Mavic Air 2
A small big-brother is here.
Yes! The most-significant upgrade is Slow motion of 240fps at 1080p resolution. Also, it can record 4K 60fps with a 120 Mbps bitrate. But don’t let “bitrate” fool you; better-glass (lens) is the major factor in image-quality. In short, don’t expect “The Look” to be better than its predecessor. Plus, that bitrate eats more SD-Card for no significant pay-off.
A whooping 48-megapixel! That’s a big image. But, doesn’t constitute to “Better Look”. Again, “The Look” will only change when better lenses are introduced, like the Hasselblad of it’s big-brother, the Mavic 2 Pro. So why need 48? Cropping. Say you take a snap of a car from 100-feet in the air. Zoom-in! Crop-in! Then you will see the driver’s face better that a 20-mega-pixel.
The 1/2.3-inch sensor. Why do we care? Dynamic Range. It means dark areas of the picture will have more detail. Sit under a tree’s shadow, and I can still see your face. It’s bigger that it’s little-brother’s, but smaller than the 1-inch of the Mavic 2 Pro.
A technology used by Android Phones. What will it do? To be less technical, It basically layers images, and process them in a “magic-pot”.
The result? Stunning HDR Video. The sky will be bluer, and shadows will be clearer.
It recognizes items like trees; make it’s leaves greener, and its trunk crispier (more contrast). It decides settings for itself to make Snow, Sunsets, Skies look the best it can be. You can’t see it working though, you just have to trust it. This effect isn’t too crazy. Which is good, because over-processing will make the image look unnatural and cheap.
Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems (APAS) 3.0
The premise is “smooth following” and “reliable” obstacle avoidance. These are “adjectives” not figures, so we’ll just have to take their word for it. The Golden Rule? Think of it as a Seat-belt or Air-bag. Trust it’s there, but don’t test it. Customers come to our shop with drones shattered in pieces. The reason? Yes, they tried the Air-bags, it didn’t deploy. Sensors are like human eyes, in different lighting conditions, we perceive things differently.
34 Minutes Battery Life
That’s if you hover the drone inside your room, with the windows closed. In real-life wind conditions, it’s better that other Mavics.
6.2 Miles (10-km) Range
It’s OccuSync 2.0 not Wifi. Plus, a controller that your palms would love. Grips better, looks cooler.
Overall. At $799, the crazy Slow-motion capability and the 48-Megapixel size, makes it worth it. This price is close to a used Mavic Pro, which differs physical weight, size and wing-span for your consideration. Although, DJI’s website says both can handle wind speeds of 22-mph all the same.