DJI Mavic Air 2 Review

DJI Mavic Air 2 Review

Dji Mavic Air 2 Drone

Mavic Air 2 SPECS:

Sensor: 12MP 1/2-inch CMOS

Camera focal size: 24mm (full-frame equal)

Aperture: Fixed f/2.8

Video: 4K MP4 & MOV, D-Cinelike, as much as 240 fps

Gimbal: 3-axis

Weight: 570grams

Flight time: Up to 35 minutes

Whenever you’re on the lookout for a specific gadget, there may be all the time that mannequin that appears to hit all the fitting notes for everybody. And with regards to drones, that mannequin is the DJI Mavic Air 2.

The inheritor to DJI’s Mavic Air which was launched two years in the past, the Mavic Air 2 takes its predecessor’s excessive marks and offers it a strong revamp. The ensuing product is a extra compact and inexpensive variant of the high-end Mavic 2 Pro that not simply matches, but in addition bests its dearer sibling in some areas.

But whereas numerous drone lovers and consultants will declare that the Mavic Air 2 seems to be precisely just like the earlier iteration, don’t make the error of considering it’s only a mere clone. Believing so is an injustice to the truth that the Mavic Air 2 is the neatest drone available in the market at the moment.

For the Mavic Air 2, its designers emphasize usability and the result’s seen on almost all the weather of this explicit product — ranging from the drone to the app that you simply use to maneuver its flight and management its digicam.

Akin to the earlier fashions of DJI, the Mavic Air 2 may be purchased in two totally different bundles. There is the usual package deal which has the Mavic Air 2 drone, a battery, a distant and all of the important cables and wires.

However, if you wish to do longer shoots and want a method to carry the drone and all its bells and whistles round, you’d do properly to select up what DJI is looking the “Fly More” bundle. In it are the identical goodies as the usual package deal however provides a shoulder bag, ND filters, a charging dock and two batteries.

Mavic Air 2 Design

As beforehand talked about, the Mavic Air 2 seems to be like a shrunken Mavic 2 Pro because it has an identical folding design that has the entrance arms out and the rear rotating down and out throughout flight. It measures 180 x 97 x 84 millimeters (mm) when it’s folded and 183 x 253 x 77mm when it unfurled. 

It weighs simply 570 grams — half the burden of the Mavic 2 Pro — which implies you’ll be getting a conveyable and memorable drone that may do wonders for each photographers, videographers and content material makers alike.

Bear in thoughts although that in adapting the folding design of its predecessor, the Mavic Air 2 sits very low to the bottom, leaning on its rear arms. This place implies that when you’re having it take off in areas the place there may be numerous grass round, it’s strongly really useful that you simply discover an space the place the grass is brief in order that it might keep away from the tall grass when taking off or touchdown. This is a crucial tip as it might aid you keep away from uneven flights and in worst-case eventualities, even crashes.

The Mavic Air 2’s controller then again, takes a distinct route. It is now bigger and doesn’t have a folding design. Think of it as a miniature model of the DJI Smart Controller sans with no display. This new controller although, is much more comfy and light-weight, because of the contoured grips and its 393-gram weight. Also, the controller additionally syncs with the drone so much quicker than the earlier model.

The controls supply nothing out of the odd because the designers leaned in the direction of a minimal structure that leaves a lot of the digicam management to the DJI Fly app on both your smartphone or pill.


The Mavic Air 2 sports activities numerous novel mechanisms similar to a brand new motor, pace controller, higher battery effectivity and augmented aerodynamics. All these parts come collectively to present you flight speeds that go up t 42-miles per hour when in Sport Mode and longer flight time that reaches so long as 34 minutes. 

This far longer than the mere 21-minute flight time of the unique Mavic Air and three extra minutes longer than the Mavic 2. While that won’t sound prefer it’s so much, you’ll actually see the distinction within the elevated flight time and higher battery effectivity.

When it involves flying the Mavic Air 2, you received’t encounter any difficulties, because of its good know-how, highlighted by the OcuSync 2.0 which is an distinctive technique of transmission between the drone and the controller in comparison with the one which was utilized by the very first Mavic Air.

This is to not say that each one is dandy with the Mavic Air 2 as regardless of having all these new bells and whistles that assist hold the drone and the controller linked from so far as 10-kilometers, the video feed nonetheless sputters and even locks up at instances whereas the drone is in flight. 

When it involves security options, the Mavic Air 2 has impediment sensors discovered on the entrance and the rear elements of the drone. These are already turned on by default and it’s endorsed that you simply hold it that method to make sure that your drone doesn’t meet an premature demise. Another nifty security characteristic is geofencing, which mainly retains the drone from flying into restricted airspace similar to airports and different essential amenities.

Another one is the Advanced Pilot Assistance System 3.0 that may basically reroute the drone within the occasion there are obstacles in its path. And lastly, the Mavic Air 2 additionally introduces AirSense, which makes use of ADS-B aviation know-how to get indicators from airplanes and helicopters which can be inside proximity and exhibits their location on the map discovered on the Fly app. This is a helpful characteristic because it helps lessens the possibilities of an air collision. 

Photo and Video

When it involves picture high quality, you’ll discover that the Mavic Air 2 comes with large enhancements over its predecessor. It sports activities a brand-new 12-megapixel 1/2–inch Quad Bayer sensor that may give you significantly sharper photos it doesn’t matter what the ISO degree is.

Photographers can be happy to study that the Mavic Air 2 options features that may make taking pictures so much simpler. HDR images are produced utilizing seven bracketed exposures which can be mixed to provide you with an in depth picture. Hyperlight will aid you take images in low-light circumstances whereas Scene Recognition can immediately acknowledge 5 totally different sorts of scenes and alters the settings within the processing to swimsuit each.

And then, for videographers, the Mavic Air 2 brings to fore some firsts like the power to shoot 4K video at 60-frames per second (fps) and slow-motion video of as much as 240-fps at 1080p. You additionally get the selection of both capturing video in Standard or the D-Cinelike format which exhibits extra element even in shadows and wishes some little bit of coloration grading. 

HDR video can be doable at 4K, 2.7K and FHD at as much as 30-fps. 4K may be shot as much as 60-fps, 2.7K as much as 60-fps and FHD as much as 240-fps. Video may be taken in MP4/MOV (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/HEVC) with a most bitrate of 120 Mbps.

Our Conclusion

For many, the Mavic Mini was the height of small drone innovation however clearly, DJI has fully shattered that mildew with the introduction of the Mavic Air 2, which basically takes all the very best elements of the latter and the opposite two Mavic 2 variants.

The drone’s aesthetics noticed some appreciable adjustments, as did the connection between the controller and the drone itself. It additionally has significantly better battery life and effectivity and the power to take 4K video at 60-fps, 48-megapixel stills photos from the brand new 1/2-inch Quad Bayer sensor and a wide selection of different nifty options that drone lovers, each new and previous, will come to understand. 

To be truthful, the Mavic Air 2 has its flaws however these are outweighed by the sheer pleasure and ease with which it may be used. We actually received’t be stunned if it finally ends up changing into the preferred DJI product this yr.

5/5 (3)