Best new drone: DJI Mavic 2 Pro or Mavic 2 Zoom?

Best new drone: DJI Mavic 2 Pro or Mavic 2 Zoom?

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DJI put out two new high-end drones, the Mavic Pro 2 and Mavic 2 Zoom, and they both look great for shooting in a variety of environments. In terms of flight capabilities and battery life, there's no distinction between them; they're both high quality. So how is one any different from the other? Price, features, and image quality all factor into it. Which one would you choose?

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The Mavic Pro 2 works especially well for night shooting, with a Hasselblad camera—you know, the stuff that NASA uses—and the largest sensor of any drone in its size range. The resolution is higher than with the Zoom, making it a great choice for shooting low-light footage. It comes in a couple hundred dollars higher than the Zoom, but the image quality more than makes up for it. 

The Mavic 2 Zoom does what the Pro can't. Namely, optical zoom. It features a special zoom mode called Dolly Zoom (playing with depth of field while in motion) and a better autofocus than on the Pro. If the reason you want a drone is for cinematic video footage, Zoom is the way to go.

While you're hashing out which one to buy, take a mini-vacation to Jamaica, shot on DJI drones. 

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