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DJI Mavic Air 2 Review – Better Camera and More Battery

Mavic Air 2, a drone for traveling

We are happy to see how DJI improves its products and we speak now about the Mavic Air 2, this mid-range drone which comes as an update of the Mavic Air, which still remains one of the most popular drones on the market.

The second generation follows the same path, but focusing more on the camera features as well as on autonomy, with improved battery life time. Two years after the release of its predecessor, resulted the Mavic Air 2, this portable 4K camera drone, powerful and compact, a drone for high-quality aerial footage, which is a bit bigger though, measuring 180 x 97 x 84mm when folded.

Deployed, Mavic Air 2 reaches the dimensions at 183 x 253 x 77 mm, and together with the battery, it weights 570 grams. This means that unless you have a special permit, you cannot fly Mavic Air 2 in cities, unlike the Mavic Mini, which is allowed, counting its weight and small dimensions.

New features and improvements

DJI Mavic Air 2 brings many of the characteristics seen in its older brother, but comes more intelligent and powerful. New rear sensors and safety features had been added for obstacle avoidance, so that the Mavic Air 2 becomes more easy-to-use even by night, thanks to the new auxiliary lights.

This compact drone fits perfect in most cases you need put a camera in the sky to grab the landscape, an event or anything in your video production. Excepting the noise made in mid-range flight and the leak of the anti-collision sensors, there aren’t any other down points to speak about.

Mavic Air 2 camera specifications

We know that the DJI manufacturer is always improving the technologies, so that any rookie in drones can handle with ease and fly with a powerful camera.

The 1/2″ Quad Bayer CMOS sensor allows Mavic Air 2 to record video in 4K at 60 frames per second, and thanks to the new function added, it allows hyperlapse in 8K in any of the available flight modes. Sure the video quality is adjustable depending on each other needs.

DJI Mavic Air 2 is actually the first Mavic drone capable to record 4K video at 60fps and 120Mbps.

Resolutions and formats available:

  • 4K at 24/25/30/48/50/60 fps
  • 2688 x 1512 at 24/25/30/48/50/60 fps
  • 1920 x 1080 at 24/25/30/48/50/60/120/240 fps
  • 4K HDR at 24/25/30 fps
  • 2688 x 1512 HDR at 24/25/30 fps
  • 1920 x 1080 HDR at 24/25/30 fps

Mavic Air 2 is indeed a drone for professional photographers as it can shoot 48 megapixel photos at full resolution of 8000 x 6000 pixels. The processor can make timelapse in motion at 8K resolution while you fly your drone in different modes, for you to capture best shots even when following a defined subject.

Of course, the resolution can be changed depending on each other’s needs so that you can shoot 12MP photos making use of the three capture options:

  • HDR Photos – captures 7 photos with different exposures, then combines them to get a highly dynamic image
  • HyperLight – for low-light scenarios, it takes multiple photos and combines them to obtain a clear image
  • Scene recognition – identifies sunsets, blue/cloudy skies, grass, snow, and trees, optimizing settings and adjusting the image, maximizing the degree of color, detail, or tones

Making use of the scene recognition function, you can optimize the color for any of the occasions, using the automatic tracking modes: FocusTrack, Spotlight, Point of Interest 3.0 and ActiveTrack 3.0.

Flight time & transmission

We are speaking about a compact drone equipped with new electronic speed regulators, new advanced pilot assistance system, and new improved aerodynamic design. These together are improving the autonomy of Mavic Air 2 and offers a safer flight, making use of the frontal, rear and bottom sensors which are handling the obstacle avoidance.

Officially, in optimal flight conditions, Mavic Air 2 reaches 34 minutes per battery charge, which was improved by the new design of the motors and intelligent speed controllers.

Because the Mavic Air had a limited connectivity, the new model adopts the OcuSync 2.0 transmission, leaving the Wi-Fi behind. The 1080p resolution video is more stable when receiving it from up to 10 kilometers distance. The new equipped system is also intelligent, blocking unwanted signals, operating in 2.4 or 5.8 Ghz frequency bands.

The remote controller

According to DJI, the remote controller has been redesigned to meet the needs of a pilot, being much more comfortable, allowing the integration of the mobile phone, to use it as screen.

An improvement also comes in the antennas, which are integrated to leave space for the phone mount system.

What’s the consumer target?

As the activities or hobbies can be very different from a potential user to another, Mavic Air 2 might be a great option for ones, and not really satisfying for others. It is a drone which does not leave you behind if you’re a beginner.

There are many who are stepping into the world of drones and don’t know what drone to begin with. Counting that the DJI drones are well optimized, to offer best image and video quality, it’s not necessarily to have a Phantom 4 Pro to start. Mavic Air 2 does the job!

Conclusion

Compact, good flight time, easy to take it with you in journeys, recording 4K at 60fps, Mavic Air 2 is no doubt the best consumer drone to start with. It is using the lines of its predecessor, but improved with updated technology, taking smoother photos when exploring new landscapes.

Photo credits: Davide Pietralunga.

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