DJI's Mavic drone was a leap forward for the company in portability, but the camera performance lagged behind ithe Phantom series. With the addition of an integrated on-board Hasselblad camera on the recently launched Mavic 2 Pro, DJI's smaller UAV is finally ready to take on its big brother in this video from Colin Smith at PhotoshopCAFE.
Smith runs both drones through their paces, capturing both videos and stills of similar scenes on each camera. He then gives us nice side-by-side comparisons (in 4K, no less) of the files both in their raw, unprocessed form, as well as color-graded, processed images and video. The differences are distinct and Smith points out the strengths and weaknesses of both.
To me, there was no question the Mavic 2 Pro images and video were superior to the Phantom 4 Pro. The colors were more vibrant and the dynamic range was better. While there are some advantages to the Phantom 4 Pro from a flight perspective, in terms of making the best images or video, the Mavic 2 Pro appears to hold the edge.
Given its portability and camera, the verdict seems to be that, yes, the Mavic 2 Pro is a viable replacement for the Phantom 4 Pro.
What do you think? Would you sell your Phantom 4 Pro to pick up a Mavic 2 Pro? Drop a comment and let us know which drone is going into your bag.