DJI recently made an announcement to release the long awaited Mavic Air 2 which is the big brother of original Mavic Air that was released in 2018. This is arguably the best DJI consumer drone till date; partly because of its ease to fly, improved battery life and amazing video quality. DJI Mavic Air 2 has all the features of the initial Mavic Air; but with new features, improved battery and a revamped remote controller.
The Mavic Air 2 is the first DJI consumer drone that is expected to warn you of nearby planes and helicopters via its controller. Feature is currently only limited to North America.
With an Incredible flight time of 34 minutes, the DJI Mavic Air 2 also benefits from a larger camera sensor and the addition of a timelapse feature that captures footage at up to 8K resolution. 8K Hyperlapse is a brand-new feature for a DJI drone and it allows you to transform time and movement in your shot. Real-time video can be recorded at up to 60 frames per second at a maximum of 4K, with the amazing 48 Megapixels.
Rather than the previous colours [White, Black, Red, etc.] from the Mavic Air, DJI opted for a one colour strategy with the Mavic Air 2; which gives it a premium look like the Mavic 2 Pro. Don't be fooled by the similar look, these are still completely two separate drones. With so many options on the market, there is a drone for everyone regardless of the niche. The Mavic Series is a family of drones that are quite similar but has different features and serves different purposes. See the image below for our comparison of the last three releases of the DJI Mavic Series.
Image: Comparison of the DJI Mavic Series
Top Features of the DJI Mavic Air 2
- HDR Panorama - You can capture ultra-wide shots with DJI’s most advanced panorama mode on the Mavic Air 2. Photos can be captured at 48Megapixels, giving you amazing quality shots.
- HDR Panorama Stabilisation - Mavic Air 2 gives you cinematic stabilisation, using DJI’s 3-axis gimbal system; even in unstable weather conditions.
- 34 Minutes Flight Time - an incredible flight time on the Mavic Air 2 battery means you no longer have to rush to get the perfect shot. This is the best battery life of all the Mavic Series, which means you can fly longer.
- 8K Hyperlapse - This feature is what every content creator dreams of because this is what allows you to transform your footage into professional, cinematic shots. With four different Hyperlapse modes to choose from and the app creating an automatic scene in seconds, there is not limit to your creativity.
- 10 km 1080p Video Transmission - OcuSync 2.0 on the Mavic Air 2 means that you now have video transmission of up to 10 km. You can also deliver a 1080p FHD resolution livestream straight from the drone and edit it straight in the app; ready to be shared shared on social media.
- ActiveTrack 3.0 - Follow me feature has become a norm when shopping for drones and DJI is known to have the best technology in this aspect. The Mavic Air 2 can follow you while avoiding obstacles.
- Point of Interest [POI] 3.0 - This features makes use of positioning technology to automate a flight path and a fixed point that Mavic Air 2 flies around, keeping your subject in the center of the frame. POI 3.0 can track objects, people, cars, boats, etc. providing you with film maker experience.
- New Controller Design - The remote controller on the Mavic Air has a new ergonomic design that provides ultimate comfort when you are flying. It also has an upgraded battery life, which means less charging time and more flying. This new design is compatible with most smartphones, offering the best possible flight experience.
Is The Mavic Air 2 For Me?
The Mavic Air 2 is an exceptional drone and a true joy to fly. With features such as FocusTrack, 8K Hyperlapse, amazing 48MP photos and 4K/60fps videos, you can take your next shots to the next level. The Mavic Air 2 is easy to carry in a backpack, ready for adventure. The question of whether the DJI Mavic Air 2 is for you is a simple YES but a few recognised individuals are more likely to find this new drone more befitting to their needs:
- Content Creators
- Aerial Photographers and Videographers
- Sports Enthusiasts
License To Fly
Drone regulations vary in different countries. In the UK; from the 30th November 2019, if your drone weighs over 250 grams, you will need to register to fly with the CAA. Weighing 570g, the DJI Mavic Air 2 will require you to have a license to fly in the UK. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the Drone Code and the Drone Registration Scheme before you fly. Registering your drone requires you to pass an online theory test and costs just £9 a year. If you want to fly commercially, meaning you will use your drone to generate some form of income; you will need to take the PfCO CAA (Permission for Commercial Operations) exam.
The DJI Mavic Air 2 is available for a pre-order on our store, with delivery expected around the middle of May 2020. Similar to other DJI consumer drones, there are two bundle options. The 'standard' bundle includes the Mavic Air 2 drone, remote control, essential cables, propellers and one battery. Alternatively, you can opt for the Fly More Combo which comes with everything from the standard bundle plus extras; such as two additional batteries, charging hub spare propellers, shoulder bag, ND filters. Previous purchases from our site suggests that the Fly More Combo is a more preferred option by experienced pilots because of its value for money.
Pre-order DJI Mavic Air 2 - £769