DJI Mavic II has been rumored for a while, and DJI recently announced an event in New York where they would present the drone to the public. However, a photo of the new DJI Mavic Pro II has leaked online, and it suggests that the drone will have 360-degree obstacle avoidance and a removable gimbal.
The new drone will officially be named “Mavic II” instead of “Mavic Pro II.” This may indicate that this is the basic, and not the Pro model, so it can possibly leave room for another DJI Mavic drone. It was supposed to be presented at the event on 18 July, but DJI recently postponed it for unknown reasons.
Engadget reports that Mavic II will include “at least side obstacle avoidance cameras, if not rear as well.” This has been rumored before and if it’s true, the drone will have 360-degree obstacle avoidance, which is pretty advanced when compared to the Mavic Pro. Reportedly, the drone will also have infrared 3D sensing to avoid obstacles even in the dark.
In the leaked image, you can see a couple of things. First, that the battery is mounted on the back and the top of the drone. When it comes to the gimbal, the photo suggests that there will be a removable gimbal (like on the GoPro Karma), giving you at least two options. A larger, gray one is mounted on the drone, and pay attention to the smaller, black one lying next to the drone.
“Quiet” propellers were rumored before, but judging from the latest update, it seems the Mavic II won’t feature the quiet propeller type.
Here are some more DJI Mavic II specs that have been rumored so far:
- Mass production began in early February
- 4820 mAh battery capacity and 15.2 V power (larger and more powerful than the current Mavic Pro)
- The battery design itself will be completely different and not compatible with older Mavics
- Longer flight time—rumored at 32 minutes—Mavic Pro is 27 minutes and Platinum will be 30 minutes.
- Improved agility and precision
- Larger motors will bring upgraded propulsion
- Top speed is 45 mph (72 kph) in sport mode
- New and improved remote control similar to old Mavic Pro but better
- Will use OcuSync
- Video transmission frequency is still a mystery
- The Mavic II will be controlled with the DJI GO 4 app as well
- An improved vision processing system, faster than Mavic Air
As for the camera, these are some specs speculated before, with a larger sensor being among the most significant upgrades:
- 12 MP Sony IMX226 CMOS 1/1.7″ STARVIS sensor (current Mavic Pro has 1/2.3” CMOS sensor) with 28mm (now 24mm) lens
- 4K video at 60FPS
- 265 video format
- Faster bitrate (100 Mbps)
- Better low light performance
- A sharper lens with less distortion
- Better dynamic range
- Less Noise
- 8mm lens which provides a 24mm field of view
- Variable aperture of f/2.8-11
- No mechanical shutter
- Newly designed 3-axis gimbal
The previously rumored price was at least $1299 for DJI Mavic II, maybe more. They will also offer “The FlyMore combo” which will obviously be more expensive. Since the official DJI event has been delayed, I guess we’ll have to wait some more before all this is confirmed. But until then, you can analyze the photo and the specs that have leaked so far and think whether you’d upgrade your gear with this drone.