The Mavic 2 Pro has a very unique camera. Because of the larger image sensor size, they had to figure out how to make it larger while still being small enough to fit inside of the same area on the drone.
The Mavic 2 Pro camera might seem large in photos, but in person it’s much smaller than the camera on the Phantom 4 Pro (DJI’s larger drone with a 1 inch sensor)
By making it square instead of round, that allowed it to fit in the small space on the drone, keeping the drone design sleek and relatively small.
It’s amazing that DJI was able to fit such a large sensor in a tiny little camera.
Aside from the cameras, the drone has a sleeker and more aerodynamic design compared to the original Mavic Pro, but from a distance, you wouldn’t be able to see a difference between them.
Imagine you are in Mexico at an open-air farmers market and you want to capture all the beautiful vibrant colors of the produce at one particular stand. And maybe you want to get that interaction between the vendor and her customer. You can do that with this drone.
Two situations We can think of that You can test this drone out on is coyotes and dolphins.
In theory, You should be able to stay far enough away from the coyotes in the mountain so You can capture footage of them feasting on a pelican, or frolicking with their pups.
The first improvement over the old Mavic Pro is D-HDR. This mode takes a burst of severn RAW photos and then combines them together to get 14 stops of dynamic range while also reducing motion blur and other artifacts that would typically show up when shooting traditional exposure bracketed shots.
There’s also another feature similar to HDR called HyperLight. It takes a series of photos and puts them together to get the best results at night.
This feature is especially good for reducing image noise (the grainy artifacts that you see when shooting at night).
It is possible to achieve a similar effect in Photoshop and Affinity Photo by using a feature called “image stacking”, but it’s nice to see quick and simple way of doing this without needing to go into any expensive photo editors.
It’s A Hasselblad
Before getting into the image quality of the Mavic 2 Pro, there are some things you should know about the camera and how it relates to Hasselblad. Back in 2015, DJI acquired a majority stake in the Swedish camera company Hasselblad.
This is a company known for its super expensive medium format cameras used by famous photographers and even NASA. In the past, DJI did some cross branding with Hasselblad on their larger cinema drone rigs, but the Mavic 2 Pro is the first fully integrated product developed by DJI with Hasselblad technology.
So what is Hasselblad all about? Big sensors, higher resolutions, and superior color science. On the Mavic 2 Pro that’s exactly what you get.
But there’s much more to this story…
True 20 Megapixel Sensor
If your need is a great camera especially when it comes to video, then the 20 megapixel sensor creates super sharp images. Even though you don’t get the Super Res feature, 20 megapixels is good enough for most situations and since the pixels are real, you can capture shots with movement in them (something you can’t do with Super Res on the Mavic 2 Zoom).
What’s even better than resolution is the Hasselblad HNCS color science that’s built right in. What is HNCS you ask? Well, it’s simply Hasselblad’s way of rendering accurate colors in any situation.
With the Mavic 2 Pro, you get amazing colors right out of the box, but if you shoot in RAW, you can process those RAW files with the Hasselblad Phocus software which will give you the best color results.
Better Low Light Shooting
If you know a lot about cameras, you’ll know that increasing the resolution will usually decrease the size of each individual pixel on the image sensor. This means that each pixel will have less light hitting it which is really bad for low light performance. Cameras on drones like the Parrot Anafi have lots of megapixels, but the sensor size is exactly the same as the sensor size on the Mavic 2 Zoom, so each pixel is approximately half the size.
The Hasselblad L1D-20c Camera on the Mavic 2 Pro has a 1 inch image sensor (the largest sensor on any drone this small), so even with the increased megapixel count each physical pixel is still bigger than the pixels on the Mavic 2 Zoom. This and the improved sensor technology is what gives the Mavic 2 Pro better low light capabilities.
One detail that nobody seems to be talking about is the fact that the Mavic 2 Zoom doesn’t have an adjustable aperture. The lens on the Mavic 2 Pro has an aperture that goes from f2.8 to f11. This gives you much more flexibility for long-exposure photography and any other situation where more precise exposure control is needed.
The only thing that you should be aware of is that changing the aperture can have a negative effect on the overall sharpness of an image.
For example, If you shoot at f2.8, only a small portion of the scene will be very sharp and the background will be out of focus. This is called a shallow depth-of-field.
Shooting at higher numbers like f11 will make everything stay in focus, but the image overall will be slightly soft.
If you don’t like soft images, you should shoot at f2.8 to f5.6 for the sharpest results.
For close up shooting, the larger sensor combined with the f2.8 aperture also allow you to blow the background out of focus for getting a DSLR-like look. This was something previously not possible on consumer drones.
Video Features Of Both Models
The video quality has improved greatly. This is mainly due to better colors, higher bitrate, and a new video codec.
Recording in 4K is great, but resolution doesn’t mean anything if the bitrate isn’t high enough. All recorded video is compressed by the camera before it hits the SD card. The bitrate of a video basically controls how much it gets compressed.
So the higher the bitrate, the less compressed your video will be. The Mavic 2 Pro records at 100Mbps (40Mbps faster than the Mavic Pro), but the biggest improvement is the new H.265 video codec.
HEVC (also known as H.265) is a video compression format just like H.262, but it’s able to maintain almost the same video quality while taking up half as much space.
That means when you shoot in H.265, you’re really getting the same quality as if you were using H.264 and shooting at twice the bitrate (200Mbps in this case).
The Mavic 2 Pro may be lacking some of the cool features of the Mavic 2 Zoom like continuous autofocus, but the Mavic 2 Pro has some secret weapons that many people might overlook.
4K Lossless Crop
Even though the Mavic 2 Pro doesn’t have an optical zoom lens, because of the 20 megapixel sensor you can shoot video in a 4K crop mode that gives you approximately 1.4X lossless zoom.
In fact, when shooting in the 4K crop mode, you actually get better video quality because the resolution of the sensor with a 1.4X crop and the resolution of the 4K recording mode are exactly the same.
This means the pixels don’t have to scale up or down to the right resolution.
The narrow field-of-view combined with the increased quality makes everything look great.
Finally, We saved the best for last…
10-bit Dlog-M What?
This next feature is what makes the mavic 2 Pro truly worth it. The 10-bit Dlog-M color profile is the single greatest feature of this drone, and after using it, You won’t want to use anything else.
If you’re not familiar with log color profiles, they’re basically a way of getting more color or dynamic range from an image without shooting RAW uncompressed video. To do this, the highlights are pushed down and the shadows are pushed up so they don’t get overexposed or underexposed.
To understand Dlog-M better, you need to first understand how video is captured and recorded.
All consumer cameras record video by capturing a bunch of images using the sensor located behind the lens, compressing the images so they take up less space, and then turning them into a video file that your computer can read and play back.
Before the camera compresses the images captured by the imaging sensor, these images have lots of detail, but since most video monitors, TVs, and phone screens wouldn’t be able to display super bright and dark colors, most cameras just cut out any information that is not within the range of a standard monitor.
The big problem with doing this is that you can never record all of the lighting information in a scene, so you have to capture just the colors in the middle ranges since that is usually what is the most important.
Once an image has been over exposed or under exposed, all of the details in the highlights and shadows will be lost and you will see nothing but black and white in these areas. When shooting around sunset (the golden hour for shooting video) it’s very hard to capture all of the details of a scene in the same way that your eyes can.
In most cases when you are shooting into the sun (like a sunset shot for example) the sky will be blown out completely if you want to keep the details in a person’s face.
With Dlog–M, all of the color details are retained by taking all of the lighting information that comes from the image sensor and compressing it into color space that is viewable on any monitor.
Since all of the color information is being scaled down, that’s why Dlog-M footage will start out looking a bit flat and ugly. It’s not meant to be uploaded directly to youtube.
Once the video is in a video editor, you can then stretch the colors out using color tools to get the footage looking exactly how you want.
10-bit vs 8-bit color
On the Mavic 2 Pro, thanks to H.265, a higher bitrate, and the 10 bit color depth, all of these things combined make footage much easier to work with when it’s time to play with color.
Using the 10-bit Dlog-M color profile, you can also create HDR videos for playback on HDR compatible TVs, but if you’re not familiar with HDR workflows, there’s also an HDR video shooting mode that uses the HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) color standard.
Using the HLG mode, you can shoot in HDR and view it directly on compatible devices without doing any editing. This is great for consumers that want to output true HDR content, but for more control and flexibility in post, you should still shoot in the Dlog-M color profile.
After using the Dlog-M color profile, there’s no other drone on the market (including the Mavic 2 Zoom) that you should consider buying.
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