DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom || Review by Drone Film Guide


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  1. Very helpful to see the comparison in footage! Seeing that there is image noise even on the Pro footage when it is filmed in normal mode makes me wonder if the Zoom would have a more comparable amount of noise to the Pro, if the Zoom had a D-LOG mode.

    Also it's helpful to know how performance heavy the D-LOG H265 footage is. These negatives of the Pro, and the creative opportunities of the Zoom, definitely make me side towards the Zoom for my usage. The framing of the shot and the ability to get in close seems more important for video work, than a slight difference in image noise. Also, having to de-fish-eye the footage of the Pro, makes me even more worried about editing times with it's footage, on an older computer (a year older than your Macbook).

  2. I'm so glad you mentioned sitting in your car while flying the drone. I often do the same thing to stay away from mosquitoes in North Carolina, but a spark becomes VERY unreliable at that point. I plan to get a Mavic 2 soon so I'm glad it will fix that issue. Still just need to decide if i want the pro or the zoom though…

  3. Just a short correction/warning on HLG. HLG is an OUTPUT gamma. It is meant for footage which is displayed directly on HDR displays/TVs or uploaded to YouTube or such. It is NOT meant for grading! Of course, you can convert it to another Log/Linear/… gamma in your software for grading. Also, HLG is only the gamma and not directly bound to the color space. Don’t know exactly if DJI use the Rec.709 or BT.2020 color space – I would say they use the BT.2020, because TVs which support HLG normally also support 2020.
    Short: if you want to grade your footage, I suggest using DLOG-M and NOT HLG.
    Short search for a more “professional” description if you want to know more about this:
    Also, if you want to bring back DLOG-M to Rec.709 quickly: DJI has released a “official” LUT:
    (but I hope Blackmagic will include it to Resolves RCM)

  4. H.265 tip. My Lenovo has a Gpu but h.265 footage was slowwwwww until I went into control panel > graphics and added all adobe programs to the graphics menu and set it for high performance. Mine works great now on h.265 footage. Maybe your MacBook has a similar setting.

  5. I’m so glad I’ve subscribed to your videos. I truly respect how you give your honest opinion on these drones. It really helps me understand the full capabilities of these drones. Completely torn on which way I should go between the Zoom and M2P. But after watching this I’m leaning more towards the M2P. Keep up the good work.

  6. I'm taking a long hard look at myself in the mirror lol. I'm actually on-board with the size of the 2 Pro for what it does (yes, I'd love to have one some day). For the amount of hiking I do with my gear, I'm very happy living without another bag right now. If I could only find a better way to carry my gimbal, my life would be complete lol.

  7. Great review and video . . . as always! Sounds like you might want to consider updating to a new desktop Mac for your editing. Can't say enough about how professionally done and helpful your 8 hour course has been for me. Keep up the great work!

  8. @ 14:15 Great breakdown! I saw on Amazon a case similar to the mavic airs. It's called "YIFAN Mini Drone Bag Portable Storage Hand Bag Carrying Case for DJI Mavic 2 PRO/Mavic 2 Zoom". similar to the mavic air case, you can put the remote outside the case.

  9. On the Zoom version, can the speed of the zoom be modified in the menus somewhere? And, can it be made to "easy-ease" into or out of a zoom, rather than just hard-stopping at one end or the other?

  10. Hi Stewart, I was always led to believe H265 was very slightly lower quality than H264 but with a much smaller file size! have I got the wrong end of the stick?
    I only ask because you mentioned your computers difficulty in coping with it.

    Your channel has been a great help in getting me started in the world of flying cameras, and helping my channel grow. thanks for the effort you both put in!

  11. You will miss these features in Mavic2/zoom
    1.color profile 3 out of 10
    2.precision landing
    3.fixed wing mode
    4.terrian following
    5.gesture control
    6.portrait mode
    7.follow me
    8.course/home lock
    9.waypoints mode saving hyperlapse has different purpose
    10.battery discharge fixed 10days why


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