Is this the time to finally upgrade your drone or maybe a few of you are asking is this the best time to get your very first drone because the perfect drone has finally arrived. Here I hope to help you decide on what to do as the DJI Mavic air 2 is finally here. The DJI Mavic Air 2 is best if you consider it’s i.e. DJI Mavic Air 2 price point.
Welcome to Geekyshopper.in where you’re gonna find a variety of content related mostly to electronic gadgets but also other technology things product reviews tutorials and stuff like that. There is one important feature missing from this amazing drone and it’s not a deal breaker. But it is kind of significant I’ll talk about that in just a little bit.
Now before you make your decision if you’re anything like me you are currently doing a ton of homework reading some articles, reading the forums, watching a whole lot of videos that were just released. I bet if I looked at your YouTube viewing history right now I would see at least 10 Mavic air 2 videos.
Should you upgrade?
Now those of you who are wondering if this should be your very first round. If you have the Mavic Pro, the Mavic Pro Platinum, the spark, any phantom series other than the Phantom 4 Pro or any other non DJI drone,
The short answer is Yes, you should absolutely upgrade the Mavic air 2.
It is not just a few steps above those drones but it is leaps and bounds ahead of those older models. Now if you have the Mavic 2 pro or the Mavic 2 – zoom or the Phantom 4 pro then maybe hold off a bit until those successors arrive someday unless you’re really itching to spend that $1,200 stimulus check on the most feature packed consumer drone ever created then by all means certainly go ahead . When the Maverick Pro was released more than three years ago I, like many others thought it was the most amazing drone.
It was ahead of its time and it opened up the world of UAVs for so many people. It was a game changer for DJI and the recreational drone industry as well because it brought in a huge number of new drone enthusiasts. I was one of them. The Maverick air – my prediction will exceed the popularity and the sales numbers of the original Mavic Pro. It will be the best-selling drone of all time and this is because of two reasons:
- Its easier to swallow price point and
- Everything that you get for that price.
Seriously for this price right here that’s the exact same price that one paid for Mavic Air and you’re getting twice the drone. That is the best value have ever seen from a DJI drone.
So let’s take a look at what it brings us at least what I think are the most important things.
First Occu sync 2.0:
That fixes the biggest problem with the original maverick air the connectivity. The Mavic Air 2 increases transmission range by 400% up to 10 kilometers that’s over 6 miles; that’s insane. Now how it’s going to perform an urban environments that remains to be seen as more people test it but if it’s anything like the Mavic 2 Pro, it will be exceptional.
The other thing that is now resolved from the first version of the Mavic Air is the annoying volume and pitch. With a similar blade design and form factor as the Mavic 2 pro. It’s pretty much a teenage Mavic 2 pro. It now sits among that team of less stur being drones on the market.
Next and something that is way way overdue is 4k at 60 frames per second. This will provide incredibly clean and crisp a video and allow users to slow it down in post-production giving anyone and pretty much everyone the ability to put out that high value cinematic footage with minimal effort. Also that Sony IMX 586 sensor provides 48 megapixel images.
Now I did a little bit of research on this and just be aware that more pixels does not necessarily mean better images. 12 megapixel photos from this sensor are going to be incredible but I found an article that digs a little deeper into that IMX 586 sensor.
Next is a longer flight time: with that 3500 milliamp hour battery advertised out a 34 minute max which you’re never gonna see but we finally get to see 30 minutes of flight out of a Mavic series drone. Ultimately extending the amount of fun more than you’ve ever had with any of your previous drones.
The controller is different than anything that we’ve seen before and I’m not going to comment too much on it before I’ve actually had it in my hands and had a chance to try it. But I’m always willing to try new things. I do think it’s gonna be kind of a challenge being used to having the phone on the bottom but now it’s mounted above. The controller there must be a reason they chose that design so I’m eager to find out if it makes flying more enjoyable.
Now what is probably one of the most exciting features in my opinion (it’s so minor but it’s way overdue) finally we have USB C port I can’t tell you how happy that makes me concerning the intelligent flight modes. Obviously the most exciting is active track 3.0. It is DJI’s answer to the Skydio 2 and the ability to track a subject in extremely challenging situations and if it can avoid powerlines while doing this then it’s already got the Skydio 2 beat.
Now here’s one of the biggest things missing from the Mavic Air 2 and that’s Lateral Obstacle Avoidance. Yes, active track 3.0 is going to be better than anything we’ve seen before on a DJI drone but to compete with the Skydio 2 it really should have had that sideways that lateral obstacle avoidance.
Now I understand that there probably had to be some sacrifices made to keep the size of this drone relatively small but it would have been kind of nice to have that. The obstacle avoidance is one of the things that makes this the obvious choice for those of you wondering if this should be your first drone. Yes, for those of you who have been waiting for the perfect beginners drone the Mavic Air 2 looks like it will dominate that category.
With incredible obstacle avoidance, crisp video and high-quality photos, more than enough flight time, fast enough to satisfy the speed junkies, solid Connectivity, USB C and tolerable less annoying volume than the original it is in my opinion the first drone to buy.
Couple of bonus things that are really nice is Hyperlapse in 8k so that should look pretty amazing and then slow-motion at 240 frames per second in full HD and one thing that I’m really pleased to see is that DJI is gonna be including ND filters in the fly more kit and if anyone’s trying to get cinematic footage with a drone they know that ND filters are very important. So I’m really happy to see them putting them in the package.
I think the ND filters themselves added to the fly market make it worth getting the specs and the features on this drone make it a long-term investment because you’re going to be happy with this for at least two years from now and more than likely three years from now.
I know many of you are concerned about the development of a remote ID and should you factor that into your decision making?
Remote IDs coming, yes we can confidently say though that it’s not going to be in place for at least two years and it most likely will be five years before it’s fully active. So in my opinion that should not even be a consideration when buying a new drone at least for the next couple of years. The dji mavic air 2 price has also been set to a pretty standard value which is 799$. The DJI Mavic air 2 price in India is expected around 88,000/- INR.
However, the DJI Mavic air 2 combo price in India i.e. the DJI Mavic air 2 fly more price in India is expected around 98,000/- INR. The Fly More option which includes all items from the standard version as well as a shoulder bag, ND filters, charging hub, and 3 batteries is priced at $988 (approximately Rs 75,300). As of now, the drone will be available for immediate purchase in China starting 28.04.2020 at the same time it will become available for pre-order in other regions too, where it is expected to be shipped by mid-May. However, you can expect the product in your hand post Lockdown only.
- 8K Hyperlapse Time-Lapse Video
- Up to 4K60p Video & 48MP Images
- Up to 34 Minutes of Flight Time
- Remote Controller Included
DJI MAVIC AIR 2 Specs
|Maximum Horizontal Speed||43 mph / 19 m/s (S-Mode)|
26.8 mph / 12 m/s (P-Mode)
11.2 mph / 5 m/s (T-Mode)
|Ascent Speed(Max)||9 mph / 4 m/s|
|Maximum Flight Time||34 Minutes|
|Flight Ceiling||3.11 Miles / 5000 m|
|Maximum Descent Speed||11.2 mph / 5 m/s|
|Hover Time(Max)||33 Minutes|
|Maximum Tilt Angle||35°|
|Hovering Accuracy||±0.33′ / 0.1 m Vertical with Vision Positioning, ±1.64′ / 0.5 m Vertical with GPS,±0.33′ / 0.1 m Horizontal with Vision Positioning, ±4.92′ / 1.5 m Horizontal with GPS|
|Maximum Angular Velocity||250°/s (Pitch),|
& 250°/s (Roll)
Flight Control System
|GNSS Support||GPS, GLONASS|
|Vision System||Downward, Forward, Backward|
|Forward Field of View||71° (Horizontal)|
|Backward Field of View||44° (Horizontal)|
Remote Controller / Transmitter
|Operating Frequency||2.4 GHz (2.400 – 2.484)|
5.8 GHz (5.725 – 5.850)
|Maximum Operating Distance||6.21 Miles / 10 km at 2.4 G|
|Transmitter Power||26 dBm (2.4 G)|
26 dBm (5.8 G)
|Connectivity||1 x Micro-USB|
1 x Lightning
|Output Power||38 W|
|USB Output Power||iOS: 5 VDC, 2 A|
Android: 5 VDC, 2 A
|App Operating System Requirements||Android|
|Operating Temperature||32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C|
|Effective Pixels||48 MP|
|Focal Length||24mm (35mm Equivalent)|
|Lens Field of View||84°|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||3.3′ / 1.0 m|
|Photo ISO Range||100 to 3200 (Auto)|
100 to 6400 (Manual)
|Photo Resolution||4:3: 8000 x 6000|
|Video ISO Range||100 to 6400|
|Photo Format||JPEG, DNG|
|Video Format||3840 x 2160p at 24/25/30/48/50/60 fps (MP4/MOV via H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, MPEG-4)|
2688 x 1512p at 24/25/30/48/50/60 fps (MP4/MOV via H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, MPEG-4)
1920 x 1080p at 24/25/30/48/50/60/120/240 fps (MP4/MOV via H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, MPEG-4)
|Recording Media||SD (up to 256 GB)|
|Photo Modes||Auto-Exposure Bracketing (AEB), Burst Shooting, Interval, Single Shot|
|Number of Axes||3 (Pitch, Roll, Yaw)|
|Control Range||Pitch: -135 to 45°|
Roll: -45 to 45°
Yaw: -100 to 100°
|Angular Speed||Pitch: 100°/s|
|Battery Chemistry||Lithium-Ion Polymer (LiPo)|
|Capacity||3500 mAh / 40.42 Wh|
|Weight||6.98 oz / 198 g|
|Maximum Charging Power||38 W|
|Battery Configuration||3 S / 11.55 V|
|Charging Temperature||41 to 104°F / 5 to 40°C|
|Number of Rotors||4|
|Operating Temperature||32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C|
|Diagonal Size||11.9″ / 302 mm|
|Overall Dimensions||3.8 x 3.3 x 7.1″ / 97.0 x 84.0 x 180.0 mm (Folded)|
10.0 x 3.0 x 7.2″ / 253.0 x 77.0 x 183.0 mm (Unfolded)
|Weight||1.25 lb / 570 g|