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Hands-on with the DJI Mavic Zoom

Simon Skinner - 4 years ago

DJI recently launched not one, but two new Mavic drones into their market-leading range of quadcopters; The Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom. We were intrigued to test the Mavic Zoom as DJI armed it with a 24-48mm zoom lens. Creatively, this opens up a wide range of potential filming styles not previously possible in consumer-level drones.

Read on for key features and our hands-on review of the Mavic Pro Zoom.

Drone shooting, otherwise known as Ariel photography/cinematography, has grown exponentially in the last 5 years, progressing from the act of attaching GoPro cameras to chunky white drones, to portable folding drones with Hasselblad sensors and zoom lenses. As this trend and the simpler ease of access to drones has grown, the demand for the perfect all-in-one quadcopter has led to DJI offering two drones for users to decide which one fits their needs best.

Mavic 2 Zoom [Left] & Mavic 2 Pro [Right]

Key features: Mavic 2 Zoom

  • 2x Optical Zoom
  • 1/2.3″ Sensor
  • 3 Axis Gimbal
  • 48 Megapixel Super Resolution Photo Function
  • Dolly Zoom
  • 4x Lossless Zoom FHD Video
  • Hyperlapse Function

Coming in at around £1099, the Mavic 2 Zoom is the cheaper of the two new Mavic drones. That said, it doesn’t make the aerial device any less impressive in the spec department, as both drones have been designed for specific styles of flying and shooting.

Many will and have looked automatically to the Mavic 2 Pro because of its large 1-inch sensor, assuming it would blow the socks off the Mavic 2 Zoom. But it won’t.
The 24-48mm lens allows filmmakers to get close to their subject without risking the loss of the drone. The built-in flight paths help you achieve complex drone shots with greater ease.  

One of our favourite modes is the dolly zoom, famously used in the film ‘Jaws’. The dolly zoom mode is a fantastic and simple way to add depth to your videos. If that’s not the shot for you, then have a look at its pre-mapped flight paths and features like Hyperlapse, QuickShots, Active track, Point of Interest and Cinematic Mode. They are all pretty impressive and take much of the legwork out of honing your pilot skills.

Check out our video below on the Mavic 2 Zoom from our #TheMeasure Youtube series and, please, be sure to comment, share, like and subscribe!

4/5

PhotoBite DJI Mavic Zoom review -
DJI Mavic Zoom:- The creative possibilities of the Mavic Zoom are endless. If you’re in the market for a drone that does everything and more, we’d highly recommend the Mavic Zoom. It may not have the 1-inch sensor like its brotherly counterpart, but that doesn't make it any less impressive as a drone for travelling.

Pros

  • A great all-round drone for beginners
  • Easy to fly with built in flight paths, making complex shots easy to film
  • Packs away neatly in a backpack
  • Longer flight time means you don't need to buy more batteries

Cons

  • Doesn't have the 10Bit Video like the Mavic 2 Pro
  • Heavier than previous Mavic Pro

About the author

Read Hands-on with the DJI Mavic Zoom

Simon Skinner

Co-founder // Editor

Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.