Just a few hours ago, before the official presentation, the technical characteristics of the drone were leaked: only a few details were missing, which is now confirmed with the official presentation of last night: here is everything you need to know about the new DJI Mavic Air 2.
Obviously, DJI Mavic Air 2 the direct successor of the first version of the drone, released in the now distant 2018. The first issue that catches the eye is that of flight autonomy, which rises to 34 minutes, which makes the Mavic Air 2 the drone with the most flight autonomy in the range. To be clear, 34 minutes may not seem like many, but in the world of drones an eternity.
DJI claims to have been able to achieve this with the new electronic speed controllers (ESC), the new battery and the overall design. The fact that Mavic Air 2 weighs even a little more than the original (570 g versus 470 g) demonstrates how the company has been engaged in research and development.
Other updates certainly concern the device room. The Mavic Air 2 now offers a 1/2 "Quad Bayer sensor (higher than the original 1 / 2.3") that still takes 12 megapixel images, even if it offers a 48 megapixel mode, although it is not clear if it is four images joined together. As for videos, you can shoot in 4K at 60 fps (and 120 mbps), a better result than the Mavic 2, which records at 30 fps in 4K. Fans of the HDR photos in the original Mavic Air will be pleased to know that it is now also possible to shoot videos in high dynamic range, together with a new Hyperlapse 8K mode.
Much of DJI's camera functionality comes from numerous automatic and "smart" shooting modes. The manufacturer has added the new "scene recognition" function, somewhat similar to the mechanism that allows high-end smartphones, which allows the camera to recognize scenes and optimize recording parameters in a smart way. DJI claims that Mavic Air 2 can detect five scenes: sunset, blue skies, snow, grass and trees.
The videos will also benefit from two levels of stabilization. The first given by the usual 3-axis gimbal, with some additional help via EIS. Mavic Air 2's FocusTrack feature offers some updated tracking modes: Spotlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 3.0 and Point of Interest 3.0. The first comes from Inspire 2, which locks the camera on a target, simply letting the drone fly. Active tracking, already seen before, should now be more effective in following goals even when they are temporarily not visible. Updated Point of Interest mode improves recognition of different surfaces with more dynamic tracking.
Among the additional security features, DJI has included ADS-B which means that the drone will be able to detect when something else, like planes, is flying nearby. Furthermore, there is APAS 3.0, introduced in the first Mavic Air and which allows the drone to climb over obstacles automatically detected by the sensors.
One last small but important change in the remote control. It seems that DJI has updated it so that the smartphone is positioned at the top, rather than hooking at the bottom. This may seem like a minor detail, but as any driver attests, this is a really appreciable change.
Thanks to the OcuSync 2.0 system, the drone can be controlled up to 10Km in FCC and 6Km in CE, with video flow return up to 180p at 30 fps.
As for prices, confirmed those of the previous model at launch: 849 euros for the standard version, and 1049 euros for the Flymore Combo, which also includes ND16 / 64/256 filters. Deliveries are expected 12/17 days after payment: you can buy it from the official DJI store.