DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, finally announced its latest consumer drone – the Mavic Air 2 – with longer battery life, an improved camera system, excellent 4K/60p video recording capabilities, and more. 

The original Mavic Air was released in January 2018 immediately gained attention for its unbelievably compact size, quality 4K camera, and portable design. 

“Mavic Air 2 is another milestone for DJI, demonstrating that our smartest consumer drone does not have to be the largest,” said DJI President Roger Luo.

“While the Mavic Air 2 bears all the hallmarks of the Mavic drone family, we had to completely rethink its design and development process. Our goal was to create a drone that offered the best overall experience possible to even the most novice pilot. We hope our drones can help boost creativity and become a fun yet educational experience that can be enjoyed, even at this unprecedented moment in history.” , DJI said.

DJI Mavic Air 2 Flight Time, Features & Specifications:

The new and improved DJI Mavic Air 2 features a 48MP camera with 1/2-inch sensor that shoots 12MP images through pixel binning for more details and sharpness.

The Mavic Air 2 offers 4K video at 60 fps and 120 Mbps with an HDR video option, 4X Slow Motion in 1080p at 120 fps, or 8X Slow Motion in 1080p at 240 fps.  

HDR is also supported for video up to 4K at 30fps, and is capable of capturing 8K Hyperlapse time-lapse videos.

Further, a mechanical 3-axis gimbal helps compensate for camera shake “to create smooth and stable footage, even in unpredictable scenarios.”

The newly added SmartPhoto records 12MP photos using advanced scene analysis and deep learning to automatically choose one of three image capture options. 

Despite only weighing 570 grams, the Mavic Air 2 features new motors, new electronic speed controllers (ESCs), enhanced battery technology and an aerodynamic design to provide a maximum flight time of up to 34 minutes on a single charge, which is highest in any Mavic drone. According to DJI, the battery life for the remote can last for up to 4 hours. 

DJI’s proprietary OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology has been upgraded to deliver an extremely reliable and stable HD video feed from the drone at a maximum distance of 10km. OcuSync 2.0 supports both 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequency band with auto-switching. 

The Mavic Air 2 is also DJI’s first consumer drone with AirSense technology, which provides enhanced safety by warning drone pilots of other aircraft nearby. AirSense uses aviation technology known as ADS-B to receive signals from nearby airplanes and helicopters, and displays their location on the drone pilot’s control screen.

“DJI has an unwavering commitment to enhance drone safety with technology, and Mavic Air 2 implements yet another pioneering safety solution for drone operations,” said DJI Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs Brendan Schulman. “Our ambitious commitment to installing ADS-B in our new product models means Mavic Air 2 will be the world’s largest single deployment of ADS-B receiver technology, fulfilling and furthering our vision as the industry’s leader on voluntary safety efforts.” 

Further, the inclusion of the Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) 3.0 system in the Mavic Air 2 brings the next level of autonomous flying to DJI drones. It can even create a new path around an object automatically to avoid a mid-air collision while the built-in geofencing system can keep drones away from the highest-risk locations, such as busy airports.  

Using 3D mapping, the updated version aids in smooth transitions and more fluid movements around objects even in highly complex environments. There are also additional sensors and auxiliary lights on the bottom of Mavic Air 2 assist with several functions including smooth, automatic landing even in difficult lighting conditions.

The DJI Mavic Air 2 will be available in two purchasing options. The first option is a standard package for $799, which includes the aircraft itself, one battery, remote controller, and all the required wires and cables. On the other hand, the Fly More option for $988 includes all items from the standard version as well as a shoulder bag, ND filters, charging hub, and 3 batteries. 

Due to COVID-related logistics issues, the Mavic Air 2 is now available for immediate purchase in China while other regions will begin taking pre-orders with an expected ship time of mid-May. Mavic Air 2 is available for preorder through all authorized retailers as well DJI’s online store

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