Mavic 2 Pro Vs. Mavic 2 Zoom

Which Mavic 2 is right for you?

The long-awaited Mavic 2 is finally here! There are many new features to talk about and an even bigger amount of questions that people make, but the most important question for most of us is what drone to buy and why. There are many things to consider. Most of these things have to do with the camera and what is its ultimate goal. What is the best option for someone else? It may not be the best option for you. This is the first time that DJI has launched two separate models of a drone, and did not give them a clear distinction of characteristics.

Mavic 2 Pro Vs. Mavic 2 Zoom

You really have to do your research and read the characteristics of each one, which takes a long time and can be quite overwhelming for the average consumer. But if you are an experienced photographer/videographer and know what you need, the choice should be quite clear at the end. You could get the Mavic 2 Zoom or the Mavic 2 Pro, but both seem to have their own pros and cons. So in this article is exactly what I’m going to review. First, we will cover what each drone offers and why it is important to you. Once you’ve learned what you need to know, then you can take a look at our comparison shots to get a real example of all the differences.

Let’s start with the main difference… The cameras!

Design: Circles vs. squares

Design Circles vs SquaresSince DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom are basically identical, I will focus on the two different cameras in most of this article. The Mavic 2 Zoom has a great camera design. It’s small, symmetrical, durable than we’ve seen so far, and with a rounded design, it should be easy to find neutral density (ND) and circular polarized (CP) lens filters. The Mavic 2 Pro has a very unique camera. Due to the larger size of the image sensor, they had to figure out how to make it bigger and at the same time be small enough to fit within the same area on the drone. To do this, they had to make it square on the outside with a smaller rounded lens inside. When I saw this camera for the first time, I thought it was a little strange, but the look I’ve been growing after seeing it in person. The Mavic 2 ND filters are excellent. They come in a set of four which includes filters ND4, ND8, ND16 and ND32. The set also comes with a sturdy silicone-lined case. There are uniform marks for each filter space, so you don’t have to pull out each filter to find the one you need. The filters themselves are very high quality (some of the best ND filters I’ve seen on a drone). To install, simply remove the current UV filter that comes with the drone and screw in the filter you need.

Filters DJI 2 UV filter Set

DJI Mavic 2 UV Filter Set

I was hoping they would have ND and CP filters for the Mavic 2 Pro, and they do show the ND filters on their site, but they have been exhausted since the start of the launch. They cost a little more, U $ S 20 more than similar filters for the Mavic 2 Zoom since the glass is much larger, but I am glad that they are offering them as soon after the launch. Hopefully they’ll have them in stock soon. The Mavic 2 Pro camera may look great in the photos, but in person it is much smaller than the camera in the Phantom 4 Pro (DJI’s largest drone with a 1-inch sensor). By making it square instead of round, that allowed it to fit into the small space on the drone, maintaining the sleek and relatively small drone design. It’s amazing that DJI could have placed such a large sensor in a small camera. Apart from the cameras, these two drones have a more aerodynamic and sleek design compared to the original Mavic Pro, but from a distance, you couldn’t see a difference between them. The only major distinctions are the placement of the LED light on the two rear arms which makes the Mavic 2 easier to fly when it is far away, and the super bright LED light on the bottom of the Mavic 2 Pro model. The other night I saw someone else flying a Mavic 2 Pro in my neighborhood. From a distance, I thought it was just another plane flying in the sky until I saw it flying in a way that no plane could! That’s when I knew exactly what it was.

Zoom vs No Zoom

If you haven’t solved it yet, the Mavic 2 Pro has a fixed lens and the Mavic 2 zoom has a zoom lens. In the Mavic 2 zoom, you get a field of view equivalent to 24 mm at the wide end and 48 mm in the narrow end of the zoom range (2x cutout). This means you can get many different types of vaccines. You can go super wide and capture everything, or zoom in to isolate your subjects from the background and get a more cinematic look. Plus, you can do 2x to 1080p digital zoom. By combining optical and digital zoom, you can get a 4x zoom or a field of view equivalent to 96 mm. This is an incredible amount of zoom for such a small drone. This is the first DJI consumption drone that has a zoom lens and is the only consumer drone that fires 4k with optical zoom. Imagine the S hots you could get with a zoom. Sometimes, in a public situation, you don’t want to be intrusive, so it would be nice to be able to keep your distance, but still get the vaccine you want. This is especially useful when trying to capture images of people performing their normal activities without flying too close and distracting them. Think of things like a local sports game for kids. You want to capture the players, their emotions, the action, but you don’t want them to lose the game! Imagine that you are in Mexico in an open-air farmers market and want to capture all the beautiful vibrant colors of producing in a particular position. And you might want to get that interaction between the vendor and your client. You can do it on both drones, but with the Mavic 2 Zoom, you can do it in real time. This is important to me because I can make better decisions about what I’m filming while I’m at the scene. It allows Me to experiment and see how different shots will look to be able to try different things. With the Mavic 2 Pro, you can shoot in the trimming mode, but you must zoom in or out. It is not possible to zoom in and out in real time. Another situation in which zoom might be useful is when it comes to security. I can see that this is useful when it comes to animals. Not all animals would represent a threat, but I certainly wouldn’t want to get too close to a herd of buffaloes, scare them and trample. In addition to security, having zoom will allow you to get images of animals that you might not otherwise be able to do. Sometimes it is because they are simply not accessible by a human. Sometimes, because flying too close will scare them away and you’ll never get the vaccine you were trying to get. Two situations in which I can think that I will try this are the coyotes and the dolphins. Yes, those two animals are in my neighborhood at the same time. In theory, I should be able to stay far enough away from the Coyotes on the mountain behind my house so I can capture images of them celebrating in a pelican, or having fun with their puppies. The only way to get a close-up of the dolphins in front of my house is if you have a boat, which I don’t currently have. So when I get back the dolphin season, I’ll try the Mavic 2 Zoom to try to capture amazing images of them while I’m standing on the shore. The Parrot Anafi will perform a digital zoom of 1.4 x in 4k, but with the digital zoom, the quality of the image remains a loss, unless it has a very high quality lens like the Mavic 2 Pro. The Mavic 2 Pro has a fixed lens with a field of view equivalent to 28 mm. It’s not as wide as the Mavic 2 Zoom but it’s not too tight either. Personally, I think 28 mm is the ideal point for this 20 megapixel sensor. You get a 1.4 x digital zoom in 4k (more about this later), and if you cut the 4k video and put it in a 1080p timeline, you can zoom up to 2.4 x, but you will definitely see a loss in image quality if you start to reduce the resolution to the AC Ercarte. So why would DJI give the most expensive Mavic 2 a lens without zoom? No one knows for sure, but I guess they couldn’t figure out how to do it with such a limited amount of space. In the Mavic 2 zoom, the size of the sensor is much smaller, so the zoom lens can be much smaller than an equivalent lens for the Mavic 2 Pro with its larger sensor. Next year, I’m sure DJI will have a Mavic 3 that combines the best features of both drones, but for now, there will be a compromise no matter which one you choose. First, let’s talk about what both drones offer…

Photo quality

Photo features of both models


Filters DJI 2 UV filter Set The first improvement over the old Mavic Pro is D-HDR. This mode takes a burst of Severn RAW photos and then combines them to get 13 dynamic range stops (14 stops on the Mavic 2 Pro) while reducing motion blur and other artifacts that normally appear when taking pictures with the exposure Traditional.


Hyperlight There is also another feature similar to HDR called Hyperlight. Take a series of photos and board them to get the best results in the evening. This feature is especially good for reducing image noise (the granular artifacts you see when you shoot at night). It is possible to achieve a similar effect in Photoshop and affinity Photo by using a function called “image stacking”, but it is nice to see a quick and easy way to do it without having to resort to expensive photo editors. Although I have tried this function, we will have to do more tests to see how it compares with traditional long exposure photography.

Mavic’s photo features 2 Zoom

Back to the comparison, the Mavic 2 Zoom has a 12 megapixel sensor of 1/2.1 inches similar to that found in the original Mavic Pro, but there are some new features that give it a big boost with respect to the previous model.

Super Res

Mavic 2 Pro Hasselblad Technology

In addition to having a zoom lens, the largest photo feature of the Mavic 2 zoom is Super Res. This shooting mode uses the zoom lens to take multiple images and combine them into a Super Res image with 4 times the resolution of a standard photo. This is really useful for landscape photography, but as it requires multiple images to work, you can’t use it for shots with motion. The scene must be relatively quiet without movement and the drone itself cannot move.

Mavic 2 Pro Photo features

is a Hasselblad

Before you get into the Mavic 2 Pro image quality, there are a few things you should know about the camera and how it relates to Hasselblad. In 2015, DJI acquired a majority shareholding in the Swedish company Hasselblad cameras. This is a company known for its super-expensive medium format cameras used by famous photographers and even by NASA. In the past, DJI made some cross-brands with Hasselblad on their larger film drone platforms, but the Mavic 2 Pro is the first fully integrated product developed by DJI with Hasselblad technology. So, what’s Hasselblad about? Great sensors, higher resolutions, and higher-color science. In the Mavic 2 Pro that’s exactly what you get. But there is much more to this story…

The Hasselblad Story

So why is Hasselblad so important? I have already mentioned the basic technical reasons, but it goes beyond that. This is a company whose history is rich and intriguing. They are known for their unprecedented reputation for quality, durability and technology beyond industry standards. Probably one of the most ironic things is that it didn’t start at all as a camera company. The company F.W. Hasselblad was founded in Sweden in 1841. It has been cultivated for more than a century and a half to become what it is today. The founders had a real passion for photography that was passed down from generation to generation. What I find interesting is that their roots were involved in the flight of birds to military planes and space, so it is quite amusing that the theme continues in some way with the Hasselblad technology integrated into the Mavic 2 Pro. The name of Hasselblad has come a long way. It started with some scrap waste and a German war plane camera. And now they’re recognized worldwide for their camera technology. Hasselblad technology was the first to fly into space along with man to capture those iconic images that we all know so well. This wasn’t even part of the NASA plan. An astronaut bought a consumer chamber and took it to space with him. But when NASA saw the images they brought from that camera, they were so impressed that they developed a program dedicated to the subject. In the end it turned out that, Victor Hasselblad had not only fulfilled his dream of making a camera technologically advanced and highly durable for consumers, but went beyond that, until the moon! And what surprised everyone was that it was the only piece of equipment on the ship that was not designed to go into space, but it was kept in space and worked perfectly without another modification rather than dismantling the outer casing a bit. Black painting to reduce reflexes. After lunar landing, Hasselblad cameras were deployed in all future NASA space flights. This allowed Hasselblad technology to improve even more, striving to make it even smaller, more durable, more sophisticated and light to meet NASA’s demands. Hasselblad and NASA have had a long history of mutual benefit that has allowed Hasselblad’s technology to be superior to anything else. So, if the quality of the image is your priority, the Mavic 2 Pro won’t disappoint.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro with Hasselblad technology

Real 20 megapixel Sensor

If your need is a great camera, especially when it comes to video, then the 20 megapixel sensor creates super-crisp images. While you don’t get the Super res function, 20 megapixels is good enough for most situations and, as the pixels are real, you can capture shots with motion (something you can’t do with super Res on the Mavic 2 Zoom).

Best colors

What is even better than resolution is the color science of Hasselblad HNCS which is built-in. What is HNCS, you ask? Well, it’s just the Hasselblad way to provide accurate colors in any situation. With the Mavic 2 Pro, you get incredible colors right away, but if you take raw, you can process those raw files with the Hasselblad Phocus software, which will give you the best color results.

Best shot in low light

If you know a lot about cameras, you’ll know that increasing the resolution will generally decrease the size of each individual pixel in the image sensor. This means that each pixel will have less light when hit, which is really bad for low light performance. The cameras on drones like the Parrot Anafi have many megapixels, but the size of the sensor is exactly the same as the size of the sensor in the Mavic 2 Zoom, so each pixel is about half the size. The Hasselblad L1D-20c camera on the Mavic 2 Pro has a 1-inch image sensor (the biggest sensor on any drone is so small), so even with the biggest megapixel count, each physical pixel is even bigger than the pixels on the Mavic 2 Zo Om. This and enhanced sensor technology is what gives the Mavic 2 Pro better low light capabilities. Pixel Area

Adjustable aperture

One detail that nobody seems to be talking about is the fact that the Mavic 2 Zoom does not have an adjustable aperture. The Mavic 2 Pro lens has an aperture ranging from f 2.8 to F11. This gives you much more flexibility for long-exposure photography and any other situation where more accurate exposure control is needed. The only thing to keep in mind is that changing the aperture can have a negative effect on the overall sharpness of an image. For example, if you shoot f 2.8, only a small part of the scene will be very sharp and the background will be out of focus. This is called a shallow depth of field. Shooting at higher numbers like F11 will make everything stay focused, but the overall picture will be slightly soft. If you don’t like soft images, you should shoot from F 2.8 to f 5.6 for the best results.

Shallow depth of field

For the shot, the larger sensor combined with the F 2.8 aperture also allows you to fly the blurred background to get a DSLR look. This was something that was not previously possible in the consumption drones. Video quality video features of both models video quality has improved a lot. This is mainly due to better colors, higher bit rate and a new video codec. The colors on the Mavic 2 Zoom are very similar to those of the Mavic Air. Everything looks less magenta also compared to the old Mavic Pro. Greater BitrateRecording in 4k is excellent, but the resolution does not mean anything if the bit rate is not high enough. All the recorded video is compressed by the camera before it reaches the SD card. The bit rate of a video basically controls how much is compressed. So the higher the bit rate, the less compressed your video will be. Both the Mavic 2 Pro and the Zoom also record 100mbps (40Mbps faster than the Mavic Pro), but the biggest upgrade is the new H. 265 Video codec.

H. 265

HEVC (also known as H. 265) is a video compression format like the H. 262, but it is able to maintain almost the same video quality while occupying half of space. That means that when you shoot at H. 265, you actually get the same quality as if you were using H. 264 and shoot at twice the bitrate (200Mbps in this case). Now let’s look at the biggest differences between the two drones…

Mavic 2 Zoom specific features

The Mavic 2 Zoom has two video features that you won’t find on the Mavic 2 Pro. This is what makes the decision so difficult for a lot of people.

Dolly Zoom

The first is called Dolly Zoom (it’s one of the DJI Quickshot modes). This function is difficult to explain, but basically, as the drone flies backwards, the Mavic 2 Zoom will approach slowly at the same time to create a truly unique change of perspective. It’s a shot that would normally take a lot of practice to do well, but the Mavic 2 Zoom does it all automatically for you with the touch of a button. Basically, you can create this effect with any camera, or camera, but it’s harder to achieve the best results without practice and experience by editing your images in software. To do this, you would first fly the drone away from the subject at a decent rate. Then, in post-production, you will expand that particular segment of your footage. But you won’t be able to say exactly what you’ll end up with later. It is essentially an optical illusion caused by the relationship between foreground and background and distortion or compression. The foreground basically remains the same size, while the background grows larger, creating a 3d parallax effect. This cinematographic effect was made famous by the English film director Alfred Hitchcock when it used it in its film of 1958, Vertigo. You can really add a lot of drama to your shot depending on what you’re trying to convey. Even animated films use this kind of effect to make the spectator get involved in the film the way the filmmaker did. In The Lord of the Rings, they used the zoom effect of the rolling platform to make it seem that the space between the trees in the forest was enlarging, as if another portal was opening. There are a lot of examples out there that may not have realized that they were using this effect so far.

Continuous auto Focus

The other feature that the Mavic 2 Pro does not have is the continuous autofocus phase detection and contrast detection. In the Mavic 2 Pro, you get autofocus, but it’s not a real continuous autofocus, so when you fly very close to something and then away, it doesn’t keep the scene focused continuously. There are ways to avoid this, like adjusting the aperture to a high number so that everything is focused, or sliding the focus control manually while flying, but I would have liked to see the same approach system in the Mavic 2 Pro as it is the most expensive drone.

Mavic 2 Pro-specific features

So why buy the Mavic 2 Pro If the video features aren’t that good? Well, keep reading, this is where things get interesting. The Mavic 2 Pro may lack some of the cool features of Mavic’s 2 Zoom as the continuous auto focus, but the Mavic 2 Pro has some secret weapons that many people can overlook.

4k Lossless Harvest

Although the Mavic 2 Pro does not have an optical zoom lens, due to the 20 megapixel sensor, you can record video in a 4k clipping mode that gives you a lossless zoom of about 1.4 x. In fact, when you shoot in 4k clipping mode, you actually get a better video quality because the resolution of the sensor with a clipping of 1.4 x and the resolution of the 4k recording mode are exactly the same. This means that pixels do not have to scale up or down to the correct resolution. When I got the Mavic 2 Pro for the first time, I was filming in the “full FOV” standard 4k mode, but after testing the “high quality” clipping mode I liked it so much that I didn’t get it that way since I got the drone. The narrow field of view combined with the highest quality makes everything look great. Finally, I saved the best for the end…

Dlog-M 10-bit what?

The next feature is what makes Mavic 2 Pro worth $200 extra for me. The 10-bit Dlog-M color profile is the biggest feature of this drone, and after using it, I don’t want to use anything else. If you are not familiar with the record color profiles, they are basically a way to get more color or dynamic range of an image without having to record raw video uncompressed. To do this, the highlights are pushed downwards and the shadows are pushed upward so that they are not overexposed or underexposed. To better understand Dlog-M, you must first understand how the video is captured and recorded. All consumer cameras record videos by capturing a group of images using the sensor located behind the lens, compressing the images to occupy less space and then converting them into a video file that your computer can read and play. Before the camera compress the images captured by the image sensor, these images have many details, but as most video monitors, TVs and phone screens could not show super bright and dark colors, most Of the cameras simply delete any information that is not within the range of a standard monitor. The big problem with doing this is that you can never record all the lighting information in a scene, so you have to capture only the colors in the intermediate ranges, because that is usually the most important thing. Once an image has been overexposed or underexposed, all the details in the highlights and shadows will be lost and you will see nothing but black and white in these areas. When you shoot at sundown (the golden Hour to record a video) it is very difficult to capture all the details of a scene in the same way that your eyes do. In most cases, when you shoot the sun (like a sunset shot, for example), the sky will blow completely if you want to keep the details on a person’s face. With Dlog-M, all color details are retained by taking all the lighting information that comes from the image sensor and compress it into the color space that you can see on any monitor. Since all of the color information is being reduced, that’s why the Dlog-M sequences will start to look a little flat and ugly. It’s not meant to be uploaded directly to YouTube. Once the video is in a video editor, you can stretch the colors using color tools to make the material look exactly as you want.

10-bit Color vs. 8-bit

10-bit vs 8-bit If you do not make any color correction on your footage and you never plan to do so in the future, you can ignore this section. If you are interested in color correction and sorting, let me introduce you to the concept of color depth and why it is important. All the image boxes that compose a video file have three main channels of color information within them (red, green and blue). When RGB information is displayed on a monitor, you see a full-color image. Each of these three channels has 8 bits of luminance information. This means that the image may have 256 tones of red, 256 shades of green, and 256 shades of blue. In a 10-bit image, each channel has 10 bits of luminance information, so it gets 1024 shadows for each color instead of 256. If you multiply the RGB (256x256x256) channels you get approximately 16,777,000,000 of possible colors in an 8-bit image. Doing the same calculation in a 10-bit image, there are over a billion colors. That’s about an increase in 64x in the colors! Unfortunately, the human eye can only see about 10 million of colors, so recording 10-bit videos is useless, right? Well, if you don’t plan to correct and classify the color, yes, it’s completely useless. If you’re working with color, this is a big problem. This means that you can scale the colors up and down, creating more contrast between the different parts of the image without seeing the spaces between a color tone and another. This is especially important with the D-log footage, as the colors must be extended to make the image look real again. The drones like the original Mavic Pro had a record color profile, but due to the low bit rate (60Mbps in 4k), you really couldn’t do much with the colors before you see all kinds of video compression artifacts. In the Mavic 2 Pro, thanks to H. 265, a higher bit rate and 10-bit color depth, all of these combined things make it easier to work with the material when it’s time to play with the color.

Video HDR

DJI Mavic 2 Pro Dlog Color By using the 10-bit Dlog-M color profile, you can also create HDR videos for playback on HDR-compliant TVs, but if you are not familiar with HDR workflows, there is also an HDR video recording mode that uses the HLG (registry Gamma Híbrid OR). ) Color standard. Using the HLG mode, you can shoot in HDR and view it directly on compatible devices without making any edits. This is great for consumers who want to issue true HDR content, but for more control and flexibility in publishing, you still need to record to the Dlog-M color profile.

Side-to-side comparison

In this section, we will deepen the quality of the video of both drones. This is where you can take all the knowledge you’ve learned and use it to analyze our real-world examples. Note that all of these tests will be performed in video mode unless explicitly mentioned. If there is something we have not covered you want to see, leave a comment below.

Color test

Mavic 2 Pro vs Zoom Color Test 2 Mavic 2 Pro vs Zoom Color Test 1 This first test was performed in the standard color mode on both drones with the white balance set to “sunny” and with identical exposure settings. The first thing I noticed was how natural the colors looked on the Mavic 2 Pro compared to the Zoom. Brown dirt just looks brown, not red. The highlights do not seem very different, but the shadows definitely have more details. Since these tests were taken in the standard color profile, you will not see any additional dynamic ranges.

Mavic 2 D-Log-M vs D-Cinelike Test

Mavic 2 Pro vs Zoom Dlog-M vs D-Cinelike 1 Before correcting and classifying the color, you won’t see much difference between D-Log and D-Cinelike. There is a little more dynamic range and the colors will obviously be more accurate, since the HNCS of Hasselblad is being applied to all the shots, but that’s it. Surprisingly, D-Cinelike on the Mavic 2 Zoom has a good amount of dynamic range (more than the Mavic Air at least). Mavic 2 Pro vs Zoom Dlog-M vs D-Cinelike 2 After the color classification, this is where you can actually see the differences. In the zoom of Mavic 2, there are a lot of color bands in the Blue Sky. In the Mavic 2 Pro, all of that is gone thanks to the 10-bit color we talked about. The only artifacts that still remain are those of H. 265 compression, but unfortunately that can only be solved by moving toward the more expensive drone inspire 2.

Mavic Chromatic aberration Test 2

Mavic 2 Pro vs Zoom Chromatic aberration 1 This is a topic I don’t see many people talking about unmanned aircraft cameras, but all lenses will have a certain amount of artifacts and these are no exception. If you did not know, chromatic aberration (also known as color strip) is the doubling effect of the green/trampled image that you see when zooming in on the high contrast parts of the image. Most lenses will also have more fringes on the corners of the picture. Returning to this image of the cloud, you will see that modified the colors slightly. To make it easier to view on the web, both shots have a custom color filter that highlights the color strip artifacts. If you want to see a more real world example, look back at the previous 10-bit example photo. On the Mavic 2 Pro, when you zoom in on the corners of the picture, there are some visible edges but it’s not bad at all. In the Mavic 2 Zoom, there is a much higher color margin than the Mavic 2 Pro, but it’s not terrible. Zoom lenses tend to have more fringes than fixed lenses anyway.

Mavic sharpness Test 2

Mavic 2 Pro vs Zoom sharpness Test 1 The results here are very interesting. For this shot, I aimed both drones at a sharpness board and made sure that both drones were at the same distance from the table. Before recording, I also set up the exposure and focus on both drones. The opening of the Mavic 2 Pro was set to f 2.8 and the Zoom of Mavic 2 was fully expanded to reach F 2.8 (since there is no aperture control). As for the results, the Mavic 2 Zoom is a bit crisper than the Pro. Why this is, I have no idea. I did the same test after with RAW photos instead of video and the Mavic 2 Pro had many more details, so everything that is happening here is related to the video (not the lens). Some people like the really crisp videos, others think the softer aspect is more cinematic. Personally, I don’t care about the softer look, but it would be nice to know what’s going on here. If anyone else is watching this, let me know in the comments. Mavic 2 Pro vs Zoom sharpness Test 2 Since opening can also affect sharpness, I did some testing on each aperture setting to see how smooth the video would look at higher values. F 2.8 to F 5.6 everything looks good. After f 5.6 You start to lose clarity. Personally, I wouldn’t use F11, so if you want to get the perfect aperture and shutter values to achieve that cinematic look, be sure to get ND filters.

Mavic 2 Optical Zoom vs HQ Crop Test

Mavic 2 Pro vs Zoom Zoom vs Crop 1 Of all the features of these two drones, the optical and digital zoom is probably the hardest to understand, so hopefully after seeing these tests you finally see a bigger picture. This first image is a visually correct example of how different zoom ranges are seen in both drones. There are 4 example boxes. The first one represents the Mavic Zoom in its most suitable optical setting (24mm). The second is the Mavic 2 Pro, its widest digital configuration (28 mm). The third example represents the Pro when you use the HQ trim mode that you trim while still recording a true 4k video. The fourth frame (the smallest) is the Mavic 2 Zoom when fully approaching (48 mm). The next picture is a real example of how each drone looks when it approaches. On the left is the Mavic Zoom 2 with optical zoom at its maximum focal length. On the right, the Mavic 2 Pro is approaching with the HQ trim mode.   Mavic 2 Pro vs Zoom Zoom vs Crop 2   Both drones used the same shutter speed and ISO settings. In the Mavic 2 Zoom, you can immediately see that the image is darker, but more extended. This is due to the opening value that changes when you approach the image. This last image is exactly the same as the image above, but I have approached the two videos using the editing software and I have combined the framing and scale so you can see the amount of detail in both images. Mavic 2 Pro vs Zoom Zoom vs Crop 3 Obviously, because the Mavic 2 Zoom has a narrower field of view, you will see more details than the Mavic 2 Pro, but the difference is not as big as I expected. Avic 2 Low-light test this is an area where the largest sensor of the Mavic 2 Pro really beats the Mavic 2 Zoom. The image above is a still image of a video recorded at ISO 3200. Before doing any other test, I could already see that the Pro had a big advantage in ISO 3200, the Mavic 2 Zoom is simply unusable. The Pro does not look very good, but with a noise reduction in the publication, I think it would pass as usable. The next test shows how bad things are when you use the optical zoom. This shot was also in ISO 3200, but in the Mavic 2 Pro, I used the trim mode HQ and in the Mavic Zoom 2, I did optical zoom to 48 mm. As with optical zoom tests, the zoom image becomes much darker when it approaches. This means you can forget about trying to use the zoom function when it gets dark. Just to make sure the color settings didn’t obscure the images, I did another test using the D-Cinelike color profile on the Mavic 2 Zoom and Dlog-M on the Mavic 2 Pro. Looking at the next picture, you can see it brought a little more detail into the shadows, but not enough to capture good shots in low light.

What Drone is right for you?

The Mavic 2 Zoom costs $1.249 and the Mavic 2 Pro costs $1449. That price difference may seem a lot, but it all depends on how you look at it. By spending the additional $200, you basically get better colors, better in low light and higher resolution. That’s why the Mavic 2 Pro gets the Hasselblad brand. For me, after using the Dlog-M color profile, there is no other drone on the market (including the Mavic 2 Zoom) that I would consider buying. That feature is worth the extra price and all the others are just an advantage. However, I am not the average consumer, and what you want may be a little different from me. There’s really no problem with any of these drones. If you really want the zoom functionality, get it. Just know that the 4k clipping mode on the Mavic 2 Pro is equivalent to a 40 mm lens that is only 8 mm less than the optical zoom on the cheapest Mavic, so don’t think you’re losing much if you get the Mavic 2 Pro.

The photographs are courtesy of myfirstdrone.com

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