IS It Worth the Upgrade?! – Mavic 3 Classic vs. Mavic 2 Pro

By | November 22, 2022

Is the Mavic 2 Pro still a professional drone in 2022? We compare the new Mavic 3 Classic
with the Mavic 2 Pro. Both have Hasselblad sensors and come in similar formfactors and weight.

We take pride in our standardized testing process. This is the same process used for all past comparisons and all future comparisons.

00:00 Introduction
00:23 Specs
04:42 Pricing
05:57 Photo Comparison
12:01 Video Comparison

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Today we are comparing the mavic 2 Pro With the mavic 3 classic and yes you Might be wondering why are we doing this The mavic 2 Pro is an old drone yes it Is but it is not dead just yet as you Will see from the video we're going to Give you comparative on photo and also Comparative on the videos but I want you To draw your own conclusions in here so Let's get to it Alright let's get started with some of The specs and yes the mavic 2 Pro was Released in August of 2018 as opposed to This brand new one right here in November of 2022. the battery is pretty Different 31 minutes on the mavic 2 Pro 46 minutes on the mavic 3 classic as far As the weight they're pretty much Exactly the same 905 versus 895 and then As far as the technology to send the Signal back to the controller that's Where there's a big difference O2 or Qsync 2 as opposed to O3 plus which is The the newest technology from DJI Maximum speeds are going to be the same 45 to 47 miles an hour and as far as the Sensors yes the mavic 2 pro has more Sensors because it has sensors on the Side as well but this is designed in Such a way that the back sensor is also A side sensor so you'll be getting the Same type of obstacle avoidance which is In the front in the back on the top at The bottom and on each of the sides now

As always with these drones we put them To the test especially when it comes to The flight time we got 68 of the Advert's highest hover time of 29 Minutes so we got 21 minutes and 55 Seconds for the mavic 2 Pro granted this Was at an altitude of 8009 feet so you Have to keep that in mind we were at Much higher elevation or equivalent Elevation in this case for the mavic 3 Classic we were able to get 83 percent Of the advertised flight time of 40 Minutes so we got 33 minutes and 50 Seconds this was at 7 200 feet elevation Or equivalent elevation we also put These to the test when it comes to the Noise the mavic 2 probe was a little bit Quieter by two decibels so 72 decibels For the mavic 2 Pro and 74 decibels for The mavic 3 classic when it comes to the Sensors that's where there is a big Difference although you'll see in a Minute when I show you the different Samples that well the difference may not Be that much on the mavic 2 Pro there's A one inch sensor with a 20 megapixel Camera on the mavic 3 classic same 20 Megapixels but with the micro four Thirds CMOS sensor all of these cam Cameras can do JPEG and jpeg plus raw They all have a variable aperture of f 2.8 to f11 and then as far as videos the Mavic 2 Pro will do 4K at 30 frames per Second 2.7 k at 60 and then a 1080 at

120 frames per second the mavic 3 Classic has the option to do 5.1 k at 50 Frames per second that's a big deal as Well as 4K 60 and then we can also do 4K At 120 frames per second and 1080 at 200 Frames per second big difference also a Big difference in the bit rate 100 on This side 200 megabit per second on the Other side so by far the mavic 3 classic Here on paper has a much better bit rate And then as far as the color mode you'll Find the same on both of these with log 10 bit hlg 10 bit and then also the Normal 8-bit format if that's what you Want to do talking about the different Photo modes we have Burst Mode on both Of them we can also do aeb we cannot do Any smart photos that's something that You find actually on the smaller drones With DJI and then panoramic we'll be Able to do vertical wide 180 and then Also the sphere panoramic the mavic 3 Classic also has the ability to do Three-time digital Zoom here there's no Digital Zoom because well this drone had A little uh little brother or a little Sister with a mavic 2 Zoom which had the Ability to do actual Zoom directly into The lens without being digital now you Also have the ability to do Master shots On both of them we have quick shots so You can do the drawing either rocket the Circle the Helix the boomerang and then The asteroid that's available on both

Platforms and then there's a tracking Mode on each side we have the the Spotlight active track and point of Interest on both of them although the Mavic 3 has the newer version so Spotlight 2.0 versus 1.0 we have Arctic Track 5.0 versus 2.0 and then the point Of Interest 3.0 versus 2.0 intelligent Flight modes on this drone surprisingly On the older drones we had the ability To do waypoints and also to do tap fly This is something that has disappeared Recently from all the DJI drones and I'm Not quite sure why actually you can also Do hyperlapse this one has a big Advantage with the cruise control where You can actually set a specific Direction and then start to move the Drone around that direction which is Very useful this is a new feature that a Lot of people have been enjoying quite a Bit now as far as pricing the mavic 2 Pro here is no longer available for sale Directly on the DJI website so you'll Have to find it used from somebody else But when it was still being sold it was 14.99 for the Drone using the regular Controller the traditional controller I'm going to call it the mavic 3 classic At the same level using the the rcn1 Controller which is the standard Controller is 15.99 so 14.99 versus 15.99 now you could get an upgrade on This one using the DJI RC which is this

Controller right here that would cost You 17.49 and then you could also buy The Drone only for roughly the same Price as you could buy this drone with The controller for 14 169 so I would say They're pretty comparable in price about A hundred dollar difference if you Compare apples to apples now there's Also a flight more combo that was Available on the mavic 2 Pro for 230 Dollars now this flight more combo kit Is a bit more expensive at 6.49 but I Think it includes a bag and it includes Quite a few more things in here if you Wanted a slightly less fancy version you Can get one for also 5.99 so I'm gonna Let you decide which one you want to Find if you look online actually you can Find that these drones are still fairly Expensive even used and the moment that Everybody's waiting for which is the Picture comparison I'm going to give you Well a bit of a comparison from an ISO Perspective and also from a f-stop Perspective from an aperture perspective Because remember these two have variable Aperture we have a chart that we use in The office that we use as a standard and We put all of our drones through that Chart uh it has it's a torture test for Cameras because it has tiny little areas Like the picture that you see right here Which is essentially just a zoomed in Onto this big picture chart so we picked

The little details and we see how the Cameras are doing and here what you can See is that from between ISO 100 all the Way to ISO 6400 on the mavic 2 Pro at F5 I had to pick a very specific aperture Here I pick F5 because that's typically In the middle of the range and it's Typically a pretty good aperture that I Like to use F5 F 5.6 F 6.2 these are the Apertures that typically are going to Give you the sharpest details but you Can see here as we go through the iso as We increase obviously we're going to Lose some of the details now I do want You to pay attention to that bottom line Here where we have the iso 800 column And you can see that in the details here In the iso 800 we see all of the squares Why am I saying this because if I show You the next picture here the next Comparison the mavic 3 classic did not Do so well and like I said is a torture Test this little area here is pretty Tiny but you'll notice that on this Portion there is some artifacts at the Bottom at ISO 800 and this is something That we did not see in the mavic 2 Pro You also notice that at ISO 6400 there's A lot less detail actually a little bit More noise even in the white and a Little bit more artifacts and we were Actually surprised to see that a camera That is much larger at micro four third Here on the sensor as opposed to one

Inch sensor was not performing nearly as Well on this chart now let's take a look At them on top of each other so you can See the same area being compared here From one side to the next and again you Can see that I think personally the Mavic 2 Pro is actually performing Better in this case another portion here Of the chart you can see the mavic 2 Pro Here at F 5.6 again between ISO 100 all The way to ISO 6400 now you can tell Obviously when we get to the magenta Towards the end that you can start to See some artifacts I do love that Portion of the chart because that Magenta usually has a tendency to Deteriorate and then you can see also Even in the middle as we start to get to 800 1600 you can start to see some Artifacts that well may not be something That you want to have now when we switch To the mavic 3 classic F 5.6 as well you Can see I was telling my uh my stuff When we were looking at this this looks Like glitter if you look at ISO 1600 I'm Going to Define it as glitter because it Is really not all that great even at ISO 3200 again very surprised not the Results that we were expecting Especially in comparison to the mavic 2 Pro which is a 2018 drone this 2022 Drone doesn't seem like it's able to Keep up and then here you can see them On top of each other the same exact area

Lit exactly the same way so that we have A Perfect Exposure and yeah you notice There's a big difference another area of Torture test you're going to say what is This thing well these are supposed to be Horizontal lines you see the horizontal Lines at the bottom while the ones on The top are actually spaced a little bit Less and uh and I'm not going to lie the Majority of the drones have a very very Difficult time uh rendering all of these Lines except for the Mini 3 Pro this is The Drone that has performed the best on That chart of all the drones that we've Tested but the mavic 2 Pro here is Having a bit of a hard time especially When we start to push the iso the iso 1600 3200 now you see a difference in Color in some of these lines that is not The way that it is in real life the Lines are spaced equally very tight Together and then there are also Um supposed to be of the same color with A white background not at all what we See here being rendered it is actually a Lot worse when we move to the mavic 3 Classic you see these lines a chromatic Aberration you have the uh the blue and Then kind of a purple color in between Those and then at ISO 6400 I call it a Shaggy carpet it just does not look good At all now at ISO 1600 I do have to say Um well you shouldn't be expecting a Whole lot this is a torture test okay

This is a torture test on the lens but It did not perform like the mavic 2 Pro Did and here you can see them on top of Each other Um yeah not again what we were expecting Now let's take a look at the aperture Instead of looking at just the iso so I Pick ISO 200 because I think it's a good Compromise it's probably where the the Lens is going to perform the best right Around ISO 200 and then here you can see A spread between F 2.8 a 3.545 7.1 9 and 11 and they are more Actually there's double that amount of Apertures we do test on every single one Of them but I didn't want to clutter This chart and as you can see here as we Go away from the extreme so F 2.8 and F11 are going to be a bit more blurry Especially f11 not a a great way to take Pictures I don't recommend you go that High but if you keep it right around F4 F6 F7 even F 7.1 is somewhat acceptable Now this is the mavic 2 Pro right here At ISO 200 and then here's the mavix 3 Classic at ISO 200 as well for the same Exact apertures and you can see also the Kind of the same conclusion quite Frankly right in the middle you'll get The the sharpest image when you get to The extreme then it's going to be a Pretty soft especially at f11 and Especially at F 2.8 this is why you Don't use lenses fully open or fully

Closed and then lastly I want to show You a video comparison and then you'll See here on the left side you have the Mavic 2 Pro on the right side you have The mavix 3 classic now you can see all The specs that I used I tried to keep The exposure right around plus 1.7 as Far as the uh EV the exposure Compensation and the reason I do this is Because this was shot in log uh both of These on both sides now you can see that The mavic 3 classic is a little bit Paler a little bit harder to read a bit More contrast in the mavic 2 Pro now When we go and we add a lot I downloaded The actual lot from the DJI website They're two different lots of the one That you see on the mavic 2 Pro is going To be the lot that also goes with the Air 2s the mavic 3 classic has two Luts It has a vivid version which is the one That's supplied here and it also has a Regular version which I haven't applied Because it's a bit more pale now I find That the difference here between the two After you applied a lot is almost uh Minimal it's very hard to see a Difference between the two footage and Also what I did for you here is I zoomed In at 400x so four time zoomed in and This is where I think you see the mavic 3 classic finally shining I think There's a more a lot more detail being Kept at 4X possibly from the size of the

Sensor I think even though we have the Same 20 megapixel but I think it's Pretty clear that the mavic 3 in this Case in video mode is a winner over the Mavic 2 Pro so I'm going to let you make Your own decision I'm giving you the Data here because I want you to figure Out well you you pick whatever you Prefer I don't think there is a right or Wrong answer it depends on your budget It depends on what you currently own but All I want to say is that I don't think The mavic 2 Pro is dead just yet if you Wanted to think about the best settings For these two drones if you have a mavic 2 Pro or plan on buying one I would keep The maximum ISO to 800 I wouldn't go Over 800 in a pinch I would probably go To 1600 possibly but then you would I Think start to see a quite a bit of loss Of quality as far as this one I hate you Said but I wouldn't go over 400 800 in a Pinch maybe but really 400 Max so 800 Max 400 Max in this case and then as far As the f-stop I say a between 4 and 6.3 For your aperture and then same thing on This side between 4 and 6.3 it looks Like this is where the the image is Going to be the sharpest that's it That's all I have let us know what you Think and we'll see you for the next Video