DJI Mavic 2 Pro Review: A Travel Photographer’s Dream

DJI Mavic 2 Pro
DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone Review
Photography Gear Review

Drones are incredible tools for capturing photography & video from a totally different perspective. The new DJI Mavic 2 Pro boasts a very powerful camera in a small, travel-friendly package.

It’s finally here! The perfect flying camera that travel photographers like me have been dreaming of. A drone that’s both small enough to fold up into a backpack, yet powerful enough to capture high-end images and pristine 4k video.

With the new Mavic 2 Pro, DJI has managed the impossible, sticking a giant 20mp, 1-inch sensor Hasselblad camera onto a compact drone full of high-tech sensors to avoid crashing into things.

This new Mavic flies longer, faster, and farther than ever before too.

I spent a week in Iceland flying the Mavic 2 Pro around the Highlands, exploring beautiful canyons, driving through rivers, and hiking with it in the mountains.

DJI Mavic Pro Size
Small & Lightweight Design

DJI Mavic 2 Pro Review

The Mavic 2 Pro has been improved in all sorts of ways over the original Mavic 1. The batteries are larger, resulting in longer flight time.

The motors are bigger, allowing it to fly faster and power through strong winds. The gimbal is tougher, smoother, and the whole drone is more aerodynamic.

But it’s the large square Hasselblad camera that really stands out.

The Mavic 2 Pro comes equipped with a professional 1-inch camera sensor, just like the much larger Phantom 4 Pro, yet it’s over a pound lighter than the latter, and packs down MUCH smaller, to about the size of a Nalgene water bottle.

Another big change with the Mavic 2 is its new omnidirectional obstacle sensing through the use of 10 different sensors that help you avoid obstacles in almost all directions.

Sensors now look forward, backward, above, below, and to the sides — improving the drone’s ability to avoid crashing.

DJI Mavic 2 Folded
Powerful Portable Drone for Travel

DJI Mavic 2 Pro Specs

Video Recording: 4K in 24/30p or 1080 in 24/30/60/120p
Pixel Count: 20 Megapixels
Max Resolution: 5472 × 3648
Lens Size: 28mm
Adustable Aperture: f/2.8 – f/11
ISO Sensitivity: 100 – 12800
Max Speed: 45 mph
Wind Resistance: 29 – 38 kph (18-24 mph)
Average Flight Time: 31 minutes
Max Distance: 11 miles
Weight: 2 lbs (907 g)

DJI Mavic 2 Pro VS Mavic 2 Zoom

With the release of the new Mavic, DJI decided to offer two different models. The Mavic 2 Pro, and the Mavic 2 Zoom. Each has their own special features, and price point, and deciding which is right for you really depends on your needs.

The major difference between them is the ability of the Mavic 2 Zoom to “zoom in” in real time. From 24mm at the wide end to 48mm (2X crop). This is a nice feature for those who need it.

For example, zooming in close to skyscrapers without needing to fly right next to them. Or zooming in on wildlife from farther away without scaring them off.

The zoom feature also allows for a cool effect called the Dolly Zoom, made famous in classic horror movies.

While the Mavic 2 Pro doesn’t have this ability to physically zoom the camera, it’s more professional due to the nicer Hasselblad camera, ability to shoot in 10-bit and a 4 times larger camera sensor.

This means images it produces are higher-quality and have better detail in low-light. Plus, you can still produce some basic zoom-effects in post processing if you shoot in 4K.

For me personally, having a higher quality camera was more important than the ability to zoom. It’s also why the Mavic 2 Pro is about $250 more expensive than the Zoom.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro Review
Traveling with the Mavic 2 Pro in Iceland

Flying The Mavic 2 Pro

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is even easier to fly than the last one, if you can believe that. The remote control feels much more responsive, and you actually may want to turn down the sensitivity because it reacts so fast to your inputs.

With even more obstacle avoiding sensors than the previous versions, you can fly with total confidence that you won’t crash into anything!

Before you start flying for the first time though, I always recommend watching the Mavic 2 tutorial videos here. Then, practice flying in a large field.

Drones sometimes feel like toys, but they really aren’t. They’re expensive flying machines that can do a lot of damage if you’re not careful!

Image Quality

The Mavic 2 Pro comes equipped with a fancy new Hasselblad camera and large 1-inch sensor, giving it the ability to shoot incredible photos and video.

This sensor is about 4X bigger than the Mavic 2 Zoom. The Mavic 2 Pro can also shoot 10-bit video, at a 100 mb/s bitrate. Without getting too technical here, basically, it records much more information for producing high-end video & photos.

Battery Life

Battery life for the DJI Mavic 2 has improved, now able to fly for 31 minutes on a single charge (as opposed to 24 minutes on the Mavic 1). However, in real-world use, these times are a bit high.

In my experience, the Mavic 2 Pro can fly for about 24 minutes before you need to land it safely (the original Mavic also had this quirk). I generally travel with 2-3 batteries to maximize my flight time in each location.

It takes about 1.5 hours to recharge these larger batteries, and the charger itself now includes an integrated USB cable for the controller. Because it’s permanently attached, you can’t lose it. Very handy!

Mavic 2 Pro Camera Settings
Best Settings for the Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Mavic Pro 2 Settings

Best Video Settings

If you’re looking to capture the most cinematic looking footage as possible, shooting in 4K at 24p will give you the best footage.

The Mavic can now shoot something called H.265, which is a newer video codec that’s much more efficient. While this is definitely the future of video, H.264 is still easier for most computers to process.

There are two versions of 4K to choose from, 4K Full FOV and 4K HQ. Basically, 4K HQ crop-zooms the 4K footage to a 40mm frame. This can be nice for isolating a subject or compressing a big background to make it appear larger, like tall mountains.

I recommend you set your white balance manually for video, rather than keeping it in auto, so the white balance doesn’t change while you’re filming.

Color Profiles

If you don’t color-grade your footage, the “Normal” color profile setting works great. However, if you use color grading techniques or LUTs with software like Color Finale, you’ll probably want the flat color profile called D-LOG M.

These are the settings I’ve found work best for me.

  • Profile: D-LOG M
  • Sharpness: 0
  • Contrast: 0
  • Saturation: 0

One thing to keep in mind is that under the “Normal” camera profile, the Mavic shoots in 8-bit. However, when using the D-LOG M profile, it shoots in full 10-bit (many more colors possible).

But D-LOG M footage straight out of the camera looks very bland (on purpose). You’ll need to bring back the color, contrast, and sharpness using editing software later. For more information on color grading, click here.

Best Photography Settings

One of the coolest features of the Mavic 2 Pro for travel photographers is the ability to manually change the camera’s aperture to adjust focus/light.

Generally, camera lens focus can be a bit soft with wide-open apertures, like F/2.8. But they can also be a bit soft if the aperture is fully closed, at F/11.

I typically try to keep the aperture between F/5.6 and F/8 for good sharp drone landscape photography on the Mavic 2 Pro.

Of course, you can also shoot in RAW format with the Mavic, which helps save as much information as possible for flexibility in post-processing later.

Intelligent Flight Modes

The Mavic 2 comes with all the standard intelligent flight modes, like “Point Of Interest”, “Cinematic”, and “Quick Shots”.

Tripod Mode is no longer in here though, that has been moved to the side switch on the remote — a very nice change. Much quicker to access.

Quick Shots tell the drone to fly complicated patterns that would be very difficult to do on your own without tons of flying experience, like flying perfect circles while also flying up and keeping a subject in frame.

Active Track 2

The Mavic 2 has a new and improved Active Track system, which is far easier to use. It can identify multiple subjects (vehicles, people, etc.), and you simply click on the one you want to start tracking.

Due to the increased number of sensors on the drone (there’s 10 now), it’s far better at maneuvering through tight spaces with obstacles above, below, to the sides, in front and behind it too.

Active Track starts in “SAFE” mode, which limits its speed, however you can also turn this off. Just beware that obstacle avoidance won’t work at speeds over 26 mph.

NOTE: The side sensors are not on all the time. They only turn on during Active Track, Tripod Mode, and Quick Shots.

APAS Mode

The Mavic 2 comes equipped with a new Advanced Pilot Assistance (APAS) Mode which uses the camera sensors to automatically fly around obstacles rather than stopping in front of them.

Previously DJI drones would just stop when they encountered an obstacle, but the Mavic 2 is smart enough to find an alternate route and continue flying.

Hyperlapse Mode

The Mavic 2 also has a new mode called “Hyperlapse”. Basically, this shoots cool moving time-lapse video from the drone, with minimal work on your part.

It does this by shooting multiple still photos over a set period of time while flying. You can let the drone process the video clip itself, or choose to save the still photos, edit them, and convert to a time-lapse video later.

Just know that this process can take between 5-8 minutes for a 5-second video clip, so it will drain a good chunk of your battery (around 30%).

Differences With Mavic Pro 1

There are a few more differences between the Mavic 2 Pro and the original Mavic 1. The Mavic 2 now includes 8GB of internal storage, just in case you forget your memory card.

While the Mavic 2 Pro is about the same physical size as the Mavic 1, it’s about half a pound heavier due to the larger batteries, additional sensors, and a bigger camera.

The new camera cover on the Mavic 2 has a built-in gimbal clamp now. There are fewer pieces to lose, and it’s a bit quicker to put on/take off.

DJI Mavic 2 Tips & Tricks

Full Screen View

The DJI Mavic 2 remote controller is pretty slick, displaying flight details like speed, altitude, distance, and battery level. You can switch your phone into full-screen mode (swipe up on iPhones), removing the information overlay so you can concentrate on framing your shots.

Slow & Steady Movements

Racing around at 45mph in sport mode is fun as hell, but doesn’t always make great video footage. The best drone shots are smooth and steady. Small input changes can have a big effect — you don’t need to jam down on the control sticks full throttle. You can always speed things up later in post.

Return To Home

Why engage return to home when I can fly back myself? Well, the software is much more efficient than humans are. It takes the shortest path back, flying at optimal speed, saving you precious battery power. If you really want to land yourself, you can cancel it at the last minute and take control.

Catch Landing

If I’m attempting to fly from uneven ground (rocks, tall grass, sand) I generally launch the Mavic 2 Pro from my camera backpack, and catch-land it in my hand. However, I don’t recommend catch-landing until you have experience flying in all kinds of situations/weather. It can be dangerous if it goes wrong.

Recovering After A Crash

Everyone crashes their drone eventually. Everyone. I’ve crashed a drone twice now, once in water! If you crash, look for the “Find My Drone” feature that shows its last location via GPS, and you can even force the drone to beep at you.

Facebook Live

Did you know you can broadcast live video from your DJI Mavic 2 to Facebook & YouTube? The video feed comes from the drone, while the audio comes from your phone. This lets you tell a story, or describe what you’re seeing, as you fly the drone live. 3G signals can work, but wifi or 4G connections are best.

DJI Mavic 2 Accessories

Sun Shade Hood

The DJI Mavic Sun Hood helps you see your phone’s screen in full-on sunlight, cutting out the glare. Especially if your eyes are sensitive to the sun.

Car Charger

The DJI Mavic Car Charger can plug into a vehicle’s cigarette lighter and charge your battery while driving. Super helpful during travel photography road trips, so you always have fresh batteries.

ND Filters

These Mavic ND Filters are a bit like sunglasses for your drone. It gives professional videographers the ability to shoot video at slower shutter speeds in bright sunlight, creating a more cinematic look.

DJI Care Refresh

Like I said earlier, everyone crashes their drone eventually. It’s best to be prepared and purchase the DJI Care Refresh insurance, so when you do crash one day, you can get back to flying as soon as possible at minimal cost.

Final Thoughts On The Mavic

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the perfect drone for a travel photographer. Its high-end camera combined with a portable, folding frame, make it ideal for creating professional images & video on the road.

It’s super easy to pack this drone with you for hiking in the mountains, snowboarding, out on a boat, or any adventure you can dream up.

The Mavic 2 is just an all-around better drone. Faster, stronger, smoother, and quieter, plus more intelligent than the previous generation too.

It’s a lot of camera for most people though, and if you’re just starting out, you may be better off with the smaller, and cheaper, DJI Mavic Air. ★

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DJI Mavic Drone Giveaway!

Congratulations! That was a long post, and to reward you for making it down this far, I’m giving one lucky reader my older DJI Mavic Pro 1 to use on your next travel adventure!

I loved the original Mavic, and traveled with it everywhere. It’s great for capturing unique video footage and photos from the sky when you travel. Here’s your chance to win it!

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Congratulations Delaney & Eduardo from Caravan Spirits! You’ve won the DJI Mavic! Happy flying!

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Comments (318)

  1. Hello,

    Thank you for your great review on the mavic 2 pro. I was curious which phone do you use with. Do you use any tablet or phone mount or directly your phone in the controler.

  2. I’ve been flying drones now for about a year and I simply love them. I would more than love do you have the Maverick Pro.

  3. The Mavic Pro 2 is a great travel drone. DJI really revamped the whole market with their introduction of such compact drones… I remember lugging my Phantom through Airports & up mountains… What a pain!

    But this little guy doesn’t look like some elaborate drug smuggling contraption & doesn’t need a special bag that is a pain to carry around.

  4. said invalid entry, reloaded the page & got the same, please enter me manually , Love to have one, been looking at them for years, just never had the $ . Thanks, great review

  5. What an outstanding Giveaway! The Mavic1 would be a great gift for my husband. The demonstration video was very informative. You did an excellent job of explaining and operating in the video. Thanks for having such a great giveaway.

  6. Very informative vlogg… you have sampled all the capablities of mavic 2… with excellent footage… i like your style of making videos..

  7. Great review thanks Matthew! I own Dji Tello at the moment and it’s my very first drone. Loved it and been wanting to upgrade, I would love to have the opportunity to fly the Mavic.

  8. Wow, that’s an awesome giveaway! I think it’s awesome all of the material and tips that you’re able to provide. Love the drone footage.

  9. Amazing review! I’ve always had a lot of questions about drones and which ones are better! Thank you for clearing that up so well

  10. Wanted this drone the day I saw it! I would first take this to Zion national park. Then travel all around the world taking incredible footage!

  11. What an amazing drone. My daughter is a photographer and her husband is a Sr. Chief in the US Navy and would Love to have this drone to assist her in her work. They would take pictures with it all over the world on his deployments.

  12. So many ways to enter! So many different platforms, that’s awesome! I’d love to use the drone at my weddings to get awesome aerial shots and to expand my creativity!

  13. Yes! Drones are one of the things travellers and photographers need. It enables you to capture more on what’s out there and share for others to see

  14. Great review! I’ve noticed the gimbal clamp does leave some small scratches on the camera housing. Won’t affext anything but just annoyed me a little. What do you think?

  15. I’ve been looking forward for so many years to own a DJI drone. The only one I’ve ever had was the 3DR Solo, and strictly speaking, it’s not even close to matching with the quality of DJI. I really want to win this!!

  16. I’m relatively new to drones. Since you’ve had a couple of the Mavics, have you had any issue with the folding arms or wiring inside? Thanks!

  17. Still probably the best truly portable drone out there, whether the 2 Pro or the Zoom. The larger sensor of the Mavic 2 Pro does seem to be the more reasonable choice of the Mavic 2 line. As for the giveaway, I could sure use it for my photography, also.

  18. Great article and explanation about the differences between these popular drones. I do not currently own one myself, so thank you for this great giveaway.

  19. A very in depth and comprehensive review of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. This information will be useful to anyone in the market for a drone, including me.

  20. We snowmobile a lot in the winter it’s our passion, and have been really wanting a drone for some amazing video footage! But I would really like to invest in a drone that can become more compact for easy travel! This one seems perfect for everything I’m looking for!

  21. This is a great comprehensive review. Would love to try this drone it looks so compact and amazing image quality. I would fly it in northern Ontario.

  22. I really appreciate your detailed review. As someone who is looking in the drones, I find your input more useful and trustworthy than just reading the manufacturer descriptions.

  23. Such a detailed review – I was totally unaware of some of the set modes, like active track. I’d love to have a drone to hike with, even just to get a different viewpoint of my favourite trails.

  24. I’ve had a Phantom 4 Pro and currently have a Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. I’ve thought about getting a Mavic before it would be a nice drone to add to my collection. Very nice review, very in-depth. Thanks!

  25. I’ve been dreaming of one of these Mavics since they first were announced!

    I was sold when I saw a guy flying one on a hike in canyon land in some of the gnarliest wind I’ve ever seen, and it was a trooper!

    I’ve been patiently waiting for the price to come down for a while now.

  26. Very thoughtful and informative review! I’ve been trying to invest on my first drone and I’m really loving the specs on the DJI Mavic 2 Pro..Ruaarrr biasaahh

  27. Great summary! Still not sure if I want to wait for half a year to see how it’s on the long run. :/
    Kinda afraid that the weight might be my biggest concerns

  28. Oh, this would be a dream come true. We go traveling all the time and my camera is broken. I’ve been using my cell phone for pictures. This would take some awesome pictures over the West coast beaches and the East coast beaches and all the mountains in between. There is nothing like having pictures to look back on great trips.

  29. Hey Matthew thanks for the in-depth review of the Mavic 2 Pro. The video quality is fantastic and the drone footage adds a new dimension when telling our travel stories. Great contest – I hope to add your Mavic 1 Pro to my travel toolbox :)

  30. Awesome drone and sweet giveaway! I would fly mine over the mountains in North Carolina and the Black Bear Wilderness Forest in Florida!

  31. Thank you for this helpful info! My fiance and I are travelling to many of your destinations for our honeymoon and subsequent research. We would love to carry out some of this and capture the experience via drone. thanks!

  32. I’m still new to photography and I do plan on investing in a drone. Some of the information is a little bit over my head but a very informative post. I’m learning.

  33. Great review! I was just directing a shoot in Idaho and the only option for drone work was the DJI Mavic from a local pilot and the footage is smooth and beautiful.

  34. Great review! Thanks for sharing Matthew! I’ve been very interested in Drone photography and video for our travels. Haven’t gotten a drone yet, but this helps me to see that I need one!! Glad I found your page, very cool!

  35. Very thoughtful and informative review! I’ve been trying to invest on my first drone and I’m really loving the specs on the DJI Mavic 2 Pro.

  36. Wow the new features are really cool! I have wanted to get a drone for a long time now. The photography taken with them keeps blowing me away though so I know it’s only a matter of time before I save up enough and get one–or hopefully win one! :D

  37. Thorough review, I have no experience with drones but have always wanted to try and use one and I appreciate reviews like this.

  38. What a through article. Thank you! I was about to get the dji spark but after reading this I am now looking into getting this one!!

  39. I really hope that they release a version that doesn’t not crop the sensor or use line skipping. That’s the only thing preventing me from buying this wonderful piece of kit.

  40. very well done Matt, thank you for sharing it, very motivational, personally…you have made me feel like, I am packing my stuff, saying good bye to my boss and I go…somewhere, wherever

  41. Man this is such an informative blog on this specific drone. Been toying around with getting one myself but not actually making the commitment yet. Thanks for all the info!!

  42. Hi, my name is Rodrigo… and I live in Mexico City but I often work in the US , Am I elegible for the drone Giveaway?
    Excellent work , Idaho like your style because almost everybody else had a lot of punch and hurry to speak and do funny stuff, and you just talk clearly about your theme and show us beautiful footage.
    Regards

  43. I’ve been following you since the Cancun videos . Love the videos, I just wish you would post a little more. Keep up the good work 👍🏼

  44. One of the best drone reviews I’ve ever read. Very thorough and well researched. Drones are a huge part of the future of photography. I’m hoping to take one on my travels to Indonesia this spring.

  45. Hi Matt,

    We texted 1.5 years ago, I finally got my green card, and I’m free to go see the world. I’m aiming for April, just getting my items and money in check. Thank you for the genuine advice, you appear sincere on your blog. For someone who has not gone backpacking, I appreciate the suggestion and information given (especially when you wrote we should be open to indifference and accept other mentalities). Matt, I have some concerns about my trip, I am 32, and I’m going to hostels for the first time, and my social skills aren’t the best. I’m concerned I’ll end up being an outsider, which I don’t want to happen as I am travelling on my own and would like people around. If you have any social tips, please share :) . I know you mentioned eye contact and a hello may help to create friendships with locals.. any advice on hostels? Also, I am planning to go to Antarctica.. prices are insane $9000- $15,000 and that’s for one day.. have you been there? any tips on price and duration? I’m on your blog daily.. it always makes me look forward to my adventure :) so thank you.

  46. I am NOT entering the billion dollar lottery I keep hearing about. Odds too steep. And lottery winners always squander their winnings or otherwise bemoan their seemingly blessed state. That’s why I am solely entering your contest. Because I really want to make beautiful aerial shots to incorporate into my videos.

  47. Great article man! All the way through the specs and features! Its crazy to see how they can just keep upgrading from these drones that already have amazing specs. I always put off buying drones and cameras cause as soon as I do a new one pops out. Would love to get my hands on a mavic 1 though!

  48. Great review and awesome photos! This thing covered everything I need to know about this mavic drone. I have the DJI spark and have wanted a mavic for awhile, it just has a lot more features and can shoot in the resolutions I want. The spark was easier for foreign travel because it was a lot smaller and was never questioned by security but now that im back in the US Id like the mavic for its wider versatility. *The controller is a must have for any drone! Flying the spark with my phone is harder and loses a lot of range and function, so definitely would like the remote with it!*

  49. Quality review! I am actually planning to head to Iceland in 2019 and I’m looking into possibly bringing a drone along! Very impressed with the new obstacle avoidance features on the Mavic 2 and its new camera!

  50. Awesome review. I agree that this is the best drone for traveling, and the best one with obstacle avoidance. Although there are drones with longer range and bigger batteries, this one is the best in overall control and ease of use. The only thing it can’t do still is land on water and dive underwater(while still working) but there are other drones for that.

  51. Great review and fantastic photos. I have 2 issues with the Mavic line of high end drones. The controller looks like it came from a cheap video game. You NEED a smart phone to use this $1400 drone which is just ridiculous. If you lose or break your phone, this expensive bird is grounded. I have a Yuneec which is a larger hexacopter. It comes with a fantastic controller with a large screen and it is the only drone it it’s price range with a 360 degree gimbal. It’s not so easy to travel with, but I would certainly look into that model before you buy a Mavic.

  52. Great review and awesome footage! I’ve been wanting a Mavic Pro for the longest time. I hope to make Santa’s nice list so I can get one for Christmas! Or maybe you can just pick me LOL! Crossing my fingers! Pura Vida!

  53. Great post. I’m looking to buy a drone for my husband for Christmas. But NOT sure which one to get him. He loves taking pictures and I would love to upgrade his toolbag with a big boy toy like a drone. It would be great to win it in your giveaway.

  54. Your blog is amazing. I always take a look before I go anywhere to see if you’ve written anything about the places I am going or if you have any photography pointers for the conditions I will be in. I am hoping to go to South East Asia in June after I graduate and a drone would be an unreal accessory to bring and document the incredible journey I will be on. Thanks for all your hard work, I really appreciate it.

  55. Thanks for that Matt! I’m on the lookout for the best model and you’ve piqued my curiosity with this one. Since it’s a big purchase I’m glad I got to read this!!

  56. Any time I see your videos, I started looking for drones. I’ve been holding back from buying one for my birthday trip to Iceland buuut this article might have convinced me to start looking into one again.

    Thanks for all the tips!

  57. This looks like an awesome product for sharing photos for my travel blog. Thanks for the information… I really hope I can get a chance to use it! :)

    • Congratulations Delaney, it turns out you WILL get to use it! You’ve won the random drawing! I’ll send you more details via email. :-)

  58. Awesome giveaway! I was looking at drones at a brick and mortar store yesterday. Your footage makes it look so much more fun to own.

  59. We’ve been thinking about getting a drone this Thanksgiving so this post is very timely. Thanks for a detailed review of Mavic Pro!

  60. This is awesome Expert Vagabond! Thanks so much for all the info you are putting out. You truly are a mentor and leader in the travel and photography community. -Joel
    #dronegiveaway!

  61. Awesome post and a great giveaway idea, would love to have to pleasure of having such a versatile tool to up my photography game

  62. After reading this review it made me feel even stronger about wanting to buy a dji drone but because of the pricy tag I do feel doubtful but I am optimistic that I will be able to eventually buy one

  63. Thank you for your advice! This would be such a great tool/device to use, I’m trying to get more into photography and video!

  64. Great review Matt!
    The whole Mavic series drones by DJI beast. No wonder you get such amazing and breathtaking shots with them.
    Hope I can get my hands on one of them!
    Have agreat day Matt!

  65. I chatted w/ a Mavic 2 drone pilot at the Portland Head lighthouse last week and am absolutely smitten with this new model. His photos of Maine’s iconic lighthouse were absolutely breathtaking! How fantastic that you’re giving your old drone away! I’d love to build my skills with it first, and I’m grateful for the link to videos to get me started studying!

  66. This was a really good review. I just spent a good three days looking at the “Top 10 best drones” and with an extended battery this one is the best deal

  67. This looks like a great drone! I can’t wait for them to come out with a 250g drone with a good camera though! :) This way we can avoid all the ridiculous regulations that prevent you from using your drone almost anywhere. ;)

  68. I can not believe they are using Hasselblad equipment. That right there says quality! I remember in the early 90’s people were mortgaging their homes to purchase a Hasselblad camera for portraits. I have been looking at the Mavic Air since they came out and this puts it over the top for me now. I must have one!

  69. Hi Matt,
    Excellent insight on this post! As an aspiring traveler, I’ve used your blog as one of my top sources for tips and tricks! I’m looking into getting a drone and this review was informative and easy to follow! Thanks for sharing your time and knowledge with us in each of your posts! Your journey is incredibly inspiring!!

    Best,
    Kelli

  70. A friend of mine used his Mavic 1 on a trip with us in Iceland and the shots were awesome! I can’t wait to see what I’d possible with the second gen!

  71. This information is so helpful…have been thinking about getting a drone so happy to see this information all in one place!

  72. Thanks for this review! Have you taken any birds eye or looking down pics with it? Are they straight or need processing?

  73. This is the most thorough review of the Mavic I have seen. Matt really knows his stuff, and is passionate about helping others see the world!

  74. It’s amazing how far drones have come. They’ve gotten so much better They’re definitely here to stay. I’m excited for when 360 VR Cameras are a thing and affordable.

  75. Hi Matt
    Excellent review, for years reading your blog and dreaming of the places you already explored. Learning so much from your experience and maybe one day I can do 1/10 of your trips,I like here in Miami did my own share of travel, thank you for sharing your experience,it is always so refreshing to read your blog entries,and learn form you.
    Thank’s and looking forward the next blog entry.
    regard
    Barnabee

  76. My brother used the Mavic 1 and just got the Mavic 2. He loved the first and had no idea how they could improve on the new version, but after he got the new one he fell in love in ways he wasn’t even expecting. It’s one high-tech piece of equipment!!

  77. Wow!! Your reviews are so thorough and comprehensive! I think I’ll need to go buy a Mavic drone for my many upcoming adventures!!!

  78. I’ve always been interested in the Mavic drones, but have been over whelemed with all of the information to look into. This review has definitely helped educate me more on what to look for in a drone! Plus the giveaway idea is GENIUS! Thanks Matt for the opportunity.

  79. I’ve been dying to get some aerial shots of the places we travel too! We were just in Prince Edward Island and I was wishing I had one!

  80. Thanks for the review! I am looking at getting a drone, what would you recommend for a beginner with very little flight experience?

  81. Great article and I especially enjoyed reading about the recommended settings for various shooting scenarios. Nice work!

  82. I like your balance between sharing lots of details and still keeping everything understandable & enjoyable to read. Neither too dry nor too flippant -a perfect mix! Good job, as always.

  83. I’m heading back to Sicily in 2 weeks! Just spent 3 months there this Spring. I applied for dual citizenship to Italy last week! Congrats on your citizenship! I can’t wait to explore the land of my ancestors once more!

  84. This Is a very thorough review, I love the photos taken with the drone! I still don’t have a drone, but would definitely love to have one to get more unique travel photos.

  85. I loved your video Matt on using a drone in your Iceland travels. Having never used a drone, I found it very helpful and your explanations were easy to understand. Keep up the good work in sharing your travel experiences!

  86. This is an extremely informative post, and the pictures you took are stunning! I think the way you live your life is extremely inspiring, and I learn a lot about the world by reading your blog. Keep it up!

  87. I can’t imagine the great videos and stills I could get from the drone while I’m out exploring the vast deserts of Nevada.

  88. Have been looking into getting a drone the past couple of months for our new travel blog. This one definitely looks amazing! Would be so thrilled to even get our hands on even your older one!

  89. Amazing write up!!! This should solve any questions people have on whether or not to purchase this drone. Great work Matt!

  90. Thanks for the thorough review. My husband and I just had our house broken into and several electronics were stolen including our drone. Downside is we’ve got to replace it. Upside is we get a new drone! This really helps us as we research that.

  91. I’ve always loved photography and I’m so impressed by pics I’ve seen from drones and the different perspective they give the photographer. I’d love to start taking my own photos with a drone so obviously winning one would be awesome. Thank you for this opportunity!!

  92. You are doing a nice job matt.I really loved your blogs. I am a travel lover and even studying in this filed. My dream is to travel the world. But I don’t have that much money for traveling. Can you give me any suggestions so that I can travel in low budget and make my dream?

  93. Awesome review! I very much enjoy your posts and look up to you. A drone has been on my wishlist for the longest time, to add to my blog content, but I can’t afford one at the moment. We usually do weekend trips around the island and a drone would be a very nice addition.

  94. Amazing review! So detailed as usual. I found about you and your journeys while looking for information about Cuba and your blog was the most helpful one out there. It gave me so many great tips and everything written was on point which made me look for every singe email you sent out. Keep up the good work. Thank you for being so straightforward and also generous for giving us all a chance to win! Thanks

  95. Great review on the Mavic 2. By the looks of the photos you shared from Iceland, this drone takes amazing shots. I would love shooting with this one but your mavic would be great to use as well. Great blog.

  96. Gripping article! These things can seriously change the way you see everything around you. It’s a longshot – I know, but a chance to win one is an awesome thought!

  97. I’ve been waiting to purchase my first drone for my backpacking trip of Central America! Thanks for the details, this blog really helps a lot with planning :D

  98. Awesome giveaway! I always thought it would be amazing to have a drone, but I think I’d definitely have to get used to lugging it around with me and always worrying about it getting stolen or broken. How do you deal with things like this?

  99. Such a fantastic review of all the new features. Hopefully when an Air 2 comes out you will have the time to do a comprehensive review of that one too. Also so great to see you giving away older gear to help us aspiring travel videographers and photographers. You are awesome!

  100. Wonderful in depth review! I love your blog and Instagran page! Thank you for the opportunity to enter this contest. I hope I win! 🤞🏼🤞🏼

  101. I am strongly considering my first drone purchase, and this review is extremely helpful! Thank you. And love your images of Iceland!

  102. Your blog makes me want t ok get out and explore the world more. You inspire me to continue working with photography and improving my skills. Your eye for detail when it comes to what you do is inspiring and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

  103. The image under “Battery Life” is stunning! That’s a great range of color and detail and really shows how DJI has upended their game!

  104. Matt,

    This would be pretty sweet to win. I have two trips coming up. The first to Portugal and the Canary Islands during the Thanksgiving holiday and then to Costa Rica the first week in December. That drone wouldn’t know what hit it!

  105. Awesome Giveaway! And perfectly timed, I lost my drone 4 days ago and now I’m desperately looking for it.
    Maybe your giveaway is a sign?

  106. Loved your review! Very insightful… have heard nothing but positive feedback regarding DJI’s Mavic range. I hope to win this so I can get my own compelling footage together for my new website!

  107. Your posts are really inspiring me to get out there and explore the world. Can’t wait to finish college and go on one of my own journeys! You should stop by Hong Kong sometime, it’s a beautiful place, you would love it.

  108. I’ve seen the Mavic in action while doing a photo shoot at my college. A marketing team was hired and they used it for a few shots. The image quality was incredible! Awesome post!

  109. Awesome! Having a drone will totally amp up my travel photos. Fingers crossed! (P.S. LOVE the review of the new Mavic Pro 2. Such an in-depth review bursting with info.)

  110. Got a nice insight into Mavic 2! Thank you for this informative blog! Looking forward to buying one and trying it out 😁

  111. Your blogs are always informative and this is in depth review and very useful…
    I really liked your Facebook live via drone few weeks before.

  112. Was amazed by the Mavic when my colleague brought it along on our trip to Hraunfossar/Barnafoss and Jokulsarlon Lagoon. Shoot! It’s a beauty and was so jealous of the video footage afterwards I considered buying one straight away except for the cost. You see even more beauty from the sky, plus it’s relatively quiet. I travel Europe as often as I can get but I’d love to use a drone horseback riding in Patagonia.

  113. Fantastic review. I appreciate the real world testing and overview of the flight modes. Thanks also for offering us a shot at your old Mavic in the giveaway.

  114. Hey Matthew I’m a big fan of your Instagram and I love your eye for photography. I’m from Austin and I’m pretty sure you’re still there so make sure to go to Juan in a Million for some amazing breakfast tacos!! Really hope I win the contest as in January I’m leaving to go backpacking in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia with my girlfriend.

    • Yeah we’re here until the end of the month. We’ll go check them out! Thanks Kyle. Can’t go wrong with tasty tacos in the morning…