This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. After 45 hours of research and test flying 14 models, we think the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the best drone for aspiring aerial photographers and videographers thanks to its high-end camera, autonomous obstacle avoidance, long battery life, and portability. Pilots of all skill levels will find it to be exceptionally reliable and easy to fly. The Mavic 2 Pro features a Hasselblad-branded camera (DJI bought a majority stake in the camera brand in 2017), which captures 20-megapixel photographs and 4K videos that look more colorful than those captured by the competition. Its ability to sense and avoid obstacles in all directions and steadily hold its position even in moderate winds lets you focus on your cinematography instead of worrying about keeping the drone steady. It also features DJI's smart-flight modes like ActiveTrack, which directs the drone to autonomously follow and film a subject while still avoiding obstacles. Its 31-minute battery life means you don't have to land for a battery swap as often as other drones, and at 8.4 by 3.6 by 3.3 inches folded and 2 pounds, you can take the Mavic 2 Pro almost anywhere--it fits exceptionally well in our top pick for drone backpacks. It's also compatible with the DJI Goggles FPV headset we recommend.
Drone maker DJI announced an update to its popular Mavic Air quadcopter today. The Mavic Air 2 will cost $799 when it ships to US buyers in late May. That's the same price as the previous Mavic Air model, so the drone stays as DJI's mid-range option between its more capable Mavic 2 and its smaller, cheaper Mavic Mini. The Mavic Air 2 is still plenty small, but the new version has put on some weight. DJI says that testing and consumer surveys suggested that most people don't mind lugging a few extra grams in exchange for a considerable upgrade in flight time and, presumably, better handling in windy conditions.
Between Oakland and San Francisco in the center of the Bay Bridge lies the 400-acre man-made Treasure Island. It's here that DJI let Engadget fly its compact Mavic Pro drone. It's DJI's first fold-up flying machine -- arriving barely a week after GoPro announced the Karma -- and it continues the company's commitment to keeping cameras in the sky. Like the GoPro Karma, the 999 Mavic Pro ( 749 without controller -- it can also be flown with a phone) is a foldable drone designed to fit in a backpack or large purse. The arms and propellers tuck in to turn Mavic into something that resembles a shoe box.
Chinese drone company DJI unveiled Tuesday a new model that it claims is nearly as compact as a water bottle when packed up. The Mavic Pro, shipping on Oct. 15 for 999, is debuting a week after action camera company GoPro unveiled its long-awaited Karma drone, which also folds up for easy transportation. The Mavic Pro's arms and propellors fold alongside its body, making it possible to fit in a backpack or purse, DJI says. DJI's focus on portability extends to the Mavic's controller as well, which is smaller and can be used with or without a smartphone to display live video from the aircraft. DJI will be selling the Mavic Pro without its controller for 749 and a combination package which includes the drone, two extra batteries, extra propellors, a charging hub, an adapter, and a shoulder bag for 1,299.
DJI has gone drone crazy. The leading drone maker announced not one, but two new powerful, foldable consumer drones -- the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom -- at a special event at the Brooklyn Navy Yards in New York City. Unlike the Mavic Air, released earlier this year, which touted its ultra-compact design, the two new Mavic 2 drones are all about performance: They're faster, quieter, smarter, safer, fly longer, and capture more impressive aerial footage than the original Mavic Pro. SEE ALSO: Here's why the feds are freaked out about a drone attack First and foremost, the new drones have improved cameras. The Mavic 2 Pro has a 1-inch CMOS sensor made by renowned camera company Hasselblad.