DJI has sprung another surprise on drone lovers in the form of the compact and versatile, Mavic 2 Enterprise. DJI has added some powerful accessories to the Mavic 2 Zoom to come up with this new powerhouse drone. In this blog post, I will discuss how the combination of the newly added features has significantly UPPED the ability of this new drone – making it possible for you to execute nuanced and creative solutions with ease.
This new Mavic 2 Enterprise will house a 12mp Camera that comes with 2x optical and 3x digital zoom. Now pilots won’t have to fly as close to objects that they’re inspecting. However, the BIG news here is the ability to carry 3 new DJI accessories that are also controlled through the flight application. Whether you need to light an inspection area, communicate with other people - otherwise unreachable, or be seen through the darkness of night...the Mavic 2 Enterprise packs quite the punch.
New Accessories: (Remember, controlled by the app)
The Mavic 2 enterprise is really a compact solution that could work for a wide variety of public safety officers and industrial inspectors. In order to fully understand the power of a compact solution like the Mavic 2 Enterprise, you must first understand how combination of stated new features and non-stated features brings most of the value to this new drone.
With a quiet drone, that has a 12 megapixel sensor with zoom means that you don’t have to fly far away to keep the noise down and still get a decent image. The Mavic 2 Enterprise is insanely quiet, like it would be hard to hear in a city at 75’ in elevation. Take that stealthy flight and add zoom, and now we’re getting jobs done easier without constant questioning from concerned civilians.
The M2E is the first drone with ground controlled accessories, let alone the first one that can fit in a backpack or even a fanny pack!!!! With features like Occusync 2.0 and the speaker, now first responders can survey a vast number of houses and communicate with stranded hurricane victims. This will vastly increase the communication in disaster response, and will decrease response time to high value victims and efficiently scout a larger area with less equipment and personnel.
The combination of these new accessories vastly increases the uses for the Mavic 2 Enterprise. This new Mavic is now the world's smallest drone with self-heating batteries. Allowing first responders to get vital information in colder temps. Typically anyone north of Texas has issues with battery maintenance in colder temperatures, now with this feature if a nuclear plant worker needs a visual inspection of cooling tower 3, in the middle of January, NOW…
They can fly the Mavic 2 E, in the cold at night and get instant answers on what's on top of cooling tower 3.
While the Mavic 2 zoom does carry the same 12mp sensor and 2x optical zoom with 3x digital zoom as the Mavic 2E, most public safety officers are used to using the Z30 camera on the M200/600 or the Z3 camera on the older inspire 1. A common complaint from many officers is the ability to smoothly control the Z30 camera to actually distinguish the subject and movement. If you’ve never flown a zoom camera on a drone, you understand how extremely difficult it is to fly when you’re zoomed in so drastically. Since we have a larger sensor, with less zoom, on a quieter drone we should be able to fly closer and eliminate the parallax issues of high intensity zoom… now it should be easier to control the zoom, which gives us a better quality image.
It has become clear that many drone pilots want a vehicle they can bring anywhere. They don’t want a big bulky case that ends up taking off the crown molding when leaving the wife for a weekend of work. This TINY drone will fold up into the size of a 20 oz bottle of coke, yet flies with more agility and stability than the old Mavic pro and older phantoms. Having a small, portable drone is great for those weekend warriors traveling to Puerto Rico, but now having a small drone that can also hold other accessories… groundbreaking. This smaller drone will also make particular industrial inspections easier. Inspections like: Tube inspections, pipeline inspections, cooling tower inspections, etc.
This Mavic 2 Enterprise marks the very first drone with local encryption. Yes, the M2E has 24gb of onboard storage, that’s 3 times the normal size of storage. DJI has actually taken chain of evidence and data security to a whole new level adding:
“When Password Protection is enabled, users are required to enter their password each time they activate the drone, link the remote controller with the drone, and access the drone’s onboard storage, giving them full, exclusive use and enhanced security. This provides secure access to the drone and its onboard data storage, while protecting that data even if the drone is physically compromised.”
Ok, I’m getting a little wild with these ideas, but c’mon I’m a creative at heart.
There are a few questions that I have in regards to the new accessories we’re seeing from DJI. First off, what is the weight of each accessory, and how will it affect the flight characteristics of the drone itself? When we add weight to the aircraft, we change the center of gravity of the aircraft. And, when we change the center of gravity on the aircraft, we fundamentally change the flight characteristics of the drone itself. I’m really interested to see how DJI handled this particular problem.
Did they slow down the gains which will force you to stay in GPS “geriatric” mode? Or did they change the max angles for pitch and roll? Or did they not change anything at all? Which means if you try to race the M2E with a light on it – you end up with a dead drone.
It is also very interesting that you can control the accessories from the flight control app itself. This is a huge step, but it also requires additional questions. For example, in the PR release of the M2E we can see that there are 10 commands pre-programmed for the speaker. Well, can we speak over the speaker, or just use the commands? I’m sure it's both, but, hey I had to ask! Could you control the light to strobe, or is it just turn on and off? Sometimes these features are dead-locked and other times it's, “o that’s so silly of course we would do that.”
Could you set the light to strobe at the same rate of emergency vehicles so now I have a way to autonomously open my neighborhood gate when the family drives up? This is a valid question!
$1,999 USD: Mavic 2 Enterprise comes with the drone, remote, one battery and ALL THREE accessories included. By the Fly more combo for extra batteries (2), hub charger, car charger, soft carrying case and extra propellers.
That’s actually a really easy question, with the accessories and self-heating batteries alone… drone ops are now even easier in a sub-compact airframe. So yes, yes I’m getting one, not only to test public safety applications but new creative endeavors as well.
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