Let’s start off with flight.
To say the Mavic 2 Pro is easy to fly is an understatement. It’s so simple to fly a child can take off, fly around and land safely without any real tuition. The stability and ease of control is a testament to DJI’s ongoing development in sensors and flight control. I’ve flown a fair few drones over the years (admittedly most have been DJI drones) and the evolution since the original Phantom drone is really very impressive.
The Mavic 2 Pro comes with a simple control pad which hooks up to your phone to create a fairly compact and feature rich control system for flight, settings and filming. The app is perhaps my only criticism of the DJI platform as I found it a bit clunky in places. I certainly found the app difficult to use on modern smartphones with edge to edge screens. The phone clips into the Mavic’s controller and parts of the screen around the edges become harder to click and control as they are tucked away under clips or grooves to hold the device in place. It’s not the worst app in the world, but personally it’s the part of the control system that could be significantly improved and made much better for in-flight control.
I’m sure frequent flyers would become much more at home with the app and controls in general, but it’s not very often that you need to pull out a manual to operate tech nowadays and there are just too many elements which remain unintuitive. App gripes aside, the flying experience for general use is simply staggering in its ease and predictability of flight. The drone has sensors all over it, including top, bottom and side sensors. I found the obstacle detection very effective in most places, but as I discovered when I managed to put the drone 20ft up in a tree, it’s not without some margin for error. Quite how it didn’t spot the only 100ft tree in the middle of a field is beyond me (The same could be said of it’s pilot…) Thankfully the Mavic 2 Pro is solidly made as it remained unharmed by its branch altercation. A visual quick check over and it was back up and running with no significant signs of impact.