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DJI’s new Mavic Air 2 has an upgraded camera and much longer flying time

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Two and a half years after introducing the primary Mavic Air, DJI is asserting its successor: Mavic Air 2. It comes with a much bigger picture sensor, ditches Wi-Fi in favor of DJI’s personal OcuSync transmission expertise, has as much as 34 minutes of flight time, and is packaged with a very redesigned controller.

Mavic Air 2 is offered for preorder beginning right this moment for $799 and can start delivery Could 11th within the US. The Fly Extra bundle, which, for the primary time, consists of ND filters (lastly) together with a carrying bag, prop guards, charging hub, and three batteries shall be out there for $988.

DJI additionally touts this as its smartest and most secure drone but. It comes with preprogrammed scene detection modes for images that embody snow, bushes, grass, blue skies, sunsets, and sunrises. All of DJI’s autonomous flying modes are getting a efficiency replace, as effectively.

The DJI Mavic Air 2 continues to be compact sufficient to slot in a small bag when all folded up.
Picture: DJI

The brand new sensor contained in the Mavic Air 2 is a half-inch, “Quad Bayer” sensor. It’s just like the 48-megapixel sensor that’s been out there in smartphones for the previous yr or two. By default, it captures a 12-megapixel picture, nevertheless it’s doable to snap pictures utilizing the complete decision. The sensor is behind a set 28mm (equal) f/2.eight lens.

For video, the Air 2 can shoot 4K footage at as much as 60fps. It additionally has HDR capabilities for video (as much as 4K 30fps) and HDR panorama images. The Mavic Air 2 can also be able to exporting 8K time-lapse movies, nonetheless not all modes will assist 8K at launch and are anticipated to be out there across the finish of June.

Mavic Air 2 can also be the primary drone to come back outfitted with AirSense, a expertise that detects and warns the drone operator of close by aircrafts. It is going to be out there in North America first, whereas different areas will start delivery models with AirSense this summer season as a result of provide chain points attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far as different drone security options go, Mavic Air 2 has impediment sensors on the entrance and rear to assist keep away from collisions. And backside sensors subsequent to auxiliary lights to assist with touchdown in low gentle. Whereas DJI says that its autonomous flight modes have been upgraded, the corporate says you shouldn’t anticipate the identical sort of self-flying expertise that’s doable with the Skydio drone on this mannequin.

The Mavic Air 2’s redesigned controller.
Picture: DJI

By way of the design, the brand new Mavic Air 2 is barely greater and heavier than the prior era, however nonetheless seems to be like a smaller sibling to the Mavic 2 Professional and Mavic 2 Zoom. All three drones lastly share the same design language — grey housing — and now look extra like a part of a lineup.

Lastly, the brand new, barely greater controller doesn’t have seen antennas protruding on high of the controller. As a substitute, that space is now used for a spring-loaded cellphone mount.

We’ll be taking a better have a look at the brand new Mavic Air 2 and testing DJI’s claims in our forthcoming overview, so keep tuned.

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