How’s it going everybody? I’m Andrew from djibestdrones.com and in this article I put some of my thoughts about the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom. I’ve been flying the drone for some time and I think this is the right time to share with you some of my experience.
So this is a follow-up to my initial DJI Mavic 2 Zoom review talking about the features I found. There I am going to post a few more things about this Mavic 2 Zoom that are pretty cool and some things that might help you when you’re first setting it up.
One of the first really cool things that I found is that you don’t actually have to unfold the drone to access the SD card. With your Mavic 1 Pro you actually had to unfold the entire drone or at least some of the arms in order to access the SD card.
Secondly, the controller has a little cut-out notch on both sides for smartphones. So if you’re using like an iPhone – like I am – you now have better access to your your home button there whereas before you didn’t. Those two details are present on both the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro models because the body is the same, the only difference is the camera.
I’m going to turn on the controller and I’m gonna unfold the Mavic 2 Zoom. One of the things that I’ve also noticed is that it’s best to open up these propellers just a little bit beforehand. Yes, you can start the propeller spinning and eventually they will unfold themselves but it kind of jostles the drone and I feel like you might be reducing motor life just a little bit.
Starting up the drone and also the DJI GO 4 App of which I had to download a new version of it. By the way if yours isn’t working properly check with the App Store or Google Play. You want to make sure that you update the firmware to whatever is current because if you don’t you may not have access to certain things like the Super Resolution function or the 2x digital zoom that works on top of the 2x optical zoom on the Mavic 2 Zoom
Now you see right there only forward and backward obstacle avoidance available:
That’s because we’re:
- on the ground
- we’re in positioning mode
So if we were to raise this drone up and go in a tripod mode it will have that surround obstacle avoidance. In Sport mode we have no obstacle avoidance at all so be careful.
So there are two really cool functions that I found inside of the the app. If you go into your settings, then RC settings, you will find Charging Mode which allows charging your phone through the remote controller.
You can actually turn that on or off. Many people have mailed me about how to make their phone not charge from the remote controller. Now you know – there is a button and you can toggle that on and off and takes care of that.
Also to the left you see HD, one step below the Remote Controller Settings:
Here you can select image transmission settings: normal mode or HD mode. We turn it to HD mode and that’s where our HD quality of our downstream to our phone or display device can be found. DJI talked about 1080 display on your phone from the drone via OcuSync 2.0 and that’s how you get it.
And one of the things that I kind of glossed over the first time I reviewed the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom it has bottom auxilary lighting. So if you go into the visual navigation settings toward the bottom it says Bottom Auxiliary Lighting:
Right now it’s Auto so I assume if it gets dark enough it’ll turn on automatically. However you can toggle it on or off manually.
Now if I go into my camera settings and I select the camera icon there’s video size 4k at 30 frames per second. If I exit the setting you can see on the right there’s the little zoom function:
This is where I can zoom in or out by sliding my finger up and down. You can also control zoom with your right dial on the shoulder of the remote control.
I’m using a landing pad right now which makes it really easy to take off in grass.
So we’re gonna take off. There are a couple different ways to do: it you can either press the take-off button in your app slide:
Or the way I do it: just take the two thumb sticks, left one to the lower left and right one to the lower right and it starts the prop spinning and then you just waddle up to get up in the air.
In 4k we can only do the 2x optical zoom but if we were to stop recording, switch to recording in 1080 now we have our full 96mm zoom which incorporates 2x digital zoom as well.
But beware: when you zoom in too much the image becomes a little blurry. As soon as you stop zooming the image you receive from the drone’s camera will autofocus and things will get sharped and more detailed.
As you move the drone around it’s not going to maintain a perfect focus especially on that specific object or specific part of the scenery that you want to focus in on. Which you probably want to do is zoom back all the way again that you’ve found your focus on your specific subject. And then zoom in again – by this time you’ve already got your framing up, you’ve already got your focus on that subject so it should be a much smoother zoom.
I do a lot of videography with handheld cameras and that’s something that I have to do. I actually usually zoom in on the subject and get my focus. Then zoom out again – and I know that I have proper focus because when you zoom in the discrepancy of focus is much more apparent so it just gets more sensitive when you’re zoomed in. That’s why you should probably zoom in once, get your framing, get your focus and then you can zoom back out and then try that again. At the end that’ll be your shot.
That brings me to my other point about framing. Sometimes when you’re not in the exact center of the screen as you’re zooming in with the Mavic 2 Zoom you’re gonna miss your subject. Then, at the very end, you’re gonna be tilting the camera up and down or trying to find that subject. Because as you zoomed in you may have started to miss it a little bit and then you’re trying to fix where your cameras pointing. It doesn’t look that great, right?
So if you zoom in, you find your subject and you find your focus, then you zoom back out that when you zoom in again if you haven’t touched the controls you’re gonna get a dead center perfect that second time.
Now let’s dig into intelligent flight modes a little bit. One of the cool things about Tripod mode is it really just deadens the controls a little bit. So as you’re pushing forward with your right thumb stick or something, the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is moving very slow. If you’re trying to get some of these cinematic movements or you’re trying to follow someone who’s just walking and so on, tripod mode is really gonna help you.
Upgraded Active Track 2.0 mode is amazing. I must say that Active Track 2.0 works flawlessly with the surround sensors which are also on in this mode. I was flying the Mavic 2 the other day with my friend who brought his sons over and we were tracking his son’s running around. I was tracking myself too and the drone was going in-between trees ,it was going underneath the branches, it was like going all around. I was not touching the controls at all and it was doing this phenomenally, I was really impressed. DJI done a great job incorporating active track into the Mavic 2.
And by the way, that’s something that you’ll find in both the Pro and the Zoom models. Of course, with the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom it might be even more impressive because you can zoom in on the person.
Other flight modes works smooth as butter as well, especially Hyperlapse.
Super Res mode is also interesting: it’s zooming in and it’s gonna stitch together quite a few images and I guess it’s gonna be a very super res 8000×6000 image, like that:
So those are just some thoughts and ideas I had with the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom drone. I hope that you’ve found these tips and tricks useful for you!