With the introduction of the Mavic 2 Pro quadcopter equipped with the Hasselblad L1D-20c camera, DJI has dramatically raised the bar in the world of aerial photography. It will be difficult for most competitors to achieve the same level, and for many it is completely impossible with the technologies at their disposal. The camera features HNCS (Hasselblad Natural Color Solution) for incredibly detailed color reproduction.
Thanks to the use of a 10-bit ADC and a number of other technological solutions, the color quality of a compact camera approaches the level of professional filming equipment. Next, we’ll look at how Hasselblad’s engineers managed to improve image quality so much and compare photos taken by the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom quadcopters.
Unique color reproduction
Modern civilian drones have made aerial photography a real art. At the same time, to obtain the best results, it is necessary that the colors in the resulting images be as bright and juicy as possible. This is precisely the goal that Hasselblad engineers pursued when developing the L1D-20c camera.
If we do not take into account the features of optics, but consider only the capabilities of the matrix, then three main factors affect the quality of the photo:
- quality of analog-to-digital conversion;
- dynamic range (ADC bit depth);
- color profile features.
All three parameters play an important role and are determined by the quality of the matrix, as well as the characteristics of the analog-to-digital converter.
The main parameter of the ADC is its capacity. Most modern consumer cameras use an 8‑bit converter that provides 256 gradations for each color. The total number of transmitted shades is 16.7 million. It sounds impressive, but in practice this color reproduction is not enough.
The A/D converter of the camera installed on the Mavic 2 Pro uses 10 bits per channel. This allows you to significantly improve color reproduction, increasing the available number of shades from 16.7 million to 1 billion. The dynamic range is increased by 64 times, which is enough for the human eye. Please note that this benefit is only available when using the Dlog‑M profile and HDR.
Thanks to its high quality and accurate reproduction of color shades, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro quadrocopter can be safely attributed to professional photography equipment, which allows you to get high-quality images from any height and angle.
Every photographer knows that for any situation, you can choose the optimal color profile that provides the best image quality. HNCS technology is designed to provide flawless quality and color accuracy in any environment. It includes several solutions, each of which brings the picture closer to perfection. Let’s consider these solutions in more detail.
LUT (Look Up Table). This is a tint conversion system developed by Hasselblad to achieve maximum color fidelity. You can evaluate the operation of this system by the following photo.
Hasselblad L*RGB. To the user, it’s just another color profile. But the engineers had to solve a number of serious problems, create special algorithms for converting data from the sensor, improve the characteristics of filters and the CMOS matrix itself. This made it possible to expand the color gamut and ensure the transmission of the smallest details.
Universal profile. This solution is designed to facilitate the shooting process, so as not to force the photographer to select a color configuration for each specific situation. The universal HNCS profile is suitable for any conditions, allowing you to quickly get a high-quality picture with a high level of detail and flawless color reproduction without unnecessary “shamanism” with the settings.
Optimal contrast. To optimize contrast levels, Film Curve technology is used to achieve a good balance between light and dark areas of the photo.
Color selection. Hasselblad’s Natural Color Solution technology captures colors and shades independently, eliminating the need to combine different color profiles. The picture will always store a maximum of useful color information, allowing you to achieve the desired effects during subsequent retouching.
Photos taken by Mavic 2 Pro
You can talk about unique technological solutions for a long time, but it is much more interesting to look at the pictures and evaluate their quality. We invite you to compare photos with Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic Pro. The shooting was carried out simultaneously in absolutely identical weather conditions. To make the comparison as objective as possible, several photographs were taken with different shutter speeds and apertures (this information is presented in the captions for the corresponding photographs).
Comparing the color quality of pictures taken by different models of quadcopters, you can see that the photos taken by Mavic 2 Pro look brighter and sharper, the colors are more juicy, and the detail is very high even at 5x zoom. This makes this quadcopter an excellent tool for professional aerial photography.