DJI Mavic Air 2 vs DJI Mavic 2 Pro Camera Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Air 2 vs DJI Mavic 2 Pro Camera Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the DJI Mavic Air 2 and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro 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.

Spec Comparison of the DJI Mavic Air 2 and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Two consumer and professional camera drones by DJI which were released in the last 2 years.

The Mavic 2 Pro (M2P) was released in late 2018 and the DJI Mavic Air 2 (MA2) was released more recently in summer of 2020.

There is a price difference of around $500 depending on what model and accessories you get with each camera drone and both are aimed at the intermediate and professional drone enthusiast who is looking to level up their aerial photography and drone film making.

Physical Comparison

First of all, the physical comparison between the two camera drones.

The DJI Mavic Air 2 is slightly smaller in its folded form compared to the Mavic 2 Pro.

As they both have folding arms, they can be made smaller and the MA2 has a volume of 1466cm³ when completely folded in.

The Mavic 2 Pro is just under 200ml larger, with a full volume of 1635cm³.

Even though they aren't that different in size when folded, the weight is much different between the two camera drones.

The Mavic Air 2 has a full weight of 570 grams at take off.

The Mavic 2 Pro weighs 907 grams, 337grams heavier than the DJI Mavic Air 2.

Performance Comparison

These are both fast camera drones, some of the fastest and quickest on the market for aerial photography and film making.

The MA2 tops out at 68kmh and the M2P is capable of slightly faster speeds at 72kmh.

The Mavic Air 2's ascent and descent speed is 4m/s and the M2P has an ascent of 5m/s, so 1m/s faster but a descent of 3m/s which is 1m/s slower.

They can both be flown in the same wind speed of 38kmh, which isn't the best but are possible to fly in high winds.

You get a slightly larger transmission distance of 10km with the Mavic Air 2 and 2km shorter with the Mavic 2 Pro, with a total transmission distance of 8km.

Flight time is very good for both camera drones, both achieve 30 minute plus flight times.

With the Mavic Air 2 able to fly for around 34 minutes in total and the Mavic 2 Pro capable of flight times of 31 minutes.

The noise level is similar too, both at around 74-75 decibels when taking off, so not quiet but not the loudest camera drones either.

Photo and Video Comparison

Both camera drones have a 3-axis gimbal supporting their camera to make smooth drone films and help with aerial photography.

The field of view is larger on the Mavic Air 2, which has a 84° FOV, compared to a 77° field of view of the Mavic 2 Pro.

This means that the Mavic 2 Pro will see less when flying the two camera drones at the same height in the sky.

The Mavic Air 2 also has a larger bitrate when recording video, of 120 mbps.

The Mavic 2 Pro is similar to other 4k camera drones, offering 100 mbps files.

You get a 1" inch sensor in the Mavic 2 Pro, double the size of the 1/2" image sensor used in the Mavic Air 2, which is the Sony IMX586, as used on the Autel Evo II 8K camera drone as well.

They both offer different photo and video advantages.

With the Mavic Air 2, you get 48MP photos in JPEG file format and 240fps at 1080p. You only get 12MP, although in RAW format, images from the Mavic 2 Pro, as well as 120fps 1080p video, so not bad in comparison, just less options.

The difference between the two 4K video options is that you get 60fps with the Mavic Air 2 which means slow motion high definition video.

In terms of video, you get flat profiles in both, d-cinelike in the Mavic Air 2 and d-log in the Mavic 2 Pro, which means colour grading is made easier in post for both camera drones.

You also get H.264 and H.265 file types and HDR video in both camera drones.

Summary

These are both high-end consumer drones for aerial photographers and film makers.

If you want portability, 4K at 60fps and 48MP photos if you are making prints, the Mavic Air 2 is for you.

If you want the better image sensor, better low light quality and a solid drone option, the Mavic 2 Pro is the drone for you.

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Title DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone Specs DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone Specs
Price $999 $1499
Video reviews
Release Date 2 years 2 months ago 3 years 10 months ago
Manufacturer DJI DJI

Physical Specs

Physical Specs

Diagonal Distance 200mm 354mm
Dimensions (smallest) 180 × 97 × 84 mm 214 × 91 × 84 mm
Volume Size 1466cm³ 1635cm³
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone remote controller and smart phone
Controller Dimensions 101 × 152 × 38 mm
Controller Volume Size 583cm³
Weight 570grams 907grams
Controller Weight
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 2049cm³
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 38kmh
Wind Resistance level 5 level 5
Max Flight Altitude 5000m 6000m
Transmission Distance 10 km 8 km
Flight Time 34 minutes 31 minutes
Noise Level 74 decibels 75 decibels
Charge Time 100 minutes 90 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 25/100 25/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 38.53km 37.20km
Positioning Sensor GPS

Photo and Video Specs

Photo and Video Specs

Focal Length 24mm 28mm
Field of View 84° 77°
Max Bitrate 120 Mbps 100 Mbps
Image Sensor sony imx586
Image Sensor Size 1/2" Inch 1" Inch
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 8.00mm 15.86mm
Photo Resolution 48mp 20mp
Slow mo (1080p) 8x 4x
Slowest FPS (1080p) 240fps 120fps
Best Video Resolution 4k 4k
Flight Modes cinematic mode, normal mode, sport mode cinematic mode, normal mode, tripod
Image Format DNG, JPEG, raw DNG, JPEG, raw
Image Processor
Obstacle Avoidance backward, downward, forward backward, downward, forward, omnidirectional, upward
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, manual aperture, 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
Auto Shot Modes asteroid, boomerang, circle, course lock, dronie, free, helix, rocket, waypoint active track, active track parallel, active track spotlight, asteroid, boomerang, circle, dronie, helix, hyperlapse circle, hyperlapse course lock, hyperlapse free, hyperlapse waypoint, orbit, point of interest GPS, point of interest vision, return to home, rocket, tap to fly, tapfly backward, tapfly forward, tapfly free
Tracking Modes active track, focus track, point of interest active track, active track parallel, spotlight
Video Format D-Cinelike, H.264, H.265, MOV, MP4 Dlog-M, H.264, H.265, MOV, MP4
Zoom none none
Video Modes HDR, video HDR, 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
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
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