DJI has launched its latest update to the Mavic Air- The Mavic Air 2. The new Mavic Air 2 now gets an improved camera with improved flying time, a new camera sensor and an Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems.
The price of the new Mavic Air 2 has not been increased from the previous generation Mavic Air. The Mavic Air 2 starts at $799 (₹ 60,800 approximately) with a Fly More combo edition priced for $988 (₹ 75,200 approximately). The Fly More combo gets two additional batteries, a Battery Charging Hub, Battery to Power Bank adapter, ND Filters Set and a Shoulder bag.
The updated Mavic Air 2 camera is capable of shooting 4K videos at 60fps and 1080p Slow-motions at 240fps through a 48MP camera that comes with a 1/2 inch Quad Bayer CMOS Sensor. A support for shooting 8K Hyperlapse videos with Free and Waypoint shooting modes has also been included. The new camera also paves the way for sharper, cleaner, better colour optimised and bigger images. With this, the Mavic Air 2 becomes the first drone to get 4K video shooting capabilities at 60fps. For a drone of this size and price, the new HDR video standards will help you take some of the greatest shots.
The smart photo section now includes the new Hyperlight mode that allows you to reduce the photo noise and improve on low light image quality. It will lead to the camera capturing images in more detail than ever before as it adjusts camera parameters based on the recognition of sunset, sky, grass, snow and trees.
The Mavic Air 2 comes as a great choice between the Mavic Mini and Mavic 2. Mavic Air has always been known for its compactness however the Mavic Air 2 is slightly heavier than the Original Mavic Air, thanks to the bigger battery and improved navigation in off-weather conditions.
The new Mavic Air 2 can remain in Air for around 34 minutes at speeds as high as 68kph which is lot more than its predecessor that offered a maximum flying time of 21 minutes.
The change in shape of the camera in the new Mavic Air 2 will cause older Mavic Air camera accessories to not work with the new drone. The drone allows even beginners to fly like a pro with features like the Automatic Obstacle Detection.
With the Mavic Air 2, DJI has introduced Advanced pilot Assistance Systems 3.0 that DJI says “utilizes an advanced mapping technology for smooth following and reliable obstacle avoidance in complex scenarios. Obstacle avoidance performance and automatic flight planning has dramatically improved compared to previous generations, increasing safety, and providing more options.”
The controller on the new Mavic Air has also been upgraded and it now offers a new mobile holding clamp that DJI claims will make it easier to attach smartphones. It now features a battery backup of upto 4 hours on a single charge.
For 1080p Videos, the transmission distance of Mavic Air 2 has now been increased to 10kms. The drone automatically chooses between the 2.4 Ghz/5Ghz channel on the basis of the one with lowest interference to provide the best flying experience.
The drone can only be used with the DJI Fly App that also includes flight tutorials to help beginners start their drone flying journey.
It supports a micro SD card with a capacity of up to 256GB. The Mavic Air 2 weighs 570 gms. and is perfect for people who are looking to buy a new drone or upgrade their existing drones as it has got all the capabilities of a full sized drone packed in a compact size. But we suggest you to buy the Fly More combo as the two additional batteries it offers will give you a great sense of freedom while flying the drone and taking your shots.
To buy this DJI drone, you can head over to the official DJI website.