Mavic Air 2 test: photos, videos, range, flight behavior, price comparison

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Overall rating 4.9 / 5

DJI Mavic Air 2 has finally unveiled the successor to the DJI Mavic Air. We have already been able to try out the drone and would like to introduce you to it in this short article.

At a suggested retail price of 799 Euros, the Mavic Air 2 is not as expensive as other top models from DJI.

Thus, the drone deserves the attention of anyone who does not want to invest € 1000 or more in a drone such as the Mavic 2 Pro or Mavic 2 Pro Zoom.

Air sensor 2 in the picture

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You can check out our full Mavic Air 2 review here:

Air 2 design in detail

After the DJI Mavic Mini, the true drone enthusiast from DJI has finally returned to the market. The DJI Mavic Air 2 doesn’t have much in common with the old DJI Mavic Air.

Folded Mavic Air 2

The foldable design has, of course, been retained, but the Air 2 looks more like the DJI Mavic Pro than its successor, the DJI Mavic Air. Thanks to the redesigned quadcopter rotors stand out and give the drone better stability in the air. … Greatly improved stability, especially in windy conditions.

The big drawback of the old Mavic Air has always been that it was very loud. DJI has finally taken control of this with the Air 2. Thanks to its brushless motor, the drone is significantly quieter than its predecessor.

This provides a more pleasant and of course quieter feeling of flight.

Drone delivery scope

DJI did not skimp on the scope of delivery of the Mavic Air 2. The compact drone comes with all kinds of accessories:

  • DJI Mavic Air 2 drone
  • remote control
  • Battery (3500 mAh)
  • Charging cable
  • one replacement screw included
  • screwdriver
  • Screw protection
  • Smartphone cable
  • Instruction in English

You can also purchase the Fly-More Combo package. The Fly-More package costs € 100 and includes a gray DJI bag, three pairs of spare propellers and a DJI DIY kit. With the DIY kit, you have several stickers that you can color and paste on the drone.

Fly-More combo in Mavic Air 2

DJI Mavic Air 2 technology

Technically, a lot has happened with the DJI Mavic Air 2. The weight is a bit more, but this is due to the design and the more powerful, larger and heavier battery.

Despite the better power supply, the drone still flies at speeds of up to 68.4 km / h in Sport mode just like its predecessor.

This is due to its heavy weight and powerful microcontroller, which is responsible for recording and storing video and images, as well as for live streaming from a smartphone. In addition, the flight time has been significantly increased.

The highlight of the DJI Mavic Air 2 is the 4K / 60p camera, and the 0.5-inch 12-megapixel CMOS sensor also captures great pictures even in low light conditions. It is possible to create photos with a resolution of 48 MP and save them in JPG or RAW format.

Mavic Air 2 camera

The quality of live streaming has also improved significantly. While the Mavic Air only had 720p / 30fps transmission, the Air 2

4K / 60p recording is only possible thanks to the increased RAM and more powerful processor in the drone. The DJI Mavic Air 2 has 16 gigabytes of RAM instead of the 8 gigabytes of the DJI Mavic Air.

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Drone sensors

However, little has changed with the sensors. There are two obstacle detection sensors for automatic positioning in the air. In addition, two infrared sensors for altitude and landing.

The only update is the LED lighting that comes on when landing. In practice, this light has proven to be very practical when landing in the dark or at dusk.

Unfortunately, there is no sensor at the top, so obstacle detection does not provide complete protection.

Mavic Air 2 Sensors

Nevertheless, the sensors of course have been finalized, the DJI Mavic Air is already two years old.

The DJI Mavic Air 2 comes with the new Active Track 3.0 and improved obstacle detection using the latest in sensor technology.

As such, the DJI Mavic Air 2 is now better at recognizing obstacles and less confusing if it needs to fly over or under something in order to overcome an obstacle.

The Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) has also been improved, making the Mavic Air’s clumsy obstacle detection a thing of the past.

Tracking bugs have also been fixed, such as Track of Death where the Mavic Air collides with an obstacle during an active track. In our practical test, the Air 2’s intelligent flight functions performed very well.

In addition to Active Track, the drone can of course also control other well-known flight modes such as QuickShots, SmartCapture and TapFly. Of course, Asteroid is back on board. Unfortunately, the Mavic Air 2 doesn’t have the new QuickShot mode.

In return, the Mavic Air 2 gets the Large Pro and Zoom Pro. Namely Hyperlapse or also called “Timelapse” by DJI.

The time-lapse function has four different settings. Namely Free, Circle, Course Lock and Waypoint.

In Free Mode, you can fly the drone normally while recording in Time Lapse Mode. In Circle mode, the drone will circle over the target, just like Orbit Intelligent Flight Mode.

Heading lock always keeps the target in the middle of the image during flight, and in waypoint mode you determine the route to fly while recording in time-lapse mode.

Time-lapse function in Air 2

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Mavic Air 2 range, flight time and battery

DJI has provided the Mavic Air 2 with a significantly larger battery.

As long as you’ve been airborne for no more than 20 minutes with the DJI Mavic Air, you can now stay aloft for up to 34 minutes with the DJI Mavic Air 2.

We have also managed to achieve this value in practice. However, in unfavorable conditions, the flight time can be reduced to 28-30 minutes.

The range of the Mavic Air 2 is 8 kilometers. In practice, we were able to confirm the high range. However, you must comply with the legal requirements.

If you want to fly with a drone in the USA, you must always fly within sight. You will also need civil liability insurance and, from a weight of 250 g, a sticker for the drone.

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Remote control of the drone

The well-known DJI remote, which first hit the market in 2016, is once again used as a remote control. This is very simple and intuitive, but, in our opinion, it could be more accurate.

Mavic Air 2 Remote Controller

Large remote controls are the best choice for experienced and professional pilots. The remote control is especially useful for beginners and by no means bad. The handles are of very high quality and provide a good grip.

Ocu Sync 2.0

DJI Mavic Air comes with the new OcuSync 2.0 wireless transmission protocol.

With OcuSync 2.0, the Mavic Air can be used for dual-band 1080p transmission on a smartphone up to a distance of 5 kilometers. Latency is very low, ranging from 150 to 180 milliseconds (at 1080p). At lower resolutions, there is correspondingly less delay. With 480p live streaming, the latency is about 50ms, which is ideal for flying with FPV drones.

Unlike other transmission protocols such as Lightbridge, OcuSync does not require an FPGA module, resulting in additional costs and higher power consumption for the drone.

Mavic Air 2 Conclusion

With the new Air 2, DJI has once again introduced a battleship among drones. With 4K and 60 FPS, along with long flight times, compact d
imensions and a weight of only 570 grams, the Mavic Air 2 is much better and stands out from the competition on several levels.

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With its many comfort features and good sensors, the drone is equally suitable for beginners and professionals alike.

Mavic Air 2

The improved sensory system is clearly visible. Whether it’s takeoff, landing, QuickShots, ActiveTrack, or any other intelligent flight function. This all works slightly better than the Air 2’s predecessor.

Our only criticism of the Air 2 is the remote, we would have liked a larger and more comfortable model, but that’s just personal preference.

At 799 euros, the Mavic Air 2 won’t cost significantly more than its predecessor. The price is more than justified for the hardware, especially the 4K 60FPS camera, as well as the sensors.

If you have slightly lower expectations and requirements for a drone, you should take a look at the DJI Mavic Mini. The Mavic Mini is a very good entry-level model offering good image quality at moderate resolutions. In our opinion, this is more than enough for private records or publications on social networks.

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