DJI’s Mavic 2 Pro V Phantom 4 Pro
Now we have the two Drones with 4K Cameras each with the 1″ sensor,
The Mavic 2 Pro is rated with a 31-minute flight time, whereas the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is rated to fly up to 30 minutes. The flight times were clocked in the most ideal environments and most likely indoors, so in the real world tests often end up being off by a fair amount. So for the purpose of testing, we put both drones side by side and let them sit there in a hover.
The Phantom 4 Pro landed after 23 minutes and 3 seconds showing a 10% battery level remaining, whereas the Mavic 2 Pro landed after 25 minutes and 26 seconds showing a 10% battery level. The outside environment s bound to have an effect on flying because the wind impacts flight times massively.
So the Mavic 2 Pro hovered over 2 minutes longer than the Phantom 4 Pro with a stated flight time of 1 minute less, proving that DJI has clearly improved the flight efficiency of the Mavic 2 Pro, which stands head and shoulders above their rivals. I suppose the Mavic is a little lighter of the two machines which always helps too. Then you can add that the Phantom 4 Pro has more bodywork that will catch any wind too which also has an effect on its total flight time.
As for the Camera which I have not tested side by side, I expect them to be very similar with both having the 1″ Sensor plus a 20mp Camera.
The flying characteristic’s of both Drones are very different as you would expect the Phantom 4 Pro is fast but I still view this drone as a stable camera platform providing filmmakers with excellent 4K productions. Where the Mavic 2 is concerned it feels faster and altogether more agile the Phantom, it’s perfect for selfie shots and as I see it great for backpacking and exploring as you are on your travels.
In an ideal world you would have both in your armory, but to be realistic and to pick one only then I personally would go for the Phantom 4 Pro, that’s based solely on the type of use that I would be putting it to.