DJI MAVIC 2 PRO
Hasselblad and DJI have combined forces to create the ultimate imaging drone, but is this collaboration more hype than substance?
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.