Product review

19 Jun Jan, 2020

DJI Mavic Air 2

Tested by: Russ

Cost:

GBP

Weight w/o charger:

g

Miles used:

Miles

Times replaced:

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Review

As an adventure filmmaker, it’s not always about how light my camera bag weighs, it’s about the quality of the shots I can capture, about the level of detail and about the versatility of the kit I have in my pack. The DJI Mavic Air Fly-more Combo is the perfect drone for those longer shoots and shorter trips, enabling me to take to the air and capture images of the landscape in exquisite detail.

 

Why the DJI Mavic Air Fly-more Combo?

I recently upgraded from my Mavic Air 1 which while small and compact and perfect for taking on overnight hikes, had a very low range and a long latency downlink from the aircraft to the image on the screen. It difficult to get the shots I wanted of mountains,  ridgelines and landscapes without feeling like I was going to lose the drone. The Mavic Air 2 solves all the issues, even though it’s much heavier and dare I say it larger, I needed the capability that the original Mavic Pro had, but in a form factor similar to the original Mavic Air. The Mavic Air 2 was clear choice moving forward with my adventure filmmaking.

 

How well does it work?

The range and battery life on this thing is insane, although it’s not advised to fly out of site, on a clear run it’s possible to get between 6 and 10 kilometres of range and still have battery left over according to the specs. The picture quality is superb and there are just enough settings onboard and in the Ui to adjust the exposure and brightness and the Fly More Combo comes with a set of 3 ND filters making daytime footage much richer and less overexposed. Love the controller and build quality too and the drone itself is rugged and durable.

 

Value for money

I haven’t taken it out on many shoots yet, but I will as soon as lockdown is lifted. It’ll be my primary drone for many years to come and the amount of goodies and features you get with the Fly More Combo is mind-blowing. It’s expensive,  but reasonably priced fora drone like this and it’s an incredibly valuable investment and amazing upgrade to my camera arsenal.

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Overview

  • Durability 80% 80%
  • Image quality 95% 95%
  • Range 90% 90%
  • Charge time 40% 40%
  • Run time 90% 90%
  • Value to weight ratio 50% 50%
  • Value to for money 70% 70%

BPros

  • Superb image quality
  • Compact
  • Rugged
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • Packed with features and settings
  • ND filters included

CCons

  • Heavy
  • Charges only via wall socket
  • Expensive

Specs

Price:

From £949 on Amazon

Weight without charging accessories:

1170g (41.27oz)

Drone-only weight:

571g 20.14oz)

Shooting capacity:

4K 60fps

Range:

10Km

Features

  • 48MP camera
  • 1/2-inch CMOS sensor
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • 4K/60fps video
  • Hyperlapse in 8K
  • Battery life of up to 34-min
  • OcuSync 2.0 has a video transmission distance of up to 6 km
  • 1080p FHD resolution live stream
  • Spotlight 2.0 keeps the camera locked on a subject
  • ActiveTrack 3.0 keeps the subjects in the centre of the frame
  • POI 3.0

 

In the box

  • Mavic Air 2 Aircraft
  • Remote Controller
  • 3x Intelligent Flight Battery
  • 6x Low-Noise Propellers (Pair)
  • RC Cables (USB Type-C, Lightning, Standard Micro-USB)
  • Control Stick
  • Gimbal Protector
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Charging Hub
  • Battery to Power Bank Adapter
  • Shoulder Bag
  • ND Filters Set (ND16/64/256)
  • Manuals
  • AC Power Cable
  • Type-C Cable

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