Just now we received an email with what seems to be the first real photo of the upcoming DJI Mavic 2. Interestingly enough this new drone from DJI is called the Mavic 2 and not the Mavic Pro 2, meaning that there might indeed be two different models as some people have speculated online. The two different camera/gimbal combinations visible in the photo do seem to indicate that. Let’s take a closer look.
DJI Mavic Pro
DJI Mavic 2
When we take a closer look at the photo there are a few things that stand out:
Improved form factor – The new Mavic 2 drone is sleeker and more aerodynamic than its predecessor, something we expected all along. At the same time, it is very much recognizable as a DJI Mavic Pro. Same color, same shape and the same folding mechanism it seems. Battery mounted on top and towards the back. Similar to original Mavic and not like the Mavic Air.
What’s in a name – The drone is labeled Mavic 2, which may mean that there still will be a Mavic Pro 2. The bands on the legs of the original Mavic Pro are gold colored. The one shown in the photo is silver, which may mean the advanced (or basic) model if you go by previous DJI drones (Phantom).
Two different sensor sizes – The photo seems to show two different sensor sizes. The one mounted on the drone in grey could be a 1-inch sensor, and the one in black on the table perhaps a 1/1.7 sensor? A big sensor will surely help you to “See the Bigger Picture”.
Gimbal – The photo also seems to show a removable gimbal, a la the GoPro Karma. If you look at the picture closely, it seems that the gimbal might just slide into the drone and thus can be used separately as well. To the left, on the table, you can see the second gimbal with what appears to be a significantly smaller camera/sensor size and a small screen. There is also a lighting connection presumably for charging. The gimbal mounting system seems to be a lot more sturdy and durable than what we currently have in the Mavic Pro.
Motors – The motors seem to be of a larger size than the original Mavic Pro
Propellers – Are not the ‘quiet’ ones we have seen on the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum and Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. Maybe DJI will reserve that option for later in the product lifecycle of the Mavic 2?
360-degree obstacle avoidance – The new Mavic 2 seems to have at least front and side obstacle avoidance cameras/sensors. Very likely it will feature the same at the bottom and at the back of the drone. Not at the top, however.
Foldable legs – We can’t see the rear legs of the drone but the front legs seem to fold sideways like they do on the original Mavic Pro.
Zoom lens? – When you look closely at the lens of the camera it does not seem to resemble the lenses OsitaLV showed earlier today. Unless the gimbal had been removed.
DJI’s postponed event – You would think that DJI already has enough on their hands with their announcement earlier this week to postpone the “See the Bigger Picture” event that was originally scheduled for July 18th. Now with the leaking of what very likely seems to be a photo of the actual product, the Mavic 2, I can only imagine the conversations that may take place at their head offices.
Pink nails? – Lastly, you see the hand on the left with the pink nails? Some have speculated online that this might be one of iJustine hands? Could it be that this photo is taken from her studio? It looks like it might, but it is hard to be sure.
For the heck of it, what do you think? Let us know in the poll. ;-)
P.s. In case you’re wondering, we did not get this photo from our ‘friendly leaker’ @OsitaLV, even though it sure seems to be the same photo that he retweeted on his account as we were writing this article.
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