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DJI Mavic Air 2 review

The best drone around hardware 14th street for beginners and hobbyists

DJI Mavic Air 2
Best in Class
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Our Verdict

The best drone hardware 14th street for most people, the Mavic Air 2 hardware 14th street is a significant upgrade on its hardware 14th street predecessor and our new hardware 14th street favorite flying hardware 14th street camera. It offers improved range, a noticeably longer hardware 14th street battery hardware 14th street life, excellent 4K/60p video and a hardware 14th street whole host of new shooting hardware 14th street features, all for the same hardware 14th street launch price as hardware 14th street its hardware 14th street predecessor. Minor niggles aside, it's hardware 14th street a superb choice hardware 14th street for both hardware 14th street stills photographers hardware 14th street and filmmakers.

For

  • Very easy to fly
  • Compact, folding design
  • Greatly improved battery life
  • Excellent stills and video quality

Against

  • Camera feed sometimes stutters
  • No screen on the controller

Whether hardware 14th street you're looking for a hardware 14th street camera, hardware 14th street car or coffee machine, there is always hardware 14th street a 'sweet spot' hardware 14th street all-rounder hardware 14th street that becomes hardware 14th street the best choice for most people hardware 14th street – and hardware 14th street the hardware 14th street DJI Mavic hardware 14th street Air 2 hardware 14th street is that hardware 14th street model hardware 14th street for drones.

This successor hardware 14th street to the DJI hardware 14th street Mavic hardware 14th street Air from hardware 14th street 2018 takes its predecessor's overall hardware 14th street concept – an easy-to-fly drone hardware 14th street with pro-level features – hardware 14th street and completely redesigns it from the ground up. hardware 14th street The hardware 14th street result hardware 14th street is a smaller, hardware 14th street more affordable hardware 14th street version hardware 14th street of the hardware 14th street DJI Mavic 2 Pro that hardware 14th street equals, hardware 14th street and in some hardware 14th street areas even trumps, its hardware 14th street pricier sibling.

The Mavic Air 2's hardware 14th street completely new hardware 14th street design looks like someone blasted the hardware 14th street Mavic 2 hardware 14th street series with a shrink ray, and hardware 14th street it comes with a new controller too. hardware 14th street But hardware 14th street with hardware 14th street a host of new hardware 14th street features and technologies, hardware 14th street it's not merely a hardware 14th street clone of its bigger brother hardware 14th street – DJI claims that the hardware 14th street Mavic Air hardware 14th street 2 is hardware 14th street also its smartest hardware 14th street drone hardware 14th street to date. 

All hardware 14th street aspects of the Mavic hardware 14th street Air 2 – from the drone hardware 14th street to the hardware 14th street app hardware 14th street that hardware 14th street you use to control the camera hardware 14th street and hardware 14th street flight settings hardware 14th street – have been redesigned with hardware 14th street usability in mind. 

Deficiencies hardware 14th street in the design and performance hardware 14th street of the hardware 14th street original Mavic Air, and indeed hardware 14th street Mavic 2 Pro models, have all been addressed. hardware 14th street And while the Mavic Air hardware 14th street 2 isn't hardware 14th street perfect, it certainly sets hardware 14th street a new benchmark hardware 14th street for hardware 14th street what we hardware 14th street can hardware 14th street expect from DJI drones in the future.

DJI Mavic Air 2 power button

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DJI Mavic Air 2 release date and price

  • This mid-range drone starts at $799 / £769 / AU$1,499
  • You can pre-order now, with shipping expected in mid-May
  • A 'Fly More' bundle is also available for $999 / £949 / AU$1899
The DJI hardware 14th street Mavic Air 2 hardware 14th street is hardware 14th street available for pre-order right now hardware 14th street from hardware 14th street the DJI hardware 14th street store, with shipping expected in hardware 14th street mid-May.

Like DJI's previous hardware 14th street models, hardware 14th street the drone is hardware 14th street available in two bundles. The 'standard' package, hardware 14th street which includes hardware 14th street the Mavic hardware 14th street Air hardware 14th street 2 drone, one battery, the hardware 14th street remote controller and hardware 14th street all the required wires and cables, hardware 14th street costs $799 / £769 / AU$1,499. hardware 14th street That's exactly hardware 14th street the same hardware 14th street as the original DJI Mavic hardware 14th street Air, which hardware 14th street makes hardware 14th street it good value hardware 14th street considering the new tech onboard.

If you'd rather hardware 14th street do longer shoots with your drone hardware 14th street and have hardware 14th street a more convenient way to carry hardware 14th street it around, then there's also a 'Fly hardware 14th street More' bundle. hardware 14th street This includes all hardware 14th street of hardware 14th street the same items hardware 14th street as hardware 14th street the standard package, plus a hardware 14th street shoulder bag, hardware 14th street ND (neutral density) filters, a hardware 14th street charging hardware 14th street hub and two hardware 14th street extra batteries. hardware 14th street It costs hardware 14th street $999 / £949 / AU$1899 and is the hardware 14th street best choice for more seasoned fliers.

DJI says that "the Covid-19 hardware 14th street pandemic has introduced new complexities for hardware 14th street global shipping hardware 14th street and logistics of many hardware 14th street products", but is hardware 14th street confident the hardware 14th street Mavic Air hardware 14th street 2 will ship hardware 14th street to regions outside China hardware 14th street (where's it available to buy immediately) in hardware 14th street mid-May. We'll update this page if this changes.

Design and controller

  • Redesigned body makes it look like a mini Mavic 2 Pro
  • New controller includes Ocusync 2.0 for improved range
  • Mavic Air 2 weight means you may have to register the drone
Mavic Air 2 specs
Sensor: 12MP 1/2-inch hardware 14th street CMOS
Camera focal length: hardware 14th street 24mm (full-frame hardware 14th street equivalent)
Aperture: Fixed hardware 14th street f/2.8
Video: 4K MP4 & hardware 14th street MOV, D-Cinelike, up to hardware 14th street 240 hardware 14th street fps
Gimbal: hardware 14th street 3-axis
Weight: 570g
Flight hardware 14th street time: Up hardware 14th street to 35 mins

The DJI hardware 14th street Mavic hardware 14th street Air 2 couldn't look or feel more hardware 14th street different to its predecessor. The drone hardware 14th street has hardware 14th street been completely redesigned hardware 14th street to hardware 14th street provide significant improvements in all hardware 14th street areas, hardware 14th street including image hardware 14th street quality, hardware 14th street speed and flight time, among others.

On hardware 14th street the outside, the Mavic Air 2 hardware 14th street looks like a miniaturized DJI hardware 14th street Mavic 2 Pro and features the same hardware 14th street folding design that hardware 14th street sees the front arms hardware 14th street swing out, hardware 14th street and the hardware 14th street rear arms rotate hardware 14th street down hardware 14th street and hardware 14th street out, for flight.

DJI Mavic Air 2 size

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This means hardware 14th street the Mavic hardware 14th street Air hardware 14th street 2 hardware 14th street measures a tiny hardware 14th street 180 x hardware 14th street 97 x 84mm when folded – roughly hardware 14th street equivalent to a 500ml hardware 14th street bottle hardware 14th street of beer hardware 14th street – hardware 14th street and just 183 x 253 x 77mm hardware 14th street when unfolded. 

With hardware 14th street a weight of hardware 14th street 570g, hardware 14th street it's just over hardware 14th street half the weight of the Mavic hardware 14th street 2 Pro, making it a hardware 14th street highly portable, hardware 14th street and indeed hardware 14th street powerful, hardware 14th street drone for both photographers hardware 14th street and filmmakers. hardware 14th street Depending on where you live, it's hardware 14th street worth noting that this hardware 14th street also means you hardware 14th street may need hardware 14th street to register the Mavic hardware 14th street Air 2 (see the "Will I need hardware 14th street to hardware 14th street register the hardware 14th street DJI Mavic Air 2?" section below).

In hardware 14th street taking on hardware 14th street the folding hardware 14th street design of hardware 14th street the Mavic Pro series, the Mavic Air hardware 14th street 2 sits low hardware 14th street to hardware 14th street the ground on its hardware 14th street rear arms. This hardware 14th street means that when taking hardware 14th street off in grassy areas you have to hardware 14th street find flat hardware 14th street ground with short hardware 14th street grass to avoid strimming the hardware 14th street grass during take-off hardware 14th street and landing. 

This can hardware 14th street cause erratic flight and hardware 14th street at worst, crashes. hardware 14th street For this reason, hardware 14th street it's hardware 14th street worth hardware 14th street carrying a small landing hardware 14th street mat that can hardware 14th street be hardware 14th street pegged hardware 14th street to the ground to hardware 14th street provide a clear hardware 14th street and hardware 14th street safe take-off hardware 14th street area. On harder, flatter hardware 14th street surfaces such as hardware 14th street tarmac and concrete, hardware 14th street this obviously isn't a hardware 14th street problem.

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DJI Mavic Air 2 controller

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DJI Mavic Air 2 controller

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DJI Mavic Air 2 controller

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DJI Mavic Air 2 controller

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In hardware 14th street a departure from hardware 14th street the folding controller hardware 14th street design employed by all hardware 14th street previous hardware 14th street and current Mavic hardware 14th street drones, the Mavic Air hardware 14th street 2 controller is hardware 14th street larger and doesn't hardware 14th street feature hardware 14th street a folding design hardware 14th street – hardware 14th street it's like a smaller hardware 14th street version of the DJI Smart Controller, hardware 14th street but sadly without the hardware 14th street screen. 

This new hardware 14th street shape is comfortable to hardware 14th street hold thanks to hardware 14th street the contoured grips on the rear hardware 14th street and its hardware 14th street 393g weight. The controller also hardware 14th street starts up and connects to the aircraft hardware 14th street quicker than the previous hardware 14th street controller.

With this new design, the phone hardware 14th street attaches to the top hardware 14th street of hardware 14th street the controller via hardware 14th street a hardware 14th street telescopic grip that will comfortably hardware 14th street accept phones of all hardware 14th street sizes, including phablets. The hardware 14th street phone connector hardware 14th street cable attaches hardware 14th street within the cavity where the top hardware 14th street of the phone holder stows hardware 14th street away when hardware 14th street not hardware 14th street in use, and there's hardware 14th street a slot hardware 14th street to insert hardware 14th street the phone end hardware 14th street when it's not hardware 14th street in use to keep the cable tidy hardware 14th street and out hardware 14th street of the way. 

DJI Mavic Air 2 controller

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This is a nice touch, but the hardware 14th street cables are a hardware 14th street little too long hardware 14th street for the design so inserting hardware 14th street the hardware 14th street phone end of the cable hardware 14th street into the hardware 14th street space for storage puts pressure on hardware 14th street the hardware 14th street cable that could hardware 14th street potentially result in cable hardware 14th street damage over hardware 14th street time. hardware 14th street The control hardware 14th street sticks are stored in rubberized hardware 14th street sections at hardware 14th street the hardware 14th street bottom of hardware 14th street the hardware 14th street controller, and there are an additional hardware 14th street two spares hardware 14th street in hardware 14th street the box.

In hardware 14th street terms of hardware 14th street direct hardware 14th street access controls, the controller hardware 14th street offers just hardware 14th street a handful including hardware 14th street the joysticks for hardware 14th street flight control, a hardware 14th street flight mode switch to change between Tripod, Normal hardware 14th street and Sport Modes, a hardware 14th street Return-to-Home button, a button hardware 14th street to switch from stills hardware 14th street to video, one FN button, hardware 14th street a shutter button, a hardware 14th street gimbal hardware 14th street control hardware 14th street dial hardware 14th street and a button to turn the hardware 14th street controller on and hardware 14th street off. 

This minimal layout means that hardware 14th street the majority of camera controls hardware 14th street are accessed via the hardware 14th street new DJI Fly app.

DJI Mavic Air 2

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Features and flight

  • The Mavic Air 2 has a 42mph flight speed and 34-minute flight time
  • It has a vastly improved 10km range, compared to 4km on its predecessor
  • The drone's video feed can sometimes stutter and lock momentarily

The Mavic Air hardware 14th street 2 hardware 14th street features new motors, hardware 14th street new electronic speed controllers, improved hardware 14th street battery technology hardware 14th street and enhanced hardware 14th street aerodynamics. These combine hardware 14th street to provide increased flight hardware 14th street speeds hardware 14th street of up to 42mph in Sport hardware 14th street Mode and a hardware 14th street flight hardware 14th street time of up hardware 14th street to 34 minutes. 

This hardware 14th street is hardware 14th street a big boost over the original Mavic hardware 14th street Air's 21-minute hardware 14th street flight time and is even hardware 14th street three hardware 14th street minutes longer than hardware 14th street the Mavic hardware 14th street 2 hardware 14th street models. While that hardware 14th street doesn't sound much, hardware 14th street you really hardware 14th street do notice the hardware 14th street increased hardware 14th street flight duration and slower hardware 14th street battery drain. The controller also provides increased battery hardware 14th street life compared hardware 14th street to hardware 14th street its hardware 14th street predecessor.

Flying the Mavic Air hardware 14th street 2 is just as hardware 14th street easy as any other DJI hardware 14th street drone thanks to the smart technologies employed. Not hardware 14th street least the inclusion of OcuSync 2.0, hardware 14th street which is hardware 14th street a hardware 14th street vastly superior method of hardware 14th street transmission between the controller hardware 14th street and drone than that hardware 14th street used by the original Mavic Air

OcuSync hardware 14th street 2.0 supports 2.4GHz hardware 14th street and 5.8GHz frequencies and can switch between hardware 14th street the hardware 14th street two hardware 14th street when hardware 14th street necessary. Anti-interference technology also hardware 14th street helps block unwanted signals.

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DJI Mavic Air 2 sensors

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DJI Mavic Air 2

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DJI Mavic Air 2 folded

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Despite all this hardware 14th street new hardware 14th street and improved technology, which keeps the drone and hardware 14th street controller hardware 14th street connected at distances of up to hardware 14th street 10km, the video feed of hardware 14th street the hardware 14th street Mavic Air 2 still hardware 14th street stutters and locks hardware 14th street momentarily while the drone hardware 14th street continues to move. 

This was hardware 14th street a problem with the original hardware 14th street Mavic Air, and while it’s not the hardware 14th street end of the world, it can slow hardware 14th street you down when framing shots. hardware 14th street This might be down to the pre-release hardware 14th street version of the new hardware 14th street DJI hardware 14th street Fly hardware 14th street app that hardware 14th street we used for this hardware 14th street review, so hardware 14th street may be ironed out with firmware hardware 14th street or app updates hardware 14th street in the future – we'll update this hardware 14th street review if that's the case.

In hardware 14th street terms of safety features, hardware 14th street the Mavic Air 2 hardware 14th street provides obstacle sensors of the hardware 14th street front and rear of the drone that, hardware 14th street when switched on, can help hardware 14th street to avoid collisions. These are turned on hardware 14th street by default, and hardware 14th street for most hardware 14th street people keeping them turned on is hardware 14th street the best option. 

There hardware 14th street are also hardware 14th street sensors hardware 14th street on the bottom of the drone alongside hardware 14th street an hardware 14th street auxiliary light to hardware 14th street help with automatic landing and hardware 14th street these are similar to those hardware 14th street found hardware 14th street on the hardware 14th street Mavic Pro models. hardware 14th street Another safety feature is hardware 14th street geofencing, which will stop the drone hardware 14th street from flying hardware 14th street close to hardware 14th street high-risk and secure locations hardware 14th street such as airports hardware 14th street and critical infrastructure.

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DJI Mavic Air 2

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DJI Mavic Air 2

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DJI Mavic Air 2

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That's not the hardware 14th street end of hardware 14th street the hardware 14th street safety features either. hardware 14th street You hardware 14th street also get hardware 14th street Advanced hardware 14th street Pilot Assistance System (APAS) 3.0, which when enabled hardware 14th street will hardware 14th street reroute the hardware 14th street drone when obstacles come into hardware 14th street its path. The hardware 14th street idea behind this is that pilots can confidently hardware 14th street fly in more complex locations without hardware 14th street fear of crashing. 

And then there's hardware 14th street AirSense technology – a hardware 14th street first hardware 14th street for a DJI consumer drone – which uses hardware 14th street ADS-B aviation technology to hardware 14th street receive signals from hardware 14th street nearby airplanes and helicopters and displays their hardware 14th street locations on hardware 14th street the on-screen map on the DJI hardware 14th street Fly hardware 14th street app. This technology has been employed to help hardware 14th street reduce the risk hardware 14th street of air incursions, though hardware 14th street it will sadly only be available in hardware 14th street Mavic hardware 14th street Air 2 units in hardware 14th street North America initially. hardware 14th street DJI hardware 14th street says that "a hardware 14th street version of Mavic Air 2 hardware 14th street will be available hardware 14th street outside of North America hardware 14th street without ADS-B" and hardware 14th street that these models are hardware 14th street otherwise identical. 

Beyond the safety improvements, the hardware 14th street Mavic hardware 14th street Air 2 has hardware 14th street inherited hardware 14th street many advanced features from both the Mavic Pro hardware 14th street 2 and professional drones to provide smart capabilities hardware 14th street in hardware 14th street automated flight hardware 14th street modes for capturing still and video. 

These include FocusTrack, hardware 14th street Hyperlapse (up to hardware 14th street 8K) and four flight options; Free hardware 14th street movement, Circle, CourseLock and hardware 14th street WayPoints. 

Then there are the hardware 14th street 'QuickShot' automated flight hardware 14th street modes hardware 14th street (the drone equivalent of hardware 14th street a camera's hardware 14th street 'auto' mode), which help you create visually interesting hardware 14th street videos hardware 14th street at the hardware 14th street touch of a hardware 14th street button. These include hardware 14th street Rocket, Circle, Dronie, Helix, Boomerang or hardware 14th street Asteroid.

DJI Mavic Air 2 camera

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Photo and video quality

  • New sensor brings significantly improved image quality from the Mavic Air
  • Fantastic range of shooting modes, including 8K Hyperlapses
  • Stills from the high-resolution 48MP mode are slightly disappointing

The Mavic Air 2's image quality hardware 14th street is massively hardware 14th street improved compared to its hardware 14th street predecessor. hardware 14th street This is, in hardware 14th street part, thanks to hardware 14th street the new hardware 14th street 12MP 1/2-inch Quad Bayer hardware 14th street sensor, hardware 14th street which provides significantly cleaner hardware 14th street images at all ISO hardware 14th street levels. Still, like all drones with hardware 14th street small sensors, noise is noticeable hardware 14th street at even hardware 14th street ISO 100, so ISO 400 hardware 14th street is realistically the highest hardware 14th street setting you'd hardware 14th street want hardware 14th street to use. 

The hardware 14th street camera hardware 14th street lens provides hardware 14th street a hardware 14th street full-frame hardware 14th street equivalent focal length hardware 14th street of 24mm with a hardware 14th street fixed f/2.8 aperture. hardware 14th street But despite hardware 14th street this limitation hardware 14th street and hardware 14th street the hardware 14th street lens hardware 14th street focus being set to hyperfocal distance, depth-of-field is hardware 14th street large enough to keep close and hardware 14th street even deep landscape scenes sharp hardware 14th street throughout. 

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DJI Mavic Air 2 stills image quality

A topdown shot taken at the maximum legal altitude of 120m. (Image credit: Future)
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DJI Mavic Air 2 stills image quality

There's sharpness throughout this scene despite the Mavic Air 2's fixed f/2.8 aperture. (Image credit: Future)
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DJI Mavic Air 2 stills image quality

The grid guides in the DJI Fly app's camera view really aid composition. (Image credit: Future)
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DJI Mavic Air 2 stills image quality

This shots shows the shadow and highlight recovery that's possible when shooting Raw on the Mavic Air 2. (Image credit: Future)
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DJI Mavic Air 2 stills image quality

You can get clean results after lightening a slightly underexposed image like this. (Image credit: Future)
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DJI Mavic Air 2 stills image quality

You can get sharp results throughout the frame from the fixed focus 24mm lens. (Image credit: Future)
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DJI Mavic Air 2 stills image quality

The Mavic is capable of shooting high contrast scenes like this in the middle of the day. (Image credit: Future)
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DJI Mavic Air 2 stills image quality

With a 12MP sensor small and distant subjects can sometimes lack clarity. (Image credit: Future)
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DJI Mavic Air 2 stills image quality

This shot again shows the excellent sharpness you can get from the fixed focus 24mm lens. (Image credit: Future)
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DJI Mavic Air 2 stills image quality

This shot shows the vibrant natural color you can get from a Raw file. (Image credit: Future)
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DJI Mavic Air 2 stills image quality

Landscapes benefit from the vibrant colors produced by the Mavic Air 2's stills. (Image credit: Future)
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DJI Mavic Air 2 stills image quality

This shot is an example of using manual exposure to balance a high contrast scene. (Image credit: Future)
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DJI Mavic Air 2 stills image quality

This shot was taken around sunset using Auto White Balance, which has worked well. (Image credit: Future)

Images are sharpest in the hardware 14th street center of the hardware 14th street frame with hardware 14th street a drop off hardware 14th street the closer you get hardware 14th street to image edges. This is hardware 14th street the same with all Mavic drones, but the hardware 14th street edge hardware 14th street sharpness of the Mavic Air 2 is greatly hardware 14th street improved compared to its predecessor.

For hardware 14th street photographers, several functions are designed to help hardware 14th street you to shoot better hardware 14th street images with ease. But like scene modes hardware 14th street on compact cameras and entry-level hardware 14th street DSLRs, hardware 14th street if you're hardware 14th street an experienced photographer you can achieve better results hardware 14th street shooting Raw hardware 14th street (DNG) and using manual shooting hardware 14th street and editing techniques instead hardware 14th street of the features. All hardware 14th street of the hardware 14th street following features hardware 14th street produce JPEGs rather than hardware 14th street Raw files.

HDR photos hardware 14th street captures seven bracketed exposures hardware 14th street that are hardware 14th street then hardware 14th street merged in-camera to produce hardware 14th street an image with detail hardware 14th street from the shadows to the highlights. hardware 14th street This can hardware 14th street also hardware 14th street be achieved shooting hardware 14th street Raw hardware 14th street and hardware 14th street using hardware 14th street the Auto Exposure Bracketing mode before processing hardware 14th street images in HDR software.

Hyperlight hardware 14th street is a mode designed for shooting in low hardware 14th street light and merges several images to average hardware 14th street out hardware 14th street and reduce hardware 14th street noise. This can hardware 14th street be achieved manually by shooting hardware 14th street several Raw images and noise stacking hardware 14th street them in hardware 14th street Photoshop.

Finally, Scene Recognition hardware 14th street is hardware 14th street a mode that can recognize five hardware 14th street scene hardware 14th street types – sunsets, blue hardware 14th street skies, grass, snow, and trees, and optimizes hardware 14th street settings in hardware 14th street in-camera JPEG processing to hardware 14th street each. Again, this can be hardware 14th street achieved manually hardware 14th street in hardware 14th street Raw hardware 14th street processing software such as Adobe Lightroom. hardware 14th street The great thing here hardware 14th street though hardware 14th street is hardware 14th street that hardware 14th street regardless of how experienced you hardware 14th street are at photography, hardware 14th street everyone is catered hardware 14th street for.

Another highlight hardware 14th street feature hardware 14th street is the ability hardware 14th street to shoot 48MP stills with the 12MP sensor. hardware 14th street The output images taken hardware 14th street in this mode hardware 14th street are in JPEG hardware 14th street format, and hardware 14th street the results are unfortunately hardware 14th street much softer than hardware 14th street Raw files hardware 14th street and standard size JPEGs, hardware 14th street plus hardware 14th street images appear washed out hardware 14th street and desaturated in hardware 14th street comparison. 

This would hardware 14th street suggest that the 48MP hardware 14th street images are created hardware 14th street using hardware 14th street an in-camera interpolation hardware 14th street algorithm. If larger images are hardware 14th street required, Photoshop provides better interpolation results hardware 14th street within hardware 14th street the Image Size hardware 14th street dialogue using the Preserve Details hardware 14th street Resample option.

For hardware 14th street videographers, the Mavic Air 2 brings with hardware 14th street it hardware 14th street some hardware 14th street firsts hardware 14th street for hardware 14th street DJI hardware 14th street and even hardware 14th street features not hardware 14th street found in the flagship hardware 14th street Mavic models, hardware 14th street such as hardware 14th street 4K video at hardware 14th street 60fps and slow motion video hardware 14th street up to 240fps at 1080p. So, hardware 14th street despite hardware 14th street the small hardware 14th street size, there is certainly scope for hardware 14th street professional hardware 14th street video hardware 14th street use hardware 14th street of this drone in hardware 14th street certain situations.

Video can be captured in hardware 14th street Standard format, hardware 14th street so the video hardware 14th street equivalent of a JPEG, or in the more hardware 14th street neutral hardware 14th street D-Cinelike hardware 14th street profile that displays hardware 14th street more detail in shadows and highlights and requires hardware 14th street colour grading. 

HDR video hardware 14th street is also available hardware 14th street at hardware 14th street 4K, 2.7K and FHD hardware 14th street at up hardware 14th street to 30fps. 4K is hardware 14th street available hardware 14th street up to 60fps, 2.7K up to 60fps hardware 14th street and FHD up to hardware 14th street 240 fps. hardware 14th street Video can be shot in MP4/MOV (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, hardware 14th street H.265/HEVC) with a maximum bitrate hardware 14th street of 120 hardware 14th street Mbps.

DJI Mavic Air 2 camera

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Verdict

Just hardware 14th street when hardware 14th street you thought the Mavic Mini was hardware 14th street the most impressive small hardware 14th street drone available, hardware 14th street DJI hardware 14th street has upped hardware 14th street the hardware 14th street ante with the hardware 14th street Mavic Air 2, which sits comfortably hardware 14th street between hardware 14th street that model and hardware 14th street the hardware 14th street two hardware 14th street prosumer hardware 14th street Mavic 2 hardware 14th street models. 

The overall design has been dramatically changed hardware 14th street and hardware 14th street with hardware 14th street improved connection to hardware 14th street the hardware 14th street controller, noticeably hardware 14th street longer battery hardware 14th street life, hardware 14th street 4K hardware 14th street video at hardware 14th street 60 fps, 48MP hardware 14th street stills from the hardware 14th street new 1/2-inch Quad hardware 14th street Bayer sensor and a whole hardware 14th street host of hardware 14th street new hardware 14th street functionality, this is a significant upgrade on hardware 14th street the previous Mavic hardware 14th street Air. 

For hardware 14th street photographers hardware 14th street and hardware 14th street videographers who need a hardware 14th street highly portable drone that hardware 14th street can hardware 14th street be easily carried hardware 14th street alongside other hardware 14th street photographic hardware 14th street equipment to shoot hardware 14th street Raw hardware 14th street stills, 4K/60p video and slow hardware 14th street motion FHD video, the Mavic Air 2 hardware 14th street sets a new benchmark for what we hardware 14th street can expect from DJI drones now and in hardware 14th street the future.

With hardware 14th street the launch of the hardware 14th street Mavic Air hardware 14th street 2, DJI has produced a hardware 14th street drone that will undoubtedly hardware 14th street have a wide appeal thanks hardware 14th street to its impressive hardware 14th street smart hardware 14th street flight hardware 14th street features, stills and video functionality, alongside hardware 14th street the upgraded design, motors hardware 14th street and battery that provide hardware 14th street significant performance hardware 14th street upgrades over hardware 14th street the hardware 14th street previous model. 

The Mavic Air 2 hardware 14th street isn't perfect, hardware 14th street but it's hardware 14th street a hardware 14th street pleasure hardware 14th street to fly and shoot with, and could hardware 14th street easily become the most hardware 14th street popular DJI hardware 14th street drone to date.

Will I need to register the DJI Mavic Air 2?

In some regions, including the hardware 14th street US hardware 14th street and UK, new legislation has been hardware 14th street passed hardware 14th street for drones that weigh hardware 14th street 250g and over. hardware 14th street Whether or not you'll hardware 14th street need to hardware 14th street register the DJI hardware 14th street Mavic Air 2 depends on hardware 14th street where you live, but hardware 14th street here hardware 14th street are the hardware 14th street current laws for the US, UK and Australia.

FAA DroneZone

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US

If hardware 14th street you're a recreational hardware 14th street drone pilot – that is, hardware 14th street someone who is flying for fun hardware 14th street rather than commercial hardware 14th street gain – you'll hardware 14th street simply need to hardware 14th street register your Mavic Air 2 hardware 14th street with the FAA (Federal Aviation hardware 14th street Administration), then mark hardware 14th street your drone with the registration number.

There hardware 14th street is hardware 14th street also an 'Aeronautical hardware 14th street Knowledge and Safety hardware 14th street Test' hardware 14th street being developed for recreational drone hardware 14th street pilots, but it's not yet hardware 14th street clear when this will be introduced.

UK

Following the hardware 14th street new introduction of a drone registration scheme from 30 hardware 14th street November 2019, the hardware 14th street UK's CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) hardware 14th street now requires anyone who's responsible for a drone hardware 14th street weighing between hardware 14th street 250g and hardware 14th street 20kg to register hardware 14th street as an operator. hardware 14th street The DJI hardware 14th street Mavic Air 2 weighs 570g, hardware 14th street so hardware 14th street qualifies hardware 14th street for this.

The cost for hardware 14th street registration is £9 hardware 14th street per hardware 14th street year hardware 14th street and you'll also hardware 14th street need to pass an online hardware 14th street theory test, which is based hardware 14th street on hardware 14th street the information in hardware 14th street the The Drone and hardware 14th street Model Aircraft code. This test hardware 14th street is hardware 14th street free and renewable every hardware 14th street three years.

Australia

Australia's Civil Aviation hardware 14th street Safety Authority (CASA) is hardware 14th street planning a hardware 14th street new drone hardware 14th street registration scheme hardware 14th street on similar lines to hardware 14th street the CAA one above, but hardware 14th street so far hardware 14th street it hasn't been officially hardware 14th street introduced.

CASA hardware 14th street says that "drone registration and accreditation are hardware 14th street on their way" and hardware 14th street that the process hardware 14th street will hardware 14th street "be quick hardware 14th street and hardware 14th street easy hardware 14th street and last for 12 months". hardware 14th street You don't need to hardware 14th street do anything hardware 14th street with drones like hardware 14th street the DJI Mavic Air 2 right hardware 14th street now, but hardware 14th street we'll update hardware 14th street this page when that hardware 14th street changes.

The competition

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

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DJI produces the hardware 14th street most hardware 14th street consumer-level drones catering to a wide range hardware 14th street of photographers and videographers, so hardware 14th street there’s something for almost hardware 14th street everyone in its product hardware 14th street line-up. 

As such, hardware 14th street the lines between the hardware 14th street different hardware 14th street Mavic models can blur, which hardware 14th street means hardware 14th street both the tiny hardware 14th street DJI Mavic Mini hardware 14th street at hardware 14th street 249g hardware 14th street (which hardware 14th street only shots Jpegs and 2.7K hardware 14th street video) and the larger hardware 14th street Mavic 2 hardware 14th street Pro and Mavic hardware 14th street 2 hardware 14th street Zoom models are all direct competition hardware 14th street for the hardware 14th street Mavic hardware 14th street Air 2. 

Overall, the DJI Mavic hardware 14th street Air 2 hardware 14th street is the best hardware 14th street all-rounder for non-professionals, hardware 14th street because it has hardware 14th street a hardware 14th street far hardware 14th street wider hardware 14th street range hardware 14th street of modes hardware 14th street (including object tracking) than the Mavic hardware 14th street Mini. And while the hardware 14th street Mavic 2 hardware 14th street Pro and hardware 14th street Zoom respectively offer a larger sensor and hardware 14th street zoom capabilities that you can't find on hardware 14th street the Mavic Air 2, the hardware 14th street latter now offers hardware 14th street far better value for money.

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First reviewed: April hardware 14th street 2020