DJI is back with an all-new Mavic Air 2. It looks forward to bring the power and finesse of its high-end Mavic models and put them in a much smaller and affordable package. With the success of Mavic Mini, DJI had to up the ante yet again to wow us with the second generation Mavic Air. And it may just have succeeded. Click "Read More" to learn more.
A couple of years ago, when the first Mavic Air launched, it didn't quite look like the other Mavics in the DJI product lineup. For the past couple of years, DJI has been working on the entire range of Mavic consumer drones in term of design language for better brand identity. This is similar to the automobile industry like Audi, whereby cars of different segments look abit like each other.
In this case, the Mavic Air 2 is a much smaller version of the Mavic 2, or a bigger version of the Mavic Mini. One of the biggest design change is the battery placement. By shifting it to the top of the drone, DJI has been able to redesign the bottom and most importantly, including additional sensors for better distance measurement and visual recognition. There are two on the front and two on the back, plus a few different sensors on the underside.
Instead of having cameras for recognising the starting point, the Mavic Air 2 has depth sensors and a light to enable it to recognise where it took off from, and also measure how far it is from the ground more accurately, even when it's not very bright outside.
All of these sensors combined have enabled DJI to equip the Mavic Air 2 with APAS 3.0 obstacle avoidance, and that means it can determine a route around obstacles it sees coming up in its flight path rather than just stopping dead and refusing to move forward.
With its 3,500mAh battery, the Mavic Air 2 is slated to have longer flying time for a small drone, it has flying power that matches and exceeds that offered by some of DJI's bigger drones. In fact, it can go up to 34 minutes of flight time on a full charge according to DJI. Real life flying time won't reach that far, of course, but it'll still be much better than the original Mavic Air's promised 21 minutes.
As well as the improved battery and obstacle avoidance, DJI's latest portable drone also has an improved camera sensor and improved image processing and algorithms. It starts with the larger 1/2"-inch CMOS sensor boating 48-megapixels. You can use all of those pixels if you want to, but by default it uses pixel binding to turn 48 into 12-megapixels, just like a lot of current smartphones do.
This sensor makes use of an AI adjustment algorithm called SmartPhoto and it makes use of three different automatic processing tools. One is HDR Photos, which combines seven different exposures to create one dynamic photo. Another is Hyperlight, which is designed to capture more light and detail using a similar process when light levels drop. There's also Scene Recognition for boosting blues in the sky and green grass, plus recognise sunsets, snow and trees and adjust settings for those. Video capabilities are improved too. For those who like that super smooth 4K footage, we now have 60 frames-per-second recording at the highest resolution. And for slow-mo, there's both 120fps and 240fps at full HD. Shopee is selling it at $1049, know more at Shopee DJI website (here).