DJI Mavic 2 Pro vs Mavic Pro: Detailed Comparison

What drone is better: the brand new DJI Mavic 2 Pro or the original Mavic Pro? In this article we analyse both drones and answer this question.

General Specs

Model DJI Mavic 2 Pro DJI Mavic Pro
Size (LxWxH)
  • 8,4″ x 3,5″ x 3,3″ (folded)
  • 12,6″ x 9,5″ x 3,3″ (unfolded)
7,8″ × 3,2″ × 3,2″ (folded)
Diagonal Distance 14 inches 13,1 inches
Maximum Speed 44mph in Sport Mode 40mph in Sport mode
Ascent Speed 16.4 feet per second 16.4 feet per second
Descent Speed 9.8 feet per second 9.8 feet per second
Weight 1.99lbs 1.62lbs
Gimbal 3-axis 3-axis
Global Position Systems GPS, GLONASS GPS, GLONASS
Camera 1″ CMOS Hasselblad 20MP; f/2.8-f/11, 4K video (3840×2160 24/25/30p) 1/2.3” CMOS; 12 MP; f/2.2, 4K video (4096×2160 24p)
Video Bit Rate 100Mbps 60Mbps
Live Feed 1080@30fps 720@30fps
Internal Storage 8 gigabytes none
Supported SD cards Micro SD up to 128gb, UHS-I Speed Grade 3 Micro SD up to 128gb, Class 10 or UHS-1
Battery LiPo 4S, 3850 mAh, 15.4 V LiPo 3S, 3830 mAh, 11.4 V
Range 5 miles 4.3 miles
Hover Time around 30 minutes 22-24 minutes
Price $1449 (Discount on Amazon.com) $999 (Discount on Amazon.com)
Release Date August 23, 2018 October, 2016

Drone Design

DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the next-generation drone in the Mavic series that has started from releasing the Mavic 1 Pro in October of 2016. Hence, the second generation of this quadcopter has similar design to its predecessor. Moreover, it inherited the main feature of the previous model – an ability to be folded and carried wherever you want.

Mavic 2 Pro measures 8,4″ x 3,5″ x 3,3″ folded, a little bit bigger in size compared to the original Mavic that measures 7,8 × 3,2 × 3,2 inches. This differences is not noticeable compared to what benefits the second version provides to its owner. But about this pros we are gonna talk later.

In terms of weight the DJI Mavic 2 Pro became a little bit heavier – now you are going to carry not 1.64 pounds but almost 2 pounds. Increasing in weight became reality mostly of the bigger battery, more advanced camera and a little bit bigger drone size.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro’s props have been improved as well that resulted in less noise production. Yet, the speed remains almost identical compared to the Mavic Pro: the second generation of drone has maximum speed of 44mph while the first one can fly up to 40 miles per hour. Don’t forget that these speed can be achieved only in no wind conditions and in Sport mode.

Ascent and descent speeds remains identical and are 16.4 feet per second and 9.8 feet per second respectively.

The main differences in terms of drone design comes to sensors, so-called Vision System. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro comes with omnidirectional sensing provided by 6 sensors located around the drone. Two of them are installed at front the drone of the drone, one on the left and one on the right, one at the bottom and one at the top. Two additional sensors cover the back of the drone. These sensors has different range, so we provided a table down below that shows effective range for different sensors:

Sensor Range
Front 65 – 130 feet
Bottom 36-73 feet
Side 32 feet
Back 52 feet
Top 26 feet

As expected, the most “farseeing” sensors are located at the front that is logical: most of the time you will fly the drone face-forward, so this side must have the highest level of detecting obstacles when flying (trees, buildings, people, birds?).

Compare this 6 sensors with the only 2 sensors (front and bottom) of the original Mavic Pro and you can see that DJI cares about drone safety as well as the other specifications. Yet, the side sensors works as intended only in Tripod and Active Track modes.

In general, if you did like the DJI Mavic Pro drone design you are going to like the Mavic 2 Pro design as well.

Camera

Spec Mavic 2 Pro Camera Mavic Pro Camera
Sensor Size 1″ CMOS Hasselblad 1/2.3″ CMOS made by DJI
Lens 28mm lens 26 mm
FOV (field-of-view) 77° 78.8°
Aperture f/2.8–f/11 (adjustable) f/2.2 (fixed)
Number of Megapixels 20 megapixels 12.35 megapixels (effective 12.71MP)
Image Size 5472×3648 4000×3000
Shutter Speed 8–1/8000s 8s -1/8000 s
ISO in Photo mode
  • 100-3200 (auto)
  • 100-12800 (manual)
100-1600
Color Depth 10-bit Dlog-M, HDR video (HLG 10bit) 8-bit
Still Photography Modes
  • Single shot
  • Burst shooting: 3/5 frames
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
  • Interval (JPEG: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60s RAW:5/7/10/15/20/30/60s)
  • Single shot
  • Burst shooting: 3/5/7 frames
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
  • Interval
Photo File Formats JPEG, DNG (RAW) JPEG, DNG (RAW)
Video Resolution
  • 4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
  • 2.7K: 2688×1512 24/25/30/48/50/60p
  • Full HD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
  • Cinema 4K: 4096×2160 24p
  • 4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
  • 2.7K: 2720×1530 24/25/30p
  • Full HD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p
  • HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
ISO in Video mode 100-6400 100-3200
Video Bit Rate 100Mbps 60Mbps
Video File Formats MP4 / MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265) MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
Supported File System
  • FAT32 (≤ 32 GB)
  • exFAT (> 32 GB)
  • FAT32 (≤ 32 GB)
  • exFAT (> 32 GB)

What makes the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the 1-inch Hasselblad camera. Compared to the Mavic Pro 1/2.3″ CMOS camera it produces higher quality images with less grain, performs better in low-light conditions and has adjustable aperture that make it perfect for shooting sunset and preventing overexposure. Let’s dig into this a bit more.

The bigger camera sensor means a few things:

  • it captures more light that results in less noise and grain in low light as you don’t need to set high your ISO values (this usually results in noisy images);
  • it captures mode details that would be degraded otherwise with a smaller sensor camera;
  • it has higher dynamic range – sites on the image that located between the brighter areas and the darker ones;
  • it captures more content in image as it crops less in input.

The Mavic 2 Pro camera has a higher megapixel count compared to the Mavic 1: 20MP versus 12 megapixels. This results in bigger images resolution: 5472×3648px vs 4000×3000 pixels. This may come in handy for advertising purposes or for home use when you want to print an image and use it as a poster for your room.

Also, one of the biggest advantage of the Mavic 2 Pro drone camera is the ability to shoot video and stills in 10-bit color mode compared to the 8-bit Mavic 1 stills. What this colour mode a.k.a. color depth is you may read on Wikipedia, but what it does is it captures more colours per pixels, resulting in the following advantages:

  • more rich-colourful images and video;
  • higher dynamic range;
  • more small details that you won’t see in 8-bit images/video.

Here is a great example of the 8-bit video compared to the 10-bit video quality:

As you may notice, colours are richer and overall video quality are better.

Apart for the bigger sensor, more megapixels and higher color depth other main reason to prefer the new Mavic 2 Pro over the Mavic 1 Pro is adjustable aperture. Aperture is a hole through which light comes in to the sensor camera. Setting the aperture smaller (in terms of numbers it means lower number, i.e.: f/2.8 means more light and bigger aperture size, f/11 means less light and the smallest aperture size possible) allows a drone pilot to shoot sunset or sunny day without overexposing the image and thus results in more post-production options available to tweak. DJI Mavic Pro owners aren’t able to to this as the drone has a fixed aperture. Of course, they trying to tune this in post-production, yet often it is hard to tweak blacks and whites as well as contrast in post when an original photo or video has been shot with overexposure.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro owners also can shoot video with 100 mbits per second compared to the 60 megabits per second of the original quadcopter. The new codec H.265 provides more quality video overall compared to older H.264.

The only noticeable advantage that the Mavic 1 Pro has is the ability to shoot video in Cinema 4K resolution 4096×2160 at 24 frames per second. Yet, I do not now many people that will classify this as a noticeable advantage over the Mavic 2.

The last major advantage is the internal storage that Mavic 2 has. The capacity is only 8 gigabytes but in some situations it can make a difference.

Both drones also can shoot RAW stills, yet the Mavic 2 Pro output images are bigger due to the 20 megapixel camera compared to the 12MP Mavic 1 Pro camera.

Battery, Flight Time and Range

DJI Mavic 2 Pro battery has an increased number of cells. Now they number 4 whereas the Mavic Pro battery has only three. This resulted in increased flight time for the second Mavic drone even though in terms of capacity numbers are fairly the same: 3850 milliampere hour for the Mavic 2 and 3830 milliampere hour for the first one.

Advanced intelligent flight battery on Mavic 2 Pro required a higher voltage as well, so now it’s 15.4V versus 11.4V on the original drone.

As for the flight time, the Mavic 2 Pro has advertised 31 minutes of flying time. However, you should know that you won’t fly that much as this flying time was calculated for the drone that has 0% battery capacity when landed. In reality, the drone will return to the taking off spot when the battery level has around 15 per cent of charge or so. Trust me, you don’t want to fly your drone utilising the full battery charge as this may end in loosing connection and thus, in loosing your drone.

In general, you can expect from the Mavic 2 Pro 24-27 minutes of flight time, depending on weather, your flying skills and bugs. Yes, lags may and will happen – that is the price of the high-tech drone such as the Mavic 2.

As for the Mavic Pro drone, DJI comes up with 27 minutes flight time. As you may have guessed already, this isn’t the real flight time of the drone as well. In tests the Mavic Pro has 22-24 minutes of real flight time, depending on the weather conditions, wind speed, your skills a drone pilot, interference and so on.

Both Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic Pro feature 5-mile range. The Mavic 2 Pro live feed transmission available via improved OcuSync 2.0 technology when the Mavic Pro has the first generation OcuSync tech.

Flight Modes

The DJI drones has 3 regular modes (P-mode, Sport mode and Attitude mode), a mode designed for beginner pilots and a bunch of intelligent flight modes. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro features all of them plus a new mode called Hyperlapse. The full list of intelligent flight modes available down below:

DJI Mavic 2 Pro Intelligent Flight Modes DJI Mavic Pro Intelligent Flight Modes
Active Track (improved version!) Active Track (old version)
Point of Interest (improved version!) Point of Interest (old version)
Waypoints Waypoints
Hyperlapse (NEW mode)
Tapfly Tapfly
Cinematic Mode Cinematic Mode
Tripod Mode Tripod Mode
QuickShot QuickShot
Draw Draw
Gesture Mode Gesture Mode
Terrain Follow Mode Terrain Follow Mode
Home Lock Home Lock
Course Lock Course Lock
Follow Me Follow Me
Fixed Wing Mode Fixed Wing Mode

Mavic 2 Pro Pros

Pros
  • Omnidirectional obstacle avoidance raise the drone safety to a whole new level: with 6 sensors it is very hard to hit anything in the air.
  • Slightly increased speed in sport Mode.
  • The brand new 1-inch camera designed by Swedish Hasselblad manufacturer makes an outstanding performance compared to the other drone’s cameras at the same price range. The 20 megapixel camera allow the pilot to shoot less noisy stills and video in low light, adjustable aperture helps preventing overexposure without utilising ND-filters and capture more small details.
  • Great dynamic range and rich colors provided by 10-bit color mode.
  • Bigger image size.
  • Longer flight time.
  • One new intelligent flight mode and two improved ones.
  • OcuSync 2.0.
  • FullHD 1080 transmission at 30 frames per second.

Mavic Pro Pros

Pros
  • Can shoot Cinema 4K 4096×2160 at 24 frames per second.
  • When DJI Mavic 2 Pro has been released the price went down, so now you can get the Mavic 1 Pro less than $850 on Amazon.com.

Mavic 2 Pro Cons

Cons
  • Slightly heavier drone compared to the Mavic 1.
  • Pricey. May wait for the sales period.

Mavic Pro Cons

Cons
  • Lacking in sensors.
  • 1/2.3″ CMOS camera perform worse in low light, images can be highly overexposured without ND-filters (and sometimes even with them), 8-bit images and video isn’t as rich in colors as 10-bit Mavic 2 Pro.
  • Flight time is limited 22-24 minutes.

Conclusions

Overall, both drones are great in their price range: the DJI Mavic 2 Pro has a higher price tag, yet is has 1-ich camera that shoot 4K 10-bit rich-color video with high dynamic range when the DJI Mavic Pro is a great choice for beginners that want 4K camera drone that doesn’t provide professional quality video and photo, yet is great for home use.

We recommend the DJI Mavic 2 Pro for professionals that need as much quality as they can yield from $1,5K drone but don’t want to spend $3000 or more on professional drone much like the DJI Inspire 2. Also, the Mavic 2 is the best option for amateur film-makers that want to have a bunch of features when shooting a scene with an ability to tweak setting on the fly.

The DJI Mavic 1 Pro is a better drone if you don’t want to spend more that one thousand dollars on a drone and spent the rest on some accessories such as battery, ND-filters, chargers etc. If you have some spare money and want to get the most out of your drone then the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the best quadcopter in 2018.