The first Mavic Air was released two years ago by DJI. Following its release, DJI is now announcing the release of its successor, the DJI Mavic Air 2. It comes with upgrades and enhanced features such as a bigger image sensor, up to 34 minutes of flight time, and a completely redesigned controller. Furthermore, instead of Wi-Fi, Mavic Air 2 uses DJI’s own OccuSync transmission technology.
From today, Tuesday 28 April the Mavic Air 2 is available for preorder for about $799. In the US, its shipping will commence from May 11th. In addition to this, for the first time, the Fly More bundle consists of ND filters with a carrying bag, prop guards, charging hub, and three batteries. This bundle will be available for $988.
DJI claims that not it is not only the safest drone but also the fastest. It features preprogrammed scene detection modes for photos that include snow, trees, grass, blue skies, sunsets, and sunrises. All of DJI’s autonomous flying modes are being updated too!
“Quad Bayer” half-inch sensor is Mavic Air 2’s new sensor which is quite similar to the 48-megapixel sensor that has been popular in smartphones for the past two years. It takes a 12-megapixel image by default. However, it is possible to capture photos using the full resolution. Fixed 28mm (equivalent) f/2.8 lens is the sensor behind.
As for videos, the Air 2 has the capability to shoot 4K footage at up to 60fps. Additionally, it also has the potential for video (up to 4K 30fps) and HDR panorama photos. Mavic Air 2 also has the ability to export 8K time-lapse videos. Unfortunately, not all modes support 8K at launch and are assumed to be available towards the end of June.
First, this drone will be available in North America. It will be shipped to other regions beginning this summer because of the COVID-19 outbreak. This drone is the first to show off AirSense technology, which detects and notifies the drone operator of aircraft nearby. To help avoid collisions, the Mavic Air 2 has obstacle sensors on the front and rear. To help with landing in low light, bottom sensors are located next to auxiliary lights.
As for the design, the new Mavic Air 2 is slightly larger and heavier than the previous generation, yet it resembles the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. All of the three drones have similar design languages. Lastly, this new controller does not have antennas sticking out on top of the controller. Instead of antennas, this area is being utilized for a spring-loaded phone mount.