DJI Mavic Air 2 Overview Updated August 6, 2020

DJI Mavic Air 2

DJI's new drone: prices, specs, and availability

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January 2020 - August 2020


DJI Mavic Air 2 launches on April 27 and devices will ship in early May. Preorder here.

DJI Mavic Air 2 pricing

In our initial coverage of the Mavic Air 2, we noted how shocked we were by the price point. At $799, it’s $120 less than the previous model. A bundle is available for $998 that includes two extra batteries, a case, charging hub, and neutral density filters.

DJI Mavic Air 2 review

In our review, Seth Weintraub noted that it’s the best value on the market right now.

If you are thinking about a drone in the $500-$1,500 range, I have to believe the Mavic Air 2 is the one to get right now. Its camera, with the 4K60 capability and 48MP sensor, is way better than any other drone in this price range. Its 34-minute flight time 10km OcuSync 2.0 range are also killer features. For a comparison, just look at the matrix DJI provided below:

Be sure to check out the entire review for more videos and detailed comparisons.

DJI Mavic Air 2 features

DJI has increased the flight time even while increasing weight. The Mavic Air 2 weighs 570 grams (1.26 pounds). This weight makes it one-third heavier than the original Mavic Air.

The extra weight didn’t slow the drone down, though. It achieves the same 68.4 kilometers per hour (42.5 miles per hour) of its predecessor and is just a hair slower than the Mavic 2’s 72 kph.

The DJI Mavic Air 2 can shoot in 4K at 60 frames per second. The new camera also records video at 120 Mbps bitrate (up from 100 Mbps), beating other DJI consumer models. Additionally, the camera can capture 1080p slow-motion video at 120 and 240 fps.

Other key features

SmartPhoto: Pilots can choose this new feature, and using advanced scene recognition technology, Mavic Air 2 will optimize the camera settings and automatically choose one of three modes to apply. General scene recognition (including grass, trees, sunsets, snow) or HyperLight for low-light scenes where the camera takes several images of varying exposure and merges them for a high-quality image with low noise or an HDR image. 48MP mode is not available when using SmartPhoto.

8K HyperLapse: Mavic Air 2 is the first done to feature 8K Hyperlapse for stunning footage to share with the world. Users can additionally choose lower resolutions including 4K, 2.7K, and 1080. Note that 8K Hyperlapse will be available in mid-May 2020 via a firmware update.

A Suite of HDR Features: Mavic Air 2 is preprogrammed with a suite of HDR features including HDR video and HDR panorama. HDR video max resolution is 4K 30fps.

34 Minutes of flight time: Combining updates in battery technology, weight of the drone, an aerodynamic design, new motors/ESCs, the Mavic Air 2 features a max flight time of 34 minutes. Please note, due to the way drones are designed, longer flight times are achieved when the drone is in motion vs. hovering.

APAS: Mavic Air 2 features the latest and most advanced autonomous flying from DJI. APAS 3.0 uses new mapping technology and flight path algorithms for ultra-smooth transitions around, under or over objects in the drone’s path.

FocusTrack: Pilots can choose from three new modes to capture cinematic footage with a subject locked in the frame.

ActiveTrack 3.0: Pilots can select a subject for Mavic Air 2 to automatically follow, helping operators easily record compelling content. In the third iteration, the updated ActiveTrack feature uses state-of-the-art mapping technology and new flight path algorithms to offer improved subject recognition and obstacle avoidance, along with the ability to quickly re-engage the subject if it temporarily moves behind an object. 4K 30fps is the max resolution when using ActiveTrack.

Purchase the Mavic Air 2 from DJI.

DJI Mavic Air 2 Stories Today

Today we received a new update to the DJI Fly app, used to manage and control the DJI Mavic Mini and the DJI Mavic Air 2. The update is on the smaller side but still fixes crashing issues, adds advanced gimbal controls for the Mavic Air 2, and improves the in-app battery indicator and flight time alerts.

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DJI Mavic Air 2 Stories July 1

The DJI Mavic Air 2‘s motors are not equipped with a safety feature previous DJI drones had which means the wrong propeller can be placed on the wrong motor. Using the wrong propellers with the wrong motors wont damage or destroy your drone, you just wont be able to take-off.

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DJI Mavic Air 2 Stories June 26

The DJI Mavic Air 2 has launched with some impressive specs that match and even surpass its bigger brother, the Mavic 2 Pro. The 48MP photos, 4k 60 fps video, HDR, 34-minute flight time, 10km transmission range, and ActiveTrack 3.0. Is it all just hype or is the Mavic Air 2 the next drone you need?

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DJI Mavic Air 2 Stories June 17

The DJI Mavic Air 2 has received another firmware update that provides the drone with optimizations and improves a few flight modes including, 8k Hyperlapse, FocusTrack, and Spotlight. The update also improves HDR video when shooting at night or in low light.

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DJI Mavic Air 2 Stories June 8

The DJI Fly app has once again received a new update taking it to version 1.1.4, with improvements to the user interface, improvements to the DJI Mavic Air 2‘s features, and fixing a few bugs causing the app to unexpectedly crash from time to time.

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DJI Mavic Air 2 Stories June 1

None of DJI’s consumer drones are designed to carry anything other than the cameras that they come with. But with social distancing, and general boredom, a lot of people have experimented with tying cargo like donuts or beer bottles to the bottom of their drone and making deliveries. Which begs the question: How much weight can a drone like the Mavic Air 2 lift? expand full story

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