A teaser image reported to have been posted by DJI, teases an event in New York on July 18th, 2018. There’s no solid information on exactly what DJI will announce, but all signs point to an announcement for a possible DJI Mavic Pro replacement with the… Yup, you guessed it, the DJI Mavic Pro II.
Some seem to think DJI may announce a Phantom 5, but with the recent Phantom 4 V2.0 announcement, I think that’s unlikely. Sure, it’s possible, but it’s unlikely. I can’t see them replacing the Mavic Air this quickly, and while the Spark could probably do with a refresh, too, I do think a Mavic II is most likely – assuming it’s a drone at all.
According to the latest rumours, here are the expected specs for the DJI Mavic Pro 2 as of June 2018…
- DJI Mavic Pro 2 release date 2018 is now rumored to be July 18th, 2018 at a DJI event in New York titled “See The Bigger Picture”
- Mass production began in early February
- DJI Mavic Pro 2 price will be at least $1299 USD, maybe more. They will also offer “The FlyMore combo” which will obviously be more expensive.
- The Mavic II (2) will be substantially larger
- Its official name is “Mavic II”
- 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.
- “Quiet” propellers
- 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 Pro II (2) will be controlled with the DJI GO 4 app as well
- Obstacle avoidance in all directions, 6 total including on top of the drone
- Infrared 3D sensing to avoid obstacles even in the dark
- An improved vision processing system, faster than Mavic Air
- Binocular rear vision obstacle avoidance sensors
And as for the Mavic Pro 2’s camera, it looks pretty impressive, and the “bigger picture” thing would be in line with the slightly larger rumoured 1/1.7″ sensor over the current 1/2.3″.
- 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
- H.265 video format
- Faster bitrate (100 Mbps)
- Better low light performance
- A sharper lens with less distortion
- Better dynamic range
- Less Noise
- 8.8mm lens which provides a 24mm field of view
- Variable aperture of f/2.8-11
- No mechanical shutter
- Newly designed 3-axis gimbal
Whether or not it does end up being the DJI Mavic Pro II obviously remains to be seen, but with as long as the rumours of its existence have been around, chances seem above average. The Mavic Pro is a fine drone, but it’s starting to feel a little inadequate now compared to the Mavic Air, given the cost difference.
I guess we’ll just have to wait until July 18th to find out for sure.