DJI Mavic Air 2 | Love at first flight

by W. Andrew Powell
DJI Mavic Air 2

The DJI Mavic Air 2 is a real surprise, and it’s gotten me excited to get out more for some spring droning. If you only expected a few updates from the original, you’re in for a real treat with the new drone.

The Mavic Air 2 Fly More combo arrived at my door last week, and I couldn’t get it out of the box quick enough. I’ve been flying my original Mavic Air since mid-2018, and I love how portable it is, but the Mavic Air 2 sets a whole new standard.

The drone is slightly bigger than the original, and slightly heavier too, but it feels a lot sturdier and more refined. The controller is also a huge upgrade, making it easier to hold, and rightfully putting the phone holder at the top. There are also no more folding arms to deal with, which I love.

In the air, the drone handles better, more reliably, and because of the improved controller since the original Air, it can fly further away too. Flying it for an hour in the first day, I also never saw any lag or distortion in the video transmission in an area with a lot of competing wi-fi signals.

On top of all the other improvements, the Mavic Air 2 boasts new features that make it the drone to beat in DJI’s lineup. Sure, the Mavic 2 Pro is an advanced drone with a better sensor size, and other features, but the Mavic Air 2 has an 8K hyperlapse mode, 48 MP photos, impressive HDR, scene recognition for images, and 4K video at 60fps and 120 Mbps.

I’ll break it all down in my review, but I’m very impressed with what DJI has created. It’s the right size, it’s still small enough to fit in most camera bags, and the Fly More combo is worth every dollar.

Check out my first sample photos and a video below, and stay tuned for the full review.

DJI Mavic Air 2
Aerial view from the DJI Mavic Air 2

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