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Dji Mavic Air 2 Review: Great photos without Pro Price

Dji Mavic Air 2 review – The Mavic Air 2 is slightly larger than its ancestor, the Mavic Air, but you’re unlikely to notice. It’s small enough to fit into most photographer’s gear packs, measuring 3.3 by 3.8 by 7.1 inches (HWD) and weighing 1.3 pounds.

Pros
  • Bigger image sensor
  • Great photo-modes
  • Better connectivity between controller and drone
Cons
  • Larger and heavier than predecessor
  • Photo quality still behind higher-end models
  • Autonomous flight-modes, not as sophisticated as other drones

When the arms are stretched and the drone is free to board the footprint gets bigger, but the profile remains low. If the grass isn’t freshly cut, you won’t be able to take off from it, but you should be able to find a suitable flat patch of dirt or asphalt to start from.

It’s heavy enough to necessitate registration in the United States—the cost is a meagre $5. A guide on drone legislation can be found here. If you’re thinking of buying a drone but aren’t certain where you’re permitted to fly it, read this before deciding to add one to your collection.

Key Specs

  • Sensor – 1/2″ CMOS
  • Weight – 1.25 lb / 570g
  • Effective Pixels – 48MP
  • Photo Format – JPEG/DNG Raw
  • Maximum Ascent Speed – 4 m/s
  • Maximum Descent Speed – 5 m/s
  • Maximum Flight Time – 34 Minutes
  • Maximum Horizontal Speed – 19m/s
  • Focal Length – 24mm (35mm equivalent)
  • Video Format – 4k: 3840×2160 @ 24/25/30/48/50/60 FPS
  • Maximum Operating Distance 6.21 Miles / 10 km at 2.4 G
  • Price – $799 or $998 with Fly More Kit – Adorama | B&H | Amazon | DJI

Battery Life

Dji Mavic Air 2 Review Great photos without Pro Price

This isn’t shocking regarding the device’s smaller size compared to my Phantom 4, but the increased flight time from what I’m used to of about 22 minutes (and the Mavic Pro’s 27 minutes) has now jumped to upwards of 30-34 minutes! Although the Mini 3 has only 3 minutes more battery life than its younger brother, if you’ve ever shot with a drone, particularly during an epic sunset or sunrise, every second in the air counts!

The Fly More kit contains three batteries and a battery that allows you to charge all three at the same time for faster/easier charging. With three batteries, you’ll have plenty of flight time to catch all the photos you need.

Camera Capabilities

Mavic Air 2 review Camera Capabilities

Another worth-mentioning feature of Dji Mavic Air 2 review is it photos and videos specifications. The camera is mounted on a 3-axis stabilised gimbal and uses a 1/2″ CMOS Quad Bayer sensor. It can take Raw, JPEG (at either 12MP or 48MP resolution), and Raw + JPEG images. The gimbal can tilt upward up to 24 degrees in addition to normal movements.

The camera on the Air 2 has a 24mm (equiv.) fixed-aperture F2.8 lens with an 84o field of view. DJI’s Fly More bundle contains three neutral density filters that tend to twist and snap on and off in the same way that the Mavic 2 Pro’s filters do.

Mavic Air 2 review Camera Capabilities (2)

To improve photo quality, DJI has introduced SmartPhoto modes, which are close to digital photography approaches used by many smartphones. There are some of them:

Hyperlight – photographs obtained in low settings especially with DJI drones, are grainy and noisy. Hyperlight combines several images to create a more detailed image.

HDR photos – the camera takes 7 distinct conditions automatically and blends them for a more realistic image.

Scene Recognition – Sunsets, blue sky, grass, snow, and trees are among the five main components of a picture that the drone can identify in this mode. It will examine these items and adjust the sound, clarity, and colors as required.

Remote Control

Mavic Air 2 Remote Control

When it came to the Air 2’s remote, DJI went back to the drawing board. It’s been totally redesigned, with the LCD removed and the phone clip moved from the bottom to the top. It’s a little bigger all over and made of a nice gray plastic.

It charges via USB-C and connects to your phone via a stowed cable at the end. The Lightning cable for iOS devices comes standard, but the box also includes micro USB and USB-C cables. At the foot, the control sticks are also stowed.

Flying a drone is simple—if you’ve never done it before, we have a guide to help you get started. The left stick controls the aircraft’s altitude and rotates it around its central axis, while the right stick propels it in either direction.

Power and Return to Home are two buttons that involve a short press followed by a long press to switch on or off either of DJI’s drones or remotes.

DJI Fly App

DJI Fly App

Dji Mavic Air 2 review presents DJI Fly App. Since the controller lacks a monitor, you’ll need to attach your phone to see the view from the camera; if you’re looking for a drone that doesn’t require a smartphone, check out the Autel EVO.

The DJI Fly app, which debuted with the Mavic Mini last year, is used by the Mavic Air 2. If you’re updating from the original Air, the gui will be familiar to you if you’ve used the older DJI Go software. It’s accessible for Android; and iOS I checked the drone with DJI Fly on an iPhone 8 Plus.

The app displays the view through the camera lens, which you can switch to a Google Maps view of the region you’re travelling over by tapping the phone. The on-screen controls allow you to switch between various camera settings and flight modes.

You can change other settings in the menu, such as changing imperial units to metric, adding a framing grid to the camera display, or creating a virtual geofence to keep your drone safe.

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Conclusion

The Mavic Air 2 is a lot of fun to drive, and its smaller size compared to the Mavic 2 series makes it easy to transport and fly in tighter spaces. This drone will appeal to new and casual flyers, particularly because the Fly app was created to guide them through each function with comprehensive guidance and timely prompts. If the concept of getting a drone around for experimental, casual uses appeals to professionals and serious enthusiasts who want more sophisticated features, they should stick with other versions.

Aside from first-time drone consumers, those who own the original Mavic Air or even a Mavic Mini should consider upgrading to this model because the camera quality, visual effects, and safety features are all substantially improved. With the smart photo features, it’s simple to create amazing video and video effects with little effort, and picture quality is strengthened significantly

Conclusion

Although most consumers may prefer upgrade to the Mavic Air 2 because it’s nearly half the price of the Mavic 2 Pro, some who value more advanced features will want to hold off, regardless of the fact that many specifications are on par with, and in some cases better than, higher-end versions. Its capacity to record 4K/60p at 120 Mbps, for example, outperforms both the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom versions.

The Mavic 2 Pro, on the other hand, has a larger sensor and Hasselblad’s Natural Color Solution, both of which are important features for many photographers. It also has 10-bit video with the D-Log gamma profile from DJI.

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