DJI Mavic 2 Pro
Weight: 907g | Dimensions (folded): 214×91×84mm | Dimensions (unfolded): 322×242×84mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K HDR 30fps | Camera resolution: 20MP | Battery life: 31 minutes (3850mAh) | Max Range: 8km / 5mi | Max Speed: 72kph / 44.7mph
The Mavic Air 2 arrived in 2020, bringing plenty of new features to the Mavic series that make the Mavic 2 Pro more of a niche aircraft than before, but the stills and, in low-light situations, the video remain unrivalled (without spending a good amount more and throwing portability out of the window).
Although the camera’s branding may be perceived as a gimmick given DJI’s ownership of Hasselblad, the 20 megapixel stills from the 1-inch sensor are undoubtedly superior than those with smaller sensors (including the Mavic 2 Zoom). Up to 128,000 ISO can be chosen manually, and video can be broadcast in genuine 10-bit (excellent for pro colour grading) and HDR, with a ƒ/2.8-ƒ/11 aperture.
Each pixel on the sensor is still bigger than all but the EVO II Pro on this list, so low-light stills and video look stunning. The increased detail is also helpful for surveyors and 3D mapping, both of which the Mavic handles easily thanks to connection with Drone Deploy (in fairness similar integration is available with other drones). The DJI drones’ automated fly modes, such as “Hyperlapse” (timelapse), are well-implemented and simple to understand, making the Mavics incredibly powerful creative tools when used alone.