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DJI Mavic 2 Picture Leaked: Swappable Cameras, 360-degree Obstacle Avoidance

DJI Mavic 2 Drone
Image Source: DroneDJ.com (screenshot)

China’s DJI has been leading the consumer drone market for years. Its Phantom, Mavic, and Spark series of drones have pushed the boundaries of consumer drones. Thanks to folks at DroneDJ, the first real photo of the upcoming DJI Mavic 2 has surfaced online. The image hints at a sleeker design than the Mavic Air, though it retains the basic characteristics of Mavic Pro.

Notably, the leaked image shows the name ‘Mavic 2’ instead of ‘Mavic Pro 2’ printed on a propeller arm of the drone. DroneDJ speculates that there could be two different models of the drone. The photo does show two different camera/gimbal combinations. Just like the original Mavic Pro, its battery is placed on top and towards the back. The folding mechanism and aerodynamic design also indicate that it is a successor to the Mavic Pro.

The DJI Mavic 2 could be available in two different sensor sizes: a 1-inch sensor and a 1/1.7 sensor. The Chinese company has been teasing an unannounced drone to help you “See the Bigger Picture.” A larger sensor in DJI Mavic 2 will certainly align with that tagline.

The image indicates that the drone could also have a removable gimbal, similar to GoPro’s ill-fated Karma drone. Users could be able to swap out the gimbal and sensor. The DJI Mavic 2 would also sport a 360-degree obstacle avoidance. It will have sensors on the front, sides, back, and bottom to enable 360-degree obstacle avoidance. Users will find this feature really helpful. DJI has already demonstrated a similar technology in other models.

Another expected feature is a wide-angle lens to help you see more of the world in your shot. So far, DJI has offered wide-angle lens only on select models in the Phantom series. The motors in DJI Mavic 2 appear to be bigger than on the Mavic Pro. DroneDJ says the propellers are not as quiet as those on the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum. The company could keep quieter propellers for future updates of Mavic 2. Also, the drone is expected to have foldable legs.

DJI Mavic 2 release date and price

DJI is by far the most popular consumer drone maker in the world. The company continues to push the boundaries. It had scheduled a “See the Bigger Picture” event for July 18th in New York City, where it was expected to show off the DJI Mavic 2 drone. The timing of the event suggested that we could see a successor to the Mavic Pro. But the company has pushed back the event to be able to deliver according to its “standard of innovation.” The company hasn’t specified a new date for the event.

It is unclear how much the DJI Mavic 2 will cost. The current Mavic Pro starts at around $1,000. A major price hike compared to the existing model might turn off buyers because they also have the option to go for Mavic Air. Previous reports have suggested that the Mavic 2 would be available in two options: a base model at around $1,200 and a more expensive model with higher-end specs for about $1,500.

The base model should still make for a lucrative buy due to its 360-degree obstacle avoidance, a sleeker design, longer flight times, and a larger sensor. The high-end version could offer all these along with a faster image processor and a better 20-megapixel sensor.