Why All Entry-Level Commercial Drone Pilots Should Invest in DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual

Image of DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Thermal Drone

“All entry-level commercial drone pilots should invest in the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual aircraft.”

– A bold statement, we know, but one we stand by. So, let’s look at why we’re certain the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual is the best aircraft in the Mavic 2 Series for most entry-level professional drone pilots.

2018 was a big year for DJI’s Mavic Series, with the release of the 2nd series seeing not one but four new aircraft join the ranks of DJI’s most advanced, portable drones. Now that we’re a way into 2019 and have had plenty of time to get hands-on with the Mavic 2 Series, we want to take a closer look at the most recent edition – the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual – and why this drone is a must-have tool for any commercial drone operator.

First up, let’s look at its most revered features:

  • 24GB On-Board Data Storage
  • DJI AirSense Technology
  • OcuSync 2.0
  • Password Protection
  • GPS Timestamping
  • 31 Minutes Maximum Flight Time
  • 45 Mph Maximum Speed
  • Self-Heating Intelligent Flight Batteries
  • Integrated Radiometric FLIR® Thermal Sensor
  • Adjustable Parameters for Emissivity & Reflective Surfaces
  • Multiple Display Modes: FLIR MSX™, Infrared & Visible
  • Modular Accessories; Beacon, Spotlight and Speaker

All of the above positions the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual as the most advanced, lightweight and portable DJI drone in terms of new technology and features. In addition to its dual sensors, it includes all the same features as Mavic 2 Enterprise to protect the integrity of photos, videos, flight logs and other data generated during sensitive flights. So, how does its visual camera compare to the rest of the Mavic 2 Series?

Infographic of DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Key Features

Visual Camera Features

What’s the saying, ‘specs don’t lie’? When comparing the visual camera of the entire Mavic 2 Series it’s clear the Mavic 2 Pro has the edge but it’s also obvious that even though it houses two sensors, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual isn’t lacking in the visual side of things.

Stabilised within a 3-axis gimbal, its visual camera uses a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor, the lens is 24mm (35mm format equivalent) and a focus at 0.5m to infinity. It shoots up to 4K 30fps video and 12-megapixel photos, plus it supports shooting modes such as Single Shot, Burst Shooting and Interval.

In terms of visual images and video footage, it might not meet the standards of the Mavic 2 Pro; with its Hasselblad L1D-20c camera, or the Zoom and Enterprise with their 2x optical zoom and 3x digital zoom, but it does the job well. In fact, its dual visual and thermal sensor allows the user to operate in low-light and low-visibility conditions, such as flying at night or through smoke and fog. And this is where it really rises to the top of the ranks, with its thermal capabilities opening up an additional dimension of visual opportunity for commercial use.

DJI Mavic 2 Series Visual Camera Comparison

Spec / Aircraft
Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual (Visual Camera)
Mavic 2 Enterprise
Mavic 2 Zoom
Mavic 2 Pro
Sensor1/2.3" CMOS;
Effective pixels: 12M
1/2.3" CMOS;
Effective pixels: 12M
1/2.3" CMOS;
Effective pixels: 12M
1” CMOS;
Effective Pixels: 20M
LensFOV: approx. 85°
35 mm format equivalent:24 mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Focus: 0.5 m to ∞
FOV:82.6°(24 mm): 47.8°(48 mm)
Format equivalent: 24-48 mm
Aperture: f/2.8(24 mm)-f/3.8(48 mm)
Auto focus at: 0.5 - ∞
FOV: about 83° (24 mm); about 48° (48 mm)
35 mm Format Equivalent: 24-48 mm
Aperture: f/2.8 (24 mm)–f/3.8 (48 mm)
Shooting Range: 0.5 m to ∞
FOV: about 77°
35 mm Format Equivalent: 28 mm
Aperture: f/2.8–f/11
Shooting Range: 1 m to ∞
ISO RangeVideo: 100-3200 (auto)
Photo: 100-1600 (auto)
Video: 100-3200
Photo:
100-1600(Auto)
100-3200(Manual)
Video: 100-3200
Photo:
100-1600(Auto)
100-3200(Manual)
Video: 100-6400
Photo:
100-3200 (auto)
100-12800 (manual)
Shutter Speed-Electronic Shutter: 8–1/8000sElectronic Shutter: 8–1/8000sElectronic Shutter: 8–1/8000s
Still Image Size-4000×30004000×30005472×3648
Still Photography ModesSingle shot
Burst shooting: 3/5/7 frames
Interval (2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s)
Single shot
Burst shooting: 3/5/7 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
Interval (JPEG: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60s RAW:5/7/10/15/20/30/60s)
Single shot
Burst shooting: 3/5/7 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
Interval (JPEG: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60s RAW:5/7/10/15/20/30/60s)
Single shot
Burst shooting: 3/5 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
Interval (JPEG: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60s RAW:5/7/10/15/20/30/60s)
Video Resolution4K Ultra HD: 3840×2160 30p
2.7K: 2688×1512 30p
FHD: 1920×1080 30p
4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
2.7K: 2720×1530 24/25/30/48/50/60p
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
2.7K: 2688×1512 24/25/30/48/50/60p
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
2.7K: 2688x1512 24/25/30/48/50/60p
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
Max Video Bitrate100 Mbps100 Mbps100 Mbps100 Mbps
Supported File System-FAT32(≤ 32 GB );
exFAT(> 32 GB)
FAT32(≤ 32 GB );
exFAT(> 32 GB)
FAT32(≤ 32 GB );
exFAT(> 32 GB)
Photo FormatJPEGJPEG, DNG (RAW)JPEG, DNG (RAW)JPEG, DNG (RAW)
Video FormatMP4 / MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)MP4 / MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)MP4 / MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265)MP4 / MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265)

Thermal Capabilities

It goes without saying that the M2E Dual has something its peers do not – thermal capability. This is what really sets it apart from the rest and gives the operator (you) the ability to perform a multitude of advanced thermal operations. It’s side-by-side 4K sensor for capturing visible light and FLIR Lepton® thermal microcamera for capturing thermal data is a fully integrated dual imaging system that allows the user to accurately measure and store temperature and visual data to meet the demands of industrial and time-sensitive operations.

As Jim Cannon, President and CEO at FLIR explains, “The Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual equipped with the FLIR Lepton, our smallest thermal microcamera, offers a significant opportunity to introduce thermal imaging capabilities to more drone owners. This is our third product with DJI and its world-leading platforms, and this latest Thermal by FLIR collaboration is a significant step forward in making thermal an essential feature in the industry.’

Did you know? Specialist thermal operators can charge between £200 – £50K for their aerial thermal imaging services, so having this capability truly opens up your levels of employability to high-paying clients across multiple industrial sectors.

Highlights of the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual’s thermal capabilities include:

Screenshot of FLIR MSX®Multispectral dynamic imaging

FLIR MSX® – Multispectral dynamic imaging that combines real-time thermal and visual images to help you quickly identify and interpret critical data.

Screenshot of DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Spot Meter Feature

Spot Meter – Measure temperature at specific points from a safe distance.

Screenshot of DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Area Measurement Feature

Area Measurement – Measure the average, minimum and maximum temperature of a chosen area. Create a temperature scale to quickly understand complex environments.

Screenshot of DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Isotherm Feature

Isotherm – Quickly identify temperature ranges using a custom, pre-set colour palette. This allows you to analyse environments more effectively to take the best course of action.


Applications

The Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual can be used across a wide array of applications, including but not limited to:

  • Search & Rescue
  • Emergency Response and Disaster Response
  • Police Missions
  • Fire Services
  • Structural Inspection e.g. Telecommunications Towers, Powerlines and Bridges
  • Solar Panel Inspection
  • HazMat Container Inspection
  • Agriculture
  • Roofing Inspection
  • Specialist Surveying

“Drones are fast becoming a common sighting in public safety and inspection operations, where users get immediate value from a reliable aerial tool that can easily be deployed anywhere at any time. With the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, we are enabling safer operations in more diverse environments so operators can focus on accomplishing their missions.” – Jan Gasparic, DJI Director of Strategic Partnerships.


The Verdict

Unless you’re a professional photographer or videographer (in which case the Mavic 2 Pro is the most popular choice) then Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual is easily the best solution for any industrial or emergency service application. From search and rescue to roofing to structural inspections, the M2E Dual can do it all. You’ll always have the option to activate the thermal sensor should the time arise. Not only does this cover a wider spectrum of uses (it more than doubles them) but it makes you, as a commercial drone operator, more employable – which sounds like a win-win to us!

Priced at £2669 – only £600 more than the Mavic 2 Enterprise – it’s a worthy investment for your future. The fact is, you can now acquire thermal aerial data from a compact, portable drone for under £3,000 – something previously unheard of – with DJI’s heavy-lift industrial platforms (such as the Matrice 200 Series equipped with a thermal-capable payload like the Zenmuse XT/XT2) starting from approx. £10,000.

So, why wait?

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