Up Your Game with the Mavic Air 2


When DJI released the Mavic Air, in January 2018, it was a legitimate game changer. By introducing many of the prosumer elements found in some of its larger drones into a smaller form factor, DJI opened up a new world of possibilities for aerial photographers and cinematographers. Now, more than two years later, we have the direct sequel to that legendary flyer, the aptly named Mavic Air 2.

Newish and Improved

One of the things you should know about the Mavic Air 2 is that it isn't as revolutionary as its predecessor—it doesn't need to be. In many ways, the original Mavic Air was all about changing what we thought was possible with camera drones: where you could fly, how you could travel, what you could shoot. The Mavic Air 2 doesn't add to that list, nor does it reinvent. It simply does all those new things better.

DJI Mavic Air 2
DJI Mavic Air 2

How does it achieve this? Well, for starters, the Mavic Air 2 shoots higher-quality video and image stills. It also has a more sophisticated vision system with better tracking features and obstacle avoidance. It can fly longer, transfer higher-resolution video further, and is every bit as portable. In short, the Mavic Air 2 appears to be the superior drone—and that's coming from someone who still considers the original Mavic Air one of the best drones on the market and one of the most important flyers ever made.

DJI Mavic Air 2 sample photos

Superior Shooter

Arguably, the Mavic Air 2's most notable upgrade is its improved camera system. The new setup includes a 1/2" sensor that allows the Mavic Air 2 to shoot 48MP stills (compared to 12MP from both the Mavic Air and Mavic Pro Platinum) and 4K video at 60 fps. Apart from the inherent capabilities and advantages of shooting 4K60, this is an important upgrade because it makes the Mavic Air 2 only the second DJI drone to offer 4K60 recording (the other being the larger and costlier Phantom 4 Pro V2.0).

DJI Mavic Air 2

On top of its enhanced imaging capabilities, the Mavic Air 2 also includes the OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system, which more than doubles the Mavic Air 2's transmission distance from 4 all the way up to 10km, and increases the maximum video transmission to Full HD. Though it was very good in the original, the Mavic Air 2's obstacle avoidance should be even better, thanks to its upgraded APAS 3.0 system, which, according to DJI, is its most sophisticated obstacle-avoidance software to date.

DJI Mavic Air 2

Perhaps best of all, the Mavic Air 2 comes with the latest versions of DJI's most advanced tracking features and shooting modes. FocusTrack is DJI's name for the Mavic Air 2's suite of tracking modes. It includes the latest versions of ActiveTrack 3.0, Point of Interest 3.0, and Spotlight 2.0. Together, these three tracking modes should allow pilots to tackle just about any occasion or shot. In terms of shooting modes, the Mavic Air 2 offers more features and possibilities than any other DJI drone, which includes a full HDR suite and one of our favorite new capture modes, Hyperlapse (click here and scroll down to check out Hyperlapse in action).   

Even More Air

As significant an upgrade as the new camera and vision system is, the Mavic Air 2's dramatic jump in battery life is arguably just as impressive. Somehow, DJI managed to up the Mavic Air 2's flight time all the way up to 34 minutes. Not only is that a huge gain over the original Mavic Air's 21-minute flight time, but it puts the Mavic Air 2 right at the top of DJI's product line in term of battery performance. 

DJI Mavic Air 2  

Up Your Game

Thanks to an all-around spec boost and long list of advanced flying features and modes, the Mavic Air 2 might just be the next great mid-sized drone. To see whether it lived up to all that potential, check out our hands-on review below. And, if you have any questions or comments about the Mavic Air 2, be sure to let us know.



There are enough video tests and reviews out on the web.  Check out the durability of this model when a reviewer had it tracking himself on a bike ride and it, while not what you want, didn't see a road sign and slammed right into it.  Paint on the body and the DJI still rocked on.  I'm not too concerned about it not having a cage around the camera.  The entire review made it clear, this is one of the best drones on the market!  Looking forward to my combo coming soon.

Have to agree with Matthew on this one. There very well could be issues with this drone that we don't yet know about, but I'm not worried in the least about durability. I've literally performed a "hard landing" with just about every DJI drone there is and have yet to bust the camera. That doesn't mean they're all perfect or that the Mavic Air 2 is guaranteed to be the best drone ever, but I'm very confident in its durability. That being said, Matthew, we'd love to get your feedback on the Mavic Air 2 when you do get it. Just do us a favor and try not to plow it into any road signs. 

Same old horrible design. The camera just sitting with no protective cage, is a disaster waiting to happen. DJI, please put a little frame on the side so the camera is protected. it does not move sideways anyway. You can do it!

What's the weight? Seems DJI is just making stuff we don't need between a pro 2 and mini. Much rather have a better mini camera...

Hi Mitch - 

General Specification:

Number of Rotors

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)

1.25 lb / 570 g

Does anyone have a sense of the quality of still photographs between this drone and the Mavic Pro with the Hasselblad camera? The sensor is only half the size.

The H camera alone is a downpayment on a house or car, I doubt it's a sizeable improvement over the H camera but i'm sure there's tweaks.

Hi, Bill! So, that’s an excellent question. The Mavic Air 2 shoots 48MP vs 20MP from the Mavic Pro 2 (the one with Hassleblad), so you’re going to get more info in your RAW files from the Mavic Air 2, which means you’re going to have more editing options. Now, the Mavic Air 2 does have a smaller sensor, so there’s probably going to be more noise in its still photos, especially in low light situations. To see some example stills, check out our written review of the Mavic Pro 2 for a look at what the photo quality is vs the examples our team captured above. Keep in mind that both can shoot RAW photos, so you’ll have the added benefit of being able to edit and adjust your

Does Mavic air 2 work with the Raymarine Axiom Multifunction displays

We are not aware of the Mavic Air 2 being compatible with that display.

Hi, David! So, as of right now, Raymarine Axiom Displays do not support the Mavic Air 2. However, Raymarine has continually updated their LightHouse software to support new DJI drones as they’ve been released, so support for the Mavic Air 2 could forthcoming. We’ll try to keep you updated if and when it’s released.

Can  you turn  Off the Sensors like in the  phantom?   when I  do  my   photography  I  don't  used  the  anti  collision  sensor  I  like  to  have  the  Control of  the  fly.

Thanks for the question. Once we receive official information from DJI on this we’ll post an answer to your question.

Hi, Gerardo! The DJI Mavic Air 2 does list S (Sport) Mode in its specs, which means that yes, you can disable all obstacle avoidance sensors. As someone who once plowed a DJI Inspire into a sailboat while flying in Sport Mode, be careful!

I’m sure you can.  You could on Mavic Air no reason couldn’t with Mavic Air 2

I attempted to fly my brand new Mavic Air 2 indoors in a very large, high open space the other day and was not able to lift it more than about 15ft off the floor regardless of what mode I was in (tried Sport) or changes I made to the Safety Settings.  A warning voice came on saying I reached maximum altitude.  It flew perfectly in the space, just couldn't go any higher.  I read this was a limitation set by the lack of GPS and though I found several suggestions online for disabling sensors - most of which were aimed at the AIr not the AIr 2 - none of them helped remove the height limit.  Hope this is helpful.

What is the difference between Mavid Air 2 and Mavic Air 2 Fly More Combo?

To quote:  "Compared to the included accessories of the standard Mavic Air 2, the Fly More Combo gives you the following:

  • Extra propellers: Three additional pair of props so you can make even more repairs if needed
  • Extra batteries: Two extra batteries give you up to 68 additional minutes of flight time
  • ND filter set (ND16, ND64, and ND256): Three ND filters let you reduce incoming light and glare in your footage
  • Battery charging hub: Recharge your batteries while out filming to help maximize the amount of footage you can capture in a single outing
  • Battery to power bank adapter: Lets you recharge mobile devices from one of the Mavic Air 2's flight batteries
  • Shoulder bag: More easily transport the Mavic Air 2 and accessories to your filming location


Looks great.
What about the noice level? Is it reduced compared to the original Mavic Air.
And the size and weight?

The Mavic Air 2 has unfolded dimensions of 10.0 x 3.0 x 7.2" and weighs 1.25 pounds.  It should also make less noise than the Mavic Air.

Hey Jack - Let us know your thoughts on it when you get one!