April 28, 2020

DJI Mavic Air 2

Could this be the end for my DJI Inspire 1 and thoughts of buying an Inspire 2 or 3? 

DJI has just launched its first consumer drone that warns you of nearby planes and helicopters via its controller. With 4K 60p, 48mp photos, 8k hyperlapse, 68kph, 34 minute flight time and up to 10km video transmission...and from £769, the new DJI Mavic Air 2 is the new DJI drone that is going to be hard to beat.

Mavic Air 2 Body

Note: DJI says supply chain problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic mean it is only equipping the Mavic Air 2 with the ability to warn of air space incursions in North America at this point. 

The new Mavic Air 2 from DJI is going to cause quite a stir and for good reason. The specs are outstanding and for under a grand, you could have the world (well the sky at least) at your fingertips.

Fingertips is all you need by the way, this thing is tiny but with so much imaging and flight power. It makes my Inspire 1 look like a dinosaur in both size and specs.

Handheld DJI Controller

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DJI Mavic Air 2 Specs

  • 1/2 Inch Sensor
  • 4k 60fps Video
  • 240fps Slow Motion at 1080p
  • 48mp Photo
  • Enhanced and Advanced HDR Shooting
  • Panorama
  • 8k Hyperlapse (Course Lock, Free, Waypoint and Circle)
  • 34 Minute Max Flight Time (Condition Dependant of Course)
  • 240 Min Max RC Battery Life
  • APAS 3.0 Obstacle Avoidance
  • OcuSync 2.0 10km 1080p/30fps Video Transmission
  • HEVC (H.265) Video Codec
  • D-Cinelike
  • SmartPhoto (Scene Recognition, Hyperlight + HDR for Optimal Results)
  • FocusTrack (Including Active Track 3.0, Spotlight 2.0 and Point of Interest 3.0)
  • QuickShots (Drone, Circle, Helix, Rocket, Boomerang and Asteroid)
  • 2.4/5.8GHz Dual-Frequency Communication Automatically Switching in Real Time
  • Obstacle Avoidance x 3 (Forward, Backward and Downward)
  • Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems (APAS) 3.0 For Mapping and Obstacle Avoidance
  • Price From £769
DJI Mavic Air 2 Kit

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"Seeing the specs above and if the image quality is high, I'm in!"

My thoughts on the DJI Mavic Air 2

Nowadays, I feel clumsy and conspicuous when I'm out flying the DJI Inspire 1. It is now 5 years old and the new DJI Mavic Air 2 knocks it for six in many respects.

I will be keeping the Inspire because of the X5R Raw camera which is still great for a lot of things. Plus I can use the camera on my car bonnet or hand held using the DJI Osmo but wow! The Mavic Air 2 looks mighty fine on paper.

I will look forward to seeing some real time video and still images.

Check out the DJI Mavic Air 2 over at the DJI website and please comment below.

Air 2 Filter Set
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