DJI has certainly been busy of late, with the long-anticipated announcement of the Mavic 2 pairing followed recently by the Phantom 4 RTK and now the Mavic 2 Enterprise. The latter two are interesting because they mark a clear shift by DJI towards creating more specific solutions for the professional market. Sure, the company has delivered several platforms in the past that are geared towards use in several key industries (the likes of the Matrice 200 series, for example) and many of its commercial models, and even consumer craft such at the Spark or Mavic Air, are being commonly used in professional scenarios.
However, whereas previously DJI has left the fine-tuning of its craft for others to tailor to their own specific use cases, these recent releases are offering something of a bridge for those who perhaps aren’t as confident in finding the right technology when it comes to sourcing the additional third-party hardware or software they might need to get the job done.
The Phantom 4 RTK is certainly more of a targeted application, designed to provide high-quality mapping and surveying solutions for those that need it as a key part of their daily operations. In contrast, the Mavic 2 Enterprise is more of an open-ended craft, designed for everyday use in a variety of potential situations.
What do they offer?
While the Mavic 2 Pro with its stunning Hasselblad camera could be considered a must-have model for the high-brow aerial photographer or videographer, the Mavic 2 Zoom was also targeted at a similar audience, albeit with the 2x optical and 3x digital zoom offering up far more creative solutions for professional users. Even so, it was clear to most that this zoom functionality would also be of great benefit in inspection work and being able to get high-quality images of those hard-to-reach places where the data gathered from the drone is more important than pure visual aesthetics.
At its core, the Mavic 2 Enterprise is much the same as the Mavic 2 Zoom, both in terms of its raw appearance and the main specifications. That means you get the same zoom functionality, the same camera, the same size, weight and 31-minute flight times, as well as the potential 8km range (if you’ve got the legal framework in place to operate at those kinds of distances!). You also get the same omnidirectional flight avoidance tech, with eight high-resolution vision sensors and two infrared sensors helping to keep the craft safe from harm. It’s still not 360-degree coverage but it’s as close as it gets right now!
Mavic 2 Enterprise Key Specs
Dimensions: 322 x 242 x84mm (214 x 91 x 94mm folded)
Take-off Weight (no accessories): 905g
Camera: 1/2.3” CMOS, 12MP, 4K
Max Flight Time: 31 minutes
Top Speed: 45mph (72kph)
Max Wind Resistance: 29-38kph
Max Range: 5 miles (8km)
Operating Temperature Range: -10°C to 40°C
The biggest difference over the Mavic 2 Zoom is that the Enterprise has an extended port designed to help make the craft something of a modular platform. It’s not as flexible as the likes of the Matrice, although with DJI’s SDK options there could well be scope for third-party additions to follow in the future and for DJI to add its own solutions in the months ahead. Included in the package are three main accessories, all of which are freely interchangeable (but only one can be fitted at any one time) and all can be controlled via the DJI Pilot that comes with the Enterprise.
Firstly you have the M2E Spotlight, which does much as the name suggests. This 2400 lumen dual spotlight should prove extremely useful in dark or low-light conditions, such as for inspection work or search and rescue operations.
Secondly, there’s the M2E Speaker, which can broadcast from a selection of custom-made recordings at up to 100db, which could be great for sharing key information with isolated people or simply for putting out a warning to those working in the nearby area. You can also broadcast live speech during flight, particularly useful in emergency situations.
And finally, there’s the M2E Beacon, which emits a bright flashing strobe light that can be seen up to three miles away – again this could be a great help in low-light conditions and also as a key safety and/or identification tool for letting others know exactly where the craft is at all times.
Smart and Safe
The rest of the differences are seen more in the software. One welcome addition is the inclusion of GPS-based timestamp for all photos taken, giving you precise information on exactly where and when the shot was made. This is not only useful for clients, but it also makes repeating missions or conducting follow-up inspections or surveys that much easier without the need for checking back through your flight logs.
DJI’s own AirSense technology is also integrated into the Mavic 2 Enterprise, with a receiver that is capable of detecting ADS-B signals in other manned aircraft, offering up real-time alerts of any potential dangers, which could be crucial if you’re operating in any areas of populated airspace. And for those used to flying in some more adverse weather conditions, you might appreciate the self-heating batteries to keep everything working at optimum reliability down to temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius.
The expanded onboard storage of 24GB should also be welcomed by pretty much any professional user and there are also extra features to help with the data itself, including a new password protection security system to help keep your photos, videos and flight logs safe. DJI’s Local Data Mode can also be used to preventing the craft from sending or receiving data over the internet if you’re working in sensitive areas (such as government buildings or places where the client might be cautious about you flying).
Affordable Enterprise Solution
So while both the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom might both be great for professional users, the Mavic 2 Enterprise looks to take a lot of the leg-work out of applying them into the field and making the model – and your precious data – safe and secure at all times. The list of accessories is sure to grow and we’d imagine that DJI will be adding more to the model. Adding new hardware options and further software solutions and features.
So while we can imagine the likes of the emergency services and infrastructure agencies might well be among the presumed audience for the Mavic 2 Enterprise, perhaps its best feature of all is that it is open to everyone and ready to offer a high-quality solution to just about any business looking for a professional aerial perspective.