What little mystery surrounded DJI’s emerging Mavic 2-drone seems to have evaporated. Countless inhabitants of the United Kingdom have noted that the latest Argos catalog contains a prominent advertisement for the Mavic 2 that reveals just about everything, including some clarifications about previous leaks. Unfortunately, it does not seem to have any detachable gimbal suspension. Instead, there will be separate Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom models that are tailored to specific needs.
The standard ‘Zoom’ model would include a 2X optical zoom lens for close-ups from the air, while the Pro would package a Hasselblad camera with a 1-inch sensor and no zoom lens. You should decide whether quality or flexibility is your primary focus. Other details? The list confirms 360-degree collision consciousness (described here as “omnidirectional obstacle detection”), a dominant top speed of 45MPH and a 31-minute flight time similar to the Mavic Pro Platinum.
There is no mention of the quality of the video recording (presumably 4K), although the drones would send live 1080p video at distances of up to five miles. And prices remain a mystery. It could be around the existing Mavic Pro price range of $999 to $1,099, but that is by no means guaranteed.
When the Mavic 2 line would appear is a different story. DJI has postponed a launch event that would take place on July 18 indefinitely, and nothing has happened since. The presence of the drone in the catalog alone does not ensure that a launch is just around the corner. You may have to wait a while – you only have a good idea of what to expect when the Mavic 2 arrives.