This is the DJI Mavic Air 2, completely redesigned from the previous model. It actually now looks like a smaller version of the Mavic 2 Pro. Only in some ways, it’s actually better.
It’s slightly heavier and slightly larger than the previous model, but all in all, still feels really small, compact, and lightweight. It’s actually about 40% lighter than the Mavic 2 Pro.
It’s also got an entirely new controller design. It’s a little bit bigger than before, but the phone now attaches on top instead of the bottom and has this new design for doing that.
It definitely feels a little bit bigger, but I’m kinda curious to take it out into the field and test it out. Overall, I’m super stoked to get this thing up in the air. I guess, the only question for me right now is, where am I gonna fly it?
Welcome to the middle of freaking nowhere. I figured it was probably best to test this thing out in the middle of nowhere, because obviously right now, most places are in shutdown, so I want it to be safe, so we came out here into the middle of freaking nowhere.
It’s hotter than crap. But I have the DJI Mavic Air 2, which I am super excited about testing.
You can tell it’s definitely a lot lighter than the Mavic 2 Pro, which is pretty neat, but it has that same, similar aesthetic to the Mavic 2 Pro. You can tell that DJI really has kind of figures out the style and design that they like in these drones. And I don’t blame them. I like it as well.
So aside from the fact that it looks like the baby sister of the Mavic 2 Pro, there are some features in here that make this thing quite a bit more powerful than the Mavic 2 Pro. But, there’s also some things that’s missing that you might want to pay extra for to get with the Mavic 2 Pro.
So, today, I’m gonna walk through some of my favorite features, and then at the end of this video, I’ll talk about some of the differences and who this kind of drone is designed for.
So, let’s jump into some of those professional features now, and let’s check this thing out.
Alright, so let’s talk about features. I think the biggest feature for this, one of the biggest changes is the fact that it’s switched from Wi-Fi and the previous model to OcuSync 2.0 on this model, which basically means it’s gonna allow you to fly further. I think the range on the previous model was about 2.4 miles, a little over 2 miles, but I found that to be heavily reliant on line-of-sight, and making sure you were in an open area, and occasionally, I would get a drop signal on it.
But with this, it’s gonna fly much, much further. It’s using some of the technology of the higher-end drones. So I think this thing’s rated up to 10 kilometers, which is about 6.2 miles.
Honestly, this thing is probably gonna fly further than you need and now connection issues won’t really be a problem.
Alright, so next feature is this thing takes 48MP photos. That is freakin’ nuts. I think the next best drones in the DJI lineup shoots like 20MP photos. If you’re into aerial photography, 48MP is gonna allow you to get incredible shots. If you’re somebody who prints high-resolution photos and you don’t wanna worry about losing any quality, this thing’s gonna be amazing. Also, if you’re somebody likes to crop into your photos, obviously, you don’t need 48MP for Instagram, but with 48MP, you can actually take pretty wide shots and then you can crop in and still have really high-resolution images.
So, another thing I really like about this is it has a whopping 34 minutes of battery life, which is incredible. The previous one had about 21 minutes, which is tough sometimes to get all the shots you want. You really need to be efficient when you get your drone up in the air. With 34 minutes, it’s gonna give you an extra, you know, 13 minutes of flight time which is incredible for kind of looking around a little bit or going further.
So that’s definitely a huge feature of this. It’s a few more minutes than the Mavic 2 Pro, which is really cool, so that definitely puts this drone in my opinion, up on a pretty level playing field with the Mavic 2 Pro. And it really differentiates itself from the other drones that are in the lineup like the Mavic Mini and Mavic Spark on the more affordable end.
Alright, and some of the other features that they’ve added that are really cool, is they’ve added an improved ability to do hyperlapses in camera. They’ve added this new thing called AirSense that allows you to detect if other drones or aircraft are flying in the area, so you’ll get a warning on your controller. So if other people are flying, so you don’t crash.
They’ve also added an improved ActiveTrack feature, so if you are trying to track a subject or a car or somebody moving or you’re doing action sports, that will help you get perfect, nice locked-in shots.
Yeah. They’ve added a bunch of features in this thing and it’s pretty incredible and I am freaking stoked to get this thing off the ground.
And one more thing, I just forgot, which is actually like a huge, really, really cool feature is they added 4k 60 to this thing, so, this feature does is not included in the Mavic 2 Pro. It’s actually only available otherwise in the Phantom 4 Pro. So that’s a pretty high-end feature that’s now packed in a fairly affordable drone, so I’m pretty stoked on that.
Alright, so I’m kinda just cruising around right now, and it’s kind of a little bit windy. I’m gonna lie, but I’ll be honest this thing does pretty well.
Another thing I noticed when it took off is the prop, so they’ve made them a little bit quieter. It’s not as loud as it used to be, which is kind of nice, because I feel like the last drone had this really high-pitched kind of screeching noise. And it’s definitely got a lot quieter, which is cool.
[inaudible] Okay. Gonna find another location.
Not gonna lie, the controller is growing on me. At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, because I feel like the button configurations’ a little bit different. I’m used to on the top here. I’m used to like recording the left hand side, and where’s the other controller? Record on the left, uh I guess, it’s very, record on the left hand side and photos on the right, so now it’s little bit different. But yeah, the ergonomics of it in my hand feels so much better. It doesn’t feel as flimsy. There isn’t those weird, little sections along the bottom that fold out, yeah; definitely easier to get the phone in there which is pretty cool, yeah.
And the battery life on this thing lasts quite a while, I’ve been shooting with it all day, and it’s still four bars, which is awesome.
Cool, so one of the other features I wanted to test out, I was poking around through the app, and also through the new specs. It has a new ActiveTrack feature they’ve upgraded it from before. Apparently, now it’s, it has a better and easier time tracking subjects. If something goes behind an object, or whatever, it can lock back on to that subject.
There’s apparently an improved POI mode as well. So, it’s essentially all of those, there’s kind of fun modes that are built into the app that allow you to do things like orbit, track subjects. All of those features, they’re calling it, there’s a new app also for that you used to connect the drone to, called DJI Fly.
And so, yeah, there’s the new sections called QuickShot. So I think I’m gonna jump in here right now and test some of these out. To be honest, I haven’t used a lot of these before. I never really used them, on the Mavic 2 Pro. But I do see a lot of use in them. I think they can be pretty cool; good for beginners and potentially people that have more experience. So I’m gonna give them a shot and see how they look.
Alright guys, this is pretty funny. I’m using my phone right now to record audio. I’m doing a screen recording so you guys can see the screen.
Rocket circle. Helix. Helix. Wow! That’s pretty sick.
Asteroid. Boomerang. Circle. Let’s just do that.
Oh, it already—haha! That’s pretty cool. It knew exactly where I was. Gonna press start. And what’s it gonna do?
Ohoho! Let’s see how well it tracks me.
Hey that’s pretty cool!
I’m not just saying this, guys. I’m actually, honestly, pretty impressed. I am pretty far away. And I’m going pretty fast. We start running.
Alright, guys. I’ve been flying drones for a long time and I remember when this technology first came out, it would constantly lose tracking on whatever the focus was. They definitely made this a lot better. I mean, it hasn’t, it hasn’t come off me once.
I’d actually used this feature. This is pretty sick.
What I’m trying to do and what I usually do with drone shots to get really good ones is I try to find a foreground and a background. A lot of times if you just shoot something that’s really far away, it doesn’t really look that good. You kind of want to try to get foreground, something in the foreground that’s moving and the background, and that will give you kind of this parallax effect, but I think it kind of, is the key to like, epic drone shots.
So, one thing I’m noticing right now is that on the Mavic 2 Pro, I have the ability to change the aperture. I can shoot in Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority. There’s more fine-tune settings within the app.
It’s a little bit more basic in this app. You don’t have the ability to adjust the aperture; it’s kind of locked in. So I kind of like the ability to do that, because for me, when I put ND filters on the front of the drone, sometimes it’s not perfect and with the ability to change the aperture, you can kind of do micro adjustments to get the perfect exposure.
This has a fixed aperture, so you can’t, you can’t change the aperture.
Alright, so this is super ridiculous, but there’s not a whole lot going on out here, throughout the middle of nowhere. But, I thought really quickly it’d be cool to do a 4k 60 test, so I’m gonna do slow motion. I’m just gonna take off running, I’m gonna control myself. 4K 60 here it is.
Alright guys, so after using the drone for the entire day, I’m starting to get a little bit better of an idea of who this drone is designed for. I think they’ve honestly placed it perfectly in between the Mavic Mini and the Mavic 2 Pro. There’s a lot of features on it that are a lot better than the Mavic Mini. There’s a lot of features on it that are quite as good as the Mavic 2 Pro; so, let’s kind of talk about who this, who should upgrade to this drone, who this drone is designed for, kind of overall impressions.
So, after using this thing, I think the Mav Mini is a great beginner drone. If you’re getting into drones and you want to do a little bit of aerial photography and filmmaking, I think it’s great. It works off of Wi-Fi signal, so the range isn’t super far, but it’s also pretty affordable for a drone, which is really cool. So, if you’re, if you’ve never flown a drone before and you kinda want to dip your toes into the world, I think you should definitely check out the Mavic Mini.
If you’re somebody who maybe already has the Mavic Mini or you already have experience flying drones and you want something that you’re like, “I actually want to get high-quality 4k footage for my YouTube videos, for my real-estate company,” for, for whatever. If you wanna start dabbling into that world but you’re like, “I don’t wanna fully spend on something that’s a lot more expensive”, then I think that this drone is actually perfect for you.
If you’re somebody that’s into aerial photography, this drone is also perfect for you. 40MP photos is freaking nuts. I think that best, the next best drone in the lineup shoots 20MP photos, so the fact this thing shoots 48 is completely crazy. So, aerial photography, hands-down for sure.
Some of the other features I love the fact that it has 4k 60, super, super cool, that looked, the finish looks, super good from that. And overall, honestly, looking through all the footage of my laptop, it all looks really good, from the Mavic Air. I mean, it’s, it’s really well-done.
Like I said before earlier, too, massive the upgrade from Wi-Fi to OcuSync, is huge. I had the old Mavic Air and I found that that for me, like professionally, I wanted it because the size was small, but after getting it, I remember realizing that wasn’t enough for the stuff that I was doing. So, I really enjoy the fact that it’s got OcuSync in it now and the range is plenty. I never had any connection issues all day and never lost a signal or anything.
So, if you’re somebody that’s professional, a professional filmmaker, you want it fine-tuned tiny little settings and things and you want the best image possible, I still think things like the Mavic 2 Pro, the Mavic 2 Zoom are amazing drones and I think those are probably the drones you should get.
The ability to change the aperture in the Mavic 2 Pro is huge. You can’t do that on the Mavic Air 2. So that was something I noticed right away. There isn’t the ability to go into like Shutter Priority or Aperture Priority mode or any of those things. You basically just turn on the manual settings to fly the drone and you can fine-tune the manual settings, but it doesn’t have the degree of customization, and like the detailed settings, that you can do with something at higher end. But that makes sense, because it’s a lot more expensive drone.
But that being said, you know, I look through all the footage, I think this drone with an ND filter put on top of it would be incredible. The footage already looks really, really, really good. Right out of the drone, I think if you tossed an ND filter on, it would look super, super nice.
That being said, overall, I’m kind of left a little bit torn on, you know, for me as a professional filmmaker, which tool I’d want to use. I honestly had a lot of fun playing with the Mavic Air 2, and it’s a 40% lighter than the Mavic 2 Pro, so it’s pretty light.
The footage from it looks amazing; it kind of packs down into a tiny little package when I’m carrying it. And I love that portability of it. The quality is there, and yeah, I guess I’m asking myself do I need the extra features on the Mavic 2 Pro for the additional weight and I guess that is the biggest question for you guys as well. And I guess you know that choice is kind of up to you. But overall, I’d say I’m pretty impressed with it. They really took this thing and cranked it up to an unbelievable level; and yeah, super, super stoked.
With that guys, I’m gonna head back to the city. It’s really, really hot out here. Hope you enjoyed this. Yeah, links are below for all the drones, and like and subscribe. Thank you guys for watching and see you guys soon.