Stepping foot into the world of the moving image with the DJI Mavic Pro 2 x Hasselblad

Drones are incredible tools for capturing a moment from a totally different perspective. The new DJI Mavic 2 Pro hosts a Hasselblad in a convenient, travel-friendly package, one I am convinced enough by to enter the world of videography!

It’s no news that I am new to the whole video game of the creative world, a camera has always been my go to when it comes down to capturing a moment. However, having had a go with a drone a while ago it got me thinking, as a moving picture would be a great add-on to my photography & words around the full car experience & storytelling.

After some research and talking to VJ’s as well as befriended photographers it became clear quickly, that the only way to go down would be with DJI. They offer literally everything one would dream off, but for me it needed to be a solution which would deliver high end resolution of the images (static or moving), be portable & light and of course easy to handle so it wouldn’t add on much more stress…

They released the brand new Mavic 2 Pro which was the model I was already favouring, but now it would come with a HASSELBLAD camera!!!! DJI has managed the impossible, sticking a giant 20mp, 1-inch sensor Hasselblad camera onto a compact drone full of high-tech sensors to avoid crashing into things. THE camera a photographer dreams of but I surely will never be able to afford.. so here we go, I could combine my new drone experience with the camera one could dream of – I was sold!

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I had the opportunity to play around with the Mavic 2 Pro x Hasselblad for the past 3 weeks and guess what I did tonight? I order one for myself on my own expenses – so welcome me to the world of moving pictures and please hang on with me… I will need to have a lot to learn in all matters :D

Which are the main facts I decided to step into the drone game and go with the Mavic 2 Pro? How portable & easy to use is it actually? Do I actually use it on the go? Pro’s? Comparison to other models…

While I was testing the drone, I was taking you guys along with me on my Instagram chanel and here is a little throwback:

Guys, the @djiglobal drone #MavicPro2 with the incredibly sharp @hasselblad camera has convinced me!!! It’s SO easy to handle and get into the drone game… the app and layout of the @djiglobal system is super intuitive and easy to begin with.

You can steer it yourself or let the drone follow an object… perfect for driving yourself! I gave it a try during ice driving last weekend and it worked perfectly 👌I think I might step into the whole drone game for good, this machine has convinced me and everyone having been involved!!!

Specs

Not only is the video quality incredible, but it’s incredible at tracking subjects too.

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Video Recording: 4K in 24/30p or 1080 in 24/30/60/120p
Pixel Count: 20 Megapixels
Max Resolution: 5472 × 3648
Lens Size: 28mm
Adustable Aperture: f/2.8 – f/11
ISO Sensitivity: 100 – 12800
Max Speed: 45 mph
Wind Resistance: 29 – 38 kph (18-24 mph)
Average Flight Time: 31 minutes
Max Distance: 11 miles
Weight: 2 lbs (907 g)

The Mavic 2 folds up to roughly the size of a shoe. Not a huge shoe, but a small shoe nonetheless. The arms supporting the props fold out, and the props themselves will automatically unfold when the motors start.

You can take-off by pressing the buttons on the app screen, or by holding both joysticks inwards towards each other and down.  Just prior to take-off you’ll also get the home-point automatically set, in case you lose contact with the drone, it knows how to get back to you. Note that the Mavic 2 contains a downwards facing LED light. This serves two purposes. First, it illuminates the ground which helps for landings at night.  Second (and most importantly), it makes it easier to spot the drone in dusk/dark/night conditions.

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At this point you can go off and do whatever activity you want, and it’ll keep tracking you as long as you haven’t gone too fast for it, or gone behind trees/shrubberies/polar bears too long.  You can use the controller to change the position relative to you, as well as how far away it is from you. This doesn’t change the tracking of you, but rather where the camera (drone) is. This is useful for creating super-cool sweeping effects as you track someone.

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The DJI combos (Fly More Kits) I can recommend to buy. Having extra batteries is key to drone filming. Nothing is more frustrating than running out of batteries. While having 25-30 minutes of flight time is actually a ton of filming capacity, you’ll still find cases where you wish you had more than a single battery’s worth.  The combo pack comes with 2 additional batteries (the drone itself comes with one).

How easy is it to fly the Mavic 2?

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is even easier to fly than I could have imagined or have been told, if you can believe that. The remote control feels incredibly responsive, and you actually may want to turn down the sensitivity because it reacts so fast to your inputs.

The Magic 2 employs a pile of sensors to help it stay put, which results in slightly varying results depending on where it is.  When it’s closer to the ground (within 11m for precision movements, but detects ground at 22m), it’ll use its downwards optical and ground detection sensors to hold position. The ground detection sensors are utilized to determine exactly how far away from the ground it is.

With even more obstacle avoiding sensors than the previous versions, you can fly with total confidence that you won’t crash into anything!

Drones sometimes feel like toys, but they really aren’t. They’re expensive flying machines that can do a lot of damage if you’re not careful!

Battery Life:

Battery life for the DJI Mavic 2 has improved, now able to fly for 31 minutes on a single charge (as opposed to 24 minutes on the Mavic 1). However, in real-world use, these times are a bit high.

In my experience, the Mavic 2 Pro can fly for about 24 minutes before you need to land it safely (the original Mavic also had this quirk). I generally travel with 2-3 batteries to maximize my flight time in each location.

It takes about 1.5 hours to recharge these larger batteries, and the charger itself now includes an integrated USB cable for the controller. Because it’s permanently attached, you can’t lose it. Very handy!

Various modes:

The Mavic 2 comes with all the standard intelligent flight modes, like “Point Of Interest”, “Cinematic”, and “Quick Shots”.

Tripod Mode is no longer in here though, that has been moved to the side switch on the remote — a very nice change. Much quicker to access.

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Quick Shots tell the drone to fly complicated patterns that would be very difficult to do on your own without tons of flying experience, like flying perfect circles while also flying up and keeping a subject in frame.

My go to Mode:

The Mavic 2 has a new and improved Active Track system, which is super easy to use. It can identify multiple subjects (vehicles, people, etc.), and you simply click on the one you want to start tracking.

Due to the increased number of sensors on the drone (there’s 10 now), it’s incredible at maneuvering through tight spaces with obstacles above, below, to the sides, in front and behind it too.

Active Track starts in “SAFE” mode, which limits its speed, however you can also turn this off. Just beware that obstacle avoidance won’t work at speeds over 26 mph.

What I Liked

  • Insane photo & video quality
  • Quiet flight
  • Long battery mode
  • Excellent stability
  • Super light & small, perfect to travel with
  • Easy to start and go fly off
  • Better build quality
  • Location of SD card
  • One piece gimbal cover
  • Strong gimbal and motors

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the perfect drone for a travel photographer. Its high-end camera combined with a portable, folding frame, make it ideal for creating professional images & video on the road.

It’s super easy to use and I am convinced… so please bare with me while I start my new journey into the world of videography! 

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Yours, 

Laura Kukuk

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