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DJI's next Mavic drone might have 360-degree obstacle awareness

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Emmett Howard | 11 July, 2018, 19:42

This would definitely be in line with DJI's campaign "Bigger Picture".

The device is foldable, as are all the Mavic drones in DJI lineup, but this one looks to be a fair bit larger than anyone we've spotted to date. The company began to push the envelope with the 2016 Mavic Pro that offered 4K video in a portable package.

Well, if DroneDJ's sources are to be believed, DJI hasn't given up on the Pro and has plans to launch the "Mavic 2" with at least a couple of new features that could turn heads.

Clearly showing side obstacle avoidance sensors as well as the regular front facing sensors, the branded "Mavic 2" tells us the name of this product. The drone also appeared to have two different sensor sizes, with what looked like a 1-inch sensor equipped to it and a 1/1.7 sensor on the table.

Other potential specifications to the Mavic 2, as inferred from the picture, could be a larger f1/1.7 lens, which would indeed give the drone a greater field of view. The speculation is that the event will unveil the company's next drone after the DJI Mavic Pro, as the artwork for the event hints that imaging will be the highlight.

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The first picture of the DJI Mavic Pro 2, first published by DroningON.

The camera and gimbal have been fully revised in a similar fashion as the Mavic Air but the interesting element is the potentially replaceable nature of the camera, suggested by the secondary camera module circled bottom-left of the photo.

Sounds like we're going to have to update our Mavic Air vs. Mavic Pro vs. DJI Spark guide pretty soon.

Another feature that was speculated from the leaked DJI Mavic 2 image is 360-degree obstacle avoidance.

A new date for that event hasn't been set and word was that it was pushed back due to the tech in the drone not quite being ready for primetime. Just a few days ago, a leaked photo stirred excitement among drone fans as it is the first credible image of the upcoming release.

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