Since the establishment of the DJI drone making company in 2006, they have been pursuing perfection in consumer drones. Today, they are the biggest producer of consumer drones. Among their flagship products, the Mavic Air stands tall, so tall that they had to release a Mavic Air 2.
Available for preorder by early May but set for official release for mid-May 2020, enthusiasts expected it to be much better and more advanced than its predecessor the Mavic Air, which we reviewed here some time back. Some of the outstanding features of the first Air were the 4K camera and the Active Track system that collected data for the surroundings. Read on to see what the second Air comes with and whether it is worth the price at which they sell it.
DJI Mavic Air 2 Features & Technical Details
Here, we shall explore the physical features as well as the flight functions of this drone.
Design and Build quality
The Air 2 is a foldable drone. It folds into a nice, compact shape for easier storage and traveling. When it is folded, it measures 7.1 by 3.8 by 3.3 inches. When it is unfolded, it measures 10 by 7.2 by 3 inches. It has a take off weight of 590g. Therefore, if you are in North America, you must register it with the FAA before you can fly it.
The hull is made of ABS material. It is hardy and it offers enough protection for the drone during crashes. This drone also comes with brushless motors. These motors are quieter and they do not heat up. Combined with the low noise propellers, this drone flies without too much noise.
When you order your Mavic Air 2, you will get the Mavic Air drone, battery and its charger, 6 propellers, remote controller, 2 control sticks, Gimbal protector, AC power cable, 3xRC cable and Type C Cable.
The Mavic Air 2 is a 4K camera drone. It has video resolution of 3840 by 2160, and this means that the camera can capture 4K video at 60FPS. However, when you want it to, it will record in slow motion at 240FPS. For photographs, you will get stunning 48P aerial photographs thanks to the ½ -inch CMOS sensor. Even when zooming on an object from a distance, this resolution is high enough to capture the vivid details and that is really what matters.
You will not fail to notice how stable the drone footage is. Even when the drone shakes in flight, the footage stays distortion-free. There are some commendable shooting modes such as panorama, scene recognition and HyperLight/HDR modes.
When you need to catch a first person view, the drone captures real-time video in 1080P. This is good quality.
Battery and Flight Time
The Mavic Air 2 comes with a high capacity 3500mAh battery. This can give you a flight time of 34 minutes. The hovering time is 33 minutes. If there is wind though, the drone will consume more charge. It has a wind resistance level 5, but that will still consume more battery.
The battery charges fast! Really, it is commendable to have such a high capacity battery charge in 100 minutes. You can also order two batteries so that you have a longer flight time.
You will notice that the control sticks on the remote controller come off. In addition, you will also realize that there are two spare sticks. If you should damage one, just replace it. That is a good addition from DJI. While this remote controller feels bulkier than the Mavic Air One’s, it does certainly look better. The bracket for holding your smartphone is at the top. It is spring-loaded, which makes it safer and easier to stow away when you do not need to use it.
The range for this controller is 10km. That is far, but then if a drone has a flight range of 10km, you need a remote controller that can do the job. You will also love the clean design. Honestly, we have seen controllers that pack so many keys on the surface such that they end up looking so cluttered.
Flight Functions and Performance
This drone has level 5 wind resistance. This means it can fly well in a small to medium breeze. It can also move at varied speeds. For example, in Tripod Mode, it moves slowly at 5m/s. In maximum speed mode, it can do 19m/s and in regular moving speed, it will do 12m/s.
This is a smart flier. It uses the Active Track mode to consolidate data around the area it is flying. This gives you a smoother flight experience. It also makes the automatic flight functions work better.
The Mavic Air 2 is packed with some flight functions that make it easy to fly even for beginners. In fact, the manufacturer-recommended age is 14 years.
Some of these flight functions include GPS location tracking. This means you always know where your drone is. It also helps the drone to come back home if it loses signal is or if the battery goes down.
Headless mode is very important for a drone that can fly out of sight. It keeps the drone aligned to the position of the pilot, with the nose facing the direction the drone is flying. GPS altitude hold keeps the drone at the set altitude. That way, you just worry about the forward flight.
There is one key take off and landing. This helps if you are a beginner. Just punch it and let the drone do its thing. Other functions include an all-round flight that includes forward, backward, left and right flights.
Short Summary of Feedback from Existing Owners
To update this section soon.
DJI Mavic Air 2 Pros
- Long flight time of 34 minutes
- Fast charging time for the battery
- Takes good photos with vivid detail
- Sold with spare control sticks for the remote controller
- Nice controller with a firm smartphone holder
- Drone flies quite well and has a long flight range
- It has an effective obstacle avoidance system
DJI Mavic Air 2 Cons
- Controller would have been much better with a small screen to display stats
- It is a costly drone
Who Should Buy The DJI Mavic Air 2?
Well, this drone is going to set you back a substantial amount of money. Therefore, you want to use it for serious business. If you are a farmer, you can use it to monitor different sections of your farm since it has such a long flight range. If you are a photographer, this drone will enable you to capture footage in high resolution and you may use it to back up our main cameras. In addition, HDR brings out vivid details in photos. If you travel a lot, you need a drone that can capture photos in panorama mode. There are so many applications that you can put this drone to, and that makes the price well worth it.
Conclusion and recommendation
Would you like your DJI Mavic Air 2 battery to last long? Choose a windless day to fly it and avoid hovering the drone too much. Choose an open space and please, do not fly it to the full range. In addition, read the user manual to know how the drone works how the obstacle sensors and everything else works. It is also important to start on the low speed setting of 5m/s, then proceed to 12m/s and finally punch the high speed at 19m/s.