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DJI Mavic Air 2 Camera Drone
DJI Mavic Air 2

DJI Mavic Air 2 Specs

  • Weight: 570 g
  • Dimensions (Unfolded): 7.2″ x 9.9″ x 3.0″ (183 x 253 x 77 mm) (LxWxH)
  • Dimensions (Folded): 7.1″ x 3.8″ x 2.9″ (180 x 97 x 74 mm) (LxWxH)
  • Max Speed: 42.5 mph (19 m/s)
  • Max Takeoff Altitude: 16,404 feet (5,000 m)
  • Battery Capacity: 3,500 mAh
  • Max Flight Time: 34 minutes
  • Max Video Transmission Distance: 7.4 miles (12 km)
  • Max Wind Speed Resistance: Level 5
  • Operating Temperature Range: 14° – 104° F (-10° – 40° C)
  • GNSS: GPS + GLONASS
  • Internal Storage: 8 GB
  • Flight Modes: Tripod, Normal, and Sport
  • Camera Sensor: 1/2″ CMOS Sensor; 12 MP (and 48 MP single shot)
  • Camera Lenz: 84° FOV; f/2.8 Aperture;
  • Photography Modes:
    • Single (12 and 48 MP)
    • Burst shot (3/5/7 frames)
    • Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB)
    • Timed (2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 second increments)
    • SmartPhoto
    • HDR Panorama: Vertical, Wide-angle, 180°, and Sphere
    • JPEG/DNG (RAW)
  • Video Resolution: 4K Ultra HD; 2.7K; FHD (240 fps Max); 120Mbps; MP4/MOV
  • Automated Video Modes:
    • FocusTrack (Spotlight, ActiveTrack, and P.O.I.)
    • Circle
    • Boomerang
    • Rocket
    • Dronie
    • Rocket
    • Asteroid
  • Remote Controller: 2.4 GHz; 5.8 GHz; 6-hour battery; 1080p Live View

Pros

  • Best-in-class max flight time (34 min)
  • Impressive 1/2″ CMOS sensor
  • 4K Ultra HD video resolution @ 60 fps max
  • JPG + RAW dual image capture
  • Special 48 MP Photographic mode
  • 8K Hyperlapse mode upgrade
  • Great 1080p live stream video quality with low latency
  • GPS + GLONASS navigation and mapping
  • Great handling and obstacle avoidance with 3-directional sensing (APAS 3.0)
  • FocusTrack, Waypoint, and other automated flight modes
  • Compact, folding design
  • 8GB of internal storage
DJI Mavic Air 2 - All-In-One Camera Drone
DJI Mavic Air 2

Cons

  • No more color options
  • 8K is only available in single-shot and hyperlapse mode
  • 140 grams heavier than the Mavic Air
  • 33% larger unfolded and 20% larger folded than the Mavic Air
DJI Mavic Air vs Mavic Air 2 | Design Differences
DJI Mavic Air vs Mavic Air 2

Back In Style

     The first installment in the Mavic Air series wasn’t ugly, but it was a departure from their traditional design style. With the DJI Mavic Air 2, they brought back the traditional Mavic look.

     No more color options like the original Mavic Air either. Just plain old boring grey. That’s where the boring part ends though.

DJI Mavic Air 2 Folded
DJI Mavic Air 2 Folded

Better Battery

     My favorite upgrade on the DJI Mavic 2 is the battery life. The slightly larger battery combined with more efficient components and software, push the max flight time from 21 min to 34 min.

     If you really want to enjoy your Mavic 2, I still recommend the Fly More Combo. The extra batteries, extra propellers, and premium travel bag are essential, especially if you’re traveling.

DJI Mavic Air 2 Front
DJI Mavic Air 2 | Front

Upgraded Auto-Pilot

     The Mavic Air 2 still has the same forward, backward, and downward sensing system, but the sensors themselves come with some nice upgrades. The field of view, detection range, and effective sensing speed were all upgraded by at least 50%.

     To put it simply, the Mavic Air 2 is a lot better at avoiding obstacles whether you’re driving it manually or using one of the automated flight modes. 

     ActiveTrack was the best beneficiary of the sensor upgrades. That way, when you’re hitting the slopes or the trail, your Mavic Air 2 won’t be hitting trees or the ground (as much).

     The ActiveTrack mode still has a hard time locking on to subjects, but the overall performance is a noticeable improvement over the Mavic Air.

DJI Mavic Air 2 Top Side
DJI Mavic Air 2 | Wingspan

Wider Wingspan

     The larger size of the Mavic Air 2 is worse for traveling with, but it’s one of the main contributors to the improved handling and stability. This is great news for any of you looking to get the most out of the camera system. 

     The increased wingspan gives you better control of the drone, especially in Cine mode.  That alone makes the overall experience of shooting photos and videos more enjoyable than with the Mavic Air.  

DJI Mavic Air 2 - 8K Camera
DJI Mavic Air 2 | 8K Camera

Oldie But Goodie

      We’ve seen the Hyperlapse mode (Timed Shot) for a while with DJI drones, but this time the feature received a nice upgrade. Using the 48 MP mode, the Air 2 stitches together beautiful hi-res hyperlapse videos.

      Just like in the past, the Hyperlapse mode is dependent on the wind, but this is where the better handling comes in.

DJI Mavic Air 2 | Aerial Shot
Aerial Shot

Conclusion

      Even though the improvements on the camera weren’t much to write home about, the DJI Mavic Air 2 is a huge upgrade overall. Going from 21 min – 34 min max flight time is enough for me.

      Yet, the much-improved flight performance and safety is what really makes the Mavic Air 2 worth considering over the first Mavic Air. Especially if you plan on using the ActiveTrack feature a lot.

DJI Mavic Air vs Mavic Air 2 Fly More Combo
DJI Mavic Air 2 and Controller

DJI Smart Controller

     The DJI Smart Controller is around the same price the DJI Mavic Air 2 itself, so it may not seem practical. On the other hand, if you have (or plan to have) 2 or more drones that are OcuSync 2.0+ compatible, it’s worth the investment. 

     Besides the convenience of having a phone-free flying, you’ll also be able to fly all of your compatible drones with this one controller. Plus, there’s plenty of little luxuries, like auto-connect, VR compatibility, and detachable control sticks.

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