April 28, 2020 — DJI unveiled the new Mavic Air 2 drone, marking a new era of creative aerial photography. This drone combines high quality shooting, intuitive operation, high-tech flight performance and revolutionary intelligent technology.
Showreel filmed with DJI Mavic Air 2
Easy and safe to use, Mavic Air 2 is designed to create unique and high quality material. This foldable drone is compact and easy to use, yet comes with 8K shooting capability. The camera’s 1/2‑inch sensor delivers high-resolution photos and videos, while high-tech flight modes and smart features make it effortless to capture like the pros. The maximum flight time has been increased, so pilots can now fly the drone for longer while capturing quality images and using upgraded autonomous capabilities. Then they can process the received material in the application.
“Mavic Air 2 is a milestone for DJI as it proves that our most intelligent hobbyist drone to date, DJI, can be quite compact,” said DJI President Roger Luo. “While the Mavic Air 2 has all the hallmarks of the Mavic series, we have completely overhauled its design and development process. Our goal was to create a drone that is as easy to use as possible, even for novice pilots. We hope that our drones will inspire people to become more creative, gain new knowledge and have some fun even at this unprecedented moment in our history.”
Shooting reliability for any user
The new Mavic Air 2 introduces a new take on creating quality content with a compact, foldable drone. The features and technologies of the Mavic Air 2 are sure to please any creative person, whether you’re an experienced pilot or not. Mavic Air 2 is the first drone in the Mavic series to offer 4K video at 60fps and 120Mbps bitrate. Users can record unique HDR footage in 4x slow motion at 1080p at 120fps or 8x at 1080p at 240fps.
Pilots can capture images in 12 megapixels or take advantage of the new 48 megapixel high-resolution feature that captures quality shots, while the 3‑axis stabilizer eliminates camera shake for smooth, stable footage even in unpredictable conditions. With a 1/2‑inch Bayer filter and intelligent shooting modes, Mavic Air 2 takes your creativity to the next level.
New SmartPhoto Modeallows you to take photos at 12 megapixels, using advanced scene analysis and machine learning to automatically select one of three shooting options.
- HDR Photo: Mavic Air 2 automatically captures 7 different exposures of the same photo and combines them into a high dynamic range image.
- HyperLight: HyperLight technology is designed for shooting in low light conditions. Several shots are combined into one high-quality image, while the level of noise that usually appears in low-light scenes is reduced.
- Scene Recognition: When shooting in this mode, Mavic Air 2 recognizes 5 categories: sunset, sky, grass, snow, and trees. The drone optimizes settings to create photos with rich colors, midtones and high detail.
Unrivaled flight performance
With Mavic Air 2, every drone lover will be able to experience flying in a whole new way. Despite being as light as a bottle of water (570 grams), Mavic Air 2 features new motors, new electronic speed controllers (ESC), improved battery and aerodynamic design for a maximum flight time of up to 34 minutes.
DJI’s patented OcuSync 2.0 image transmission technology has been enhanced to provide ultra-reliable HD video transmission from a drone up to 10 km (up to 6 km in Russia). OcuSync 2.0 supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies and features auto-switching between them based on signal strength, while anti-interference technology blocks unwanted signals for a clear video stream.
New drone safety standards
The Mavic Air 2 is equipped with features that help ensure maximum flight safety. Obstacle sensors ahead and behind the aircraft alert pilots if the aircraft is too close to an object. They can be set to stop the drone in order to avoid a collision. Additional sensors and an auxiliary light on the bottom of Mavic Air 2 ensure features such as auto-landing work even in low-light conditions. Mavic Air 2 is also equipped with the GEO geofencing system, which helps keep drones away from dangerous places like airports.
Advanced Autopilot (APAS) 3.0 brings a new level of autonomy to DJI drones. With APAS 3.0 enabled, as obstacles appear in the flight path, Mavic Air 2 creates a new path around, under, or above the object to avoid collision. This gives users the confidence to fly in difficult situations and allows them to concentrate on capturing perfect images. Through the use of 3D maps, the updated version helps to provide smooth transitions and smooth out jerky movements around objects, even in difficult conditions.
According to DJI’s industry-leading Top 10 Safety Elements released last year, the Mavic Air 2 is DJI’s first hobby drone to feature AirSense technology, which provides enhanced aircraft safety by alerting the pilot to nearby other aircraft. AirSense uses ADS‑B aviation technology to receive signals from nearby aircraft and helicopters and show their location on the drone control screen. When other aircraft approach the aircraft, AirSense alerts the pilot through messages, sounds, and vibrations, drawing the pilot’s attention and keeping the aircraft safe to fly.
“DJI’s goal is to create technologies to increase the safety of drones. The Mavic Air 2 is another tool for the safety of drone operations,” said Brendan Schulman, Vice President of Policy and Legal at DJI. “Our decision to install ADS‑B on the new models means that Mavic Air 2 will be the world’s largest deployment of ADS‑B technology, confirming our status as the industry leader in security.”
Powerful Smart Features
Mavic Air 2 is equipped with optimized smart features that allow users to quickly and easily capture high-quality images and videos. FocusTrack is DJI’s most advanced drone tracking feature and offers three shooting modes:
- ActiveTrack 3.0: Select an Object to Auto-Follow Mavic Air 2. The third version of ActiveTrack uses the latest technology and new route guidance algorithms to provide improved object following, collision avoidance, and the ability to quickly focus on an object if it is temporarily hidden behind an obstacle.
- Point of Interest 3.0: Automatic flight path to fly around objects. The new version provides improved surface recognition for better dynamic object tracking.
- Tracking Mode 2.0 (Spotlight 2.0): Typically, this function is used in DJI professional drones. The follow mode captures the subject in the frame, while the operator has complete freedom to control the movement of the drone.
The hyperlapse feature combines the visual appeal of timelapse with the added element of the drone’s physical movement. For the first time, hyperlapse can be used to shoot at maximum 8K resolution, and pilots can choose from four flight modes: Free movement, Circle, Course Lock, and Waypoints. » (Waypoints). Pilots also have a choice of pre-programmed flight maneuvers called “Quick Shot” using the 3‑axis gimbal for unsurpassed video quality. Just press a button and Mavic Air 2 will automatically create great videos. The following modes are available to pilots: “Rocket”, “Circle”, “Drone”, “Spiral”, “Boomerang” and “Asteroid”.
Intuitive app, easy editing, wide range of accessories
The updated version of the DJI Fly app brings additional features to the Mavic Air 2 while maintaining a user-friendly experience. New guides help users quickly become familiar with the drone, get it in the air and start capturing amazing footage. Easy-to-use editing features make DJI Fly the ideal tool for editing and correcting footage. Additional useful accessories are available with the Mavic Air 2, including a shoulder bag, ND filter kits, propeller guards, protective case, remote control tablet holder, and monitor visor.