The DJI Mavic Air 2 looks to replace Mavic Air in the mid-range of the DJI drone family. It looks to enhance the feature set of the already impressive Mavic Air to create a tiny but powerful folding drone. The release has come at a strange time with a world in various stages of lockdown during a global pandemic but it does look excellent nevertheless.
Mavic Air 2 Body
Its body is very similar to the original Mavic Air with its compact folding design, although it is a little bigger. Mavic Air 2’s body is like a hybrid between the Mavic Air and the Mavic 2 with the original coloured body design being dropped to adopt the single grey of the Mavic 2. The Mavic Air 2 weighs just 570 grams which is pretty incredible considering all the functionality they have managed to pack into it.
Mavic Air 2 Controller
The controller for the Mavic Air 2 has seen quite a big overhaul with a nice new ergonomic and simplistic design. It offers a convenient clamp for attaching a smartphone with antennas built right into it and boasts an impressive 4-hour battery life.
Mavic Air 2 Flight Specs
The battery life of the DJI Mavic Air 2 is a very impressive 34 minutes, which is exceptional for its weight class. DJI Mavic Air 2 has a massive flight distance of 11.5 miles (18.5km) and a 6.2 mile (10km) video transmission in HD using Ocusync 2.0 a big improvement on its predecessor. It features the usual return to home functionality as well as GPS precise hover. DJI Mavic Air 2 has a sport mode that can get max speeds close to 42mph (68 kph).
Mavic Air 2 Obstacle avoidance
The DJI Mavic Air 2 features APAS 3.0 obstacle avoidance featuring vision sensors pointing forwards, backward and downwards. This assists whilst using pre-set flight features and performing tasks like landing the drone. The APAS system has been well refined and can handle complex flight scenarios.
Mavic Air 2 Camera Specs
The DJI Mavic Air 2 has a 3-axis gimbal, shoots 4k video at 60 frames per second and HD video at up to 240 frames per second. 4k is a really flexible format because it allows you to not only reframe and crop into full HD footage, it allows you to stabilise and upscale back to 4k without a dramatic loss in quality. Combine that with the usual DJI cinematic presets, the D-Cinelike colour profile, the h265 video codec and you have a really powerful video tool at your disposal. The new Spotlight 2.0 and POI 3.0 object tracking features are very impressive.
For aerial photographers, there is a 48-megapixel camera with DNG RAW image support and packed with tons of great features like HDR panorama, exposure bracketing, and burst modes.
Mavic Air 2 Price
Should I get the Mavic Air 2?
We think DJI has hit the sweet spot here for a lot of people, great quality camera, small form factor, and best of all it’s under £800 ($800). It’s a brilliant drone for prosumer content creators and the perfect travel companion for more experienced flyers. It sits right in the middle of the Mavic Mini and the Mavic 2, if this is overspeced or out of your price range then consider the Mavic Mini and if you need a bigger sensor or zoom functionality then consider the Mavic 2.
If you want to compare it to any other drones on the market then you can do it over at our Drone Comparison Tool.