DJI Mavic Air 2 vs Skydio 2 Camera Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Air 2 vs Skydio 2 Camera Drone Comparison

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

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

In this comparison we are comparing the similarly priced DJI Mavic Air 2 and the Skydio 2 camera drones.

Both drones are brand new for 2020 and the Mavic Air 2 was released in spring of this year with the Skydio 2 just being released as a 2020 summer release, so is slightly newer of the two camera drones.

They both cost $999 brand new so sit in the same price category.

Physical Comparison

First of, these two drones, although similar in price, are very very different. The DJI Mavic Air 2 is a folding arm camera drone which means it is portable and travel friendly, compared to most camera drones that is.

The Skydio 2 is a fixed arm camera drone, which means the only way you can make it smaller is by removing the props. It's arms are fixed and stay point out. This is probably due to all the extra sensors and cameras it has built in to the arms to make it do the things it can do, and it can do some incredible things in terms of obstacle avoidance and people tracking.

Because of their build styles and differences, the dimensions and volume of each camera drone is much different.

The Skydio 2 has a total volume of 4505cm³ which is equivalent to 4.5L in size and is 3L larger than the DJI Mavic Air 2 in it's smallest form, because of it's folding arms.

The Mavic Air 2 is 1466cm³ which equates to 1.5L in size and volume.

In terms of weight, the Mavic Air 2 is also smaller, at 570grams in total, ready to fly, compared to the 775grams of the Skydio 2.

Performance Comparison

Where the real differences lie in these two camera drones are not the size, or the camera, but the performance and what they can do.

The Skydio 2 has some of the worlds best active tracking of a vehicle or person and obstacle avoidance in all directions, omnidirectional obstacle avoidance, needs to be seen to be believed.

The DJI Mavic Air 2 is the faster of the two camera drones, capable of 69kmh compare to 58kmh for the Skydio 2.

The Skydio 2 wins in terms of max wind tolerance, capable of wind speeds of up to 40kmh, compared to 38kmh for the MA2, so not much in it.

The transmission distance is much bigger for the DJI Mavic Air 2 as well, but this could be because it comes with a larger controller which will have great signal. Were as with the Skydio 2 you can use just your smartphone to control the drone, which immediatley limits the distance the video transmission and control can go.

One of the great things about the DJI Mavic Air 2 is the 34 minute flight time. It has a 34 minute flight time, compared to just 23 minutes for the Skydio 2.

This is probably Skydio 2 camera drones worst feature, the smaller flight time, especially when there are drones coming out in 2020 between 30 - 40 minutes. But this is probably due to the amount of technology, extra cameras and sensors that are on the camera drone.

The Skydio 2 performs best as an autonomous camera drone, by tracking you or an particular object you want to follow, the drone will do all of the work, with very few issues, you just have to keep your eye on it every now and then when you are in an area with plenty of obstacles, like trees or a forest.

The DJI Mavic Air 2 also has active tracking, as well as object tracking and spotlight features but they are just not as good compared to the Skydio 2 because of the fewer obstacle avoidance sensors and tracking software used.

Photo and Video Comparison

If it was how many cameras and image sensors wins the race, the Skydio 2 would easily be at the top of the pile. It's main camera though is what we are interested in here, with a Sony IMX577 which is a 1/2.3" sized image sensor. 

It has a video bitrate of 100 mbps, 4K video recording resolution, 1080p is capable of 120fps slow motion footage and takes 12MP photos.

It can also take RAW photos, similar to the DJI Mavic Air 2.

The DJI MA2 also has a 4K video camera, using the slightly larger Sony IMX586 which is a 1/2" image sensor

This sensor means that the DJI Mavic Air 2 is capable of 48mp JPEG photos which is much larger than the Skydio 2 offering and 1080p at 240fps, compared to the 120fps of the Skydio 2.

Both camera drones are 4K at 60fps capable.

You also get a few more camera features in terms of photography and video upgrades such as HDR video and d-cinelike flat profile which is great if you want to colour grade your footage in post.

Summary

These camera drones are both spectacular in their offerings, but they do cater for totally different filming types.

The Mavic Air 2 can be seen as a mid level or even portable professional aerial photography and film making drone with a lot of features on it.

The Skydio 2 which is the same price is definitely more of an autonomous camera drone which is perfect for vloggers looking for a camera drone to film their adventures.

If you want a drone which has some of the best active tracking and obstacle avoidance, you can't beat the Skydio 2. You can still fly in manual as a remote control can be used with this drone too.

But if you want to have more manual controls and a longer flight time, the Mavic Air 2 is an incredible drone in it's own right, just don't expect it to have the tracking features and obstacle avoidance of the Skydio 2.

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Image dji mavic air 2 camera drone skydio 2 camera drone
Title DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone Specs Skydio 2 Drone Specs
Price $999 $999
Video reviews
Release Date 1 year ago 11 months 2 weeks ago
Manufacturer DJI

Physical Specs

Physical Specs

Diagonal Distance 200mm 352mm
Dimensions (smallest) 180 × 97 × 84 mm 223 × 273 × 74 mm
Volume Size 1466cm³ 4505cm³
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone remote controller and smart phone, remote controller only, smart phone only
Controller Dimensions 101 × 152 × 38 mm
Controller Volume Size 583cm³
Weight 570grams 775grams
Controller Weight
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 2049cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight
Size small medium
Physical Features folding arms

Performance Specs

Performance Specs

Max Speed 68kmh 58kmh
Max Ascent Speed 4m/s
Max Descent Speed 4m/s
Max Wind Speed 38kmh 40kmh
Wind Resistance level 5 level 6
Max Flight Altitude 5000m
Transmission Distance 10 km 3 km
Flight Time 34 minutes 23 minutes
Noise Level 74 decibels 70 decibels
Charge Time 100 minutes 60 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 25/100 28/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 38.53km 22.20km
Positioning Sensor GPS

Photo and Video Specs

Photo and Video Specs

Focal Length 24mm 20mm
Field of View 84°
Max Bitrate 120 Mbps 100 Mbps
Image Sensor sony imx586 sony imx577
Image Sensor Size 1/2" Inch 1/2.3" 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
Image Format DNG, JPEG, raw DNG, JPEG, raw
Image Processor qualcomm QCS605
Obstacle Avoidance backward, downward, forward backward, downward, forward, forward camera, omnidirectional
Photo Modes 180 degree panorama, auto exposure bracketing, burst photos, HDR, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, panorama, single shot, sphere panorama, timed photos interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, 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, 4k 30fps, 4k 60fps
Auto Shot Modes asteroid, boomerang, circle, course lock, dronie, free, helix, rocket, waypoint boomerang, cable cam, dronie, rocket
Tracking Modes active track, focus track, point of interest active track, point of interest
Video Format D-Cinelike, H.264, H.265, MOV, MP4 H.264, H.265, MPEG-4
Zoom none none
Video Modes HDR, 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
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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