In the world of consumer drones, the Mavic range is not surprisingly a market leader. The original Mavic caused a real stir with its innovative folding design, and DJI has made a series of improvements as well as launching its baby brother the Mavic Mini. The DSR Store now has the DJI Mavic Air 2 for sale and this latest generation model has a lot to get excited about. Poor battery life and range were two of the main criticisms of earlier Mavics and DJI have addressed these and other issues to create this sought-after aircraft.
At first glance, it’s hard to tell the difference between the Mavic Air 2 and the Mavic 2 Pro. It’s deceptively small when folded but opens to a good size. The improved 3,500mAh battery makes this one of the most nimble and fun to fly drones currently available. The flight time is now as much as 34 minutes – a major leap forward from the 21 minutes of the original version. The price and user friendliness of the Mavic Air 2 makes it a great option for a hobbyist or person new to drones, but the high spec and features mean it’s far more than a ‘toy.’
When the DJI Mavic Air 2 first went on sale there was a rush of interest from aerial photographers. It’s incredible to reflect on how both digital cameras and drones have moved forwards over the past few years. The sensors have improved to a level photographers dreamed of not so long ago. Mirrorless cameras are a serious alternative to bulky DSLR’s and focussing systems are fast, accurate and intuitive. Putting this kind of technology into a drone as small and easy to fly as the Mavic Air 2 makes professional standards of aerial photography open to all.
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Photographers will be blown away by the 48-megapixel mode, but the video capabilities are even more impressive. 4K at 60fps – or up to 240fps at 1080p – mean professional quality and creative flexibility. The ‘SmartPhoto’ scene recognition is a great option for anyone new to aerial photography or wanting to jump in without too much studying. The results are incredible! An updated version of Activetrack (3.0) enables the Mavic Air 2 to identify and track moving objects and is smart enough to work even if the subjects move out of view briefly. Hyper lapses are also simple to produce opening up another world of possibilities.
Another criticism of the first Mavic was that attaching a phone to the controller could be tricky and it sometimes felt that the ‘arms’ would snap. The Mavic Air 2 controller has a new design with the phone fitting neatly at the top – great for different sizes of devices. It’s more comfortable to hold and having the screen above the joysticks gives this Mavic the feel of a high-end drone.
The spec stands up well then, but how does the Mavic Air 2 actually perform? It’s very clear that this is a later generation of what was already cutting edge technology from DJI. Features like touch-to-expose, manual exposure and exposure lock set it apart from other drone cameras in the same price bracket. The three-axis gimbal eliminates vibration for cinema smooth video shooting. For a drone of its weight, it feels remarkably solid and stable – but it’s also fun to fly! The optional Sport Mode means this one drone offers the thrills of fast-paced flying and turning and a professional aerial photography platform in one.
The DJI Mavic Air 2 is for sale in the DSR Store now and as with all aircraft orders comes with a telephone consultation to help you understand how to get the most from it.