In this blog I will not be investigating all the specs of these 2 great aircraft. There are numerous articles as well as the aircraft manuals if you want to study the features and specs in detail. I will mainly investigate their differences so if you are looking to make a decision about which one to purchase you have specific differences on which to base that decision.
DJI have been the top dog in drone design and manufacturing for some years. That is no surprise since the Chinese tech giant has 1500 R&D staff, larger than most UAV manufacturers total staffing. The technology wrapped up in their drone skins is second to none, with the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0and the Mavic 2 Pro being their best examples in the prosumer market. These drones can be enjoyed by the consumer who wants ease and excellence in their drone experience, but have a level of specs that professional photographers and videographers can depend on to capture professional level images or video. But what are the similarities, and more importantly the differences between these 2 iconic aircraft.
At a glance there seems to be little technical difference between the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 and the Mavic 2 Pro. There are the obvious physical differences such as size and body design, as well as the Mavic 2 being foldable. After that we have to dig a little deeper to see the differences.
The camera in the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is a generic DJI camera while the Mavic 2 Pro sports a Hasselblad camera. Both are very similar in specs but the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 has a mechanical shutter.This difference is significant for capturing images on the move as the mechanical shutter eliminates rolling shutter distortion. The lens in the Mavic 2 Pro is a little shorter at 24mm but this provides a wider field of view, although the difference may not be all that noticeable in images. Boasting a 10-bit Dlog-M colour profile, Mavic 2 Pro provides excellent control over dynamic ranges. This added flexibility is ideal for colour grading in post-production, allowing users to capture fantastic scenery with super quality. Pair this with 4K 10-bit HDR video, and the other terrific camera specs and you have a professional level photography and videography tool. Single shot bursts shooting in the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 offers more frame options (3, 5, 7,10,14).
The camera gimbal on the Mavic 2 Pro offers a pan option, under easy finger control in the app, whereas for the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 the pilot has to yaw the aircraft to effectively pan the camera. The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 allows the capture of both JPEG and DNG at the same time, as well as either mode, whereas the Mavic 2 Pro can only capture in one or the other format.
An interesting difference is the aircraft operating temperature range. The Mavic 2 Pro will operate at temperatures down to -10° C while the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is not happy flying below 0° C. This may have an impact if you are planning to use the drone at higher altitudes or in very cold environments.
The Mavic 2 Pro aircraft uses 10 sensors to prevent collisions with objects above and below them, as well as threats in front of or behind, and to their left or right. That is, 6 directions of obstacle sensing. The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 has five directions of sensors. It can’t see above itself.
How does that saying go? “Horses for courses”! The technical differences between these 2 iconic drones from DJI are not that much. If you want an aircraft that can be easily packed for travel, is fairly light, easy to fly and quick to deploy, with a camera that will capture really high quality, broad scenic travel shots and videos then Mavic 2 Pro is for you. The panning option alone is a huge advantage for the Mavic 2 Pro.
The more traditional looking, fixed arm, Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is for the person who wants a professional level aerial photography and videography drone. The camera is equipped with a mechanical shutter which reduces the troublesome rolling shutter effect, but it also allows pilots to freeze fast-moving objects in frame. This helps greatly with capturing high-speed action with incredible clarity. If you are into capturing high quality, professional level images or video of fast moving action from on high then this drone is for you.
Both drones have superb flight characteristics, are easy to fly, even for a novice, and have excellent collision detection technology. With an excellent array of intelligent apps, like hyperlapse, follow me, tap-to fly, draw etc to make the operators life easier, either of these drone are worthy of inclusion in your tool set.
For me, if I had to choose it would be the Mavic 2 Pro. The panning ability is a game changer for me.... although, the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 has the mechanical shutter. Choices, choices!
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