The DJI Mavic 2 Pro was launched as part of an exciting double-act with the Mavic 2 Zoom in August 2018. While it remains DJI’s flagship consumer drone, it’s since been upstaged by the arrival of the DJI Air 2S – a model that combines a 1-Inch sensor with a smaller, more travel-friendly body.
The Air 2S has now replaced the Mavic 2 Pro at the top of our guide to the best drones, but this older model is still worth considering, particularly if you mainly shoot video. That’s because the Mavic 2 Pro has adjustable aperture, which means you can tweak the exposure as the light changes, rather than having to land the drone and change the ND filter, as you would on the Air 2S.
The Mavic 2 Pro also bring a host of advanced photo and video features, alongside some intelligent flight modes that have deservedly made it one of the world’s most popular drones since its release.
Since the Mavic 2 Pro’s release there have been new drone laws introduced in many regions – including registration schemes in both the UK and US – but as long as you follow the new guidelines, then it remains a fantastic way to get pro-level aerial footage of your local landscapes or travel adventures.
Release date and price
The DJI Mavic 2 Pro has been available to buy since its release date on August 23 2018, when it started shipping alongside its Mavic 2 Zoom sibling.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro key specs
Sensor: 20MP one-inch CMOS
Focal length: 28mm (full-frame equivalent)
Shutter speed: 8-1/8000sec
Video: 4K MP4 & MOV, 10-bit D-Log M & 10-bit HDR
Take-off weight: 907g
Flight time: Up to 31 mins
Despite its age, the Mavic 2 Pro’s price hasn’t really come down from its original $1,599 / £1,349 / $2,499 level. In fact, at times it’s even gone up – towards the end of 2019 in the US, for example, prices rose as much as 13% due to increased tariffs on Chinese goods.
Another factor has simply been a lack of competition for the Mavic 2 Pro. That’s now changed with the arrival of the DJI Air 2S, which we reckon now offers better value, but it’s possible we may now see some long-awaited price drops for this older drone.
Design and controller
The Mavic 2 Pro maintains the foldable design debuted by its predecessor. This allows the drone to almost halve its footprint for transportation, making it the most portable drone with a one-inch sensor available. Folding is simple and requires the front arms to be rotated out and the rear arms to be twisted up and into position. Each arm is home to one of four propellers.
The main body of the Mavic 2 Pro is compact and rectangular, with the gimbal and camera mounted at the front/bottom of the drone. The camera and gimbal benefit from a raised position when the drone is sitting on the ground, so there’s ground clearance for take-off or landing. There’s not a great deal of space though, so when taking off and landing on wet grass, for example, it pays to use a landing mat to make sure the camera lens doesn’t get wet when the gimbal automatically calibrates after the drone’s turned on.
To switch the Mavic 2 Pro on you simply press and hold the button on the top of the battery that clips neatly into place at the top of the drone. For the controller, it’s a case of pressing the power button briefly before pressing and holding again to switch it on. And don’t forget to connect your smartphone with the DJI Go 4 app installed, because this provides access to drone settings, camera control and camera view.