Has­sel­blad and DJI have com­bined forces to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate imag­ing drone, but is this col­lab­o­ra­tion more hype than sub­stance?

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Has­sel­blad and DJI cre­ated the ul­ti­mate imag­ing drone. Trust us when we say, you should def­i­nitely check this out…

Few drones have gath­ered as much ex­cite­ment as the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, and it’s all down to the pres­ence of a Has­sel­blad cam­era. The Mavic is al­ready pop­u­lar with pho­tog­ra­phers due to its fold­able de­sign that fits neatly in back­packs. So the size of the orig­i­nal was per­fect, but the gim­bal and cam­era were some­what lim­ited in terms of vis­ual qual­ity and sta­bil­i­sa­tion.

Pull the Mavic 2 Pro from the box and the up­grades are in­stantly ap­par­ent. The new drone weighs more (173g, to be ex­act), high­light­ing the im­proved ma­te­ri­als for a premium feel.

Setup is quick, and the bat­tery and pro­pel­lers click smoothly into place. Mo­bile is hard­wired into the con­troller, the app and firmware are easy to up­date, then there’s a short wait for the Mavic to lock on GPS. With checks com­plete, a swipe of the app is all that’s needed to take off. It’s im­pres­sively sta­ble and a quick jolt of the sticks shows just how solid the drone is in flight.

Our first test is the Point of In­ter­est mode. A cou­ple of taps on the app and the drone starts cir­cling around our cho­sen lo­ca­tion. You can ad­just the speed via the con­troller. Next is Hyper­lapse, a sta­bilised mo­tion time­lapse, and Ac­tiveTrack 2.0, where the drone fol­lows you (or your fea­tured sub­ject) as you move around. Each mode is pre­cise, and does what we want with ab­so­lute sta­bil­ity. There are no is­sues or er­rors. Like­wise, while test­ing the var­i­ous stills modes, we found that Panoramic and HDR Pro 2 were the most re­spon­sive and pre­cise. It takes an­other swipe to land the 2 Pro, leav­ing us to re­view the cap­tured footage on our lap­top.

Upon open­ing the im­ages, we’re struck by the huge dif­fer­ence the new cam­era makes. Pho­tos are clean and de­tailed, and de­spite the lower light there’s no noise. Video footage also looks clean and de­tailed. The gim­bal locks the cam­era in the air with such sta­bil­ity, it’s hard to be­lieve this video has come from a drone.

Suf­fice to say, DJI has knocked it out of the park with the Mavic 2 Pro, cre­at­ing the new must-have drone for ae­rial pho­tog­ra­phers.

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