No motion blur. and it does show you that the pro 2 is not near SLR quality and that the mavivc air is not that bad... but it does show you the Pro 2 is still vastly better than the air.
Mostly I look at other than sharpness is color artifacts and iso noise handling. This is the two most improved areas the pro 2 has to offer. I find the ISO 1600 very usable on the pro 2 and I could clean that up a bunch but the mavic air is borderline not usable.
Optics are playing some factors in this, I feel the optics on the mavic air are holding it's capability back.
The Pro 2 will never be anywhere near DSLR quality because even a 1" sensor is a 2.7x crop factor relative to a full frame sensor. They are not even in the same universe. The 1" sensor in the Mavic Pro 2 though is 4 times the size of the one in the Air and it shows when conditions deteriorate. The extra dynamic range is noticeable, as you point out. The Air will never be very good because a 1/2.3" sensor (roughly 5.6x crop factor) is just too tiny to be useful (if you're picky about quality) for anything other than base ISO. It always bothers me when smartphone manufacturers and the like say things like "DSLR quality" - it's never anywhere even remotely close, but since so many of them do synthetic bokeh/DOF now, they try to market it that way and forget about image quality. Not saying you're doing this at all - just in general. Sorry for the mini-rant
And yes, I believe the Mavic Air uses fairly basic plastic optics, I suspect the Pro2 is a significant improvement in that regard.
Sony uses very similar if not the same sensors in the Mavic Pro 2 as they do in the RX100 series compact cameras (as do other brands), so it's easy to find (rough) comparisons to other cameras if needed.
Thanks for the test! I'm going to be picking up a Pro 2 in a few months when I am more confident the bugs have been worked out.
I still plan on keeping the mavic air around and will continue to use it. We really are splitting hairs
While I do agree with you the difference is a good jump up from the air/mpp type sensors it's a marginal at best improvement when compared to an SLR.
Kind of like this chart
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