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DJI Mavic Air 2 drone goes official

The DJI Mavic Air 2 features an outstanding range of 10 kilometers (6.2 mi). (Source: DJI)
The DJI Mavic Air 2 features an outstanding range of 10 kilometers (6.2 mi). (Source: DJI)
DJI has officially launched its eagerly anticipated Mavic Air 2 drone. The new device features a host of new and improved features and functionality while keeping the same user-friendly approach to shooting high-quality aerial footage and still photos.

The wait is over for drone enthusiasts eager to get their hands on the DJI Mavic Air 2. Officially unveiled today, the new drone brings several key improvements and upgrades over the original making it an even more attractive option while keeping the price steady. The new model gets an all-new design and also creeps up in weight from 430 grams of the original to 570 grams which is a positive when it comes to stability in wind.

Max speed remains at 68.4 kph in ideal conditions although, importantly, flight time has been increased from just 21 minutes to 34 minutes, which is a substantial upgrade. The remote controller also gets an new design and upgraded battery life now good for 240 minutes of use per charge. Also new on the controller is an improved smartphone clamp and improved integrated antennas.

In terms of visuals, the new DJI Mavic Air 2 up its game with a new 1/2-inch Quad Bayer image sensor capable of delivering much improved optics at 4K/60 fps and 48 MP still photos.  HDR has now also been enhanced as a result while it can also shoot 8K hyperlapse quick shots. Obstacle avoidance capabilities have also been improved with the new APAS 3.0 upgrade while OcuSync 2.0 lets users roam and stream 1080p footage from as far as 10 km away.

The DJI Mavic Air 2 is shipping now from US$799 for the regular pack or US$988 for the Fly More combo with extra battery and other bits and pieces.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-04-28 (Update: 2020-04-28)