Its official. DJI have announced the follow up drone to the widely successful Mavic Air, the Mavic Air 2. With its portability, good picture and video quality and decent flight time, the Mavic Air was a hit with travelers looking to enhance their travel photography. However, how does the Mavic Air 2 stack up against the Mavic Air, Mavic Mini and Mavic 2 Pro? In this article, we will compare the Mavic Air 2 with DJI’s other drones.
Whats new about the Mavic Air 2?
The key new features of the Mavic Air 2 are:
- ½-inch camera senor,
- 48 megapixel photos,
- 4k/60 frames per second video,
- Enhanced HDR,
- 34 minute max flight time,
- OcuSync 2.0 with 10km range at 1080p/30 frames per second, and
- Enhanced obstacle avoidance.
All these features are outlined in DJI’s promo video below:
Being relatively light weight, at 570g, the Mavic Air 2 is looking to help you enhance your portability. Pulling in some of the features from the original Mavic Air and the Mavic 2 series, the Mavic Air 2 looks to be a great multipurpose drone, especially for beginners or those not looking to splash out on a Mavic 2. The table below looks at the Mavic Air 2, Mavic Mini, Mavic Air and Mavic 2 Pro and compares the drones specs.
Which DJI Drone Is Best?
|Mavic Air 2||Mavic Air||Mavic Mini||Mavic 2 Pro|
|Dimensions (mm)||180×97×84 – Folded|
183×253×77 – Unfolded
|168×83×49 – Folded|
168×184×64 – Unfolded
140×82×57 – Folded
245×290×55 – Unfolded (with propellers)
|214×91×84 – Folded|
322×242×84 – Unfolded
|Takeoff weight (grams)||570||430||249||907|
|Max speed (kps)||68.4||68.4||46.8||72|
|Max flight time (no wind)||34 minutes||21 minutes||30 minutes||31 minutes|
|Operating temperature range (C)||-10 to 40||0 – 40||0 – 40||-10 to 40|
|Flight range (km)||18.5||16||10||18|
|Internal storage (gb)||8||8||0||8|
|Sensor||1/2” CMOS||1/2.3” CMOS||1/2.3” CMOS||1″ CMOS|
|ISO range||100 -6400 (video) & 100-6400 (manual at 12mp photo) & 100-3200 (manual at 48mp photo)||100 – 6400 (video) & 100 – 3200 (manual photo)||100 – 3200 (video) & 100 – 3200 (manual photo)||100 – 6400 (video) & 100 – 12800 (manual photo)|
|MAX resolution||4K 3840 × 2160||4K 3840 × 2160||2.7K 2720 x 1530||4k 3840 x 2160|
Drone comparison analysis
The Mavic Air 2 not only replaces the Mavic Air effectively in all categories but can also complete with the Mavic 2 series for most hobbyists.
With one of the best flight times for a drone it’s size, 18.5km flight range, a more than respectable sensor size and megapixel count, the Mavic Air 2 could easily be the go to drone to new entrants to aerial photography as well as those who were waiting to upgrade.
Whilst it may lack the optical zoom that the Mavic 2 Zoom has (and thus no dolly zoom QuickShot), it’s larger sensor (relative to that of the Zoom) may make Mavic 2 Zoom owners a bit green with envy.
Mavic Air 2 QuickShots
The Mavic Air 2 offers the following QuickShots:
- Boomerang, and
The video below gives an example of each QuickShot:
Other new features
The Mavic Air 2 features a new intelligent photography system called Smartphoto. SmartPhoto is a combination of HDR, HyperLight, and scene recognition to optimize your drone photographs.
Hyperlight improves photos taken with low or bad lighting. It does this by combining and a series of images and reducing the noise in them.
HDR optimize the dynamic range of your image.
Scene recognition recognizes the situation or subject of the photo, ie, forests, desert, ocean, beaches, sunsets, etc and optimizes the image based on an algorithm.
Using a mix of the above, SmartPhoto seems to make it easier than ever to take excellent looking photos. If you need any extra help, there is Lightroom and a host of other post production apps you can use.
Cinema quality video
The Air 2 helps gives drone videographers cinema quality video recording. By including ActiveTrack 3.0, SpotLight 2.0, POI 3.0 and 8k hyperlapse systems it allows you to enhance the video you record.
ActiveTrack 3.0 allows you to track a target whilst avoiding obstacles.
SpotLight 2.0 allows you to easily keep your subject in the center of your shot.
POI 3.0 allows you to create automated flight paths or select a fixed point that the drone will fly around.
Do you love day to night hyperlapse shots? With 4 options to pick from, the 8k hyperlapse function allows you to create these and more.
How does it compare to the Autel Evo 2?
With DJI getting some stiff competition from other technology providers, it is worth looking at how the Mavic Air 2 compares to other drones, such as the Autel Evo 2.
The table below compares the 2 drones side by side;
|Mavic Air 2||Autel Evo 2|
|Takeoff weight (grams)||570||1127|
|Max speed (kps)||68.4||38|
|Max flight time (no wind)||34||40|
|Operating temperature range (C)||-10 to 40||-10 to 40|
|Flight range (km)||18.5||9|
|Internal storage (gb)||8||8|
|Sensor||1/2” CMOS||1/2″ CMOS|
|ISO range||100 -6400 (video) & |
100-6400 (manual at 12mp photo) &
100-3200 (manual at 48mp photo)
|100 – 3200|
|MAX resolution||4K 3840 × 2160||8000 x 6000|
Mavic Air 2 packages and accessories
Like most of their drones, DJI offers the Air 2 as a standalone drone as well as with the Fly More Combo.
A nice inclusion with the Fly More Combo is the addition of ND Filters.
Those of you who are not sure what an ND filter is… in photography and optics, a neutral-density filter (ND filter) is a filter that reduces or modifies the intensity of all wavelengths, or colours of light equally but does not cause any changes in hue of colour rendition.
In essence, an ND filer acts like a sunglasses lens for your camera. Why would you want to do this?
If you block some of the light coming into the lens, you will have the expose the camera for longer, ie, open the shutter for a longer period of time to allow the correct amount of light to enter.
This is a bit different as previous Fly More Combos have not included them.
What comes in the box?
When you buy your new Air 2, you will get the following:
- DJI Mavic Air 2 drone
- Remote controller
- 1 Intelligent flight battery
- 3 pairs of low-noise propellers
- RC cable (USB-C connector)
- RC cable (Lightning connector)
- RC cable (standard micro-USB connector)
- 1 pair of control sticks
- A gimbal protector
- Battery charger
- User manual
- AC power cable
- 1 USB 3.0 Type-C
- Battery charging hub (Fly More Combo only)
- Battery to power bank adaptor (Fly More Combo only)
- Shoulder bag (Fly More Combo only)
- ND filters set (ND16/64/256) (Fly More Combo only)
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