Improvements In DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom's ActiveTrack 2.0
DJI just recently released their new line of consumer drones in the form of the new Mavic 2 Zoom and the Mavic 2 Pro. The two new generation drones also come with a lot of improvements including the DJI very own ActiveTrack 2.0.
The last ActiveTrack has the tendency of losing the drone’s subject in some instance. With the new and improved version now locks to its subject with more precision and also has the capability of predicting the subject’s movements using the system’s AI.
You think that the system uses a simple movement prediction. However, the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom can process movements up to 3 seconds ahead of its subject which is a huge step up from its predecessors.
ActiveTrack and ActiveTrack 2.0
With the help of the main camera and the two sensors located in front of the Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro, the precision of the tracking system was greatly improved. The drones’ system draws a virtual map of its surroundings that helps predict the subject’s next movement.
Unlike the old ActiveTrack which is present on DJI Spark and Mavic Air, the previous version only uses one control system, either using your phone or the drone’s controller. However, the ActiveTrack 2.0 uses an unconventional phone and controller setup which is kind of odd but overall, the system works well.
ActiveTrack 2.0 Modes
The ActiveTrack 2.0 in the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom currently has three modes that you can play around. Let’s take a look at these new modes and how can it help us bring a new experience in flying drones.
The Trace Mode from the ActiveTrack allows the drone to follow the subject from behind and also it can be in front of the subject. Just a quick note, using the Trace Mode can be tricky to pull off especially if the drone is in front of a fast-moving object as it can lose its subject if it is moving fast enough or if the subject cuts underneath the drone.
The best bet for using the ActiveTrack 2.0 in Trace Mode is by placing the drone behind the subject and follows it around as it moves, in that way, DJI’s new drones can always follow its subject but don’t go over the speed limit of the drone as it may not catch up.
The Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom can follow its target mostly showing the side of the subject. This uses the silhouette of the subject and follows it around which allows you to get cool, quality images and videos especially if you’re doing fast moving activities.
The Spotlight Mode is more complex than the two. This mode is more useful when there’s another person controlling the drone’s flight while the system keeps track of the subject.
Another improvement made by DJI was the sensors placed all around the body of the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom. These sensors play a crucial part in the obstacle avoidance features of the drone to avoid flying towards certain objects like trees and other stuff.
These improvements from DJI’s Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom tracking system is moving them closer to possibly the best sports tracking drone out there, the Skydio R1. However, when looking at the price standpoint, DJI’s drones looks promising which is way cheaper than Skydio R1’s $2,500 price tag.