The release of DJI’s Mavic Pro back in 2016 opened fresh opportunities for videographers as it was able to combine professional-grade output with portability — two elements that usually don’t go together in the filming world.
There have been other iterations that followed suit; mostly improving image quality and making the blades quieter. Although after two years, a fitting follow-up has been released. They come in two forms: the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.
Apart from shooting 4K video at up to 100 megabits per second, these two models now have a built-in storage of 8GB and are, of course, expandable via a microSD slot. They are equipped with more sensors than the first generation for more accurate obstacle avoidance and have improved battery life (31 minutes versus the older 27 minutes).
The drones also have new tricks up their sleeves in the form of intelligent features. One feature to look forward to is Hyperlapse. You can choose from among its different modes like Free, Circle, or Course Lock and you’ll be able to capture a cool time-lapse (as seen above) ready for sharing on different platforms.
Mavic 2 Pro
The Mavic 2 Pro is proud to hold the title as the world’s first drone with a camera co-engineered with Hasselblad, which is the leading brand in medium format photography.
For a more detailed look, it carries a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile and with that tandem, DJI claims it can capture four times as many levels of color per channel compared to its predecessor. The new drone can shoot photos and videos with a promise of churning out utmost color accuracy thanks to Hasselblad’s Natural Color Solution technology.
It shoots 20-megapixel photos and 4K UHD videos, has support for 4K 10-bit HDR, and can switch between f/2.8 to f/11 apertures depending on the lighting condition. Think of it as your professional aerial equipment that folds up and can fit inside a small bag.
Mavic 2 Zoom
On the other hand, the Mavic 2 Zoom sports a smaller 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor but is the world’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom capabilities. This was made possible by combining two times optical zoom (24-48mm) with two times digital zoom to simulate a 96mm telephoto lens.
It only shoots 12-megapixel photos like the first Mavic Pro, but it has a fresh new feature called Super Resolution that we’ve seen in smartphones. It captures and stitches nine photos to produce a detailed 48-megapixel image.
If that still doesn’t impress you, one feature exclusive to the Mavic 2 Zoom is the Dolly Zoom mode. It basically creates a vertigo effect that filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock popularized.
The Mavic 2 Pro starts at US$ 1,449 for the basic package while the Mavic 2 Zoom comes as a more affordable option at US$ 1,249.
Airpeak will be Sony’s foray into camera drone market
Slated to launch in Spring 2021
The ever-competitive drone market will soon have another brand to welcome. Sony just announced its entry into the consumer drone market with the Airpeak brand, which will likely go toe-to-toe (propeller to propeller?) with established brands like DJI.
Specific details about the brand, however, remain scarce at the moment. Sony’s official website only teases a short cryptic video.
The website also mentions that Airpeak will be the culmination of “imaging and sensing technological expertise and AI Robotics” — something which Sony has with its consumer camera and robotic products.
A separate press release also confirms Sony’s plan to target video creators with the Airpeak brand. Further, the brand will bring 3R technology (Reality, Real-time and Remote) to the drone market.
The first wave of products under the Airpeak is slated to launch in the spring of 2021. In the meantime, Sony will continue to obtain feedback from users who participated in co-creating drones under the brand.
It is worth noting that this isn’t Sony’s first foray into the drone market. Last year, the company entered a partnership with ZMP to form the Aerosense company. However, that company caters specifically to the business sector. So, the Airpeak brand will actually be the company’s first for the consumer drone sector.
How the tech world helped in the Notre Dame fire incident
Modern technology isn’t our foe at all
In light of the recent news about the fire incident that happened in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, several companies, including those from the tech sector, have shown how much they care for the ruined 856-year-old historic landmark.
When the flames broke out, firefighters used Mavic Pro and Matrice M210 drones. The cathedral was severely damaged but thankfully, the drones helped in distinguishing where the fire had spread out. Several tweets show how helpful drones are, even during unexpected disasters like this one.
— Alexandre Fremont (@alex_fremont) April 15, 2019
People from DJI talked about how their drones helped Paris’ Emergency Response Team in determining the fire inside the cathedral.
Learning that Emergency Response for Notre Dame also included the use of drones, made me feel good. Then seeing a female operator made me proud. Both individually are not common, both together even less. Such a difficult incident to deal with, done with exemplary. pic.twitter.com/Qdh3UIwmer
— Romeo Durscher (@romeoch) April 16, 2019
Craftsmen built Notre Dame eight centuries ago. Now it may be up to robots to save it.https://t.co/zyfMU1lEuI
— Brendan Schulman (@dronelaws) April 17, 2019
After the incident, many people, including popular icons all around the globe, have shown their distress about the destruction of the cathedral. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, is one among those people. He even promised Apple would help in the progress of rebuilding Notre Dame’s ruined architectural landscape.
We are heartbroken for the French people and those around the world for whom Notre Dame is a symbol of hope. Relieved that everyone is safe. Apple will be donating to the rebuilding efforts to help restore Notre Dame’s precious heritage for future generations.🇫🇷
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 16, 2019
Most gamers can tell that the Notre Dame Cathedral is found in the gameplay of Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Ubisoft, which is also a French company, said that the infrastructure was scanned using their state-of-the-art 3D mapping technology. Using data preserved for the game may help architects and builders in restoring the cathedral. As an addition, the game is for free at the Ubisoft store to honor the fallen landmark.
It may be insignificant for most people but these all prove that companies and their existing technologies can still help in times of global incidents like this.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro Review: 1 month in
Not a perfect drone, but…
We won’t bore you with a rundown of its specs, but instead, we’ll give you the lowdown on DJI’s new drone — what works, what doesn’t, and what’s there to love. This is our DJI Mavic 2 Pro review.
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