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Industry News: DJI officially announces the Mavic Air 2

Reimagining The Experience Of Aerial Creativity, Mavic Air 2 Is The Smartest, Safest And Easiest-To-Fly Consumer Drone to Date

DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today ushers in a new era of aerial creativity with the Mavic Air 2 drone, combining high-grade imaging, intuitive yet advanced flight performance, and revolutionary smart and safe technology in the best all-around drone we’ve ever made.

Created to make capturing unique, high-quality content from the air simple, fun, and safe, Mavic Air 2 offers flagship capabilities in a compact and easy to use folding drone that features 8K functionality. A larger 1/2” camera sensor offers high-resolution photos and videos to make content stand out, while advanced programmed flight modes, intelligent features, and imaging technology make capturing professional-looking content effortless. Pilots can now stay in the sky longer with enhanced maximum flight time, capture vivid imagery with completely revamped autonomous capabilities, and wholly transform their content with in-app editing features.

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“Mavic Air 2 is another milestone for DJI, demonstrating that our smartest consumer drone does not have to be the largest,” said DJI President Roger Luo. “While the Mavic Air 2 bears all the hallmarks of the Mavic drone family, we had to completely rethink its design and development process. Our goal was to create a drone that offered the best overall experience possible to even the most novice pilot. We hope our drones can help boost creativity and become a fun yet educational experience that can be enjoyed, even at this unprecedented moment in history.”

Robust Imaging Capabilities for Every Type of Creator

The new Mavic Air 2 reimagines how quality content can be captured in a portable, folding drone. No matter the skill level of the pilot, Mavic Air 2’s features and technology are sure to appeal to every creative visionary. Mavic Air 2 is the first drone in the Mavic series to offer 4K video at 60 fps and 120 Mbps. Additionally, users can record unique content using HDR video[1], 4X Slow Motion in 1080p at 120 fps or 8X Slow Motion in 1080p at 240 fps. Pilots can record 12-megapixel[2] images or choose a new high-resolution 48-megapixel feature that photographs in stunning detail, while a mechanical 3-axis gimbal helps compensate for camera shake to create smooth and stable footage, even in unpredictable scenarios. Taking full advantage of the large Quad Bayer 1/2″ sensor, the Mavic Air 2 is the perfect tool to take creativity to the next level with a suite of image capture modes. The newly added SmartPhoto records 12-megapixel photos using advanced scene analysis and deep learning to automatically choose one of three image capture options.

  • HDR photos: Mavic Air 2 automatically captures seven varying exposures of the same photograph, merging them together to bring out a high dynamic image.
  • Hyperlight: Hyperlight is designed for low-light scenarios, taking multiple photographs and merging them to bring out a clear image with less of the noise which usually occurs in low-light scenes.
  • Scene Recognition: Mavic Air 2 can recognize five categories of scenes including sunsets, blue skies, grass, snow, and trees, then optimize settings to make the photograph pop by bringing out the highest degree of color, detail, and tones.

Unparalleled Flight Performance

Mavic Air 2 completely rebuilt the basics of drone flight to open up the skies for more exploration for everyone who is passionate about drone technology. Despite only weighing as much as a small water bottle at 570 grams, the Mavic Air 2 features new motors, new electronic speed controllers (ESCs), enhanced battery technology and an aerodynamic design to provide a maximum flight time of up to 34 minutes. DJI’s proprietary OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology has been upgraded to deliver an extremely reliable and stable HD video feed from the drone at a maximum distance of 10km[3]. OcuSync 2.0 supports both 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequency bands and uses an auto-switching feature to move between the two based on signal strength, while anti-interference technology blocks unwanted signals to keep the video feed clear.

Setting a New Standard for Drone Safety

Mavic Air 2 is equipped with unprecedented new safety features to help make flying as safe as possible. Obstacle sensors on the front and rear of the drone warn pilots when they’re too close to an object and can also be set to stop the drone from moving any closer to avoid a collision. Additional sensors and auxiliary lights on the bottom of Mavic Air 2 assist with several functions including smooth, automatic landing even in difficult lighting. Mavic Air 2 also comes equipped with our GEO geofencing solution to help keep drones away from the highest-risk locations, such as busy airports.

Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) 3.0 brings the next level of autonomous flying to DJI drones. When users enable APAS 3.0, as obstacles come into the drone’s path, Mavic Air 2 will create a new path around, under or over the object to avoid a collision, giving pilots the confidence to fly in more complex situations while focusing on capturing their ideal images. Using 3D mapping, the updated version aids in smooth transitions and more fluid movements around objects even in highly complex environments.

In accordance with DJI’s industry-leading 10-point Elevating Safety vision published last year, Mavic Air 2 is also DJI’s first consumer drone designed to include AirSense technology[4], which provides enhanced safety by warning drone pilots of other aircraft nearby. AirSense uses aviation technology known as ADS-B to receive signals from nearby airplanes and helicopters and displays their location on the drone pilot’s control screen. As these other aircraft approach the drone, AirSense will warn the drone pilot with messages, sounds, and vibrations, enhancing the pilot’s awareness and ability to move the drone safely away.

“DJI has an unwavering commitment to enhancing drone safety with technology, and Mavic Air 2 implements yet another pioneering safety solution for drone operations,” said DJI Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs Brendan Schulman. “Our ambitious commitment to installing ADS-B in our new product models means Mavic Air 2 will be the world’s largest single deployment of ADS-B receiver technology, fulfilling and furthering our vision as the industry’s leader on voluntary safety efforts.”

Powerful Intelligent Features

Mavic Air 2 is packed with optimized intelligent features allowing users to quickly and easily record images and video that deserves to be shared with the world. FocusTrack[5] is the most advanced tracking feature on any DJI drone and offers three different capture modes:

  • ActiveTrack 3.0: Select a subject for Mavic Air 2 to automatically follow. The third iteration of ActiveTrack uses state-of-the-art mapping technology and new flight path algorithms to offer improved subject tracking and obstacle avoidance, along with the ability to quickly re-engage the subject if it temporarily moves behind an object.
  • Point of Interest 3.0: Set an automated flight path around a specific subject. The updated iteration improves surface recognition to better dynamically track subjects.
  • Spotlight 2.0: Found in professional DJI drones, Spotlight locks a subject in the frame while the user has free operation of the drone’s movement.

A Hyperlapse feature brings the visual appeal of timelapse but with the added element of the drone physically moving. For the first time, Hyperlapse can be shot in a max resolution of 8K[6] while pilots can choose four flight modes including Free movement, Circle, CourseLock and WayPoints. Pilots can also choose from several pre-programmed flight maneuvers known as QuickShots, which use a 3-axis mechanical gimbal and electronic image stabilization for unmatched video quality. Simply tap the desired mode and Mavic Air 2 will automatically create stunning, cinematic content. Pilots can choose Rocket, Circle, Dronie, Helix, Boomerang, or Asteroid.

Intuitive App, Convenient Editing and a Wealth of Accessories

An updated version of the DJI Fly app adds more advanced functionality for Mavic Air 2 while maintaining its user-friendly navigation. New tutorials get users familiarized with the drone and quickly in the air to start capturing compelling footage. Easy to use in-app editing features make the DJI Fly app a one-stop tool to edit and adjust the footage captured. Mavic Air 2 will be supported by a host of additional useful accessories including a shoulder bag, ND filter sets, propeller guards, protective case, tablet holder for the controller and monitor hood.

Pricing and Availability

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new complexities for global shipping and logistics of many products. As a result, the Mavic Air 2 will be initially available for immediate purchase in China today while other regions will begin taking preorders today with an expected ship time of mid-May. Mavic Air 2 will be available in two purchasing options: a standard package which includes Mavic Air 2, one battery, remote controller and all the required wires and cables for $799 USD, and the Fly More option which includes all items from the standard version as well as a shoulder bag, ND filters, charging hub, and 3 batteries for $988 USD. Mavic Air 2 is available for preorder through all authorized retailers as well DJI’s online store: https://store.dji.com/product/mavic-air-2

DJI Care Refresh

DJI Care Refresh is now available for Mavic Air 2. For a small additional charge, DJI Care Refresh offers comprehensive coverage for incidents such as collision and water damage as well as up to two replacement units within one year. Receive your replacement even sooner with DJI Care Refresh Express. DJI Care Refresh also includes VIP after-sales support and free two-way shipping. For a full list of details and pricing, please visit: https://www.dji.com/ca/service/djicare-refresh

To learn more about Mavic Air 2, please visit: www.dji.com/ca/mavic-air-2

gbc

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Motorcycling to the middle of a desert is pretty much the only way you can fly a drone these days.
I have the original Air, but some places I can't even get it to take off because of geofencing or what it calls "magnetic interference"
 

privatebydesign

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I also have the Air and although I live and work within spitting distance of commercial flight paths I have never had the drone not fly due to geofencing. Changes are coming in the next two years but they aren’t here yet.

Some of the suggested restrictions now can seem overbearing at times but you can still override the built in limits. Personally I’m OK with being told I am in restricted air space before I make a costly mistake, for instance I never realized how many Department of Corrections sites there are and many of them are tucked out of plain view, overflying them is illegal. But I see no point in living in a built up area owning a drone and thinking it will be a fun locally based hobby.
 

Canfan

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Specifications look pretty good. They should of put a 1” sensor in it though with variable aperture.

However, you are right, too many restrictions now which has taken the fun out of the hobby, I have flown my MAVIC 2 Pro in a very longtime. Even in rural areas it is such a hassle. I have many friends who say the same thing.

the influencers on YouTube are really trying to sell it though but they are deriving income from it.

The sad fact is this will end up a a $1000 paper weight, in a time of economic hardship.Restrictions may get tighter in the furtive as guys continue to do stupid stuff.
 
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Regarding comments above, complaining about growing restrictions on drones, we all knew it was inevitable. The free-for-all was never sustainable. Consumer drone capabilities grew so much so quickly, and there are just too many people who would use them to cause harm, unintentionally or maliciously. The drone is transitioning from toy to tool, and the growing complexity of operation probably means we'll have dedicated, licensed, regulated drone operator jobs soon enough. Modified versions of DJI drones are already in use by multiple militaries and corporations. Consumer joy drones will get a shrinking operations envelope, likely with mandatory insurance and some kind of training, similar to car ownership, maybe background checks for more advanced models.
 

Hector1970

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I'd love to own a drone. It would have been more expensive but would have been tempted by a 1" inch version of this with that improved battery life. But drones are hassle. They are annoying, fine somewhere where there is no one but not where there are other people. Some people get very angry about them in case they are spying on them. I'm not sure I could deal with the hassle. It would likely be an expensive paper weight. 50% of the worlds workforce is in danger of losing their jobs over this virus. Even if that doesn't happen we will all be impacted some way economically, lower wages, higher taxes, inflation. It's getting harder to justify large outlays. I'd say DJI , Canon, Sony etc will all be heavily impacted as people reign in spending, this reduces R&D spend and technological progress. I think what we have today might not be surpassed by much for a while. The R5 could be a high water mark.
 

slclick

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I love how she's on her vintage moto in her sparkling fresh clothes in the desert flying a drone. Marketing!
 
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dash2k8

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Taking off with a drone in sandy dunes is going to get that lady's perfectly coiffed hair all messed up and get sand all over her fine clothing. Just saying.
 
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slclick

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Taking off with a drone in sandy dunes is going to get that lady's perfectly coiffed hair all messed up and get sand all over her fine clothing. Just saying.
Drone Boudoir?
 

StoicalEtcher

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Taking off with a drone in sandy dunes is going to get that lady's perfectly coiffed hair all messed up and get sand all over her fine clothing. Just saying.
I'm sure she'll have made sure she was some way from the laugh point (or got a hair stylist nearby just in case....) ;)
 

slclick

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Drones, bahhumbug. Doesn't anyone hike any longer?
 

ethermine

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At this point I would not buy DJI as it is Chinese.
Tired of being locked up and now will do all I can to buy American first then everywhere else except China second.
Show me a drone with these specific capabilities, form factor, and every component designed, sourced and assembled here in the US by US citizens for around $799 and I’ll bite.
 

chong67

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Show me a drone with these specific capabilities, form factor, and every component designed, sourced and assembled here in the US by US citizens for around $799 and I’ll bite.
Interesting that USA makes the best military drone, but consumer drone, it fails. Why?

I just got my Mavic 2 Pro two weeks ago. Love the 1" sensor.