Having been founded 12 years ago by Frank Wang in his dorm room, DJI has grown into the world’s leading drone manufacturer. The company accounts for 70% of the commercial and civilian drone market, thanks to its leading technology advancements for flight stabilisation, tracking, as well as enhanced imagery. The DJI team landed in South Africa to officially launch two new additions to the Mavic series, the Mavic 2 Zoom – the world’s first foldable consumer drone – and the Mavic 2 Pro – the world’s first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera.
At an event Nirox Sculpture Park in Krugersdorp, the DJI team hosted tech journalists and industry guests to showcase their most advanced consumer drones for the enthusiast, bringing in a new era of aerial photography with the Mavic 2 series. After an inspiring presentation by DJI’s Communication Manager, Olivier Mondon, of the Mavic 2’s capabilities and features, as well as sample footage, it was time to take the new drones for a spin with a hands-on demo. There was a clear mix of enthusiasm and nervousness amongst the guests, but once you had the controls in your hand and realising just how easy it was to control the Mavic 2 drone, the nerves gave way to experimentation.
Mavic 2 Pro
The Mavic 2 Pro is the first drone to feature Hasselblad cameras, renowned for their iconic ergonomic design, and uncompromising image quality. The camera on the Mavic 2 Pro was co-engineered in the collaboration, which included two years of tireless research to equip the drone with the all-new Hasselblad L1D-20c camera. The L1D-20c possesses Hasselblad’s unique Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) technology, helping users to capture 20MP aerial shots in stunning colour detail. The device also features a 1″ CMOS Sensor with 10-bit Dlog-M colour profile, capturing four times as many levels of colour per channel compared to previous units. Other notable features include HDR video, and an f/2.8-f/11 adjustable aperture.
Mavic 2 Zoom
The Mavic 2 Zoom is powered by a 1/2.3″ 12MP sensor, which has 4x zoom, as well as 2x optical zoom (24–48 mm), allowing users to capture dynamic perspectives. Key features on the drone include full HD video, 4x lossless zoom, hybrid autofocus (with phase and contrast detection), and in-flight Dolly Zoom. The device is also capable of taking Super Resolution images with great detail for landscape photography, the camera captures 9 photos with the telephoto lens and stitching the images together to create a 48MP photo, providing the most accurate composition.
In addition to their separate feature sets, the Mavic 2 series has been redesigned and reimagined with new technology for even greater possibilities. The devices allow users to capture video using the H.265 codec, HDR filming, as well as new intelligent tools built into the DJI GO 4 mobile app, allowing users to easily track filming using free, circle, course lock, and waypoint geo settings. The units have a range of up to 8km using 2.4GHz WiFi transmission, which auto switches to 5.8GHz when required, especially in high-frequency areas with numerous wireless devices. The Mavic 2 series has been optimally redesigned to increase propulsion (up to 72kmph), lower power consumption (31 minute flight time), and reduce noise. Tracking features on the drones include ActiveTrack 2.0, which allows the user to select an object to track, which it scans and automatically follows, as well as trajectory prediction, and obstacle sensing.
The DJI Mavic 2 Pro will retail for R29,999, which also includes the drone, battery, remote controller, charger and four pairs of propellers. The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom will be available for R25,999, which includes the drone, battery, charger, remote controller and four pairs of propellers. In addition to the drones, a Fly More Kit will also be available for R5,800, which includes two additional batteries, multi-battery charging hub, car charger, as well as a battery to power bank adapter.
For additional images from the DJI Mavic 2 launch event, check it out here.