Two and a half years after the introduction of the first Mavic Air, DJI announces its successor: Mavic Air 2. It comes with a larger image sensor, abandons Wi-Fi in favor of DJI OcuSync transmission technology, has up to 34 minutes of flight time, and comes with a completely redesigned controller.
Mavic Air 2 is available for pre-order starting today for $ 799 and will begin shipping May 11 in the United States. The Fly More pack, which, for the first time, includes (finally) ND filters with a carrying bag, propeller guards, a charge concentrator and three batteries will be available for $ 988.
DJI also touts it as its smartest and safest drone to date. It comes with scene detection modes preprogrammed for photos that include snow, trees, grass, blue sky, sunsets and sunrises. All DJI autonomous flight modes also benefit from a performance update.
The new sensor inside the Mavic Air 2 is a half inch Quad Bayer sensor. It is similar to the 48-megapixel sensor available on smartphones for a year or two. By default, it captures a 12 megapixel image, but it is possible to take photos at full resolution. The sensor is located behind a fixed lens of 28 mm (equivalent) f / 2.8.
For video, the Air 2 can record 4K footage up to 60 fps. It also has HDR capabilities for video (up to 4K 30fps) and HDR panoramic photos. The Mavic Air 2 is also capable of exporting 8K time-lapse videos, but not all modes will support 8K at launch and should be available in late June.
The Mavic Air 2 is also the first drone to be equipped with AirSense, a technology that detects and warns the drone of nearby aircraft. It will first be available in North America, while other regions will begin shipping units with AirSense this summer due to supply chain issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regarding other drone safety features, the Mavic Air 2 has obstacle sensors at the front and rear to avoid collisions. And lower sensors alongside the auxiliary lights to help land in low light conditions. While DJI says its autonomous flight modes have been upgraded, the company says you shouldn’t expect the same type of auto-flight experience as possible with the Skydio drone in this model.
In terms of design, the new Mavic Air 2 is slightly larger and heavier than the previous generation, but still looks like a little brother of the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom. The three drones finally share a similar design language – the gray housing – and now look more like a range.
Finally, the new, slightly larger controller has no visible antennas protruding from the controller. Instead, this area is now used for a spring-loaded phone holder.
We will take a closer look at the new Mavic Air 2 and test DJI’s claims in our next review, so stay tuned.
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