DJI Mavic Air 2 Overview Updated January 15, 2021

DJI Mavic Air 2

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

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January 2020 - January 2021


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 January 15

As you know, we often feature videos from drone pilots, along with a brief interview. Today, we’re going to mix things up by highlighting some terrific aerial photography.

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DJI Mavic Air 2 Stories January 13

An ND filter should be in every camera operator’s bag, but when it comes to drones, swapping out filters is a hassle. Enter the PolarPro Cinema Series Variable ND.

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DJI Mavic Air 2 Stories December 31, 2020

It’s the last day of 2020, so we thought we’d share the drones we think stood out from the rest, putting them at the top of the list. These drones might not be the best in every way, but we think they each have aspects that make them shine in the market. Here they are in no specific order.

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DJI Mavic Air 2 Stories December 28, 2020

DJI has just released an update for the DJI Mavic Air 2, adding improvements to hyperlapse and optimizing return-to-home. The new cruise control feature will allow the drone to fly when creating a hyperlapse in free mode autonomously.

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DJI Mavic Air 2 Stories November 24, 2020

A recent update to the DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Air 2’s controller has allowed it to be used with both drones. Let’s take a look at how to do it and something cool I found while testing the process for this post and attached video.

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DJI Mavic Air 2 Stories November 18, 2020

I know what you are thinking: Don’t most articles detail the exact opposite? I’d say you are correct in that more people are interested in moving up — learning more, doing more, and perhaps even making income from their drone operations. However, in a sense, my short tale is more indicative of where the average drone consumer might want to do — that is to have and use these tools on occasion in order to see the world from a different perspective and to share this work and art with others. 

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