DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
Weight: 905g | Dimensions (folded): 214×91×84mm | Controller: Yes| Dimensions (unfolded): 322×242×84mm | Video resolution: 4K HDR 30fps | Camera resolution: 12MP | Battery life: 31 minutes (3850mAh) | Max Range: 8km / 5mi | Max Speed: 72kph / 44.7mph
The Mavic Pro from DJI changed what was possible in 2016 using the best camera drones so that a decent quality lens could be folded and carried without being too heavy or bulky. It is able to capture 4K (maximum 24Fps) and introduce a useful foldout controller that seemed more common than bulky radio controllers in their hobby era with a PlayStation.
By 2020, the folding Mavic series was divided into four parts. Mavic Mini, Mavic Air 2, Mavic 2 Zoom & Mavic 2 Pro are the cheapest to the most expensive drones available in the market. The last two drones are identical, but they are completely different. The zoom has 2 optical zoom-lens and is our favourite (with an effective focal length range of 24-48mm). This provides real creative lens compression options. The unique feature of the drone is Dolly Zoom which makes it really special.
However, there is a cost; the zoom is mounted in front of a 1/2.3” 12-megapixel camera with an ISO rating of 3200. Even at launch, this was a bit disappointing, despite the fact that 4K footage at up to 30fps and 100mbps is of excellent quality, and DJI’s software offers an excellent blend of capability and performance. The only major criticism regarding the Mavic 2 is the loss of 60fps at 4K, as well as the fact that the side sensors don’t accomplish much more than provide a false sense of security.