Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced: Is it for you?
With 2020 firmly behind us, and the end of the pandemic in sight, it’s time to start looking to the future. In December 2020, DJI announced its latest drone, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced. That’s right, the Mavic series is back, and this time better than ever with a range of impressive features and performance upgrades.
With everything you’d expect from the Mavic family; reliable flight times, a solid battery life, and powerful modules all packed into a compact, sleek design with foldable arms for easy deployment, the M2EA has also received some serious enhancements that take the entire series to the next level. This includes huge upgrades to the thermal and visual cameras alongside the addition of an RTK module that enables vastly superior real-time positioning precision.
Let us talk you through the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced, and answer your all important question: how does this drone compare to the other Mavic Drones?
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The Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced is almost identical to the Mavic Enterprise Dual. In true Mavic fashion, it has foldable arms, is lightweight, and is easily transportable. Typical of this series, it can also be deployed extremely quickly.
Folded, the three Mavic 2 Enterprise drones are 214 x 91 x 84 mm, while unfolded, they are 322 x 242 x 84 mm.
As for weight, there is a slight difference. The Advanced is the heaviest at 909g, followed by the Zoom at 905g, and then the Dual at 899g.
The biggest variation between the three is the look of the cameras.
Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced – The Cameras
The Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced has two cameras.
The drone can capture HD images and 4K videos from a safe distance. Its high-resolution camera sensors support a 32x digital zoom and a 16x thermal zoom, allowing operators to focus on the details that count on aerial inspection missions.
Pilots can switch between visual, thermal, or split-view feeds for different project needs, enabling them to make crucial and informed decisions, quickly. Operators can also capture infrared and visual imagery at the same time.
Additional features of the M2EA include:
- Spot Meter: Displays the average temperature of an object, helping pilots monitor and measure critical or hazardous objects while maintaining a safe distance.
- Area Measurement: Displays the average, lowest, and highest temperature, as well as the corresponding locations of each area, allowing inspectors to quickly assess objects and determine if an asset may be overheating.
How does the camera on the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced compare with the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual?
The biggest difference between these two drones is the camera, or the quality of the camera.
When the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual was released in 2018, it provided an integrated thermal solution in a lightweight, portable drone. Sounds good, right?
Unfortunately not, for some people. There were complaints about its smallish thermal resolution of 160 × 120 at 9Hz. Perhaps to be expected, given the size of the Mavic. A further issue was that the thermal sensor was not radiometric and thus could not support the R-JPEG format.
However, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced addresses all of this, thanks to its HD 640 x 512 px thermal resolution at 30Hz.
That’s a 17x increase on the effective pixels! And makes it comparable to the thermal resolution of top-level sensors such as the H20T and the XT2.
As an added bonus, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced is capable of 16x thermal zoom – a feature not available on the Dual . It can also be used to support post-processing.
The Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced also features a thermal sensor able to capture 48MP imagery (that is four times higher than the 12MP image capabilities on the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual). The Advanced also features a 1/2″-inch visual sensor, compared to the Dual 1/2.3″ sensor.
When it comes to zoom, the Dual has a 4x digital zoom. In comparison, the Advanced has 32x digital zoom and 4x lossless zoom (when using FHD Video Mode). This enables operators to stay further away, while getting up closer to the action.
Essentially, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced takes the best of the camera functions which are split between its predecessors and integrates them into one aircraft.
Benefit from RTK Technology
The big difference between the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced and its older siblings is the ability to integrate a new RTK module.
The M2EA is capable of centimetre-level positioning accuracy. Real-Time Kinematics or RTK is a highly sought-after advanced satellite positioning technique.
Deployed on the M2EA, it is used to combine and contrast position data captured from virtual and physical base stations, correcting the drone’s camera location in real-time with centimetre level precision.
Using the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced, operators can create up to 240 waypoints – empowering automated and detailed inspection missions in complex environments.
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You can see a brief summary of the benefits of RTK Licenses below:
Faster Take-Off Speeds
The Mavic 2 Enterprise series has always been the drone of choice for those who require rapid deployment. With the M2EA, a trained operator can unpack, prepare, and take off in under a minute.
Maximum ascent speed has been pushed to 6 m/s meaning the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced can arrive on scene and provide aerial awareness faster than ever. Maximum descent speed has also been increased to up to 5 m/s meaning the M2EA can return to home faster, saving battery and time.
Despite being built to last, commercial drones are in danger of damage without proper obstacle sensing technology to help them avoid collision. The Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced comes with omnidirectional obstacle sensing, giving you the highest level of protection to keep your drone safe. With sensors located on every side of the device, this thermal drone will continuously scan the nearby environment and detect obstacles in real-time. This can help you automatically avoid collision, even when flying at high speeds.
Like all DJI drones in the Mavic series, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced is notable for its flexibility and compact nature. You can easily fold the drone into a small size to store in a bag for you to carry anywhere you need it deployed. When unfolded, the drone is still small enough to navigate through complex operating environments without having to worry about it getting stuck or crashing into anything.
The Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced will become a valuable tool for the police or public safety officers thanks to its unique visual capabilities. Unlike most night vision devices, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced works during both the day and at night since it looks at heat instead of relying on vision. Search and rescue personnel can also add the spotlight attachment to look for people at night, while the speaker attachment is a great tool to relay messages to stranded persons once they’re found.
DJI drones have been a vital tool for firefighters to complete their missions without needing to put themselves in harm’s way. Fire fighters can easily use the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced to determine what kind of hazard lies ahead and whether or not it’s safe for firefighters to go in. They can also use the thermal drone to detect heat spots and back drafts, further increasing the ability of fire fighters to stay safe in their mission.
Our UAV Expert for the Public Safety industry, Sam Denniff, said: “The new Mavic Enterprise Advanced is definitely going to have a positive impact on SAR missions within the Public Safety world. The camera upgrades of a 32x zoom and a 640×512 thermal resolution means quicker and more efficient searches, which in turn ultimately means saving lives. This is a huge leap forward from the Mavic Enterprise Dual whilst still retaining the brilliant features like spotlight & speaker attachments.”
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Powerline inspections have been greatly aided by thermal drones such as the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced. Its thermal camera can quickly and easily detect hotspots along powerlines, giving inspectors the ability to conduct inspections on critical infrastructure both quickly and safely. It also expedites routine maintenance tasks, helping you save both time and money.
Cell tower inspections also benefit greatly from commercial drones such as the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced. With the use of the thermal camera, you can perform inspections with added safety and enhanced efficiency, collecting highly detailed visual data regarding the condition of cell phone towers.
George Burne, UAV Expert for the Inspection industry at Coptrz said: “Building upon the already successful Mavic Enterprise system, the introduction of this new sensor will tick a lot of boxes that the previous model fell short on. The new DJI sensor will allow for high levels of both visual and thermal data to be collected in a matter of minutes. The size weight and compact ability will mean gaining access in even the most remote locations will not be a difficult feat. Overall very excited to announce the release of a versatile system that will open a lot of doors to companies not wanting to break the bank.”
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