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DJI has announced that there will be a big event happening on July 18th at 10 a.m in New York. The theme of this event is “See the Bigger Picture”. What could that mean? DJI is notorious for making us squirm while they throw us little bones. We thought for a second it could be a new Osmo with 360° capability, but quickly squashed that idea when we realized the imagery in the invite was taken from great heights.
We suspect they are either going to announce a new drone, maybe the Mavic Pro 2(or DJI Mavic Pro II). If you look closely at the image, you can see that there is a lake in the middle with a winding river around that followed by some rocky brown and green terrain. The image has been blended to look kind of like the iris of an eye so depending on how you look at it, you either see a landscape scene or an iris. Once again Dji keeps us in suspense. Even their invite is shrouded in ambiguity and mystery.
We’ll keep you informed as we find out more. We’re not sure if DJI is going to stream the event live, but if they do, we’ll broadcast that live right here on MyFirstDrone.com. Stay tuned...
Rumor has it that beta testing of the Mavic Pro II ended sometime in late January. So when will this new Mavic 2 come out?
Some have speculated it won’t be out until the end of the year. Some have even said it won’t be coming out at all.
Some have speculated it won’t be out until the end of the year. Some have even said it won’t be coming out at all, but we think it will probably come out soon.
First, it was rumored to be released in March. Nope. Then early spring. Well…who really knows?
Things keep changing faster than we can keep up, but here are the current rumor updates we have to report. Some are the same as they have been over the past few months, some have changed or been eliminated completely.
So as of June 2018, here are the current rumors.
The Mavic Pro II (2) might not be getting a larger 1-inch sensor as we previously thought. It's possible it will have a new 12-MegaPixel Sony IMX226 CMOS 1/1.7″ sensor.
This will be significantly smaller than the Phantom 4 Pro image sensor, but don’t worry. Even if this is true, I think the Mavic Pro II (2) will do just fine in low light and here’s why I think that.
The Phantom 4 Pro has a 20-megapixel 1-inch sensor. That means there’s going to be 20 million pixels packed into that 1 inch. On the other hand, if you take the 12 megapixel 1/1.7 inch sensor and scale the pixels up by 1.7x you get approximately 20 megapixels.
This means that even with the smaller sensor size, the size of the physical pixels on these two sensors is very similar. Unfortunately, if this rumor is true then we won’t get 20-megapixel photos capability, but for shooting video the extra sensor size will just have more power draw and less flight time.
In the image below, the red square is the current sensor size for the Mavic Pro and the yellow square is the size of the new sensor.
One new rumor that I’m excited about is 4K 10-bit video recording. With 10-bit color information, you can adjust and push colors much farther in post-production before the video starts to fall apart.
If this rumor is true, color profiles like D-log would have much fewer compression artifacts after color grading. The only downside to this is that you would probably need a very fast and expensive Micro SD card to handle the faster data rate. Cameras like the GH5 for example record at 400mbps while shooting 10-bit video.
That’s 3GB for every minute of video! So let’s hope they take this into consideration and build in a larger capacity faster sd card reader.
If you thought the Mavic Air had a lot of sensors packed into a small body, wait until you see the Mavic Pro II (2). There are supposedly cameras on the front, rear and bottom (like the Mavic Air) but IR sensors will be added to the sides and top to provide complete coverage.
Previously, there was no way to avoid an obstacle from above, and an inevitable crash if something happened to be in your flight path that the drone could not see from above. You could not point the drone up far enough to be able to see that. This would be a huge upgrade!
Additionally, the Machine learning and computer vision algorithms could be more advanced than the Mavic Air.
The Skydio R1 is a drone capable of full autonomy. It has cameras facing in every direction and uses a Nvidia processor, but with a price tag of $2,500 it’s not affordable and the components aren’t cheap enough to put in an inexpensive drone like the Mavic.
I don’t think DJI will have a drone with the same capability as the R1 until next year, but hopefully, we see some incremental obstacle avoidance improvements in the Mavic Pro II (2).
Below are some of the older drawings by a Chinese journalist by the name of OsitaLV, that seem to support the current rumors. It is the new Mavic II (2) that DJI has developed and it could be just what we’ve been waiting for.
No, these aren’t leaked pictures, they’re drawings by OsitaLV, but this same writer did some drawings for the Phantom 5 and a month later we discovered a leaked photo that matched up perfectly with the drawings. On the other hand, many say he likes to play games with us by tweeting out things to let us think something is true without actually saying it’s true.
This first photo appears to be nothing special. The drawing looks a lot like the Mavic Pro, but if you look closely, there are some differences.
The first thing I noticed is that the front section of the drone looks completely different from the old Mavic Pro.
In all of the drawings, you can see that the nose is pointy with a chevron shape on it. The propellers appear to be the same as what comes with the Mavic Pro Platinum.
This next photo is where things get interesting. If this image is correct, we could be seeing a new 1/1.7 inch sensor inside of the Mavic 2!
This would be a huge deal, and here’s why. Ever since the Phantom 4 Pro came out with the larger sensor, I’ve been torn between which drone to use.
Right now, with the Mavic Pro you get amazing portability, but with the Phantom 4 Pro, you get better image quality. The camera on the Phantom 4 Pro isn’t just slightly better than the Mavic Pro, it’s on a completely different level.
The only question I have is how they managed to fit such a large camera on a small drone like the Mavic.
Right now, the Mavic Pro uses an 11.4V 3830mAh battery, but the drawing below is showing a larger 15.2v 4820mAh battery.
This would increase the flight time, but also compensate for the added weight for the new camera.
According to OsitaLV, these new batteries will not be compatible with the old Mavic series.
This drawing shows added obstacle avoidance sensors in the back of the Mavic II (2)
Aside from these drawings, there isn’t much we know about the new Mavic II (2), but even with this basic info, there are some additional features that I can take an accurate guess at.
If the Mavic II (2) really does have a 1/1.7 inch sensor, it will most likely be the 12 MP Sony IMX226 CMOS 1/1.7″ sensor which is larger than what is in the current Mavic Pro.
The new sensor has a larger unit cell size, 1.85 µm (H) × 1.85 µm (V) instead of 1.55 µm (H) × 1.55 µm (V). This will make the image quality for stills and video even better, more specifically, better low light performance, dynamic range, and less noise.
If they use the image processor OsitaLV mentions In his drawing, Sony’s back-illuminated pixel technology called STARVIS, we could see big spec improvements in low light performance over the original Mavic Pro.
OsitaLV tweeted out that there will be two versions of the new Mavic Pro 2. One model will come with the rumored Sony IMX226 CMOS 1/1.7″ sensor and the other will have the larger 1-inch sensor. That would be nice. I’m sure they would be at two different price points, but it would allow consumers who really need the better camera specs a choice. Autel Robotics will also be coming out with two versions of their EVO drone (a Mavic Pro competitor with different sensor sizes).
We know that the camera will be different, but DJI usually adds more than just hardware updates when they come out with a new drone. If there’s one thing that the Mavic Pro is really missing right now, it’s all of the Gesture control features that DJI added to the Spark.
It might seem strange to have more gesture control on a larger drone like the Mavic, but if you remember, the Mavic Pro was the first drone to come out with a basic form of gesture recognition.
Since the camera is all new and there could be added obstacle avoidance sensors, that means the motherboard will probably get redesigned with faster processors.
One of the new processors could be Intel’s Movidius Myriad X VPU. The Spark is powered by the older Movidius Myriad 2 processor which handles all of the gesture recognition and obstacle avoidance.
The new Myriad X VPU has more cores, a dedicated neural compute engine, new vision accelerators for applications like stereo depth, and an enhanced image-signal-processor with 4K support.
If the Mavic 2 had this Myriad X processor, that could open the door for even better gesture control, obstacle avoidance, and more machine learning features. We could be seeing something very soon that we have only seen in Sci-Fi movies!
And one last thought, If the Mavic II (2) does have all of these new features that are basically stolen from the Phantom 4 Pro, it would make even more sense for DJI to release a new Phantom 5. More rumors!!! Check out the Phantom 5 leaks page for more on that.
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