After the success of the original Mavic Air, DJI is introducing its successor “Mavic Air 2” featuring a 1/2 inch CMOS image sensor that can shoot 4K video at 60 fps and shoot high-resolution RAW stills at 48MP. Until now, 4k 60 fps videos in DJI drones were only possible in the pricier Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. The new DJI Mavic Air 2 also features enhanced HDR capabilities, 8K Hyperlapse, longer flight times & longer RC battery life. Via Ocusync 2.0, the Mavic Air 2 boasts a video transmission distance of 10Km and supports 1080p Livestream up to 30 fps.
DJI Mavic Air 2 New Features
New Higher Resolution Camera with Higher Frame Rate
The biggest improvement in the latest Mavic Air 2 drone is the new powerful camera that can now capture 48 MP stills in RAW and shoot 4k videos up to a frame rate of 60 fps. At FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution, even higher frame rates are possible up to 240 fps for extra smooth slow-motion videos.
The RAW support for still photographs along with huge resolution provides a massive amount of freedom for editing in post-production. And recording 4K videos at 60 fps is a huge deal for filmmakers for many reasons. So far now, DJI’s only drone to support 60 fps frame rate at 4k was Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 which costs much more than Mavic Air 2. For most users, this will be a deciding point for the purchase.
Recording 4k videos at 60 fps can consume a lot of storage space but Mavic Air 2 features an efficient H.265 video codec that uses less storage without harming the details & dynamic range of the footage.
Longer Flight Times & RC Battery Life
The latest DJI Mavic Air 2 sets a new record with the maximum flight time of 34 minutes. This is considerably more than the predecessor which supported a maximum flight time of 21 minutes. Mavic Air 2 also boasts a new RC (remote controller) with an ergonomic design that features an outstanding battery life of 240 minutes. In addition, the new clamps on the controller makes it very easy to mount smartphones.
Among the coolest features is the new 8K Hyperlapse that lets Mavic Air 2 to warp time and space for breathtaking footage. Shooting modes such as Free, Circle, Course Lock, & Waypoint are available. So user does not need to put on extra efforts, the DJI Fly app handles it all.
HDR & SmartPhoto Support
Thanks to the new Quad Bayer image sensor that brings HDR video support in the latest DJI Mavic Air 2. To achieve high dynamic range, each individual frame in Mavic Air 2 separates exposure levels in different areas first, capturing both highlight and shadow details. Then, it smartly combines the frames to form a wonderful HDR composition.
Along with HDR support, Mavic Air 2 also features SmartPhoto that intelligently optimizes various parameters of the camera by recognizing the type of scene. The drone is capable of recognizing the following scenes:
FocusTrack & QuickShots
The FocusTrack feature in Mavic Air 2 aims at reducing the workload of a shooter with the help of intelligent tracking. The available tracking modes are:
- Active Track 3.0
- Spotlight 2.0
- Point of Interest 3.0
On the other hand, Quickshots focuses more on providing a quick solution for sharing short video clips. Via Quickshot, DJI Mavic Air 2 can fly in a complex aerial route and further add music, effects, and filters to share the clip on social media.
OcuSync 2.0 & APAS 3.0
As mentioned in the beginning of the post, the new Mavic Air 2 supports a video transmission distance of 10 Km and offers live streaming in Full HD resolution.
For safety purposes, DJI Mavic Air 2 utilizes APAS 3.0 technology to tackle obstacles in the flying route. APAS here stands for Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems. DJI claims that the new Mavic Air 2 offers dramatic improvements in the obstacle avoidance performance in comparison to the predecessor.
Dual Frequency Communication
Losing connection with the drone is the last thing any filmmaker would want. DJI Mavic Air 2 features a 2.4/5.8 GHz dual-frequency communication system that automatically switches to the best band available in real-time. As a benefit, the drone does not lose communication even in harsh environmental conditions.
- Mavic Air 2 supports 2.4/5.8GHz dual-frequency communication and automatically switches to the best channel with the lowest interference in real-time. This significantly improves the aircraft’s anti-interference ability in challenging environments, increasing flight safety.
DJI Mavic Air 2 Specifications
|DJI Mavic Air 2|
|Camera Image Sensor||1/2″ CMOS|
|Resolution||12 MP and 48 MP|
Equivalent Focal Length: 24 mm
Focus Range: 1 m to ∞
|ISO (12 MP Stills)||100-3200 (Auto)|
Photo (48 MP):
|Photo Formats||JPEG/DNG (RAW)|
|Video Resolution and Frame Rates||4K Ultra HD: 3840×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60 fps|
2.7K: 2688×1512 24/25/30/48/50/60 fps
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120/240 fps
4K Ultra HD HDR: 3840×2160 24/25/30 fps
2.7K HDR: 2688×1512 24/25/30 fps
FHD HDR: 1920×1080 24/25/30 fps
|Color Profiles||D-Cinelike, Normal|
|Video Formats||MP4/MOV (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/HEVC)|
|Max Bitrate||120 Mbps|
|Supported SD Cards||microSD (up to 256 GB)|
|Stabilization||3-axis (tilt, roll, pan)|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||Folded: 180×97×84 mm|
Unfolded: 183×253×77 mm
|Max Ascent Speed||4 m/s (S Mode)|
4 m/s (N Mode)
|Max Descent Speed||3 m/s (S Mode)|
3 m/s (N Mode)
5 m/s (S Mode during a sharp descent)
3 m/s (all modes at elevations over 4500 m)
|Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level||5000 m|
|Max Flight Time||34 minutes|
|Max Flight Distance||18.5 km|
|Max Horizontal Flight Speed||19 m/s (S Mode)|
12 m/s (N Mode)
5 m/s (T Mode)
|Max Wind Resistance||8.5-10.5 m/s (Level 5)|
|Max Tilt Angle||35° (S Mode)|
20° (N Mode)
35° (N Mode under strong wind)
|Max Angular Velocity||250°/s (S Mode)|
250°/s (N Mode)
|Operating Temperature Range||-10° to 40°C (14° to 104°F)|
|Operating Frequency||2.400-2.4835 GHz|
|Propellers||Quick-release, low noise, folding|
|Internal Storage||8 GB|
|Battery Capacity||3500 mAh|
|Max Charging Power||38 W|
DJI Mavic Air 2 Price and Availability
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