Drones are great tools for filmmaking as they can add scale to your story. The DJI Mavic series is one of our favorites, offering 4K recording in an extremely small footprint. DJI has dropped its Mavic Pro price from $999 to $802 on Amazon. Is the announcement of the Mavic Pro II coming next?

DJI Mavi Pro II

Photo Rumors has leaked Mavic Pro II specs and, as you can imagine, DJI has improved its sensor, flight time, speed and could include a detachable camera. A new one-inch CMOS sensor with a 24mm lens (f/2.8-11) is a nice jump from the original 1/2.3 inch CMOS.  Again, there will be no mechanical shutter. The rumors include a flight time of over 30 minutes—potentially 35—which would be an eight-minute increase over the 27 minute max flight time. Top speed will be around 44 mph (72 km/hr). 

Its design will receive a facelift with upgraded propulsion, larger motors, and a new 3-axis gimbal. A next-gen Active Track Feature is rumored along with binocular rear sensors an improved obstacle avoidance system. The bump in battery size will increase its weight, but it probably won't be noticeable. As filmmakers, a longer flight time is always preferred when you need to get a shot. The Mavic Pro II is expected to be announced this spring. 

Mavic Pro II Rumored Specs: 

  • Flight time over 30min, prototype got a 32min maximum time of hovering
  • 4820 mAh battery with 35 minute flight time
  • 1″ CMOS sensor with 24mm lens (f/2.8-11)
  • No mechanical shutter
  • Top Speed 72 km/hr
  • Prototype exist with a detachable camera - similar to GoPro Karma
  • Binocular rear sensors
  • Upgraded propulsion with larger motors
  • Improved obstacle avoidance system (infrared 3D sensing?)
  • A new generation of Active Track Feature
  • Improved Design
  • Newly designed 3-axis gimbal
  • Larger than the current Mavic Pro
  • The announcement could be delayed until late Spring

Source: PR