DJI announces the Mavic 2 Enterprise with self-heating batteries
After having recently announced both the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom, DJI has now announced the new Mavic 2 Enterprise. DJI is turning the Mavic name from more being than just a single drone into a whole range of products focused on different tasks
Despite the name, though, the Mavic 2 Enterprise is not aimed at seeking out new life and new civilisations, nor boldly going where no one has gone before. It’s designed for more practical aerial video uses in non-filmmaking industries.
An “Enterprise” level Mavic popped up a few months ago. It was leaked back in July, although there wasn’t really any solid information back then. But much of what was shown then has now been confirmed. Despite being designed for things more along the lines of search and rescue, construction, surveying and such, the Mavic 2 Enterprise has the same sensor as the Mavic 2 Zoom with a 3-axis gimbal. It also includes the 2x optical and 3x digital zoom, too.
Although it’s fairly close in spec to the Mavic 2 Zoom, it’s unlikely most filmmakers will find this an attractive option. Where it does offer an advantage over the Mavic 2 Zoom, is with its batteries and accessories. Accessories designed for more demanding tasks than filmmaking.
So, the batteries. If anything’s going to be potentially useful to filmmakers, it’ll be this. But possibly only if you live in Alaska, Canada, Antarctica or somewhere similarly cold. The Mavic 2 Enterprise comes with self-heating batteries which can work in temperatures as low as -10°C with an 8km range and 31 minutes maximum flight time.
Other accessories also include…
- M2E Spotlight– A dual spotlight with a brightness of 2,400 lumens aids operators in carrying out missions in dark or low-light areas. Spotlight is ideal for search and rescue as well as inspection applications.
- M2E Speaker– A loudspeaker with a maximum projection of 100 decibels (1-meter distance) lets pilots play up to 10 custom voice recordings on demand, providing a communications channel to nearby individuals that can be critical during lifesaving emergency operations.
- M2E Beacon– Designed with U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Night Waiver standards in mind, the M2E Beacon features a bright flashing strobe visible three miles away. This helps pilots carry out missions in low-light conditions or at night much more safely, and provides additional airspace awareness for operators of nearby drones and traditional aircraft.
It was suspected in the leak that one of the units might be a speaker, although I still wonder how easily it’ll be heard over the sound of the propellers.
There isn’t much information on price or availability, just that you can order through the DJI website. So, for now, if you want to find out more and get your own, that’s where you need to go. No doubt it will eventually start showing up at some of the usual places.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.