The Mavic 2 Zoom as a few cool features, but before talking about that, let’s look at the features that both the Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro have.
There are a total of eight obstacle avoidance cameras on the Mavic 2 and one IR sensor on the top for overhead obstacles. That means you’ll have a very hard time crashing this drone! Additionally, you can enable a flight mode called APAS where the mavic will go around obstacles as you fly instead of just stopping. APAS works while going forward and backward.
One really cool feature of the Mavic 2 is the bottom facing LED fill lights. This is something that you have to see in person to truly appreciate. These LED lights are like having a full size room light hanging from the bottom of your drone. These lights help the Mavic see in the dark when landing, but you can also turn them on and off manually from the controller.
The flight time and speed on the Mavic 2 is unmatched by anything but the Phantom 4 Pro. It’s super fast in sport mode, and surprisingly faster than the old Mavic Pro even in the normal flight mode with obstacle avoidance enabled. With all that speed combined with a 30 minute flight time, you can go super far distances without worrying about if you’ll make it back to home base. The video feed is also improved over the old mavic. With Ocusync 2.0 you get a full 1080p video feed with little to no interference even in urban environments.
Both Mavic 2 models also support H.265 video recording, so your videos will have less compression artifacts while taking up the same amount of space on the SD card.
The Mavic 2 Zoom has a few features that make it different from the Mavic 2 Pro. The first difference is the smaller 12 megapixel 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor. This sensor is the same size as the Mavic Air, and delivers similar image quality. The most important feature is true optical zoom. With optical zoom there’s no loss in image quality because you’re zooming using the optics of the lens instead of pixels on an image sensor. You also get a 2x zoom in 4K instead of 1.4x on the Mavic 2 Pro and Parrot Anafi.
Just like on the Anafi, the Mavic Zoom also has a Dolly Zoom mode. If you aren’t familiar with Dolly Zoom, it’s basically a flight mode where the Mavic 2 Zoom flies backward while zooming into a subject to create a perspective shifting effect.
Another feature unique to the Mavic 2 Zoom Super Res. This feature uses the optical zoom lens and the gimbal to take 9 zoomed in photos and then stitches them together to create a super detailed 48 megapixel photo.
There’s a lot to learn about the Mavic 2 Zoom, much more than we could cover in a small amount of text. If you’re interested in how it stacks up against the Mavic 2 Pro, check out our full in-depth comparison where we dig into the details.
If the Mavic 2 Pro didn’t exist, I would say this is obviously the best drone of all time. It’s not as compact as the Mavic Air, but the extra features more than make up for it. It’s a true workhorse, which is probably why DJI created an enterprise drone based on the Mavic 2 Zoom. There’s really nothing I can find to complain about with the Mavic 2 Zoom other than the fact that the Mavic 2 Pro has better video quality. But if that extra bump in quality isn’t worth the extra $250, go with the Mavic 2 Zoom.