DJI has unveiled the latest drone to join its Mavic consumer range of flying machines. It8217;s called the Mavic Air 2, and it8217;s probably the company8217;s most advanced consumer drone to date.
It takes on a lot of the design influences from the rest of the current Mavic range, shifting from being quite a rounded device to being more angular and pointy in places. It8217;s lightweight too.
At 570 grams, it8217;s a little heavier than the original Mavic Air, but then again, it is longer, wider and thicker too. Still, it folds up neatly making it ideal for throwing in a bag and going hiking. Just as you would expect from any Mavic series drone.
As well as being a little bigger and heavier than the original Mavic Air, the Mavic Air 2 improves virtually everything from the original model. The aim for the drone was to offer 8220;the best overall experience possible to even the most novice pilot8221;.
Starting with the sensor in the camera, this time it8217;s a 1/28243; CMOS sensor boasting 48-megapixels. You can use all of those pixels if you want to, to create really big images or 8211; by default 8211; it binds four into one to create a 12-megapixel images. That8217;s similar to a lot of modern smartphones.
HDR is pretty familiar, taking seven images at once at different exposures, and then merging them together to create a dynamic image. Hyperlight is for low light situations, using a similar technique.
On the video front, the Mavic Air 2 is the first Mavic to feature 4K video capture at 60 frames per second and 120Mbps, but can also film HDR video plus either 4X slow motion (120fps) or 8X slow motion (240fps), both at 1080p resolution.
To keep things smooth, the Mavic Air 28217;s camera is mounted on a three axis gimbal.
As if all that wasn8217;t enough, DJI has improved performance in other areas too. You get up to 34 minutes flight time from a full battery, and that8217;s even longer than you8217;ll get from the Mavic 2 Zoom or Pro.
Combined with a new controller design, OcySync 2.0 transmission can deliver an HD video feed from the drone to your connected phone up to 10km distance.
There8217;s also a more advanced obstacle avoidance system called APAS 3.0 which 8211; when enabled 8211; can create a new path around obstacles as the drone approaches them, and does so smoothly.
At a price of $799/£769, this may just be the company8217;s best value consumer drone to date. Considering the power, capabilities, battery life and the updated camera sensor, there8217;s a lot of drone here for that price.
To begin with, DJI is making its Mavic Air 2 drone available in China only, but will roll out to wider markets as soon as it8217;s able to. As with most product launches recently, the recent slow down in manufacturing and challenging logistics make huge, instant global releases very difficult.