What is going on guys? My name is Matt Komo, and today we’re gonna be looking at this little guy right here. This is the brand new Mavic Air 2.
So, for the last couple of months, I’ve been finding this drone almost exclusively and I have some very, very strong feelings about it. So, let’s jump right into it.
For those familiar with me and my approach to filmmaking, you know I have a utilitarian outlook on my process. I prefer to travel light, bringing with me no more and no less that’s what needed to get the job done. Because of the small footprint it occupies on my bag, I always gravitated towards the Mavic line.
Most of you, including myself, uses drones for video. From my testing, the image that comes out of the Mavic Air 2 is fantastic. We can now shoot at 4K 60p and 1080p at 240 frames a second.
It’s not a mode I personally would use often; however it does serve a very unique purpose. When given the choice, my preference is to shoot at max resolution; 4k 24 for the filmic look, and 4k 60p if I ever need to slow down my footage.
My camera can also shoot in frame rates of 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, and 60p.
As a filmmaker, having these many options help serves as a catalyst to unlocking your creative potential.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the sensor’s dynamic range. The highlights are preserved while maintaining consistent detail on the mid-tones and appropriate information on the shadows.
I’ve noticed a bit more grain in the lower end of the images and I prefer; both the little noise reduction and the proper game adjustment is really not an issue.
Photography with a Mavic Air 2 has seen some vast improvement as well, most notably at 48MP. The details in your photos are sharp, the color rendition is accurate, and when shooting raw, the images are very receptive to post-processing.
Through testing this drone, I made it a point to objectively try every feature. Generally, I don’t usually include smartphones on production, but my stance on this matter starting to change rapidly. I’ve been able to capture some incredibly unique shots easier than I ever have before.
So we pulled over to the side of the road for a little bit, we’re testing out my favorite feature of the Mavic 2 and that is the 8K hyperlapse mode. It’s super easy to do.
You set two points from where we started to where it’s going. The best part is the software in the app makes the hyperlapse for you so it’s really the easiest and most condense way to get really cool hyperlapses in an 8K resolution.
We’ve seen increase from 21 to 34 minutes with the new lithium-ion batteries. When you’re flying, it easily allows me to knock out anywhere between 2 to 6 more shots for battery.
The design of the remote is slightly different from what we’re used to see. It takes it much more square form factor. Personally, I don’t have a preference between this remote and its precursor. If it works, it works; and that’s generally my sentiment. Of all the DJI drones that have flown, this has by far been the most reliable, smooth connection of experience.
So in conclusion, is this drone worth buying? If you fall into the range of a novice drone user all the way to the pro super level, and value size, weight, and in the end, an exceptional image quality for under a thousand dollars, this is the drone for you. On the other end of the equation, on the spectrum of a prosumer to even a serious professional, this drone is more than capable of accomplishing your needs. If that scale of work and production, it would be wise to offer an Inspire 2 or a Mavic 2 Pro.
Candidly speaking, all around this is a fantastic drone with an exceptional user experience. If you’re in the market for a drone under a thousand dollars, there simply isn’t better on the market right now.
My name is Matt Komo and thank you for watching my review of the Mavic Air 2.