DJI Mavic Air 2 vs Autel Evo Camera Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Air 2 vs Autel Evo Camera Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the DJI Mavic Air 2 and the Autel Evo camera drones.

You can compare these two drones in more depth at our one of a kind drone comparisons tool, filter film making drones to narrow down features you want in an aerial photography drone and much more.

If you want to see a side by side comparison table of the two camera drones, head to the bottom of this review.

Specs of the DJI Mavic Air 2 and the Autel Evo

Lets see how close the comparison is of these two camera drones in features.

They both retail for around $999 with the Autel Evo having been released 2 years ago and the DJI Mavic Air 2 released recently within 2020 in the last few months.

There are two years apart between these drones in terms of release dates, will they be much different in their spec comparison.

Physical Comparison

They are both folding arm drones, with the Autel Evo being slightly larger in it's dimensions.

When comparing their volumes, the DJI Mavic Air 2 is slightly larger than the Autel Evo with a volume of 1466cm cubed.

The volume of the Autel Evo is 1305cm cubed, making it 150ml smaller in total volume, not that much difference.

The weight of the two drones goes the other way, with the Mavic Air 2 weighing much less than the Autel Evo.

The Mavic Air 2 weighs 583grams and the Autel Evo weighs 863 grams, which is nearly 300 grams heavier than the MA2.

The Mavic Air 2 has a larger controller than the Autel Evo which means when you add the two together to get their volume of both drone and controller, you get a 2.2L volume for the Autel Evo and 2L for the Mavic Air 2.

This is an important feature to look at because you are always travelling and moving your drone with your remote controller, you can't have one without the other.

Performance Comparison

These are two of the fastest camera drones on the market for aerial photography and drone film making.

The Autel Evo is capable of speeds of up to 72kmh and the DJI Mavic Air 2 can do 68kmh. Not much in it and both very capable following drones for action shots following cars, vehicles, motorcycles and mountain bikers, amongst other moving objects.

The ascent speed of the Autel Evo is slightly faster than that of the Mavic Air 2, whilst the descent speed is slower.

Autel Evo's ascent speed is 5m/s and the MA2 ascent speed is 4m/s.

The Autel Evo descent speed is 3m/s and the MA2 descent speed is the same as it's ascent speed, at 4m/s.

They both perform similarly in high winds at a tolerance of 35kmh for the Autel Evo and a max high wind speed of 38kmh for the DJI Mavic Air 2.

The transmission distance is very good for both camera drones, with the Autel having the smaller of the two with a 7km transmission distance and the DJI Mavic Air 2 has a transmission distance of 10km.

The flight time is superb on both camera drones, with the Autel Evo achieving 30 minutes flight time, which is great for a 2+ year old camera drone and the MA2 is capable of up to 34 minutes.

Neither of these drones are quiet, at take-off they are 83 decibels for the Autel Evo and 74 decibels for the Mavic Air 2.

Photo and Video Comparison

There is a huge difference in their field of view on the two cameras, the Autel Evo has a larger 94 degrees FOV, compared to that of 84 degrees for the Mavic Air 2.

This means at the same height the Autel Evo should see more ground covered.

The Mavic Air 2 has a larger bitrate than the Autel, at 120 mbps, one of the highest of any camera drone on the market. This means larger file sizes but not entirely better quality.

We are unaware of the image sensor size of the Autel Evo, but you do get an 1/2" image sensor on the Mavic Air 2, in the form of the Sony IMX 586.

You get normal 12MP photos with the Autel Evo and 48MP photos which are stitched together from the Mavic Air 2. This is an important feature for those wishing to do large prints to sell.

You also get better slow motion speeds with the Mavic Air 2, at 240fps in 1080p, compared to the 120fps in the Autel Evo.

Both are 4k camera drones and both can record at 4k at 60fps.

Both have a number of automatic video and photography shooting modes, from cinematic to sport mode which should help with the type of photo and film making drone shots you want to get.

Both also take JPEG and RAW photos which will help with colour grading in post.

As well as H.264 and H.265 video formats.

Although the Mavic Air 2 also can record in D-Cinelike file format for a flat profile which will help with video editing and colour grading in post if you want to use that instead of relying on the colour and video quality of the original video capture.

You also get HDR video in the Mavic Air 2 which is great if you don't want to colour grade yourself.

Both cameras are supported on a 3-axis gimbal to smooth out any footage and video work you do in the sky.

Summary

The Autel still holds it's own today, 2 years after release.

Whilst the Mavic Air 2 is feature rich and can be bought cheaper than the Autel, just make sure you have a compatible phone to fly with it.

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Image dji mavic air 2 camera drone autel evo drone
Title DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone Specs Autel Evo Drone Specs
Price $999 $1049
Video reviews
Release Date 4 years 1 month ago 6 years ago
Manufacturer DJI Autel

Physical Specs

Physical Specs

Diagonal Distance 200mm 338mm
Dimensions (smallest) 180 × 97 × 84 mm 193 × 76 × 89 mm
Volume Size 1466cm³ 1305cm³
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone remote controller and smart phone
Controller Dimensions 101 × 152 × 38 mm 159 × 89 × 70 mm
Controller Volume Size 583cm³ 990cm³
Weight 570grams 863grams
Controller Weight
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 2049cm³ 2295cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight
Size small medium
Physical Features folding arms folding arms

Performance Specs

Performance Specs

Max Speed 68kmh 72kmh
Max Ascent Speed 4m/s 5m/s
Max Descent Speed 4m/s 3m/s
Max Wind Speed 38kmh 35kmh
Wind Resistance level 5 level 5
Max Flight Altitude 5000m 800m
Transmission Distance 10 km 7 km
Flight Time 34 minutes 30 minutes
Noise Level 74 decibels 83 decibels
Charge Time 100 minutes 60 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 25/100 33/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 38.53km 36.00km
Positioning Sensor GPS

Photo and Video Specs

Photo and Video Specs

Focal Length 24mm
Field of View 84° 94°
Max Bitrate 120 Mbps 100 Mbps
Image Sensor sony imx586
Image Sensor Size 1/2" Inch
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 8.00mm
Photo Resolution 48mp 12mp
Slow mo (1080p) 8x 4x
Slowest FPS (1080p) 240fps 120fps
Best Video Resolution 4k 4k
Flight Modes cinematic mode, normal mode, sport mode ATTI mode, sport mode
Image Format DNG, JPEG, raw DNG, JPEG, raw
Image Processor Ambarella H2
Obstacle Avoidance backward, downward, forward backward, downward, forward
Photo Modes 180 degree panorama, auto exposure bracketing, burst photos, HDR, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, panorama, single shot, sphere panorama, timed photos auto exposure bracketing, burst photos, interval, single shot
Resolution and FPS Pairings 1080p 120fps, 1080p 240fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 4k 30fps, 4k 60fps 1080p 120fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 4k 30fps, 4k 60fps
Auto Shot Modes asteroid, boomerang, circle, course lock, dronie, free, helix, rocket, waypoint free, orbit, waypoint
Tracking Modes active track, focus track, point of interest active track
Video Format D-Cinelike, H.264, H.265, MOV, MP4 H.264, H.265, MOV, MP4
Zoom none digital
Video Modes HDR, video photo in video, video
Image Stabilization 3 axis gimbal 3 axis gimbal
Pros
  • It's less than $1000 brand new
  • Has a long flight time
  • Is a fast camera drone
  • Has a great 1/2" image sensor in the camera
  • One of the highest video bitrates of any film making drone at 120 mbps
  • Can shoot 48mp photos
  • Weighs just over half a kilo at 570 grams, which makes it one of the lightest portable camera drones available
  • Has many more shooting and tracking modes than other DJI drones
  • Has one of the largest fields of view at 94°
  • One of the fastest camera drones with a top speed of 72km/h
  • Can fly for 30 minutes
  • Has 100Mbps video bitrate
Cons
  • For DJI drones and their flying apps, you need specific phones on Android or iPhone 7 or later. We have tried multiple 64bit Android phones on Android 9 and still been unable to use their flying apps, so please check before purchasing.
  • Can't charge via USB straight in to the drone
  • No zoom
  • Not the smallest drone when it's arms fold in
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