This comparison between the Mavic 2 Pro and Autel Evo 2 Pro comes from someone who actually owns both drones and having flown them in various conditions and had ample time to compare their specs and footage, I want to give you my personal opinion of which one is better.
The answer is that each drone has certain benefits over the other but for the time being, I have to say that the Mavic 2 Pro has a bit of an edge over the Autel Evo 2 Pro and in this post, I’ll be showing you where it’s advantages lie, as well as where Autel’s advantages lie as well. I’ll also provide you with comparison footage for reference.
Getting the obvious out of the way (comparing the specs of the Autel Evo 2 and Mavic 2 Pro):
You probably already know the specs of each drone but in just case you didn’t see them yet, here are the most important things you need to know about both models:
- The Mavic 2 Pro is about $1,300. The Autel Evo 2 is about $1,800.
- Both drones have a 1 inch sensor camera.
- The Autel Evo 2 can film at up to 6K at 30 FPS. Mavic 2 Pro can only do 4K at 30 FPS.
- The battery life of the Evo 2 is 40 minutes, whereas the Mavic 2 Pro can get to about 30 minutes.
- I found the range of both drones to be almost even (even though Evo 2 gets 1 more KM on paper).
- I find the remote on the Evo 2 to be annoying to use. The Mavic 2 Pro is more comfortable for me.
- Without question, the gimbal guard on the Evo 2 Pro is astoundingly annoying to put back on (Mavic 2 Pro’s gimbal guard is OK).
My history with the Mavic 2 Pro explained:
I got the Mavic 2 Pro literally within days after it was first released in 2016 and I have been using this drone almost exclusively since (for over 4 years now). The most important benefit of this drone is that it is very reliable and it has almost never given me any issues in terms of connection, flying reliability, connection loss or stuff like that.
The only downsides I’ve found to the Mavic 2 Pro is that it’s camera footage can be a little bit soft, especially vs models like the Phantom 4 Pro (which I also own) and that in order to get the most out of this drone’s camera, you have to know how to shoot in raw footage and then edit it in post. This is not to say that the camera sucks, it’s actually quite good, but if you’re a perfectionist and want to get the most out of this drone, it has to be done that way.
My history with the Autel Evo 2 Pro explained:
I purchased the Autel Evo 2 Pro in the summer of 2020 and I have to say that it’s 2 biggest advantages over the Mavic 2 Pro are clearly the camera, and it’s flight time. The camera on this thing is stunning and you don’t even have to edit any footage. I would choose the Autel Evo 2’s camera over the Mavic 2 Pro any day of the week. I also have to say that the Autel support is amazing as well, because they did help me out a lot throughout my experiences with this drone.
However, the downsides of the Autel Evo 2 Pro as I said in this review are really software related. There are simply too many cases of bugs that I have experienced one too many times when I’ve tried to fly it.
For instance, at least 50% of the time when I fly this thing, I’ll get some sort of connection loss to the phone message and will have to rely solely on using the display on the remote of it.
Then there’s the constant firmware updates, which while good, still bring about their own issues that another firmware update has to fix and like I said, this was the case with the original Autel Evo 1 drone, which eventually did get corrected.
Footage comparison (Mavic 2 Pro first):
Now the footage comparison of the same spot with the Autel Evo 2 Pro:
Both drone videos were shot in auto, at 4K at 30 FPS. I honestly think the Autel Evo 2 Pro is better, with much more sharper detail and more saturation. Also important to note is that the camera on the Mavic 2 Pro is far better in low light conditions which is what I shot the above footage in, and even in that circumstance, I still think the Evo 2 is better.
When comparing both the Autel Evo 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Pro, here is what I determined (so far):
Camera and battery time aside (where the Evo 2 wins), the cost of the Autel Evo 2 Pro is far higher than that of the Mavic 2 Pro and considering that they are direct competitors against one another, I honestly expected Autel to do a better job with the software on this drone. I get nowhere near the kinds of software issues on the Mavic 2 Pro as I get on the Autel Evo 2 Pro.
Just recently I was on a vacation where I took both of these drones, hoping that I could shoot my best shots on the Autel and have my Mavic 2 Pro for backup just in case.
What ended up happening was that I had to rely on the Mavic 2 Pro in at least 90% of cases where I wanted to fly because the Autel was simply too risky to take off. I almost even had a drone crash with it because of certain disconnect issues and only quick timing saved it. Fortunately, before the trip, I did make sure to get good drone insurance from State Farm just in case. Thankfully I have not yet had a reason to use it.
Final notes on the Mavic 2 Pro and Autel Evo 2:
First, let’s talk about where the Mavic 2 Pro wins without question:
- It’s reliability is hands down better.
- It has few if any connection/software issues.
- Despite the camera being lower, it’s still an awesome camera and with editing can be amazing.
Now let’s talk about where the Autel Evo 2 Pro wins without question:
- Without a doubt, the camera on this drone is the best I’ve ever seen.
- The 40 minute flight time is insane but awesome.
- I like the display on the remote, even though I hate the remote itself. That display is a great backup if the connection between the remote and phone ends.
What I am hoping for (out of Autel):
I am hopeful that they will have enough updates to their firmware to make this drone as reliable as the Mavic 2 Pro. Once this happens, I am confident it can overcome it’s current flaws and become a drone I can rely on just as much as the Mavic 2 Pro.
I am disappointed that it’s taking so long for them to make sure this thing is bug free, especially since the Mavic 2 Pro was far more reliable from the get go, but this is just something I have to rely on.
I will be updating this comparison as time passes because I’m certain Autel will be making changes and improvements.
So which drone should you get?
1) If you are in a hurry and can’t wait on Autel to get it together, get the Mavic 2 Pro. I know I said the camera isn’t as good, but if the footage above from the Mavic 2 Pro impressed you, then this is the drone for you.
2) If you are patient and aren’t the sort of person who likes having red tape when flying, you may want to consider getting the Autel Evo 2 (or wait for a Mavic 3 to come out, but for now we don’t know when that’s going to happen).
3) If you are rich, love drone collecting and can afford it, just get both.
4 thoughts on “Mavic 2 Pro vs Autel Evo 2 Pro. Which Drone is Better?”
Great comparison, thanks. If you increase the in-camera sharpness on the M2P by 1 notch does it get closer to the Evo 2 footage? Also I use my drones more for photography rather than video, how do the raw files compare? Thank you
Great question Hedley and to be honest, I asked this too before I eventually settled on getting the Autel Evo 2 Pro. Unfortunately, I never got an answer and so here is my response:
I believe when I first tested the Mavic 2 Pro against the Evo 2 Pro and upped the sharpness to +1 with the Mavic, it didn’t make a significant difference in the image quality and so the Autel was still superior. Now I’ll have to play around with it and up the sharpness more to see what’s up, but my suspicion at first was also that if I can get he sharpness up on the Mavic, I can make the image look as good as the Autel.
Now I have to say I don’t think this is the case because the main camera advantages the Evo 2 holds are more than just in sharpness and so I doubt the Mavic 2 Pro camera can match the Autel camera, UNLESS you know about post editing raw footage in which case you can certainly find people who would feel the quality of the Mavic 2 Pro (edited) would look better.
But on the general camera settings, I’m going to say that the Autel wins in any scenario.
Hi, I just ran across your comparison of the two drones (Mavic2pro and the Evo 2 pro) in my quest to find a drone that is some what future proof for features as a newbie that I could grow into. Sorta like a computer that doesn’t go out of date the day you buy it. While both of the drones are pretty expensive, I’ve talked myself into the fact that if it will keep going for 3-4 years it would be worth the initial cost. I would like to know if they (Autel) have corrected any of the issues you have pointed out since your posting in late Oct 2020 and if your opinion has changed. Thank you for your response.
Hi Greg, many issues have been corrected and for me personally, I have begun using the display on the remote itself in case anything goes wrong. That has always been 100% full proof for me and I also invested in an Anker wire that has helped the connection between the phone and remote be stronger.