DJI Mavic Air 2 review, drone with camera
- Improved battery life
- Very easy to fly
- Compact, folding design
- Great still and video quality
- No screen on the controller
Mavic Air 2 > DJI is continually coming back with new drones. Following this, DJI has developed one of the most advanced drones for its customers, the DJI Mavic Air 2. A significant upgrade to the camera of the predecessor and new favourite Flight of the Mavic Air 2. It has improved the range and remarkably long battery life. Also offers a full host of great 4K / 60p video and new shooting features. It is a highly capable compact and more affordable drone. Mavic Air 2 weighs only 560 grams, that is an excellent choice for both still photographers and filmmakers.
Mavic Air 2 Price and Availability
Like previous DJI models, the Mavic Air 2 drone is available in two bundles. Mavic Air 2 price is $799. Also for the Flymore package -$988 (2 extra batteries, a case, charging hub and ND filter) will be included. DJI Mavic Air 2 release date – mid-May 2020. You can pre-order now with expected shipping.
DJI Mavic air 2 Specs
- Size [folded]: 180 x 97 x 84 mm
- Size[unfolded]: 183 x 253 x 77 mm
- Weight: 570 grams [1.25 pounds]
- Max video resolution: 4K/60 fps
- Aperture: Fixed f/2.8
- Photo sensor: 12MP 1/2-inch CMOS
- Camera focal length: 24mm [full-frame equivalent]
- Flight time: 35 minutes
- Gimbal: 3-axis
- FAA Registration: Required
New Mavic Air 2 Design
The New Mavic Air 2 drone looks a bit different than its predecessor. The drone has been redesigned with significant improvements in all areas, including image quality, speed and flight time. The size of the Mavic Air 2 is 180 x 97 x 84 mm when folded, and 183 x 253 x 77 mm when exposed. The Mavic Air 2 weighs 570 grams, which is more than half the weight of the Mavic 2 Pro. That means you may have to register the drone.
It is extremely portable and has built as a mighty drone for both photographers and filmmakers. Mavic Air 2 is sitting on the ground in his back arm. That means you have to look for small grassy plains during take-off and landing. For this reason, it is portable on a small landing mat that can be pegged in the ground to provide a clear and safe take-off zone. It’s hard, flatter surfaces like tarmac and on concrete, certainly not a problem.
Mavic air Controller
The Mavic Air 2 controller is significant, and it does not feature any folding design. It resembles a littler adaptation of the DJI Smart Controller. This new size is comfortable for the rear contour grips and its 393g weight. The controller also starts and connects to the aircraft faster than the previous controller. With this new design, the phone attaches to the top of the controller via a telescopic grip that will comfortably receive phones of all sizes, including phablets.
The phone connector connects the cable into the cavity where the phone holder is at the top away when not in use. There is a slot to insert the edge of the phone just keep it clean and out of the phone. It’s a great touch, but the cables are a bit long for design, so the end of the cable phone for the stroll puts pressure on the cable inserted into space. That can result in potential wire damage over time. The control rods stored in rubberized parts under the controller and there are two additional spares in the box.
The controller offers only a handful, including joysticks for flight control, a flight mode switch for switching between tripod, normal and sport modes. Also provides a return-to-home button, including a button to switch from still to video. An FN button, a shutter button, a gimbal control dial and a button to turn the controller on and off.
DJI drone features and Flight
The Mavic Air 2 has new motors, new electronic speed controllers, advanced battery technology and enhanced aerodynamics. These are combined to provide flight speeds of up to 42mph and 34 minutes of flight time in the sport mode. That is a more significant excitement than the original Mavic Air’s 21-minute flight time, and it’s three minutes longer than the Mavic 2 model. Its controller offers extended battery life compared to its predecessor.
Mavic Air 2 flight is just effortless. Thanks to the smart technologies employed by DJI drones for this. Not to mention the inclusion of OcuSync 2.0 at least, which is a broader mode of operation between controllers and drones than the original Mavic Air. OcuSync 2.0 supports 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequencies and can switch between the two if needed. Anti-interference technology also helps block unwanted signals.
Despite all this new and advanced technology, it keeps drones and controllers connected at a distance of 10 kilometres. The Mavic Air 2’s video feed still hangs for shutters and locks the moment the drone moves. That was a problem with the original Mavic Air, and while it may not be the end of the world, it can slow you down when framing shots.
Mavic Air 2 safety features
In terms of safety features, the Mavic Air 2 provides the drone’s front and rear barrier sensors that can help avoid collisions when switched on. These are turned on by default and for most people keeping them on is the best option. The drone has sensors at the bottom to assist in automatic landings, and these are available like the Mavic Pro models. Another protective feature is geofencing. That will prevent drones from approaching high-risk and safe locations such as airport infrastructure.
That is not the end of the security features either. You will also get the Advanced Pilot Assistance System [APAS]3.0, which will rearrange the drone when enabled when obstacles come in its way. The idea behind this is that pilots can fly in more sophisticated places with confidence without fear of disaster. There is AirSense innovation – the first for a DJI client drone, which utilizes ADS-B flying innovation to get signals from close by airplane and helicopters and showcases their area on an on-screen map in the DJI Fly app. This technology has employed to help reduce the risk of air attacks.
Beyond security improvements, the Mavic Air 2 provides smart capabilities in automatic flight modes for still and video capture. It has inherited many advanced features from both the Mavic Pro 2 and professional drones. These include Focustrack, Hyperlapse [up to 8K] and four flight options; Free movement, circles, course locks and waypoints. Then there is ‘QuickShot’ automated flight mode, which helps you create interest videos visually at the touch of a button. These include rockets, circles, Dronie, helixes, boomerangs or asteroids.
Mavic air 2 Photo and video quality
The image quality of the Mavic Air 2 has been dramatically improved compared to its predecessor. Thanks to its new 12MP 1/2-inch QuadBayer sensor, Which provides significantly cleaner images at all ISO levels. Yet, like all drones with small sensors, the noise is noticeable at ISO 100. So ISO 400 is the highest setting you want to use.
The camera lens provides an equivalent focal length of 24mm full-frame with a fixed f / 2.8 aperture. However, despite these limitations and the focus of the lenses being set at hyperfocal distances, the field of depth is close enough. Enough to keep even deep landscape scenes sharp. The images are sharpest in the center of the frame with the closure as you get closer to the edges of the images. It’s the same with all Mavic drones, but the Mavic Air 2’s edge sharpness is much better than its predecessor.
Several of its functions designed to help photographers easily capture better images. But like the scene modes of compact cameras and entry-level DSLRs. If you are an experienced photographer, you can achieve better results by using Raw [DNG] shooting and manual shooting and editing techniques instead of features. All of the features below produce JPEG instead of Raw files.
HDR photos capture seven bracketed exposures, which is then mixed into the camera to create an image with details from shadows to highlights. That can also be achieved by using raw shooting and auto exposure bracketing mode before processing images in HDR software. Hyperlight is a mode designed for shooting in low mode and combines several images to reduce average noise and noise. It can be acquired manually by shooting several Raw images and stacking them in Photoshop.
Scene Recognition mode
Finally, Scene Recognition is a mode that can detect five types of scenes – sunset, blue sky, grass, snow and trees. In each of these, the camera optimizes the JPEG processing settings. Again, this can be achieved manually in Raw processing software like Adobe Lightroom. The great thing here is that everyone is ready for it regardless of how experienced you are in photography.
Another highlight feature is the ability to shoot 48MP stills with a 12MP sensor. The output pictures taken in this mode are in JPEG position. Its results are unfortunately much softer than raw files and standard sized JPEGs. Plus the photos appear to be washed and relatively isolated.
That would suggest that 48-MP images created using the in-camera interpolation algorithm. If you need a larger image, save the Photoshop save option. Using the option provides better connection results in image-sized conversations.
For videographers, Mavic Air 2 has come up with something for DJI with the first. Such features not even found in Flashship Mavic models. For example, 4K video at 60fps and slow-movement video up to 240fps at 1080p. So, despite the small size, in some situations, there is undoubtedly the opportunity to use professional video of this drone.
The video can capture in a standard format. So a video equivalent of a JPEG, or a more neutral D-Cinelike profile, which displays more detail in shades and highlights and requires colour grading. HDR video is available at 4K, 2.7K and FHD up to 30fps. Open up to 4K 60fps, 2.7K up to 60fps and FHD up to 240 fps. The video can be shot on MP4 / MOV [H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC, H.265 / HEVC] with a maximum of 120 Mbpsbpr bitrates.
DJI Mavic Air 2 Battery Life
The flight time of Mavic Air 2 is 34 minutes under ideal conditions. It is 14 minutes longer than the Mavic Air and a few minutes longer than the Mavic Mini. Although we have not yet been able to test the battery life of the Mavic Air 2 accurately. Like other drones, you can remove the Mavic Air 2’s battery. It takes about 1 hour 40 minutes to recharge it. Additional batteries will cost $115 each.
The overall design of the Mavic Air 2 has changed dramatically, Includes impressive smart flight features, still and video functionality, upgraded design. It has provided significant performance upgrades over motors and batteries as well. That is for photographers and videographers who need a highly portable drone, which can quickly shoot Raw still, 4K / 60P video and slow-motion FHD video with other photographic equipment. That is a significant upgrade from a previous Mavic Air. Mavic Air 2 could become the most popular DJI drone ever. Know more DRONE review DJI Phantom 4 PRO Professional Drone