DJI Mavic 2 Pro vs Mavic 2 Zoom vs Mavic Pro vs Pro Platinum vs Mavic Air: The Ultimate Comparison

In this comparison I lined up all five DJI Mavics that I own (by the way, that is all five Mavics that are on the market so far). Firstly, the DJI Mavic Pro – the oldest one followed by the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum – kind of like the successor. Then the tiny DJI Mavic Air drone and here the two new drones: the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. I want to compare them and help you choosing the right drone for yourself.

Design, Dimensions and Weight

Firstly let’s talk about the dimensions and the weight. Which of the drones is the lightest? The DJI Mavic Air is so small for transportation. It  only measures approximately 6,6″×3,2″×1,9″ when being folded which is really gorgeous and it weighs less than one pound (0.94lbs to be exact). DJI Mavic Air is super light, it really fits into every backpack even though they all fit into every normal backpack, but the Mavic Air you can just really bring everywhere. It’s an amazing tiny drone!

Size & Weight

DJI Mavic 2 Pro DJI Mavic 2 Zoom DJI Mavic Air DJI Mavic Pro DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
Compact Compact Tiny Small Small
8,4″ x 3,5″ x 3,3″ 8,4″ x 3,5″ x 3,3″ 6,6″×3,2″×1,9″ 7,8″ × 3,2″ × 3,2″ 7,8″ × 3,2″ × 3,2″
1.99lbs 1.99lbs 0.94lbs 1.62lbs 1.62lbs

The DJI Mavic Pro and the Mavic Pro Platinum only feature frontal obstacle avoidance and downwards facing obstacle avoidance. That is cool but, for example, when tracking a person using the Active Track mode the drone cannot fly backwards or to the sides – that’s just impossible. That’s because the drone doesn’t know what’s behind it or at sides. So the drones are a bit limited.

Next up is the DJI Mavic Air. The tiny drone has frontal obstacle avoidance, bottom obstacle avoidance and backwards facing obstacle avoidance. They make it a lot more flexible already. But the best of the best drones are the two new DJI Mavics. The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro feature the exact same sensors to the front, to the bottom, to the back, even to the sides – even though the side sensors are only activated when using intelligent flight functions like Active Track – in normal flight mode they’re deactivated to save some battery life. But when having the drone autonomously follow you all around the place then the side sensors work as well. Plus, and that is really cool, they have even upwards facing sensors which is amazing for indoor flying or flying below trees or through a bridge or tunnel or something. So the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro really are the safest when it comes to obstacle avoidance.

Obstacle Avoidance Sensors

DJI Mavic 2 Pro DJI Mavic 2 Zoom DJI Mavic Air DJI Mavic Pro DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
Omnidirectional Omnidirectional Forwards, Backwards Forwards Forwards

Internal Storage

Did you ever forget your microSD card when you wanted to shoot something with a drone? Well, I ran into that situation already, it happened to me quite a couple of times. I must be a bit lazy when going through my packing list unfortunately. Although it’s really bad because you’re you might be standing at an amazing location and then you just cannot record. Or you have a micro SD card inside the drone and the micro SD card is just full and you didn’t bring a computer to back up the files and then use the card again. This is really bad! I really don’t like it and it already happened to me quite a couple of times. So internal storage is something amazing as a backup and three of these drones feature internal storage – the DJI Mavic Pro and Mavic Pro Platinum they don’t. The DJI Mavic Air, the new DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and the new DJI Mavic 2 Pro – they all feature eight gigabytes of internal storage which can really help you out if you’re out at a beautiful place and you’re having a problem with your MicroSD card. By the way, you can use micro SD cards with all five drones it’s not like you’re limited to the internal storage with these three models but it’s amazing to have that as a backup.

Internal Storage Comparison

DJI Mavic 2 Pro DJI Mavic 2 Zoom DJI Mavic Air DJI Mavic Pro DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
Yes Yes Yes No No
8GB 8GB 8GB

Camera Sensor and Quality

The sensor is kind of like a camera’s kingmaker. The bigger the sensors is the more details, more depth in the colors, more sharpness overall you are going to get. A larger sensor makes images look better. Unfortunately, four of these drones feature the same 1/2.3-inch sensor which is okay. It’s a pretty sensor and it’s kind of normal for drones of this size. Only the new DJI Mavic 2 Pro at the very top here features a full 1 inch sensor.

Camera Sensor Size Comparison

DJI Mavic 2 Pro DJI Mavic 2 Zoom DJI Mavic Air DJI Mavic Pro DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
1″ 1/2.3″ 1/2.3″ 1/2.3″ 1/2.3″

So when it comes to taking photographs or filming at night then go with the DJI Mavic Pro 2. It is just ahead of all other four drones.

With how many bits does a camera record? That is quite an interesting question! Four of these drones recorded 8-bit color images. 8-bit means having 256 levels of gray that means 16.7 8 million possible color tones will be recorded. Only one drone record a 10-bit – the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. At the very top 10 bit means having 1024 levels of gray and 1.07 billion possible color tones! If you are into grading your footage, if you are into post-production, into editing then go with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. There is so much more information stored on the video footage of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro then on the video footage of all the other Mavic drones we compare here.

Color Depth Comparison

DJI Mavic 2 Pro DJI Mavic 2 Zoom DJI Mavic Air DJI Mavic Pro DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
10-Bit 8-Bit 8-Bit 8-Bit 8-Bit

But you should keep in mind that most monitors cannot display 10 bit they can only display 8 bit. Plus that, if you upload files to YouTube, Facebook etc. they all convert the footage down to 8-bit. It doesn’t matter what you film, the footage, as it’s always gonna be 8-bit in the end. It only makes sense buying a 10-bit camera like the DJI Mavic 2 Pro if you really know how to handle this kind of footage using very advanced editing software for years.

Optical Zoom

I was asking DJI to finally bring an optical zoom to a drone. Why? Because an optical zoom really gives you a totally different look – it gives you what I always call “The Hollywood Look”. The look is narrow, everything looks fast, everything looks intense – it’s just amazing. And you cannot achieve that by digitally cropping into footage, you cannot achieve the same look when just flying closer to an object. You will notice that if you fly it with a zoom drone it looks totally different! It really looks totally cinematic and there’s only one drone here that can get that job done and you probably know which one of course.

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom has a two times optical lossless zoom which makes a focal length of 24 to 48 millimeters. It is really amazing and makes the DJI Mavic zoom my favourite drone of that size for videography.

Optical Zoom Difference

DJI Mavic 2 Pro DJI Mavic 2 Zoom DJI Mavic Air DJI Mavic Pro DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
No Yes No No No
28mm 24-48mm 24mm 26mm 26mm

Active Track

The next major difference I want to talk about is an intelligent flight mode. It is named Active Track 2.0. Active Track means that if you’re skiing downhill, if you’re on your bike cruising through the nature, the drone just keeps you in the center and it creates amazing shots. And remember we talked about it a tiny little bit already when talking about the obstacle sensors? The two older drones – the Mavic Pro and the Mavic Platinum can only follow an object or person from behind because they only have frontal obstacle avoidance. They won’t ever film you from the front or they won’t ever circle you or something. While the DJI Mavic Air has frontal and backwards facing obstacle avoidance which gives it more flexibility. But the only drones that can really handle Active Track and make the shots look gorgeous are the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro.

DJI enhanced the Active Track on the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and DJI Mavic 2 Pro over the normal active track that the three other drones use which is really cool because it is more reliable. Of course, it’s sometimes still loses an object that happened to me while testing it but in general I can say it is a lot more stable. The object tracked is really saved even when the the drone loses the sight for a sec and it usually is able to just find the object again and then keep on following. It’s really nice Active Track 2.0 on the 2 new DJI Mavics, that’s really something really cool if you are trying to film yourself during some action.

Active Track Version Comparison

DJI Mavic 2 Pro DJI Mavic 2 Zoom DJI Mavic Air DJI Mavic Pro DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
V 2.0 V 2.0 V 1.0 V 1.0 V 1.0

Range and Transmission System

How far can you fly our drone out before you get in trouble? Before you lose the signal? Before your smartphone screen turns black? That is quite an essential question. And unfortunately. the tiny DJI Mavic Air with its Wi-Fi signal (even thought it’s enchanced) is the weakest: it has a maximum range of approximately 2.5 miles. But in reality it is a lot less, especially when flying in urban areas.

The DJI Mavic Pro and the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum use a transmission system named OcuSync and you can reach maximum distances of approximately 4.3 miles. The system is really good but the two new drones OcuSync 2.0 which is really amazing. Because OcuSync 2.0 does an amazing job! I’ve never seen that a drone, not even bigger and more expensive drones, can reach maximum distances of approximately 5 miles! But that is not even the deal. The main deal is that you just never have any dropouts. When I was flying the signal was incredibly stable, I never had a black screen, I never had missing frames on the live feed. So when it comes to the signal strength clearly the two new Mavics win this battle.

Range Comparison

DJI Mavic 2 Pro DJI Mavic 2 Zoom DJI Mavic Air DJI Mavic Pro DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
5 miles 5 miles 2.5 miles 4.3 miles 4.3 miles

Conclusions

Besides that what can I say? Of course the two new drones the DJI Matic 2 Zoom and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro – are by far the best of the Mavic drones. If you cannot afford or you don’t want one of these two new drones then I would almost recommend getting the tiny DJI Mavic Air. It is a really reliable drone and it has the backwards facing sensors as well.

But finally it’s up to you!