The Best Drones for 2019

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

DJI’s Mavic family has all but replaced its Phantom series for consumer  use. Mavic drones are smaller all around, and foldable for easier storage and transport. The top-drone end model, the Mavic 2 Pro ($1,729), has the largest image sensor we’ve seen in a drone this size. That means images and video both look better than other drones, including the Pro’s near twin sibling, the . The Pro is a little Mavic 2 Zoom more expensive, by $250, but we think the step up in image and video quality is worth the added cost. The Mavic 2 Pro is the best drone for enthusiast pilots, and our Editors’ Choice.

The Best Folding Drone

The Mavic 2 Pro takes its design cues from the original Mavic Pro, but is a little bigger all around. It measures 3.3 by 3.6 by 8.4 inches (HWD) folded and 3.3 by 9.5 by 12.7 inches with it arms extended. Unfolding the drone is pretty easy, you just have to remember to swing the front arms out before the bottom ones. The aircraft weighs about 2 pounds, heavy enough to require FAA registration when flying recreationally in the US.

 

In the Box

The Mavic 2 comes with everything you’ll need to get in the air quickly and conveniently. Inside the box you’ll find the following items:

Mavic 2 Pro (or Zoom) Aircraft × 1
Intelligent Flight Battery × 1
Gimbal Protector × 1
Remote Controller × 1
Propellers (Pair) × 3
Battery Charger × 1
Power Cable × 1
Communication Cable (USB3.0 Type-C) × 1
USB Adapter × 1
Spare Control Sticks (Pair) × 1
RC Cable (Lightning connector) × 1
RC Cable (Standard Micro USB connector) × 1 RC
RC Cable (USB Type-C connector) × 1

Along with the above items, you’ll find printed instructions including an In the Box, Quick Start Guide, Disclaimer and Safety Guidelines, and Intelligent Flight Battery Safety Guidelines.

Camera

▲ The Mavic 2 Pro camera

The Mavic 2 Pro is equipped with the all-new Hasselblad L1D-20c camera, allowing users to enjoy iconic image quality with a 1-inch CMOS sensor. Experience a higher dynamic color range with a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile, F/2.8-F/11 adjustable aperture, and 3-axis stabilized 4K videos up to 30 fps.

Appearance

Those familiar with the Mavic series will notice a few updates to the appearance. The Mavic 2 comes in a matte gray color that’s slightly lighter than the classic Mavic Pro. The shape has also undergone a subtle update, with a more aerodynamic body and rounded edges.

Unboxing the Mavic 2 Fly More Kit

The Mavic 2 Fly More Kit comes with the following items:

Intelligent Flight Batteries × 2
Mavic 2 Car Charger × 1
Battery Charging Hub × 1
Battery to Power Bank Adapter × 1
Low-Noise Propellers × 2 Pairs
Mavic 2 Shoulder Bag × 1

Remote Controller

The Mavic 2 comes with a remote controller, which can be paired with a smartphone to provide a real-time video feed of your flight. It can support up to 135 minutes of battery life on a full charge. With an ergonomic, foldable design and detachable sticks, it’s a convenient accessory to bring on any trip. The Mavic 2 controller has even been updated for compatibility with full-screen smartphones.

WiredInsanely good image quality on the Pro. Omnidirectional obstacle avoidance and improved tracking. Better battery life, more reliable remote control connection. TiredHyperlapse video is shaky and limited to 1080p.

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