September 14, 2018
These two drones differ in camera alone.
DJI, the world leader in the consumer drone market, added two more models to its fleet of flying cameras, the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom. In terms of construction, obstacle avoidance, top speed, flight time, and the fact that they both feature a new Hyperlapse shooting mode, these drones are identical. Where they differ, however, is in their cameras.
The Mavic 2 Pro camera features a 1″ Hasselblad designed sensor, capable of shooting 20MP JPEG or DNG still images, up to 10Bit UHD 4k video, and has user adjustable aperture (f/2.8 – f/11). Its fraternal twin, the Mavic 2 Zoom, features a 1/2.3″ sensor capable of capturing 12MP JPEG or DNG still images, UHD 4K video at up to 30fps in 8Bit color depth and no user adjustable aperture.
At first glance, it would seem that the Mavic 2 Pro clearly has the more capable camera and, if all else is equal between these two drones, the Mavic 2 Pro would have more to offer. But there’s a twist. The Mavic 2 Zoom offers a two-times optical zoom and has a focal length that is adjustable between 24mm and 48mm.