DJI, hearing the name you will remember the drone. The Mavic Air is a drone series from DJI which has been known for its outstanding ability for recording videos and use drones to capture bird view photos.
DJI recently announced the release of DJI Mavic Air 2 which is an upgraded version of Mavic air 1 and Mavic Mini. The Mavic Air 2 is nearly the size of Mavic Air 1 and Mavic Mini with its size, weight and colour to be similar. Mavic Air 2 has a new feature that is not present in other drones. This enables the drone pilot to be helpful during flying the drone. The Mavic Air 2 has a half-inch image sensor which is capable of capturing 48MP photos. It captures fast-action photos and also smooth sol-mo videos which is a better upgrade than the previous drones.
Coming with new controllers, the DJI Mavic Air 2 has upgraded UI design which puts out the screen where it is useful. The antenna of the controller slides above to hold the phone firmly during the handling of the drone and the controller runs on OccuSync 2.0 which is capable of offering 10km range which there is no lag in technology while flying. The controller also has a choice of Micro USB, USB-C, iPhone connector and finger wheel to control the gimbal and a trigger shutter on the opposite side which enables multiple uses with a single control.
The vision system in DJI Mavic Air 2 lacks a bit with 360degree system but it has a forward, backward and downward-facing sensor system which helps the drone operators of nearby collisions. With its use of ‘Focus Track’, DJI Mavic Air 2 is capable of detecting any untoward collisions even if they briefly appear in any sides of the drone. However, if you use FocusTrack you can’t be able to record videos in 4k and the quality of the video will dip to 2.7K due to the fact that the processor will be handling extra work.
One of the major upgrade of the camera from DJI Mavic Air 2 is it can capture 8K Hyperlapse videos which are an advantage as you can capture Hyperlapse videos in 8K resolution.
Coming to the specification of the drone, the Mavic Air 2 weighs 570gms and it supports 3700mAH battery. It is capable to fly for 30 minutes which is a major upgrade from its previous versions. The camera is attached to a 3-axis mechanical gimbals which can either remain horizontal or be set to tilt with the drone’s banking in ‘FPV mode’. The speed of the drone can reach up to 42 miles per hour and it can climb up to 4m in a second.
The Mavic Air 2 has better stability during both ascent and descent which helps the pilots to handle the drone smoothly.
The new camera attached to the drone has a half-inch CMOS Sensor with 48MP quad-bayer filter. FOV of the camera is around 84 degrees with Focal Length of 24mm and aperture of f/2.8 and also 1m of infinity focus. The ISO of the camera is100-6400 and for 48MP videos/photos, it is limited to 3200.
The camera can capture RAW images, panoramic images and an upgrade of SmartPhoto which can capture images of landscapes, grass, snow and sunsets in hyperlight. However, the hyperlight images are captured in 7fps.
The video where the camera can capture is around 60fps to 240fps. However, one can capture fine videos at 120fps which is best for video processing.
One of the added additions to the Mavic Air 2 which is not present in any drones is the sensor of oncoming copters or aircraft which alerts the drone pilot to change the direction. This feature is available on only Mavic Air 2 until now and it would be most helpful for drone pilots if they are situated near to any airports etc.