DJI already has the strongest fleet of consumer drones around, but recent leaks and an event invite are pointing to the imminent arrival of a sequel to its excellent Mavic Pro, the DJI Mavic 2.
If you’re new to DJI’s range, the Mavic Pro is a bit like the drone equivalent of a high-end compact camera, sitting in between the larger Phantoms and the point-and-shoot Spark.
In fact, before the more hobbyist-friendly Mavic Air stole their thunder earlier this year, the Mavic Pro and Mavic Pro Platinum were our favourite little 4K travel drones.
So how will the Mavic 2, or Mavic Pro 2 as it may be called, improve on its predecessor? Here’s everything we know so far.
DJI Mavic Pro release date and price: when does it come out, and how much will it cost?
DJI recently postponed a global event called ‘See the bigger picture’, which was scheduled for 18 July 2018 and was rumoured to be for the unveiling of the DJI Mavic 2.
DJI didn’t say when it would be rescheduled for, but did suggest it would be ‘in the not too distant future’. Some sites, such as MyFirstDrone, think the Mavic 2 release will now happen in late July 2018 or August 2018. We’ll update this page as soon as we hear anything official.
DroneDJ expects the Mavic 2’s price to start at $1299 (£983/$1,298), which is likely to be in the right ballpark given that the current Mavic Pro is £899/$1,187. It will almost certainly be available as part of a ‘Fly More’ bundle too, which includes handy extras like three spare batteries and traditionally costs an extra £250/$330.
DJI Mavic 2 design: what will it look like and what camera will it have?
A recent leak from DroneDJ apparently reveals the first image of the Mavic Pro 2 – or, as it’s called in the photo, the Mavic 2.
The leak has sparked a lot of speculation about what improvements DJI’s Mavic Pro successor will bring, many of which seem plausible based on the rest of DJI’s range.
The most interesting possibility is a modular camera – if true, this would mean the Mavic 2 would act more like an interchangeable lens camera, with the option of swapping out the camera unit for something with a different sensor size, aperture range or focal length.
In fact, DroneDJ has speculated that the gimbal itself might be removable, which would open up the possibility of using it as a handheld stabiliser, in a similar way to the now discontinued GoPro Karma.
If the leaked photo is to be believed, DJI won’t be dramatically changing the Mavic Pro’s design – some of its sharp edges have been smoothed, presumably to make it a little more aerodynamic. But otherwise it looks like it’ll have the same folding mechanism and colour scheme as before, which is fine by us.
One other interesting design touch is the apparent inclusion of obstacle avoidance sensors on the top and sides of the Mavic 2. If these are combined with the front, rear and bottom sensors seen on the Mavic Air, the new model would have 360-degree obstacle avoidance detection, making it virtually crash-proof. In theory, at least.
DJI Mavic 2 specs: what sensor will it have and how long will the battery life be?
Opinion is a little split on which camera sensor the DJI Mavic 2 is likely to have.
Rumours from drone site DRN earlier this year suggested that it’d be a 1-inch sensor with a 28mm lens, which would surprisingly put it on a par with DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro (albeit with fewer megapixels).
DroneDJ’s photo leak, though, appears to show two different camera modules, with the smaller one rumoured to be based on a 12-megapixel, 1/1.7in sensor.
That would still be bigger than the current Mavic Pro’s 1/2.3in sensor and should boost the Mavic 2’s low light performance and dynamic range compared to its predecessor.
Other rumours suggest that the Mavic 2 will be able to shoot 4K at 60fps (rather than the 30fps on the current Mavic Pro) and will boost its battery life to 32 minutes, up from 27 minutes, which would be pretty impressive for a drone of this size.