DJI Mavic Air 2 vs DJI Mavic Air Camera Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Air 2 vs DJI Mavic Air Camera Drone Comparison

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

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

In this article we compare the first and second generation DJI Mavic Air.

The Mavic Air came out in early 2018, 2 years and 4 months ago.

The price difference is about $300 between the two, with the Mavic Air 2 (MA2) costing $999 brand new for the full fly more package and the Mavic Air (MA) costing $699 depending on where you look online.

Physical Comparison

In terms of their dimension, the Mavic Air 2 is actually quite a jump in terms of size, being 1466cm cubed when folded up in to its smallest form.

The Mavic Air is actually half the size at 683cm cubed in its smallest form, when its arms are folded in.

They are obviously making the gap in size larger because of the release of the Mavic Mini last year which now covers the pocket and travel drone category.

But although it's nearly twice the size, the Mavic Air 2 is only slightly heavier, with a total weight of 570 grams.

The original Mavic Air weighs in at 430 grams ready for take off.

Performance Comparison

Even though they look quite a bit different and are obviously using different chasis and frames to build the camera drone on, they are the exact same in terms of speed.

Both camera drones top out at 68kmh and have an ascent speed of 4m/s.

They can also tolerate the same wind speeds of 38kmh which is not bad for this size and weight camera drone. We expect they can tolerate slightly higher winds than what is advertised.

They both have a transmission distance of 10km which is some of the best on the market.

The flight time is one of the biggest differences and a huge improvement on the Mavic Air 2.

It is capable of 34 minutes flight time, compared to the original DJI Mavic Air flight time of 21 minutes, a major improvement.

They are both quite quiet drones too, at 79 decibels for the Mavic Air and 74 decibels for the Mavic Air 2.

Photo and Video Comparison

Other than the flight time, it is here, with the camera that we see the biggest differences.

The original Mavic Air uses a 1/2.3" sized image sensor, which is common on camera drones, and the Mavic Air 2 uses a slightly larger 1/2" image sensor size, in the Sony IMX586 sensor.

The field of view are very similar, at 85 degrees for the Mavic Air and 84 degrees fov for the Mavic Air 2.

The image sensor on the Mavic Air is capable of 12MP RAW photos where as the Mavic Air 2 can take 12MP raw photos as well as 48mp JPEGs, perfect for large prints.

The Mavic Air 2 sensor is also capable of 240fps at 1080p and 60fps at 4k.

Althought it can take 4k video footage, the Mavic Air can only do so at 30fps.

You can record in M.264in MOV or MP4 with the MA, but with the MA2 you can do d-cinelike flat profile recording, HDR video, H.264 and H.265, amongst other photo and video auto shooting modes, like timelapse.

Both camera drones use a 3-axis gimbal to smooth out their footage.

Summary

If you want a better than a Mavic Mini, to be as portable as possible and have a bit more to spend, the Mavic Air is still an incredible camera drone.

But for $300 more you can get feature improvements in nearly all categories other than size with the Mavic Air 2.

It's obstacle avoidance is very good, tracking is improved on it and you get many more photo and video shooting modes than you do on the original Mavic Air.

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Title DJI Mavic Air Drone Specs DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone Specs
Price $699 $999
Video reviews
Release Date 3 years 1 month ago 10 months ago
Manufacturer DJI DJI

Physical Specs

Physical Specs

Diagonal Distance 213mm 200mm
Dimensions (smallest) 168 × 83 × 49 mm 180 × 97 × 84 mm
Volume Size 683cm³ 1466cm³
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone remote controller and smart phone
Controller Dimensions 101 × 152 × 38 mm
Controller Volume Size 583cm³
Weight 430grams 570grams
Controller Weight
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 2049cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight
Size small small
Physical Features folding arms folding arms

Performance Specs

Performance Specs

Max Speed 68kmh 68kmh
Max Ascent Speed 4m/s 4m/s
Max Descent Speed 3m/s 4m/s
Max Wind Speed 38kmh 38kmh
Wind Resistance level 5 level 5
Max Flight Altitude 5000m 5000m
Transmission Distance 10 km 10 km
Flight Time 21 minutes 34 minutes
Noise Level 79 decibels 74 decibels
Charge Time 55 minutes 100 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 28/100 25/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 23.80km 38.53km
Positioning Sensor GPS

Photo and Video Specs

Photo and Video Specs

Focal Length 24mm 24mm
Field of View 85° 84°
Max Bitrate 100 Mbps 120 Mbps
Image Sensor sony imx586
Image Sensor Size 1/2.3" Inch 1/2" Inch
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 7.66mm 8.00mm
Photo Resolution 12mp 48mp
Slow mo (1080p) 4x 8x
Slowest FPS (1080p) 120fps 240fps
Best Video Resolution 4k 4k
Flight Modes cinematic mode, normal mode, sport mode
Image Format DNG, JPEG, raw DNG, JPEG, raw
Image Processor
Obstacle Avoidance backward, downward, forward, forward camera backward, downward, forward
Photo Modes 180 degree panorama, auto exposure bracketing, burst photos, HDR, interval, panorama, single shot, sphere panorama 180 degree panorama, auto exposure bracketing, burst photos, HDR, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, panorama, single shot, sphere panorama, timed photos
Resolution and FPS Pairings 1080p 120fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 4k 30fps 1080p 120fps, 1080p 240fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 4k 30fps, 4k 60fps
Auto Shot Modes asteroid, boomerang, circle, dronie, hand gestures, helix, rocket, tap to fly asteroid, boomerang, circle, course lock, dronie, free, helix, rocket, waypoint
Tracking Modes active track active track, focus track, point of interest
Video Format H.264, MOV, MP4 D-Cinelike, H.264, H.265, MOV, MP4
Zoom none
Video Modes video HDR, video
Image Stabilization 3 axis gimbal 3 axis gimbal
Pros
  • Very lightweight and small with folding arms
  • 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
  • Not as many auto shot modes like more higher end and expensive DJI drones
  • Short flight time compared to newer models
  • 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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