China-based global drone maker DJI has finally launched the new Mavic Air 2 after almost two and a half years of the first Mavic Air, that comes in with bigger image sensors, longer flight time, and comes in with a redesigned controller for smooth operations.
DJI’s Mavic Air 2 is available for pre-order today for $799 and shipping will start from May 11th in the United States, the company is also offering a Fly More bundle that includes ND filters along with a carrying bag, prop guards, charging hub, and three batteries priced at $988.
The company calls it the smartest and safest drone yet, that features pre-programmed scene detection modes for photos that include snow, trees, grass, blue skies, sunsets, and sunrises.
The Mavic Air 2 features a new half-inch “Quad Bayer” sensor that is similar to the 48MP sensor available in smartphones and it captures 12MP images as well, the sensor is placed behind the 28mm f/2.8 lens.
Video: The Mavic Air 2 can shoot 4K videos at up to 60fps. It also has HDR capabilities for video (up to 4K 30fps) and HDR panorama photos. The Mavic Air 2 is also capable of exporting 8K time-lapse videos but currently, it is limited to some modes, this feature will be available for other modes around the end of June.
It is the first DJI drone to come equipped with AirSense technology that detects and warns the drone operator of nearby aircraft. It also includes the obstacle sensors on the front and rear to help avoid collisions and bottom sensors next to auxiliary lights to help with landing in low light. All autonomous flying mode in DJI will get more performance updates as well.
The new Mavic Air 2 is a bit bigger and heavier than the Mavic Air, but looks smaller than the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom that now follows the similar design language.
The new bigger controller for the device has been redesigned that now use spring-loaded phone mount in place of visible antennas sticking out on top of the controller
It will be available in North America first, while other regions will begin shipping units with AirSense this summer due to supply chain issues caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.