uh, the company says it’s it’s, smartest consumer drone ever um. It has a longer battery life than the original in a longer range than the original comes with an all new controller, and it has a brand new camera in front everything’s new, except for the price. Actually, the price is still eight hundred dollars for the controller drone. In one battery i got to test it out for a couple days. Unfortunately, it was raining most of that time and with covert 19 shutdowns it was limited where i could fly plus it takes two hours to charge the battery, so i was only able to get a little flight time in so consider this an early hands on. First, look kind of thing at this and not an official full review let’s dive into the features so let’s talk key flight specs for a second uh. The mavic air 2 is slightly larger than the original air and heavier at 570 grams. Its flight time is actually better, though, going up from 21 minutes to a max flight time of 34 minutes without wind. I got roughly 32 minutes before it forced a landing. Its max video transmission range has increased to from four kilometers to 10 kilometers and, despite the size increase, it keeps its top speed of 68 kilometers per hour in sports mode. Before i go deeper into the drone, let me show you this new controller it’s larger than the last, and instead of your phone awkwardly sandwiched below the controls, it’s now clipped up top.
The removable sticks are stored in the bottom, so you just pull them out and twist them in you’ve got a switch here front and center for moving from normal to the slower tripod or faster sports modes. There’S a programmable function. Button up here turn it to the back and you’ve got a dial for tilting the camera there’s a trigger for capturing video or photos and a button here for switching between the video and photo modes. Dji even added a speaker to the back. So you’ll hear system warnings loud and clear. The larger size is nice and comfortable too. Now on to that, new camera uh it’s been overhauled, with a new, larger half inch image sensor that captures 12 or 48 megapixel photos and 4k video at 60 frames per second, which is a first for a mavic drone and, of course everything looks super smooth with Its 3 axis motorized stabilizer, the 4k video records at a higher bit rate of 120 megabits per second, and it shows in the amount of detail you’ll see in the video. It can also record in hdr in 4k at 30 frames per second, which helps balance out things like clouds, where you’d normally lose some detail and highlights, as well as bringing up shadow detail. The air 2 can do full hd slow motion too at 120 or 240 frames per second it’s nice to have the 240 option, but it seems to come with a dip in video quality.
Going with the 120 frames per second mode. Looked really good and it didn’t drop as much detail. One other new option is the 8k resolution hyperlapse, but it wasn’t available to test it’ll be rolled out in firmware updates in may and june, like the original, the air 2 can be used to track subjects. You can just draw a box around the subject and it will stay locked on them. Dji updated this feature called active track for improved, subject, recognition and obstacle avoidance, so you can have somebody walk through trees or other obstacles and the drone will automatically go over or around them. It may struggle with bare branches still, but at least in my initial test, it worked as promised. This model also has a spotlight option, so you can control the drone, even while it’s tracking, so the camera is always locked on your subject, no matter how you fly, it you’re able to do automated flight paths around a targeted point of interest too part of the Reason it’s able to do all that is the sensors on the front back and bottom what dji calls its advanced pilot assistance system. This allows you to worry less about running into objects or people, because the drone will find its own path around or over them, or it will just stop entirely and you get audible and visual warnings, the whole time from the app and the controller. So the apac system helps with not crashing into people or things, but then there’s.
Another system that dji added for the first time in a consumer drone called air sense that receives adsb signals from airplanes and helicopters, and this gives you a notification on your screen. So you know when there’s air traffic in your area, there is one more safety feature that dji put in this model and it’s an auxiliary light on the bottom out of the box it’s tied to that function. Button on the controller, so you just tap that and you can turn it on and off without digging around in the settings or tapping on your screen. That light will help you fly at night or in dusk when you’re trying to land. It helps the sensors on the bottom, but uh. It also helps you see it in the sky, while you’re flying so two years on since the original, launched and you’re now getting a better camera better flight time longer range new controller, that’s, much more comfortable it’s.