The Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom are some one of the best drones available right now and for good reason. The Mavic 2 Pro is a 4k 100mbps recording powerhouse with a huge 1" sensor capable of filming in low light and can great depth of field with a variable aperture - ooh, and it folds down to fit in a small bag.
The Mavic 2 Zoom has an amazing optical zooming lens, that you don't have to land to switch - you literally zoom it while you're flying at 400 feet in the air! That also folds down into a small bag.
It's such a good time to be a drone pilot - and they're not that expensive considering we were paying a few thousand dollars to hang Go Pros on a gimbal off of a hacked up Phantom not that long ago. But they're still not cheap either! Having the right accessories can help you get better visuals to improve the reliability of your drone in the long run.
Here is a list of our top 10 favorite accessories for the Mavic 2 Zoom & Pro drones!
Newly released DJI Smart controller for 2019! Features an ultra-bright 5.5 inch display on a customized android device that is just one remote. Still uses OcuSync 2.0 and connects to your Mavic 2 using the DJI app. You can also install 3rd party apps, if you can't live without Facebook on your drone device - you can download it! This is awesome because I use a case on my phone and always disliked using my phone and taking it out of the case. I couldn't update my instagram story with a picture of me flying my Mavic 2! Well, now I can! One downfall however, the price. Considering the regular remote is $399, the price tag makes sense, but still expensive.
Extra batteries shouldn't come as a surprise as number one on our list. Even though the Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom models have just over 30 minutes of flight time, once you get in the air and have fun flying - time flies! And you'll want to make sure you have enough batteries to keep flying to get your shots and fly to the locations you're filming. We recommend getting the Mavic 2 Fly More Kit for a helpful bundle of batteries, chargers and other helpful accessories. But, if you don't need all of the extra accessories, you can buy the batteries individually.
If you travel on airplanes: Battery Safe Bag for your batteries for safe transport of lithium batteries. One large bag can hold 3 Mavic Batteries. Small size fits 2 Mavic Batteries.
If the most important accessory for the Mavic 2 is the battery, the second best should be the way to charge those batteries! While the Mavic 2 comes with a wall charger, if you're out on a shoot all day - your batteries will most likely be drained after the second or third location. To stay flying all day, a car charger is a wise investment!
If you're filming cinematic footage with a Mavic 2 (yes, you definitely should be!), a set of clear and reliable ND Filters should already be in your bag! If they're not, pick up a set of the DJI ND4, ND8, ND16 & ND32 filters for the Mavic 2 Pro or Zoom. They have different lens shapes - so be sure to chose whichever one you have.
The DJI Filters are very clear and offer great control over the light hitting your sensor. If you're looking to expand your filter aerosol even further, check out the Polar Pro Polarized filters. They cut down on harsh glare on reflective surfaces. Pretty cool for shots around water!
- DJI Mavic 2 Pro ND4, ND8, ND16 & ND32 filters at DJI.com direct
- DJI Mavic 2 Zoom ND4, ND8, ND16 & ND32 filters at DJI.com direct
Both the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom feature 8GB of onboard storage. In case you forget your memory card, you can still get some shots. Emphasis on some. You're definitely going to need some more storage. We recommend the 64GB memory card - but if you're going to be shooting a lot or your a person who doesn't offload footage as soon as you are done shooting, a 128gb might be better for you.
5. Mavic 2 Case
A camera bag to carry your Mavic 2, batteries, chargers, ND filters, etc is necessary to protect everything while in transit between locations. The Mavic 2 Fly More Kit comes with a bag, so that helps to keep the drone and accessories safe - or you can get the bag separately if you're not buying the fly more kit.
The good thing about the shoulder bag, is that it's small and fits everything you need to fly perfectly. However, if you have a lot of different camera equipment, it wont fit into the same bag - which leads us our other recommendations for bags.
The best big bag for smaller drones, accessories, laptop and a DSLR is the Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW. Or if you're looking for a more plain backpack that doesn't scream "camera/drone bag", I use the Incase DSLR Pro pack.. for the past 6 years! It's an awesome everyday bag that I bought in college for my laptop, DSLR and small notebooks. Works awesome and I still use it for work everyday. 10/10 would recommend for everyday use.
The best hard case for the Mavic 2 is the Mavic 2 Protector case, that fits everything that comes in the Mavic 2 Fly More kit.
The Pelican 1510 is the gold standard for rugged cases for tons of gear. The beauty of the Mavic 2 is that you can fit the Mavic 2 in one of the compartments and still have tons of room for your accessories and other gear.
Having an extra set of propellers is a must for any drone. The Fly More Kit comes with extra props, so if you've bought this and fly as a hobbiest, you're probably okay for a while. If you fly more frequently you might want to pick up a few sets.
If the prop looks like it has a few marks or hairline scratches/cracks, it could cause the Mavic 2 to fly unsteady and off balance. Replacing the damaged propeller can save you from having your Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom flying unsteady and potentially damaging the gimbal or flying unexpectedly.
Extra gimbal covers fall into the category of ''lessons learned' category for me. I lost a gimbal cover when I was out flying my Mavic Air a while ago. I went to put it into my bag when I was done flying and discovered it was missing - it was nerve-racking pack back into the bag with no support for the gimbal. The covers are pretty cheap when you compare it to the time and headache of a camera replacement or burnt out gimbal. (Mine was fine - just babied it until the new one came.)
Landing pads are useful with the Mavic drones since they has such a low-profile to the ground and an object could jar the gimbal while landing. They can be helpful for taking off in grass as well so the props don't hit anything. The best part is, these are slim and don't take up much room in your bag.
DJI Care refresh is a great program that can help you if you have an accident with your drone. There is a fee if you need to use it, but the fee is much smaller than buying a new drone. That's for sure. Be sure to activate DJI Care Refresh within 24 hours of activating the Mavic 2 Pro or Zoom!
As a side note, if you're in The United States (not sure about other countries) and have renters insurance, some policies will cover the drone. It's worth a call to your broker, but keep in mind if you have to use the insurance you will need to file a claim and go through the insurance process. The beauty of DJI Care Refresh is that your premium wont go up after the fee. Worth looking into, I have renters insurance and still purchased DJI Care Refresh since my deductible was higher.
10. Adobe Creative Cloud
After all of photos and footage is shot, you have to edit it somehow. This is where Adobe Creative Cloud comes into the picture. Adobe has the best in class video (Premiere Pro & After Effects) and photo editing (Photoshop & Lightroom) programs along with some helpful tools for converting video/audio into just about any format, typekit subscription, cloud storage and much more. I use Creative Cloud everyday, and is definitely worth the price to be able to create anything I can think of.
If you only need Lightroom and Photoshop, there are plans that allow you to only use those programs and pay less than usual. The full Creative Cloud features a massive suite of apps.
- Adobe Creative Cloud
This list of my top Mavic 2 accessories was compiled over the course of flying drones and seeing what accessories that I can't live without. Have any additional accessories that you love but didn't see on this list? I'd love to hear about them! Post them in the comments section below!
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