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 Zoom features a 1/2.3 inch CMOS with a 12 MP sensor. Basically, not everything is the same with its predecessor since the Zoom uses a 24 to 48 mm lens while the Mavic Pro is locked in at 28mm lens.
The Mavic 2 Zoom sports an upgraded h.265 codec compared to the h.264 that the Mavic Pro has. This means that the Zoom can record at 100 Mbps while the Pro only does 60 Mbps which provides more accuracy and can produce more cinematic results.
Mavic 2 Zoom’s camera works together with the drone’s software to produce a 48MP high-resolution image. This was made possible with an integrated AI that automatically zooms in at 48mm and captures multiple sections of the image. The system then stitches the photos together producing a crisp quality high-resolution image.
Auto Focus Mode
The Mavic 2 Zoom features a hybrid autofocus system that can produce up to 40% better quality than the original Mavic Pro. This was made possible by using the contrasts and the face detect a feature of the camera. According to Dave Altizer from Kinotika, although the Mavic 2 Pro has bigger sensors and features a more advanced camera, the Zoom actually is better performing in this regard.
Hyperlapse and Repeat Task Mode
One cool feature of the Mavic 2 Zoom is the ability to get a quality hyper-lapse video. Users can capture a hyper-lapse shot of a subject from the beginning down to the end of the day which made possible by the Repeat Task Mode that will guide the Mavic 2 Zoom to the specific location when the drone ran out of power.
One biggest improvement of the Mavic 2 Zoom compared to the first generation Mavic drones would be the noise produced by the propellers. This was a great achievement made by the engineers behind the design of the next generation drones from DJI.
Slow Motion Capture
Although the Mavic 2 Zoom is limited only to have 4K videos captured at 30fps, this new drone from DJI can capture 2.7k at 60fps and 1080p at 120 fps. You can combine it with the excellent autofocus feature and the user can produce a great slow-mo camera that can be switched between wide-angle and telephoto with the zoom.
Dave Altizer pointed something unusual about the placement of the SD slot. Probably inspired by the minimalist design by Apple about the labeling, the Mavic 2 Zoom has two protective covers which can cause confusions on where the SD card can be inserted.
If you’re using an older Mavic series, we suggest upgrading it to the Mavic 2 Pro or the Mavic 2 Zoom. If you’re looking for a top-notch performance, you can get the M2Pro but if you choose to have versatility in the camera, go and grab the Mavic 2 Zoom. Another thing to consider is the Zoom is much cheaper than the Pro.