Mavic Air 2 Review and Features

The Mavic Air 2 looks like a smaller Mavic 2 Pro and a bigger Mavic Mini. If you’re looking for an intermediate drone that’s easy to fly but still capable of capturing compelling photos and video, DJI’s Mavic Air has long been the go-to model. When folded down, the Mavic Air 2 is 180x97x84 mm and fits in the palm of your hand. Mavic Air 2 takes power and portability to the next level, offering advanced features in a compact form factor. The grey housing on the Mavic line is dull, but it fits better within DJI’s current lineup. The HEVC (H.265) video codec records more image information, uses less storage, and preserves the dynamic range and detail of your footage, ensuring next-level content. Master creative aerial shots thanks to effortlessly smooth 4K/60fps video. Similar to other Mavic remotes, Return to Home and Power buttons are on the front.

The Air 2 also comes with a newly designed more ergonomic controller which mounts the phone on top, which I found much more comfortable to use than the older designs. Its battery capacity is also much increased, which was a problem on the older controllers.

Finally, the range of the new Mavic Air improved, and it can now wander an impressive six miles away from the pilot in ideal conditions. Intelligent shooting functions and excellent image quality put aerial masterpieces within reach. It is a bit bulkier the downside of having a little more to carry outweighed by the fact that it is now much better to hold and that it will last longer on a full charge. It’s small, light, and has enough technology on board to make both flying and shooting with it a joy.

It integrates the editing suite from the DJI Mimo app, granting access to manual settings, advanced functions, and intuitive templates to create professional compositions in seconds. The clamp on the controller is quite tricky to adjust and securing the smartphone is a struggle at times. I prefer the look of the first Air. These include GPS to keep the drone steady during outdoor flight, and down-facing sensors to hover when indoors. It’s also slightly more significant than the first Mavic Air, but it remains portable and easy to store in your backpack or a camera bag. This is somewhat larger than the original Mavic Air, but it’s still quite a bit smaller than the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom models in the line above it.

It was merely a more fun design overall.

Minor niggles aside, it’s a superb choice for both stills photographers and filmmakers. The phone is secured with a clamp similar to DJI Phantom series remotes, though it doesn’t extend far enough to hold a tablet. The result is a smaller, more affordable version of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro that equals, and in some areas even trumps, its pricier sibling. The software has some niggles, but the AI is impressive, and the drone extremely capable in the Air.

It’s now much more substantial, almost twice the size as previous DJI controllers. The best drone for most people, the Mavic Air 2 is a significant upgrade on its predecessor and our new favourite flying camera. I flew in moderate winds and found the figure to be closer to 30 – 31 minutes, on par with the Mavic 2 series. The upper-right button allows you to alternate between still photos and video. Safer, smarter flight enables you to up your game while thoroughly enjoying the creative process. There’s a single button to make the drone fly to its launch point, in case you lose track of it, and a Find My Drone feature in case you need to make an emergency landing.

It was a bit smaller, had a shorter wingspan, and came in three colours.

And, with 34-minute flight time, you’ll be able to stay aloft for even longer. However, you aren’t going to be able to see Mavic Air 2 when it’s two miles away, let alone six. The only outlier was the original Mavic Air, from early 2018. It offers improved range, a noticeably longer battery life, excellent 4K/60p video and a whole host of new shooting features, all for the same launch price as its predecessor. Remote pilots can easily toggle between Tripod, Normal, and Sport flight modes as the mode switch is featured front-and-centre on the controller. The DJI Fly app makes creating flawless videos more convenient than ever.

The DJI Mavic Air 2 can shoot 4K video at up to 60 frames per second and has several new tricks, like 240fps slo-mo video and the ability to take 48MP still images.

It is friendly styling, in a choice of hues, was a plus, but even at launch the Mavic Air had some significant drawbacks; its battery life was low and ranged very disappointing.

Best of all, the Mavic Air 2 costs $799.

The new Mavic Air 2 is the latest generation of the DJI dynasty. DJI was eager to talk up the new “scene recognition” feature which sounds like the trick we’ve seen on flagship phones where the camera knows (or, rather, guesses) where you’re shooting and automatically optimizes the settings for you.

The Mavic Air 2 is being touted as the smartest and safest drone yet by DJI. Its successor is even better. DJI builds several safety features into all of its drones. It also costs less than a thousand dollars. This successor to the DJI Mavic Air from 2018 takes its predecessor’s overall concept – an easy-to-fly drone with pro-level features – and completely redesigns it from the ground up. The D-Cinelike flat colour profile retains more information for post-processing.
Additionally, the Mavic Air 2 has improved motion-tracking, so it can stay locked on a subject, even if they momentarily disappear from the camera’s sight. The most significant difference that you’ll notice at first glance between the Mavic Air 2 and its predecessor involves the controller, which is completely redesigned. Along with the aforementioned HDR mode, there’s also “Hyperlight” for when shooting in low light conditions. In our testing, I tried to crash the drone into several objects, including myself, and it navigated around them automatically. DJI claims a maximum 34 minutes of flight time for the Mavic Air 2, a significant increase from the 21-minute life expectancy of the original Air model, though this figure is derived from flying in ideal conditions; DJI states that 33 minutes is more likely when performing a typical flight. It has a better camera, fantastic range and far better flight times. The DJI Mavic Air 2 is a massive improvement on its predecessor (and for action fans the best Mavic full stop). The Air 2 includes forward and rear obstacle detection sensors. Instead of two downward-folding arms, which cradled your smartphone between your palms, the controller now has a spring-loaded bracket that extends upward from the top. The Mavic Air 2 has a 48 MP camera that films 4k video @ 60 FPS. Safety features are useful too, though some will undoubtedly grumble about the lack of 360° collision sensors.

Moving on, the Mavic Air 2 now get preprogrammed scene detection modes for images including snow, trees, grass, blue skies, sunsets and sunrises. That might not seem a lot, but up in the air, that’s most things covered, we guess. They keep you from accidentally flying into a tree, and work quite well. The Mavic range is DJI’s family of consumer camera drones; the folding design has cascaded down from the Mavic (launched in August 2018), through to the recent super lightweight Mavic Mini (which arrived late 2019). DJI has released its newest Mavic drone to its consumer drone lineup named the Mavic Air 2. Again, there are some new goodies here. A more dramatic change found in the design of the controller; it’s larger and boxier than other remotes in the Mavic series is designed to mount a smartphone on top rather than on the bottom, like past Mavic models.

DJI claims the Mavic Air 2 can detect five scenes: sunset, blue skies, snow, grass and trees. Much of DJI’s camera functionality comes from the numerous auto-shot and “smart” modes.

With the release of the all-new Mavic Air 2, drone pilots have three Mavic series drones to choose from including the Mavic Mini and the Mavic 2 series, but which Mavic is the right drone for you? Let us break down their differences to help you pick the right Mavic model. The autonomous flying modes for the drones have also updated. The alert here is that you should always maintain visual contact with your drone for safety reasons.

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