DJI Mavic Air 2

DJI Mavic Air 2 Review | Reasons To Buy It

On this article, we’ll be discussing about DJI Mavic Air 2 review and everything you need to know about it.

DJI Mavic Air 2 was launched on April 27 and devices will ship in early May.

The original Mavic Air comes in a variety of colors and resembles the DJI Spark, the Mavic Air 2 falls between the Mavic Mini and Mavic 2 Pro with regards to appearance, size, performance, and weight.

DJI said that it did a lot of testing to determine the best balance between size, portability, and features, and determined that 570g (1.25 lbs.)—the weight of the Mavic Air 2—overwhelmingly felt right.

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DJI has increased the flight time even while increasing weight. The Mavic Air 2 weighs 570 grams (1.26 pounds). This weight makes it one-third heavier than the original Mavic Air.

The DJI Mavic Air 2 can shoot in 4K at 60 frames per second. The new camera also records video at 120 Mbps bitrate (up from 100 Mbps), beating other DJI consumer models. Additionally, the camera can capture 1080p slow-motion video at 120 and 240 fps.

The Air 2 has running lights for improved visibility, and you can toggle a bright light on its undercarriage if you’re having a hard time spotting it. The dual GPS and GLONASS receivers kick in automatically for outdoor flight to keep it steady and track its position. The Air 2 will return to home with the press of a button, and there’s a Find My Drone function available to record its last known position if you do need to bring it down for an emergency landing.


Key features of DJI Mavic Air 2

  • 570g (1.25 lbs.) total weight
  • 1/2″ 48MP CMOS image sensor
  • 24mm equivalent lens (84º FOV), fixed F2.8 aperture
  • 12MP and 48MP photos
  • 4K/60p and HD/240p video at 120Mbps
  • H.264 and H.265 codecs
  • HDR video and panorama
  • 8K HyperLapse
  • Spotlight 2.0 subject tracking
  • Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) 3.0
  • 34-minute max flight time
  • 68 kph (42 mph) max speed

A Suite of HDR Features: Mavic Air 2 is preprogrammed with a suite of HDR features including HDR video and HDR panorama. HDR video max resolution is 4K 30fps

FocusTrack: Pilots can choose from three new modes to capture cinematic footage with a subject locked in the frame.

SmartPhoto: Pilots can choose this new feature, and using advanced scene recognition technology, Mavic Air 2 will optimize the camera settings and automatically choose one of three modes to apply. General scene recognition (including grass, trees, sunsets, snow) or HyperLight for low-light scenes where the camera takes several images of varying exposure and merges them for a high-quality image with low noise or an HDR image. 48MP mode is not available when using SmartPhoto.

34 Minutes of flight time: Combining updates in battery technology, weight of the drone, an aerodynamic design, new motors/ESCs, the Mavic Air 2 features a max flight time of 34 minutes. Please note, due to the way drones are designed, longer flight times are achieved when the drone is in motion vs. hovering.

8K HyperLapse: Mavic Air 2 is the first done to feature 8K Hyperlapse for stunning footage to share with the world. Users can additionally choose lower resolutions including 4K, 2.7K, and 1080. Note that 8K Hyperlapse will be available in mid-May 2020 via a firmware update.

APAS: Mavic Air 2 features the latest and most advanced autonomous flying from DJI. APAS 3.0 uses new mapping technology and flight path algorithms for ultra-smooth transitions around, under or over objects in the drone’s path.

Photos and video On DJI Mavic Air 2

The camera, which uses a 1/2″ CMOS Quad Bayer sensor, is mounted on a 3-axis stabilized gimbal. It can capture Raw images, JPEG images (at either 12MP or 48MP resolution), as well as Raw + JPEG. In addition to standard movements, the gimbal can tilt upward up to 24º.

The Air 2’s camera boasts a 24mm (equiv.) fixed-aperture F2.8 lens with an 84º FOV. DJI’s Fly More combo includes 3 neutral density filters that appear to twist and snap on and off like those for the Mavic 2 Pro. (Our review unit didn’t include filters so we were unable to test them).

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DJI has also added SmartPhoto modes, similar to computational photography techniques used by many smartphones, to improve photo quality. These include:

  • HDR photos: the camera automatically captures 7 different exposures and combines them for greater dynamic image.
  • Hyperlight: images taken in low-light conditions, especially on DJI drones, tend to be grainy and contain noise. Hyperlight takes multiple photos and merges them for a clearer image.
  • Scene recognition: this mode allows the drone to recognize 5 major components of a photo – sunsets, blue skies, grass, snow, and trees. It will analyze these objects and maximize tone, clarity, and colors.

SmartPhotos are captured at a resolution of 12MP

One thing I noticed is that 48MP images are a bit darker relative to Single or SmartPhotos. The latter feature worked quite well when capturing a sunset, and the HDR photos I was able to capture are quite good for a 1/2″ sensor and could be passed off in professional situations.

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