Two and a half years after the launch of the first Mavic Air, DJI announces its successor: the Mavic Air 2. It has a larger image sensor that uses Wi-Fi in favor of DJI's OccuSync transmission technology and has up to 34 minutes of flight time and is included packaged in a completely redesigned controller.
The Mavic Air 2 is available for pre-order today for $ 799 and will ship in the United States from May 11th. The Fly More package, which for the first time (finally) includes ND filters, as well as a carrying case, propeller guard, charging station and three batteries, will be available for $ 988.
DJI also advertises its smartest and safest drone yet. It has pre-programmed scene detection modes for photos like snow, trees, grass, blue sky, sunsets and sunrises. All autonomous DJI flight modes will also receive a performance update.
The DJI Mavic Air 2 is still compact enough to fit in a small pocket when everything is folded.
The new sensor in the Mavic Air 2 is a half-inch Quad Bayer sensor. It is similar to the 48 megapixel sensor that has been available in smartphones for the past year or two. By default, a 12 megapixel picture is taken, but it is possible to take pictures at full resolution. The sensor is located behind a fixed 28 mm (equivalent) 1: 2.8 lens.
For videos, the Air 2 can record 4K footage at up to 60 frames per second. It also has HDR capabilities for videos (up to 4K 30fps) and HDR panoramic photos. The Mavic Air 2 can also export 8K time-lapse videos. However, not all modes support 8K at launch and are expected to be available in late June.
The Mavic Air 2 is also the first drone to be equipped with AirSense, a technology that detects and warns the drone operator of nearby aircraft. It will be available first in North America, while other regions will begin shipping units with AirSense this summer due to supply chain issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regarding other drone safety features, the Mavic Air 2 has front and rear obstacle sensors to avoid collisions. And floor sensors next to additional headlights help with landing in poor lighting conditions. While DJI states that the autonomous flight modes have been updated, the company says you shouldn't expect the same kind of self-flying experience that is possible with the Skydio drone in this model.
The redesigned controller of the Mavic Air 2.
In terms of design, the new Mavic Air 2 is slightly larger and heavier than the previous generation, but still looks like a smaller sibling for the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. All three drones finally have a similar design language – gray housing – and now look more like part of a lineup.
After all, the new, slightly larger controller has no visible antennas that protrude above the controller. Instead, this area is now used for a spring-loaded phone holder.
We'll take a closer look at the new Mavic Air 2 and test DJI's claims in our upcoming test. So stay up to date.
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