DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone | Review, Specs, and Features

25 May 2020

5 Min Read

DJI Mavic Air 2 has just been announced recently and to my eyes, Mavic Air 2 can be easily a champion among general consumers and people who want to experience high-quality drone action at a cheaper price. Mavic Air 2 has brought many amazing and high-quality features and specs that were only available on higher tier drones like Mavic Pro 2 to the mid-range market. So as a person who has some experience with Mavic Pro 2, I am excited about this new addition to the Mavic family. So let’s take a general look at the specs of Mavic Air 2.

CMOS Image Sensor for Amazing Photos and Video

Mavic Air 2 is equipped with a 1/2-Inch CMOS Image Sensor, which is bigger than the sensor on the original Mavic air. With this sensor, Mavic Air 2 is capable of recording videos at up to 4K resolution and 60p in HDR, and if you lower the resolution to 1080p HD you can also shoot at 120 and 240 fps. The CMOS sensor in Mavic Air 2 also captures photos at 48MP RAW in DNG format. For HDR, the camera will take 7 pictures from the scene in different exposures and then combine them into one picture.

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DJI Mavic Air 2 Has A 1/2-Inch CMOS Image Sensor

8K Hyperlapse 

Hyperlapse mode is one of the more exciting features that I believe many drone users enjoy to use. Of course, DJI has stepped up the game here by making the Hyperlapse 8K which is amazing. Many may say 8K is overkill especially on a hyperlapse but I always like the versatility of for example being able to zoom into the footage in certain parts and still have the crispiness of a 4k or 1080p footage. Anyway, as I said before DJI has done a great job in Hyperlapse mode of its latest drone, and in Mavic Air 2, Hyperlapse comes in 4 variations.

Free Mode

In Free Mode, you can move the drone freely in any direction while it is taking the pictures for you. Of course, the drone will move very slowly in this mode so that the final video will look smooth in its movement. Use Free Mode in cases where you want to have more control over the movements of the drone and where you want it to look when shooting.

Circle

Circle Mode is a fully automated Hyperlapse mode in which you will choose your subject of interest and then the drone will take pictures while slowly circling around the subject. This mode is great for the videos where you want to present a specific subject and to my eyes, this is one of the coolest flight modes!

Course Lock

In the Course Lock Mode, you have the option to choose the duration of your final video, then set the orientation of the drone. what the drone then does is automatically moving following the set path at a speed relative to the set time and take the pictures along the way.

Waypoint

This mode can help you do some amazingly creative stuff. The way it works is that you will set your waypoints before hands and then the drone will follow them while taking the pictures. I personally believe this mode has a lot of creative potentials and if you want to do some cool shots, you should definitely try it.

Quickshots

Moving on from Hyperlapse modes, we are going to talk about Quickshots. These are some of the most famous shots you may have already seen in many videos. They may look some really complicated to make and they sure are but using DJI Mavic Air 2, all these cool shots can be done with just a single tap! All you need to do is going inside the Quickshots section in the DJI app menu on your phone and choose the mode of your liking. Mavic Air 2 will take care of the rest of the video shooting.

Dronie

You will set your subject beforehand, for example, yourself, and then let the drone take over. The Mavic Air 2 will move up and away from you to the maximum distance you have set for it. Good shot for “Goodbye” scenes!

Circle

It is basically like the Circle shot in Hyperlapse mode but instead of taking pictures for a Hyperlapse, it is will take video. All you need to do is set your subject and the drone will circle around it.

Helix

This one is also a bit similar to Circle but with an added angle. In Helix mode, Mavic Air 2 will circle around and also move upward when recording the video from the subject.

Rocket

Rocket mode will lock on to your designated target and keep them in the shot while moving the drone upward. It is like looking at the subject from the window of an ascending rocket.

Boomerang

Boomerang is also a lot like Circle but instead of circling around the subject, Boomerang shots follow an oval path. It is like the camera is keep moving away and getting back to the subject.

Asteroid

The final one is the Asteroid. In this mode, the drone will move away from you just like the Dronie mode, but in the end, it will create a fisheye image of you like you are on a small planet or an asteroid.

OcuSync 2.0 Transmission

Unlike the original Mavic Air which used WiFi as a form of communication between the drone and controller, Mavic Air 2 is now bringing the top tier technology of OcuSync 2.0 to the mid-range market. With OcuSync 2.0 Mavic Air 2 can get as far as 10km and still transmit video at 1080p/30fps. Of course, flying your drone out of your line of sight is not advised at all but seeing how capable OcuSync 2.0 Transmission is can give any drone pilot peace of mind when flying in different conditions. Also worth mentioning is that the drone is now capable of automatically switching between 2.4 and 5.8GHz frequencies which makes it keep a much more reliable connection when flying through locations that are crowded with interfering signals.

And speaking of keeping your drone safe, let’s talk about the Obstacle Avoidance capability. Mavic Air 2 is fitted with the latest and greatest APAS 3.0 that works in conjunction with sensors that are fitted on the front, back, and bottom of the drone. These sensors can scan up to around 20 meters surrounding the drone and keep it from colliding with objects around it. Bottom sensors are also coupled with a LED light that will help you when you ware landing the drone during the night.

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DJI Mavic Air 2 Has All Around Sensors For Obstacle Optimal Avoidance

Controller

Functionally, the controller for Mavic Air 2 is the same as before but the new design is a breath of fresh air, at least in my opinion. The antennas on the controller are now integrated into the controller body so there is no need for them to stick out from the top which means now the smartphone holder can sit on the top portion of the controller which I believe makes for a more ergonomic design. Also, the controller can now hold up to 4 hours of charge which like the drone battery, is an impressive number!

DJI Mavic Air 2 Newly Designed Controller

Battery Life

Flagship materials in Mavic Air 2 continue with the battery life and flight time of the drone. Mavic Air 2 is advertised as being capable of staying in the air for as long as 34 minutes! That is a very very solid time and comparing to other drones of its class it is astonishing. Of course, real-life numbers may vary based on the weather conditions and signal interference of the area, but talking from experience I believe getting around 28 minutes of flight time is easily achievable in most cases with this drone.

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