Today, I will be talking about one of the most versatile tools in my gear collection, the DJI Mavic Air 2. This is a small form drone with a built-in camera and gimbal. This drone is useful for getting a camera into places and positions that would otherwise be impossible or too expensive.
Before I talk about my thoughts on this unique little drone, let's talk specs.
-Price of the drone: $799
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-1/2 Inch Image Sensor
-Can shoot 4K 60 FPS Video
-48 MP Photos
-34 Minute Max Flight Time
-6 Mile 1080P Video Signal
-Front and Back Obstacle avoidance sensors
-43 MPH Top Speed in Sports Mode
-Automatic Shooting modes such as subject tracking and point of interest
Now that the specs have been covered, I will now share about my personal experience with this drone. I have had several DJI drones in the past including the Phantom 3 Pro and Phantom 2. This time around, I decided to go with the Mavic line of Drones for one primary reason. SPACE! When I owned the previous Phantom models, I had to carry a large suitcase like carrying case to accommodate the drone, two batteries, the controller and chargers. The most noticeable difference between the previous models and the Mavic Air 2 is that the Mavic Air 2 is highly compact and folds up for transportation. The controller is also tiny in comparison to other controllers, with its retractable built-in phone holder and you no longer have to worry about any clunky antennas sticking out of your controller.
The entire drone, controller, three batteries and charger all fit into this tiny pouch that is convenient to take with you. Long gone are the days of leaving my drone at home just
because I didn't want to go through the hassle of lugging the giant case around on my travels. An important tip to mention is that if you are flying, for recreational purposes, you WILL have to register your drone with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and get an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) number that you will be required to display on your drone while flying. This process takes around 10 minutes and only costs $5. If you intend to fly this drone for business or commercial use, you will need to obtain your Part 107 Commercial License to operate the drone. This involves a bit more effort on your part because you will need to study and pass an FAA issued exam to ensure you understand the rules about airspace and where you can and can't fly.
In order to prepare the small and compact controller for the flight, you will need to screw in the provided control sticks, pull out the adjustable phone
holder and then pull out the connector cable hidden inside the top of your controller. Once that is done, insert your phone, connect it and turn it on. This whole process only takes about a minute. DJI definitely hit the mark on design with this controller!
To prepare the drone itself for flight, you will want to pull out the four legs that contain the propellers and motors, remove the protective gimbal cover and turn on the drone. This is a very straight forward process. In flight, the drone is extremely stable and handles even fairly
windy conditions well. I think the Mavic Air 2 is also effectively larger than the Mavic Mini so it can handle bigger gusts of wind similar to the Mavic Pro, but at a much more affordable rate and more compact size. With the front and back sensors enabled, the drones intelligent obstacle avoidance system is programed to hover if it’s in front of an object obstructing it’s path even if your control stick is pushed forward all the way. This feature can be disabled, if you prefer to have the sensors off. This drone is by far the most stable I’ve ever flown with and I think Mavic made major improvements in their stabilization software. In case you forget to insert the SD Card into the Magic Air 2 during your flight, the drone has a small amount of internal storage, 8GB to be exact. This drone also features a small light at the bottom that can be toggled from the remotes function button by default.
This is one of the best drones available on the market, especially for the price. The camera is capable of 4k 60 to take high definition image and video footage on your flight. I feel like I can take this drone on any of my future trips because of its compact size. I also feel very comfortable handing it to a beginner drone operator after a short briefing. If you‘re a creative looking for ways to capture different angles and perspectives of your area, trying to capture footage of your vacation or you’re a film maker, this is a great option. I will be leaving the link to this drone in the description below. This is an affiliate link that supports the channel at no additional cost to you.
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Sample shots from the DJI Mavic Air 2