DJI Mavic Pro II may come as soon as March with a 1″ camera sensor
Hot on the heels of the new DJI Mavic Air, we’re already starting to hear rumours about the Mavic Pro’s real replacement. A new Mavic Pro II. And the big news is that the sensor gets an upgrade from 2/3″ to a whole 1″ like the Phantom 4 Pro. Not only that, but there’s also a big increase in battery capacity for 35 minutes of flight time. And there’s said to be a pair of rear sensors. And according to DRN, it’s already in production.
Rumours of a Mavic II go back to late last year. But that turned out to be the Mavic Air, instead. And, to be fair, it looks pretty amazing, especially for its size and cost. But it’s not quite the Mavic Pro successor that many were hoping for. The Mavic Pro II definitely addresses that, though.
If the information is correct, the camera is being upgraded to a 1″ sensor. That’s the same size as that found in the Phantom 4 Pro. Whether it’ll be the exact same sensor or a newer generation is unknown. But this should help with ISO performance, dynamic range and overall detail.
What’s really interesting, though, is the battery. The current DJI Mavic Pro (and Mavic Pro Platinum) houses an 11.4v 3830mAh battery (42.513 Watt hours). According to a sketch posted on DRN, that’s being upgraded to a 15.2v 4820mAh battery (73.264 Watt hours).
That’s almost double the overall capacity. That means we’re seeing an upgrade from a 3 cell LiPo to a 4 cell. Again, like the Phantom 4 Pro. Now, that extra cell is going to carry a little extra weight, no doubt will a larger sensor camera (slightly), and there are an extra two rear sensors to account for. So, while the battery may provide nearly double the overall output, you’ll only get about an extra 5 minutes flight time over the Mavic Pro Platinum. Still, 35 minutes is very good.
DRN say that they’ve been told to expect the new DJI Mavic Pro II to be released as early as March 2018. It wouldn’t be an unusual date, as it would fall in line with The Photography Show in the UK. But it is unusual to be announcing something around a show so relatively small, especially with NAB coming up in April. But, if it’s a March release, we’re not going to complain. DJI will be at The Photography Show, as will we, so if it happens, we’ll be there to find out all about it.
With the new Autel EVO looking set to take on the Mavic Pro Platinum, it will be interesting to see if these specs turn out to be true, and what other surprises the Mavic Pro II may hold.
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.