For all of the drone enthusiasts out there I would like to discuss the recent confirmation of the DJI Mavic Air 2. At first this blog was purely based on speculation but as of today (09/04/2020) e have had further evidence giving details of this new drone. The photos shown originated on the chinese drone website Kanzhaji, more photos were leaked today along with a photo on the American FCC website.
I first heard about this rumour after reading an article put out by techradar at the end of March and for me it has left me with a sense of excitement. After my Mavic Pro was stolen (I know boo hoo for me right) I have been pondering on what drone to go for next. There is no doubt that the Mavic mini is a solid drone but I think this would be too much of a step back. So, when I heard the news that we may not be too far away from potentially seeing a Mavic Air 2 this seemed to me like something worth waiting for.
The american FCC certification database has today given away details of the new Mavic Air 2 confirming the name, showing a picture of the drone and detailing the labels which will be applied to the drone. On the FCC database there is an Exposure Evaluation Report which shows the drones new name along with two model numbers. The reason the two model numbers is potentially exciting is that this could indicate two different drone types, will DJI go along the same lines as the Mavic 2 and have a Mavic Air 2 Zoom?
The labelling on the FCC website shows a 3500mAh batttery which is a decent capacity. For comparison the Mavic Mini is 2600mAh and manages to boast a 30min flight time. There has also been some more information leaked on the Kanzhaji website showing the label for the remote.
What we know so far
It is now clear that the new drone will be called the DJI Mavic Air 2, this drone will a mid range drone between the Mavic mini and Mavic 2. I am sure the price point will be somewhere in between these two drones as well which will keep the Mavic line up pretty well separated and distinguished from each other.
There seems to be a bit of conflict when it comes to potential release dates, as we know the corona virus has had knock on effects to the manufacture of a number of goods and this could be one of them. Techradar has mentioned April 2020 but to me this seems a bit soon however given that it has went out to certification that would suggest to me that it is pretty much ready to go.
In terms of form factor this new drone has allot of similarities to the Mavic 2 Pro but it is not as tall or as wide. This is good news as the new Mavic design is very visually appealing compared to the older Mavic Air shape. I never liked the way the original Mavic Air folded whereas the new designs of drones fold away much better.
The underside of the drone you can see some bottom facing sensors and a landing light. The gimbal from the underside looks more like the Mavic Mini than the Mavic 2 Pro. It looks to be of sturdy plastic construction and looks a bit more robust than the old Mavic Pro gimbal.
The remote controller looks allot different that the standard controllers we have seen so far. It looks allot taller than the Mavic Pro or Mini controllers and it seems like the phone conection would go on top of the controller rather than the bottom which to me makes allot of sense. There are a few different settings in the middle of the control, which are tripod, normal and sport. It looks a bit more like the new smart controller minus the screen. I am hoping that we will see the implementation of OcuSync 2.0 for the advanced connectivity. I would also expect the dual sticks to be removable as can be seen on the Mavic 2 Pro controller, this makes it much easier to store in a bag without the sticks getting in the way.
There are quick release propellers which would indicate that it is a larger drone than the Mavic Mini. From the rear you can see two obstacle avoidance sensors and two unique air vents.
This new drone looks like it will be quite safety focussed with 360 degree obstacle avoidance, ADS-B and other safety features which will most likely bring it in line with the new drone regulations. It will most likely have 4k video capability and OcuSync 2.0 allowing for super slick control and great connectivity.
For me I am delighted if this comes to pass as I think it will be exactly what I want mainly because I feel like I am ready for a change and I am looking forward to seeing a new drone after owning the DJI Mavic Pro which is quite an old drone at this point. My hope is that the Mavic Air 2 will sit nicely between the Mini and Mavic 2 series both in terms of capability and price.
So folks, bunker down and stay safe and lets hope April has a new drone in store! Whether you capture drone videos of historic structures, capture footage of properties for sale or just need a good drone for capturing those holiday memories this may well be the drone to hold out for.